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July 26, 2022

News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 


There can be no stewardship without stewards.

-- John Jay Jackson, Jr.

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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. 


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

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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:

Reserve your place today! Spaces are limited!

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 these 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.

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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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Read more about the cost-savings of High Resolution Rapid Refresh wind forecasts and how NOAA's forecast systems deliver solutions.

Building a Climate - Ready Nation! NOAA's latest Story Map 


NOAA is Building a Climate-Ready Nation!  In our newest story map see how NOAA is on the front lines of developing the knowledge, tools and techniques needed to minimize future climate risks and build a healthy, safe and thriving nation. This is an enormous effort and, in one form or another, everyone at NOAA is driving it forward.

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Tracking North Pacific Albatrosses to Understand Fishery Interactions

Thursday, July 28, 2022 | 6:00 pm ET

Understanding what drives the interactions between albatross and fisheries can offer resource managers new perspectives on strategies to promote ocean management and albatross conservation. Albatross populations worldwide have been severely impacted by mortalities from long-line fisheries where birds consume bait, become hooked, and then drown. Although albatross can be attracted to fishing vessels, an overlap between albatross and fisheries vessels does not equate to negative interactions for all birds. Individual-based perspectives can offer insights into the conditions under which albatross engage fishing vessels without mortality events. NOAA is using novel radar detecting biologging devices to identify albatross-vessel encounters in and around the Papahānaumokuākea National Monument to better understand the impacts of fisheries on albatrosses in the North Pacific.

Register for the webinar.

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We Rescued the Monitor: How a NOAA-led Team Recovered USS Monitor's Most Famous Components

 Tuesday, August 2, 2022 | 1:00 pm ET

Join Dr. John Broadwater, former Superintendent of Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, as he recounts the efforts of NOAA, the U.S. Navy, The Mariners’ Museum and Park, and others to recover the most famous and important components of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor - discovered in 1973! Hear how it was designated America’s first national marine sanctuary and later renovated by NOAA by developing a plan to recover as much of the Monitor’s hull and contents as possible

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NOAA Science Seminar Series

Something for Everyone!


Tuesday, August 2, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

“Ocean Surface Salinity Response to Atmospheric River Precipitation in the CA Current System”

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET

“Next Steps in Offshore Aquaculture Management in the Pacific Islands Region”

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Friday, August 19, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

“Implementing genetics into fisheries management: Case studies in Alaska fisheries”

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Educator opportunities


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Sharks are in the news more than ever. Understandably, some communities are concerned. Learn how shark encounters stack up to other dangers like vending machines! And there are many species of sharks that don't make it into Hollywood films. In fact, sharks come in all shapes and sizes and help keep ocean ecosystems in balance. We need sharks!

Learn about the conservation success at NOAA and in the U.S., why sharks are in trouble elsewhere - and how you can help #SaveSharks with the Cause a Sea Change: Save Sharks (4:09) video. Check out the complete Endangered Ocean collection to help your students and community better understand and respect sharks.


#BIMSDives Into Innovation & Technology

Friday, July 29, 2022 | 6:00 pm ET

Join the conversation with Brandon Barney, as he dives into innovation and technology moderated by Betina Brockamp and Okunade Gabriel. Tune in to the Black In Marine Science YouTube channel to catch this immersive conversation!​​​​​​​​ ASL provided during the livestream.

Join NOAA Ocean Exploration for their return to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge to explore its deep waters and Azores Plateau

When: July 20-29, 2022 | 6:45 am - 5:00 pm ET


From July 9 to July 30, NOAA and partners return to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge for the second expedition of Voyage to the Ridge 2022. The expedition includes mapping and dives using NOAA's two-bodied remotely operated vehicle (ROV) system to explore deep-sea coral and sponge habitats, potential hydrothermal vent and extinct polymetallic sulfide systems, fracture and rift zones, and the water column of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (north of the Azores) and the Azores Plateau! Grab a front seat for exploration by tuning into the LIVE feed of the ROV dives.

