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April 12, 2022

News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

"We don't even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward.
In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things.
The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome."

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NOAA Planet Stewards Now Accepting Project Funding Applications

Deadline: Midnight (PT) 5 June 2022; Live Online Conference: April 12th & 26th

Go to our website for more information about how you could get up to $5000
to carry out a hands-on projects that make a difference.

Have Questions? - We'll try to Answer Them.

On Tuesday, April 12 and 26, 2022 from 8:00 - 9:00 PM ET NOAA Planet Stewards will have two opportunities for you to join a live video conference where you can ask questions about potential stewardship projects and the funding application process.(Note: This session WILL NOT be used to introduce information already posted on the web site.)

We strongly recommend reading through ALL the information and supporting materials on our web site before joining this meeting, and come with your questions in hand.

Spaces are limited! Click Here To Join The Event or copy and paste this link into your browser:

Join the Planet Stewards May Book Club on May 16! 


Last night NOAA Planet Stewards from across the country got together to discuss The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness. It was a wonderful eye opening conversation. If you missed it, there's one more chance to join us this year - Monday May 16, 2022 at 8:00 PM ET. We'll be hosting the last book club of this academic year. (Join us to talk about cod - and trade recipes! Seriously.)

Join us on Monday, May 16 at 8:00 PM ET when we'll get together to talk about:

 Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World

                                       by Mark Kurlansky

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 many of the books from past events.

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Past Planet Steward Webinar Highlights:

Diving into Sea Level Change: It's ‘App’ropriate

With the release of the recent Sea Level Rise Report, this consequence of global warming has been on a lot of people's minds lately. It is one of the most visible connections between all our earth systems - oceans, atmosphere, ice, land, and of course life on Earth. Scientists at Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Earth Science Observatory have been measuring changes in polar ice and the ocean for decades. They've made the data available and accessible through the ‘Sea Level Rise: Polar Explorer’ an interactive map based 'app' with a guided tour through the many layers of science that impact sea level rise. Check out this great presentation and dive into sea level change!

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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 Podcast! Water Level Stations and Tsunami Detection

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Tsunamis pose a threat to our coastal communities and can have devastating impacts to lives and property. These powerful forces can be caused by earthquakes, landslides, and even volcanic activity - like the January 2022 eruption in the Tonga Islands region. Although they can’t be stopped, detecting and monitoring these waves when they occur can help warn of possible danger. In this podcast, NOAA speaks with Paul Fanelli, Lead Oceanographer for NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services to learn how water-level stations provide critical data to help issue alerts, and about the unique wave caused by the Tonga eruption. Listen to the podcast. Available anytime!

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NOAA Science Seminar Series

Read all about these and other upcoming webinars here!

Something for Everyone!

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

“Heat and its impacts” Add to Google Calendar or register here.


Thursday, April 21, 2022 |12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

“There and back again: Exploring how a sea anemone (genus Metridium) spread in cold temperate waters (2022 Knauss Fellows' Lunch & Learn Series)” Add to Google Calendar or join the meeting.


Thursday, April 21,  2022 | 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm ET

“Dead Giveaway: Rising mortality rates suggest effectiveness of Lake Erie Grass Carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) control (2022 Knauss Fellows' Lunch & Learn Series)” Add to Google Calendar or join the meeting.


Thursday, April 21,  2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm ET

“The Connections Between Deep-sea Mining, the Monuments and Fisheries” Add to Google Calendar or register here.

NOAA Live! 4 Kids: Picture Climate Change

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 | 7:00 pm ET

Join NOAA reveal the winners of the 2021, "Picture Climate Change," Student Photo Contest! Additionally, NOAA climate experts will link the climate themes shared by students to the important work they do in this field. Find out more information and register here.

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Educator opportunities
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Vandana Singh is a theoretical physicist by training. Over a decade ago, she found that teaching climate science in her general physics classes didn’t work as expected.  Instead of being inspired to act, many students reacted with despair and apathy.  This took her on a journey of learning within and beyond the boundaries of science toward developing a transdisciplinary pedagogy of climate change.  In this presentation she focuses on a central aspect of this approach: the importance of story and narrative as ways of encompassing both scientific and ethical aspects of the climate crisis.

Register here for the April 14th event. See the full schedule and recordings of past sessions here.

