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June 14, 2022

News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day,
listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky,
is by no means a waste of time.

– John Lubbock

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Catch Up on Your Summer Reading with NOAA Planet Stewards Selections

The Planet Stewards Book Club is taking the summer off, but we’ll be back to share new ideas and books with you every month starting in the fall. While you’re waiting, have a look at the over 50 fiction, non-fiction, and young adult selections from past book club events on our bookclub archives webpage  – all with discussion questions! Whether you’re looking to catch up on some knowledge, enjoy a quick fun read, or find a book to use with your students, there’s something for everyone. 


We're Back! Join NOAA Planet Stewards and our Partners at these upcoming and in-person workshops!

Seats are filling up so, don’t wait till the last minute to sign up!

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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September 30 – October 2: Preparing for Climate Change Impacts with Stewardship

NOAA Planet Stewards, Elkhorn 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 level students.

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

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October 7-9: Climate Justice - Exploring the Science of Climate Change in Your Classroom

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NOAA Planet Stewards and the Detroit Zoological Society are hosting a three-day workshop for educators, Climate Justice: Exploring the Science of Climate Change in Your Classroom. The goals of this workshop are for educators to explore how global climate change is affecting the metro Detroit region, and how they can engage their students in taking action to address this global phenomena.

There are a limited number of spaces available. We strongly urge you to pre-register and reserve your seat at the workshop today! Pre-register and receive more information.

NOAA Education Needs Your Help!

NOAA Education wants to know about the types of multimedia and distance-learning tools educators want to use with their students and for their own professional development. Help NOAA Education! Take this very short survey (< 3 minutes!) 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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NOAA is kicking off the tenth year of our celebration of the ocean! Throughout June, NOAA Ocean Service will be sharing videos, imagery, facts, and articles about our ocean and coasts.

For a unique perspective check out this story about the "Spilhaus projection" – a new map projection that went viral in fall 2018 and provides us with new ways to think of the Earth.


Q&A: NOAA Intern Interviews Marine Debris Sea Grant Fellow Tanya Torres on Preventing and Cleaning Up Trash in Our Waterways

In this Q&A series, NOAA intern Abisola Ajai interviews three scientists in NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) and talks with OR&R Marine Debris Program California Sea Grant Extension Fellow Tanya Torres. Read the full interview where they talk about beach cleanups, marine debris prevention, and more.


NWS Seasonal Safety Campaign

Are you ready for summer fun?  Check out the latest weather safety graphics, videos, social media posts and more. In addition, please note the Spanish-language safety materials containing infographics and social media plans.

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NOAA Science Seminar Series

Read all about these and other upcoming webinars here!

Something for Everyone!

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

“NOAA’s Role in the Whole-of-Government Effort to Address the Climate Crisis”
Add to Google Calendar or register for the meeting.


Wednesday, June 15, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

“Genetic population structure in the abundant rockfish species, Pacific ocean perch (Sebastes alutus)” Add to Google Calendar or register for the meeting.


Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

“Global Deep Sea Capacity Assessment Results”
Add to Google Calendar or register for the meeting.


Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

“A Fishers Operated Pilot-scale Queen Conch (Aliger gigas) Hatchery and Nursery Facility for Restoration and Sustainable Seafood Supply in Puerto Rico”
Add to Google Calendar or join the meeting.


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

“Assessing the vulnerability of coastal communities to marine heatwaves:
a comparison of the U.S. and Australia”
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National Marine Sanctuaries: Where We've Been and Where We're Headed

Thursday, June 16, 2022 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm ET

Nearly fifty years ago, a new era of ocean conservation was born by creating a system of national marine sanctuaries. Since then, the National Marine Sanctuary System has grown into a network of 15 sanctuaries and two national monuments that conserve more than 620,000 square miles of the ocean, an area nearly the size of Alaska. Join John Armor, Director of the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, as he looks back on all that's been accomplished and the  future strategy for ocean and Great Lakes conservation. Register for the webinar.

