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News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

April 18, 2023

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

NOAA Planet Stewards is providing up 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 25, 2023 I 7:00 - 8:00 PM ET

NOAA Planet Stewards is offering a 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 this event is limited! 

Pre-registration is not required. Click the following link to join , 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 May Book Club Meeting! 


Date & Time: Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00 pm ET

Book: All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis

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

This will be NOAA Planet final Book Club meeting of the 2022/2023 academic year. Information on how to log in may be found in the Book Club section of our Upcoming Events Page.

You can find over 60 fiction, non-fiction, and young-adult selections from past Book Clubs - with discussion questions! - in our Book Club Archive. There’s something for everyone at the NOAA Planet Stewards Book Club: catch up on some knowledge, enjoy a quick fun read, or find a book to use with your students. Join us!

Stewardship Inspiration


Want to engage your classroom, school, or community in stewardship but don’t know where to start? Check out NOAA Planet Stewards newly revised What Success Looks Like webpage. Educators from around the country share over 50 stewardship project stories, innovations, and educational resources they’ve developed. The stories are organized in two ways - by the edition of The Earth Scientist periodical in which they were published, and the Planet Stewards project focus area they relate to. We hope these stories inspire you to take positive environmental actions within your community, and consider applying to NOAA Planet Stewards for funding.

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Help Guide the Climate Literacy Update: 

NOAA, the Smithsonian and federal agency partners want your suggestions - today! 

NOAA, as part of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), is requesting your suggestions to update the national climate literacy guide used by educators, policymakers, and scientists for more than a decade.

The current climate literacy guide, “Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science,” was released in 2009. Eighteen federal agencies and departments, in partnership with many science and education organizations, produced it. Available in English and Spanish, the guide informs education standards adopted or adapted by many states.

We are seeking feedback on:

  • How should the updated document be structured?
  • What topics should be included?
  • How should topics be weighted and ordered in the document?
  • Are there pieces that are missing from the 2009 guide?
  • Are there pieces of the 2009 Guide that aren’t relevant anymore?
  • What audiences do you think should use the guide?
  • How do you see yourself or your community using this guide?

Comments can be submitted at until 11:59 PM ET on May 31, 2023. To submit comments, you will need to register and set up an account.

USGCRP will also be hosting workshops and listening sessions to collect feedback throughout April and May 2023. Notices and information for these events will be added to

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NOAA Ocean Today Citizen Science Videos


Trash Trip with Symone - Be a citizen scientist by using the free Marine Debris Tracker app to record trash in your neighborhood and help keep it from entering the ocean! Trash  Trip Citizen Science - (5:03)

Horseshoe  Crab Count - During spawning season (April) volunteers are dispatched along the Mid-Atlantic coast to help scientists track Horseshoe Crab populations. Learn how these citizen scientists tract the data and have fun on the "big crab count." Horseshoe Crab Citizen Science - (2:02)

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Whale Tale  - Imagine if anyone could be a scientist and contribute to understanding where ocean animals travel? Learn how A.I. is being used to analyze whale tail photos sent in by people like YOU. Citizen Science, Whale Tails and A.I. - (2:41)

Trash Counts - Be part of the solution to marine debris and watch the TRASH COUNTS video featuring a citizen science project that is making a difference, one data entry at a time. Trash Counts Citizen Science - (3:34)

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NOAA Science Seminar Series

Something for Everyone!


18 April 2023 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

E/V Nautilus 2023 Field Season Overview


18 April 2023 | 8:00 - 9:00 pm ET

Dynamics of kelp forests, salmon, and forage fish


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

Community-Based Exploration: Discovering With Everyone


25 April 2023 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Green-up in the Alaska Boreal Forest


27 April 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

Potential Consequences of Climate Change-Driven Shifts in White Shark Nursery Habitat in the Northwest Atlantic



27 April 2023 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

Managing for Climate Change in MPAs: Stories and Tools from National Marine Sanctuaries and the National MPA Center

Educator opportunities

Science Update: From Talking Trash to Taking Action: The Science of Marine Debris, April 20, 2023


Join NOAA and NSTA on Thursday, April 20, 2023, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM ET for a Science Update about the science of marine debris and how to turn that science into solutions!

Our oceans are filled with items that don’t belong there. NOAA’s Marine Debris Program leads national and international efforts to  research, prevent, and reduce the impacts of  global ocean pollution. Join us to learn all about the science of marine debris, and how to turn that science into solutions!

Find out more and register here


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 strategies and activities to integrate into their curriculum as they engage with today's youth. Register now.

