April 5th, 2013 Bob
A NEW PEW POLL ON GLOBAL WARMING
A new poll from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press asked about global warming and its causes. A press release summarizes, “The survey … finds that 69% say there is solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has been getting warmer over the past few decades. That is little changed from last October (67%), but up 12 points since October 2009. At the same time, however, the percentage of Americans who say that global warming is a very serious problem has slipped six points, from 39% to 33%, since last October. Current opinions about whether global warming is a very serious problem are similar to those in 2009 and 2010.”
Asked, “From what you’ve read and heard, is there solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has been getting warmer over the past few decades, or not?” 69% of respondents said yes, 27% said no, 1% said that the evidence was mixed, and 4% said that they didn’t know or refused to answer the question. The Pew Research Center asked the same question at intervals from June 2006 onward; acceptance of global warming was at its highest in July 2006, with 79% of respondents answering that there is solid evidence for it, and at its lowest in February/March 2011, with 58% answering that there is solid evidence for it.
Of the 69% who said yes, 42% agreed that the warming was mostly because of human activity such as burning fossil fuels, 23% agreed that it was mostly because of natural patterns in the earth’s environment, and 4% said that they didn’t know or refused to answer the question. The Pew Research Center asked the same question at intervals from June 2006 onward; acceptance of the human cause of global warming was at its highest in July 2006, with 50% of respondents attributing global warming mostly to human activity, and at its lowest in October 2010, with 34% attributing global warming mostly to human activity.
Asked, “In your view, is global warming a very serious problem, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not a problem?” 33% of respondents said that it was very serious, 32% said that it is somewhat serious, 13% said that it not too serious, 20% said that it not a problem, and 2% said that they didn’t know or refused to answer the question. In past polls, the greatest percentage of respondents regarding global warming as a very serious problem was 47%, in April/May 2009, and the lowest percentage was 32%, in October 2010. A majority of respondents have always regarded global warming as somewhat or very serious.
The press release commented, “There has been a sizable partisan gap in views about whether there is solid evidence of global warming since the Pew Research Center began asking this question in 2006. In the current survey, almost twice as many Democrats (87%) as Republicans (44%) say there is solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has been rising. Further, Democrats are three times as likely as Republicans to say that human activity is mostly causing global warming (57% vs. 19%).” There was a similar gap with regard to the seriousness of global warming: 48% of Democrats regarded it as very serious but only 19% of Republicans agreed.
According to the Pew Research Center, “The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted March 13-17, 2013, among a national sample of 1,501 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (750 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 751 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 385 who had no landline telephone). The survey was conducted by Abt SRBI.” The sample was weighted using demographic considerations and to match current “current patterns of telephone status and relative usage of landline and cell phones.” The sample error for the total sample was +/ 2.9%.
For the press release, visit:
For the complete report and the topline questionnaire (PDF), visit:
And for NCSE’s collection of polls and surveys on climate change, visit:
POLLING REPUBLICANS ON CLIMATE CHANGE
A new report from the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication and the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication suggests that a slim majority of Republicans accept that climate change is happening. The researchers surveyed 726 adults who recently identified themselves as Republicans or Republican-leaning independent voters.
When presented with a definition of climate change as “the idea that the world’s average temperature has been increasing over the past 150 years, may be increasing more in the future, and that other aspects of the world’s climate may change as a result,” and asked “Do you think that climate change is happening,” 52% answered yes, 26% answered no, and 22% answered don’t know.
When asked “To what degree do you agree with the Republican Party’s position on the issue of climate change?” 9% of respondents strongly agreed, 25% moderately agreed, 34% neither agreed nor disagreed, 6% moderately disagreed, and 4% strongly agreed. The Republican party’s position on climate change was not specified in the poll question. The sample for the survey was drawn from adults who identified themselves as Republicans or Republican-leaning in previous Climate Change in the American Mind surveys. The average margin of sampling error was +/- 4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. Demographics were weighted with data from the most recent Current Population Survey.
