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Join the Planet Stewards March Book Club Meeting March 7!


We had a blast at our gathering last night when we discussed Our Changing Menu: Climate Change and the Foods We Love and Need with the authors.

Couldn't make it? - That's OK; Join us for our next meeting on Monday, March 7 at 8pm ET when we'll talk about

Girl Warriors: How 25 Young Activists Are Saving the World

by Rachel Sarah

The author will be joining the event along with one of the Girl Warriors featured in the book. You do not want to miss this event! 

All Are welcome! Discussion questions will be posted prior to the meeting on our Website.

To join the discussion Dial 866-662-7513 (toll free) then use the pass code 1170791#. Learn more here and see our entire lineup for the rest of the 2021-2022 academic year.


Earth Day at Cottage Lane

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Get your students outdoors this spring! Read how one group of teachers did so by traveling to a state park where their elementary students worked with scientists, outdoor educators, local environmental groups and volunteers to learn more about and experience the environment around them. Replicate the project in your own way and bring your students to the wonders of the outdoors. Find the project write-up here.

About the Author: Jacob Tanenbaum teaches science and computer technology just north of New York City. He has taught for over 30 years there, as well as in Tucson, Arizona; Buffalo, New York; Alabama; Georgia, Guatemala City; Guayaquil, Ecuador and Bogotá, Colombia. He has served as a Planet Stewards Regional Lead for many years. Learn more at:

Past Planet Steward Webinar Highlights:

The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change: A free Resource 

The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change offers a clear overview of the physical science of climate change while addressing the social science that makes teaching about it a different kind of challenge than teaching photosynthesis - for example.

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This webinar digs into the science of climate change and its scary implications with an overview of the book and a discussion of how and why to keep hope in approaching the teaching of climate change. Find it here.

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If you're looking for educational resources or ideas to plug into your academic planning, check out archived issues of The Watch! Our team has reviewed all content for use by formal and informal educators working to increase their own ocean, climate, and environmental awareness as well as their students and audiences.

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New Sanctuary Soundscape Story Map

The Sanctuary Soundscape Monitoring Project has just released a story map that highlights what researchers are learning about vessel impacts in national marine sanctuaries by listening - underwater. Information about vessel use is important to estimate the value of these special places to their many users and understand the impacts that vessels can have on marine animals. This information is being used to inform future ship design and construction, to increase the effectiveness of quieting commercial vessels.

People Making a Difference at NOAA and Elsewhere

  • Check out this Black History Month feature from the 2021 interview with Vince Leggett, who shares some maritime history of African Americans in the Chesapeake Bay region.
  • Working to Restore Polluted Waterways: In a new video message, NOAA Ocean Service Assistant Administrator Nicole LeBoeuf discusses environmental restoration and how NOAA and its partners help waterways recover from pollution impacts.
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The Future Ocean Podcast Series

This isn't a webinar but it's close! In this new NOAA podcast series learn about the Alaska Ocean Acidification Network - The Future Ocean and the effects of ocean acidification and ocean warming on coastal Alaskans and the seafood industry. Hear from global experts about changing ocean conditions and what it means to put a price on carbon emissions to accelerate renewable energy infrastructure and drive down carbon emissions.  Listen anytime here.

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NOAA Science Seminar Series

Read all about these and other upcoming webinars here!

Something for Everyone!

10 February 2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

“A brief history of oxygen in the sea”

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10 February 2022 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET

“Ballast Water and Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease”

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NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Seaside Chats Webinar Series

Seaside Chats - NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Webinars

February 9, 16, 23 | 7:30-8:30 pm ET

Seaside Chats are an annual speaker series hosted by the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Upcoming webinars include:

  • February 9: Paradise Lost? Future Fisheries in a Climate-Driven Gulf, presented by Sepp Haukebo, Environmental Defense Fund
  • February 16: Discovering Climate History in Coral Skeletons, presented by Kristine DeLong, Louisiana State University
  • February 23: How Humpback Whales Feed Hawai‘i, presented by Jeannine Rossa, Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

Teachers can receive continuing professional education (CPE) hours. Students and Master Naturalists can receive attendance verification. Learn more and register for the webinars.

