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January 24, 2023

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Book Club Meeting! 

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Book: Saving Us: A Climate Scientists Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe 

When: Tuesday, February 21, 2022 | 7:00 PM ET 

Upcoming meeting dates, the Book Club sections, and how to log in are found in the Book Club section of our Upcoming Events Page.

All are welcome, even if you haven't finished ...or read the book!

You can find over 50 fiction, non-fiction, and Young Adult selections from past Book Clubs - with discussion questions, on our Book Club Archive PageThere’s something for everyone at the NOAA Planet Stewards Book Club. Whether you want to catch up on some knowledge, enjoy a quick fun read, or find a book to use with your students. Join us!

Stewardship Inspiration: Watershed Studies and Restoration


Looking for an inspiring way to engage your students – or entire school in hands-on stewardship? – and be funded by NOAA Planet Stewards? Read Watershed Studies and Restoration and learn how Students in a rural Illinois high school were challenged to consider how to better manage local lands to positively impact water quality and how our land-use choices affect water. Students used online tools to determine how changing land use practices could impact runoff, siltation, and nutrient pollution. Students proposed and implemented a tree planting project to reduce runoff from part of an agricultural field of a local landowner.

Attention Planet Stewards: The National Climate Assessment needs your help!

The inclusion of climate education and hands-on stewardship in our schools is essential, and an area that many of us are working on each day. Currently the draft of the 5th National Climate Assessment includes a lack of recommendation for climate education in our schools. Please take a few minutes to encourage the ramping up of climate education. The deadline for comments is January 27, 2023. The next opportunity won't be for four years so it is important that we speak up now!

For those not able to read the entire document, Chapter 20, pages 9-10, provides a good opportunity to recommend adding the need for climate education and the teaching of the Next Generation Science Standards in schools throughout the United States.

Please sign-up to be a reviewer! The directions for adding comments online are straightforward.

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NOAA Science Seminar Series

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Something for Everyone!


24 January 2023 | 8:00 - 9:30 pm ET

Conversations with the Sanctuary Superintendent on Current Issues


25 January 2023 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

Unlocking Data through People-Powered Research with Zooniverse



26 January 2023 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

Sensitivity of populations to environmental variability



26 January 2023 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI) Multi-vehicle Operations



31 January 2023 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

Raising the USS Monitor Turret - The U.S. Navy's Role in MONITOR Expedition 2002


Educator opportunities

Get Funded: Grant Writing for Educators

Thursday, January 26, 2023 | 6:00 p.m. ET


Getting extra funds for your classroom might seem intimidating, confusing, or just plain too hard. Join this webinar to learn the process and get the confidence to do it yourself! You'll learn from a university professor that teaches on the topic, a middle school classroom teacher who has successfully funded many projects in her classroom, the director of an organization that helps fund classroom projects around the world. Register now.

Women in Science Winter Speaker Series

Thursday, Jan. 26 |Thursday, Feb 2, 2023 | Thursday, Feb 9, 2023 | 3:30 pm ET


Please join the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program’s free virtual winter speaker series. You can choose to attend one or more of the following sessions:

  • Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 | 3:30 pm ET
  • Thursday, Feb 2, 2023 | 3:30 pm ET
  • Thursday, Feb 9, 2023 | 3:30 pm ET

Meet and learn from scientists, community leaders, and environmental educators who work at the intersection of research, education, and environmental and social justice. Engage in discussions about data literacy, sea level rise and sediment accumulation, wetland restoration, oysters, and field-based research. Register and learn more.

Climate Change and Sustainability Education Resources Webinar


Tuesday, January 31, 2023 |  7:00-8:00 pm ET

Join Ian Shanahan, the editor of Green Teacher, and Sam Levac-Levey, the developer of the Solutions board game, as they discuss resources for educating, engaging, and inspiring students to get involved in sustainability. The Solutions board game and resources for teaching kids, teens, and younger students will be accessible for participants. Register now.