Webinar: NASA STEAM – Celebrate Earth Day With Activities and Story Telling

Thursday, April 14, 2022 | 5:00 pm ET


The days leading up to Earth Day offer teachers a great opportunity to heighten student interest in the environment and science. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for this webinar to explore NASA STEAM Earth Day activities and projects that make environmental concepts come alive in the field, the classroom, and online. Learn ways to use storytelling to teach science concepts and ways students use science in everyday life. Register here to participate.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Professional Development

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

April 19, 2022 | 6:00 pm ET


More than ever, conversations are happening about how to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) in our society. Educators have a special responsibility to consider how lessons and classroom affect their students. Prior to the webinar, registrants will need to read three short articles to help  build understanding of how to support more inclusive environments across intersections of gender, race, and ability. During the webinar, small and large group discussions will allow us to stretch our thinking, learn and reflect with each other, and consider next steps as individuals. Find out more about the webinar, access the pre-event readings, and register here.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology's K–12 Education offers free webinars each month. These events provide background content, highlight new educational resources, and discuss methods for successful implementation of activities. 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. Find out about and register for all upcoming webinars here.


Don’t miss the final spring webinars from CLEAN! (Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network).
All webinars are free, virtual, and engaging. Register for all the webinars here.


Climate and Mental Health: Acknowledging Grief and Inspiring Hope
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm ET
Find out more information and register here.


Exploring hands-on, STEM-based energy activities for the classroom

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 | 6:00 - 7:00  pm ET

Find out more information and register here.


Teaching About Climate & Energy in Communities That Might Not Want to Hear it

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 | 6:00 - 6:45 pm ET

Find out more information and register here.

Webinar: Teach Climate Network Workshop:
Tackling Climate Change Disinformation in the Classroom

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 | 7:00 pm ET


Have you ever been asked by a student, parent, or colleague, “Is that really true? I’ve heard/seen something different on the news.” Attempting to teach about a subject that has become as controversial as climate change can be INCREDIBLY challenging, especially when you don’t feel like you have adequate answers or information for students.

Dive into how to respond to questions about climate science or climate solutions, and how to connect students with high quality climate science data and information with Climate Generation educator Seth Spencer. Register here.

Climate Change Leadership Course

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This course, is is provided by eCornell and intended to engage students of all ages striving to learn how to tackle climate change. The course is designed to 1) help participants assess the causes of climate change and its potential impacts on their organization, occupation, and personal life, 2) improve their ability to talk about climate change and incorporate the language into their daily dialog, culture, and decisions, 3) define and analyze risks and opportunities related to the supply chain, and 4) gain insight, inspiration, and hope from fellow students.

The month-long course is fee-based, however this promo code (CORNELL100) reduces the cost to $149.00. For more information and how to register see Climate Change Leadership.

Climate and Equity Education: A Summer Institute for Learning and Teaching in Maine

Date: July 17 - 23, 2022; Application Deadline: April 15, 2022


TERC, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, invite high school teachers to apply for a one-week, all-expenses-paid institute on Climate and Equity Education on the coast of Maine. Teachers will share best practices for learning and teaching; become founders of a national network of colleagues; have conversations with scientists; explore the inequitable impacts of climate change; and earn a $1,000 stipendApply here.


Great Lakes Watershed Field Course

Date: August 15-18, 2022 in Suttons Bay, MI

Application Deadline: April 29, 2022 by 5:00 pm ET

Inland Seas Education Association is once again hosting their Great Lakes Watershed Field Course (GLWFC) teacher training. The GLWFC is a 4-day professional development experience for teachers throughout the Great Lakes region. Training includes watershed and environmental concepts, place based education and environmental education pedagogy, and time for curriculum development. Educators will learn how to engage students in local environmental issues, investigate solutions, devise a plan, and take action during this course. There is no cost for this experience, but space is limited to 30 participants.

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Dates: July 18-22, 2022

Climate Generation

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.

B’More Climate Literate

Three Saturdays in July 2022 and one in March 2023; Application Deadline: April 15, 2022


B'More Climate Literate is a FREE virtual professional development program for middle and high school teachers in Maryland, Delaware and Illinois that focuses on teaching about climate change through science and engineering practices of the Next Generation Science Standards!

Participants receive a full kit of materials for each of the three different climate change lessons taught during the workshop and Maryland teachers can earn 2 CPD credits. Register now!

Inclusive Science Teaching & Authentic Research (iSTAR) Workshop

When: July 19–21, 2022; July 26–28, 2022; November 12, 2022


iSTAR is an in–person professional development program that focuses on inclusive science teaching and authentic research for high school science teachers in Maryland! Learn new inclusive teaching strategies while engaging in an authentic research experience that studies organismal form, function, and performance using a high–speed camera to analyze movements. You can find more information here. Note - Applicants will need to receive support from their school principals to participate in the course and receive full course benefits.. 

