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“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

― Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard's Egg

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Past Planet Steward Webinar Highlights:

Educators agree that the best way to increase literacy on climate change - and initiate actions, is to just begin talking about it. What's the best way to start? Watch this Planet Stewards presentation archive to hear about the best ways to start talking about climate change - especially if you’ve ever felt unsure if your message is clear or how connecting to your students or audiences. Effectively communicating complex issues involves sound science and an element of artistry. The FrameWorks Institute has interviewed over 18,000 Americans and conducted multiple experiments on the topic of communicating climate change to identify the “frames” or messaging strategies, which are most likely to help the public understand this complex issue. In this presentation you'll learn how you can use simple, clear, and effective messages to communicate climate change in your classroom and beyond!

Join the Planet Stewards April Book Club Meeting on April 11 


You can join us on Monday, April 11 at 8:00 PM ET when we'll get together to talk about Sy Monntgomery's book: 

The Soul of an Octopus:

A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

We hope you'll join us - you'll be glad you did!

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 lineup for the rest of the 2021-2022 academic year.

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NOAA needs your help! 

NOAA Education has created a new needs assessment for educators working with elementary through university level students. The goal is for you to provide NOAA information about the types of STEM multimedia and distance learning tools you want to use with your students and your own professional development.

Help NOAA Education by taking this survey yourself, distributing it to your colleagues in education, and as many networks of educators as you can. Take this very short survey and let NOAA know how it can help you!

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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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Understanding Year-Round Whale Presence by Listening Closely

In cold winter months with New England’s whale watching fleet safely stored away or relocated to southern harbors, one might assume the animals that support the industry have also departed these frigid waters. However, recent studies show that whales visit the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary throughout the year. Read all about it here.

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NOAA Science Seminar Series

Read all about these and other upcoming webinars here!

Something for Everyone!

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

“The zooplankton community in the north Bering Sea responds differently to contrasting warm and cold periods” Add to Google Calendar.


Wednesday, March 23, 2022 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

“NOAA Science Report Seminars: Sustainable Use and Stewardship of Ocean and Coastal Resources” Add to Google Calendar or join the meeting.


Thursday, March 24,  2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

“Deep, dark, and diverse – an exploration of hydrothermal vent plume community composition and function” Add to Google Calendar or register here.


Thursday, March 24,  2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

“What determines how well an estuary neutralizes acids? A case study of alkalinity in the Chesapeake Bay’s tidal tributaries” Add to Google Calendar or register here.


Tuesday, March 29, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

“Ancient Algal Blooms: Comparing historic and modern cyanobacteria and cyanotoxin dynamics in the tropics and subtropics over the last 5000 years” Add to Google Calendar or register here.


Tuesday, March 29, 2022 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm ET

“A trait-based approach to understanding distribution patterns of reef fish across the Pacific” Add to Google Calendar or join the meeting.

Webinar: Sea Level Rise – What it is; Why it's Such a Problem; What we Can do About it!

Thursday, April 7, 2022 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm ET

In this NSTA Science Update webinar, you’ll learn why sea level rise is occurring, how NOAA and partner agencies are collecting the most up to date data to understand this issue, about sea level rise's impacts now and into the future, and more on products and services being developed to help communities plan and prepare for the next season, next year, and for decades to come. Register here.

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Educator opportunities

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Professional Development


Webinar: Not Another Bar Chart! Teaching Graph Choice

March 22, 2022 | 6:00 pm ET


Webinar: Exploring Equity: A Conversation about DEIJ in K-12 Classrooms

April 19, 2022 | 6:00 pm ET


Cornell Lab of Ornithology's K–12 Education offers free webinars each month for educators. These interactive events provide background content, highlight new educational resources, and discuss methods for successful implementation of \activities. Each webinar is about 50 minutes with 10 minutes for questions. You can access all their 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.


