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New from the National Academies: Ecological Impacts - The Southwestern Deserts
Climate change is affecting ecosystems in the southwest U.S. and elsewhere. This colorful 28-page booklet illustrates examples of ecological changes happening across the United States (including the Mojave and Sonoran deserts), explains key scientific concepts, and explores the roles and responsibilities of human beings. In addition, Powerpoint presentation modules are available to assist educators in sharing this valuable information. For copies of the booklet or presentation modules, visit:
Seeking Input on Program Design for Latino/Hispanic Audience
The Center for Science Education at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory is planning a professional development effort for informal educators on a wide range of astronomy programming that makes explicit cultural connections for Latino/Hispanic audiences. Your input will help with designing this program and will only take a few minutes to give comments and answers on just FOUR questions at:
Seeking Photos for “EE Year in Review!”
Deadline for submission: August 15, 2009
We're nearly halfway through 2009 and it's time to start looking backward at what we've already accomplished, and forward at how we will celebrate our successes at the NAAEE conference. We're compiling an "EE Year in Review" show - with photos you submit and the ones we take at the conference - to send to all conference participants on DVD. Please share the highlights of your EE programs, your local award winners, how you have reached new and diverse audiences, with visual images in a 300 dpi format on a CD ROM. Please include credit to the photographer for each image you send.
Submissions should be sent to:
Dr. Joe Baust, NAAEE “EE Year in Review”
Murray State University
3201 Alexander Hall
Murray, KY 42071
Earth Matters: Studies for Our Global Future
Population Connection announces the release of its new secondary-level curriculum, Earth Matters: Studies for Our Global Future, 3rd edition on CD-ROM. This new edition is completely updated and greatly expanded to include 32 readings and 43 innovative teaching activities to help students understand the complexities of population pressures, climate change, natural resource use, wildlife endangerment, distribution of wealth and food, urbanization, public health, gender equity, economic progress, and how these issues are interrelated.
NCLI Video "Get 'em Outside"
This engaging, inspiring No Child Left Inside (NCLI) Coalition video celebrates environmental education and its impact on children, learning, health, and leadership. See it here!
Bilingual Report Addresses Water Supply Needs in U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
By Stephanie Doster
A new, quarterly report is available today that provides citizens, resource managers, and policy makers in the United States-Mexico border areas with climate summaries and forecasts—essential information for making decisions about water supply and agriculture in a time of climate change and rapid growth. More....
Author of Wetlands Book Seeking Input
Author of This Tender Place: A Story of a Wetland Year, Laurie Lawlor, is seeking information on individual states' wetland curriculum goals.
· Which states have wetland study as part of the mandated science/social studies curriculum?
· Which grade levels study wetlands?
Please send responses to: Laurie Lawlor at LauLawlor@aol.com
The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network is an educational project supported by the California Department of Education in collaboration with state, regional and local partners. The CREEC Network is the best source for Environmental Education resources in California. Their mission is to develop a communication network which provides educators with "high-quality" environmental education resources to enhance the environmental literacy of California students. Click here to access their most recent newsletter.
HippoWorks Helps Teach Kids About Global Warming
HippoWorks.com has just produced a new 12-part cartoon series "One by One, Ton by Ton, Let's Stop Global Warming!" to help teach kids about this important environmental issue and what they can do to stop it. A new episode will air every week.
As an educational tool for teachers, each episode concludes with questions and a glossary for a follow-up classroom discussion. Previous cartoons from Hippo Works have promoted energy conservation, awareness about animal extinction, and green living. The weekly cartoonlets are a free offering, for subscribers or for your Web site!
Contribute to Encyclopedia of Earth
Apply to become a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Earth, the wiki-style electronic reference about the Earth, with a searchable database of articles written by experts. To qualify, contributors must 1) be a recognized expert in a subject area of the Encyclopedia, 2) be willing to work in a very dynamic, highly collaborative authoring and editorial environment, and 3) embrace the Encyclopedia's commitment to fairness, objectivity, and quality.
See here for information on how to apply.
