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February 22, 2023

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Book Club Meeting! 


Last night, NOAA Planet Stewards held a dynamic discussion of Katherine Hayhoe’s new book, Saving Us: A Climate Scientists Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World -  a wonderfully written, multilayered look at science, faith, and human psychology surrounding conversations and climate change.

Please join us on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, for our next Book Club meeting. We’ll be discussing The Highest Tide, a young adult fiction book by David Lynch

Future meeting dates,  book sections, and how to log in are found in the Book Club section of our Upcoming Events PageAll are welcome! Bring a friend!

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

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NOAA: Across Geography and Time: Kamau Sadiki Dives With a Purpose


Check out the interview with Kamau Sadiki from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Kamu talks about his participation in underwater archaeological work on the wrecks of the São José Paquete de Africa and Clotilda as a strategic partner with the Slave Wrecks Project, SEARCH Inc., and Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American Culture. The conversation highlights the work of Diving With a Purpose, an organization whose primary mission is to bring back into memory the stories of shipwrecks involved in the commodification and enslavement of Black bodies.

BIMS celebrates the 50th Anniversary of NOAA Marine Sanctuaries


Tune into this broadcast where Black In Marine Science (BIMS) hosted a panel with NOAA employees Symone Barkley, Mark Losavio, and Lonnie Gonsalves. The panelists celebrated the 50th anniversary of NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries, discussed their careers in marine science, and shared NOAA’s efforts to support diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.  Also, take a look at this BIMS Bite episode highlighting National Marine Sanctuaries with Jordan Rogers to learn more about these special places!

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NOAA Science Seminar Series

Something for Everyone!


22 February 2023 | 7:30 - 8:30 pm ET

Coral Forensics in the Deep Flower Garden Banks



23 February 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

Climate Change Fisheries Management and Science Needs Identified by Stakeholders to Tackle Rising Water Temperatures in Chesapeake Bay



28 February 2023 | 10:00 - 10:45 pm ET

U.S. Southeast Monthly Climate Webinar + Exploring Exposure in the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation Portal



7 March 2023 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

The Pirates of North Carolina: The Maritime Cultural Landscape of Colonial Piracy in North Carolina

Educator opportunities


Climate Conversations: Methane


Wednesday, February 22, 2023 | 3 - 4:15 pm ET

Register to join the National Academies for a conversation about how to address emissions of methane, the second largest contributor to climate change. Closed captioning will be provided. The conversation will include questions from the audience and will be recorded and available to view on the Climate Conversations: Methane Webpage after the event.

Methane accounts for around 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, behind only carbon dioxide!

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 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, February 23, 2023 | 6:30 pm ET: Populations and Pressures
  • Thursday, May 25, 2023 | 6:30 pm ET: Environmental Literacy & Leadership

Webinar: Managing the Shift to a Nature-Based Approach in Your Program

Thursday, February 23, 2023 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET

Early education program leaders and administrators are invited to join Dr. Rachel Larimore, the founder and owner of Samara Early Learning, to learn the core principles and benefits of a nature-based approach to early education programs. Register for the webinar.


Webinar: Blazing Temperatures, Broken Records - Responding to the Global Heat Crisis

Monday, February 27, 2023 |  6:00 PM - 7:15 pm ET


Columbia Climate School Founding Dean Alex Halliday hosts three of the University's climate and environmental experts to share their latest research, present their take on powerful ways to avert climate catastrophe and answer your questions. The panel includes:

Cecilia Sorensen M.D, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Columbia University Medical Center;

Diana Hernandez, Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health; and

Radley Horton, Lamont Research Professor at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory 

Register for the webinar.

A Conversation on the Federal Funding Landscape for Citizen Science

Thursday, March 2, 2023 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET


Many federal agencies pursue and support citizen science projects, however, they also put their own emphasis on its practice and outcomes to make the work consistent with each agency’s distinct mission and goals. This panel presentation will feature multiple federal agencies that offer funding opportunities for citizen science. Each panelist will share where citizen science fits in their agency’s strategy and which funding programs at their agency support it. Register for the webinar.

Speakers will include:

Alison Parker, Senior Program Associate, Science and Technology Innovation Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Ellen McCallie, Program Director at National Science Foundation

Marc Kuchner, Citizen Science Officer, NASA

John McLaughlin, Education Program Manager, NOAA

Heather Drumm, Innovations Coordinator at the U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development

Sophia Liu, Open Science Innovation Strategist at USGS

Liam O’Fallon, Health Specialist with NIEHS

School Gardening: Teaching Tools and Resources

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm ET

The California Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education is hosting a webinar with two school garden specialists: Megan Zeni and Kaci Rae Christopher. The presenters will share resources, activities, and tips for creating and maintaining a garden at a school or community site. Register now.


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!.


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

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

Learn about CLEAN’s new resources related to climate mental health and walk away with strategies and activities to integrate into your curriculum and better engage with today's youth. Register now.

Student opportunities

Semper Solaris Scholarship


Submission Deadline: 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.


Submissions due: March 31, 2023


Calling all young climate change-makers: Do you want to make a real impact on the climate crisis? Follow these instructions and submit your #Youth4Climate solutions for a chance to receive an invaluable mentorship and funding for your project. Choose one of four thematic areas – Urban Sustainability, Food and Agriculture, Education, or Energy – to tackle with your proposal.


