Students Taking Action Through Journalism
It’s time to kick off another year of the Young Reporters for the Environment competition. Not only does the competition provide students 13-19 with the opportunity to investigate environmental issues and propose solutions, teachers can use it as an opportunity for students to improve their reading and writing skills as they take action to help the environment. Entries can be submitted in the writing, photography, or videography category. Last year, two winners from our national competition went on to take 1st and 2nd place in their respective categories in the global YRE competition. The competition is also an opportunity for teachers to integrate the Sustainable Developments Goals (#GlobalGoals), such as Goal 12, Responsible Consumption & Productions or Goal 13, Climate Action.
Help Puerto Rico's Schools and Communities Sustainably Rebuild
It has been over a month since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and it will take many months to recover. Our friends and colleagues still require our assistance. Our counterparts in Puerto Rico, Valija and Organización Pro Ambiente Sustentable (OPAS), have requested help and have temporarily shifted their focus to working on interim relief and recovery efforts.
Please consider helping them as they work to implement sustainable interim recovery solutions in the schools and communities in Puerto Rico that are most in need at this time.
Visit OPAS’s hurricane relief website.
Let's Conduct a Schoolyard Habitats® Audit
Have you been thinking about implementing a school garden? Fall is the perfect time to get students outside to conduct the Schoolyard Habitats audit. Use this tool as a way for students to investigate how school grounds are currently being used and as a basis for improving the native wildlife found on site. Students may be surprised at the variety of wildlife, and what tools are already in place to support an outdoor learning center. Incorporate skills such as mapping and measurement to sketch out the green space surrounding the school. The audits are a great opportunity to engage the greater school community, for example, working with maintenance and grounds keepers to help answer technical questions and asking local master gardeners, soil conservationists or Audubon chapter to lend their expertise. Conducting this audit also opens the door to student-generated research questions to help them hone important literacy, language and media skills. Visit the Schoolyard Habitats pathway on our website to get started.
Have you seen the new Wildlife Guide on the National Wildlife Federation website? It’s another tool students can use to learn more about wildlife, exploring topics such as range, diet, behavior, and conservation. In this month’s Ranger Rick magazine, learn what life is like for a wolf pack family. Then check out the new guide to find more facts about the gray wolf. Ask students to find the Fun Fact to learn how far a wolf pack travels to find prey. And don’t forget to download the free Educator’s Guide that provides extension activities specific to the November issue, including discussion questions and activities to learn more about a wolf pack and ways that wolves communicate.
And We Want to Know!
At the beginning of the school year, Eco-Schools USA introduced two new pathways: Learning About Forests (LEAF) and Watersheds, Oceans and Wetlands (WOW). Let us know if you plan to implement any of these pathways during the 2017-2018 school year.
Climate change education, its real-world implications, the multi-disciplinary context it provides and its applied learning attributes make it highly effective in advancing STEAM disciplines. So we are asking teachers to provide their students opportunities to take an active role through solutions-based climate change education. The National Wildlife Federation has teamed up with Participant Media as an education partner to the film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Three guides are now available to teachers, including the Watch Kit; the Truth in 10 – A Writer’s Guide; and the Teach, Learn, Act educational companion guide. The Eco-Schools website also has age-appropriate resources, which can be found under the Climate Change Pathway and Climate Change Education Resources.
If you walked into Suski Chevolet in Michigan, you might be surprised to find more than just cars! Members of the community enjoyed fresh peppers, squash, tomatoes, cabbage, and gourds, courtesy of students at nearby Birch Run High School. It was all made possible from a grant received by the school through the Eco-Green Program, an ongoing STEM education partnership between the National Wildlife Federation and General Motors. Read more about this innovative partnership in our latest blog post, “Homegrown” Attitudes in STEM Gardening.
Our declining wildlife need urgent protection before they face serious risk of extinction. This bold vision for conservation funding could be the solution.Read More
Urge Congress to stand up for polar bears and their young by opposing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.Read More
Students ages 9-18 are invited to share their big idea through the "Every Elephant Counts" contest for a chance to win a trip to Botswana.Read More
Get to know the amazing wildlife in your backyard and beyond.Read More
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