Educator opportunities

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Climate Change and Health Seminar: “Why Climate Change is a Health Threat”

Wednesday, 9 February 2022 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET


The NIH Climate Change and Health Seminar Series presents webinars that highlight work in the field of climate change while promoting transdisciplinary discussion and collaboration, Robert D. Bullard, Ph.D., from Texas Southern University, will explore how the effects of climate change can greatly impact communities experiencing health disparities, causing people from racial and ethnic minority communities and people from lower-income households to feel the harm of climate change first, worst, and longest. Register here. You can watch previous broadcasts in this series here.

Explore the Earth System with Understanding Global Change

Thursday, 10 February 2022 | 4 p.m. ET


The effects of intensifying global changes are here: wildfires, warming and acidifying oceans, sea level rise, and extreme weather events. The causes of global change and the mechanisms for mitigating future consequences are complex, and we need innovative scientists, engineers, and informed citizens to understand and respond to these challenges.

Participate in activities and discussions exploring the University of California Berkeley's Understanding Global Change tools that allows students to engage in the three dimensions of the NGSS by visualizing Earth systems and paths to a resilient future. The webinar is free, but registration is required. Visit this link for webinar registration.

Commitments for Climate Justice Education Webinar

Friday, 11 February 2022 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET


The Climate Teacher Education Collaborative is hosting climate teacher education webinars on the second Friday of each month. First up is the work and wisdom of Dr. Fikile Nuxalmo and Pablo Monte who will share details of their recent NSTA publication on Pedagogical Commitments for Climate Justice Education.

Register here.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Professional Development


     Inquiry Across the Ages: A Panel Discussion on 15 February 2022 | 6:00 pm ET

     Inspiring Curiosity with Wildlife Cams on 15 March 2022 | 6:00 pm ET


Every month the Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers free webinars for K-12 educators that provide background content, highlight new and relevant educational resources, and allow discussion for successful implementation. Each webinar is about 50 minutes long with 10 minutes allocated for questions. Access all archived webinars through K–12 Education Cornell Lab's YouTube channel. You can also receive letters of completion or Continuing Education Units. Register for the webinars here.

NASA Citizen Science Webinar Series

The latest NASA citizen science webinar series focuses on diversity, inclusion, and enhancing the accessibility of NASA citizen science projects.Find out more details and register here.

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Communicating for Inclusion, 
February 17, 2022 | 3:30 - 5:00 pm ET

“Inclusive science communication” has been defined as “any effort to engage people in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine that is grounded in inclusion, equity, and intersectionality.” Drawing on examples prior conversations, presenters will consider strategies for making NASA citizen science project communications more inclusive

Open Chat, March 3, 2022 | 3:30 - 5:00 pm ET

Join an informal discussion and reflection on the January-February series, and hear an update from the Citizen Science Data Writing Team on their edits to the NASA Citizen Science Handbook.

Earth Force Webinar: Asking for Money: How to Write Project Proposals

24 February 2022 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET


Funding is a limiting factor for many projects! Here’s a crash course in applying for funding to get your students’ project off the ground. If you are submitting projects to one of Earth Force’s Challenges, this is a great chance to get advice from other educators on proposal writing and implementation. Register here.

Creating a Coastal Acidification Module for the Mid-Atlantic

28 February 2022 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET


NOAA's Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) workshops are held at over 30 National Estuarine Research Reserves across the U.S.  every year. To address habitat change and impacts to local environments, TOTE educators will be including coastal acidification information for K-12 teachers at these workshops. Come and learn about a new coastal acidification learning module for Mid-Atlantic states, created by a regional network of educators, and pilot tested with teachers last summer. Register here.

Student opportunities

Youth Dialogue on the National Climate Assessment

15 February 2022 | 7:00 -9:00 pm ET


University and high school students are invited to a special event to discuss the Fifth National Climate Assessment, a major U.S. Government report on how climate change affects people and places in the United States. Attendees will hear from authors of the assessment and discuss how they can learn from and reflect the concerns of young people in the US. To register click here.

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research 2022 Explorer-in-Training Program Applications are Now Being Accepted!

