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Spring 2012

EE Resources – Spring 2012

PLT GreenSchools! Webinar
May 23, 2012 at 4pm ET
The final webinar in our series on PLT's GreenSchools! Investigations will focus on Waste. Anyone—teachers, students, individuals or groups—can participate in this FREE webinar, made possible in part by generous funding from the U.S. Forest Service. For more information, and to register, go to Plus, read our blogs about the Energy and School Site webinars, and the students who presented, and find out how to access the recordings of past webinars.

Project Earth’s 2012 World Environment Day Contest
Deadline: June 5, 2012
One of the Project Earth 2012 U.S. Earth Day Contest winners is a PLT GreenSchool! Project Earth had many excellent entries, and the Wolford Elementary School’s entry received top honors in the K-5 category. Check out their project, and consider entering Project Earth’s World Environment Day contest. This contest is open not just to U.S. schools but schools around the globe. The best project from each country will be highlighted at a special event at the Rio+20 conference in June. Project Earth told us they would welcome more entries from schools participating in Project Learning Tree!

Captain Planet Foundation Grants
Deadline: May 31, 2012
These grants fund hands-on environmental projects for students ages 6-18 in US-based schools worldwide. The Captain Planet Foundation seeks to encourage programs empowering children and youth to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Grant amounts range from $250 to $2,500.

NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants
Deadline: June 1, 2012
National Education Association (NEA) provides $5,000 grants to increase student academic achievement in any subject area in US public schools and public higher education institutions. The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving to deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habit of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, Advanced Placement, or other challenging curricula are encouraged.

NEA Foundation Learning and Leadership Grants
Deadline: June 1, 2012
These National Education Association (NEA) grants support K-12 public school teachers, public education support professionals, or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of two purposes. Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research. Grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. The maximum award is $5,000.

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation Grants
The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the communities where Lowe’s operates stores and distribution centers throughout the United States. Community Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 are provided for community improvement initiatives and K-12 public education projects. Funding priorities for community improvement initiatives include park, neighborhood, and community facility enhancements; outdoor learning programs; and community clean-ups. Funding priorities for public education projects include construction-related education initiatives; playground enhancements; clean-up, landscaping, and painting projects; and minor repair of public school buildings. Requests may be submitted at any time. Visit the company’s website to take the eligibility test and submit an online application.

University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Offers Online Courses - Summer 2012
Deadline: May 10, 2012 or 3 weeks before start date
This summer, UWSP will offer four online courses, now open for enrollment:

  • Environmental Education Theory & Practice, May 31 – August 24
  • Advanced Topics in Natural Resources and PR: Social Marketing, June 18 – July 13
  • Natural Resources Policy and the Legislative Process, July 16 – August 9
  • Water Resources and the Science, Policy and Politics of Climate Change, June 4 – June 22

All courses are available for credit. Contact Jessica Tomaszewski (715-346-3854 or for registration information and other inquiries.

Check Your School’s Climate Impact
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activity “The Global Climate”, as well as PLT’s Focus on Forests secondary activities “Monitoring Forest Health” and “Climate Change and Forests”, and PLT’s GreenSchools! program)
High school students can investigate the link between greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and everyday actions at their high school. Using EPA's Climate Change Emission Calculator Kit (Climate CHECK) students can learn about climate change, estimate their school’s greenhouse gas emissions and conceptualize ways to mitigate their school’s climate impact. Students gain understandings of climate-change drivers, impacts, and science; produce an emission inventory and action plan; and can even submit the results of their emission inventory to their school district. You can compare the energy use of your school with other schools nationwide, and earn the ENERGY STAR for your school if it qualifies as a top performer.

Alliance for Climate Education's Energy Competition
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Energy Sleuths,” “Waste Watchers,” and “The Global Climate,” as well as PLT’s Energy & Society Kit and PLT’s GreenSchools! program)
ACE's Biggest Loser: Energy competition makes it easy to save money, reduce CO2 and win a $1,000 grant (and other prizes!). How it works: Reduce your school's energy use by turning down the lights and other energy intensive devices. The Action Team that sheds the most pounds of CO2 in three weeks wins. Check out this video for a quick overview of the competition and visit the ACE website for more details!

The Scoop on Solar Power
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Renewable or Not?,” “Energy Sleuths,” and “Resource Go Round,” as well as the Energy & Society Kit and PLT GreenSchools! program)
Check out the American Chemical Society’s podcasts exploring solar power. Two episodes examine the technology behind solar power, and two episodes describe the Solar Decathlon, an international contest in which college students around the world compete to build innovative solar homes.

