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Help Us Celebrate World Elephant Day and Win a Trip to Meet Naledi!


Naledi-ForwardFacing-AloneIn honor of World Elephant Day, the National Wildlife Federation and Vulcan Productions are asking students to help us think big about how we can work together to protect wildlife habitat, stop poaching and save African elephants. Learn how you could win a trip to Africa to meet Naledi herself, and experience a true safari. #EveryElephant 


GLOBE Observer Eclipse App


GLOBENASA invites solar eclipse (8-21) viewers around the country to participate in a nationwide science experiment by collecting cloud and air temperature data and reporting it via your phones. "No matter where you are in North America, whether it's cloudy, clear or rainy, NASA wants as many people as possible to help with this citizen science project, " said Kristen Weaver, deputy coordinator for the project. It's easy to participate - just download the GLOBE Observer app and register to become a citizen scientist! 




Schoolyard Habitat News

Recently at the Montana WILD Center, the National Wildlife Federation sponsored a Schoolyard Habitat® Rendezvous for teachers in communities around the state. The center is a Certified Wildlife Habitat, and hosts many events in the demonstration garden on an annual basis. The Helena Garden Club gave a guided tour of the garden, and teachers learned about incorporating native plants at their school, along with detailed classroom instructions. Read more about how this garden got its start, and the impact to visitors and wildlife. Learn more about creating a native, wildlife-friendly garden.




Wildlife Library: Elephants

Wildlife LibraryCan you name the largest land animal on earth? If you guessed an African Elephant, you would be correct. Compared to Asian elephants, African elephants are slightly larger, with an average life span of up to 70 years in the wild. According to National Geographic, elephants eat up to 300 pounds of food a day, including roots, grasses, fruit and bark. They use their long trunk for breathing, drinking, smelling and trumpeting.  Learn more about African Elephants.  

Check out the story From Trash to Art in the August issue of Ranger Rick magazine. It features animal sculptures made from 18 tons of plastic trash that has washed up on beaches. Encourage your students to create an elephant sculpture out of litter found in the community. 



Ranger Rick's Reading Adventures

Back in May, NWF debuted Ranger Rick’s Reading Adventures in partnership with Blue Star Education and Teacher Created Resources. Each kit includes a variety of fun and engaging nonfiction student readers, packed full of photographs and interesting facts about animals and ecosystems from around the world. In addition to the kits, Teacher Created Resources is ready to help you transform your classroom and welcome your students back to school with the Ranger Rick themed series, Welcome to Our Neck of the Woods!


Healthy Schools Pathway

With the new school year just around the corner, it’s a great time to start thinking about the health of your school.  Consider addressing the Healthy Schools Pathway to kick off the new year, and ensure that students and staff have a healthy environment for both learning and working. Students can address topics such as indoor air quality, lab waste and hazardous material disposal, while also utilizing the expertise of facility managers and administrators. Check out the Top 10 Tips to Create a Healthy School for more ideas to consider. 




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NAAEE: Science Notebook Corner 

Back to school is just around the corner and you are probably already creating your mental to-do list. Become a member of NAAEE’s eePRO where you will be given access to countless resources and forums based on your areas of expertise and interest, such as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Tech and EE and Connecting to Nature. One of the resources we love is, Science Notebook Corner. Science notebooks are a record of student learning and understanding and is a great tool for students to use as they carry out authentic investigations and hone their science and engineering skills.


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Climate Change Education
Climate change is having significant impacts on ecosystems and wildlife all over the nation and around the world. How we address the challenges of global climate change now will dictate the outcomes and opportunities for future generations. Equip students with the knowledge and skills, innovative creativity and civic prowess to engage and combat the effects of climate change.


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!