The Watch. News You Can Use From NOAA Planet Stewards - 21 June 2021

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News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

“The ocean is not too big to fail, nor is it too big to fix.
But it is so central to our health, prosperity and well-being
that it is too big to ignore.” 
Jane Lubchenco

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Book Club

The Planet Stewards Book Club is ready for the 2021-2022 academic year so you can plan your summer reading now! 

Check out the terrific books we have lined up like How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates and Under A White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kohbert. Interested in Young Adult fiction? Then join us in September for our season opener with Hoot by Carl Hiaasen and find some inspirational books to engage your students in the coming year! Check out the books thentbegin with us next September.

 All are welcome for our lively monthly discussions! Join Us! 


  • July 5-29th

  Community Resilience to Climate Change: A Virtual Workshop for formal and informal        educators working with Middle and High School-aged students – but all are welcome

   This is a self-paced virtual workshop for all educators on climate change impacts to human           and natural communities, and the actions you can take to build resilient communities in light of     these impacts. Find out more here and register.

  • August 17-19th

    Climate Justice: Exploring the Science of Climate Change in Your Classroom Workshop. Find out more here and pre-register.

    NOAA Planet Stewards and the Detroit Zoological Society are hosting a three-day workshop for educators to explore how global climate change is affecting the metro Detroit region, and how they can engage their students in taking action to address this global phenomena.


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Updated – The Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts of Ocean Literacy 

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With the support of NOAA, the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) has developed an extensive ocean literacy framework made up of the Ocean Literacy Guide, the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for Grades K–12, and the Alignment of Ocean Literacy to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This framework presents a vision of an ocean-literate society and outlines the knowledge required to be considered ocean literate. It is a practical resource for educators that demonstrates the interdisciplinary nature of ocean and climate sciences.

Read more about it and download the essential Ocean and Climate principles here. Stay tuned, the Spanish version will be available soon!


Explore! Story Map Celebrates 20 Years of Ocean Discovery

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 Come celebrate NOAA Ocean Exploration’s 20th year of discovery by traveling deep into Earth’s largest habitat in NOAA's latest story map, Explore! You’ll experience a world most of us have never witnessed and see ancient coral gardens, captivating marine life, and the amazing technology that allows us to do the previously unimaginable.  This riveting story map shows how NOAA is pushing the boundaries of ocean science and filling vital gaps in understanding this largely still unknown frontier.  Dive in!


NOAA's Deep Ocean Education Project

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Three leading organizations in ocean exploration and research -- NOAA Ocean ExplorationSchmidt Ocean Institute, and Ocean Exploration Trust -- have brought together engaging ocean education materials into a one-stop-shop for educators and learners of all ages. The Deep Ocean Education Project is an online resource hub that makes learning about the deep sea accessible with standards-aligned student activities, high resolution images and videos, stories from the field, and information about current expeditions. Create a free account and share the site with colleagues or friends who would also love new deep-sea materials!

The Increasing Importance of Citizen Science 

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For more than ten years citizen science has taken on an increasingly important role at NOAA. This year NOAA released a citizen science strategy, one of only six Agency-wide Science and Technology Focus Area Strategies.  View the NOAA Ocean Service Citizen Science web page as well as the NOAA Education Citizen Science Web Page and find a citizen science project that speaks to you. And be sure to learn more in the following articles highlighting just a handful of NOAA's efforts:

Access NOAA Sea Turtle Week 2021 Resources


Sea turtles are a key part of marine ecosystems worldwide and they face many threats today. NOAA works to protect and conserve six sea turtle species found in U.S. waters. All are threatened or endangered. Celebrate Sea Turtle Week with NOAA and learn turtle facts, research features, turtle conservation programs, and more about turtlles here!

CSI: Chemistry–Cool Science Instruments


Have you ever heard about marine chemists? Catch a glimpse of some of the technology that chemists at NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center have used to investigate marine environments since the 1960s when they measured dissolved oxygen and alkalinity of seawater samples to more recent chemistry-focused research today! Read all about it here!

Hurricane Season Is Here! Access NOAA Resources


June 1 marked the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. NOAA's National Ocean Service provides a wide variety of emergency services in preparation for, response to, and recovery from hurricanes. Being aware of the power of these destructive forces, and the science behind them, can help you stay safe this hurricane season. NOAA research shows that tropical cyclone rainfall rates are likely to increase due to the effects of global warming. 

 NOAA’s Historical Hurricane Tracks is an online tool where you can search hurricane tracks by location, year, name, or category. Try it out: and stay safe this hurricane season.


It's no surprise that summer weather hazards can escalate quickly!  Stay WeatherReady by visiting NOAA's summer safety website.

