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November 22, 2022

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Book: Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have by Tatiana Schlossberg

        When: Tuesday, December 13, 2022 | 7:00 PM ET 

Find all upcoming meeting dates and book selections for this year in the Book Club Section of our Upcoming Events Page, along with new information on our new platform, Google Meet - another flavor of Zoom. You can find over 50 fiction, non-fiction, and Young Adult selections from past Book Clubs - with discussion questions, on our Book Club Archive Page.

On our website, catch up on some knowledge, enjoy a quick fun read, or find a book to use with your students, there’s something for everyone at the NOAA Planet Stewards Book Club!

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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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Learn more about NOAA’s Polar Ecosystems Program, part of a broad effort to understand how climate change and other factors affect the body conditions of ice seals in the Bering Sea.

NOAA Ocean Podcast: Recording Oral Histories

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Did you know that about 40% of Americans live near the coast? Consider all the challenges there: climate change, sea level rise, intense storms, population growth. It's clear why we need to make good decisions today so our coasts continue to thrive tomorrow. Listen to the latest Ocean Podcast, first in a three-part series, and produced by the U.S. Global Change Research Program on the topic, Equity and justice in coastal planning.

If you enjoy this podcast, subscribe by searching on "NOAA ocean" and share what you think: listener reviews really help us gain traction! 

●      NOAA Ocean Podcast feed
●      Link to Apple podcasts (leave a review!) in iTunes
●      All of podcast episodes and full transcripts are available online
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webinar series

NOAA Science Seminar Series

(Expand each webinar in the series to learn more about it.)

Something for Everyone!


28 November 2022 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Urban Heat Islands and the District of Columbia's Heat Adaptation Strategy


29 November 2022 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Coral Reef Watch: Applying operational satellite-based products to predict an unexpected mass coral bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef; and the Wave-driven Flood-forecasting on Reef-lined Coasts Early warning system (WaveFoRCE)

The NOAA Coral Reef Watch (CRW) program provides monitoring and forecasting tools to a worldwide user community for studying, monitoring, managing, protecting, and even restoring coral reef ecosystems. A case study will be presented and tools to assist Small Island Developing States to become more resilient.


1 December 2022 | 10:00 - 11:00 am ET

Microplastics: What They Are, How to Find the Data, and How to Get Involved


1 December 2022 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

Newly validated quantitative fatty acid signature analysis reveals killer whale
diet compositions across the North Atlantic

Meeting access code: 2763 830 3906


6 December 2022 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

The Art of the USS Monitor

Witness the power and drama of USS Monitor's story,
the iconic battle, its sinking, and its recovery as told through a selection of artworks.


7 December 2022 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

Diversity and phylogeny of Chaetopterus (Annelida: Chaetopteridae)
and associated macroinvertebrates in Djibouti


7 December 2022 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

Climate Science in Alaska; The Present North Pacific Atmosphere-Ocean System
and The Societal Impacts of A Changing Climate

Join for a reflective look at climate science in Alaska and their societal,
ecological and physical impacts with illustrative examples.

Educator opportunities
Sound of Sea

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 | 12:00 pm ET

The Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS) Team presents a webinar in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the DOSITS project. Presenters will discuss the current state of underwater acoustics knowledge and future research directions on the characterization of the underwater acoustic environment and the acoustics of marine mammals, fishes and invertebrates Participants will be able to ask questions during the webinar in both Zoom and YouTube. The webinar will be recorded and available to watch on the DOSITS website after the live event.  Registration is required.

Accessibility in Outdoor Learning

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm ET

Educators can join Accessibility and Inclusion Consultant Karen Lai in a talk about student inclusivity hosted by the Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education. This open discussion will focus on understanding the meaning of belonging for different students and what real inclusivity looks like in Outdoor Learning. Register now.

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Students, Families, and Educators Are Invited to Celebrate the Annual Antarctica Week Festival!

