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March 26, 2024

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Join us in April for our regularly scheduled Book Club, and two special meetings of a Spanish language Book Club program!

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


At our regularly scheduled April Planet Stewards book club we’ll discuss Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism

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, 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—often in unsafe conditions for very low pay—and the billionaires who receive the most profit. A story told in two parts, Barber exposes the endemic injustices in our consumer industries and the uncomfortable history of the textile industry, one which brokered slavery, racism, and today’s wealth inequality. Once the layers are peeled back, Barber invites you to participate in unlearning, to understand the truth behind why we consume in the way that we do, to confront the uncomfortable feeling that we are never quite enough and why we fill that void with consumption rather than compassion. 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, Consumed for more details.

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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.

Para obtener detalles sobre todas las fechas, horarios, selecciones y cómo iniciar sesión de nuestras reuniones, vaya a nuestra página de Próximos eventos.

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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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 Register for Students for Zero Waste Week 2024!

You and your students are invited to participate in our free week-long campaign promoting waste reduction and environmental awareness among K-12 students! This year’s campaign is taking place between April 1 - May 3, 2024. During this campaign period you may select one week (or more) to designate as your school’s Zero Waste Week.

At NOAA, we are deeply committed to fostering environmental stewardship and empowering future generations to make a positive difference. We are thrilled to provide your classroom with free resources, including lesson plans, engaging activities, and inspiring challenges to help students understand the importance of waste reduction and sustainable practices.

To learn more about our campaign, please visit our Students for Zero Waste Week Website.  If you are interested in participating, please complete our registration form at your earliest convenience. The deadline for registration is April 22nd. All registered participants will receive a weekly Students for Zero Waste Week newsletter throughout the campaign period containing exclusive resources and campaign highlights.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to create a more sustainable future! If you have any questions please feel free to contact

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NOAA Science Seminar Series - 
Something for Everyone!

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April 5, 2024 | 11 a.m. ET

NEDTalk - Solar Eclipse, Unlocking Space Weather at the Sun

Register for the webinar.

Educator opportunities
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Celebrate Earth Day with NEEF!

Deadline: April 1, 2024

Dive into the Earth Day Gallery, featuring stunning original posters from the School for Visual Arts in New York City.

Download free 11x17” posters for your classroom or home. Plus, educators can register to win a limited-edition 18x24” print sponsored by Samsung Electronics America. Don't miss out—register now!


Schoolyard Forest Design Lecture Series

Thursday, April 4, 2024 | 2 p.m. ET

This 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 now!


The Wonders of Water: Practical Ideas and Resources for Educators

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | 7 p.m. ET

Join water education experts for a collaborative workshop on water education, from our place in the cycle to the other beings we share the water with, as well as how to study water and how we are linked to the oceans. Sign up to join the webinar!

USPTO’s 10th Annual National Summer Teacher Institute!

Application 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

Workshops begin April 3, 2024!

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!



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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NOAA Celebrates the Light, and Embraces the Dark


On April 8, the moon will pass directly between the sun and Earth, aligning perfectly to produce a total solar eclipse! When this occurs, the moon casts a shadow along a portion of the Earth's surface called the path of totality. Read more about what happens when a solar eclipse occurs.

At 1:27 PM (CDT), this path will cross the Rio Grande and enter the United States. The eclipse will continue to travel from South Texas to the Northeast, where it will meet Canada after it passes through Enosburg Falls, in Upper Vermont. NOAA will celebrate the eclipse from multiple locations across the country while experiencing this spectacular event with the public, weather permitting.

Find a location near you where NOAA will be hosting an event via this webpage.

Subject to Climate Earth Day Resources


Resources to teach during Women’s History Month:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repeat!: Lesson plan with waste management activity for Grades K-2. Check out the guide.

Solutions to Multiplying Plastic: Math problems about single-use plastics for Grades 3-5. Check out the resource


Surprisingly STEM: Microgravity Plant Scientist

Get ready to be intrigued by the latest "Surprisingly STEM" episode. Meet NASA horticulturalist Matt Mickens and learn how he uses light to influence plant growth, shape, and even taste. Matt also talks about his roots as a NASA intern and how his early days at the agency helped grow his career.

Flex your green thumb with activities in the Moon Munchies Educator Guide.

Teach Engineering: Rooftop Gardens

In this activity, student teams design and construct model buildings with the goal of minimizing the temperature changes resulting from heat lamps placed nearby. They test whether rooftop gardens reduce the temperature of the roofs of their buildings and impact the temperature inside the buildings.

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EcoRise: Tackling Climate Change through Environmental Justice

In this three-session activity designed to introduce middle school students to environmental justice, students describe the importance of perspective, empathy, and compassion in understanding the needs of and conditions impacting others; analyze examples of EJ activists; and research and present on a meaningful, local EJ issue.


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


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


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Ocean, Coastal Weather, Sea Ice, Ocean Life, Water

Weather Extremes and Other Science News of Note

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