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April 26, 2022

News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

"Few things are harder to put up with than a good example."

-- Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

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NOAA Planet Stewards Now Accepting Funding Applications!

Deadline: Midnight (PT) 5 June, 2022

 Live Q & A Video Conference: April  26th 

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

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

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

We strongly recommend you read 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

If you are unable to join via your browser, you may dial in at: (US) +1 740-303-2558 PIN: 196289442#

Join the Planet Stewards May Book Club on May 16! 


NOAA Planet Stewards from across the country got together at our April book club and discussed 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.

Join us on Monday, May 16 at 8:00 PM ET when we'll get together to talk about cod - and trade recipe …seriously! The book will be:

 Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World

                                       by Mark Kurlansky

All are welcome! Discussion questions will be posted on our Website soon!

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:

Spring is a perfect time to engage yourself and your students with the critical scientific skill of observation. You’ll find out how to capture nature observations in Nature’s Notebook -  the plant and animal phenology observation program from the USA National Phenology Network, how to implement a long-term monitoring program at your site or school, and how Nature’s Notebook aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards. Enjoy this opportunity for your students to develop a project and practice this critical scientific skill!

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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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Earth Week: Climate and Fisheries

To celebrate Earth Day, see how NOAA Fisheries scientists are studying and tracking changes in our environment to better understand and respond to climate change. Explore videos, articles, data portals and more to see how scientists are studying the impacts and providing best-in-class data and information for a Climate-Ready Nation.

NOAA Sea to Sky: A New Education Resource Database

Check out the new searchable database of NOAA and NOAA partner education resources. Check it out today! If you have any questions or feedback for the database development team fil out our feedback form or email us at

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webinar series


NOAA Science Seminar Series

Read all about these and other upcoming webinars here!

Something for Everyone!

Thursday, April 28, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

“Studies of Brown Carbon Particles from Wildfire Smoke”
Add to Google Calendar or join the meeting.


Thursday, April 28, 2022 |1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

“The Geographic Approach to Our Ocean, Our Future”
Add to Google Calendar or join the meeting.


Wednesday, May 4,  2022 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET

“Baleen whale prey consumption, ecosystem services, and conservation
in the Anthropocene” Add to Google Calendar or register for the meeting.


Wednesday, May 4,  2022 | 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm ET

“NOAA's National Marine Ecosystem Status Website - a Tool for Educators”
Add to Google Calendar or register for the meeting.


Thursday, May 5,  2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

“The National Wetlands Inventory: Driving Conservation through Mapping”
Add to Google Calendar or join the meeting.


NOAA Resource Collections: Ocean Sound and Whales

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

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As part of their 50th anniversary campaign, NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries has launched a robust new resource collection. Join NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries educators each month as they explore each collection of NOAA videos, lesson plans, webinars, web stories, virtual reality, and much more. In this new era of ocean conservation, we encourage everyone - not just educators, to take advantage of these materials available in each topically-based collection. The next webinar in this series will focus on Ocean Sound and Impact of Noise and the Whales Resource Collections. Register for the webinar.

Educator opportunities

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.

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: Climate Emotions in Education

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

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Learn how to educate students about pressing environmental problems in a way that facilitates emotional resilience and empowers them to take action. Register for the webinar.

Webinar: Speaking to Power – at the intersection of science and justice

Thursday, April 28, 2022 | 4:00 pm ET

Climate Force

Learn how to prepare your students to present their work and ask for change. Whether your students are presenting at a summit, competing in a challenge, or advocating for their school board, an excellent presentation can help make your students’ action project a success. Dig into environmental action civics in this online webinar!

Great Lakes Watershed Field Course

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

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

Inland seas

The Inland Seas Education Association is hosting their Great Lakes Watershed Field Course (GLWFC) teacher training –  a 4-day professional development experience for teachers from the Great Lakes region. Training includes watershed and environmental concepts, place based education and environmental education pedagogy, and time for curriculum development.. There is no cost for this experience, but space is limited to 30 participants.

Free Webinar Workshop: Enhance Your Biology Curriculum with Earth Science Resources from BioInteractive

  • SESSION 1: Thursday, May 5, 5:30–7:00 PM EASTERN

  • SESSION 2: Tuesday, May 17, 6:00–7:30 PM EASTERN


This free remote worksho provides multiple entry points within life science courses for integrating Earth Science topics such as the deep history of life and climate change. Explore free BioInteractive resources, such as EarthViewer and the Understanding Global Change interactive, to show how they support student understanding of those topics.

Click Here for registration.

