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“We can do this – we just have to make a choice to do it.”

– President Joseph Biden. At COP 26

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Join the Planet Stewards October Book Club Meeting


Get started reading the Planet Stewards selection for our November Book Club Weill be meeting on:

Monday, November 15th at 8:00 pm ET

to discuss

Under a White Sky:

The Nature of the Future

by Elizabeth Kolbert
Dial 866-662-7513 (toll free) then use the pass code 1170791#.
The discussion is open to all so share with interested colleagues. Learn more here.

Discussion questions are already posted on our website.


Empowering Young Women Through Planet Stewardship: A Lesson about Earth’s Changing Albedo


A Planet Stewards Club was established as an after-school high school program to empower young women as community leaders to both be willing and capable of addressing their peers and the public about issues related to global climate change. The club identified the need to support climate literacy in the middle school  by providing opportunities for learners to engage in hands-on activities that assist student understanding as to how Earth’s Students collecting data using a sensor    climate system works. Read about how this team of high school students developed the lesson and associated materials, as well as the lesson's outcomes and benefits developed by the club.

Natalie Macke has been a secondary science teacher for more than 15 years. In addition to establishing a girl’s STEM club focusing on Planet Stewardship, she has developed a fifteen-week honors-level course on Climate Change offered by the Virtual High School, and was invited to a special White House climate education event for her efforts. In 2015 she was the recipient of the Princeton Distinguished Secondary Teaching Award.

Past Planet Steward Webinar Highlights:
Can the World's CO2 be Stopped From Doubling?


This broadcast presents a national energy simulator developed by NOAA that using highly detailed weather and electric load data to determine the role that different energy sources could play in the coming decades. This “energy system simulator” uses coal, nuclear, wind, solar, etc., over the continental Unites States, and includes a potential national High-Voltage-Direct-Current (HVDC) transmission network, allowing power to be shared over the domain. The study presented shows that there is a potential path to transforming the global energy system to much lower carbon emissions by the 2030s without major economic harm.

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A large coral surrounded by colorful fish in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

Noteworthy from NOAA: 50th Anniversary!

Nearly 50 years ago, the U.S. ushered in a new era of ocean conservation by creating the National Marine Sanctuary System. Since then, it has grown significantly. 

With the help of hundreds of partners, thousands of volunteers, and millions of supporters, the sanctuary system is a conservation force helping to safeguard our nation’s most treasured underwater resources for future generations, supporting coastal communities, and driving local economies!

From now and throughout 2022, the 50th anniversary will be used to reflect on the past and chart a new course to meet future challenges and opportunities. Browse the 50th anniversary webpage to view a new system video, commemorative poster series, and more. A new resource collection will be added each month so return to the site often.

Aquarium-Sanctuary Partnership Releases Video


The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) in the Gulf of Mexico offers one of the most beautiful and wildlife-rich dive sites in American waters. But stony coral tissue loss disease - already ravaging Floridian and Caribbean reefs - is a grave danger to this pristine underwater habitat.

The Tennessee Aquarium and FGBNMS have released an instructional video for divers that emphasizes why sanitizing to eliminate pathogens matters. It recommends best practices for enjoying reefs without endangering them.

Watch the Video: Play your part in preventing the spread of Stony coral Tissue Loss Disease.

For more information on prevention of stony coral tissue loss disease, visit

Severe Weather Roundup!

Deadline to submit: 19 November 2021


You have questions? NOAA has answers! Submit your questions about severe weather events here along with your e-mail. Then, in December, NOAA will host a Town Hall webinar where experts will  answer your questions about tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, lightning, flash flooding and more. The most frequently asked questions will be posed to a panel of experts. So put your thinking caps on and submit your questions today!

