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October 24, 2023

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Join us to for an Important Book Club Meeting to Discuss There's Something in the Water

Meeting Date & Time: Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | 8:00 PM ET

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At our November book club we’ll discuss There's Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities. Author Ingrid R. G. Waldron examines the legacy of environmental racism and its health impacts in Indigenous and Black communities in Canada, using Nova Scotia as a case study, and the grassroots resistance activities by Indigenous and Black communities against the pollution and poisoning of their communities.

If you don’t have time to read the book, it is available as a slightly more than one-hour documentary hosted by actor Elliot Page on Amazon Prime.

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See previously selected books and discussion questions in our Book Club Archive.

STEWARDSHIP INSPIRATION: Beaumont Rain and Butterfly Garden


Now is a great time to engage your school to help solve an issue impacting your local environment!

Read how NOAA Planet Stewards Patrick Goff and Kyla Trahan, science teachers at Beaumont Middle School in Lexington, KY increased the capacity of their school’s rain garden by almost 1000 square feet, allowing it to retain and filter over 80 additional cubic feet of storm-water runoff coming from the main section of their school’s parking lot - a large impermeable surface. This project gave students the opportunity to investigate science in a real-world setting. 

Read about their stewardship project.


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It's No Trick! Pumpkin Carving Templates from NOAA


Carve out some time for our planet this Halloween with pumpkin carving templates from NOAA - from satellite themes far above our heads, to sea creatures in the depths of the ocean, to endangered species! Learn fun facts and explore more by the light of your “NOAA-o’-lantern!” Check them all out on the NOAA Office of Education's website or the NOAA Fisheries website

And be sure to keep your Halloween trash-free with these resources from the NOAA Marine Debris Program Blog:        - 

From the National Marine Sanctuary System: Odd Ocean Critters to Inspire Your Next Halloween Costume 

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It’s spooky season! There's no better time to learn a few fun facts about strange and interesting animals found in the ocean, along with ideas on how to make a one-of-a-kind costume utilizing common craft supplies no matter your age. Take the ideas in this article, get creative, and make it your own! While you’re out trick-or-treating in your homemade Halloween costume, don’t forget to share the fun ocean animal facts you learned in this guide. 

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NOAA Science Seminar Series - 
Something for Everyone!

See All of NOAA Science Seminar Series here

27 October 2023 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 p.m. ET

Challenges & opportunities in using heat mortality & emergency department information

for estimating health burden


31 October 2023 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 p.m. ET

Why are there so many kinds of fishes?

Educator opportunities

Are Front Range Winds Changing? Teacher Workshop on Shifting Winds Classroom Curriculum

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. ET


At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, strong windstorms are a common weather event. Scientists have been tracking windstorms and are trying to answer the question “Are wind patterns changing as the climate warms?” The answer may lead to better communication to the public! Register for this online workshop designed specifically for educators that will introduce you to the Shifting Winds curriculum and provide you with resources to enhance your teaching of weather, wind, and local phenomena.

Live Talk & Q&A from CIRES for Middle School Students and Above: Climate, Drought, & Climate Change in the Southwestern US

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET             

Discover the intricate web of climate, drought, and climate change in the Southwestern US. In this engaging 25-minute talk and 20-minute LIVE Q&A, CIRES climatologist, Russ Schumacher, will explore Colorado's climate, the significance of mountain snowpack, and the path of water to rivers. Uncover key climate metrics like temperature and precipitation and their impact on water resources. Explore the diverse nature of drought, its definitions, and its evolving face under the influence of climate change. Middle school students and above are invited to join the conversation to learn and be inspired.

Register Here


Webinar: Birds for All

Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET

This webinar will help educators harness student interests in nature, habitats, and inclusivity using Birds! Explore how to begin environmental investigations using birds to hone the practices of observation, discovery, and reflection. Join the American Bird Conservancy, the North American Association for Environmental Education, and Project Learning Tree to discover hands-on resources that use birds to create fun, inclusive, and authentic learning experiences for everyone! No prior birding experience required.

Register today.


Call for Applications: K-2 Resource Development Project!

