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December 5, 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! - to engage all attendees in discussion. In the book, 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 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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Stewardship Inspiration: Seminole High School Landscape Architectural Project


Now is a great time to start thinking about engaging your students and your school community to carry out a stewardship project in the spring.

Read how Jerry Cantrell, a science and engineering teacher at Seminole High School (SHS) in Seminole, Florida, enabled his students to take ownership in designing, creating, and maintaining natural gardens around SHS. Through this project approximately 350 – 400 students had, and continue to have, opportunities to earn service hours, and become leaders within the school community restoring Florida native plants to their campus, increasing both floral and faunal biodiversity, and expanding access to the gardens for educators who use them for lesson enhancements. 

Read about their stewardship project.

Stewardship Highlight: Propagating Understory Restoration Plants for Longleaf Ecosystems


Cornerstone Learning Community, a recent recipient of NOAA Planet Stewards funding, was just featured in coverage of CNN's third annual Call to Earth Day 2023: How Students Helped Care For The Planet  (scroll down to the bottom of the Web Page to click through images of their students in action!) Their project is working to restore native longleaf pine and wiregrass ecosystems, a unique and ecologically valuable landscape at the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve. The restoration area is adjacent to a wiregrass seed donor site where the students harvested wiregrass seed spikes one year ago, then germinated and raised 2,250 plugs on their campus that they planted at the Preserve.

Get inspired to take action! Check out all the amazing projects carried out by NOAA Planet Stewards Educators and Students on our What Success Looks Like Web page.


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This "Holiday Season" explore "The Future of Ocean Farming" Video Collection with your students

Learn what "The Future of Ocean Farming" collection is all about with Symone Barkley.


Find out how sustainable aquaculture practices are helping to grow healthy seafood and support a cleaner ocean in NOAA’s Future of Ocean Farming Video Collection.


3D Ocean Farming - Learn how "regenerative" ocean farmers are using all parts of the water column to grow delicious food, help clean the ocean, and pull carbon from the environment.

Remote Control - Social Entrepreneurs in Hawaii are applying space technology and design principles to build a sustainable fish farm in the open ocean.

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No Shell Left Behind - Imagine eating your way to a healthier Bay! Nationwide shell recycling programs and oyster lovers are helping to restore wild oyster reef.

SOARCE Webinar Series: Ocean Acidification in the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET


American Samoa is home to some of the most resilient coral reefs in the world. From the 500-year-old giant Porites corals in Ta’u, to the heat resistant “super corals” in Ofu, and the thriving coral communities in Fagatele Bay. The reefs protect the shorelines, provide food for families, and play an integral role in Samoan culture and heritage. The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa is working with partners to better understand how ocean acidification may affect the corals and the communities that rely on them. Efforts include monitoring ocean acidification, integrating ocean acidification into climate adaptation efforts, and education and outreach. Register now!

Check out the Ocean Acidification Resources for Communicators and Educators to learn about ocean acidification tools that can be used by all educators and communicators to inform students & community members about this important issue.

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NOAA Science Seminar Series - 
Something for Everyone!

See All of NOAA Science Seminar Series here

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

Fifth National Climate Assessment and Webinars


The Fifth National Climate Assessment has just been published!. This congressionally-mandated report brings together hundreds of experts from federal, state and local governments, as well as academic, non-profit and private sectors. It is a roadmap to a better future through science-based information, data, and real world examples of ways to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and develop resilience strategies.

The U.S. Global Change Research Program is hosting a series of webinars dedicated to this report. Each event presents the focus and highlights of a chapter in the report from authors, and allows you to ask them questions directly. Some of the events have already occurred, the remaining broadcasts are noted below. Register at the topic links below!

