The Watch. News You Can Use From NOAA Planet Stewards - 13 July, 2021

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News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

"Climate change is sometimes misunderstood
as being about changes in the weather.
In reality it is about changes in our very way of life."

– Paul Polman

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Science, Camera, Action!

from Dr. Carlie Trott, NOAA Planet Steward

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A priority for climate change educators is to present evidence-based information while promoting students’ positive engagement.Science, Camera, Action! (SCA) was a fifteen-week after-school program Dr. Trott created that was carried out with fourth- to seventh-graders. 

SCA used hands-on activities to demonstrate the interrelationships between Earth’s changing climate, ecosystems, and sustainable actions within communities. The "Photovoice" component of the program involved the use of digital photography to explore youths’ climate change perspectives and to identify opportunities for their active engagement. SCA’s Action component cultivated the participants potential as agents of change in their families and communities through the development and implementation of youth-led action projects.

Read about this successful Planet Stewards knowledge-to-action Project here and be inspired!

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Climate Justice: Exploring the Science of Climate Change

in Your Classroom.


August 17-19. 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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New and News from NOAA:

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The Breathing of Salt Marshes: Implications for Blue Carbon

15 July 2021  |   12:30 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Salt marshes capture and store large amount of carbon as part of blue carbon ecosystems. Unfortunately, there is limited information about the exchange of CO2 and CH4 between these ecosystems and the atmosphere. Learn more and register to attend here.


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Engineering in the Classroom with Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles

15 July 2021   |   4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET

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Want to do engineering in your classroom? Through the excitement of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), join NOAA to learn an exciting avenue for teaching engineering and design, while learning about our nation's maritime heritage through the mystery of shipwrecks. Using problem-based learning and simple materials, learn how to help students understand engineering design and the science behind ROVs, including Newton's Laws of Motion, buoyancy, air pressure, Archimedes' Principle, and more. Find out more and register here.


Hawaiian Honu take on Climate Change: Signs of Fragility 

15 July 2021   |   6:00 pm - 7:00 pm ET


Residing in the most geographically isolated island chain on the planet, the Hawaiian green sea turtle (known as honu in the Hawaiian Islands) has been monitored by NOAA Fisheries' Marine Turtle Biology and Assessment Program for the last 45 years. Approximately 96 percent of the population nests  in the Papahnaumokukea Marine National Monument. The long-term tagging study has produced a wealth of information but there remains limited data to assess the potential effects of climate change. Find out what is known thus far by tuning in and registering!


Western Drought Crisis Webinar

20 July 2021   |   1:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET


Historic drought conditions across the western United States continue to rapidly worsen and expand with over 80% of the West now in drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Widespread impacts are being felt. To provide the latest information on drought conditions, and the serious impacts on diverse sectors of the economy, NOAA's National Integrated Drought Information System is joining with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to host a drought webinar specifically for western communities. Register to attend here!


NOAA’s Research to Understand and Protect Vulnerable Deep-Sea Ecosystems

28 July 2021   |   1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

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This talk draws from NOAA's recent Report to Congress, highlighting results from research initiatives off the U.S. Southeast and West Coast, showing how NOAA's work is catalyzing U.S. deepwater conservation. As NOAA enters its sixth decade, deep water ecosystems face new challenges from expanding economic activities in offshore waters and changing ocean conditions. As it launches its next research initiative in Alaska, NOAA is exploring ways that its research, partnerships, and approaches can meet these challenges and advance deep-sea conservation. Learn more here and register to attend.

Find all the webinar offerings from NOAA Science Seminar Series here!

Educator opportunities


Ending Litter Webinar: Policies and Practices That Work

July 14   |   2:00 pm. EST  


In the newest webinar from Keep America Beautiful, community leaders, public officials and others on the front lines of litter reduction will be discussing: 

  • How to develop a litter elimination plan that’s right for your
  • Which policies and programs have been impactful and which
         have been less effective 
  • How to maintain momentum in the journey to litter-free 
  • Why end litter initiatives are important for advancing healthy sustainable communities.  

Join Keep America Beautiful in its next webinar. Register now - here!

All About the Weather: A free webinar from the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA)

Thursday, 22 July   |  7:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET

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What causes weather on Earth? How do meteorologists create a weather forecast? In this web seminar, An American Meteorological Society certified meteorologist will review basic aspects of weather, and offer a behind the scenes look at how broadcast meteorologists generate daily and extended weather forecasts in studio and (due to the pandemic), from home; as well as how we can protect ourselves from severe weather conditions. A brief overview of the upcoming hurricane season will also be given.

