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News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

March 21, 2023

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NOAA Planet Stewards is now accepting proposals for 2023/2024 project funding!

NOAA Planet Stewards is providing op to $5000 in federal funding support for formal and informal educators to carry out hands-on stewardship projects with elementary through college age students, as well as the general public. Stewardship projects must make a substantive, and quantitatively measurable impact on an environmental issue related to the educator’s community. Projects should focus on the conservation, restoration, and/or protection of human communities and/or natural resources from environmental issues in one of the following four focus areas:

  • Marine debris
  • Habitat conservation and/or restoration
  • Carbon footprint reduction
  • Carbon sequestration

All stewardship project funding applications and supporting documents are due by midnight (Pacific Time) June 4, 2023.

For complete information on eligibility, funding conditions, and the application process, go to our Supporting Stewardship page.

Have Questions? - We'll try to answer them.

Tuesday, April 4 and April 25, 2023 I 7:00 - 8:00 PM ET

NOAA Planet Stewards is offering two live video conferences where you can ask questions about stewardship project development, implementation, and the funding application process.

This session WILL NOT introduce information already posted on our website. We strongly recommend you review ALL the information on our website and in our supporting documents before joining this meeting, and come with your questions in hand.

Spaces for these events are limited! 

Pre-registration is not required for this event. Click the following link to join the live event, or copy and paste it into your browser:

If you are unable to join by browser, you can dial in at:

(US) +1 304-404-7141; PIN: 281 784 924#

Join Our April Book Club Meeting! 

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Date & Time: Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00 pm ET

Book: Climate Champions by Rachel Sarah 
The author will be joining us at the meeting!

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

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

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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Women ocean scientists have been making waves at NOAA for more than 150 years.

Making Waves: Notable Women in Ocean Science

In recognition of Women’s History Month, we’re honoring a few notable women with careers tied to ocean science. While this list is by no means comprehensive, it pays homage to some of the women who defied social convention and paved the way for scientists, regardless of their gender, to protect, study, and explore the ocean and ocean life. Take a look now!

NOAA Celebrates Women's History Month


Celebrate Women's History Month by meeting some of the amazing women across the country working at NOAA Fisheries and getting a closer look at their many contributions. Learn more about their career journeys, day-to-day jobs, and what Women's History Month means to them. 


With 'Mission: Iconic Reefs', NOAA aims to restore Florida Keys with climate-resilient


South of the Florida Keys lies a constellation of coral reefs—a biological and economic treasure found nowhere else in the mainland United States.  To give these reefs a renewed chance at survival, NOAA is spearheading Mission: Iconic Reefs, one of the most ambitious reef-restoration efforts ever attempted worldwide.

NOAA’s Spring High-Tide Bulletin

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The rising and falling of the sea is a phenomenon upon which we can always depend. Tides are the regular rise and fall of the sea surface caused by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun and their position relative to the earth. There are some factors that cause the tides to be higher than what is "normally" seen from day to day.

Check this bulletin to find out when you may experience higher than normal high tides for the period of time between March and May 2023.

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NOAA Science Seminar Series

Something for Everyone!


28 March 2023 | 10:00 - 10:45 am ET

U.S. Southeast Monthly Climate Webinar + CoCoRaHS: The Value of Citizen Science Observers



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

The use of machine learning and electronic monitoring in Pacific sleeper shark population assessment

Electronic Monitoring (EM) technology has found extensive applications in the field of fishery sciences. The amount of data generated from on-board fleet videos requires significant investment and time to review and disseminate. This has prompted exploration into machine learning technology as a tool for accuracy and efficiency. To test the utility of machine learning technology in the identification of S. pacificus (the Pacific Sleeper Shark) from EM videos, we examined the accuracy of sleeper shark detection, tracking, and classification via a series of custom machine learning algorithms. Results suggest that machine learning has the potential to significantly increase EM processing capability with minimal loss of accuracy  and may strengthen our understanding of the S. pacificus population status throughout Alaskan waters. Current work also looks to develop an algorithm capable of estimating the size of sharks.



29 March 2023 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

Diving Deep to Explore the Gulf of Mexico Blue Holes




30 March 2023 | 9:30 - 10:30 am ET

U.S. Eastern Region Spring Flood Outlook

Educator opportunities

Join National Geographic Society Explorer Classroom The Secrets of Streams

Thursday, March 23, 2023 | 10:00 am ET or 2:00 pm ET

During these real-time Explorer Classroom events, students will learn how Explorer and conservation scientist Dalal Hanna uses a range of fascinating tools to study Canada’s streams and takes what she learns to help protect them. After the lesson, your students will have a chance to have their questions answered - in real time!

Register today for the morning session or the afternoon session.


KidsGardening Culturally Inclusive Teaching in the Garden Webinar Series

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 | 7:00 pm ET

Educators Wanda Stewart and Reeba Daniel will share their work and methods for celebrating and centering African American and Black Culture in youth gardens in session three of the Culturally Inclusive Teaching in the Garden webinar series. Register now for the webinar. Recordings of Part 1: Principles of Culturally-Responsive Garden Education, and Part 2: Honoring Native American, Hawaiian, and Alaska Native Culture in Youth Gardens are available to view.


