The Watch. News You Can Use From NOAA Planet Stewards - July 27, 2021

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News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

"For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive;
in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it."

—Jacques-Yves Cousteau

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NESTA's 2021 Spring edition of The Earth Scientist featuring NOAA Planet Stewards is now available!

The Earth Scientist Spring 2021 Cover

We're excited to announce that NESTA's 2021 Spring edition of The Earth Scientist featuring NOAA Planet Stewards is now available on the NOAA Ocean Service Website. The articles in this edition represent the important and meaningful work that educators across the country have been doing to decrease carbon footprints and sequester carbon in their communities, tackle marine debris at their source, engage in coral reef restoration, and much much more. We welcome you to read this issue and be inspired to become an agent of change - a Planet Steward - in your school and community.


Runaway Carbon Cycle: Reducing Carbon Emissions through Understanding and Action


This article describes a NOAA Planet Stewards project by high-school educator Spencer Cody. It describes how students in a rural school  produced substantial gains in their environmental literacy through engagement in activities involving research in carbon footprint reduction, as well as schoolwide stewardship activities focused on reducing, reusing, and recycling.

While the pandemic initially disrupted and delayed the project, it also forced students to explore new ways to recycle materials providing insights into future approaches concerning environmental stewardship. Read about the project and its findings here.

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Noteworthy from NOAA:

  • Introducing the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory "Pod-sized Science" PodcastLearn how scientists at NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory are using aerial drones to study tornado damage in their first episode of Pod-Sized Science

  • Common Misconceptions About the Ocean: Here are the facts behind some common ocean myths. How many do you know?

  • Predicting the Health of our Air, WAVE and HRR: Since wildfire smoke carries fine particles that can penetrate deep into lungs, knowing where the smoke is moving is critical to public health. NOAA's Weather Archive and Visualization Environment displays where wildfire smoke is heading using  the High Resolution Rapid Refresh-Smoke model forecast developed at NOAA’s Global Systems Laboratory

  • A Closer Look at June's North Pacific Heat WaveAn international team of weather and climate experts known as the "World Weather Attribution" project has analyzed the late June heatwave in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and come to a preliminary conclusion that the event was a roughly 1-in-1,000-year event. Read the story.

  • NOAA's Marine Debris Program announces the winners of this years Art Contest! Congratulations to this year’s winners who used their passion and creativity to help spread awareness of marine debris. See all of the winners here
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NOAA’s Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program: Recent Research to Understand and Protect Vulnerable Deep-Sea Ecosystems

28 July 2021  |   1 pm - 2 pm ET

NOAA established the Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program in 2009 as the first U.S. program dedicated to providing scientific information to inform the management of these remarkable deep-sea ecosystems. Tune in to learn more about the program.


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Three Minute Thesis Webinar: NOAA’s Role in Wildfire Events

30 July 2021   |  2 pm - 3 pm ET

Thesis Webinar? Borrowing from a format used at universities across the country, NOAA staff and partners will each have one slide and three minutes to present on their unique topic. There will be time for questions from the audience between each group of speakers. Join in the fun and learning!


Sanctuary events


Species in the Spotlight: Saving White Abalone from the Brink of Extinction,  Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

3 Aug 2021   |   4 pm - 5 pm ET

Register and learn more!



Sanctuary Sense of Place and Siva Samoa, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa

3 Aug 2021   |   5 pm - 6 pm ET

Register here or tune in LIVE on the NMSAS Facebook page!



Exploring North Carolina Shipwrecks, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary

3 August | 7 pm ET

Register here!



A Perfect Day for an Albatross and other Seabird TalesPapahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary

4 Aug 2021 | 4 pm ET

Register here!



Find all upcoming webinars on the Get Into Your Sanctuary website here, including: 

  • Life of a Sea Creature: behind the scenes at Waikiki aquarium, Aug. 4
  • Journey to the Beginning of the World, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Aug. 4
  • Let’s Go Fishing in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Aug. 4
  • Get Your Fish On: Tour the “best fishing practices guide” of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary!, Aug. 5
  • and many more offered nearly every day!
Educator opportunities


#75MinuteScience: Counting Horseshoe Crabs - A Keystone Species Connects Communities to Science

29 July   |  3:00 pm - 4:15 pm EST  


Representatives from Delaware Sea Grant will provide participants with a background on the biology and importance of horseshoe crabs and highlight new tools and programs from Delaware Sea Grant to educate the public and students about this keystone species and their habitat.  

 Register here by July 28. 

NASA Explore Earth: A Webinar Exploring Urban Surface Temperatures and Heat Island Effects...In Spanish!

