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Spring 2011

EE Resources - Spring 2011

The Lawrence Foundation Grants
Deadline: April 30
The Lawrence Foundation provides grants to support environmental, education, human services, and other causes.  Funds go to after-school, arts, volunteerism, general education, math, reading, safe schools, science, and social studies projects.  The average grant amount ranges from $5,000 to $100,000.

Northrop Grumman Contributions Program
Deadline: April 30
Northrop Grumman provides funds to accredited schools and nonprofit organizations for programs addressing education, the environment, and health and human services. For more details and to submit a grant application, visit the Northrop Grumman website.

ING Unsung Heroes Awards
Deadline: April 30
Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund innovative class projects.  Three awardees are then chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000. Fulltime educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff members at an accredited K-12 public or private school may apply.  Visit ING’s Unsung Heroes website to learn more and apply.

Intel Community Grants
Deadline: May 1
Intel Corporation awards grants supporting K-12, higher education, and community initiatives.  Programs advancing science, match, and technology education will be considered.  Note that grant applications will only be considered for programs in areas where Intel has a presence.

American Honda Foundation Grants
Deadline: May 1
The Honda Foundation awards grants of up to $60,000 to K-12 schools, colleges, universities, trade schools, and others for programs benefiting youth and scientific education, the physical and life sciences, mathematics, and the environmental sciences.  Programs characterized as scientific, imaginative, creative, humanistic, youthful, innovative, and forward thinking will receive preference.

Project Earth Contests
Deadline: May 15
Project Earth connects schools, educators, and K-12 students as they participate in global conversations on environmental topics and share action project ideas.  This year, Project Earth will host two contests in conjunction with U.S. Earth Day (April 22nd) and World Environment Day (June 5th).  Schools and teachers can showcase environmental projects, activities, and actions their school is taking to conserve resources, reduce the carbon footprints, and be better environmental stewards.  Winners will receive $500 awards.  For more information on various worldwide initiatives, visit the Project Earth website.  You can also sign up for the Project Earth newsletter to stay informed.  In their March 2011 issue, PLT GreenSchools! is their “featured partner.”

Three-week High School Field Ecology Course
Deadline: Rolling admissions until full
Current high school sophmores, juniors and seniors are invited to attend a three-week residential ecology course, based at a biological research station at Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerville, NY from July 17 to August 6, 2011.  Fundamentals of Field Ecology (FFE) is a 3-week immersion program that introduces students to the basics of ecology. FFE provides students the opportunity to work on a project directed by a professional field researcher and conduct a rigorous small group research project. This program aims to provide a significant academic experience that will help students prepare for college level biology classes and research.  Financial aid is available.  For more information and an application, visit the Huyck Preserve website.

NACD’s International Year of Forests Poster Contest
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8’s activities “We All Need Trees,” “People of the Forest,” “Environmental Exchange Box,” “People, Places, Things,” and many more)
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is collaborating with the U.S. Forest Service and PLT for this year’s NACD Stewardship Program that has a special forestry theme to coincide with 2011 International Year of Forests. NACD has organized a poster contest “Forests for People: More Than You Can Imagine!” The contest is open to all students, and has five grade level categories: K-1, grades 2-3; grades 4-6; grades 7-9; and grades 10-12. To enter the contest, start by finding your local conservation district. Follow the rules and due dates set by the local NACD organizers. The top two posters in each category will receive monetary prizes. You can also visit NACD’s “Forestry Education Resources” website for additional resource materials.

Canopy in the Clouds
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “We All Need Trees,” “People of the Forest,” “Rain Reasons,” and “Tropical Treehouse,” as well as PLT’s secondary module Forests of the World)
Canopy in the Clouds provides an immersive video experience that presents an up-close look at a tropical montane cloud forest.  Visitors click on numbered links to access video clips and background information for teachers and information for grades 6-8 on topics such as water, weather, soils, ecology, and the science processes.

Neighborhood Explorers
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Schoolyard Safari,” “The Closer You Look,” “Planet Diversity,” “Are Vacant Lots Vacant?,” “Trees as Habitats,” and more)
US Fish and Wildlife’s Neighborhood Explorers Game for 8-11 year olds allows students to take an interest in their own backyards.  Students learn about nature as they complete games in the Neighborhood Explorers (NX) clubhouse and earn points for observing nature in person.  Students are asked to record observations of bugs, birds, and other wildlife found in their own backyards.  Students then submit their findings online and can compare statistics and generate reports.  The website also offers ideas for conservation activities that students can do at home.

Baobab Planet
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Web of Life,” “Habitat Pen Pals,” and “Every Drop Counts”)
Baobab Planet is an online game that helps develop ecological consciousness of students aged 6-12, as they work to assemble a tree house among the branches of a planet shaped like a baobab tree. Student can also complete adventure-filled missions, such as rescuing wildlife or preventing depletion of the ecosystem’s water supply.  An accompanying website allows parents and teachers to participate by setting specific missions targeting particular cognitive and learning skills. The complete website is also available in Spanish.

John Muir in the New World
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “In the Good Old Days,” “Loving It Too Much,” and “I’d Like to Visit a Place Where…” and PLT’s secondary module Focus on Forest’s “Words to Live By” activity)
This new 90-minute documentary explains John Muir’s influence then and now, delving into Muir’s life with reenactments filmed in high definition throughout the majestic landscapes he visited: Wisconsin, Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Alhambra Valley of California, and the glaciers of Alaska. Placing our nation’s most important natural assets in a cultural and social context, John Muir in the New World is a timely reminder of America’s unique and, ultimately, threatened ecosystems.   Visit the PBS website to watch a preview and check your local listings for showtimes.

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