March Coastal Resilience Webinar

Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 1:00 pm ET


Join Restore America's Estuaries, Black in Marine Science, and Minorities in Aquaculture for the next installment of their monthly webinar series. Take a look at the importance of oysters to estuaries and coastal communities, how women owned and led minority focused non-profits play a role in conservation, and why community engagement is critical for improving diversity, equity, and environmental justice in coastal restoration. Register now.

Climate Conversations: Tipping Points

Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 3:00 - 4:15 pm ET


With continued climate change, elements of the Earth system may reach tipping points of abrupt, dramatic change with irreversible consequences, like the rapid collapse of ice sheets or dieback of the Amazon rainforest. Tipping points also exist in human systems; devastation from extreme weather and major stresses on food, energy, and water could accumulate and tilt society into radically new dynamics such as mass migration or major economic shifts. However, tipping points in human systems can also be positive, and stem from rapidly spreading norms, behaviors, and technologies, such as how battery storage could tip the power sector irreversibly towards renewable energy. Join us for a conversation about the tipping points we are approaching, how to prepare for those we may reach, and how to encourage positive social tipping points for action on climate change. Participants will be announced soon. The conversation will be webcast on the Climate Conversations: Tipping Points webpage Register now.

The Ecology School Teacher Institute for Watershed Science and Conservation

Apply by: April 1, 2023

Cohort 1 dates: July 17-20, 2023; Cohort 2 dates: July 27-30, 2023


The Teacher Institute for Watershed Science and Conservation will bring K-8 science teachers to Maine for a free four-day professional development institute focusing on watershed science, outdoor learning, and community partnerships. While immersed in field-based ecology lessons, attendees will have opportunities to network and collaborate with colleagues from schools nationwide to reimagine their teaching to include outdoor learning, place-based experiences, and community partners. The institute is free for teachers. Attendees will receive a $250 stipend and be reimbursed for most travel. Learn more and apply.

ScIC11 Science Is Cool Virtual Conference

Wednesday, April 5, 2023 | 12:00 pm ET

It's a full day of professional development featuring a lineup of awesome speakers sharing their tips and tricks for inspiring students to think critically, be curious and ask questions about the world now and for the rest of their lives. Register now for free and stay tuned for more details.


Climate and the Classroom Webinar - Unlocking the Potential of K-12 Education for Climate Action

Thursday, April 13, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

Specialists in K-12 climate education will discuss the benefits of climate education in a variety of courses at the high school level and earlier, and the challenges teachers face in finding or creating appropriate climate coursework and bringing it to their classrooms. They will introduce resources for teaching climate, best practices from schools and educational institutions around the U.S., and new ideas to support teachers at every level, and take audience questions. Register to join the webinar.



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.


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Great Lakes Watershed Field Course

Applications due: April 24, 2023 by 5:00 pm ET

Course dates: August 8-11, 2023


The Great Lakes Watershed Field Course is a 4-day professional development experience for teachers from throughout the Great Lakes region taking place in Suttons Bay, MI. Training in the course includes watershed and environmental concepts, place-based education and environmental education pedagogy, and time for curriculum development. Educators will learn how to engage students in local environmental issues, investigate solutions, devise a plan, and take action during this course. Inland Seas staff supports teachers throughout the school year with additional training, online forums, and other forms of assistance to help teachers implement their watershed-based stewardship action projects.

There is no cost for this experience, but space is limited to 30 participants.

Student opportunities

Columbia University’s Hudson River Field Station: The Next Generation of Hudson River Educators

Apply by: March 31, 2023


The Hudson River Field Station will once again host the Next Generation of Hudson River Educators, a summer program focused on Hudson River estuary science to engage Rockland County High School students historically underrepresented in STEM. Students will cultivate a personal connection and understanding of the Hudson River estuary through hands-on field experiences and contribute to ongoing Hudson River scientific research. Students will seek to understand the prevalence of microplastics in the Hudson River through the collection and analysis of samples underneath ultraviolet light. Current 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-grade students at least 16 years of age interested in spending the summer immersed in the Hudson while getting involved in current ongoing research, should apply today! Applications are open. 


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.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Apply by: April 15, 2023

The Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young heroes each year who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment. Winners each receive $10,000 to be applied to their higher education or to their service project.


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 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.

Semper Solaris Scholarship


Submissions due: 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

Super Guide Women and Climate Change


March is Women’s History Month — the perfect time to celebrate and honor the role of women in climate action! Gender inequality negatively impacts women and girls all over the world, but did you know that it also has a negative impact on the Earth?

Even though women and girls face disproportionate challenges, they still show up to fight for a cleaner, greener Earth as scientists, activists, artists, and educators. As a teacher, you know how important it is to bring the stories of women and climate change into the classroom to help empower your students!

Explore lesson plans, articles, videos and more focused on Women and Climate Change!


