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March 12, 2024

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Join Our March Book Club Event!

Meeting Date & Time: Tuesday, March 12, 2024 | 8 p.m. ET


At our next Planet Stewards book club we’ll discuss The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys' Club 

In 2005, when Lawrence Summers, then president of Harvard, asked why so few women achieve tenured positions in the hard sciences, Eileen Pollack set out to find the answer. In the 1970s, Pollack had excelled as one of Yale’s first two women to earn a Bachelor of Science in physics. And yet, isolated, lacking in confidence, and starved for encouragement, she abandoned her lifelong dream of becoming a theoretical physicist. Years later, she thought back on her experiences and wondered what had changed in the intervening decades, and what challenges remained.

Based on six years of interviewing dozens of teachers and students and reviewing studies on gender bias, The Only Woman in the Room is an illuminating exploration of the cultural, social, psychological, and institutional barriers confronting women in the STEM disciplines. Pollack brings to light the struggles that women in the sciences are often hesitant to admit and provides hope that changing attitudes and behaviors can bring more women into fields in which they remain, to this day, seriously under-represented.

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Join us for April's Book Club Where We'll Discuss:

Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 | 8 p.m. ET


We live in a world of stuff. We dispose of most of it in as little as six months after we receive it. The byproducts of our quest to consume are creating an environmental crisis. Aja Barber wants to change this--and you can, too.

In Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change and Consumerism,  Barber calls for change within an industry that regularly overreaches with abandon, creating real imbalances in the environment and the lives of those who do the work. Barber exposes the endemic injustices, many historical, in our consumer industries, many that highlight slavery, racism, and today’s wealth inequality. Barber challenges us to challenge the system and our role in it. The less you buy into the consumer culture, the more power you have. Consumed will teach you how to be a citizen and not a consumer. Check out a summary of the book for more details.

Announcing Two Spanish-Language Book Club Meetings! 

16 de abril, y el 24 de abril, 2024 I 7 p.m. Hora del Este


¡Saludos a todos! ¡Deseamos invitarlos a un evento muy especial, gratis y abierto a todos y en español! Júntense con nosotros para una conversación sobre la novela El Quetzal Azul – una historia inolvidable escrita para lectores de todas edades – escrita por Dennis Avelar. El autor estará presente con nosotros durante dos noches: el martes 16 de abril, y el miércoles 24 de abril, las dos noches a las 7:00 PM (hora del este). Escojan la fecha que más les convenga y estén listos para aprender más de una historia que jamás olvidarán. ¡Todos son bienvenidos a este evento virtual!

¿De que se trata El Quetzal Azul?

El equilibrio natural del mundo está en peligro. Los seres responsables del bienestar de nuestro planeta fueron obligados a seguir las órdenes egoístas de un poderoso líder, quien está dispuesto a destruirlo todo para restaurar lo que fue robado del ecosistema natural.

¡No se lo pierdan! Y Recuerdan:  Las Aves Siempre Están Vigilando

En nuestro sitio web se publica una descripción completa del libro, las preguntas de discusión de la reunión, la información de inicio de sesión y todas las fechas y selecciones para todo el año académico 2023-2024. Vaya a nuestra página de Próximos eventos. Regístrese para recibir anuncios recordatorios en nuestra lista de correo!. Vea libros previamente seleccionados y preguntas de discusión en nuestro Archivo del Club de lectura NOAA Planet Stewards.


NOAA Planet Stewards: Accepting Proposals for 2024/2025 Project Funding!

NOAA Planet Stewards is now accepting proposals of up to $5000 from formal and informal educators to carry out hands-on stewardship projects with elementary through college age students, as well as the general public. Projects must make a substantive, and quantitatively measurable impact on an environmental issue related to the educator’s community. Projects should focus on the conservation, restoration, and/or protection of human communities and/or natural resources in the following environmental areas: mitigation or removal of marine debris; habitat conservation and restoration; carbon footprint reduction; or carbon sequestration. Full details can be found on our website,

Questions? Join us Tuesday, April 2 and/or April 30, 2024 I 7-8 p.m. ET

Ask questions about project development, implementation, and the funding application process. These sessions will not be used to introduce information already posted on our web site or found within supporting documents on our website, so we strongly recommend you review all the information there first. Spaces for these events are limited!

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Behind the Scenes at NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey

With origins tracing back more than 200 years, NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey is in the business of “knowing where things are.” In this episode of the NOAA Ocean Podcast, we go behind the scenes with NGS Director Juliana Blackwell to get an insider perspective on NGS’s history and mission. She also shares her personal experience as the office’s first female director.

Listen to the podcast!