Applications due: Friday, October 27, 2023


Climate Generation is offering a paid opportunity for three elementary educators to create a second elementary climate change curriculum in collaboration with their staff. Read on to learn more about the project and submit your application to be on the resource development team!

Educators chosen for the resource development team will receive a $750 stipend and the opportunity to establish long-term relationships with other elementary educators committed to climate change education!

Learn more and apply today!

Webinar: Ocean Acidification - Bridging Earth Science and Chemistry

November 2, 2023 | 4:00 p.m. ET

The spirit of NGSS is to break down disciplinary silos and encourage students to make cross-curricular connections, but this can be challenging, especially at the high-school level. This webinar will showcase experiences tied to the anchoring phenomenon of Ocean Acidification and the investigative phenomenon of declining oyster populations. The presenters will share early results from student testing, plans for future learning modules, and how you can get involved. Register for the webinar today!


Learning Event: Deep Dive into Ocean Exploration Technologies 

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Educators and the general public are invited to join NOAA Ocean Exploration in a live, online professional learning event this November. Join us to learn about the vast arena of modern ocean technologies used to explore our deep and open ocean.

This event will be offered twice in various time zones to engage educators in 6-12 grades, their students, and the ocean-interested public iacross the United States. All are welcome to attend either showing:

  • Tuesday, November 7, 2023 | 5:30 p.m. EST
  • Thursday, November 9, 2023 | 8:30 p.m. EST

Register today for the date and time that best suits your schedule.

Learn more about NOAA Ocean Exploration Professional Development Opportunities.

This NOAA Ocean Exploration professional learning event is offered in partnership with the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography's Inner Space Center through the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI) and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

Webinar: Indigenous Women Leaders Shaping Environmental Justice

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET


From leading conservation projects that protect their ancestral territories to advocating for sustainable practices and environmental justice, indigenous women have long been at the forefront of shaping the environmental movement. However, recognition of their leadership and their representation in decision-making roles is lacking. Register now to join a conversation with indigenous women who are leading sustainability and environmental justice efforts in their communities and creating practices and policies that allow indigenous women to thrive.

Webinar: Introduction to CLEAN

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 | 6:00 PM ET

This webinar offers a guided tour of the CLEAN portal. Learn about the CLEAN collection of over 800 climate and energy educational resources and the range of other supporting materials to help you effectively and accurately teach about climate and energy topics. Register to join on Zoom.


Project Ice Applications are now Open for K-12 Teachers

Deadline: November 30, 2023;  Course dates: May 28 - June 29, 2024

The American Meteorological Society is now accepting applications from K-12 teachers to participate in its summer 2024 Project Ice teacher professional development course, offered as part of the NSF/Oregon State University-led Center for Oldest Ice Exploration (COLDEX). Teachers will be selected competitively from across the country, with focus on those impacting underserved students. Participants will engage in a graduate-level, multi-week hybrid course in paleoclimatology and ice core science that includes a workshop at Oregon State in Corvallis, OR, where they will engage with COLDEX scientists and visit the ice core lab and Marine Geology Repository.

Learn more and apply here.


Request a Live Ship-to-Shore Interaction with the E/V Nautilus

Bring the excitement of deep-sea exploration LIVE to your classroom, science center, museum, aquarium, or community event. Live ship-to-shore interactions with E/V Nautilus allows students to engage in a unique two-way, live dialogue with the educators, scientists, and engineers in the Corps of Exploration. Live interactions are available free to classroom and community events' audiences and are pre-scheduled for 30 minutes to match your teaching schedule. Schedule a program in English or in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi!

Interactions are available daily through December 19, 2023.


Now Available! “What I’d teach about Climate Change if I Only Had an Hour: 2x4’s, Graphite, and Gasoline"

Don Haas

Join Paleontological Research Institute's Director of Teacher Programming, Don Haas for an investigation of a gallon of gasoline, the scale of things, and  how we can bring deeper understandings of climate change to broader audiences. Gain a more visceral understanding of the urgency of climate change coupled with strategies for addressing the problem and the associated negative emotions.