Virtual Professional Development: GLOBE Clouds Training

Thursday, April 20, 2023 | 7:00 - 7:45 pm ET       Thursday, April 27, 2023 | 7:00 - 7:45 pm ET

Thursday, May 4, 2023 | 7:00 - 7:45 pm ET          Thursday, May 11, 2023 | 7:00 - 7:45 pm ET

Join the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) program for a series of virtual training sessions to learn how NASA studies clouds and ways to engage students with cloud observations and satellite data. Participants will also learn how to use the GLOBE Observer app to collect observations.

Participants must attend all four sessions to receive full training. Register now.


Biodiversity in Your Own Backyard

Thursday, April 20, 2023 | 8:00 - 9:00 pm ET


Biodiversity is essential to healthy ecosystems. Join Science Friday and SciStarter for an interactive webinar where you’ll get to know real-world citizen science projects for tracking biodiversity in your own backyard. Collaborate with others during the City Nature Challenge BioBlitz or try apps like iNaturalist to explore on your own. Either way, you’ll help researchers and make a positive impact in your community. Register for the webinar.

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 throughout the Great Lakes region taking place in Suttons Bay, MI. Training  includes watershed and environmental concepts, place-based education and environmental education pedagogy, and time for curriculum development. During the course attendees will learn how to engage students in local environmental issues, investigate solutions, devise a plan, and take action. Inland Seas staff supports teachers throughout the school year with additional training, online forums, and other 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.

Nature Activities for Year-round Learning

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 | 7:00 pm ET


Register for this virtual workshop presented by The Outdoor Learning Store as part of the 2023 Spring Workshop series. Author Jacob Rodenburg will share ideas, activities, and inspiration from his book,The Big Book of Nature Activities, with attendees.

Breaking Stereotypes Through Children’s Books

Thursday, April 27, 2023 | 2:00 pm ET

Join the National Girls Collaborative Project for this webinar during National Library Week 2023 to gain ideas for new books and resources to share with young readers. Participants will learn about the power of children’s books to break stereotypes and promote a sense of belonging in STEM. Register now.


Online Workshop: Fundraising for Impactful Experiences

Thursday, April 27, 2023 | 6:30 pm ET

Funding is often the number one barrier to offering immersive travel experiences for your students. Join fellow teachers and staff from Ecology Project International as they dive into out-of-the-box ideas for setting up successful student fundraisers. Come prepared to share ideas and collaborate with fellow educators! Register for the workshop!


Climate Conversations: Nature-Based Solutions

April 27 | 3:00PM - 4:15PM ET;     Registration now open!

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Join the National Academies for a discussion about how to better work with nature to build climate resilience and support human well-being and ecosystems.

The webinar will be webcast on the Climate Conversations: Nature-Based Solutions webpage on Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 3:00-4:15pm ET. Closed captioning will be provided. The conversation will include questions from the audience and will be recorded and available to view on the page after the event.

Harvard Climate Action Week May 8-12

This week will bring together thousands of leaders from government, business, civil society, and academia to work together on climate solutions. Explore events during the week.


Improve EE Programming with Culturally Responsive and Equitable Evaluation

Thursday, May 11 and 25, 2023 | 12:30 pm ET


The eeVAL project is about building capacity and community to create more just, inclusive, and healthy partnerships, programs, and communities. This series will dive into the values and practices that can build a foundation for culturally responsive and equitable evaluation in your program(s). Educators, program designers, coordinators, evaluators, and funders with diverse perspectives and experiences are welcome to join the eeVAL network. Register once to be able to attend both events.

Reserve your spot at the virtual Talk Climate Gathering

May 23 - 25, 2023 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm ET


The Talk Climate Gathering will be hosted as a virtual three-day event offering a progression of reflective interactive activities through individual writing and small groups to support an atmosphere of community connectedness, trust, and learning together. Gain valuable tools and resources on building power and creating change. Register for the event; scholarships are available.

Become a USA Blue School!

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USA Blue Schools are K-12 schools that are working to increase awareness about the ocean and inspire educators, students, and community members to deepen their connection with the sea. Participating schools may be involved in action projects such as park/beach cleanups, data collection, community science activities, and educational workshops.

Learn more about the USA Blue Schools and complete the short application to register your school. Reach out to Meghan Marrero - the National Coordinator, with questions.

CIRES summer PD opportunities


1. The Future of Forests workshop - June 7-8, 2023 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm ET each day

MS/HS teachers, reserve your spot to engage with the new NASA-supported “Future of Forests” curriculum! This FREE 2-day virtual teacher workshop will be facilitated by scientists and curriculum developers from CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder. Participants will engage with online interactives, case studies, and the GLOBE Observer app (landcover protocol) gathering evidence to construct conceptual models and written explanations for the unit driving question, "How do landscapes recover after a wildfire?"