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 and Thursday, December 1, 2022 | 12:00 pm ET

The International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration is a US-UK program studying Thwaites Glacier, Antarctica. We invite you to participate in a special Antarctica Week Festival!  Register now for:

Antarctica week
  • Live webinars with time for your questions: Learn how scientists use explosives to learn about the ice from scientist Danny May, or shells, penguin bones and other markers to study the past (paleoclimate) to determine past sea level from scientist Meghan Spoth, and what it's like to work in bitterly cold places from two young Antarctic scientists!

  • Some background on why we celebrate Antarctica Week! On December 1, 1959, the Antarctic Treaty was signed by twelve nations to set aside all of Antarctica “forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes in the interests of all mankind.” Beginning in 2010, Antarctica Day was established to commemorate the treaty as an event to promote global awareness of this collaborative treaty that set aside 10% of the Earth’s surface and inspire peace and hope for future generations. Please join us!

Contact Margie Turrin if you have any questions.

Marine Sanctuaries as Mid-Atlantic Ocean Conservation Tool

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET


During this publicly-available and free webinar, participants will learn about the designation of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and innovative approaches for accommodating various uses, including fishing, for the primary purpose of protecting natural and cultural resources. Learn how the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal can be used to visualize use of ocean and coastal space. This webinar is particularly timely given the ongoing designation process of a national marine sanctuary at Hudson Canyon.

Virtual Classroom Connection: Studying Earth’s Water

Monday, December 5, 2022 | 1:00 pm ET

The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission will be NASA’s first global survey of Earth's surface water. The satellite will observe the fine details of the ocean’s surface topography and measure how water bodies on Earth change over time.

Educators are invited to apply through NASA CONNECTS to learn  how the mission will improve our understanding of the world's oceans and its terrestrial surface waters.

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yellowstone webinar

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 6:30 pm ET

Join this virtual workshop to:

  • Explore strategies to help students predict how an ecosystem may change when environmental pressures change.
  • Analyze how environmental pressures due to climate change are impacting conditions and changing relationships between organisms in Yellowstone National Park.
  • Work with an engaging app to help students better understand trophic cascades.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and share ideas about how to integrate, modify, and use the ideas and activities shared during this session.

Register now.


Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

Presented by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) this webinar will examine the mental and physical health implications of nature scarcity and how engaging in green spaces can be a source of healing and restoration for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities.

Register now. The webinar will consist of a 40-minute presentation with 5 minutes for breakout-room discussion and conclude with 15 minutes for audience Q&A.

STEMIE Fest 2022


Thursday, December 8, 2022 | Half-Day Virtual Event

STEMIE Fest is a gathering of families, early childhood and early childhood special education professionals, faculty, and others, to engage in innovative and inclusive STEM learning experiences for all young children. This year’s event will be a half-day virtual event followed by a series of targeted professional development opportunities in 2023.  

Registration is now open!

WWF Conservation in the Classroom:

Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 1:30 pm ET

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Conservation in the Classroom virtual sessions are free, 45-minute discussions with WWF geared towards children that include the opportunity to submit questions, participate in polls and quizzes, and interact with experts. Forests are vital to the health of our planet and play a critical role in fighting climate change. However, when forests are not properly cared for and are degraded and deforested, they can contribute to climate change rather than reduce the impacts. Join the upcoming webinar to learn about the connections. Suggested for grade level: 4th – 8th.

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How to Confront Climate Denial: An evening with author James Damico (For educators across the disciplines)

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 | 7:00 pm ET


Teachers care deeply about their students and about the state of the world. Given that children and young people across the globe are increasingly concerned climate change, the time to make teaching about it a priority in and out of classrooms is now. This session explores one interrelated way of doing this: students and teachers working together as detectives of climate denial and as delegates of climate justice. Join this educator session with James Damico, author of How to Confront Climate Denial: Literacy, Social Studies, & Climate Change.  

Brought to you by the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI).

