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November 21, 2023

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Join Planet Stewards in December for an adventure filled book club - with the author!

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 | 8:00 PM ET


At our December book club we’ll talk about Escape Undersea, a young adult fiction book by marine scientist Dr. Ellen Prager - who will be joining the meeting! In Dr. In Prager's book, the protagonists Ezzy and Luke are invited to the world’s only undersea research station in the Florida Keys with their father, and dive into an unexpected adventure. While visiting their ex-military friends in the Aquarius Sea Station, Ezzy and Luke encounter a strange algae bloom at the surface, giant goliath groupers, and a mysterious fish that threatens the coral reefs and their own safety. It’s another wild ride filled with humor and action as Ezzy Skylar explores the depths of her courage while overcoming her insecurities. With new friends, she and Luke discover the wonders of the undersea world and what it is like to live underwater. But once again they unwittingly stumble into a plot that could have disastrous consequences for the local wildlife and must jump into action to save the day.

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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The latest 2023 Edition of The Earth Scientist is Here!  

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Check out the National Earth Science Teacher’s Association’s latest edition of The Earth Scientist! (TES) In this issue you’ll read about four inspirational projects orchestrated by NOAA Planet Stewards educators, as well as how and why NOAA uses the fascinating remote sensing method LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging). The issue features:

  • Unwelcome Guests: Combating Aquatic Invasive Species through Education, Habitat Conservation and Restoration. by Spencer Cody
  • Planting Roots in our Community: Leaving a Legacy Behind. by Julie Houck
  • Young Stewards Promoting Border Resiliency. by Dr. Jennifer Ramos-Chavez
  •  A Tiny Forest as an Outdoor Classroom and a Place for Hope. by Dr. Patrick J. Walsh
  • LIDAR: Lasers, Airplanes, and Drones! By Galen Scott

Check out the entire issue here, or you can explore all Planet Stewards sponsored issues of TES on our What Success Looks Like page. Happy Reading!


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New Threats to Coral Page!


Coral reefs face a variety of environmental stressors from warming ocean temperatures and bleaching events to disease brought on by climate change and increased human activity, leading to degradation, loss of biodiversity, and a decline of the ecosystem benefits that reefs provide. 

Before we can provide realistic solutions, we must first identify and address those stressors that most immediately impact coral reef communities. This page serves as a tool to keep you updated and informed regarding current threats to these magnificent natural ecosystems.

Check it out!

NOAA at the White House Demo Day!

Check out this recap video, President Biden Visits 'American Possibilities: A White House Demo Day', where NOAA research and technology was featured.


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NOAA Science Seminar Series - 
Something for Everyone!

See All of NOAA Science Seminar Series here

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



November 28, 2023 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET

Snow crab in a rapidly changing Bering Sea: Historical context, recent insights and future perspectives



November 30, 2023 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET 

Bay scallop resilience multigenerational ocean acidification experiments



November 30, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET 

Assessment of marine, estuarine, and riverine habitat vulnerability to climate change



December 7, 2023 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

Artificial Intelligence in Weather Modeling



December 12, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET 

Exploring Livestock Grazing for Coastal Habitat Management


Educator opportunities

Seaweed: Growing Underwater Forests to “Kelp” Our Planet' '


Wednesday, November 29, 2023 | 12:30 p.m. ET

Tune in to this upcoming WWF Conservation in the Classroom webinar with Bailey Moritz, Lead Specialist, Aquaculture. This session is designed for students in Grades 4-8 to learn about the biology of seaweed and the hopeful solutions kelp farms can bring to the ocean. Register for the session.


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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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.

Apply NOW to become a NOAA Teacher at Sea!

Application deadline: November 30, 2023 | 8:00 p.m. ET

Full-time educators: The online application for NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program 2024 Field Season is OPEN NOW, through the month of November! Head over to ("How to Apply") for details and a link to the online system.

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Free Online Educator Workshop: Exploring Ocean Mysteries

Register now: Tuesday, December 5, 2023 | 6:30-8:00 pm ET

Register now: Wednesday, December 6, 2023 | 8:30-10:00 pm ET

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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!

Professional Development from the Shedd Aquarium

Magnifying Plankton in the Science Classroom: Wednesday, December 6, 2023 | 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Join the Shedd Aquarium for a virtual educator workshop where you'll explore lessons about plankton, energy transfer and the food web, share high-quality resources for students, hear from plankton experts, learn more about plankton itself, and much more. During this workshop, you’ll go behind the scenes with Shedd’s live foods team and see how they grow phytoplankton and zooplankton, which advances conservation and sustainability. You’ll also explore a new exhibit at Shedd, Plankton Revealed, and ways in which classrooms can leverage this informational resource during visits or virtually. Learn more and register.

Grades: 3-12 educators


Integrating Science Fiction in Science Education: Saturday, February 24, 2024 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Join the Shedd Aquarium for an impelling in-person educator workshop that explores the fascinating intersection of science and science fiction. From “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” to “Waterworld,” modern science fiction has long captivated our imaginations and sparked curiosity. As a genre, it allows us to speculate about our future while holding a mirror to present challenges. By bringing sci-fi into the classroom, we encourage our students to engage with science critically and creatively. Learn more and register.