Teaching Climate and Energy with CLEAN

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 | 6:00 - 6:30 pm ET


This webinar introduces the Climate and Energy Literacy Principles and how they are integrated with the CLEAN collection of climate and energy resources. These principles provide the foundation for understanding the science behind climate and energy concepts.

Making Climate Change Connections Across the Curriculum with CLEAN and UGC: Practices for Systems Thinking in the Classroom 

Thursday, February 9, 2023 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm ET

Climate change is connected to interdisciplinary topics across the curriculum. Explore how to engage students in systems thinking and construct explanations about the world around them! Register now.



Teaching Climate Consequences with CLEAN: Motivate and Inspire, Don’t Despair

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 | 6:00 - 6:30 pm ET

The consequences of climate change are all around us, unfortunately. How can we teach these topics without overwhelming our students or causing anxiety? Register now.



Exploring Hands-on, STEM-based Energy Activities for the Classroom

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm ET

During this webinar, educators from the NC Energy Literacy Fellows program will share ideas and resources for incorporating hands-on STEM-based energy activities into instruction



Beyond Doom & Gloom: How to Teach Climate Change Towards Empowerment with CLEAN

Thursday, April 20, 2023 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm ET

Educators will learn about CLEAN’s new resources related to climate mental health and will walk away with a variety of strategies and activities to integrate into their curriculum as they engage with today's youth. Register now.

Earth's System Storyline Workshop

Two Synchronous Sessions: Thursday, February 2 and February 9, 2023| 6:00 - 8:00 pm ET

MS/HS teachers join curriculum developers and Arctic scientists from CU Boulder as they lead you through the "Arctic Feedbacks", a storyline curriculum to model and explain the Arctic amplification phenomenon. Register now. 


Ecology Project International Workshops for 2023


Ecology Project International (EPI) announces free, classroom-ready, NGSS-aligned lessons, storylines, and professional development to help teachers connect the classroom to the environment.

2023 Virtual workshops will introduce teachers to resources for Biology, Environmental Science, Earth Science, and Leadership in grades 6 - 12. Zoom with EPI this year for professional development! Learn more about each of EPI’s workshops below and register today!:

  • Thursday, January 26, 2023 | 6:30 pm ET: Finding Patterns and Making Predictions with Climate Change
  • Thursday, February 23, 2023 | 6:30 pm ET: Populations and Pressures
  • Thursday, May 25, 2023 | 6:30 pm ET: Environmental Literacy & Leadership

2023 E/V Nautilus Expeditions Call for Community Science Input - Deadline February 1st!


From May-December 2023, the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) and partners will conduct a series of telepresence-enabled expeditions aboard E/V Nautilus to map and explore deep-water areas in the Central and Eastern Pacific. We invite members of the ocean science and management community to submit priorities for seafloor mapping, remotely operated vehicle dives, and sampling on these expeditions. Please provide your input by February 1, 2023, so it can be fully integrated into expedition planning. Information received will be used to refine expedition plans, which will be discussed during community calls preceding each expedition.

2023 Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Workshops

Session Dates: July 5-7, July 12-14, and July 17-19

Application Deadline: February 10, 2023

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The Library of Congress (LOC) in Washington, D.C., will hold a series of free three-day professional development workshops where teachers will learn and practice strategies for using primary sources with K–12 students. In each session, LOC education specialists will model a variety of hands-on, inquiry-based teaching strategies for using primary sources to engage students, build critical-thinking skills, construct knowledge, and launch original research. The workshops are aimed at educators across many disciplines, including science, social studies/history, English language arts, art, and music. Librarians and curriculum/professional development specialists also may apply.

Environmental Justice in Higher Education: From Intent to Sustainable Action

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is hosting a free webinar discussing shifts in sustainability frameworks following the protests led by the Black Lives Movement. The webinar focuses on the intersection of environment and social justice, and how sustainability can be framed in higher education.


Webinar: A New Take on the Water Cycle


Thursday, February 16, 2023 | 4:00 pm ET

Water cycle diagrams are widely used by educators to convey core scientific principles about water storage and movement on Earth. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently redesigned its water cycle diagram, putting humans at the forefront. The new diagram emphasizes scientific accuracy, design, and usability in educational settings. Educators were also key contributors to the design.  Download the new diagram and learn more about the water cycle (and other water topics) at the USGS Water Science School.