Register and please share with your colleagues across the disciplines!

Plug into Teach Climate Network Workshops

Wednesday,  December 21, 2022 | 6:00 pm ET


Teach Climate Network workshops and conversation series continues into December! There will be a #TeachClimateChat on Twitter and a professional development webinar, both on overcoming barriers to teaching climate change in the classroom. These events are open to the public and all educators and other community members are invited to join in conversation. Register today.

Don’t Miss Out on the American Meteorological Society's

No-Cost Spring 2023 Teacher Professional Development!

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Deadline for spring semester: January 6, 2023

To help teachers seeking Earth science professional development, the American Meteorological Society is waiving all course fees for the first 35 participants that are successfully matched to a mentor team for each of the three online Spring 2023 DataStreme courses in weather, ocean, and climate science.

Participants earn three accredited graduate credits per course. Don’t wait! - DataStreme Courses are going on hiatus during the 2023-2024 academic year, but will return in Fall 2024.

Nearly 23,000 teachers have completed a DataStreme course, helping them leverage real time data in their classrooms, advance their careers, inspire their students, and become science leaders in their schools and communities. 

Fill out the DataStreme Interest Form now to get matched with a mentor for this spring semester.

Completion of any two courses offered by AMS Education fulfills the requirements to become a Certified AMS Teacher! Learn more about this exciting microcredential.

Student opportunities
Youth Ambassadors

NOAA Ocean Guardian Youth Ambassador Program

Deadline to apply: January 6, 2023

Apply to the new NOAA Ocean Guardian Youth Ambassador Program! It provides a new level of engagement for youth aged 12-18 committed to ocean conservation and stewardship of our blue planet. NOAA is looking for enthusiastic youth with new ideas and a unique perspective to learn more about America’s underwater treasures and to share their passion with others, make a difference in the conservation of the ocean. 

The Annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest! 

Open through December 16, 2022


Get your art supplies ready, because this year’s NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest that answers the questions:

  • How does marine debris impact the oceans and Great Lakes?
  •  What are you doing to help prevent marine debris?

Contest winners will be featured in a 2024 calendar! Visit the NOAA Marine Debris Program website to check out last year's winners and download the contest entry form and flyer.

Art x Climate - Youth Call

Deadline to apply: January 27, 2023


You can help others understand climate change and inspire people to take action through art. Youth ages 13-17 are invited to submit artwork related to the topic of climate, people, and nature. Winning artists will be featured in the chapters of the Fifth National Climate Assessment, which is seen by hundreds of thousands of people across the country and around the world. Learn more!

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Science Challenge

Submissions due: January 31, 2023

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ExploraVision is a science competition for K-12 students of all interest, skill, and ability levels. Students work in groups of two, three, or four with a team coach and/or mentor to envision and communicate new technology 10 or more years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology. Teams are eligible to win up to $240,000 in prizes. Learn more.

The 2022 Changemaker Video Challenge is Now OPEN!

Entries due: January 23, 2023


Do you know any teens who are frustrated with the world and want to do something about it?! Encourage them to submit a video on one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) highlighting their views and how they want to see things change! Teens simply create a short two-minute video showcasing their idea!10 winners will be selected to receive up to $500 to implement their vision.

---> Learn more about the SDGs here!

---> Review the judging rubric and submit a video here!

Pollution Prevention: A Storytelling Challenge for Students

Entries due: February 17, 2023


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the launch of the “Pollution Prevention Works: A Storytelling Challenge for Students”. EPA will award a total of $50,000 in prize money through this video challenge. High school and college students are invited to create stories illustrating how businesses in the U.S. are reducing toxic chemical releases through innovative pollution prevention practices, and by having a positive impact on the environment and communities. Participants have a chance to win up to $5,000. 