Participants will have the option to receive a certificate for 10 PD hours (free) or purchase 1 graduate credit ($90) from the University of Colorado Boulder.

2.  A Changing Arctic Ecosystem workshop - July 12-13, 2023 11:00 am - 3:00 pm ET each day

 "A Changing Arctic Ecosystem” is a MS/HS storyline unit tied to NGSS Life Science standards where students trace the flow of carbon through an Arctic food web to predict how declining sea ice might impact Arctic organisms large and small. Engage with ArcGIS Storymaps, hands-on investigations, authentic Arctic datasets, and more in this 2-day interactive virtual teacher workshop. Register now.

3. Data Puzzles 2-3 day lessons

Data Puzzles are 2-3 day MS/HS lessons that combine classroom-friendly datasets with Ambitious Science Teaching practices to help students make sense of phenomena. Engage with specific Data Puzzle resources during our summer workshops!

  • The Tipping Point, Tuesday, June 20, 2023 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm ET - a 2-day MS/HS resource in which students analyze ecological data to explain how rising temperatures are affecting the hearty tundra plant, moss campion, and consider what that might mean for the rest of the ecosystem. Register now.
  • Megafires: Rare Occurrences or the New Normal? Tuesday, July 18th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm ET - "Megafires: Rare Occurrences or the New Normal?", is a 3-day resource in which students analyze megafire frequency data to explain how and why the number of megafires has changed over time. Register now.

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

July 17 - 18, 2023 and one regional cohort day on July 19, 20, or 21

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Do you want to be connected to other educators and climate change education leaders across North America? During this experience you’ll explore climate change education best practices, activities, lesson plans and tools to support you as you empower your students! Climate Generation is looking forward to connecting, collaborating, and kick-starting change towards schools and communities that are prepared for climate change impacts and are engaged in finding solutions. Explore the featured topics and schedule. Register for the Summer Institute.

Perks of participation: Scholarships; Graduate Credit20 Hours of Continuing Education

Student opportunities

Atlantic Shark Art Contest

Submit by: April 30, 2023      Audience: Elementary and middle school students

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NOAA Fisheries is launching a campaign to provide fact-based shark information to the public. To kick-start this campaign, they are inviting kindergarten through eighth grade students to participate in their Atlantic Shark Art Contest to raise awareness about Atlantic sharks. The winning artwork will be featured in a 2024 Atlantic shark calendar. Details on entry requirements, submissions, winning artwork, and more can be found on the Atlantic Shark Art Contest website. All entries must be submitted by mail (postmarked) or electronically no later than April 30, 2023. Contact with questions.

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

The 10 For the Ocean

The Rising Tide Ocean Podcast is produced by Blue Frontier. Here’s a selection of the Top Ten you might want to listen to and share (or choose your own favorites).  You can find them all here.

1   Her Deepness and her Daughter (Sylvia Earle and Liz Taylor)
2   The Master Navigator (Nainoa Thompson - plus a Charlie Landon short)
3   Hilton Kelley’s Mission for Gulf Justice
4   A Cousteau Couple  (Philippe and Ashlan Cousteau)
5   Two Sisters talking on Plastic (Diana and Julia Cohen)
6   Kim Stanley Robinson's Science and Fiction
7   Going Deep with Explorer Don Walsh
8   Carl Safina listens to the Animals
9   Captain Paul Watson's new command
10 Wildfire and Blue Mind (Wallace J. Nichols)


New Coastal Monitoring Citizen Science Website

Woods Hole Sea Grant and the NOAA's Climate Program Office Coastal Inundation Risk Team have launched a web-based inventory of citizen science efforts to track coastal change in the U.S. The site, Communities Tracking Coastal Change, enables people interested in tracking local coastal change to search for existing projects using a map, keywords, or a faceted search. Those who want to start a new project can explore descriptions of "science platforms" that can facilitate the collection, management, and sharing of coastal observations.

Celebrate Earth Day with PBS LearningMedia


Check out these resources from PBS Learning Media to celebrate Earth Day:


PBS LearningMedia Lesson Plans to Introduce Environmental Awareness

Explore the Environmental Public Health Collection (Grades 6-12): Celebrate Earth Month with resources to raise environmental awareness and create a conversation around issues that affect the Earth – and what you and your students can do to help. This collection highlights the technological advances that have had harmful effects on human health and our environment and examines how we are identifying and working together to improve these conditions.