December 5:Forests ;  December 6:Southeast;  December 6:Southern Great Plains;  December 7: Energy;   January 9:Northwest;  January 10:Earth System Processes;  January 11:Mitigation;  January 12:Ecosystems;  January 17:Alaska;  January 18:Agriculture, Rural Communities, and Food Systems;  January 19:Tribes and Indigenous Peoples   January 22:Coastal Effects and Blue Carbon;  January 23:Oceans;  January 26:Complex Systems and Compound Extreme Events;  February 12:Social Systems and Justice;  February 13: Hawaii and US-Affiliated Pacific Islands;  February 14:Human Health and COVID-19;  February 15:Adaptation;  February 16:International;  February 20:Midwest;  February 21:Transportation;  February 22:Northeast;  February 23:Southwest and Western Wildfire;  February 27:Northern Great Plains;  February 28:Air Quality;  March 4:Economics and Supply Chains;  March 12:Indicators;  and March 15:Land Cover and Land Use Change

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 resources were 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 focus on the Ocean Literacy Principles, Climate Literacy Principles, and use the National Marine Sanctuary System as an engaging backdrop to help students understand their importance for exploration, research, Indigenous cultures, and more. 

All lessons build upon work connecting Ocean Literacy with NGSS via the Ocean Literacy Handbook using 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 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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Webinar: 3D Thursdays for Rural Educators – Solar Eclipse Resources

Thursday, December 7, 2023 | 8:00 pm ET

Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for a monthly series that connects rural educators to resources, networking, and professional development opportunities. This month’s webinar will focus on NASA’s Heliophysics Education Activation Team (NASA HEAT). Special guest Christina Milotte will discuss how attendees can join a professional learning community of teachers to bring heliophysics to the classroom. Participants will learn about standards-aligned activities and explore a variety of opportunities and materials to safely view the upcoming total solar eclipse. Click here to register to attend.


Earth to Sky Climate Workshop

O'ahu: Jan 24-26, 2024; Hawai'i Island: Jan 29-31, 2024

Application Deadline: December 8, 2023

Calling all Hawai'i 4th-8th grade formal & informal educators. Collaborate with NASA, NOAA, the National Park Service, and other organizations to foster connections and develop learning products together. Gain insights from local and national experts, leverage cutting-edge climate science tools and technology, and engage in local field experiences to inspire initiative and drive positive change.  Note there are 2 separate workshops.

  • $200 for completion of learning product
  • Breakfast, lunch, & snacks provided
  • Learning kit giveaways
  • Field trip & hands-on learning/exploring

Apply here. Questions:



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!

Interactions are available daily through December 19, 2023.

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!

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.

NOAA Ocean Guardian Youth Ambassador Program

Application Deadline: January 5, 2024

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Are you a youth passionate about the ocean and the natural environment? Are you looking for a way to develop the skills you need to engage in conservation and stewardship opportunities? Do you want to connect with like-minded youth and become an environmental leader at your school or in your community? Apply to the new NOAA Ocean Guardian Youth Ambassador Program! It provides a new level of engagement for youth aged 13-18. Make a difference in the conservation and stewardship of the ocean through marine protected areas, and enhanced ocean and climate literacy.

Everyone between the ages of 13 and 18 from the United States and U.S. territories are encouraged to apply. Go here for more information about the program and how to apply.

2024 President’s Environmental Student and Teacher Awards

Apply by: January 15, 2024


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Environmental Education is requesting applications for the 2024 President’s Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA), which recognizes outstanding environmental stewardship projects from students in Grades K–12 that promote environmental awareness and encourage community involvement.

Projects eligible for the awards can apply to a variety of environmental topics.

Learn more about the program and apply!

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

NOAA's 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!


2024 Maurice R. Hilleman Essay Contest: What scientific issue would you take on if given the chance and why?

Submission deadline: February 15, 2024



Students in grades 6 to 12 living in the United States (including the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories) or Canada and enrolled in a public, private, cyber, religious, charter school, or who attend a home school pro­gram can participate.


Learn about Dr. Hilleman, and write a 500- to 1,000-word essay that responds to this prompt: “Dr. Hilleman made his impact on the world through the development of vaccines. What scientific issue would you take on if given the chance and why?” The essay should be written in English for U.S. submissions and English or French for Canadian submissions using complete sentences and appropriate grammar. One entry per person. See “Official Rules” for complete details.

Winners will receive:

  • Cash prize: 1st place US $500; 2nd place US $250
  • Winner certificate
  • Recognition at a virtual award event on May, 2024. The event will be hosted by Dr. Paul Offit - VEC director, vaccine inventor and Hilleman biographer. The event will include special guests and student winners reading their essays.

Find out more information about the contest, how to enter, and examples of winning essays from past years here.