Deadline: February 15 (10-week internship program)


NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research is excited to announce that the application for the 2022 Explorer-in-Training Program is now open! Applications are currently being accepted for opportunities from March to September of 2022. Applications are now being accepted for 10-week summertime opportunities (Exploration Education, Science Media/Communication)

EarthEcho Youth Action Network Meet-Up: NOAA Town Hall

26 February 2022 | 2:00 - 4:30 pm ET

Youth ages 13-25 are invited to a special EarthEcho Youth Action Network Meet-Up to share their perspectives on the vision for America the Beautiful, which includes the national goal to conserve at least 30% of America’s ocean by 2030 (also known as 30x30). This is the first-of-its-kind NOAA Youth Town Hall, providing a powerful opportunity for youth to share their ideas with NOAA and interagency federal partners on how to achieve this ambitious conservation goal. Registration is open to young ocean advocates through February 24.


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Join the Youth Climate Justice Summit!

Date: 25-26 February 2022

Join Climate Generation’s Youth Environmental Activists Program for the 2022 Virtual Youth Climate Justice Summit:

  • Meet virtually with elected officials
  • Make new friends in the youth climate movement
  • Learn about climate justice
  • Find out how to get involved with what you care about

The full schedule is coming soon, and the organizers would love your input to help build and shape it! Suggest workshop topics or apply to lead a workshop of your own in the registration form. The majority of youth who attend are in high school, although anyone age 21 and under is invited to participate!

Learn more and register here. 

When Innovation Meets Algae


You get prizes! competition, networking, and most importantly, science! The U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has announced its inaugural 2022-2023 AlgaePrize competition, hosted with the Algae Foundation and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. High school, undergraduate, or graduate programs students can create teams to compete for national recognition and a total of $130,000 in prize awards, with a grand prize of $20,000 as they work to advance algae technology. Visit the AlgaePrize website and subscribe to BETO updates to ensure that you are among the first to learn the latest AlgaePrize and bioenergy news.

Environmental Justice Video Challenge for Students

Deadline: 1 April 2022 (Phase 1)

The EPA has launched an Environmental Justice (EJ) Video Challenge for students to enhance their communities’ capacity to address environmental inequities. In Phase 1, students may submit a video that demonstrates innovative approaches to identify and characterize an EJ issue(s) in a community using data and publicly available tools. Win up to $20,000, and other benefits. Details on Phase 2 of the challenge will be shared at a later date.

 Learn more about the challenge and how to apply.


2022 Ocean Awareness Contest

Deadline:  13 June 2022

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The 2022 Ocean Awareness Contest is a platform for young people to learn about environmental issues through art-making and creative communication, and become advocates for positive change. Its theme, THE FUNNY THING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, challenges students to learn about climate change and its impact on the ocean, and to explore new ways, like humor, satire, or kitsch, to communicate the urgency of the climate crisis. 

Visit the website for full details, and be sure to check out Bow Seat’s Resource Studio on methods that break the mold on your typical doom and gloom messaging.

Special Awards:

There will also be an Educator Innovation Awards. If an educator brings the Ocean Awareness Contest into your physical or virtual classroom this year, Bow Seat wants to hear from you! Nominate yourself or a colleague for a $750 award. Learn more >

Ed Resources

Coral Reef Ecosystems Resource Collection

Coral reefs are one of the most important ecosystems on our planet that protect and foster biodiversity.  Explore this collection of NOAA webinars, lesson plans, posters, videos, infographics, virtual reality, and more. Learn about coral reef ecosystems, NOAA's efforts to preserve them, and limit the impacts they face:


Addressing Wildfire: The 2022 Marshall Fires and Beyond, A Timely Climate and Energy E-Learning Series to Use & Share


The past year has been full of challenges for many, not the least of which are wildfires.  At the University of Colorado Boulder where the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) is based is hosted, many staff, students, and faculty were evacuated as a result of January's Marshall fire.  CLEAN is highlighting resources to help educators deal with the trauma of this event, and help begin conversations about resilience. Explore the CLEAN Collection and it to promote hazard education and awareness.

National Geographic launches INTO THE DEPTHS Podcast

Available now!


