The Watch. News You Can Use From NOAA Planet Stewards - 23 April 2024

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News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

April 23, 2024

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Join us on April 24th for a special Spanish language Book Club program, and on May 14, for our regularly scheduled meeting.


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.



Tuesday, May 14, 2024 | 8 p.m. ET

At our May Book Club meeting, we’ll discuss Fen, Bog & Swamp: A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis

A lifelong acolyte of the natural world, Annie Proulx brings her witness and research to the subject of wetlands and the vitally important role they play in preserving the environment—by storing the carbon emissions that accelerate climate change. Fens, bogs, swamps, and marine estuaries are crucial to the earth’s survival, and in four illuminating parts, Proulx documents their systemic destruction in pursuit of profit.

In a vivid and revelatory journey through history, Proulx describes the fens of 16th-century England, Canada’s Hudson Bay lowlands, Russia’s Great Vasyugan Mire, and America’s Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. She introduces the early explorers who launched the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, and writes of the diseases spawned in the wetlands—the Ague, malaria, Marsh Fever.

A sobering look at the degradation of wetlands over centuries and the serious ecological consequences, this is “an unforgettable and unflinching tour of past and present, fixed on a subject that could not be more important” (Bill McKibben)

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NOAA Planet Stewards is Now 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 are on our website,

Have Questions? We'll Try to Answer Them!

When: Tuesday, April 30, 2024 I 7-8 p.m. ET

We are offering an opportunity for you to join a live video conference where you can ask questions about project development, implementation, and the funding application process. This session will not be used to introduce information already posted on our website or found within supporting documents there.

We strongly recommend you review all the information on our website and in our supporting documents before joining this meeting, and come with your questions in hand.

Spaces for this event is limited!

Video Conference Log In:

Phone Dial In: (‪US)‪+1 928-793-2072

PIN: ‪350 609 389#


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 NOAA Premiere of Teek and Tom Explore Planet Earth


Join us for the NOAA premiere of “Teek and Tom Explore Planet Earth: The Ocean, Weather, and Climate Connection.” The premiere will occur on Thursday,  April 25th, from 1-2:30 p.m. ET.

Seats are limited so register now to join the premiere!

Celebrate Earth Month and Citizen Science Month with NOAA

April is a doubly exciting month here at NOAA. This month we celebrate both Earth Month and Citizen Science Month! Here are a few highlights from across the Agency so far this April:


Help Scientists Restore Gulf of Mexico Habitats with Click-a-Coral

You can volunteer to identify and label coral species growing in areas injured by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill! Find out more details about this click-a-coral project.


Exploring the Pacific on NOAA Ship Rainier

During the RICHARD cruises, hydrographers and coral scientists worked together to do biogeography mapping work and increase our understanding of the seafloor and shallow-water coral communities! Read the full story about exploring the Pacific on NOAA Ship Rainier.


2025 NOAA Marine Debris Calendar Winners!

The Marine Debris Program selected 13 pieces of work that will be featured in the program’s 2025 Marine Debris Calendar! Thank you to all the students who participated in this year's contest! Check out the winning artwork! And, CONGRATULATIONS!

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NOAA Science Seminar Series - 
Something for Everyone!

See All of NOAA Science Seminar Series here


April 23, 2024 | 1-2 p.m. ET

Diving into the African American History of Eastern North Carolina" The Underwater Archaeology of Cape Fear Rice Plantations

Register for the webinar.


April 23, 2024 | 8-9 p.m. ET

What's Washed In: Seabirds, Marine Debris, and Citizen Science

Register for the webinar.


Educator opportunities

Climate Conversations: Environmental Justice

Friday, April 26, 2024 | 12:30-1:45 p.m. ET

NAS Climate

Environmental justice and a just transition are critical to tackling the climate crisis and create a more equitable world for all. Yet, awareness of environmental justice is uneven and the concept applies differently in different circumstances. Join the National Academies and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for a discussion about reconciling different understandings of environmental justice, the importance of community engagement in a just transition, and how centering environmental justice can accelerate implementation of climate-friendly policies.

Closed captioning will be provided. The conversation will include questions from the audience and will be recorded and available to view on the page after the event.  Register now.

Deep Dive into Maritime Heritage/Archaeology Online!

May 14 & 16, 2024

Deep Dive

Interested in learning more about maritime heritage/archaeology and expert thoughts on what the future of maritime heritage work may look like? Join NOAA Ocean Exploration for a 90-minute Deep Dive with experts to explore the science and sociology of shipwrecks, plane wrecks, paleolandscapes and more. We will also briefly explore associated resources for classroom use! This NOAA Ocean Exploration professional learning event will take place on May 14 and May 16 in various time zones; register today for the date and time that suits you best.

ORISE April Social Media Contest

Deadline: April 30, 2024


Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants to know how you make STEM more accessible to diverse groups of students in your classroom. To enter the contest, follow ORISE on social media, complete this very short survey, and comment your answer on the post. Three randomly selected teachers will receive an iPad 9 and Apple Pencil. Teachers must teach in the United States, a U.S. Territory, or a DoDEA school to be eligible to win.