Ocean Sound and Impact of Noise Resource Collection


 Explore a collection of NOAA lesson plans, webinars, videos, web stories and more to learn about noise in the ocean and NOAA’s efforts to monitor and understand underwater sound in the National Marine Sanctuary System. Learn why noise is important to marine organisms’ communication and survival and how ocean noise is changing due to human activity. Read to explore NOAA’s efforts to understand the effects of anthropogenic ocean noise on the marine ecosystems of the National Marine Sanctuary System here >

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Every Calf Counts: Hawaii's Humpback Whale Mother and Calf Pairs in a Time of Changing Climate

Wednesday, 10 November 2021 at 5 pm ET

The nearshore waters along the western shoreline of Maui, Hawai`i are a favored nursery region for mothers and their young calves. Over the past twenty years—the Keiki Kohola Project has been working to provide information to help ensure the well-being of mothers and calf pairs during this critical nursery period. Between 2015 and 2017, dramatic increases in water temperatures in the North Pacific severely impacted the region's marine ecosystem. 

Join us to obtain up-to-date information on the humpback whale and calf pairs' current status and more exciting information. Click here to register > 


NOAA Live! 4 Kids

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Join us and get a sneak peek to see what NOAA scientists do in all our labs and offices across the country! Students in grades 2nd-8th can connect with scientists and ask questions in real-time through a moderator. Join us for the following live webinars:

 Click here for a full list of both upcoming and past recorded webinars. Support services are provided by Woods Hole Sea Grant and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


Using Community Science for Decision Making: Beach Monitoring


Join us for three case studies followed by a panel discussion of how community monitoring programs are providing beach data to local and state decision makers.  There will be time Q&A. 

Please register here.

Last month’s webinar, “Using Community Science for Decision Making: Coastal Flooding,” has been posted to the WHOI YouTube page:


Thursday,  18 November 2021 at 5 pm ET


How do you remove over 300,000 pounds of marine debris in one year? Join us as Papahānaumokuākea Marine Debris Project President/Founder Kevin OʻBrien shares about the three large-scale debris removal efforts in Papahānaumokuākea over the last year that shifted thinking about solving the problem of marine debris in the Monument. Learn more here >

You can also visit the archives of the webinar series here, brought to you by the National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series.

Educator opportunities

Webinar from COP26 - Science Show & Share

Land & Carbon Lab: Addressing the global land squeeze for climate, biodiversity and people

Tuesday, 9 November 2021 | 12:00 pm ET

Join a LIVE stream from the world climate summit, COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland! Learn about COP26 and be inspired by the work that scientists and climate activists are doing all around the world. This event is for teachers, classrooms, and members of the public to learn about the conference - what it is, how it works, why it's important, and what it's like to be in Glasgow this year. Be inspired to get involved and take positive action around climate change. Find out more here and REGISTER!

And... be sure to check out these useful resources for teaching about COP 26 from CLEAN:

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Webinar Series this November 2021

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Register now for remaining presentations in the CLEAN webinar series to enhance your knowledge and teaching about climate and energy education! Upcoming webinars include:

“Teaching Climate Consequences with CLEAN: Motivate and Inspire, Don’t Despair” presented by Karin Kirk, November 9th | 6:30pm ET | REGISTER Here >

“Strategies for Integrating Climate Science into the Elementary Classroom with CLEAN” presented by Alicia Christensen, Tiffany Boyd, and Rae Han on November 18th | 6pm ET | REGISTER HERE > 

Link to the webinars to learn more, or learn more about the series HERE.


Just Sustainability: Curious Conversations About Equity and Sustainability

Thursday, 11 November 2021 | 2:00 - 5:00 pm ET


Just Sustainability: Curious Conversations About Equity and Sustainability is a podcast for faculty and professionals in higher-education interested in better integrating equity and sustainability within their work. In the process of recording the podcast, the presenters have spoken to and learned from people at the vanguard of socially-just approaches to sustainability. This workshop will share these important finding. Workshop topics include but are not limited to:

  • How the guests featured on Just Sustainability conceptualize the intersection of equity and
  • The importance of community-specific factors.
  • Strategies for building empowering relationships with communities
  • Learning from marginalized folks in non-exploitative ways.
  • The cultural biases embedded within the conventions of higher education, and more!

Click here to learn more .