Looking for educational resources to bring the excitement and mysteries of the deep sea alive for your students? Explore the Voyage to the Ridge 2022 expedition page.  Also, dive into the Deep Ocean Education Project website for additional ocean exploration education resources, events, and ROV dives!

Changing Arctic Ecosystem Workshop

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


During this interactive online workshop teachers can directly engage with the MOSAiC Expedition scientists and the curriculum developers about the NGSS life science standards aligned curriculum A Changing Arctic Ecosystem where 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!

Climate Initiative Retreat

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. It is designed to support high school classroom teachers in incorporating climate education in their curriculum.

The second annual retreat will take place August 2-5, 2022. There is a $75 fee. Register now to secure your spot!

Student opportunities
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NASA Earth Science in Action Comic Strip Contest

Deadline: August 13, 2022

Artists ages 14 and older from around the world are invited to capture stories of Earth science in action. Select one of three stories about how NASA Earth science satellite data helps communities address environmental challenges. Use your creativity to create a hand-drawn or digital art comic strip to illustrate the story. Artwork will be judged by a panel of comic artists, illustrators, astronauts, and scientists. Winning entries will be visible on NASA social media as well as SciArt Exchange digital and in-person display events. Top winners also will receive a personalized trophy and certificate.

Learn more about the contest.

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Youth Innovation Challenge 2022

Applications Due: September 1, 2022

The Youth Innovation Challenge is for people aged 15–30 from anywhere in the world, who have fresh ideas for tackling the issue of marine debris. The Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP) and Taiwan Ocean Conservation Administration are seeking innovative, feasible solutions that are informed by research and are awarding prizes of $1,000 USD to three winners. Learn more. Contact with any questions.

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


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

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! Learn more here

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

Sustainable practices promote Earth’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? 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 in this. How can 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.

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Sea to Sky Database of Educational Resources Now Live!

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Sea to Sky is now LIVE!  This database contain 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!

Climate Resilience Activity Book


NOAA's Environmental Literacy Program (ELP) is excited to announce the publication of a new climate resilience children's activity book co-produced with our grantee and partner, Nurture Nature Center. The activity book was designed for learners in grades 3-8 in formal and informal education settings. Each of the book's six sections mirrors key concepts from the NOAA ELP's Theory of Change to help learners identify ways to build resilience to climate change in their own communities. An Educators’ Guide was developed to go along with the activity book and help educators facilitate the activities. Let others know about this new resource and share it widely with your colleagues and networks.

CLEAN Teacher Newsflash: Flooding

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Climate change lends itself to a surge of extreme weather. With increases in precipitation comes flooding, lots of flooding. This has many impacts on communities including both physical and mental trauma. These \resources cover the causes of flooding, its impacts on surrounding communities, and tools to use for future preparedness. 

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How to find Joy in Climate Action


We can all play a role in the climate movement by tapping into our skills, resources and networks in ways that bring us satisfaction, says climate leader Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. She suggests drawing a Venn diagram to map these questions: What are you good at? What is the work that needs doing? And what brings you joy? Where your answers intersect is where you should put your climate action effort. "Averting climate catastrophe: this is the work of our lifetimes," Johnson says. Check out Dr. Johnson’s TED talk.

The Climate Optimist’s Greatest Hits


Check out a mixtape of the Climate Optimist’s most popular issues to remember the profoundly good climate actions unfolding all over the world.


NOAA Great Lakes Bay Watershed Education and Training
(B-WET) program

2023 Federal Funding Opportunity Deadline: Sept. 20, 2022, 11:59 pm ET


NOAA is seeking proposals under the Great Lakes B-WET program. Great Lakes B-WET is a competitive grant program that supports existing, high quality environmental education programs, fosters the growth of new, innovative programs, and encourages capacity building and partnership development for environmental and place-based education programs throughout the entire Great Lakes watershed (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin). Successful projects provide Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) for students and related professional development for teachers, while advancing regional Great Lakes watershed education priorities. The Great Lakes B-WET program is funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Please refer to the applicant resources as needed. Contact the Great Lakes B-WET program coordinator for questions:, (989) 312-3520.

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