Program Pilot: Addressing Climate Emotions in Schools

Application deadline: May 31, 2024       |     Audience: Middle school teachers


The Climate Mental Health Network and the National Environmental Education Foundation are seeking participants to pilot a new set of resources to address climate emotions in schools. These resources aim to prepare teachers to teach about climate change in developmentally appropriate ways and effectively respond to students’ emotional reactions to this issue. Those selected to participate in the pilot will be paid $500 upon completion of the program. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Find out if you are eligible for participation in the program pilot and apply today.

2024 North Carolina Teachers On The Estuary

June 14-17, 2024


Participating in this Teachers on the Estuary workshop will provide educators the opportunity to: experience research & field-based teacher training, enhance understanding of estuary environments using local examples, incorporate  of estuary & watershed topics into classroom teaching, promote student stewardship of estuaries & watersheds, receive content aligned with national education standards and/or North Carolina Essential Standards.

This opportunity is for Carteret County K-12 Teachers.

To register, please contact Lori Davis (

Chesapeake Bay NERR Virginia TOTE


June 18, 2024

The topic for this Teachers on the Estuary workshop is TBD. Please check this Upcoming TOTE Workshops website for additional details as they become available.

Educators are encouraged to email Sarah Nuss ( to register.

Erie County TOTE - Old Woman Creek NERR


June 25-27, 2024     |     Audience: Middle and High School                                                  teachers, informal educators

 Connecting our agricultural county to our Great Lakes!

Learn how our community’s activities on the land impacts Lake Erie. K-12 teachers are invited to learn conservation strategies for agricultural land, your own backyard, and the lake shore; wade in to study the wetland ecology, water quality, and natural resource management survey techniques; and receive education materials targeted for your students.

To register and obtain more information: contact Jennifer Bucheit (

Exploring the ACE Basin 2024 TOTE

June 26-27, 2024


This workshop will explore the three rivers that give the ACE Basin its name: the Ashepoo, the Combahee and the Edisto. Part of the day will be spent in the marsh or on a boat with biologists and science educators learning how to monitor the estuary and analyze the data. The rest of the day will be spent planning how to translate that research to your students through lesson plans and educational resources. This workshop will be focused on investigating coastal environmental issues and ways to promote solutions in your classroom and school.

Register for the ACE Basin NERR workshop                                   [[Photo credit: Erica Connery, ACE Basin NERR]]  

Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Virtual Conference

June 25-27, 2024 | Registration deadline: May 1, 2024

Join the conference with other formal and non-informal educators from across the Mid-Atlantic to share ideas, resources, and inspiration for advancing education for climate action. Register to attend and submit session proposals. 

The $20 registration fee supports speaker fees, virtual platforms, and scholarships. Full scholarships are available for Mid-Atlantic educators.

Apply to attend the Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Conference.



Tuesday, June 4, 2024

The Ocean Foundation and their partners at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History invite educators from all backgrounds to the Teach For the Ocean Educators Summit in Washington, DC. Current or future (pre-service) educators working in informal education, K-12, nature interpretation, science communications, postsecondary education, outreach, ecotourism, or other forms of teaching are welcome to attend. Students who are pursuing postsecondary education in any related field are also encouraged. Participants will learn about ocean conservation and policy, engage in dialogue, build a career network pipeline, and receive professional development training to improve ocean literacy and benefit the health of Chesapeake Bay.

The event is free of charge and lunch will be provided. Space is limitedsign up today!

resilent CO

Secondary earth and environmental science, civics, and social studies teachers are invited to learn a new place-based, NGSS-aligned science curriculum on natural hazards. The curricular unit includes a lesson on natural hazards (wildfire, flood, or drought) that uses current Colorado case studies and local datasets, a scenario-based role-play game, and a project-based learning unit for students to take action to make their community more resilient. Instructional strategies include community-engaged learning, gamification, and design thinking.

The course will be held virtually with several class meetings to discuss course material, scheduled based on your availability. Class meetings will be scheduled based on participants' availability, and recorded for those who cannot make it.

Upon completion, attendees will receive 2 continuing education credits through the University of Colorado Boulder. Registration costs are free for Colorado educators.  Sign up today!

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

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.

NASA Space Place Art Challenge!

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Submission deadline: April 31, 2024

In the Space Place Art Challenge, NASA would like to challenge young explorers to think about and draw a space-related situation each month. And after the month is over, we'll select a few imaginative drawings to be featured on the NASA Space Place website!

EarthEcho Youth Leadership Council - Applications Open!

Apply by: May 6, 2024


Young ocean advocates ages 15-22 from around the world are invited to apply for a position on the EarthEcho International Youth Leadership Council (YLC)! EarthEcho International is a non-profit organization, founded by Philippe Cousteau, dedicated to building a global youth movement to protect and restore our ocean planet. The YLC plays a key role leading EarthEcho’s programs while developing and implementing campaigns to mobilize young people worldwide to take ocean conservation action. Through this unique experience, members have an opportunity to grow as an environmental leader, gain an understanding of the operations of an international non-profit organization while shaping EarthEcho’s work and mission, and collaborate with peers to elevate youth voices in the conservation movement on a global stage.