Population Education’s World of 8 Billion Video Contest

Entries due: February 22, 2023


Population Education’s World of 8 Billion student video contest challenges students to create a short video connecting world population growth to one of three global topics: Climate Change, Waste, and Gender Equality. Videos should include content on how population growth affects the selected topic and why it’s important, along with at least one sustainable solution. More than 80 cash prizes of up to $1,200 will be awarded. Sign up for the challenge.

National Geographic's Slingshot Challenge

Entries Due: February 23, 2022


The Slingshot Challenge, is a global video challenge designed to amplify the voices and ideas of the next generation of planet protectors. 

Participants will be asked to create a one-minute video outlining an innovative solution to a current environmental issue that they’re passionate about. Winning videos will be selected by a panel of judges to receive cash prizes, as well as an invitation to the iconic National Geographic Explorers Festival in Washington, D.C.

Students ages 13-18 and educators looking for ways to engage young people around environmental action are encouraged to sign up. Participation is free!

Ed Resources
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Conference of the Parties (COP) Themed Resources for You From Climate and Energy Education (CLEAN) 

Conference of the Parties (COP) is the United Nations' annual climate change conference. Countries attending discussed plans to reduce carbon emissions. COP27, the 27th conference, took place November 6, 2022 to November 18, 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Facilitate opportunities for students to put themselves in the shoes of negotiators at the Summit by utilizing these activities and simulations for decision making.

Flooding Resources Activity: Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Role-Play Exercise
Simulation Activity: Tribal Climate Tool
Article: COP27: What you need to know about this year's big UN Climate Conference

Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) brings you Video Climate Lessons 

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Check out PRI’s YouTube channel where you will find two separate series that address climate change science and solutions. “Climate Solutions, in No Particular Order,” is a 30-video playlist of 60-second videos that each addresses an important climate change mitigation strategy. “In the Greenhouse,” is an 18-video series of 5-15 minute video lessons addressing the science concepts that underlie climate change and opportunities to take action. Both series are supported with lesson plans, science context and background on PRI’s Teach Climate Science web pages.

From the Bridge: Can't Take the Heat?

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Why does coffee take so long to cool down? Why is ocean water sometimes the warmest when the average daily air temperature starts to drop? How can buoys help us explore these questions? In this hands-on introduction to heat capacity by the Bridge and COSEE-NOW, students explore the concept and its effects on our daily lives. Students use ocean observing system data to investigate why water acts as a thermal buffer and the practical applications this has.


Sea turtles are a key part of marine ecosystems worldwide, but they face many threats today. Explore a collection of NOAA webinars, a virtual reality dive, lesson plans, videos, posters, web stories, and more to gain a deeper understanding of sea turtle species and NOAA's efforts within the sanctuary system to protect them and limit the threats they face. Check out the full collection.

Dive into Eight exciting Elementary Ocean Lesson Plans!

Ocean Odyssy

NOAA Ocean Service Education in partnership with K2 Studios, has developed the Ocean Odyssey Educators Guide - a series of eight elementary school level lesson plans inspired by the IMAX film, Ocean Odyssey. Lesson topics include: ocean biodiversity, marine mammal ecology and migration, ocean currents and climate, sustainable fishing, and marine debris. Watching the film is not required to carry out any of the lessons. Educators, sign up for you and your students to view a special extended preview of the film!

The lessons progress for use from younger to older grade bands (2-5), but all contain aspects and resources which may be adapted for all grade bands.

Ocean Odyssey Lessons include:

Voice of the Sea (Documentary Series)

Voice of the Sea travels throughout Hawaiʻi and the Pacific meeting researchers, scientists and cultural practitioners. Episodes highlight ocean research and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)—covering topics from reef fish migration, to native birds, to nutrient cycles, to unusual deep-sea creatures. Watch to learn about current science research, its importance to you, and the ways in which traditional knowledge can inform science and management practices!

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Wade in the Water | Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom

Harriet Tubman made the last of her approximately 13 journeys in late 1860, just as the Civil War began. In this inquiry-based resource from Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom, you can engage your students (recommended for grades 6 - 12) in historical thinking using primary source materials and explore how Harriet Tubman became one of the most successful conductors on the Underground Railroad.