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Planet NOAA Episode 2 Is Live!


Blast off from Planet NOAA with host Symone Barkley and our resident space experts to learn:

How what happens outside of our atmosphere – including eclipses, space weather and the growing space commerce sector – affects life here on Earth.

More about the April 2024 total solar eclipse – how it works, what to expect to see in the sky and where to view this unforgettable celestial experience in the path of totality.

How NOAA satellites and predictive technologies help keep Americans safe and prepared, as told by Dr. Michael C. Morgan, Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction.

Show off your tidal wave knowledge, or learn something new! You won’t want to miss our trivia segment.

Listen to the episode.

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NOAA Science Seminar Series - 
Something for Everyone!

See All of NOAA Science Seminar Series here


March 19, 2024 I 6-7 p.m. ET

Plants Get Sick Too: Monitoring Seagrass Wasting Disease in a Changing Climate

Educator opportunities

Webinars Presented in English and Spanish for K-12 Educators – Shedding Light on Eclipses With Related Classroom Resources

Register for the Spanish Webinar on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 | 7 p.m. ET

Register for the English Webinar on Thursday, March 14, 2024 | 7 p.m. ET


Join NASA STEM for a webinar about the science of eclipses, NASA’s role in studying them, and how you and your students can best prepare to experience the total solar eclipse on April 8. We will highlight available resources, tools, activities, and safety protocols to assist you in guiding your students through this exciting, memorable, and unique experience. Attendees will receive a one-hour professional development certificate. This webinar will be presented in Spanish and English. Registration closes the day before each event.


Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Research Experiences for Teachers (BIORETS) Program

Application Deadline: March 15, 2024


Middle-level and high-school STEM teachers with at least a year of classroom experience can spend six weeks during the summer at Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York, conducting research in ecology with Cary scientists. A culminating in-person, two-day writing workshop will support teachers in publishing their work, and four virtual school-year follow-up sessions will be held to support implementation of new curriculum. Paid travel and housing are available for out-of-area teachers, and educators will receive an $8,800 stipend for full participation.

Teachers who work with historically marginalized and underserved students, and/or work in under-resourced schools, including those in rural and urban communities, are especially encouraged to apply.

Find more information and apply here.

EXPLORER CLASSROOM, Webinar from National Geographic:

Ocean Expedition: Offshore Mysteries

March 24, 2024 I 9:00 pm ET

Fourth of a 4-part series. Journey with the Pristine Seas team and local experts to the deep sea environment in the waters of Palau where little is known about what will be found at the bottom of the ocean.

Register now

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The EE 30 Under 30 Class of 2024 Call for Nominations Is Open!

Applications Due: March 25, 2024

The North American Association for Environmental Educators (NAAEE) is seeking 30 young changemakers who are using EE to shape a sustainable and equitable future. Please share your nomination for leaders from any country, sector, or discipline. Help us recognize the inspiring work of young people across the globe!

Nominate a young changemaker. 


USPTO’s 10th Annual National Summer Teacher Institute!

Appli9cation Deadline: Sunday, March 31, 2024;   Event Dates: July 21-26, 2024;   Location: Alexandria, VA


Apply to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) National Summer Teacher Institute (NSTI) to:

  • Work with USPTO experts, inventors, and teacher ambassadors to explore IP, innovation, and STEM concepts: creativity, problem solving and critical thinking, and collaboration and teamwork.
  • Design and build prototypes as part of a week-long invention project.
  • Learn how to engage students in authentic, real-world projects and problem-based learning across all fields of study.
  • Collaborate and share best practices with educators from across the country.
  • Receive free, ready-to-use, educator-tested teaching materials, lesson plans, and activities to take back to your classroom.

The application and program are free! If selected, flight, lodging, and meals are covered for teachers who live more than 50 miles from Alexandria, Virginia. Teachers who reside less than 50 miles from the NSTI venue will receive all the benefits of the program except travel and lodging support.

Where do I get more information and apply? Interested individuals can find more information about the program and apply on the NSTI webpage. Check out this Instagram reel to see NSTI teachers in action. Apply for the Summer Teacher Institute today!

UCAR Center for Science Education 2024 Teacher Professional Development

The UCAR Center for Science Education has just opened registration for their 2024 Teacher Professional Development workshops aimed at ways to teach students of all ages about climate and the Earth system! Join them virtually in April for online workshops or in-person in June at the NSF NCAR Mesa Lab in Boulder, CO. All teachers will receive a certificate of participation. Continuing education credit through the Colorado School of Mines available for in-person workshops.

Sign up today; workshops begin April 3, 2024!



