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May 10, 2022

News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you.
What you do makes a difference and you have to decide
what kind of a difference you want to make.”

—Jane Goodall

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NOAA Planet Stewards Is Now Accepting

Funding Applications!

Deadline: Midnight (PT) 5 June, 2022

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

Planet Stewards supports educators in carrying out hands-on stewardship projects with elementary through college age students, as well as the public in one of the following focus areas: Marine debris; Habitat conservation and restoration; Carbon footprint reduction; and Carbon sequestration.

Visit our Focus Area Resources page for more information about these topics and materials to consider when planning a project.

Individuals who have already been awarded funds by NOAA Planet Stewards MAY submit applications for stewardship projects. If an educator currently completing a stewardship project would like to apply for funding, they must have already submitted a progress report and supporting documents that show significant progress in their current project.

Read about successful projects that have received funding in these past issues of The Earth Scientist where educators have published their work.

You can find more details about the application process and supporting documents to help you develop a project plan here.


Join the Planet Stewards May Book Club on May 16! 


At our next event we'll be getting together to talk about cod - and trade recipes… seriously! We’ll be discussing :

Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World 

                                       by Mark Kurlansky

All are welcome! Check out the meeting discussion questions which are posted on our Website.

To join the meeting dial 866-662-7513 (toll free) then use the pass code 1170791#.

Learn more here and see many of the books from past events.

Join NOAA Planet Stewards and our Partners at these upcoming and in-person workshops!


June 17-19: Preparing for Climate Change Impacts with Stewardship 


NOAA Planet StewardsElkhorn Slough and South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRS) are hosting a simultaneous three-day workshop for educators who work with middle or high school students. 

To register at the physical location you will be attending the workshop and receive more detailed information, visit the links below


July 13-15:  E Kū Ana Ka Paia - Building Climate Change Resilience

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NOAA Planet StewardsThe National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and the Hawai’i Science Teaching Association are hosting a three-day workshop for 6-9th grade educators to learn about climate change, how it's impacting Hawai‘i, and how to engage students to take action through place-based activities grounded in Hawaiian perspectives.

Spaces for this event are limited! Travel scholarships are available for teachers on Kauaʻi, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi. All educators are welcome to apply to attend. 

You can find more detailed information and register to attend the workshop 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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Ocean Acidification Resource Collection

The ocean absorbs the extra carbon dioxide we emit into the atmosphere when we burn fossil fuels, like coal, oil, and methane gas, and that changes the chemistry of the ocean. We call this “ocean acidification.” Learn more about it using NOAA's Ocean Acidification Resource Collection.

Engineering with Nature


In the latest NOAA Ocean Service podcast, we showcase an episode from our collaboration the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers called "Engineering with Nature." Listen to an interview with the Director of NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. Guests discuss how the practice of Engineering with Nature and the application of nature-based solutions are evolving and the importance of protecting critical coastal ecosystems. 

National Hurricane Preparedness


Hurricane Preparedness Week was May 1-7, 2022 but you can still determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies. You can also make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season. If you live in hurricane-prone areas, you are encouraged to complete these simple preparations before hurricane season begins on June 1. Learn more about how you can be prepared for hurricane season.

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NOAA Science Seminar Series

Read all about these and other upcoming webinars here!

Something for Everyone!

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET 

“An Assessment of Coastal Resilience in Great Lakes Communities: Basinwide Resources and Local Efforts in Response to a Changing Coastline” Add to Google Calendar or join the meeting


Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET 

“Tracking Hurricane Ida (2021) through NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration: Preparedness, Response and Recovery” Add to Google Calendar or join the meeting


Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET 

“Insight into the past and present cyanobacterial blooms in Lake Superior”
Add to Google Calendar or join the meeting


Wednesday, May 11, 2022 | 11:00 pm - 12:00 pm ET

“Oklahoma Drought Status Webinar” Add to Google Calendar or join the meeting.