Exploring Seamounts of the Atlantic and Pacific: A NOAA Office of Exploration and Research (OER) Webinar with the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA)

Thursday, June 23, 2022 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm ET


Our ocean is filled with volcanic features that profoundly influence tectonics, ecosystems, and ocean currents. NOAA OER seeks to characterize these features and their influences on our planet’s ocean, nature,, and human lives. Join OER and NSTA for this Science Update webinar to explore seamounts of the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean basins, share what has been discovered and provide education resources to guide student understanding.  Register here for this and other upcoming web seminars from NSTA.

Educator opportunities

Engaging Indigenous Communities in Climate Resilience Research

Thursday, June 16, 2022 | 12-1 pm PDT


Recent research engaged Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe stakeholders to understand how climate change and upstream pressures threaten ecosystems, lands, and resources. Findings emphasized that climate change planning must be grounded in Indigenous knowledge practices and protocols that return agency to the tribe. Register for the webinar.

NOAA Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) Trainings

Dates: June - 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 June-July across the country.  If you’ve never seen a TOTE, watch the 5 minute video on the website to learn more.



Climate Conversations: Water Justice

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET

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Millions of people in the U.S. lack access to clean and safe drinking water, particularly in low-income rural areas and in communities of color. Our changing climate creates additional threats. Join this conversation about how policies and infrastructure could help address disparities in access to water and build resilience to the increasing impacts from climate change.

The conversation will be webcast on the Climate Conversations: Water Justice webpage; register for the webinar. Available to view on the page after the event.

Climate Conversations: Pathways to Action is a monthly webinar series from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that aims to convene high-level, cross-cutting, nonpartisan conversations about issues relevant to national policy action on climate change.

June Social Media Contest

Application Deadline: Thursday, June 30, 2022


The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants to help you jump start your back-to-school supplies list for next year. Throughout June, they want to know your most effective classroom management strategies. Three randomly selected winners will receive a school supplies kit to help restock your classroom. Teachers must teach in the United States, a U.S. Territory, or a DoDEA school to be eligible to win. Check out the details.

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Dates: July 18-22, 2022; Online!

Scholarships and Graduate Credits Available

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CLEAN is leading a cohort of educators to the Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, hosted by Climate Generation in partnership with NOAA Climate Office.  This three-day experience is full of powerful and engaging keynote speakers, meaningful discussion about climate change, and collaborative conversations between a national network of climate change education leaders. Leave feeling reinvigorated for the new school year and prepared to educate your students to be global citizens.

Global Teaching Dialogue

When: July 19–20, 2022


The U.S. Department of State invites K–12 teachers and global education leaders to this free virtual event. Alumni of the State Department’s Teacher Exchange Programs and other global education leaders will conduct workshops on incorporating global perspectives into lesson plans and on adapting educational strategies and useful pedagogical practices from other countries across the K–12 curriculum. Fulbright Teachers will lead sessions focused on global issues such as climate change, human rights, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Attendees will also hear from State Department officials about opportunities for students and educators of diverse backgrounds to participate in exchanges abroad, and have the opportunity to connect with educators worldwide.

Earth Science Data Use and Understanding in Grades 7 to 14: ESIP Teacher Summer Workshop

When: In Person workshop: July 19 - 22, 22 I 8:00 am - 5:00 pm ET

Where: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Online workshop: July 20 and 21, 2022 | 1:30 - 5:00 pm ET (both days)


The Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Education Committee will hold an in-person workshop with local educators, combined with an online workshop via Zoom. ESIP members will share a resource and lead teachers through an activity using Earth science data. Tools and resources include the NOAA Climate Explorer, UNAVCO Velocity Viewer, NOAA CIMSS satellite data activities, NASA SEDAC Hazards Mapper and HazPop App, En-ROADS Climate Decision Model, and the Concord Consortium Flood Risk and Impact module. Participants will also be directed to the Out 2 Lunch archive of Earth science webinar demos of data tools and resources.

In-person attendees will receive $200 to defray fuel and hotel costs; some meals will be provided. They’ll also be eligible to apply and compete for a FUNding Friday project of up to $3,000. Both in-person and online participants may apply for implementation grants the following school year. Register for free.