During this free webinar, USGS scientists will share information about the basis and importance of the new diagram, as well as the science it depicts. . Register here.

A recording of the webinar will be posted on the AGI YouTube Channel.

National Air and Space Museum’s Teacher Innovator Institute

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Session dates: July 10-21 and July 15-26 2023 

Application Deadline: February 15, 2023

Middle school teachers spend two weeks in Washington, D.C., working with education and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) experts to explore the connections between informal STEAM education and authentic learning as part of the museum’s Teacher Innovator Institute (TII). Set goals for your own professional development, acquire the skills to incorporate museum learning into your practice, and meet colleagues from around the country. Teachers will participate at no charge, and most expenses will be paid by the museum. Watch this video for application tips!

American Meteorological Society 2023 Summer Courses

Application Deadline: March 24, 2023

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Hey teachers! It’s time for you to have a terrific time getting your hands dirty exploring physical oceanography and weather!  The American Meteorological Society's 2023 summer courses, Project Ocean and Project Atmosphere, are accepting applications through 24 March, 2023. These competitive professional development courses are open to K-12 teachers and include online and in-person components and field experiences. All travel expenses are covered and participants receive stipends and earn graduate credit upon successful completion of the courses. Don’t miss this chance to learn from the experts, connect with other outstanding teachers, and have the earth science experience of a lifetime! Learn more and apply!.

Student opportunities

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.

Nautilus Live Design Patch Contest


Submissions due: February 1, 2023

The 2023 Nautilus Expedition Patch Design Contest is open to artists ages 5-18. Artists must create a design incorporating one or more of the 2023 expedition themes: exploration, science, technology, or careers in STEAM. Prizes will be awarded for age-category winners, honorable mentions, and overall designs.

Calling all 5th through 12th Grade Students!

NOAA Picture Climate Change Photo Contest! 

 Open through February 15, 2023


NOAA  has launched the Picture Climate Change'' student photo contest and is looking for images showing climate change in the United States. This contest is a chance for students to showcase their climate change experience through the lens of a camera, and provide a short written narrative. The narrative should describe the student’s climate change photo, provide a short story about how the climate variability, change, or resilience is captured in the image, or describe how climate change will impact their local community and future. Details are available 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, why it’s important, and 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 create a one-minute video outlining an innovative solution to a current environmental issue that they’re passionate about. Winning videos will be selected to receive cash prizes, and an invitation to the iconic National Geographic Explorers Festival in Washington, D.C.

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

Semper Solaris Scholarship


Submissions due: February 28, 2023 for college applicants and May 31, 2023 for High School applicants.

High school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students are encouraged to submit an essay answering the following question: “How can solar and renewable energy help local communities?” Responses must be at least 1,000 words and focus on renewable, sustainable, or solar energies. Winners can receive up to $3,000 in scholarship funds. Learn more.

Ed Resources

Learn more about these intelligent mammals that inhabit our ocean, the problems they face, and their importance in the marine ecosystem. Read to explore NOAA’s efforts to protect dolphin populations and how national marine sanctuaries benefit dolphins. Check out the full collection.

CLEAN Teacher Newsflash: Biodiversity-Focused Lessons 


Human activity and climate change is causing a significant decrease in nature. Earth is currently experiencing its largest loss in life since the dinosaurs, with millions of species threatened by extinction. The following classroom ready resources will allow students to learn about biodiversity, the loss of biodiversity, and what governments are planning to do about this paramount climate issue.


Our Beautiful Planet: Resources for Teaching About Climate Change


Our Beautiful Planet’s short science films highlight the cutting-edge research conducted by climate scientists. The films are partnered with free classroom-ready lesson plans teachers can use to explain the phenomenon of climate change.