New Approaches to Representing Women in Science

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 | 5:00 pm ET

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Attend a dialogue between historians of science Leila McNeill and Anna Reser, and Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, a multidisciplinary artist known for portraiture projects. Lacey Baradel, science historian at the National Portrait Gallery, will moderate the conversation to examine recent approaches that represent women in the history of science through portraiture and biography. It will explore challenges in upending established historical narratives and defining women’s participation in the history of science, the role of collaboration in producing and consuming these histories, the use of new technologies and media platforms, and efforts to identify and engage specific audiences.
Register here.

Webinar: Science: Call to Action

March 25, 2022 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm ET

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The Call to Action for Science Education issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine seeks to advance science education programs and instruction in K-12 and postsecondary institutions in ways prepare students to face global challenges of the future as engaged participants in society and as STEM professionals. Learn how the report’s recommendations are being implemented across the country. Register here. 

Webinar: Sound the Alarm Solutions: Centering Justice in Climate Change Action

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 | 1:00 pm ET or 8:00 pm ET

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UCAR Center for Science Education (SciEd) is hosting a virtual event as part of Bard College’s Worldwide Teach-in for Climate/Justice. This webinar will feature a panel discussion about climate change solutions, action, hope, and why justice is a critical component of it all. There are two opportunities to participate in a live interactive session. Pre-registration is required to submit questions and engage with the panelists. Register for the 1:00 pm ET webinar or the 8:00 pm ET webinar. The event will also be live-streamed on YouTube and will not require registration. Middle and high school students are highly encouraged to attend.

For teachers participating with their class, there are additional resources you can share with your students (many are available in multiple languages) on the Worldwide Teach-in for Climate/Justice resources page.

For more information, please visit the panel webpage.

Webinar from Columbia University

Activism in Adaptation: Addressing Coastal Resilience and Climate Justice

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 | 6:00 pm ET

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The research is clear and incontrovertible: the climate emergency is causing sea level to rise, threatening millions of people around the world. These impacts will fall hardest on those with the least capacity to adapt. During this event, Columbia Climate School’s visionary thought-leaders will discuss their strategies for empowering, protecting, and transforming the communities most vulnerable to this climate catastrophe. Join this online broadcast for an illuminating discussion with world-leading landscape design innovator Kate Orff, renowned polar explorer Marco Tedesco and Climate School Dean Alex Halliday. Register now!


Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. : June 26-30, 2022


Oregon State, Corvallis, OR. : August 7-11 2022

Applications for both schools due: April 14, 2022


School of Ice is an National Science Foundation funded professional development program for faculty at Minority Serving Institutions. This program will train participants to understand paleo-climate evidence derived from ice cores and acquire the skills necessary to bring this exciting inquiry into new and existing Earth and environmental science classes on their campuses.

There will be two opportunities to attend School of Ice this summer. Help reduce your carbon footprint by considering the one closer to you geographically. Learn more at

Travel expenses are paid and all resources are provided to workshop participants!

Registration is open now and applying early is highly recommended!

Climate Generation

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Dates: July 18-22, 2022

Join Climate Generation, the NOAA Climate Office, and 14 other amazing climate change education partners virtually at the Summer Institute for Climate Change Education! Gain the skills to bring climate change into your educational setting, whether it be a classroom, nature center, or museum! Learn more and register here.

Earth to Sky Academy, at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Dates: October 17-21, 2022

Applications Due: March 31, 2022

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The Earth to Sky Academy is intended for teams of experienced informal educators and climate communication leaders who have a strong commitment to furthering climate literacy within their respective regions. Applications are now open for the tuition-free course for interpreters, informal educators, and science communicators interested in creating and nurturing regional communities of practice focused on improving climate science communication. Apply here.

Climate Impacts & Adaptation Training Course

Course Dates: April 4 - 29, 2022


In Spring 2022, the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center at the University of Oklahoma is offering a short, free, online course that will dive into the impacts of climate change and adaptation strategies. Registration is open from March 1st through April 4th. Register here.

Student opportunities
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The 74’s 16 Under 16 in STEM — Nominate a Student Today

Deadline: March 23, 2022

The 74  is asking for your help to identify an inaugural class of “16 Under 16 in STEM.” They are looking for 16 of the most impressive students who are 16 years of age or younger who have shown extraordinary achievement in STEM-related activities. Learn more and apply or nominate someone else here.