Using the agenda and linked resources, learn strategies for:

  • Social mathematics: a strategy for making really large and really small numbers easier to grasp;
  • Climate action as a multi-tool (for making ourselves and the world better);
  • The essential role of honesty in climate communication;
  • The value of reframing generally and specifically highlighting the role of fire in climate change; and; More!

The broadcast is intended for educators across disciplines and across the career span, from pre-service teachers to veteran educators.

Access this broadcast today!

Student opportunities

EarthEcho Youth Leadership Summit

When: November 4-5, 2023; Register by November 1, 2023


Youth ages 13-25 are invited to join the 2023 EarthEcho Youth Leadership Summit: Creating Comm-Ocean! This special event will unite young ocean advocates in cities around the world throughout the weekend of November 4-5, and digitally through an online session, to learn more about ocean-based climate solutions, develop skills to advance ocean climate action on a global scale, and directly share lived experiences, perspectives, and priorities for advancing ocean climate action with government officials, while building connections with fellow youth leaders.

Find a Summit location near you and register for this special event.

Limited spaces are available at each site, and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Register TODAY to reserve your space!

Annual Atlantic Sharks, Tunas, Billfish, and Swordfish Art Contest!

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2023


NOAA Fisheries is holding their annual art contest! It is open to students from K-8th grades and focused on raising awareness through art about Atlantic highly migratory species (sharks, tunas, billfish, and swordfish) or “HMS”. Winning artwork will be included in a calendar highlighting the importance of these species to healthy ecosystems and NOAA Fisheries’ successes in their conservation through sustainable fisheries management.

Details on entry requirements, submissions, winning artwork, and more can be found on the HMS Art Contest website. All entries must be submitted by mail (postmarked) or electronically no later than December 15, 2023.

Now Open: Annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest!

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2023

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Are you a K-8th grade student or teacher who’s passionate about marine debris? Then get your art supplies ready, because this year’s NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest is officially open! Students in grades K-8 from the United States and U.S. territories can submit their artwork. Winners will be featured in a 2025 calendar!

The art contest occurs annually to raise awareness about marine debris. The winning artwork provides a daily reminder of how important it is for us to be responsible stewards of the ocean.

For contest rules, submission guidelines, and more, visit the NOAA Marine Debris Program website.

Climate Story to Share? Student Ocean Awareness Contest

Deadline: 10 June, 2024


For the 13th annual Ocean Awareness Contest: Tell Your Climate Story, become a climate witness, and share your unique climate experience.

Think about climate issues and solutions and consider how they have affected you or your community. Find something that resonates deeply with your experiences – perhaps a climate impact you witnessed, an initiative that you’ve participated in, or a source of strength and inspiration when thinking about the climate crisis. Share your personal climate story through art, writing, performance, film, or multimedia. What is the story that you’d like to tell?

Contest Details:

Explore the Submission Requirements to learn more about the Categories

Ed Resources

JP, The Super Seal Activity Book for K-8th Grades

NOAA and NASA’s Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is a group of satellites that look at Earth at all times. These satellites circle our planet in a path called a polar orbit. They move over the North and South poles 14 times each day.

To learn more about these satellites and what they do, go on a fun-filled learning adventure with JP the Super Seal in this activity book for young learners.

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Discover the Carnivorous Worms That Catch Bugs with Mimicry


For Grades 6-12

The glow worm colonies of New Zealand's Waitomo Caves imitate stars to confuse flying insects, then trap them in sticky snares and eat them alive. Check out this lesson.

Join the New Explorer Classroom Wildlife Series

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Register now for the new Explorer Classroom Wildlife Series and immerse learners in an exciting five-week program to explore wildlife globally, while taking action locally!

The Explorer Classroom Wildlife Series will run weekly from November 2 – December 7, 2023, featuring explorers who have dedicated their lives to wildlife protection and conservation. Participating classrooms should be in grades 3-8 (ages 8-14).

Learn more about all the upcoming opportunities and register to join one today!