Ed Resources

Blue Carbon Education and Communication Toolkit

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Protecting and restoring coastal and ocean habitats is a good way to help combat climate change. Why? Because of blue carbon! Blue carbon is the term for carbon captured and stored by the world's ocean and coastal ecosystems. Blue carbon ecosystems are nature’s secret tool against climate change. Certain species play critical roles in blue carbon ecosystems. Across the globe, marine protected areas preserve blue carbon habitats and processes, and this toolkit specifically focuses on U.S. West Coast blue carbon habitats and processes.

This Blue Carbon Education and Communication toolkit is designed for educators and communicators to use to teach others about blue carbon ecosystems. The toolkit includes:

Learning Materials for Arbor Day

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Arbor Day is April 26, and teachers will find a range of helpful resources at the Arbor Day website. Lesson plans include Forestry/Natural Resources Lesson Plans for grades K–5. Online activities include Leaf ID, in which students match leaves to the trees they belong to, and The Life of a Tree, in which students examine tree trunks to learn about the lifespans of trees. Among the printed activity sheets is Top Ten Things Trees Do for Us, such as helping us save energy and providing homes for animals. Videos in the library are episodes of Tree ID With Pete, Arbor Day Foundation’s resident arborist, as he shares some identifying features of common trees. In addition, the site features Neighborhood Forests, a guide developed for teachers to plan lessons and activities for students to understand the importance trees play in our communities.

BIMS Bites Kids Mangroves Episode

Embark on a journey to explore the vital role of mangrove forests as nature's coastal guardians, highlighting their ecological significance and fostering a deeper appreciation for these resilient ecosystems. Share this mangrove video with your students!


Working Trees: Reforestation and Responsible Forest Management


The first Earth Day in 1970 ignited a movement to stop polluting our planet. Today, we are called to respond to the global climate crisis, with a special Earth Day 2024 focus on reducing plastics. On Earth Day and every day, scientists are studying our planet and working toward a just and sustainable future. Visit Columbia University’s Climate School Earth Day website for ideas, resources, and inspiration.

NASA Earth Day 2024 Toolkit

Are you hosting an Earth Day activity in your community? This Earth Day 2024 Outreach Toolkit, supported by NASA Science and focused on Earth’s oceans and waterways, is packed with activities, demonstrations, handouts, posters, and videos to support your local event!


Generate: The Game of Energy Choices

This board game engages students as they grapple with the complexities of society's challenges. It encourages students to cultivate a deep and layered understanding of these challenges and current societal options for producing energy. This game is intended for grades 6-16.


Identifying and Addressing Pseudoscience


Discover strategies to build middle level students’ critical-thinking skills by identifying and addressing pseudoscience. In this approximately one-hour Science Connections podcast, host Eric Cross—a California-based middle level science/technology educator and digital innovator—and guest Bertha Vazquez—former middle level science teacher and current director of education at the Center for Inquiry in Florida—discuss the importance of integrating critical thinking into the science classroom. Students learn how to identify pseudoscience and  how developing this skill  creates an identifiable impact on the real world. Additional resources mentioned in the podcast are included.

Updated MIT Climate Primer: Climate Science, Risk and Solutions


The Climate Primer, written by Kerry Emanuel, professor emeritus of Atmospheric Science at MIT and an expert climate communicator and hurricane researcher, now contains four more years of global climate research, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s sixth comprehensive assessment report (AR6) on the state of climate science. This interactive climate change primer allows learners with no prior background in climate science to explore how scientists came to realize that the climate is changing, and what actions people can take today to adapt to and mitigate the impacts. 

The updated Primer is also enhanced by linked resources for further learning, drawing on four years of publications at MIT Climate explaining key climate topics and answering frequently asked questions about climate change. 

NSTA Daily Dos Lesson Plans

NSTA has a variety of earth and environmental science lesson plans for students of all levels. These "Daily Dos" are sensemaking tasks teachers and parents can use to engage their students in authentic, relevant science learning!


My NASA Data Air Quality Mini Lessons

Audience: Grades 3-12

Air quality is a measure of the pollution level in the air. Monitoring air quality is important because polluted air can be bad for human health. Explore mini lessons, interactives, and lesson plans with My NASA Data.


New Report: What do Americans want to know about climate change?


In Fall 2023, report authors asked Americans what questions they would ask a global warming expert if they had the opportunity. We found that overall, people would ask how scientists know that global warming is human-caused and what can be done to limit it.

In this analysis, we investigate how the questions people would ask an expert vary across different subgroups, including demographic and political groups and Global Warming’s Six Americas. The Six Americas framework categorizes people into six distinct audiences based on their opinions about climate change, ranging from the Alarmed (who are the most worried and supportive of action) to the Dismissive (who do not believe climate change is happening or human caused and are often opposed to action).

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




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