Eye on the Future Teen Video Contest

Submissions due: April 16, 2023

The National Eye Institute (NEI) encourages teens living in the United States to explore careers in science through the Eye on the Future (EOTF) campaign. Through this effort, NEI is hosting a national contest where teens can submit a video in one of three categories: science in their world, science in the field or lab, and/or science in their future. Winners will receive cash prizes and a chance to visit the National Institutes of Health in Maryland for a day of science, networking, and fun! Learn more about the contest.

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Classroom Ready Resources:Drought!

Droughts can have widespread impacts. Extreme droughts are now happening at record breaking levels due to climate change and human impacts on the environment. Through these classroom ready resources, students will learn about drought and solve challenges communities are facing because of them.


Prepare for Cold Air: SnowSchool

Designed by staff from Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve, this activity engages upper elementary students around the concept of insulation, an important animal adaptation for winter survival. Students will investigate rates of heat loss in an experiment and learn about other ways animals adapt to cold temperatures.


Monterey Bay Aquarium's Free Online Course:

Explore Like a Scientist.


This free online course helps educators introduce students in Grades 3-6 to scientists and different ecosystems that they study. The course uses multimedia to introduce students to the roles of different types of scientists and includes invitations for students to go outside for hands-on activities with an alternate option to use the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s live web cams.

SubjectToClimate ClimateSocrates Help Desk


The ClimateSocrates Help Desk is an interactive support center that provides educators with articles and pedagogic strategies about climate change. Updated information about common climate change questions is provided by the MIT Climate Portal within ClimateSocrates and helps teachers feel more confident teaching about challenging climate change topics.


Virtual Field Trip: You’re the Scientist! Citizen Science, Frogs, and Cicadas

Students in Grades 3-8 can participate in the Nature Conservancy’s virtual field trip that centers around the impact of citizen science. The virtual field trip contains a video, teacher guide, and student activities.

Cultivating Young Leaders: A Workbook for Growing a Youth-Led Cooperative Garden Business

This workbook from the U.S. Botanic Garden details what it takes to build and maintain a cooperative, student-led garden business. Targeted for high school audiences, the 71-page publication presents practical information about recruiting participants; forming local partnerships; designing a safe and inviting meeting space; and launching a youth-led cooperative business. The workbook includes guiding questions to help educators adapt the program to meet their specific needs, as well as templates and tools to support educators throughout the implementation process.


World Water Day Online Resources

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World Water Day is an annual United Nations Observance, started in 1993. It celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people worldwide who are currently living without access to safe water. A core focus of World Water Day is to inspire action towards U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 6: Water and sanitation for all by 2030.

Build your understanding of water science for World Water Day. Tap into online resources.

Wildlife and Woodlands Toolkit From the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)


Tackle climate change in your classroom with USGCRP's "Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators",

The EPA, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA, NASA, U.S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management developed this kit to aid educators in teaching how climate change affects the nation's wildlife and public lands, and how all Americans can become climate stewards.

Designed for classroom teachers as well as informal educators, the kit targets the middle-school grade band. To get started, view a video, browse kit materials, and explore eco-regions nationwide online.

Citizen Science Opportunity: Budburst

Check out these digital simulations for climate solutions:


Engage students of all ages and levels in authentic science research by having them participate in Budburst, a Chicago Botanic Garden’s nationwide citizen-science project that investigates plant and pollinator responses to climate change. In this web-based project, students submit observations of plants wherever they live. Budburst also offers phenology-related classroom activities to hone students’ observation skills, deepen understandings, and engage learners in tracking seasonal change. For high school and college levels, the project is ideal for semester-long studies (both remote and in-person) focused on biology or environmental studies. 

EquIP HQ: Inventions, STEM, and STEAM


Activate the inventive mindset within each student with EquIP HQ, an invention-focused learning platform for K–12 audiences. Developed collaboratively by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Second Avenue Learning, the platform presents standards-based lesson plans, games, activities, and videos, to inspire teachers and students to invent solutions to real-world problems using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) skills. The platform is organized into grade-specific content portals (K–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12) and includes a guide for teachers and families. Learn about the invention process, watch videos with real-life inventors; and more!


Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant Program


Apply by: March 1, 2023

The Garden Grant Program provides $3,000 to schools and nonprofit organizations that serve K-12 students to support a new or existing edible educational garden.

2023 Biodiversity Conservation Grant:

Enhancing Pollinator Habitats

Letters of intent due: March 10, 2023


Toyota North America is dedicated to enhancing pollinator habitat on America's public lands. Thanks to their support, the National Environmental Education Foundation is providing $200,000 in  funding for shovel-ready projects beginning in July 2023. Habitat enhancement projects should directly support the creation, restoration, remediation, improvement, and/or protection of habitats for important pollinator species such as butterflies, bees, bats, and more. The project should impact pollinators on at least 150 acres of public land. Projects should also incorporate community outreach and engagement activities designed to educate and empower the public to help enhance pollinator habitats. Learn more about this exciting grant opportunity.

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..

Environmental Education/Outreach Jobs & Fellowships:

Job openings with Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Current openings include:

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