NOAA also has a collection of social media posts and graphics in Spanish to share with your community.

15th Anniversary of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument!

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On June 15, 2006, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument was designated, creating the largest marine conservation area on Earth at the time. A year later, it was given its Hawaiian name, Papahānaumokuākea. Papahānaumoku is a mother figure personified by the earth and Wākea is a father figure personified in the expansive sky; the two are honored and highly recognized ancestors of Native Hawaiian people.

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A Leadership Journey: From Depths of the Ocean to the Sun's Surface

June 23, 2021 at 2pm EDT

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Joseph Pica, Deputy Director of  NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), has had a career at NOAA that has spanned its full portfolio of science, service and stewardship from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun. Mr. Pica's journey is tied together by the themes of leadership and environmental information, with the former aimed at enhancing the value provided by the latter. As Mr. Pica discusses his experience, he will share examples of NOAA's valuable environmental information and how he grew his leadership capabilities that continue to be focused on the provision of NOAA's environmental information to serve the Nation. Register here.


Revealing the Mysterious Coral and Sponge Gardens of Sur Ridge in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

 June 23, 2021 at 4 pm EDT 

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Thanks to state-of-the-art marine technology developed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), the stunning deep-sea ecosystems of Sur Ridge are being revealed. Over the last decade, MBARI and Monterey Bay sanctuary have partnered to explore and study this remarkable part of the sanctuary and better understand the growing impacts of climate change on the lush coral and sponge gardens discovered there. Register here!


Managing Sanctuaries in a Changing Ocean

June 24, 1 pm EDT


Managers of marine protected areas like national marine sanctuaries must contend with the impacts of climate change, such as rising water temperatures and sea levels. Yet sanctuaries are also a key part of the solution to ocean climate impacts. This presentation highlights NOAA Sanctuaries' plan to address climate impacts, including examples of how sanctuaries are integrating science and assessment, identifying adaptation solutions, delivering outreach and education, and reducing the greenhouse gas footprint of our operations. Register here.


Between a Boiling Cauldron and a Seltzer Bottle; the Combo-Platter of Potential Geohazards Facing the People of Lake Kivu, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo

July 1, 12pm - 1pm EDT


News of the recent activity by the Nyiragongo Volcano that threatened the City of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the border of Rwanda, raises concern that a continuation of local volcanic and seismic events could trigger the release of a large plume of CO2 from solution in Lake Kivu. This seminar will explain how approximately 250 cubic kilometers (at STP) of CO2 is dissolved under pressure in this lake, why it is a danger to the riparian population of approximately two-million, and examine what is currently being done to monitor and mitigate the risk. Download Adobe Connect to attend the webinar, and register here.


Wading in Art: Connecting Students and Communities to Estuaries

Why do educators use art to teach about estuaries? Art engages the curious and creative pathways fundamental to learning. Whatever the medium, art facilitates participation, awareness, understanding, and personal connection to place. Why estuaries? Their rich biodiversity, from oysters to dolphin, provide a myriad of opportunities to see, see closer, notice, notice more, learn, learn more, and care. Register to engage and inspire!

Educator opportunities

American Meteorological Society (AMS) DataStreme Project & Certified AMS Teacher Certification Program


AMS invites K-12 teachers to enroll in content-rich professional development courses in weather, ocean, and climate science. With major support from NOAA, DataStreme Project distance learning courses are available to teachers nationwide. DataStreme Atmosphere - focuses on the study of key meteorological concepts and dynamic weather events; DataStreme Ocean - addresses the ocean’s physical, chemical, biological, and geological properties and their effects on coastlines, ecosystems, and climate; and DataStreme Earth's Climate System - explores the scientific principles governing the Earth's climate system and the ways humans interact in it.

Free spots available on a first come basis. Visit the website early to express your interest in Fall semester 2021! Financial need based scholarships are also available. To learn more, go to the AMS DateStreme site here. 

From the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA): All About Weather!

Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET


Join NSTA to learn about weather and get a sneak-peak at the 2021 hurricane season.  AMS-certified meteorologist Lori Pinson will share a behind the scenes look at how broadcast meteorologists generate daily and extended weather forecasts in studio and due to the pandemic, from home; how we can protect ourselves from severe weather conditions; plus, an overview of the upcoming hurricane season.

Register for this, and other upcoming web seminars from NSTA and read answers to frequently asked questions from participants.

Try National Geographic's Online Professional Development Courses for Educators – Classes start June 23!