Thursday, 29 July   |  1:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET   |   For Grades 9-12

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Join NASA in a conversation about Urban Surface Temperatures and the Urban Heat Island Effects. In the educational unit that accompanies the presentation, students will learn how climate is changing in urban settings and produce mitigation solutions for city environmental concerns. They will explore climate simulation models and global temperature profiles; learn about remote sensing and investigate instruments on climate satellites; analyze remote sensing imagery and understand the urban heat island effect; collect land surface temperature and create a physical model that promotes the concept of the urban heat island and mitigation factors to include human action towards climate in urban settings.

Be sure to register today here.

The unit Plan on "Urban Surface Temperatures and the Urban Heat Island Effects" can be found here: Unit Plan Link (in English). For more information about this unit or CCRI go to (in English).

After Hours Lecture – Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

29 July 2021   |   7 pm to 8 pm ET 


Join  Dr. Kim Reece, from the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS) as she provides a primer on HABs and discusses her team’s work to understand the impacts they have on the ecosystem.

After Hours lectures are designed for an adult audience, but all ages are welcome to watch. Attendees will be able to ask questions via the Zoom chat feature. Registration is required. 

Register for The Webinar Here…

CLEO Institute '21 Climate Across the Curriculum Workshop

4 Aug 2021   |   10 am - 2:30 pm ET   |   Virtual Workshop


The CLEO Institute's 2021 professional development Climate Across the Curriculum Workshop for teachers is now open for registration, with new resources for elementary educators! Climate-Ready Classrooms will help K-12 teachers understand climate change, its impacts, and solutions to be able to incorporate climate into their curriculum. Attendees will receive a short climate overview presentation, including the latest data covering common areas of miscommunication. A series of lightning talks will highlight strategies and resources for teachers, as well as the intersection of climate issues, equity, and justice.

Register here.

Solar Decathlon in your Future? Apply by 10/26!

Solar decathlon

Applications are now open for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon which challenges collegiate teams to design and build high-performance, low-carbon buildings powered by renewables! Collegiate teams can apply now for the 2022 Design Challenge (1-year design-only competition) and the 2023 Build Challenge (2-year design-build competition). Finalist teams will be invited to compete for victory during the Competition Event at DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Apply here by October 26. 

Colorado University at Boulder September Climate Change Event for Educators

11 - 12 September 2021   |   9 am - 4 pm MDT   |   Onsite in Boulder


This event is free for educators! Please fill an interest form using the following link to be given priority to register for the event (registration coming soon):

Educators of any discipline who work with adolescents can apply i.e. teachers, informal educators, youth organizers, etc. Gain tools and ideas to improve how to teach climate change to be more supportive of youth emotional experiences, as well as become better oriented towards just and ethical action on climate change. Featuring workshops, panels, and opportunities to connect and exchange ideas with other educators and researchers. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the specific format is yet to be determined and will have limited capacity.

Student opportunities


Join the World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council for '21-22!

Applications due 31 July 2021!

If you work with or know youth (ages 16-24) interested in helping to protect and restore our shared ocean, please let them know about the opportunity to join the World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council! Currently, the Council includes 25 youth from 22 countries. We will be looking to fill 10 positions for 2021-2022. Applications are due by 31 July. Learn more about applying HERE...


#BeCause - What's Your Cause?

Deadline for submission: 31 August 2021

Create an illustration, photo, drawing, painting, collage or graphic that shows how you will help and lead us to a better environment. 

Email a photo of your artwork and the entry form/permission slip found here or mail your submission to S.C.R.A.P. Gallery, 31855 Date Palm Drive Ste. 3-110, Cathedral City, CA 92234.



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

Apply by 1 August 2021 

Bow Seat Council

Bow Seat's Future Blue Youth Council (FBYC) is a diverse group of Bow Seat alumni aged 16-19 from around the world who work 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

Join Storytellers Worldwide in the ArcGIS StoryMaps Ocean Challenge


A story can effect change, influence opinion, and create awareness. Use ArcGIS StoryMaps to integrate maps, data, and multimedia content with text to tell a narrative about the world's greatest challenges and inspire solutions.

Esri and the National Geographic Society challenge high school and college students and individuals ages18-24 to create impactful stories about ocean health.

Find inspiration, data, maps, and resources on Learn ArcGIS.

This year's StoryMaps challenge—co-hosted by Esri and the National Geographic Society—will begin accepting submissions on August 16, 2021. Find out more and join today!

Ed Resources


Sparking Excitement About STEM Through Exposure to Career Pathways


Moments that highlight the joy and excitement of scientific inquiry—such as this student using a Van de Graaff generator—can spark interest in a STEM-related career. Here are some career-focused resources that can supplement that interest. 

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National Geographic's Educator & Family Guide to the Ocean


Take a deep dive into the ocean with your learners—whether they're online, in-person, or in hybrid settings.

Download the free PDF guide here.