Teachers on the Estuary Trainings (TOTE) from NOAA

Dates: May - July 2022   |   Location: On an estuary near you! 


Educators Wade-In! Check out the National Estuarine Research Reserve Estuary Education website for upcoming Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) workshop opportunities from May-July across the country.  If you’ve never seen a TOTE, watch the 5 minute video on the website to learn more.


Cornell Lab of Ornithology Professional Development

Webinar: Apps for Outdoor Exploration

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 | 6:00 pm ET


Cornell Lab of Ornithology's K–12 Education offers free webinars each month for all educators that provide background content, highlight new and relevant educational resources, and allow discussion for successful implementation. Each webinar is ~50 minutes 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.

'Sea-Level Rise in the Classroom' Workshops - 

Register Today!


Mississippi 6/28 (Register); Alabama 6/15-16 (Register);  

 NW Florida 6/23 (Register); SW Florida 7/13-15 (Register); Texas 7/25-27 (Register)


sea level rise

Explore sea-level rise from the intersection of social and environmental science. Each interactive workshop introduces science and social studies educators to the "Sea-Level Rise in the Classroom" curriculum. This curriculum fosters science-to-civics literacy through a high school curriculum focused on sea-level rise resilience and community-driven solutions.

$100 stipend and CEUs for participants

If you do not live or teach in any of the Gulf states but are interested in traveling to attend a workshop sign up to this waitlist. If the workshops are not fully booked a month out from the workshop date, we will open to out of state participants. Five more workshops will occur in June and July. Spaces are limited so educators are encouraged to sign up now!

See all workshop details and register here.

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 at the Virtual 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.

Inclusive Science Teaching & Authentic Research (iSTAR) Workshop for Maryland HS Teachers

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 a support form 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!

Climate Emotions Matter: Addressing Students’ Emotions

A PRI Educator Workshop with The Climate Mental Health Network

Monday, May 2, 2022 @ 6:00 pm EDT

climate emotions

Research shows that students overwhelmingly struggle with a range of climate emotions from both learning about climate change and direct environmental disasters experiences. How can schools and teachers help students become more emotionally resilient in the face of climate change? 

This workshop is part of a series of educator workshops hosted by The Paleontological Research Institution in conjunction with the publication of their Learning Earth newsletter.

You can find more information and register here. 

The working agenda for this 90 minute session is here.

Upon registration, you will automatically receive the Zoom link.

Student opportunities

Citizen Science

Help NOAA predict, observe and protect our changing planet by making your own contributions toward a greater understanding of our Earth and its diverse systems. Whether it’s helping count whales in Hawaii or reporting on weather right outside your window, we’ve got a volunteer opportunity for you!


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!

Chesapeake Bay Caring for Our Watersheds Summit

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

Join Earth Force for the culmination of their 2021-2022 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.


Sixth Annual NOAA Coastal Management Photo Contest 2022

Deadline: Friday, May 6, 2022


From beautiful beaches to busy coastal towns, coastal management keeps our coasts thriving. For the sixth edition of the photo contest, NOAA wants to see how you show your love for the coast. Show us your walks by the water, fishing excursions, support of coastal businesses, and more! Learn about the contest rules and submission guidance here.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and featured in the coastal management social media campaign during the month of May.

The Funny Thing About Climate Change Contest

Deadline: Monday, June 13, 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. The 2022 Ocean Awareness Contest 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.


  • Submissions accepted in: Visual Art, Creative Writing, Film, Interactive & Multimedia,
         Performing Arts: Music & Dance, and Poetry & Spoken Word
  • Open to middle and high school students ages 11-18 worldwide
  • Students can work as individuals or as a group/class/club
  • Hundreds of cash awards available, ranging from $50 to $1,500
  • Free to enter

Visit the website for full details and Bow Seat’s Resource Studio, where you and your students can access curated resources such as articles, primary literature, etc.

Ocean Expert Exchange Webinars

May 19   |   1 PM ET

Ocean Expert Exchange

Join the ANGARI Foundation for their final Ocean Expert Exchange webinar of the spring semester! Stockton Rush, Chief Executive Officer & Founder of OceanGate Inc., will talk about developing the next generation of submersibles to make the deep ocean more accessible than ever before for human exploration.

Ocean Expert Exchange webinars are open to audiences of all ages, free and stream live via Zoom and YouTube.

Details and registration info for upcoming Ocean Expert Exchanges, as well as recordings and resources for past events, can be accessed here.

More info >

Ed Resources

Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the U.S.