Chevron Presents: Energyville
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Energy Sleuths,” “Waste Watchers,” and “The Global Climate,” as well as PLT’s Energy & Society Kit and PLT’s GreenSchools! program)
How can you provide enough power to meet the demands of 5.9 million people? That’s the challenge students receive in the online game Energyville. Students enter the name of their city and try their best to make informed decisions about its energy needs, while considering the economic, security, and environmental impacts of these decisions. The game provides a way for students to explore energy usage and its many implications for society and the environment.

Beetle Busters
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activity “Invasive Species” and PLT’s secondary activities – Biodiversity’s “Global Invaders” and Focus on Forests’ “Forest Invaders”)
Help stop the Asian Longhorned Beetle from destroying U.S. Forests. Produced by the U.S.D.A.’s Office of Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service, the Beetle Busters website presents information about this invasive pest along with curriculum materials and a poster for grades 4-12.

Nab the Aquatic Invader
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Invasive Species” PLT’s secondary activities – Biodiversity’s “Global Invaders” and Focus on Forests’ “Forest Invaders”)
Nab the Aquatic Invader teaches students in grades 4-10 about aquatic invaders and the problems they create in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf, and Great Lakes regions. Produced by NOAA and the Sea Grant Program, the website features games and activities in which student detectives must “nab” critters in each locale that are damaging the environment. The website also includes extensive background information on each species.

Encounters: Wild Explorer
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Picture This!,” “Habitat Pen Pals,” “Charting Diversity” and “Web of Life”, as well as PLT’s Forests of the World secondary activity “Mapping the World’s Forests”)
The public radio program Encounters: Radio Experiences in the North explores the natural history of Alaska and the Far North. An accompanying website offers K-12 teachers links to the episodes as well as resources, such as slideshows, videos, and sound clips, introducing the animals and habitats of the regions: beavers, bears, caribou, humpback whales, boreal forests, moose, and others.

The Smithsonian Institution's Tree Banding Project   (resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “How Big is Your Tree?” and “The Global Climate,” as well as PLT’s Focus on Forests secondary activities “Monitoring Forest Health” and “Climate Change and Forests”)
Citizen science programs involve students and teachers contributing to ongoing scientific work. Sign up to participate in The Smithsonian Institution's Tree Banding Project and contribute to research about tree biomass, and how trees respond to climate. Students around the globe will monitor the rate at which their local trees grow, and learn how that rate corresponds to Smithsonian research, as well as compare their work to other students world-wide. Schools will be selected for participation based on location and when they apply. If selected, the Smithsonian will mail a kit that includes everything students will need to get started.

Project Budburst
(resource for PLT's PreK-8 activites “Bursting Buds,” “Signs of Fall,” “Looking at Leaves,” “Adopt a Tree,” “The Closer You Look,” “Have Seeds, Will Travel” and more)
Project BudBurst is a network of people across the country that monitors plants as the seasons change. Get students outside and making seasonal observations that contribute to the collection of important ecological data. Involvement in Project BudBurst can give students invaluable experience collecting data and making meaningful contributions to ongoing scientific research.

STEM e-Newsletter from NSTA
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is on everyone’s mind, and the National Science Teachers Association is publishing STEM in the Classroom to provide a forum for ideas and resources middle and high school teachers will need to support these disciplines. By coordinating science and math courses with technology and engineering courses, teachers can give students a better understanding of the world they live in.

Fire and Conservation Interactive Quiz
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Forest for the Trees,” “Nothing Succeeds Like Succession,” and “Living with Fire” and PLT’s Focus on Forests secondary activities “The Nature of Fire” and “Story of Succession”)
Get fired up and take The Nature Conservancy’s online quiz to test your knowledge about fire and how it can be used as a tool to help people and wildlife. A scoring chart helps you to find local volunteer opportunities and other ideas for voicing your support for more American forest restoration by being fire smart!

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  • May 1, 2012 8:45 PM
    Mike Mansour
    The PLTBranch is filled with worthwhile new information for all of us. I especially like the APPS for links and the grant suggestions.
  • May 2, 2012 10:33 AM
    Candace Clavin Rein
    Nab the Aquatic Invader is a great program for schools located close to wfresh and salt water. It gives them a sense of ownership and resposibilty to protect natural resources. Nab the Aquatic Invader.
    Resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Invasive Species” PLT’s secondary activities – Biodiversity’s “Global Invaders” and Focus on Forests’ “Forest Invaders”
    We will be featuring facts and resources from this on for when the weather turns a little warmer.