Check out the resource.


Explore the River, Salmon, and Its People (6-8)

Students will preview how problems in a place impact all aspects of an environment and explore how nature— the Klamath and Trinity Rivers and salmon—tend to the people and how the people—the local Yurok, Karuk and other tribes—tend to nature.

Check it out.


The Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Smithsonian Learning Lab puts the treasures of Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum, education, and research complex, within reach. Teachers can visit the Lab to create custom lessons for the classroom or edit ready-to-use model lesson collections put together by Smithsonian educators. Tutorials are available to guide teachers in creating and sharing their own custom lessons. 

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Four Exceptional Resources highlighted here for you


1. Indigenous Life on the Nansemond River (ArcGIS StoryMap)

This StoryMap introduces the ancestral home and riverfront culture of the Nansemond Indian Nation. It also highlights the Nansemond River oyster substrate project evaluating the performance of 5 different oyster reef materials for restoration.

2. WWF Be a Food Waste Warrior

These K-12 lessons, activities, and resources from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are designed to help teach the planetary impact of what we eat and what we throw away. Lessons are  divided by grade band and include free slideshows, student activities, teaching guides, and discussion questions.

3. Bumble Bee Watch

Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees. Engage students in this citizen science project by searching for bumble bees, snapping a photo, and submitting data to the Bumble Bee Sightings form.

4. Oregon State University Schoolyard Quadrats

With this resource, middle school students can practice the technique of measuring population density in quadrats by sampling the plant species in their schoolyard. Students will gain an appreciation of how biologists monitor the environment and learn about biodiversity.

Foster Scholarship

Funding for Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program Open Now

Application Deadline: December 22, 2022

NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is seeking applications for the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program from individuals, particularly women and minorities, who due to financial constraints, may not otherwise be able to pursue an advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.) in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology - these may include, but are not limited to ocean and/or coastal: engineering, social science, marine education, marine stewardship, cultural anthropology, and resource management disciplines.

2023 Youth Garden Grant

Applications due: December 2, 2022

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A total of fifty organizations will be awarded $500 and a shipment of gardening supplies to support new or existing garden programs that serve youth. Ten of the fifty winners will also receive specialty award packages from Crescent Garden or Garden Tower.

Learn more.

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program


Application Deadline: December 17, 2022

Are you an educator, or know one, who’d like to spend 11 months working at a Federal Agency or Congress? The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is accepting applications for the 2023-2024 year. Teachers will apply their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education program and/or education policy efforts during this Fellowship. There are many sponsoring Federal Agencies, so check out the full list here see examples of the work of past Fellows. 

Walmart Local Community Grants

Applications due: December 31, 2022

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Schools, nonprofits, and government organizations can apply for Local Community grants ranging from $250 to $5,000. Funding areas include environmental sustainability, diversity and inclusion, education, and more.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in STEM Teaching 

Nominations close on January 9, 2023.

Applications must be completed by February 6, 2023.


The National Science Foundation administers Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)  are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of STEM, including Computer Science. This year's (2022-2023) awards will honor science, technology, engineering, or mathematics teachers working in grades 7-12. Applications and/or nominations are now open. Recipients will receive the following:

  • A certificate signed by the President of the United States.
  • A paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.
  • A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
  • An opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.

Fund for Teachers 2023 Fellowship

Application Deadline: January 19, 2023

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Fund for Teachers provides grant money to full-time, classroom teachers (up to $5000 per individual teacher, up to $10,000 for a team) to design and execute their own summer learning experience.  The money can be used to create your own learning experience or to attend a conference/professional development that already exists. 

Full-time teachers (who are in at least their third year of teaching), anywhere in the US can apply.  Additionally,  Teachers of Color can attend application support sessions by signing up. Learn more and apply.

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