Kids Go Green: Litter and Our Oceans (K-8): Follow along with Al the aluminum can as he goes on a journey into the ocean after he is tossed away as litter! Your students can watch the video to learn about the impact of litter on bodies of water and explore ways they can reduce litter. Then, use the accompanying activity to attempt to clean a simulated polluted lake using various materials and techniques.

Learn About Climate Justice Advocate Jamie Margolin (Grades 6-12): Meet Jamie Margolin, a young civic leader who rose from local volunteering to organizing and leading the Youth Climate March on Washington, D.C. Explore the obstacles she faced, her solutions, and the lessons she learned about civic engagement, grassroots organizing, and inspiring personal youth action.

Celebrate Citizen Science Month with NASA!


April is Citizen Science Month. Join the celebration by collecting data, analyzing results, and helping scientists solve real-world problems.

You can take part in the following NASA science projects:

Measure Trees in Your Neighborhood on Arbor Day, April 28


GLOBE Observer Trees is an app-based tool that will help you estimate tree height. Once you have downloaded the app and created an account, the Trees tool will guide you through the observation process.

For more details about how to take observations, including tips and tricks, additional tutorials beyond what is in the app, and frequently asked questions about how to observe, visit the Taking Observations page. The Resource Library includes additional activities, references, videos and book lists.

One Health Lesson Series

Developed by the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Life Sciences Learning Center, this series of lessons for grades 9–12 introduce students to the concept of One Health, the connections among human health, the health of animals, and the health of the environment. The lessons include teacher guides and student handouts for each topic addressed. Three lessons have been adapted as virtual field trip (VFT) experiences. The VFT lessons are designed to be presented asynchronously over a period of five or six 30-minute sessions. Lesson titles include An Outbreak of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (available as a VFT); Disappearing Bees; Mysterious Case of Brain Illness (available as a VFT); One Health Puzzle; Mosquito Invasion; Ticks, Biodiversity, and Climate (available as a VFT); and Can Insects Save the Planet? Find it here.

Teaching of Climate & Energy - in English & Spanish 


Principles about Teaching Climate - English and Spanish

Principles about Energy - English and Spanish

Culturally Relevant Climate Teaching - English and Spanish

Guidance in Elementary Teaching About Climate and Energy

Dive into NASA’s Climate Time Machine!


Check out this amazing visual resource for how our climate has changed over time, as well as what the future may hold for our oceans, our shorelines, and us!


The Value of a Tree - An EE Lesson

Connect your students to how climate change is impacting real-world events, such as when plants bloom. This activity, focusing on the phenology of cherry blossoms in Japan, uses data collected for the last thousand years to show a trend in global temperature increasing and the impact it has on plants (and animals).


Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project Tutorials

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Marine debris is a familiar sight on shorelines around the world, and a reminder that there is still work to be done to tackle this global environmental problem. You can help collect data with the NOAA Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project! An updated Monitoring Toolbox contains all of the resources you need to get started, including video tutorials. Through these tutorials, you will learn how to set up your site, conduct a survey, categorize debris, and submit data. Videos are available in both English and Spanish.

This Week in STEM City


STEM City brings you the latest news, events, and updates from the world of STEM. From breakthroughs at the HBCUs to cutting-edge technology and innovative engineering projects, STEM City covers it all. Whether you are a student, a professional, or just someone who loves learning about the latest advancements in STEM, STEM City is the perfect way to stay up-to-date with the latest news. Check out this week's STEM City programming at

Conference Reports


C*Sci 2023 Conference

Virtual conference: May 15 - June 2, 2023

Onsite conference: May 22-26, 2023

The annual Citizen Science 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.


Cee Change Fellowship

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The CEE-Change Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for formal and nonformal environmental and civic engagement educators of all ages from across North America to learn from each other and collaborate to scale up their impact to create a more equitable and sustainable future. The 2023 Fellowship program focuses on climate change and education.

Applications are due May 15, 2023.

Learn more at:

 NOAA Ocean Guardian School Applications are Now Open.

Applications to the NOAA Ocean Guardian School Program are now being accepted for the 2023-2024 school year! Grant amounts range from $1,000 - $4,000 per school depending on the program region and funding year.

Does your school have what it takes to help protect the ocean for the future? Promote ocean and watershed conservation at your school or in your local community by becoming an Ocean Guardian School.

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Environmental Education/Outreach Jobs & Internships:

Job Lists


Education/Equity Bytes


Ocean, Coastal Weather, Sea Ice, Ocean Life, Water

Weather Extremes and Other Science News of Note

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