Climate Education Tool 3: It's Not Only About the Content

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Learn what it takes to teach climate change using a justice-based lens. Teaching climate change isn’t only about finding the best resources, it’s also about exploring your own personal connection to the crises, addressing personal biases, practicing equity and inclusion, and connecting to like-minded folks to help you along the way! Check out this toolkit from STEM Teaching Tools to get started.

Podcast: A Just Energy Transition is Underway

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This episode of The Joy Report, discusses what energy justice is and why energy ownership must be re-imagined to overcome the current priority of profit over maintenance, affordability, and human health. A true transition will create opportunities for people who have been excluded from the start of the renewable energy movement to become recipients of intentional investments, benefactors of job training in the renewable energy sector, and key thought leaders in this space.

Climate Generation resources translated into Spanish to help more educators get started!



Curriculum: Environmental Justice! How can we create environments that are healthy for Everyone?

Dive into practicing environmental justice with your students with this great resource from the Smithsonian Science Education Center. This guide supports students in learning how they interact with their environment, how different communities are impacted by specific environmental issues, and how to look for innovative solutions.


Teaching for Climate Justice booklet

This free booklet is an invitation to educators everywhere to join the national conversation about how we help our students understand what is happening to our climate, why it is happening, who it is affecting, and what we can do about it. This work belongs to all of us.

Winter-Themed STEM Activities


Project Learning Tree (PLT) offers a range of activities that educators can use to help students better understand their local winter season. Students can investigate how local plants will be impacted by the changing weather, make observations and experiment with rain and snowfall, and learn about the extreme conditions of the Arctic. PLT also provides examples of hands-on activities educators can use to expand upon winter weather discussions. Check it out.

Make a Wintry STEM Connection with Snow and Ice Resources from NASA

The weather outside might be frightful, but snow and ice make for delightful connections to STEM learning. Bring wintry weather topics into the classroom with these NASA STEM resources and activities.

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10 Great Funding Resources for Educators


Most occupations offer paid professional development opportunities - but this isn’t always true for teachers. There's often little paid time to create innovative curricula or enough money to take your students on meaningful field trips. Here’s a guide that highlights some great opportunities for educators to find funding for classrooms, field trips, and professional development.

2023 NOAA B-WET Competitions Are Open!


The NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program grant competitions are open now! The B-WET program promotes place-based experiential learning for K-12 students and professional development for teachers. This year’s competitions emphasise climate change education. Competitions are now open in California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England, and the Pacific Northwest.  Check out the website to learn more.

2023 BOOST Conference: April 25 - 28, 2023


The BOOST Conference is the largest international gathering for after-school and expanded learning professionals. The 2023 conference will take place from April 25-28 in Palm Springs, California. Linda Cliatt-Wayman, CEO of Principal Wayman Consulting and an education leader, and Dee Hankins, an inspirational speaker and storyteller, will both be keynote speakers. Attendees will network with other professionals, participate in workshops, and gain skills and resources to grow their programs. Registration is currently open and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Apply for the FOSSI Scholarship

Applications due: January 31, 2023

Founded by the American Chemistry Council, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Chemours and HBCU Week Foundation, the Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) seeks to increase the number of underrepresented professionals in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce by providing scholarships to students pursuing preferred STEM degrees at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and connecting those students to internships, leadership development, and mentoring opportunities at participating companies. Sponsored by chemical manufacturers and related industry stakeholders, FOSSI provides scholarship recipients $10,000 per year for four years. Apply now.

The Story of Stuff Project Grassroots Grants


BIPOC-led groups focusing on water privatization, plastic pollution, or environmental justice are encouraged to apply for The Story of Stuff Project Grassroots Grant Program. Groups with projects that are campaign-focused, community driven, and serve communities of color can receive up to $5,000. Grants are reviewed on a rolling basis and awarded quarterly..

Ocean Job Lists

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Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) is seeking applicants for their Summer 2023 Marine Conservation Internship. This program will start on May 30 and end on August 11 2023. The application deadline is March 12 2023. Visit for complete information on how to apply. REEF provides housing and a $200 monthly stipend to each selected Marine Conservation Intern. Reliable transportation is required for this program.


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