Also from ESIP: Out 2 Lunch Webinars Data Tools Demos

Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) presents a collection of webinars on Earth science data tools for K–12 teachers and others. These 15-minute programs feature a 10-minute demonstration of an Earth science data tool or resource, followed by five minutes of Q & A about the resource. The webinars are recorded so teachers can watch them on demand. 

Changing Arctic Ecosystem Workshop

When: July 27 and 28, 2022 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm ET (both days)


This free interactive online workshop allows teachers to engage with the MOSAiC Expedition–inspired A Changing Arctic Ecosystem storyline curriculum connected to NGSS life science standards. Participants will hear from MOSAiC scientists and the curriculum developers about the unit, in which students trace the flow of carbon through the Arctic food web to predict how declining sea ice might impact Arctic organisms. Teachers will engage with ArcGIS Storymaps, hands-on investigations, authentic Arctic datasets, and more. 

Participants are expected to complete about 2 hours of asynchronous work. Teachers will receive a certificate for 10 professional development hours and the option to purchase 1 credit ($80) from the University of Colorado Boulder.

STEM Around the World; A Lesson Plan Competition

Application Deadline: Sunday, July 31, 2022


The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants to see how you incorporate different cultures from around the world into your lesson plans. Teachers of any grade level or subject can submit an original STEM lesson plan that includes diverse cultures. Three teachers who submit lesson plans will be selected to receive mini-grants of up to $1,500 to help buy equipment for their classroom. Check out the details here!

Student opportunities


Deadline: June 20, 2022

Who: Young environmental advocates ages 15-25

Applications for the Inaugural Gulf of Mexico Youth Advisory Congress is open for young environmental stewards! The Youth Advisory Congress (YAC) will help to shape the annual Youth Climate Summit and contribute to an international (US, Mexico, and Cuba) collaborative team focused on working with researchers & policy-makers to strengthen their stewardship, grow as environmental activists in their communities, and collaborate on concrete environmental policies, programs, and campaigns within the Gulf of Mexico.

Apply to the Gulf of Mexico Youth Advisory Congress! This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to join a youth congress focused on the Gulf of Mexico. Check out the Gulf of Mexico Youth Advisory Congress-Info Sheet if you have more questions.


Bee The Change Art Challenge

Deadline: July 4, 2022

How will you be the change for our planet? The 2022 Bee The Change Art Challenge is sponsored by S.C.R.A.P. Gallery and the Cathedral City Environmental Conservation Division in honor of World Bee Day and the queen of pollinators. Work will become part of the Bee The Change environmental art traveling exhibit for the new year.

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American Geosciences Institute's Earth Science Week, October 2022; Contests Listed Below & Opened Now


1. "Striving for Sustainability Globally" Video Contest for all ages. 

Learn more about the Striving for Sustainability Globally video contest. The American Geosciences Institute invites individuals and teams to submit a brief, original video exploring the many ways people are using the Earth sciences to make decisions that maintain and strengthen the planet’s ability to support thriving life!

2. "Sustainability in Action" Photography Contest for all ages.

Sustainable practices promote the planet’s capacity to support life throughout the biosphere, which involves interactions with other Earth systems such as the geosphere, the hydrosphere, and the atmosphere. How does geoscience knowledge help support sustainability where you live? With your camera, capture an image of the ways geoscience informs local efforts to build a sustainable world. Learn more about the contest.

3. "Our Sustainable World" Visual Arts Contest for Grades K-5 

A “sustainable” planet is one that supports living things — and that means taking care of all the things that life depends on, including land, water, air, and other living things. What does a sustainable world look like to you? What is necessary to have or change? What is not necessary? What is necessary to change? Use your artistic ability to produce an original work of art that shows how land, water, air, and living things interact in a sustainable world. Learn more about the contest.

4."Geoscience for Sustainable Development Goals" Essay Contest for Grades 6-9. 

