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The GLOBE Program Anniversary

Our friends from NASA and The GLOBE Program will be celebrating Earth Day with a special anniversary. On April 22, The GLOBE Program marks its 22nd Anniversary. We would love for our Eco-Schools who participate in GLOBE to submit a 2-3 minute video showing how GLOBE is implemented in the classroom. Invite your students to express, in a few words, how GLOBE has influenced their awareness of their environment and their interest in Earth Science. Learn more.


 

The Road to the Final Fur

Thirty-two species will be competing in a “fur-enzy” March Madness tournament. Voting commenced 2/27 and will conclude with a winner during National Wildlife Week 2017, 3/13-3/17. As students and the school community vote, they can learn more about the species, habitat, NWF programs and actions to take. So get ready to vote, check out the species “baseball” cards and find the full species recaps about each week’s matchups.  Learn more on the NWF blog.



 


 

Schoolyard Habitats: Spring Is Coming!

With the official arrival of spring on March 20th, teachers and students should start thinking about creative ways to showcase their schoolyard habitat. Consider hosting a Community Clean Up Day around your school campus. If you have plans to install a garden, invite members of the community to help build, or participate in a spring planting event.  If the rainy season is coming to your part of the country, consider using a rain barrel to collect water for use in the garden. Read our Top Ten Tips to Improve Schoolyard Habitats for more ideas. With the celebration of Earth Day during the month of April, now is a good time to start planning an event to showcase your unique schoolyard habitat.






 

 

Wildlife Library: Kemp's Ridley Turtles

Did you know that sea turtles are among the oldest creatures on earth, with 6 of the 7 species being found within the United States? They are air-breathing reptiles who use their powerful front flippers to help dive and swim. The Ridley sea turtles are considered the smallest marine turtle in the world, and since 1970 the Kemp’s Ridley has been designated “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act. Learn more about sea turtles from the NWF Wildlife Library.

The March issue of Ranger Rick magazine looks at what it’s going to take to save the worlds most endangered sea turtles. And don’t forget about the Educator’s Guide which supplements the magazine. This month’s activities include creating a turtle quiz using facts from the story.  
 

 



Green STEM Training- Spring 2017 Session

The next session of our Green STEM training will run from March 6-May 1, 2017.  Join this free, self-paced training to learn how to use Environment-based education to boost student engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Registration is now open. Learn more about all our Green STEM resources on our website, including lessons and other resources. 

  

Biodiversity Pathway

Spring is the perfect time to address the Eco-Schools USA Biodiversity Pathway. Start by asking students how to raise awareness and engage community members about the habitat needs of local wildlife or ways to increase the number of native plant species on school grounds. The 12th Annual Endangered Species Day is just around the corner on May 19th, providing an opportunity to celebrate biodiversity and engage students. Visit our website for more information and teacher resources related to Endangered Species Day.


Read our Top Ten Tips to Promote Biodiversity for ideas to help your school take action. Download our spotlight lesson this month, Habitat Hunt, which can be found in the sidebar on this page. And don’t forget to share your results and stories with us via social media @ecoschoolsusa. 


 


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World Water Day

Did you know that March 22nd is World Water Day? It’s a day set aside to take action around the world, where over 663 million people today live without a safe water supply that is close to home. The theme for 2017 is wastewater, and how best to reduce and reuse it.  Eco-Schools has several opportunities to learn more about water. In addition to the existing Water Pathway, our new WOW Pathway, launching this spring, will give students a chance to learn more about Watersheds, Oceans and Wetlands, and take specific actions in their own communities.  Check back to our website for more information. 



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Lesson Highlight: Habitat Hunt

 

Download Habitat Huntwhere students will search for important habitat elements for several animals.
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Craig Tufts Scholarship

The 2017 Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Award is now accepting applications from youth age 8-18.  
Learn more and apply by 3/24/17.

 




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Don't forget to use Ranger Rick's Nature Notebook to help connect your students to the natural world and download a copy of the educator's guide too!

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