 From National Geographic: Explore Earth Systems With Models


Visualize Earth's systems with models through this new National Geographic education resource. These free Earth and geoscience resources for middle and high school students include Earth systems models, pre- and post-assessments, and teacher support materials, all aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. The set of curriculum modules investigates Earth’s systems with computational models, with content covering tectonic plates, climate change, hurricanes, and more!

Check it out here!

Top-Notch Educational Resources From NSTA!


Check out these top-notch educational resources from the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA)!

"Agency by Design" Makerspace Frameworks


Agency by Design (AbD) is a multiyear education initiative from Harvard University's School of Education that explores the practices and pedagogies of maker-centered learning. AbD framework for maker-centered learning includes three core maker capacities: looking closely, exploring complexity, and finding opportunity. AbD has a set of resources to support these core capacities and help educators facilitate maker-centered learning in various teaching and learning environments. 

Check it out here!

K–8 At-Home STEM and Sustainability Activities


Explore the wide world of STEM and sustainability with these family-friendly, hands-on activities developed for grades K–8 by Discovery Education’s STEM Careers Coalition. Each brief activity (20- to 30-minutes long) features a primary focus question, Quick Background information, step-by-step instructions, and a Career Connection blurb.

Find the resources here.

Wet Wonders Virtual Field Trip 


Learn about freshwater ecosystems and pond health through a virtual field trip and activity developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Site. Targeted for middle and high school levels, the 14-minute virtual field trip teaches viewers how to determine a pond’s health by capturing and examining a sample of the macroinvertebrates living there. Visit the website to request a link for the video field trip and the accompanying materials. (Free registration is required to receive the materials, which may take up to three days to arrive.)

Access the site here.

Voices of the Earth Script


Voices of the Earth: From Sophocles to Rachel Carson and Beyond, is a play from the Stanford Repertory Theater, that aims to inspire high school and college students as well as educators to consider today’s environmental challenges from new perspectives, ancient and modern. The play tells a human story of our planet. Teachers can use the script and production materials as a basis for environmentally related assignments, including class discussions, Zoom presentations, and writing and reflection prompts. Visit the website to watch a three-minute trailer about the play and register to receive a password-protected link to a full printed text. 

Visit the Voices of the Earth site here.

Engage Students With Geoscience Visualizations 


Explore human interaction with the natural world through "Visualizing Earth Systems" on the Earth Science Week website. You'll find dozens of visualizations dealing with water, minerals, energy, climate, hazards, and other topics. In addition, the page links you to overviews of topics provided by the American Geosciences Institute's Critical Issues Program.

Access the site here!



Drinking water, agriculture, extreme weather survival, climate change resilience, and other essential aspects of life depend on the availability of water and understanding its movement around the globe. NASA's Societal Applications collection of lesson plans and resources is designed for learners to apply knowledge of precipitation and the water cycle to real-life problems. The curricula encourage students to use real data from NASA research for activities.

Find the resource here.

Other Noteworthy Educational Resources:

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.


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!


Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Conference – For Adults and College Students

23 - 24 September 2021   |    8:00am to Friday at 5:00pm


The Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) Conference attracts a variety of college and university students, campus sustainability professionals, faculty, and staff. The event provides cutting-edge research and data from regional colleges and universities on sustainability policy and practice. Attendees have an opportunity for regional-wide networking and collaboration-building centered around campus and community sustainability.

For more information and to register go to:

Report: 2021 Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Metropolitan Region

The 2021 Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Metropolitan Region has just been released! Co-authored by NOAA’s Climate Program Office and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the plan addresses issues affecting the Chicago area’s nearly 10 million people and could be a national model. It sets targets for reducing greenhouse emissions by at least 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050 and encourages community use of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit’s Steps to Resilience. The plan offers a practical, adaptable roadmap with clear steps for assessing risks, prioritizing planning and taking action.

Check out the pioneering regional report.

Follow these Steps to Resilience.

Call to Action Science Report

A must read for all science educators – a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine presents a vision for high-quality science education, describes the gaps in opportunity that currently exist for many students, and outlines key priorities that need to be addressed in order to advance better, more equitable science education across K-16. 

Download the entire report for free!


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

U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science Undergraduate Internships

Application deadline is October 6, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. ET. 


Applications are currently being accepted for the Spring 2022 term of two undergraduate internship programs offered by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science: the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program & the Community College Internships (CCI) program. Interns work directly with National Laboratory scientists and engineers, assisting them on research or technology projects that support the DOE mission. SULI is open to students attending 4-year institutions and community colleges, while CCI is exclusively for community college students. Apply here.

Job Opportunities

  • 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

  • Lynker Technologies, LLC (Lynker) is seeking to hire a talented individual to serve as a Mid-Atlantic Regional Marine Debris Coordinator for NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration Marine Debris Program (, which is headquartered in NOAA’s Silver Spring, Maryland offices. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Marine Debris Coordinator position will be located in Silver Spring, MD. To Apply: Visit  -  


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