EclipseEd: Illuminating Learning Paths for April 8th Total Solar Eclipse

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 | 1:30 p.m. ET

Join CIRES Science Show & Share this April for a special webinar featuring NOAA's Science on Sphere. In honor of the April 8th, 2024 total solar eclipse event, NOAA Science On a Sphere program has developed datasets showing cloud cover potential, eclipse paths, and a narrated movie describing the total eclipse phenomenon. In this workshop, we will dig deeper into the datasets and best practices for sharing them with your class, ways to incorporate art into your eclipse teaching, and lessons you can add to your unit using citizen science applications - Globe Observer and CrowdMag. Register through this Google Form.

Great Lakes Watershed Field Course

Deadline to apply: April 21, 2024 by 5 p.m. ET;      Course dates: August 6-9, 2024


Apply for the Inland Seas Education Association's 2024 Great Lakes Watershed Field Course (GLWFC), a 4-day free professional development experience for teachers from throughout the Great Lakes region in Suttons Bay, MI. Training in the course includes watershed and environmental concepts, place-based education and environmental education pedagogy, and curriculum development. Educators will learn how to engage students in local environmental issues, investigate solutions, devise a plan, and take action during this course. Inland Seas supports teachers as they implement their watershed-based stewardship action projects.

There is no cost for this experience, but space is limited to 21 participants. Interested educators can learn more and apply at the GLWFC webpage.

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education w/ Climate Generation

July 15-19, 2024

Summer Institute

Are you looking for a professional learning experience to rejuvenate you? CLEAN is looking forward to co-leading the Summer Institute for Climate Change Education with Climate Generation. Join us for a virtual conference full of powerful and engaging keynote speakers, meaningful discussion about the intersection of social justice and climate change, and collaborative conversations between a national network of climate change education leaders.

$250 Registration. Scholarships available.

Student opportunities

Generation of Environmental Leaders Program (GELP)

Applications Due: March 31, 2024


The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)  is pleased to share the launch of its new Generation of Environmental Leaders Program (GELP)!

The GELP is an exciting new program to support young leaders in developing the necessary skills and access seed funding to make an impact in their communities and beyond.

The 2024 CEC GELP invites teams of young leaders from North America to support communities and preserve our shared waters, lands and air. The program is aimed at youth who are 18–35 years old and are part of a team such as, but not exclusively, youth-led organizations, youth-led associations, nongovernmental organizations, not-for-profit youth-led businesses, and teams of youth innovators and entrepreneurs interested in building their businesses.

The selected youth will benefit from a year-long mentorship program, networking opportunities across North America, receive $15,000 in seed funding and have the chance to present their solutions to North America’s ministers of environment as part of the CEC’s annual Council Session.

Visit the webpage to learn more about the program and apply.

2024 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Applications Due: April 15, 2024

Barron Prize

The Gloria Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment. Fifteen top winners each receive $10,000 to support their service work or higher education. Encourage the young heroes you know to apply online by April 15th!

Young people are invited to apply by completing an online application. It includes an essay and three letters of recommendation, which references submit through our online platform. Many applicants also include supplemental materials such as links to their websites and social media pages.

Applicants can now access the 2024 online application and begin compiling their materials. Winners will be announced in late September.

Apply here!

Algalita Student Mini-Grants

Deadline to Apply: April 15, 2024


Algalita’s Student Mini-Grant application is officially LIVE! Changemakers ages 11-25 from across the US and around the world are welcome to apply, and winners will be granted $300-$2,000.

This funding opportunity acknowledges diverse approaches to envisioning a world free of plastic pollution. Eligible focus areas include social justice, philosophy, business, zero waste, environmental justice, social science, marketing, chemistry, science, art, and more! Apply regardless of your focus, as long as you can relate it to ending plastic pollution, given its widespread impact on our lives.

Recycle Regatta Competition

Entries due: April 30, 2024


Apply the engineering method and help your students become environmental stewards as you repurpose recyclables into seaworthy vessels! Master buoyancy, engineering, and physics obstacles to race your boat creations to victory.

The Recycle Regatta is a free, fun, hands-on competition for K-12 students to participate in from anywhere! Students build a model sailboat from recycled and repurposed materials and race to victory while discovering engineering, mathematics, sailing, buoyancy, and stewardship. Two awards will be given for each fleet, including the fastest and most creative vessels.

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Resources for Celebrating Women’s History Month

Celebrated each March, Women’s History Month promotes the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role women play in shaping America. National Park Service has curated an extensive collection of online resources covering the important contributions of women to national parks and public lands conservation in America. Be sure to check out their Educators Portal for related distance learning opportunities, lesson plans, and other educational material about history and heritage for all age groups.