Only a few weeks remain to enroll before National Geographic's summer cohort-based online courses for educators begin on June 23! Expand your professional learning while connecting with a global community of your peers with their free online courses. Topics range from teaching climate change in your classroom to incorporating the Geo-Inquiry Process in your teaching. Starting out on your learning journey with National Geographic? Begin with the new mini-courses on the Explorer Mindset and Geographic Thinking Skills: both self-paced, less than two hours, and available anytime. See all National Geographic summer online courses here then register to take part!

From NAAEE: Webinars for Environmental Educators

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Communities Grow Greener When Young People Have a
Voice | June 22, 3:00 PM ET

This webinar walks you through key steps in involving young people in local investigations and civic action to improve their communities, including building sustained relationships with community partners. Register here.

Demonstrating the Power of Environmental Education (EE) | July 7, 3:00 PM ET
Learn how to use the data from eeWORKS to back up the feel-good EE stories you hear about to support your work. You will hear from researchers and learn about communications tools you can use to help you structure and evaluate programs, provide professional development, apply for funding opportunities, make the case for EE to policymakers, and more. Register here.

Webinar on the New En-ROADS Online Climate Tool: Clean Electricity Standards and the Social Cost of Carbon

Thursday, June 24th at 2pm-3pm ET or 7pm - 8pm ET

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At this event the En-ROADS Simulator, free and online, will be used to explore the global dynamics of clean electricity standards and the social cost of carbon. Register for the webinar and access their freely available resources online here. Register today!

NASA Langley’s GLOBE Mission Earth: Recruiting for the 2021-2022 virtual ENGAGE Mission Earth cohort

Applications are due by June 25, 2021


The ENGAGE GLOBE Mission Earth program provides an opportunity for in-service middle and high school educators to participate in a year-long virtual program including professional development and ongoing support from a NASA mentor. It focuses on Earth Science and data literacy using NASA resources and incorporates the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) program and My NASA Data.

Educators will use the resources and training to facilitate student projects which will be shared with NASA scientists during a May 2022 showcase. Support for educators will be provided throughout the school year. 

For more information see the online application. Applications are due by June 25, 2021, so apply today!

Black in Marine Science (BiMS) Connects Your Students to Nature


June 25: Black in Marine Science Dives into Aquatic Ecosystems with Dr. Mamie Parker – A live Q&A from 
6-7 pm ET.  Watch the YouTube Live Stream!

June 28-29: Natural History Education DemoCamp. Calling all Educators Looking for Resources (formal and  informal, K-12, College). Do you want to discover new ways to connect your students to nature and still meet learning objectives? The DemoCamp is designed to provide materials and resources to teachers, educators, and faculty looking for easy to adopt educational materials that engage students with the natural world. 

Learn More & Register

Contribute to AGI's Education GeoSource

June 30, 2021 deadline


The American Geosciences Institute, AGI is seeking your help in identifying resources that are related to the Earth Science Week theme of “Water Today and for the Future''. Do you have a favorite water related activity, lesson plan, websites, media source, professional development opportunity, or YouTube Video? If so, simply complete this simple google form to submit your resource(s) today so you don't miss the June 30, 2021 deadline.

The final list of resources will be entered by AGI onto their Education GeoSource database - one of AGI's most highly trafficked pages!

Science Saturdays from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

July 3rd through Labor Day from 11:00am to 3:00pm ET


The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is excited to offer a series of outdoor open-air Science Saturday events focused on Hudson River experiences and topics. Science Saturdays will run July 3rd through Labor Day from 11:00am to 3:00pm ET. They will explore a range of topics including: Our Place in the Hudson River Estuary, Cool Tools We Use to Explore Beneath the Surface, Community Science Projects, Microplastics and How You Can Help, Iconic Species, and Spaces on the Hudson. Visit the Field Station website for details!

Cornell University E-STEM Education: 5-week Online Course

July 5th - August 8th

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E-STEM Education is designed for teachers and non-formal educators who want to help youth become scientifically literate, environmental citizens. Teachers will learn how to integrate environmental education into STEM classes such as biology and earth science, and non-formal educators will learn how to make science part of nature and environmental education programs via inquiry-based and project-based learning, and other active learning strategies.

Participants who complete the course are awarded a Cornell University certificate (PDF).

Cost is $60 (strongly encouraged). We accept participants who are only able to pay less or who are not able to pay. Find out more about E-STEM Education on the  Civic Ecology Lab website here.

Lab Out Loud Podcasts

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Hosted by two science teachersLab Out Loud is a podcast about science teaching in the classroom and beyond. Lab Out Loud seeks to explore science education through discussions with educators, researchers, leading scientists, science writers and other guests who are committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Find Lab Out Loud here.