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

Reefs at Risk Activity Book

In the wake of the devastating mass bleaching events that swept across the northern hemisphere’s coral reefs during the scorching summer of 2023, the importance of coral reef education has never been more important. As students settle into their academic routines, the critical issue of coral bleaching has risen to the forefront of environmental concerns. In response, this new Reefs at Risk Activity and Coloring Book was created. While the entire book is a work in progress, with the urgency of educating students about coral bleaching,  the book is being released in sections to provide timely information and engage young minds in this pressing matter


NSTA Daily Do: How does eating beef affect climate change?


Middle school students, as scientists, investigate the impact of our diet choices on the environment to answer the driving question: How does eating beef affect climate change? Students analyze data to explore the motivations underlying deforestation in the Amazon, including some of the tensions between indigenous populations and other interest holders about land use. Students then get to model these ideas explaining how beef consumption in the United States and other countries is connected to deforestation in the Amazon and how this exacerbates climate change. Lastly, students use the evidence they have collected to create a campaign that spreads awareness, aims to change human behavior, and proposes a solution at different scales to mitigate the impacts on ecosystems.

Five Physics Experiments for the Holidays


Try these five holiday-themed physics experiments to surprise your students with wild science before the winter holidays! From creating flame erasers to celebrating 12 Days of Tape, each experiment involves materials that can be easily found around your home or classroom.

Discover Weird Winter Phenomena

A very cold winter brings wondrous icy objects! Did you know bubbles can harden to become natural ice sculptures? Or that Lake Michigan's waves can roll ice balls? If that isn't cool enough, you can learn more cool facts such as how rivers and smaller lakes can produce spiraling ice circles when warm weather brings a thaw. Check out this video!


Lesson Plan: "Writing About Eco/Climate Emotions and Concerns"

Written by Bonita Eloise Ford and featuring writing pieces by climate-concerned youth, the lesson helps students identify their emotions and use creative writing to express their feelings and/or concerns about environmental/climate issues.

Download the lesson.

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Why Does Earth Have Seasons?


Visit SciJinks—NOAA’s weather education website for middle school level students—to find straightforward answers students’ most frequently asked questions, like Why Does Earth Have Seasons? To answer this question, an article provides a brief short answer summary, then addresses the most commonly held student misconception about why the Earth has seasons. The article provides an additional explanation and diagrams to explain the concept in greater detail. Read the answer to this question, as well as browse answers to many other frequently asked questions about topics such as storms, tides and oceans, atmosphere, water and ice, satellites and technology, weather forecasting, and space weather at the SciJinks website.

You’re the Scientist! Citizen Science, Frogs, and Cicadas


This virtual field trip from The Nature Conservancy shows students in grades 3–8 how citizen science projects work. During the trip, students learn the history of citizen science—it started with cicadas!—then follow along as the host participates in a citizen scientist event with volunteers calling frogs and toads at wetlands in the Washington, D.C., area. The trip also discusses other citizen science opportunities and their benefits. An accompanying Teacher’s Guide contains discussion questions (and answers), which can be used during and after the virtual field trip. The guide also includes information on learning standards, vocabulary words, suggested action steps for getting started with citizen science opportunities, and links for additional resources.

Plant Heroes

The American Public Gardens Association’s Plant Heroes website features nature-based education resources to engage K–5 students in forest health, ecology, and plant conservation. The resources—many of which are available in multiple languages (e.g., English, Spanish, and Chinese)—include lessons, journal pages, conservation comics, field guides, and activity books. Of particular interest are the digital field guide entries, which feature clear photographs and student-friendly text describing more than 15 garden organisms.


Museum of Science Kahoots!


Quiz-based learning platform Kahoot! and the Museum of Science (MOS), Boston, have produced a collection of STEM learning resources for K–8 audiences, called Museum of Kahoots! The STEM content is featured on the Kahoot! platform and was created through the “MOS at School" initiative, which brings together museum expertise, educators, and Engineering is Elementary, the museum’s curriculum division. The quiz-based resources support the Next Generation Science Standards and address various themes, including Timely Topics (grades 1–8), Space (grades 1–3, 3–5), Mars (grades 4–7), Climate (grades 6–8), Animals (grades 3–5), Resources (grades 2–5), Forces and Motion (grades 1–8), and Women in STEM (grades 1–8).


