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November 7, 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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We’ll discuss There's Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities at our november book club. 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.

A complete description of the book, meeting discussion questions, login information, and all the dates and selections for the entire 2023-2024 academic year are posted on our website.

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



 It is essential that educators acknowledge diversity in their classrooms and appreciate how integrating unique cultural perspectives can help broaden  students' appreciation of the world, as well as the subjects we are striving to teach them. The Keepers of Turtle Island project engaged an interdisciplinary approach. By braiding Indigenous science perspectives into environmental education, Keepers of Turtle Island emphasized relations, responsibility, and stewardship towards the environment, as well as restored native habitats, increased biodiversity, and sequestered carbon dioxide.

Read about this wonderful stewardship project here.


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Fairwx Crew

Shown are Sara Ober and Finnegan Sougioultzoglou, NOAA Hydrographic Survey Technicians, who were among the crew of NOAA Ship Fairweather welcoming crew members of the Japanese Training Squadron in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Also shown are the Fairweather and two Japanese vessels docked in Dutch Harbor. Among many other activities, NOAA crew demonstrated how they collect water column data, a critical component in accurately depicting the seafloor and ultimately keeping marine transportation and commerce moving safely and efficiently. The exchange underscored the longstanding alliance between the U.S. and Japan, which bombed Dutch Harbor at the start of World War II. To learn more, check out this Teacher at Sea” blog from aboard NOAA Ship Fairweather.

Annular Solar Eclipse

If you didn’t get a chance to see the annular eclipse a few weeks ago, you can view a livestream of the event from our NOAA team. The livestream broadcast includes lots of interesting insights from our subject matter experts.  Check it out here.

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NOAA Science Seminar Series - 
Something for Everyone!

See All of NOAA Science Seminar Series here

November 8, 2023 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET

Projected Increase in Extremely Active Atlantic Hurricane Season


November 9, 2023 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET 

Mud matters: Understanding the role of ocean sediments in storing carbon


November 14, 2023 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET

Atlantic Hurricanes and Climate Change



November 14, 2023 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET 

Engaging the Next Generation of Marine Scientists

with Storytelling and Culturally Relevant Media



November 15, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. ET 

Characterizing Microplastic Hotspots From Apalachicola Watershed To Apalachicola Bay



November 21, 2023 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET 

The role of apex predators, habitat, and seascape complexity

on nearshore fish assemblages in Southeast, Alaska

Educator opportunities

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The Planet's Pulse: Measuring the Atmosphere at the Top of the World

Tuesday, November 7 at 5:00 pm ET

In the Arctic, as far north as one can go in the state of Alaska, NOAA measures the atmosphere. Over the last 50 years, outside the City of Utqiaġvik near Point Barrow, we have watched as the amount of greenhouse gases has been growing, the amount of ozone-depleting chemicals has been shrinking, and snow cover and energy available in the atmosphere have changed seasonally. Register Now !

View recordings of all of previous NOAA Live! Alaska events here.


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. Join them 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 across 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. 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. 

Register now for this event. 

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 now for this event.


Young Trailblazers: Celebrating Earth Force Youth Past and Present

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | 5:00 p.m. ET

The panelists on this webinar will discuss their experiences as young changemakers and how those experiences have shaped their journey.

Register now for this event.


Climate Conversations: Future of Fossil Fuels

November 16, 2023 | 3:00-4:15pm ET

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Join the National Academies for a discussion about the future of fossil fuels in a net-zero United States.  As the United States decarbonizes its economy and strives for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, production and consumption of fossil fuels will need to decline substantially. Reducing fossil fuel usage will bring significant benefits,  but poses challenges for communities that are economically dependent on extraction and production.  Learn how to address these technical and societal challenges.. The conversation will include discussion of environmental remediation, maintaining the safety and reliability of existing fossil fuel infrastructure, and socioeconomic impacts in fossil fuel dependent communities.

The webinar will be webcast on the Climate Conversations: Fossil Fuels webpage. Closed captioning will be provided and it will be recorded and available to view  after the event. Stay tuned to future emails to learn more about the participants!

Register now for this event.

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.

Travel, lodging, meals, and tuition will be provided for about 22 selected teachers. The online portion of the course runs from May 28 - June 22, 2024, with the on-site residence experience from June 23-29.

Learn more and apply here.

Black In Marine Science Youth Night and Educator Workshop

Thursday, November 30, 2023 | 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET

Norfolk, Virginia -- Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Resort

Educators and students are welcome to join Black In Marine Science (BIMS) for Youth Night where there will be hands-on lessons, educator workshops, and self-care activities. This event is part of the first in-person BIMS Week Retreat.

Learn all about the event and register attend here.