From National Geographic: Why We Explore

Ignite a spirit of exploration in your students! Use the Why We Explore Activity to discuss the meaning of exploration. Students can research present-day National Geographic Explorers. They will compare past and present-day explorers’ reasons for exploration to their own.  Show the short videos “A Young Explorer” and “Why Water Exploration?” in which Explorer Dr. Kenny Broad talks about why he liked to explore as a kid and where his interest in water exploration came from.


EPA Seeks Applicants for 2023 Environmental Education Grants

Application deadline: Nov 8, 2023


EPA’s Office of Environmental Education has announced a new grant competition for locally-focused environmental education programs. EPA will award grants between $50,000-$100,000 each, in each of EPA’s 10 Regions, for a total of 30-40 grants nationwide. Through this program, EPA will provide financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques to increase environmental literacy and encourage behaviors that benefit the environment in local communities, especially underserved communities.

Find details on how to apply here.  (See the webinar recording on the information page to learn more!)

2023-2024 Minorities in Shark Sciences Diversifying Ocean Sciences 

Apply by: November 10, 2024


Diversifying Ocean Sciences is a free, year-long hybrid program for people to hone their ocean science skills, build their network, and receive mentorship.

Purpose: to provide folks with a stepping stone into marine science who are otherwise struggling to break into the field.

Who: 30 participants will  participate in one of four concentrations (Estuary Science, Deep Sea Science, Coastal Science or Aquarium Science). The experience will culminate with a week long hands-on intensive in-person (on site) workshop and a week long shoreside (on site) or remote experience during summer 2024.

Pay/Stipend:  travel is covered and participants receive a small stipend of $1000 per week of in-person time to offset any lost wages due to participating in the program.

Learn more and apply today.

2024 UNOLS-MATE Marine Technical Internship Program


Apply by: December 4, 2023 for internships that start as early as January;

Apply by: January 22, 2024 for internships beginning April to December

The U.S. Academic Research Fleet will host 1 six-month  and 12-14 short-term (2-12 weeks each) marine technical internships to work with marine technicians and other crew members on shore and at sea and learn how to operate and maintain a variety of scientific and navigational equipment in support of shipboard scientific research.

  • Stipend: $600 per week plus airfare, lodging and other approved travel expenses.
  • Departure dates: vary depending on the schedule of each research cruise.

Apply early if you are available the entire year in 2024; applications will stay on file. Check out the application and email  Maria Osiadacz, Program Manager,, with questions. 

REEF Educator in the Field Fellowship


Apply by: January 1, 2024

Reef Environmental Education Foundation announces its REEF Educator in the Field Fellowship, an exciting opportunity for all educators to gain hands-on experience with ocean citizen science. They will join other citizen scientist volunteers to learn about marine life and conduct fish population surveys while scuba diving or snorkeling as part of the REEF Volunteer Fish Survey Project in Bonaire at Buddy Dive Resort on July 20-27, 2024. REEF will cover the total cost of the Field Survey Trip, including meals and air transportation up to $1,200.  Click here for complete trip details. The recipient can also earn continuing education credits from University of California at San Diego.

Learn more and apply here. For any questions regarding the Fellowship please email

2024 William M. Lapenta Internship Program at NOAA

Apply by January 3, 2024

The Lapenta internship is open to everyone who has just completed their sophomore year through advanced doctoral students. This internship enables NOAA's National Weather Service, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Ocean Service, and the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations to develop the skills needed in their future workforce. Nearly all program alumni who have completed their degrees are employed in NOAA mission fields, and many work for NOAA.

The program provides a stipend of $6000 per year, travel to/from the host site and housing. Projects can focus on research areas or the development of operational products such as decision support tools, climate and weather forecast models, population dynamics of fish populations, ecosystem modeling, hydrology, ocean circulation models, unmanned systems, data analysis methodologies, social science, and strategies to communicate information pertaining to NOAA's mission to the public and to stakeholders.

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NOAA Undergraduate Scholarships

Apply by: January 31, 2024

The NOAA Office of Education student scholarship programs provide opportunities for undergraduate students to gain hands-on experience while pursuing research and educational training in NOAA-mission sciences. The Hollings and José E. Serrano Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) Undergraduate Scholarship share a common application and students who are eligible for both programs are encouraged to apply to both.

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