 Registration Fee: $95 (AASHE members), $125 (AASHE non-members)

Webinar Series: Making Sense of Three-Dimensional Science


The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) is offering a free webinar series to provide educators with information and examples of the three dimensions and how they are used to teach and assess students. If you are adopting Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) or three-dimensional standards based on the Framework, these webinars will help. Register for one or all sessions and receive handouts and a recording of the sessions to share with colleagues. 

The Power of a Good Story, November 17, 2021, 4–5 p.m. ET

Making Sense of Phenomena and Problems, January 12, 2022, 4–5 p.m. ET

Everyday Three-Dimensional Assessment, February 9, 2022, 4–5 p.m. ET

The Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science & Technology 

Open through 19 November 2021 - HURRY!

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The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently launched, The Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science & Technology Ideation Challenge Help OSTP advance equity in science & technology through this challenge in three specific ways: Participate!; Spread the word to your networks; Connect with OSTP about opportunities to collaborate on advancing equity in science and technology. Email with questions, comments or suggestions.

NSTA Science Update Webinar: Protecting the Elusive & Endangered Hawaiian False Killer Whale

Thursday, 2 December 2021 at 7:00 PM ET

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In this Science Update from the National Science Teaching Association and NOAA, you'll learn all about the main Hawaiian Islands insular false killer whale and why they are endangered. This presentation will also introduce activities and resources to support classroom explorations, including how to be a community scientist and identify this species, how to report sightings and upload dorsal fin photos, and what you can do to help protect them. Register today to participate in this web seminar.

No Cost Spring 2022 Teacher Professional Development Opportunities from the American Meteorological Society!

Deadline: 6 January 2022


To help teachers seeking Earth science professional development, the American Meteorological Society’s Education Program is waiving all course fees for the first 36 participants that are successfully matched to a mentor team for each of the three online Spring 2021 DataStreme courses in weather, ocean, and climate science! Participants earn three accredited graduate credits per course.

Nearly 23,000 teachers have completed a DataStreme course, helping them leverage real time data in their classrooms, advance their careers, inspire their students, and become science leaders in their schools and communities. Teachers should fill out the DataStreme Interest Form ASAP to get matched with a mentor for the spring semester. Learn more about this exciting microcredential at

(Completion of any two courses offered by AMS Education fulfills the requirements to become a Certified AMS Teacher!)

Open Call to join the IDEAL Citizen Science Initiative

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Are you interested in diversity and inclusion in the participatory sciences? IDEAL Citizen Science is a new working group funded by the National Science Foundation. The initiative is in response to recognizing striking demographic limitations of large-scale citizen science projects (accessed in the top link on this page). If you are interested in learning more and/or being part of the IDEAL citizen science initiative, please fill out this form. Thank you!

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching                              


The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) - including computer science, is now accepting nominations! The PAEMST is the highest honor the U.S. government bestows for K–12 mathematics and science teaching, honoring up to 108 teachers each year. Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the President; a trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend recognition events; and $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.

Consider nominating a talented teacher or applying for the award yourself here. This year, teachers in grades K–6 are eligible. Nominations close on January 7. Applications will be due by February 6.

Student opportunities

What's Your Climattitude? Quiz from the United Nations (UN)

This campaign is an initiative of the UN Climate Change secretariat. It aims to encourage individuals who are willing and in a position to contribute to climate action. Take the climate attitude quiz here to learn how you might be able to reduce your carbon footprint.

Journal of Emerging Investigators


The Journal of Emerging Investigators is an open-access journal that publishes original research in the biological and physical sciences that is written by middle and high school students.  JEI provides students, under the guidance of a teacher or advisor, the opportunity to submit and gain feedback on original research and to publish their findings in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Because grade-school students often lack access to formal research institutions, we expect that the work submitted by students may come from classroom-based projects, science fair projects, or other forms of mentor-supervised research.

"What's cool about climate science?" from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Thursday, 11 November 2021, 1 pm or 3 pm ET

"What's cool about climate science?" From exploring glaciers to creating mathematical models of Antarctic ice sheets, NCAR climate scientist Gunter Leguy is an expert in icy science. Join in to chat with Gunter about his unexpected path to becoming an ice expert and the science behind how climate affects our planet’s ice today and in the future.