This podcast uncovers the deep history of the transatlantic slave trade as it follows a group of Black divers who are dedicated to finding and documenting slave shipwrecks. The six-part podcast series highlights the journey of National Geographic Explorer Tara Roberts, who quit her job and left her life behind to follow in the footsteps of Diving With A Purpose, a group of Black divers who traverse the globe in search of long-lost slave shipwrecks and the truth of the history that accompanies them. National Geographic has developed a podcast listening guide for youth and adults to accompany the programs. This guide is intended for use in formal and informal educational settings.

Teaching Solutions: The Carbon Cleanup Initative

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore Lab Foundation, and colleagues in the San Joaquin County Office of STEM Education have developed a series of learning modules on climate change, carbon neutrality, and carbon dioxide removal solutions. Designed for grades 9-14, with 14+ hours of educational activities, this education toolkit is among the first of its kind in California. Starting this month, the materials are being piloted in 30 classrooms. Download it on the Carbon Cleanup Initiative website.

Arctic and Antarctic Animal Trading Cards


The National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs has released a set of 12 Arctic animal trading cards for grades K–5. The Arctic animal trading cards feature illustrations and fun facts  about well-known and more obscure Arctic creatures. The Antarctic trading card set features animals such as the Adelie penguin, giant sea spider, Antarctic krill, and Weddell seal. Get them both here:

Regional Coral Reefs Profiles


The World Resources Institute (WRI) has added 10 region-specific dashboards on the status of coral reefs around the world, in addition a global profile. The regional dashboards allow users to explore and visualize data on the state of coral reefs, their importance and value, their protection status, the threats they face, and more. Explore each of the 10 regions here.

Bringing Local Context to Global Data


The World Resources Institute has added a feature to Resource Watch that allows you to do a localized analysis of their global data sets. The new Areas of Interest feature enables you to bring your geographical context to our global data repository by allowing you to create custom geographic filters.

NSTA's Daily Dos: Life on a Hydrothermal Vent Investigation


Despite existing in the depths of the ocean, where sunlight cannot reach, hydrothermal vents are oases of life in the deep. In this investigation, students explore the phenomenon: How can ecosystems survive without sunlight? and develop their understanding of chemosynthetic communities through student-sense making. (The original activity comes from NOAA!)

Next Generation Climate for Grades 6-8


Analyze and interpret climate graphs and data to springboard discussions of climate change causes, impacts, and solutions. Download to explore the full curriculum or select individual lessons (Lesson 2 and Lesson 5 are recommended)!

Washed Ashore Marine Debris Curriculum


Washed Ashore has an integrated arts curriculum that was created in partnership with NOAA. It is completely free and everything can be downloaded from the site.


Conference Reports

Current: The Journal of Marine Education

The National Marine Educators Association's (NMEA) latest issue of Current: The Journal of Marine Education includes articles on working with underserved populations, a summary of NMEA's participation in the UN Ocean Decade, and a review of a new book for middle school students called Planet Ocean. Volume 35, Issue 1, Fall 2021 is now available on the Current website.


NSF Design & Discovery Forum: Climate Science, Children, and the Media

11 February 2022 | 11 am - 4 pm ET

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The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources invites you to participate in a forum to stimulate a national conversation on the topic of climate science education for children ages 5-11.This meeting will explore the potential for the media industry to collaborate with the scientific community to create content that is scientifically accurate and effectively engages children with climate science.

Pre-registration is required to attend the forum. A unique Zoom meeting link and password will be sent to you after your registration is confirmed.

Free Virtual Unconference for Cool Science Teachers

25 February 2022 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM ET


The Science is Cool Unconference will feature a special presentation from UrbanHeatATL about the remarkable community science being conducted to understand urban heat islands in the state of Georgia. Hear from scientists at Spelman College, Georgia Tech, about how their research is affecting change in Atlanta. Also hear from Thomas County Schools about students conducting similar research while participating in this nationwide project.

 Register here. Recordings will be available for those that cannot attend live.



Bay Watershed Education and Training Grants


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Climate Bytes

Ocean, Coastal Weather, Sea Ice, Ocean Life, Water Bytes

Weather Extremes and/or Other Earth Bytes

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