EPA is excited to announce the application period for the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) and Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). Applications are due January 11, 2023. For more information about the open competitions and how to apply to either award, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-calls-applications-2023-presidents-environmental-student-and-teacher-awards.
Date and Time:
Tuesday, November 22, 2022, 9:00am to Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 5:00pm
As environmental educators, it can be easy to focus on problems like climate change, deforestation, and extinction, but that can have negative impacts on young generations. Rather than inspiring them to care more, this can sometimes have the opposite affect by causing young people to feel helpless to make change. We can combat this by fostering a sense of place in our students, focusing on local ecosystems, and encouraging them to see nature all around them. A focus on local solutions gives us a chance to see how just a few people can make a big difference. We can inspire others by emphasizing tangible actions that they can personally take, since it always feels better to do something about the problems you see. Small adjustments to these lessons may be all it takes to change someone’s outlook!
Explore our online library of free lessons, journal pages, conservation comics, field guides, and activity books for grades K–5. Find dozens of quality printable exercises and resources on forest health, ecology, and plant conservation.
Pokok-Ed is a digital educational simulation of palm oil cultivation in countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Cameroon, designed for classroom use, aimed at ages 12 through 16, though suitable for any age 12+.
Check out a new GEEP case study overviewing the Latin American Marine Educators Network, an integrative and multicultural network that supports and strengthens marine education and ocean literacy in the region.
The 2023 Chesapeake B-WET Funding Opportunity for School District Programming is open. Chesapeake B-WET is a competitive grant program that supports existing, high-quality environmental education programs and fosters the growth of new, innovative programs. It encourages capacity building and partnership development for environmental education programs throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The 2023 Gulf of Mexico B-WET funding opportunity is now open. Gulf B-WET funding will support student investigation of environmental topics and issues, both locally and globally, that are of interest to them. Gulf B-WET funding also supports high-quality professional development for teachers allowing them to gain confidence in the value of MWEEs and strategies for conducting MWEEs with students.
After college, I became disheartened that environmental education was not the career path that I wanted to continue. Every position I saw offered low wages, part-time, or volunteer work. Then I found Westgate Community School (WCS), a K–12 charter school unlike any other. Environmental Education and Service Learning are just two pieces of Westgate’s whole child education that I lead as the Environmental Education Coordinator. I take care of goats, chickens, barn cats, and a snake daily. I teach topics about all things environmental. I am here to talk about my work at Westgate and explain why we must integrate environmental education into our public school systems.
NAAEE is in the early stages of developing a set of guidelines focusing on climate change education and climate justice as part of the Guidelines for Excellence series. As with all of the others sets of guidelines, these will be developed using a public participatory process involving opportunities to review and provide input. If you would like to learn about updates in our process and provide input into drafts, please complete the following Google form:
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow nationwide STEM competition challenges U.S. public school students in grades 6–12 to showcase how STEM can be applied to help improve their local communities. Deadline has been extended to November 29.
Join the Climate and Resilience Education Task Force’s Youth Steering Committee for a virtual youth-led panel with New York City teachers, Climate Education: NY Teachers on the Frontlines on Monday, December 12th, 2022 from 5:00 PM–6:30 PM EST.
The Worldwide Teach-in on Climate and Justice offers weekly professional development webinars on teaching climate for non-experts. This week, we invite you to learn about how K–12 teachers can engage their students on climate change. We will also explore how improving students' writing skills can be vital in empowering their climate advocacy. Finally, we will be sharing information about how to participate in the Worldwide Teach-in on Climate and Justice, set for March 29, 2023.