The series is geared towards middle and high school students, but anyone is welcome. Details and Zoom registration can be found on the event web page.

Camp Eco.Logic - Resilient and Equitable Food Systems

December 27 - December 30, 2021 | 1 - 5:30 pm ET

How will climate change affect your favorite food? How can soil be a climate solution? Join us at Camp Eco.Logic to learn the answers to these questions and more as you develop your own policy proposal that moves us closer to resilient and equitable food systems! All campers will receive Camp Eco.Logic care packages, be named Eco.Logic Ambassadors, and receive a certificate of completion.

Registration is open until December 17, 2021.


Chipotle Sustainability Challenge, Here's How It Works

Apply by 31 January 2022


Young people research their community and report on how they're going to make their food system more sustainable.  The young people's budget is then reviewed and money is distributed to complete the plan. Action Plan funds are first-come, first-serve with only completed submissions eligible. The first 100 complete submissions will also receive an extra $100.* Finallly, young people submit their story of how they took action and asked for a change.

Download a Student Workbook, Adult Partner Guide, and more details at

Other Competitions...

Film contest

Filmmakers, Share Your Great Lakes & Ocean Stories at Thunder Bay International Film Festival!  Inspired by NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary system, this competition is designed to give high school students an opportunity to tell their Great Lakes and ocean stories. Top entries will be selected to have their films screened at the virtual Thunder Bay International Film Festival in January 2022, prizes awarded to top three entries.  Deadline: 4 January 2021.

And Don't Forget...

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Climate Curious Web Series: Real talk about climate change

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Climate change impacts are not equitable and continue to harm marginalized communities at a high rate. Dive into this web series on transforming the conversations we have about climate solutions, and hear from voices on the front lines of climate change impacts in communities across the county. Find the series here >

Green Careers for a Changing Climate Instructional Supplement for Grades 6-8

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Students can have an enormous impact on climate change by choosing to work in a green career field that benefit the environment, protect people, conserve natural resources, and/or make the production process more environmentally friendly while providing equitable employment.

Students can learn more about green career pathways and their connection to climate solutions through Climate Generation’s Green Careers for a Changing Climate documentary and instructional supplement.

Neighborhoods At Risk- A New Tool

Rain Walk

Developed by Headwaters Economics, the Neighborhoods at Risk tool is designed to help identify specific neighborhoods within a community that are most at risk to climate change impacts. The tool is free to use and interactive. Simply enter the name of a community and begin exploring. Learn More >  

ScienceMakers Biographies


As a part of the extensive HistoryMakers archive, ScienceMakers provides biographies and oral histories of more than 200 African American pioneers in STEM professions. The ScienceMaker biographies and accompanying classroom toolkits engage K–12 students in pursuing STEM careers by showcasing the compelling life stories of a diverse group of STEM professionals.  Find out more and access the resource >

Highlighting the Adaptation Series


The Adaptation series highlights the intersection of environmental education, geography, and anthropology. Explore these resources and classroom activities that promote civic action by students to make real connections in their local communities as inspired by the actions in the global examples presented in each episode. These lessons could apply to geography, life science, or environmental science/studies classes, as well as innovation and engineering programs with a human-centered design approach.

Iceberg Diagram: A Systems Thinking Tool from NASA


Graphic organizers can be effective tools in helping students of all ages and levels make sense of learning. For example, the Iceberg Diagram: A Systems Thinking Tool—a graphic organizer for middle and high school levels from the My NASA Data program—helps students move from “simply knowing” to “figuring it out”.

At the My NASA Data website, teachers can access a Google slide presentation describing how to use the organizer in the classroom.

Find out more >

Claiming Antarctica


Ever wondered who owns Antarctica? Who is allowed to visit? What scientific research and exploration occurs on the southernmost continent? A post from the blog Teaching With the Library of Congress (LOC) shows middle and high school teachers how to engage students in a study of Antarctica using two primary source maps from the LOC. The post describes how the maps can be incorporated as part of lessons in various subject courses and includes guiding questions for each area. The maps also enable students to develop understandings about geopolitical and scientific interests in the region. Find the tool here >

“Today I Was a Scientist When I…” Poster


The Lawrence Hall of Science and Amplify Education celebrate the idea that there’s a scientist and engineer in each of us. Featuring photographs of scientists and engineers at work, the downloadable poster asks, How were you a scientist or engineer today?, and has a checklist of science and engineering practices: asking questions, analyzing data, using models... The poster was inspired by Lindsey Manzo, an Ohio Sea Grant educator. Download it here.