Check out and register for all the upcoming web seminars from NSTA.

Share Your Best Shots: NOAA Habitat Month Photo Contest

Submission Deadline is July 21, 2021! 

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Photographs can transport us back to some of our favorite memories or introduce others to wonderful places. To celebrate photographs that help connect us with the importance of healthy habitat, NOAA is holding the 2021 NOAA Habitat Month Photo Contest. The submission deadline is Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EDT. Entries submitted after the entry period will not be eligible. Winners will be announced and showcased on the NOAA Fisheries website during the week of July 26, 2021.

For more information on how to enter and additional contest rules, download the photo contest instructions and entry form.

Climate Justice Coast to Coast

July 22 to 25

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Are you  ready to hone your climate justice advocacy, policy, storytelling, and organizing skills this summer?  Our Climate is hosting Climate Justice from Coast to Coast, a four day climate justice camp featuring virtual workshops, community building, creative actions, and state-based breakout groups. Whether you’re a veteran activist or looking to start your advocacy journey, this summer camp will help you develop the skills needed to advance climate policy in your community. From Coast to Coast, we’re coming together for the just future we know is possible. Learn more and register at

Smithsonian K-12 STEM Education Action Planning Institute! 

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The Smithsonian Science Education Center  is holding its second fully virtual, free Action Planning Institute this summer, from July 27-29, 2021. Through a series of live and asynchronous meetings participants will have a chance to share lessons learned from the past year, explore how to integrate best practices in online and in-person K-12 science education, address issues of learning loss and learning recovery in STEM, and discuss new America Rescue Plan funding opportunities.

 Registration is now open! Visit their website to learn more,

Educator Professional Development: Hydro-thermal Vents     

28 July   |   7:30pm EDT

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Delve into the mystery and wonder of hydrothermal vents! This event is targeted for grades 6-12 educators, but all are welcome!. Participants will receive content, links to specific activities, and additional resources. The 90-minute event format includes: a viewing of a short introductory video interviews with hydrothermal vents experts; A 30-minute live, interactive Q&A session with those experts; relevant educational activities; and a guided tour of educational resources available on NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research partners websites . Register here Today!

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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.


Rise to Resilience: How Diversity Builds Strong Communities

July 30 – August 1, 2021

Join this event for an opportunity to connect with others in the environmental and outdoor education field. This event has presenters from a variety of backgrounds who will broaden your exposure to new ideas, perspectives, and practices. Both virtual and in-person sessions will be offered. In-person sessions will take place on and around Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR. Registering for the in-person sessions will also get you access to the virtual sessions. Most sessions will be recorded and available after the conference for those who have registered. Register today!

Student opportunities


NOAA Science Camp – Join Now!

12 - 16 July, Tues. & Thurs., 1 pm ET

NOAA Science Camp is hosting interactive webinars, aimed at students in grades 6–8 (but of interest to all ages!). Join NOAA Science Camp for features of NOAA scientists, educators, and partners that explore NOAA’s work on climate change and marine mammals. Learn about current research. Connect to what’s going on in your communities. Join NOAA to ask questions of presenters and learn more about weather, oceanography, marine life, fisheries and more! 

Find Camp Information here!

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Turn It Around! Flashcards for Education's Future

Deadline for submission: 23 July 2021

Turn it around is soliciting artwork and ‘flashcard prompts’ from youth artists, youth thinkers, and youth leaders that will be developed into a curricular tool that can be used to re-train the ‘grownups’ who currently make the decisions about big systems affecting our collective future.  The project page can be viewed here.  It’s super easy to submit!


Bow Seat's Future Blue Youth Council Offers Student Fellowship Funds

Apply by 1 August 2021 

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Bow Seat's Future Blue Youth Council (FBYC) is a diverse group of Bow Seat alumni aged 16-19 from around the world who are working to empower their peers to advocate for their future and our environment. These students have made differences in their communities, and now they want to help you do the same! The Council is proud to introduce their inaugural Fellowship Program that provides young leaders with mentorship and $250-$1,000 grants to help launch new and emerging projects that create meaningful change for a healthier planet. Applications are due on August 1st (11:59 PM ET). Check out the FBYC Fellowship website for more information and to apply

Ed Resources



Sustainable Resources in partnership with UNICEF


From citizenship and justice to climate change and the environment, the globally minded education resources from World’s Largest Lesson will inspire K–12 students to make a difference for the planet. The resources—lesson plans, animations, projects, and more—are suitable for educators of all levels and settings, whether in schools, clubs, camps, or at home. The resources support the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals and are designed to promote environmental awareness among students and effect action. Find the resources here.