Wednesday, May 11, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

“State of the Ecosystem: 2022 Overview” Add to Google Calendar or join the meeting


Thursday, May 12,  2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

“Toward better understanding and forecasting of population dynamics”
Add to Google Calendar or join the meeting


Thursday, May 12,  2022 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

“An EPIC Dive into Social Science: What is the Community of Community Modeling?”
Add to Google Calendar or join the meeting


Tuesday, May 17,  2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

“Exploring Underwater Sound in our National Marine Sanctuaries”
Add to Google Calendar or join the meeting


Wednesday, May 18,  2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

“Open Ocean to Octocorals, Oh My!: Applying ‘Omics tools to the exploration of remote habitats and species” Add to Google Calendar or register for the meeting


Wednesday, May 18,  2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET

“Virtual Field Trip to the Channel Islands” Add to Google Calendar or register for the meeting


Thursday, May 19,  2022 | 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm ET

“Happy as a Clam: Ecology and photosymbiosis of giant clams (Sub-famliy: Tridacninae) in Palau” Add to Google Calendar or register for the meeting


Friday, May 20,  2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

“Q&A - Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning”
Add to Google Calendar or register for the meeting


Tuesday, May 24,  2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

“Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month”
Add to Google Calendar or register for the meeting.

SanctSound - from NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 | 2 pm ET


NOAA's and the Navy's SanctSound is a project that exists to better understand underwater sound within our national marine sanctuaries. Join the Science and Heritage Division of the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, follow the science presentation, and take a tour of the new Ocean Sound and Impact of Noise Resource Collection.

Register for the webinar. 

This event is designed for formal and informal educators, high school through college students, and community members. Visit the archives of past National Marine Sanctuary webinars to catch up on presentations you may have missed.

Educator opportunities

Ocean Expert Exchange Webinars

Thursday, May 19, 2022   |  1:00 pm ET

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.

Webinar: Racial Equity and Multisolving: A Conversation with Nathaniel Smith of Partnership for Southern Equity

Thursday, May 12, 2022 | 12:00 pm ET


Join the Multisolving Institute for a conversation with Nathaniel Smith, Founder and Chief Equity Officer of the Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE). PSE advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in metropolitan Atlanta and the American South.

In the webinar educators will explore why racial equity must be a central focus of multisolving and learn more about PSE’s approach to advancing racial equity in health, energy, economic opportunity, and land use. Register for the webinar.  

Webinar: Climate Conversations: Adaptation in Agriculture

Thursday, May 19, 2022 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET


Extreme rainfall, rising temperatures, and changing production conditions are just some of the hazards climate change creates for agriculture. Join us for a conversation about how farmers are responding to these challenges in the United States and how policies can support or hinder innovative practices.

The conversation will be webcast on the Climate Conversations: Adaptation in Agriculture webpage. The conversation will include audience questions and will be recorded for viewing on the webpage after the event. Register for the webinar.

Climate Conversations: Pathways to Action is a monthly webinar series from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 

NOAA Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) Trainings

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 

Alabama 6/15-16 (Register); NW Florida 6/23 (Register); 

Mississippi 6/28 (Register); SW Florida 7/13-15 (Register); Texas 7/25-27 (Register)

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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, They 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 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 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!

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National Climate Educators Retreat 

When & Where: August 2-6, 2022 in Saco, Maine

The National Climate Educators Retreat will be located on The Ecology School’s sustainable River Bend Farm campus on the Saco River in Saco, Maine. The National Climate Educators Retreat is a professional development opportunity, designed to support high school classroom teachers in incorporating climate education in their curriculum to educate, empower, and inspire students and community members to take action to adapt to or to mitigate climate change.

Student opportunities

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.

All We Can Save - Reading Circle

Start an All We Can Save reading circle for a deeper connection and community focus on addressing the climate crisis and creating solutions. Check out these great session guides to get you on your journey.