Audience: High School

This module from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences promotes student discovery and learning about the complex interactions between climate change, the environment and human health. Students describe the impacts of changing climatic conditions on human health with emphasis on vulnerable populations and apply systems thinking to create a visual model of various health implications arising from climate change

Also... The Teacher's Climate Guide: Climate Change and Health  Education (for secondary grades)

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Health education class is an excellent place to discuss factors contributing to happiness and quality of life in the future low-carbon world. Health education plays an important role in learning to understand climate change in-depth and in building a climate-friendly world.

Read about climate change and health education.

Attention Scientists and Citizen Scientists, Participate in The Global City Nature Challenge

April 29 – May 2 and May 3 – 8, 2022

city nature challenge

Join the annual City Nature Challenge, a 4-day global bioblitz co-organized by San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (and hosted in central NY by the Paleontological Research Institution).  As community science initiatives continue to grow, this year’s seventh annual City Nature Challenge is expanding to more than 400 cities across six continents. Find out more and join in the fun!

Twitter: @citnatchallenge; Hashtag: #CityNatureChallenge

Videos to Inspire Your Students in Celebration of Earth Month

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Science Near Me!


ScienceNearMe is a National Science Foundation–funded project that aims to get K–college learners more involved in community science. The project website features a database of community science projects, science conferences, speakers, competitions, and other happenings. With thousands of opportunities in the database, ScienceNearMe can be helpful whether you are looking to engage students in long-term projects studying data over time or short-term activities, such as those for day camps and classrooms.

My STEM Adventure App


The Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs -funded STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education (STEMIE) Center created My STEM Adventure App. It is a fully accessible app that for young children from birth to 5 years old. The app provides step-by-step guidance for families or teachers to lead young children, including those with disabilities, on adventures in their homes or neighborhoods to learn about STEM. 

STEMIE Book Recommendations: Black and Women Innovators


STEMIE curated two book lists to celebrate Black History Month and Women’s History Month. These books embrace and celebrate Black Innovators in STEM with engaging illustrations and photos to talk about with your young children. Women are also underrepresented in the STEM field and there is evidence that seeing positive representation and role models can impact girls’ aspirations and confidence in STEM.

From National Geographic: PristineSeas, Protecting the Ocean's Last Wild Places


Join  National Geographic Explorer in Residence Enric Sala and a  team of scientists and filmmakers as they work to inspire the creation of protected areas where marine life can thrive — while ensuring effective management for years to come.

Find activities to do with your students and learn about more National Geographic projects here.

Celebrate Earth Day Month with NOAA, NASA, and Others


Check out these resources and events that inspire us to be better stewards of our planet:

Conference Reports

Earth and Environmental Science Educator's Institute: Connecting Models and Evidence

Mel Project

Apply Now!! The MEL project is hosting two in-person Earth and Environmental Science Educators' Institutes on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, from 9 AM to 4 PM, held in conjunction with the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Chicago. One institute is for in-service teachers, and one is for pre-service teachers. The one-day institute is free, and a $1000 stipend to help defray travel expenses will be provided after institute requirements have been completed. .The application deadline is May 6, 2022. Applicants will be notified of a decision by May 13, 2022. Find out more information and apply here.

The NAAEE 2022 Call for Presentations Is Open!

Submissions Deadline: Friday, April 29, 2022

There's still time! Submit a proposal to present at NAAEE’s 51st Annual Conference and 19th Research Symposium in October. The conference will be held in Tucson, with virtual options available, and proposals should address this year's theme, "Educating for Change." Learn more and submit proposals.


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. This one-day event will bring together examples of education and outreach happening across the Mid-Atlantic region focused on climate change action. 

Space is limited. Reserve your spot by visiting

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Supporting Effective Educator Development Grants Open

Deadline: June 3, 2022

The Supporting Effective Educator Development Grant Program (SEED) grant program is now accepting applications for efforts that increase the pipeline of highly effective educators. The SEED program will award $65 million to support the implementation of evidence-based practices that prepare, develop, or enhance the skills of educators.

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.


Blue Legacy Report from NOAA

The Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act was signed on October 23, 1972, creating one of the oldest and largest networks of underwater parks in the world. Today the National Marine Sanctuary System covers more than 620,000 square miles of protected ocean and Great Lakes waters in 15 national marine sanctuaries and two marine national monuments. On October 23, 2022, the sanctuary system will celebrate its 50th anniversary and is using the opportunity to, among other things, issue this report summarizing its impacts and accomplishments as it looks forward to the next 50 years.

Blue Legacy

Job Post Lists


Equity Bytes

Science & Stewardship Bytes


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

Weather Extremes and Other Environmental News of Note

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