Participants will earn a stipend of $900 and 4 CPD credits through MSDE. Apply now!

Pollinator Partnership


Pollinator Partnership offers resources for K–12 educators to raise awareness about the importance of pollinators in the environment and the critical role pollinators play in our food production and ecosystems. These include curriculum, tools, activities, and links produced by the Pollination Partnership and other environmental education groups and organizations. Don’t miss the 126-page curriculum guide Nature’s Partners—Pollinators, Plants, and You (grades 3–6), which explores aspects of pollinators in the environment from the reasons pollinators are important, to creating a pollinator-friendly habitat in your location.

Also check out an associated series of interactive webcasts and satellite field trips: PollinatorLive! targeting grades 4–8, engages learners in digitally studying pollinators, gardening, and conservation.

Student opportunities

GLOBE (Girls Leading One Better Environment) Earth Day Art Exhibition

Submission Deadline: April 20, 2022


Calling all students between the ages of 7-and 19 to create sustainable artwork with the theme of My Place in Climate Change. Artwork should focus on and address the student’s impact in working toward global climate justice.

Students can participate individually or in classes, clubs, or groups of any size.

Submissions may be interactive and multimedia, visual art, poetry, and spoken word.

The artwork will be featured online on Earth Day, April 22, and then displayed at the Earth Day/Global Youth Service Day event held in Cathedral City, CA, on April 30. Learn more here.

Chesapeake Bay Caring for Our Watersheds Summit

Thursday, May 5, 2022 | 9:30 am ET

Join Earth Force for the culmination of the 21-22 Caring for Our Watersheds program! Hear from young people across the Chesapeake Bay as they share their innovative and realistic solutions to improve their watershed. Register here.


Citizen Science Projects with NASA

April is Citizen Science Month. Join in by collecting data, analyzing results, and helping scientists solve real-world problems. Visit this website to find out how you can take part in NASA science!


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


The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is hosting a week-long summit designed for high school students from across the country who want to become\ climate leaders in their communities. In workshops and field-based activities, students will learn from Harvard T. H. Chan School 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 homes. 

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.


YEA: Youth Environmental Activists!

Priority Deadline: May 1, 2022

Climate Generation is accepting applications from high school-aged youth from Minnesota for leadership roles in the YEA! program. These are stipend positions ranging from $300-$500 per semester during the 2022-23 school year. Apply now!

2022 Ocean Awareness Contest

Deadline: June 13th, 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 check out Bow Seat’s Resource Studio on methods that break the mold on typical doom and gloom messaging.

Special Awards:

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

Ed Resources

Teaching Teenagers Leave No Trace Principles


The weather is getting warmer, so why not take a break from the lecture and introduce your students to the world of Leave No Trace (LNT). This link includes a video for tips on teaching LNT to teens and provides instructions for an interactive game that takes students outside and gets them thinking about their impact on the environment.

Scientific Consensus: A Tsunami of Evidence


Check out this great resource from the National Center for Science Education that provides students with overwhelming and definitive evidence that Earth’s climate is changing. With so much disinformation out there, it is important that students have the skills and knowledge to identify accurate climate change science!

What is the Difference between Mis- and Disinformation?


Check out this middle and high-school resource from PBS on mis- and disinformation and learn about how both are spread, and how to combat them. What is a trusted source, and how do students know what to believe in print, online, and orally? Understanding what quality digital media looks like is key to stopping climate change and science misinformation from spreading! Use The Learning for Justice Digital Literacy Framework to incorporate digital literacy practices into your classroom today!

Conference Reports

Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Convening 

Virtual and free event on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.


Join educators from across the Mid-Atlantic in a 1-day virtual convening focused on climate change. Like past conferences, this one-day event will bring together examples of education and outreach happening across the Mid-Atlantic region focused on climate change action. Join for an inspiring day of learning and looking to the future as we all share what needs to happen to move the Mid-Atlantic region forward on climate change action.

This virtual and free event will be on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. The exact times will be announced soon but please put a hold on your calendar for 9am to 4pm EST. Space is limited. Reserve your spot by visiting

 Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just published the Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change Report as part of their most recent assessment report series. This seminal report is intended to help guide international climate mitigation action and policy over the coming years. It contains a wealth of information and serves as a touchstone for everyone to think about ways to become be a part of the climate solution through our roles as educators and stewards of the environment.

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2022-2023 US Bureau of Land Management Greening STEM Grants

The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has partnered with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) to offer funding for STEM programming on BLM lands using components of NEEF’s Greening STEM model.Apply for $5,000 to $10,000 grants - each for projects during the 2022-2023 academic school year. A 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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