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Carbon Sequestration Field Lesson

Natural climate solutions are all the rage, and what better way to show the importance of a single tree than to measure the amount of carbon it sequesters in a year? You can do this video-based lesson right out in your school yard on a warm, spring day. 

What is the Tragedy of the Commons?

The Tragedy of the Commons is a central phenomena in understanding why we have some of the environmental issues we have. Check out this video-based lesson that demonstrates this concept using a number of different examples.

Science-focused Environmental Justice Phenomena 

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Practice Brief 87: Identifying Local Environmental Justice Phenomena for Science and Engineering Investigations

This STEM teaching tool from the University of Washington’s Institute for Science and Math Education provides guidance and resources to help educators identify relevant science learning experiences in the community that focus on Environmental Justice (EJ). By connecting students to local EJ issues, students can discover and explore the causes, implications, and perspectives in real-world issues in their communities. 

Environmental Justice (EJ) is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people—regardless of race, color, national origin, or income level—in the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental regulations and policies.

Restoring Florida’s Coral Reefs 


This StoryMap intended for upper-level high school students interested in learning about coral biology and restoration. Learning objectives for this interactive are:

  • Explaining what coral bleaching is; causes and symptoms
  • Understanding how microfragmentation works 
  • Exploring issues to restore reefs
  • Gaining a perspective into the field of coral biology

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Online Nature Courses 

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Check out Monterey Bay Aquarium's collection of interactive online courses for students in grades preK–12. The courses, available in English and Spanish, introduce science concepts while encouraging a sense of wonder and connection to the natural world.  Check it out!

What is predictability? 


Predictability is a word that often comes up in discussions here on the ENSO Blog (another is variability). Let’s see if we can understand what climate scientists mean by predictability without having to read an entire book on statistics! Read more.

Learning Landscapes: Outdoor Water Efficiency and Conservation Lessons

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An important but often overlooked perspective is the outdoor water use required to sustain the landscapes that we create. If we choose to grow plants that are adapted for the climates in which they live, we will use less water. These lessons are designed to teach students about how climate-appropriate plants in our landscapes can help conserve water, whether at home, in school, or elsewhere.

The lessons may be used as stand-alone lessons, though they also function effectively as a cohesive unit. The activities are designed to be facilitated in whole-group, small-group, or individual formats.



1. Climate Advocacy Lab

This library of resources touches on how to have effective climate change conversations, with a diverse set of lessons including The Science of Climate Change Communication and Resources for Working with Climate Emotions.

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2. Climate Stories Project

The Climate Stories Project highlights how students, educators, hunters, and explorers are affected by climate change, and the actions they are taking towards adaptation and mitigation. These stories open students' eyes to climate change impacts, from their backyard to around the globe. Find out more about this project in the NOAA Planet Stewards webinar archive: Sharing Stories About Climate Change.

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3. Yale Climate Opinion Maps

These interactive maps are perfect for students to explore beliefs around climate change both locally and nationally. Check out the Climate Change Investigation, a perfect building block to understanding how climate change communication must engage communities and inspire them to action.

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4. Climate Reading Guide

Climate Generation’s revised Climate Fiction and Nonfiction Reading Guide is now available! Updates include a new elementary-level section with picture books, an action guide filled with climate action ideas at any grade level, and 27 new titles! Climate fiction is an excellent way to introduce climate change to students who are not already familiar with the topic or are reluctant to believe the scientific data.

5. Climate Change & Wildfire Lesson Plans

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In partnership with the USDA Southwest Regional Climate Hub, the Asombro Institute for Science Education presents Climate Change and Wildfire, a free hands-on, fun, scientifically rigorous education unit for 6-12th grade students in formal and informal settings. The unit consists of three hands-on activities that are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards. 


6. Climate Change Lesson Sets

The National Center for Science Education has launched five new lesson sets focused on helping students overcome common misconceptions about climate change.

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Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Convening 

A free virtual event on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.


Join educators from across the Mid-Atlantic for 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.

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