Biden-Harris Administration Announces $2 Billion to Fund Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants

Informational Webinar: December 7, 2023


The Biden-Harris administration is offering approximately $2 billion in funding to support community-driven projects that deploy clean energy, strengthen climate resilience, and build capacity for communities to tackle environmental and climate justice challenges.

These Community Change Grants will deliver 100 percent of the benefits of this program to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized by underinvestment and overburdened by pollution. This program also dedicates $200 million to provide technical assistance to applicants and grant recipients, to enhance the ability of disadvantaged communities to access resources for environmental and climate justice activities.

The Community Change Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), is administered through the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights (OEJECR), and has unique characteristics to advance environmental and climate justice, many of which in response to feedback the agency has heard from communities. Read the Community Change Grants NOFO.

OEJECR will host multiple informational webinars while the NOFO is open, with the first being held on December 7, 2023. These webinars will address questions, and some may facilitate the formation of partnerships and information sharing. More information on upcoming webinars can be found on EPA’s Inflation Reduction Act Community Change Grants Program webpage.

Register for the December 7 Webinar Today!

Robert F. Tinker Fellows Program

Application Deadline: December 15, 2023

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The program aims to promote innovation, creativity, and cross-disciplinary conversations in educational technology for STEM teaching and learning. It includes a $5,000 honorarium

Learn more about the program and apply!

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

Application 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 impacts of marine debris in communities that are underserved, underrepresented, or overburdened. 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. 

Find out more about the grant, eligibility and submission information, and how to apply.

LifeChanger of the Year Program

Application Deadline: December 31, 2023

LifeChanger of the Year recognizes K–12 educators and school employees nationwide who are making a significant difference in students’ lives by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership. Each nominee will automatically be eligible to win a cash prize of up to $10,000, as well as other prizes that are shared by the individual educator and their school. The Grand-Prize Winner also will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Maui in May 2024.

All K–12 public, private, and charter school or school district employees are eligible. Anyone can make a nomination, anonymously or by name.


REEF Educator in the Field Fellowship


Application Deadline 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

Ocean Exploration Science Communications Fellowship

Application Deadline: January 2, 2024


The Ocean Exploration Trust is seeking educators to join cruises in 2024 in the Central Pacific as a Science Communication Fellows! Join a community of supportive, collaborative educators as a science storyteller on Dr. Robert Ballard’s deep sea exploration team for 3-4 weeks between July- November 2024, participate in paid, inspiring science communication training, gain support from a cohort of passionate educators nationwide, and bring all you learn back home to students! Share the adventure with students, your community, and the world as a host for ship-to-shore live interactions and the expedition live broadcast on

Learn more and apply! 

2024 William M. Lapenta Internship Program at NOAA

Application Deadline 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 Deadline 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


Application Deadline by: January 15, 2024

EPA’s Office of Environmental Education is accepting applications for the 2024 Presidential Innovation Awards for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). The awards recognize outstanding Grade K–12 educators who integrate environmental education and place-based learning into school curricula and school facility management across the country.

Place based-learning topics eligible for the awards can apply to a variety of 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 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.

Fully Funded Master of Arts in Teaching Earth Science Opportunity

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 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.

Read more information on eligibility requirements, application deadlines, courses, and more here!

2024 UNOLS-MATE Marine Technical Internship Program


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. 

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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.


Other Funding Opportunities of Note with Deadlines in 2024

  • Edward C. Roy Jr. Award For Excellence in K–8 Earth Science Teaching; Application Deadline: January 12, 2024 -This annual awardrecognizes one teacher of grades K–8 (or Key Stages 1–3 in the United Kingdom

  • Fund for Teachers Grants ; Application Deadline: January 18, 2024, is a national nonprofit that invites preK–12 teachers with at least three years of experience to propose their ideal learning experience through an online application. Also eligible are curriculum specialists or heads, special education coordinators, media specialists, and librarians. Learn more. 

  • IMET Summer Undergraduate Internship Program; Application Deadline: February 9, 2024.Go here for more information and to apply.


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Weather Extremes and Other Science News of Note

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