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Subject to Climate Women’s History Month Resources


Resources to teach during Women’s History Month:

The Mangrove Mothers: This story and accompanying teaching tips allows students to discover how Kenyan women protect mangroves and build better futures. Use it to discuss conservation, ecosystems, and community action. Review this resource.

Gender and Climate Connections in Tonga: Through this video and series of teaching resources high school students will learn how climate change has impacted Tonga, the discrimination that Tongan women face, and the effort to study the correlation between gender and environmental issues. Review this resource.

How empowering Women  and Girls can stop global warming: This TED talk and accompanying teaching resources presents how  supporting women and girls helps the planet. Perfect for discussions on impactful climate solutions and social justice. Review this resource.

Women and Climate Change Guide: Gender inequality negatively impacts women and girls all over the world, but it also has a negative impact on the Earth. Use this guide to bring stories of women’s participation and climate change impacts into the classroom and empower your students!

New Ocean Literacy Guides in English and Spanish

Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts of Ocean Sciences for Learners of All Ages (the Ocean Literacy guide) has been translated into Spanish. It joins other translations and adaptations of this seminal work hosted by the National Marine Educators Association. View the guides today!


Climate Change Teacher Resources

Dive into a collection of resources from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and explore the connections between climate change and the world’s oceans. Climate change resources often highlight impacts on extreme weather events and how changes to temperature and precipitation will influence humans around the world. Use this resource for connecting your students to the impacts and potential solutions to how oceans and ocean life are affected by changes in our climate.

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Writing about Eco/Climate Emotions and Concerns

Learning about environmental issues can be distressing for students. Social emotional learning skills support well-being and contribute to a student's capacity to respond constructively to societal challenges. Featuring writing pieces by climate-concerned youth, this lesson helps high school students identify their emotions and use creative writing to express their feelings and/or concerns about environmental/climate issues


Gray, Green, Blue: Water Security and YOU! Part 1 - Water Security

In honor of World Water Day on Friday, March 22nd, check out this youth-focused content series on water. This series is on YouTube and called - Gray, Green, Blue: Water Security and YOU, a 4 part series on freshwater content.

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Free e-book -- Resilience Matters: Flourishing in an Era of Extremes

Island Press is proud to present their latest, free e-book, Resilience Matters: Flourishing in an Era of Extremes.

In this dire and polarized moment, so many people are rising to the great environmental and moral challenges of our time. This e-book is a compilation of 50 hopeful and life-affirming articles written by leading experts in the topics of climate adaptation and justice; sustainable, equitable communities; policy and funding; and environment and health. Download it for free.


G-WOW Curriculum

Check out G-WOW and the G-WOW model for changing climate, changing culture curriculum for some great activities to implement in your classroom to incorporate Traditional Ecological Knowledge and culturally relevant teaching.


The Energy Card Game

In this card game, participants trace back the source of energy for a variety of items to find that they ultimately derive from the Sun. This is a simple activity that lets students move around and discover an aspect of their everyday lives that may not have been apparent to them already. This activity is intended for grades 3-8.



Activity: Data Puzzle: The Tipping Point

 In this activity, middle and high school students analyze and interpret data on the reproduction of moss campion plants to explore how increasing temperatures could impact these specialized tundra plants.


Funding Opportunity: Building the Next Generation of STEMM Leaders in the Field of Environmental Justice

Deadline: May 8, 2024

The Gulf Research Program (GRP) is seeking proposals from nonprofit and community based organizations with 501(c)(3) status that have existing environmental justice (EJ) programs to cultivate the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) leaders (grades 9-12) in the field of environmental justice who will be needed to confront the complex challenges to human health and the environment in the 21st century. Visit the website for more information


NESTA Seeking Executive Director

The National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to lead its vibrant community of Earth and space science educators into the future. The organization is for K-12 educators and is led by K-12 educators. The ideal candidate has a passion for Earth science education and has connections to support our mission “Champion excellence in Earth and Space Science for all in a community of support.” Visit the webpage to learn more about NESTA, and for details about the position, reach out to Belinda Jacobs at or Missy Holzer, PhD at


Other Jobs/Internships:

  • Job: The UCAR Center for Science Education is hiring an Educational Designer III! UCAR SciEd is looking for someone with experience designing inclusive K-12 STEM resources for diverse audiences, experience writing and managing proposals and awards, and supervisory experience. This is a hybrid position with relocation assistance. Salary is $99,011 - $123,764 plus fantastic benefits. Applications are due March 14.For more information and to apply, please visit this website

  • Communications and Policy Analyst to support NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration


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