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Free Online Educator Workshop: Exploring Ocean Mysteries

Register now: Tuesday, December 5, 2023 | 3:30-5:00 pm Pacific Time

Register now: Wednesday, December 6, 2023 | 5:30-7:00 pm Pacific Time

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Exploring Ocean Mysteries lessons and supporting resources have been created by NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in collaboration with Engaging Every Student, and supported by the National Geographic Society and National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. The lessons connect Ocean Literacy with NGSS using the Ocean Literacy Handbook, particularly the Ocean Literacy Framework, which is made up of the Ocean Literacy Guide, the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for Grades K–12 and the Alignment of Ocean Literacy to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

2023 Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Summit

December 6-7, 2023 in Ocean City, MD


The 2023 Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Summit will bring together Mid-Atlantic groups working on the mitigation and removal of marine debris (including litter that becomes marine debris). It will include state and federal agencies, tribes, non-profit organizations, academia, and other groups – to identify opportunities to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion into marine debris efforts, coordinate efforts between groups, discuss current and emerging marine debris fields, and highlight solutions to marine debris prevention and reduction. The Summit is free to attend and open to the public! Register now!

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.

Learn more and register for a live event today!

Student opportunities

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 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.

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.

Annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest for K-8th Grade!

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2023

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Are you a K-8th grade student or teacher who’s passionate about cleaning the sea from all 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 the NOAA Marine Debris 2025 calendar!

The winning artwork from this contest 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.

Do You Have a Climate Story to Share? Enter Bow Seat's Student Ocean Awareness Contest

Deadline: 10 June, 2024


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

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The Climate Crisis Timeline is a new resource from the Zinn Education Project. Teachers and students are invited to examine the choices and stakes that animate the climate crisis, and to work together toward meaningful solutions. The timeline traces its roots from European colonial expansion and racial capitalism to present-day fossil fuel industry and government projects that exploit and destroy the Earth in the name of maximum profit. It also emphasizes moments and movements of resistance and activism that inform climate justice work today.

Learn about Native truth and justice


November is National Native American Heritage Month. Check out these resources from the National Education Association to help you educate students honestly and accurately about Native history and the people whose land we occupy.   

Join the New Explorer Classroom Wildlife Series


This new toolkit walks young people through the Earth Force Process, a research-based way to implement Environmental Action Civics.


  • Content that facilitates youth-led environmental civic action
  • Designed for groups of middle school or high school students
  • Perfect for all learning environments!

Includes links to resources to dig deeper on each step

Sea Nettles: What Are the Chances?

While an important food source for local sea life, many swimmers and recreational fishermen consider sea nettles a pest. Why? Because their tentacles pack a powerful sting. Nettles have been known to break up more than one trip to the seashore, but how can beachgoers avoid them? In this exercise, students will use both forecasting tools and NOAA buoy data to determine the temperature range most likely to result in a bloom of nettles in the Bay. Check out this featured BRIDGE activity.


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 in January 2024;

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

The U.S. Academic Research Fleet is hosting 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 to learn how to operate and maintain 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. 

Ocean Odyssey Marine Debris Awards for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Accessibility 

Deadline: December 18, 2023 | 11:59 PM ET


The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will award 10-15 grants ranging between $5,000 and $7,500 to support initiatives that investigate and prevent the adverse impacts of marine debris in communities that are underserved, underrepresented, or overburdened. These projects may include marine debris prevention, research, monitoring, detection, response, removal, and coordination activities. Priority will be given to projects that directly benefit or support communities in need and involve community members in all aspects of the project. 

Visit the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation website for eligibility and submission information, and to apply.

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 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 of undergraduate studies, 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.

Learn more and apply here.

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 2024 President's Environmental Student & Teacher Awards Grants


Apply by: January 15, 2024

EPA’s Office of Environmental Education is accepting applications for the 2024 President’s Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA) and Presidential Innovation Awards for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). The awards recognize outstanding environmental stewardship projects from students in Grades K–12 that promote environmental awareness and encourage community involvement, as well as Grade K–12 educators who integrate environmental education and place-based learning into school curricula and school facility management across the country.

.Projects eligible for the awards can apply to a variety of environmental topics, including (but not limited to):

  • Climate change
  • Environmental justice
  • Water infrastructure
  • Lead in drinking water
  • Reducing ocean and marine litter
  • Recycling solutions
  • Using science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to teach environmental education
  • Environmental sustainability and agricultural practices
  • Healthy school environments
  • The reduction of food waste and loss and excess food recovery efforts.

For PEYA, EPA will select up to two winners in each of the agency’s 10 regions: one regional winner for Grades K-5 and one regional winner for Grades 6–12. Winning projects will be highlighted on EPA’s website. Application and eligibility information is available on EPA’s PEYA page.

For PIAEE, up to two teachers from each of EPA’s 10 regions, each from different states, will be selected to receive the award. Teachers will receive a presidential plaque and an award of up to $2,500 to be used to further professional development in environmental education. The winners’ local education agencies will also receive awards of up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs. Winners will be highlighted on EPA’s website. Application and eligibility information is available on EPA’s PIAEE page.

Learn more about the program and apply!

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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