We have all been called upon to help meet 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) articulated by nations around the world. Geoscience — which addresses interactions of the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere — can play a critical role. How can the Earth sciences help achieve SDGs in areas such as poverty, nutrition, education, equality, ecosystems, climate change, and/or industrial innovation? Learn more about the contest.

Ed Resources

A Kids Climate Justice Podcast


1Point5, A Kids Podcast About Climate Justice is a new podcast series about educators and others focused on collaboratively creating resources (e.g., books, apps, podcasts) to help students and their teachers and parents tackle challenging, empowering, and important topics. Most appropriate for ages 6–12, the podcast engages listeners to explore the challenges facing our planet with scientists, youth activists, and other environmental leaders. Each episode runs 20- to 30-minutes. Transcripts and resources for further learning accompany each episode.


Sea to Sky Database of Educational Resources Now Live!

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Sea to Sky is now LIVE!  This is a database containing a multitude of educational resources from NOAA and its partners. Use it this summer to find resources and plan STEM activities for your teaching curricula. Search by audience, subject, research type, NGSS teaching standards, and more. This is a GREAT resource that's sure to come in handy in the days and years to come!

MIT Climate Email Mini-Course and "TIL" Climate Guides


Educators Join MIT Climate for a free eight-week “email mini-course.” Each week in our short emails, you will learn about a key climate issue, paired with a communication tip and free classroom-ready resources. Mini-course begins in mid-June. Sign up here.

Free Climate Change Educator Guides accompany each episode of MIT’s award-winning podcast TILClimate (Today I Learned: Climate.) Guides are aimed at high school, and are flexible and adaptable to a wide array of subjects and contexts. 

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Resilience


Black history is American history, and Juneteenth (June 19) is an important part of that history. The holiday’s origins date to 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that enslaved people were free - months after the Civil War ended and two-plus years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. 

Today, Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom and emphasizes community and achievement Consider how to incorporate Juneteenth into your teaching with these tips from Learning for Justice. For a more interactive approach to the topic, check out the StoryMap Juneteenth: An American History Through Maps.

How We Mapped the World’s Solar Power Plants

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What if you could map all the solar facilities in the world? In this blog from Resource Watch, Kyle Story and Lucas Kruitwagen share what started with asking this question. In their groundbreaking research, they developed a machine learning pipeline to map solar facilities in satellite imagery that could play a key role in the path to decarbonize the energy.

Read the author's story and explore the data on Resource Watch.

Climate Change and Me!

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Nature-Action Québec happily presents "Climate Change and Me!"  to increase knowledge and encourage young people to learn about climate change phenomena and positively influence their lifestyle to help reduce greenhouse gas production. 

The site offers four bonus scientific experiments in addition to the multiple experiments that are found in the videos that can be redone at home. Students can even test their new knowledge by answering  questions available after each episode!

Black Birders Week: Soaring to Greater Heights


Learn the stories and the individuals behind BlackBirdersWeek, which began in 2020 and has flourished.  To stay in the loop on Black Birders Week, check out these hashtags:

  • #BlackBirdersWeek
  • #BlackInNature
  • #NatureForAll
  • #BlackBirders

For some general resources on what has occurred in past Black Birders Weeks, consider reading: The Impact of Black Birder's Week by Deja Perkins and Lauren Pharr. And be sre to see the full Black Birders Week 22 schedule from the Black AF in STEM Collective that includes upcoming webinars, interviews, videos, and articles such as these:


National Science Foundation Grants - 
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2022–2023 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program

Application Deadline: Monday, July 18, 2022


Through this program, expert K–12 educators from the United States travel to participating countries and territories to carry out short-term assignments abroad. Educators support and work in schools, teacher training colleges, government ministries, or educational non-governmental organizations as identified by U.S. Embassies and Fulbright Commissions. Fields for these assignments include STEM, project-based learning, family and consumer science, assessment, curriculum development, elementary education, education for those with visual impairments, and academic remediation. STEM projects will take place in Peru, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Project dates run from January to August 2023. Learn more and apply.

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