Real-Time Science: Arctic Ocean Expedition

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Join Sarah R. Johnson, environmental education specialist at Wild Rose Educationand International Arctic Buoy Program PolarTREC educator to learn how scientists collect weather, climate, and sea ice data amidst the frigid Arctic challenges. Johnson will share real-time updates from her late March PolarTREC Expedition in Alaska as well as her blog, Arctic Ruminations. Read the real-time updates and post questions and comments, and participate in a live-stream PolarConnect event on April 5, 2022 at 11:00 AM ET to meet the scientists at the Arctic Ocean on the sea ice. Be sure to sign up to receive the journal and blog posts (links above) in your email to get all the details.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Youth Summit on Climate, Equity, and Health in Boston, MA

Dates: July 24–30, 2022

Applications Due: April 15, 2022


Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is hosting a week-long summit designed for a diverse group of high school students from across the country who are interested in becoming climate leaders in their communities. In workshops and field-based activities, students will learn from Harvard Chan experts, including scientists, health and policy experts, academics, and energy innovators; form a community of likeminded, climate-concerned peers; and create a climate action plan to bring back to their home. 

Full and partial scholarships are available and specifically designed to provide equitable access for students representing diverse voices, backgrounds, and perspectives.

Learn more and apply here.

3rd Annual Recycle Regatta

Submission Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET


The 3rd Annual Recycle Regatta is now on! Students in grades K-12 are invited to compete in this free virtual regatta. First, build a model sailboat out of recycled and repurposed materials. Then, race your boat to victory while learning all about engineering, mathematics, sailing, buoyancy, and stewardship. Classrooms, boating centers, families, and all community organizations are encouraged to take on the challenge.

North American Marine Environment Protection Association Annual Art Contest

Submission Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2022


Can you think of ways to depict innovative, new technologies for greener shipping in the maritime industry? Students are asked to submit an original poster depicting creative ideas about the possibilities for new technology leading to a sustainable future for shipping and our global society. Twelve entries (six from grades K–5 and six from grades 6–12) will be selected as finalists by May 13. The winning artwork will be featured on the North American Marine Environment Protection Association, the United States Coast Guard (USCG),  and the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organization of the American States websites, as well as on a printed bilingual (English & Spanish) calendar distributed throughout the Americas.Two grand-prize winning artists, chosen from the finalists in each of the grade brackets, will receive a $100 cash prize and a USCG prize package, in addition to the certificate and calendar.

Learn more about the contest here.

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

Cause a Sea Change from NOAA: Save Sharks

New Educational Video From Ocean Today


Sharks play a vital role in the health of our ocean, but in some parts of the world, many shark species are in decline. By contrast, many shark species in U.S. waters are doing well thanks to the efforts of NOAA and fishermen. Learn about the conservation success in the U.S. and why sharks are in trouble elsewhere - and what you can do to help!

Check out the Ocean Today video and accompanying links to learn more about sharks and shark conservation.

Free issue of The Earth Scientist

This free issue of The Earth Scientist (TES), a peer-reviewed quarterly journal is made available from the National Earth Science Teachers Association and focuses on water - coming out of our faucets, on our lands, and in our ocean. Topics in this issue include:

  • What’s in Your Water?
  • Taking an Immersive Dive into America’s Underwater Parks
  • Monitoring Freshwater Resources from Space
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Plastic in the Ocean
  • Too much or too little: Empowering Students to Plan for Flooding and Drought Resiliency

Read all about these subjects in this issue of TES, and learn more about NESTA.

Zoom In: Water + Climate


●  Learn how the water cycle is changing as climate changes.

●  Watch a fun video with your students to start a conversation about climate and water.

●  Discover how the ice of the Earth’s cryosphere has an impact on your climate.

●  Build a water cycle model with your middle school students.

Celebrate World Water Day on March 22, 2022!