Celebrate World Water Day 2023

World Water Day, held on March 22nd every year since 1993, celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people living without access to safe water. This World Water Day is about accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. Celebrate on March 22nd, 2023, the first day of the UN 2023 Water Conference, with water-focused activities from our collection or get involved with UN Water here.

IF/THEN Collection


The IF/THEN initiative is a national effort to inspire young girls to pursue STEM careers while creating a culture shift in how the world perceives women in STEM. The Collection is a digital asset library of women STEM innovators including profiles, images, activity sheets, and more to inspire students of all genders and age groups. The Educator Hub also is a great tool to leverage the Collection and align to standards for use with students.

Black Professionals

Black Faces in Green Spaces: The Journeys of Black Professionals in Green Careers

The Journeys Guide introduces youth to the many jobs in the forest and conservation sector through the lens of Black Professionals currently working in the sector. Developed by Project Learning Tree, a program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, in partnership with Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences, the guide is filled with 120 pages of inspiring stories and profiles.


Nature’s Notebook Quercus Quest

Get involved with a citizen science campaign through Nature’s Notebook called “Quercus Quest.” Data collected will be used to understand the relationship between climate and leaf and flowering phenology in several species of oak trees.

Groundwater K-12 Lesson Plans


The University of Texas at Austin Environmental Science Institute develops a variety of educator resources through its outreach programs and interdisciplinary partnerships. Leverage the K-12 Groundwater Resources on topics including acid rain, clean drinking water, water filtration, and more.

The Value of a Tree - An EE Lesson

The “Value of a Tree” lessons utilize forestry tools that are easily accessible and take advantage of an outdoor classroom and hands-on learning to spark youth interest in modern forestry concepts. The resource includes lesson plans and worksheets and how-to videos for using the forestry equipment.

 Stress Management

Stressful environmental conditions may cause corals to force out their symbiotic algae in a process called coral bleaching. In this Phenomenal Images activity, students use a coral bleaching event as a phenomenon to explore marine ecosystems, human impacts, and climate change.



Climate Change and Human Rights Resource Collection

Climate change has serious implications for a range of internationally protected human rights, from the right to a healthy environment to the right to life. To encourage examination of these connections, the Committee on Human Rights has compiled resources exploring the human rights dimensions of various climate change-related issues.

Teaching Climate: Global Weirding


This video discusses impacts that the Eastern US is experiencing due to climate change. It describes the seasonal shifts that may affect tourism in New England, extreme heat in the Southeast, how rising sea level affects coastal areas, changes in hurricane intensity, the spread of invasive species and disease, as well as other topics

Subscribe to The Climate Optimist!

Climate Optimist

Climate optimism isn’t about denying what we can see with our own eyes, or ignoring our grief for what we’ve lost. It’s understanding that we know how to prevent things from getting worse and that we’re making progress. Each issue includes timely stories about climate action, and a menu of options to help you find your place in the effort. It’s like a breath of fresh air, straight off the blade of a wind turbine.

Subscribe to stay up to date, and check out the feature, “The Rise of the Climate Optimists,” in the Christian Science Monitor. Learn why The Climate Optimist was started and why it’s important to reframe how we think about climate change in this Blue Sky Podcast interview with the author. Check out past issues of the Climate Optimist at your leisure.


Understanding Authentic Science

WestEd’s 40-page publication Authentic Science Experiences: Designing High School Science Learning to Reach All Students highlights five features of authentic science experiences and presents underlying research to support the design and implementation of meaningful science learning for high school students. Access the publication here!

Conference Reports


C*Sci 2023 Conference

Virtual conference: May 15 - June 2, 2023

Onsite conference: May 22-26, 2023

Onsite conference: May 22-26, 2023 Association conference, C*Sci 2023, will be held on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, Arizona. The conference is interdisciplinary in scope and features cross-cutting symposia, interactive workshops, engaging talks, and dynamic posters. Learn more and register.


Grants From the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS): Apply for the following grants by March 31, 2023  

  •   School Supplies Grant.NSHSS is giving 15 high school educators $500 grants to help provide additional opportunities to their students and classrooms. Any high school educator employed in the United States or internationally, particularly those who are also heads of clubs in their schools, may apply.
  • School Club Cash. NSHSS is giving 10 high school educators a $500 grant to help provide additional opportunities to their student clubs. Any high school club sponsor currently employed at a public or private high school in the United States or internationally may apply.
  • Higher Education Grant. NSHSS is providing two (2) $2,500 awards to help with the costs of tuition and course-related expenses for teachers and counselors who are enrolling in university courses in Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Spring 2024. Any high school teacher or counselor currently employed at a public or private high school in the United States or internationally may apply.

Dorothy Stout Professional Development Grant

Applications due: April 15, 2023

Dorothy “Dottie” Stout Grants support participation in earth science classes or workshops, attendance at professional scientific or science education meetings, participation in earth science field trips, or purchase of earth science materials for classroom use. Community college faculty and students, and K-12 teachers who teach one or more earth science courses are encouraged to apply by submitting a one- to two-page proposal describing how the grant will support their professional growth.

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 & Internships:

Job Lists


Education/Equity Bytes


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