Here are some other great resources for educators put together by Lindsey at Ohio Sea Grant.

Conference Reports
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10-11 November 2021

The Ocean Literacy Summit is a biennial conference that brings together educators and scientists from across New England and surrounding states for the purpose of sharing new marine science and oceanographic developments along with new approaches and successful programs for teaching ocean science. Additionally, all of the Summit’s concurrent sessions feature scientists and educators as co-presenters. This year’s Summit will be a hybrid format, taking place virtually November 10th and in-person November 11th with local, regional field trips across New England. Find out more >

NOAA Reports: 

Hawaii Recovery Plan /Implementation Strategy

New Jersey Marine Debris Emergency Response Guide

Washington Marine Debris Action Plan

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  • NOAA Fisheries has issued a Final Recovery Plan and Recovery Implementation Strategy for the main Hawaiian Islands insular false killer whale. This distinct population segment is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act and has less than 200 individuals. These documents serve as a blueprint, guiding efforts to conserve and recover this highly endangered species.

  • The New Jersey Marine Debris Emergency Response Guide is a product of collaboration among state and federal agencies and will improve preparedness for response and recovery operations following any natural disaster or event that generates large amounts of marine debris in New Jersey.

  • The NOAA Marine Debris Program is pleased to share the 2021 Washington Marine Debris Action Plan. This document represents a diverse partner-led effort to guide marine debris actions in Washington State for the next two years. 


Grants, Scholarships, Fellowships

  • The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is seeking applications for the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program from individuals - particularly women and minorities, who due to financial constraints, may not otherwise be able to pursue an advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.) in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology. These may include, but are not limited to ocean and/or coastal: engineering, social science, marine education, marine stewardship, cultural anthropology, and resource management disciplines. The scholarship covers tuition and a living stipend, as well as travel funds. Deadline for applications is December 14, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.  Learn more and apply >

  • NOAA Fishers-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Overview 2021 (PDF download) is now open! The NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is designed to help Sea Grant fulfill its broad educational responsibilities and to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Read the announcement of 2021 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows and apply!

  • NOAA Ocean Exploration Education Mini-GrantsNOAA Ocean Exploration, is pleased to award small grants ranging between $10,000 - $25,000 to support Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEI&A) efforts that advance ocean literacy, stewardship, and workforce development related to ocean exploration. The deadline to submit proposals is November 15, 2021. To learn more and read the Request For Proposals (RFP), see here. 

  • Chesapeake Bay Trust Environmental Education Grant Program: This grant program seeks to fund programs and initiatives that advance environmental literacy and result in students having the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and motivation to take informed and responsible actions to protect and improve the environment. Eligible projects for this funding opportunity fall under two tracks.
    • Track 1: Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) Implementation: Proposals for up to $40,000 per year for up to three years
    • Track 2: Environmental Literacy Capacity Building: Proposals for up to $40,000 for a year

            Deadline: Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 4pm ET. 
            Find out more information including who can apply here >

  • EPA 2021 Environmental Education GrantsUp to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants are now available under the 2021 Environmental Education Local Grant Program. EPA will award grants in each of EPA’s 10 Regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-40 grants nationwide. The Requests for Application (RFA) notice is now posted on

    Applications are due Dec. 6, 2021.

  • The  NOAA Ocean Acidification Program is excited to announce a graduate fellowship opportunity for Master's students contributing to the body of knowledge on regional vulnerabilities to ocean acidification and potential solutions to build greater resilience against its impacts in the Pacific Islands. Letters of Intent are due Dec. 14th, 2021! 

    Tune in to the informational webinar on Wednesday Nov. 10th at 8pm ET. Reserve your space!

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