Grades: 3-12 educators

Illinois Teachers:1.5 3 ISBE clock hours available

Webinar: Selecting Trees for Schoolyard Forests

Thursday, December 7, 2023 |  2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

The Schoolyard Forest Design Lecture Series, hosted by Green Schoolyards America, will provide technical, design-focused guidance for creating and stewarding high-quality green schoolyards and schoolyard forests. Register for the next lecture or view recorded presentations from previous meetings.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2023 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

The Monarch Conservation Webinar Series is hosted by the Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center. The next session is presented by MJV Executive Director Wendy Caldwell. Register for the webinar.

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!


Sign Up for the new Earthrise e-Newsletter!

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Shine a spotlight on Earth and climate science in the classroom with the new Earthrise initiative from NASA, NOAA and their many federal partners. Through Earthrise, you will receive a monthly e-newsletter featuring interactive lesson plans, mission and research highlights, and opportunities to participate in student engagement and educator professional development events from across the federal government.

Click here to register to receive monthly collections of resources starting in January 2024.

Student opportunities

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.

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.

K12 Student Innovation Challenge

Submission deadline: January 16, 2024

Do you have a student in grades K–12 interested in protecting the environment? Encourage them to enter the K12 Innovation Challenge! They can work individually or as teams of up to three to submit a proposal for solutions that will safeguard our ecosystems. Prizes include a fully funded trip on an Ecology Project International program!

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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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Enter the world's largest K-12 science competition with ExploraVision

Submission deadline: January 31, 2023

Spark innovation with your students through the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition. Through ExploraVision, K-12 students are challenged to dream up a future technology through teamwork and scientific exploration—while winning BIG prizes. Get your students involved with the competition today! Explore the teacher competition resource page and learn how to implement ExploraVision into your classroom today!


Biomimicry Youth Design Challenge

Registration deadline: March 28, 2024

Submission deadline: April 3, 2024

Looking for a new way to blend biology, ecology, and engineering? The Biomimicry Institute’s Youth Design Challenge is a project-based learning experience that asks middle and high school teams to design bio-inspired ideas that can provide solutions to critical real-world problems.



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

Ed Resources

Decomposition: Leaf & Soil Collection

Engage your students in figuring out why the amount of leaf litter differs between species in this lesson from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies’ School Woodland Biodiversity unit for Grades 6-12. Students will collect and analyze leaf litter data from different trees using a transect and hula hoop/quadrat and will conduct soil nutrient tests on soil samples.


Plant Disease Detectives


In this activity, students act as detectives to describe common plant diseases and how these communicable plant diseases are spread. Download the activities as Word documents including case studies for the student “detectives,” ages 14-16.

Antarctic Live website!

November 27 - December 1, 2023


The Thwaites Portal features a set of 10 live interactive sessions with 17 Antarctic scientists who over the course of a week will answer student questions about what it is like to work in Antarctica, what they work on, the importance of their work, some of their most memorable experiences, the role of Thwaites Glacier in sea level, the ocean etc. Check out this 37-second video trailer, in addition to the resources and other materials available on the website now!


Fully Funded Master of Arts in Teaching Earth Science Opportunity

Early admission deadline: December 1, 2023

Apply by: January 16, 2024


The Master of Arts in Teaching Earth Science Residency Program at the American Museum of Natural History is a full-time, fifteen-month fellowship program that takes place at the museum and in urban partner schools. Favorable candidates are those  with diverse life and career experience who want to change lives by becoming culturally responsive middle- and high-school Earth science teachers. All degree candidates will receive free tuition and books, a $40,000 living stipend, and financial and professional support throughout their first two years of teaching. In return, candidates commit to teaching in a high-needs school for three years. 

The fellowship is intended for graduates with a background in Earth science and related fields (e.g., Geology, Meteorology, Oceanography, or Space Science). Current college seniors and recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Information on eligibility requirements, application deadlines, courses, and more can be found at  

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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National Geographic’s Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship

Application by: January 7, 2024

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The Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship is a professional development opportunity for preK–12 educators. Exemplary educators are selected to travel aboard Lindblad Expeditions’ voyages for a field-based experience, exploring destinations like Antarctica, the Galápagos Islands, or Southeast Alaska. Fellows will transfer their onboard experience into new ways to teach students, engage colleagues, and bring new geographic awareness into their learning environments and communities. To qualify, applicants must

  • be a current preK–12 classroom teacher or information educator from the 50 U.S. states, Canada, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Department of Defense Activity schools;
  • have plans to return to a classroom or teaching environment the year following their assigned expedition and demonstrate the ability to incorporate what they learn into their teaching; and
  • have a proven dedication to geographic education in their teaching field and show promise of continued active engagement in the future.

Fellows represent an array of grade levels and subject areas including STEM, social studies, second-language programs, and art.

 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 B-WET Competitions!


Susan L. Williams National Coral Reef Management Fellowship

Apply by: February 14, 2024

The Susan L. Williams National Coral Reef Management Fellowship is recruiting undergraduates or recent graduates in American Samoa. The ideal candidate will have in-situ coral nursery and restoration experience. Start date would be January or very early February. Relocation is covered and the position offers excellent professional development opportunities. Learn more and apply.


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