World Water Day is on March 22! The focus of 2022 is Groundwater: Making the invisible, visible. To celebrate, you and your students can take the one minute story challenge or learn why we should care about groundwater.

NASA Data Presents: Sea Ice and the Earth System Story Map


Sea ice is frozen seawater that floats on the ocean surface in both the Arctic and the Antarctic. This floating ice has a profound influence on the polar environment, influencing ocean circulation, weather, and regional climate. Sea ice constantly changes in regular seasonal cycles, but how is climate change related to sea ice extent? Visit My NASA Data to find out!

Trending Upward from HHMI Biointeractive


If you’re looking to deepen students’ understanding of climate change, check out these resources from HHMI Biointeractive intended to extend the information presented in the film, The Science of Climate Change.

Try these activities: The “Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide” Data Point activity asks students to examine a graph of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels taken at the NOAA Mauna Loa Observatory - also featured in the film. Then, students can delve into Earth’s climate history with The Paleoclimate: A History of Change Click & Learn activity. Lastly, students can calculate their personal carbon footprint and suggest ways to reduce carbon emissions with this activity. Visit the site now!

Data Activity - Harmful Algae Blooms


In North America, Spring is upon us and flowers are beginning to bloom, but along with the warmer temperatures and April showers can come a bloom of a different color. Harmful algal blooms, also known as HABs or red tides, occur when there is a population explosion of potentially harmful phytoplankton such as certain diatoms, dinoflagellates, and cyanobacteria. In this activity, students compare concentrations of harmful algal blooms to determine if the situation is getting worse over time.

Consequences and Conservation


Explore the consequences of climate change on animal populations and more with this Ecology Project International (EPI) Yellowstone inspired lesson. This link includes a teacher guide, student guide, and additional resources needed to run the lesson. It's a great way to get students up, moving, and contemplating the impacts of climate change

From National Geographic: Mapping Blue Whale Migration

Grades 3 - 8; Activity: 30 minutes

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This resource from National Geographic engages students in mapping skills and learning about animal migration. Students will identify a major migration route taken by blue whales, use a map scale to calculate the distances of migrations of several marine organisms, and consider human impacts on whales and other migrating marine species. Students create stories of whale migrations drawing on the reasons behind animal migration.

New Learning Module on Water Levels!

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NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS), in partnership with the COMET MetEd program, has just launched a new module: Working With Water Level Data: Establishing Accurate Water Levels. The unit provides guidance on planning for and installing water level stations, analyzing data, and understanding acceptable uncertainty for water levels. It is the second in a series of modules designed to people better understand water level observations, data analysis, and tidal datum computation to assist with resilience and restoration projects.

All of the COMET MetEd materials are completely free, but you have to create an account and log in to access them. 

Conference Reports

New IPCC Report: Impacts of Climate Change Are Irreversible & Widespread 

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report: Impacts, Adaption and Vulnerability warns that the increasingly numerous and widespread impacts of climate change may soon overcome the ability of humans and nature to adapt. It calls for immediate action to greatly reduce fossil fuel emissions. Many feel that the report's release was overshadowed by news of the Ukraine conflict, which demonstrates how our future increasingly depends on global cooperation and how widely the political shocks of conflicts can spread, excluding other important issues.

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2022-2023 Bureau of Land Management Greening STEM

GrantBureau of Land Management (BLM) has partnered with National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) to offer funding for STEM programming on BLM lands using components of NEEF’s Greening STEM model.Apply for grants from $5,000 to $10,000 each for projects during the 2022-2023 academic school year. One goal of this grant is to stimulate educational partnerships between the BLM, schools, and community-based organizations that facilitate meaningful place-based learning experiences for students.

2022-2023 USDA Forest Service Greening STEM Grant

Application period: March 15 – April 30, 2022

The USDA Forest Service (FS) State and Private Forestry program office is seeking applications for Greening STEM grants for the 2022-2023 school year. Programming funded by these grants will assist formal educators and FS staff in implementing and enhancing learning in and outside of the classroom, with a primary focus on FS-related subject matter. For examples of successful past projects, check out NEEF’s Greening STEM Hub.


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