Ocean Connections Climate Curriculum

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Ocean Connections is a five-day, virtual climate curriculum for students in grades 6–8. Developed by the Conservationist Collective, with funding from National Geographic, the curriculum builds ocean literacy and inspires ocean stewardship through a series of video lessons and accompanying hands-on activities and discussions. The videos e.g., Climate Changers, Saving Our Wildlife, The Plastic Planet, A Sustainable Future, and Your Role - describe what climate change really is. After viewing the videos, students participate in online discussions and activities to synthesize learning and facilitate action. Find Ocean Connections here.

NOAA’s weather education website for middle school level students presents: The Science of Tides

Be Wave Safe

Summer beach trip planned? Refresh your understanding of tides and learn fun facts about them in this short article from, one of NOAA's weather education websites for students at the middle level level. Featuring animations and brief explanatory text, the article presents a quick review of the science of tides, beginning with a definition of tidal force and the causes of high and low tides, and ending with a discussion of additional factors that can affect tides, such as the Sun and varying wind and weather patterns. Find the resource here.

"Daily Dos" from the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) 

"Daily Do's" are open educational resources that can be used to engage students in authentic, relevant science learning and sensemaking tasks. Check out the entire collection of NSTA "Daily Dos" here.

Satellites and Storms from The Bridge  

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It's officially hurricane season! Check out  this featured DATA activity Satellites and Storms from The Bridge, an ever-growing collection of the best marine education materials available online. In this lesson, students use weather maps and ocean observing data to explore the effects of hurricanes and nor'easters on coastal communities and will answer the questions: Which does more damage to the coast, a fast moving, super-powerful hurricane, or a slow-moving, powerful northeaster? How does ocean temperature affect hurricane strength? Where does the name nor'easter come from? This activity serves as an introduction to these weather phenomena which critically impact our coasts each year. 

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit: New Southeast regional section


The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit is pleased to announce the availability of a new Southeast Region section. The section features narratives, tools, and case studies on the impacts of climate change across the Southeast, and information on how people can build resilience to them. To learn more, Check out the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit website here.

Conference Reports


Recent Reports of Note


Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship

Deadline to apply: 10 December 2021 


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 (NERRS). The Davidson Fellowship supports research projects that help scientists and communities understand the coastal challenges that will likely influence future policy and management strategies, and offers professional development opportunities geared to build the next generation of coastal professionals. The request for proposals can be found here 

Additional information about the program can be found on the NERRS website

The Rethink Outside Fellowship


The Rethink Outside Fellowship will support, connect, and elevate an intergenerational group of leaders and storytellers who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, and are connecting people with nature and the outdoors.

From October 2021 - March 2022, fellows will engage with peers through customized opportunities to build community, co-create, and access resources for more impactful communications that will bring new allies and funders to support their work. They will receive skill-building trainings, a mini-grant to use during the fellowship, connections with leaders in the field as mentors, and more. To learn more about the fellowship, join them for a Q/A webinar on July 22 or August 10 at 2 pm EDT. Registration is required. Submit questions ahead of time here.

Apply today!

Call for Job Applications

  • St. Mary's College of Maryland is launching a new undergraduate marine science major starting in Fall 2021. They are conducting a search for a marine science faculty member to teach introductory to marine science, physical oceanography, and courses in their area of interest. The complete job announcement is found here.

  • The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is seeking a passionate interpreter to manage the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West, FL. Please see below for more information on the position and how to apply: Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center Manger
  • Future Blue Youth Council (FBYC) Fellowship Program provides mentorship and $250-$1,000 grants to young people who are developing projects that address water-related challenges in their local communities. This program is a new initiative led by the Future Blue Youth Council, a diverse group of Bow Seat alumni working together to empower their peers to advocate for their future and for our environment. See the listing under "Student Opportunities" above.

  • The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is hiring question writers this summer on ocean and freshwater topics for their 2022 competitions. The NOSB ( is an academic competition and program addressing a national gap in environmental and earth science education by introducing high school students to and engaging them in ocean science, preparing them for ocean science-related and other STEM careers; helping them become knowledgeable citizens and environmental stewards. The program is in its 25th year of exciting students about the ocean and inspiring them to pursue careers in STEM fields. To apply, please send your resume, cover letter and 3 sample buzzer questions and one sample TCQ to Amanda Holloway ( by COB Wednesday, July 21, 2021.


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