Journal Discount for Members of NAAEE
Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development - (10 issues) Member Price $36 US/ $54 Outside US
More readable than specialized journals and more timely than textbooks, Environmentanalyzes the problems, places, and people where environment and development come together, illuminating concerns from the local to the global. Environment offers peer-reviewed articles and commentaries from researchers and practitioners who provide a broad range of international perspectives.
Green Teacher - (4 issues) Member Price (print edition) $30 print, $51 overseas, $24 digital
Fifty pages of ideas and activities, published 4 times a years, help youth educators enhance environmental and global education inside and outside of schools. Each issue contains: Ideas for rethinking education in light of environmental and global challenges. Practical articles and ready-to-use activities for various age levels from 6-18. Resource reviews: evaluations of dozens of new books, kits, games and other green resources.
If you're interested, please see here for other benefits and NAAEE registration information.
Sonoran Joint Venture E-Bulletin
The SJV E-Bulletin is the electronic newsletter of the Sonoran Joint Venture (SJV). Each issue, published bilingually, contains information for SJV partners, landowners, educators, natural resource managers, and others. To submit an item for consideration for publication, contact Jennie Duberstein (email@example.com). The SJV’s mission is the conservation of the unique birds and habitats of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. To learn more about the SJV, visit us online at www.sonoranjv.org.
Green Teacher en Español & en Français
We at Green Teacher are asked often if we have French or Spanish editions. Unfortunately, there are no magazines similar to Green Teacher that are published in French or Spanish, nor are we in a position to publish ones of our own. With thousands of French-language schools in Canada and a burgeoning Hispanic school population in the United States, there is a real need for more educational materials for North America’s other two languages. More...
Pollinators of the Sonoran Desert/Polinizadores del Desierto Sonorense
The International Sonoran Desert Alliance in partnership with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the Bee Works has recently published Pollinators of the Sonoran Desert/Polinazadores del Desierto Sonorense, a field guide that takes a comprehensive look at Sonoran desert pollinators: hummingbirds, bats, butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, flies and beetles and their host plants and includes a plant and habitat guide. The book is fully bi-lingual (English and Spanish). It includes beautiful photos, life-cycle descriptions, ranges, conservation status, and basic anatomy of the various pollinators along with a complete glossary of terms and a bibliography of additional resources. For more information on how to buy copies of this publication, contact Tom Vineski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's the Big Deal about the Jaguar?
Jaguars once roamed across Arizona but were extirpated nearly one hundred years ago. However, these wild cats have recently been photographed on Arizona soil, starting a flurry of activity and debate. Arizona Game and Fish developed a lesson on Jaguars which is available in English and Spanish as part of their Focus: WILD Arizona program. Through this lesson students will get the opportunity to explore the issues surrounding jaguars and their conservation. To download the materials visit www.gf.state.az.us/i_e/ee/lessons/jaguar/jaguar.shtml. Another valuable resource on the Jaguar available both in English and Spanish is the book Tracking the Felids of the Borderlands, available by contacting Jack Childs at (520) 883-4029 .
WOW! Wetlands Education in Spanish
Welcome WOW! Las Maravillas de Humedales - Environmental Concern's first Spanish extension to WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands curriculum guide.
The 355+ pg book includes extensive wetland ecology information complemented with over 50 hands-on, inquiry-based, cross-curricular activities, presented in lesson-plan format, and correlated to National Science Standards. The new module is a compilation of choice activities translated into Spanish and available through WOW! Workshops. For more information visit www.wetland.org.
Article Discusses Future of BECC-NADB
North American Development Bank: An Institution Worth Saving is the title of an article published online by the International Relations Center’s (IRC) Americas Program, authored by Andrea Abel and Marico Sayoc that discuses the possible disolution of the North American Development Bank (NADB) and its partner institution, the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission (BECC). The article discusses how “NADB and BECC have had and can continue to have a positive impact on improving the border environment”. To access the article go to americas.irc-online.org/am/3307.
Good Neighbor Environmental Board Report
Public education about the value of preserving cultural resources along the US-Mexico border is a key recommendation in the latest report from a Presidential advisory committee called the Good Neighbor Environmental Board, an independent federal advisory committee. Its mission is to advise the President and Congress of the United States on good neighbor practices along the U.S. border with Mexico. Its recommendations are focused on environmental infrastructure needs within the U.S. states contiguous to Mexico. More...