Free Online Workshops from HHMI BioInteractive 

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Howard Hughs Medical Institute (HHMI) Biointeractive is offering free, online professional development workshops for life and environmental science educators.  All workshops are designed to be engaging and reflective, and are facilitated by Ambassadors – a community of expert high school and undergraduate educators who work closely with BioInteractive to promote and support evidence-based teaching practices, drive change in science education, and elevate the professional and scholarly profile of science teaching. 

Workshops will be hosted on Zoom. Right now, they are registering for summer dates. Stay tuned for other announcements in the months ahead! Register here.

Student opportunities

Podcast:  STEAM Daydream with National Children's Museum

The National Children's Museum has a podcast called STEAM Daydream with National Children's Museum, where kids interview STEAM innovators to learn more about their career (you can check out previous episodes here). Since its debut in June 2020, curious kids have interviewed STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) innovators from across the country for answers to their biggest questions! Log on with elementary students here to  listen to STEAM Daydream.

Ed Resources

Climate Change Education and Climate Justice Resources


No matter what your role as an educator - science teacher, naturalist, community organizer, activist - the North America Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) can help you develop and reach your climate literacy goals. NAAEE has organized a series of resources focusing on climate justice and health, legislative efforts to improve climate literacy, research into effective education strategies, and more. They'll be adding information as it becomes available, so be sure to check back from time to time.

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From National Geographic & ESRI - Celebrate the Ocean!

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How will you celebrate and protect the ocean with your learners? Check out some ideas in National Geographic's ocean guide for educators and families. Seeking inspiration from fellow educators? Read three stories from educators who share inspiration and resources for teaching ocean conservation in the classroom. Looking for a way for your learners to create impactful ocean stories this fall? National Geographic is thrilled to announce the 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Challenge: Restoring Our Ocean presented in partnership with Esri! Check out the challenge details.

Pod of the Planet Podcast -  Learn about our Ocean This June

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Understanding, appreciating, and protecting the massive ocean  has surfaced as a major international priority. But, when it comes to knowing our oceans in-depth, humanity is still in the dark. Lamont marine geophysicist Vicki Ferrini is helping solve the puzzle of mapping the entire global ocean floor as part of the Seabed 2030 Project. Learn more in this special Pod of the Planet interview on Pod of the Planet podcasts here.

Status and Outlook of Coral Reefs around the World


From the World Resource Institute comes the Global Coral Reef Profile. Here you’ll find consolidated map-based information on the value of coral reefs, what threats they are facing, what factors promote reefs resilience, and what actions are needed to save them. 

Find out more here >

Conference Reports

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Are you looking for an opportunity to connect with other educators from around North America, while exploring impacts and solutions of climate change at a regional and continent-wide level?

Join the 16th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education. Over the course of the 3-day institute, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from nationally-known speakers on climate change education while participating in synchronous sessions from climate science and climate justice experts, focused on empowering you as climate change mentors for your students and communities!

13 other climate change solutions-focused organizations from around the country will join the workshop. Learn more and register here to attend.

NAAEE 2021: The Power of Connection

Research Symposium, October 7–8 and Conference, October 12–15

For five decades, NAAEE has convened one of the leading annual conferences for environmental education professionals. And the annual research symposium attracts new and established researchers to examine in-progress EE research and promote dialogue between researchers and practitioners.

Learn more at

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Don't forget these upcoming conferences!


Grants, Scholarships, Awards, Internships, Fellowships 

Webinar to learn about the Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship

 Tuesday, June 29, 2021, 2 pm - 3 pm EDT


WEBINAR! The Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship is a two-year fellowship program that places one graduate student at each of the 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves. This webinar will feature a panel discussion among current fellows, highlighting their experiences and lessons learned working collaboratively with reserves and end users to design and complete their research. Register for the webinar and learn more here. Applications due in December 2021.

2022 NOAA B-WET Funding Opportunity is now open!


NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary office) is seeking proposals under the Great Lakes Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program.  The full FY 2022 funding opportunity can be found at under federal opportunity number NOAA-NOS-ONMS-2022-2006929. Please see the funding opportunity for all application details. Deadline: September 9, 2021

Areas served: New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Assessment of NOAA’s Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program, Request for Proposals

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The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in cooperation with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is requesting an assessment of the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program to increase representation of underrepresented students, 

Proposals to complete this statement of work are due by July 12, 2021. Applicants will be notified if they were selected to complete the statement of work by August 13, 2021 with work
expected to start by August 27, 2021. Learn more!

Indiana's STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund Grants Extended 

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The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has extended the deadline for applications for STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund grants until Friday, July 9. The grants are awarded to Indiana organizations and colleges to support programs that recruit, prepare, place and retain educators in schools with teacher shortages in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subject areas. Read more >

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