For the report (PDF), visit:
And for NCSE’s collection of polls and surveys on climate change, visit:
WILL CLIMATE CHANGE DENIAL INHERIT THE WIND?
NCSE’s Josh Rosenau contributed “Will Climate Change Denial Inherit the Wind?” to Mobilizing Ideas, the blog of the Center for the Study of Social Movements at the University of Notre Dame. “The persistence of the creationist movement is a remarkable example of the power of social movements, and provides a valuable lesson for students of other anti-science movements,” he argued. After reviewing the strategies that have enabled creationism to flourish, he suggested, “A similar dynamic may be forming around the science of climate change as well, and social movement theory will play a key role in understanding that battle—and perhaps in sparing climate science from being doomed, like evolution, to be used as a shibboleth for political factions.” “Just as the creationist movement’s persistence grew out of its success in linking religious identity with creationist belief, there is a danger that climate change denial could establish itself as a permanent feature of American politics if denialist beliefs establish themselves as core parts of the conservative identity,” Rosenau observed, citing the shifts with regard to climate change of nationally prominent Republican politicians through the dozen years of the twenty-first century. But there are, he added, encouraging signs that “the climate change denial movement may not be able to fully merge with movement conservatism, averting the danger that climate change denial would join creationism as a permanent feature of the American sociopolitical landscape.”
For Rosenau’s essay, visit:
Thanks for reading. And don’t forget to visit NCSE’s website—http://ncse.com—where you can always find the latest news on evolution and climate education and threats to them.
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
March 29th, 2013 Bob
Registration Extended For BioQUEST
Looking for an exciting summer workshop? The BioQUEST Summer Workshop offers participants an opportunity to explore new tools, resources and pedagogies with peers and develop materials for the classroom. The 2013 summer workshop combines the best of the BioQUEST experience with an opportunity to attend the HHMI Quantitative Biology Conference.
The HHMI Quantitative Biology Conference offers a choice of ten working sessions from introductory statistics to gaming. Featured speakers include David Asai from HHMI, and Lou Gross from NIMBioS. BioQUEST participants will then have an opportunity to develop new materials for the classroom or to work on funding proposals using resources supporting quantitative reasoning, biological data, problem based approaches, and global STEM connections.
Ten Years After Using Data in the Classroom:
Problem Based Approaches with Data, Tools, Simulations, and Games
June 10-15, 2013
Emory University, Atlanta GA
Workshop Fees: The $475 fee covers registration, housing, and all meals during the workshop. On campus housing in a new dorm with individual rooms is provided for all participants from Sunday arrival through Saturday departure.
The deadline for application has been extended to April 12th. To apply, visit http://bioquest.org/bq2013-registration/.
Previous workshop participants have included biology, math, physics, and other STEM faculty, so bring a colleague!
Latest HHMI Holiday Lectures Available On DVD
Get ready to celebrate Earth Day with a new holiday lectures DVD from HHMI. Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future, HHMI’s 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science, featuring Andrew Knoll, Naomi Oreskes, and Daniel Schrag, discussing the history of life on Earth and present-day concerns about climate change, is now available for pre-order in the HHMI online catalog. Visit www.BioInteractive.org and click on the blue “Order” button to reserve your free DVD copy today. The lectures are also available by streaming, on-demand f rom the BioInteractive website.
Einstein Fellows Announced
The Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education has announced the 27 STEM educators who have been selected for the 2013-2014 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. Selected educators will serve in Washington, D.C. for 11 months beginning September 1, 2013 at sponsoring federal agencies which include the Department of Energy (DOE), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Einstein Fellows provide practical classroom insight in guiding education programs and policies, especially those related to STEM education.
Founded in 1990, the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educators with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Fellowships aim to increase understanding, communication, and cooperation between the legislative and executive branches of the government and the STEM education community.
The 2013-2014 Einstein Fellows were selected through a rigorous application and interview process from a competitive, nationwide pool of nearly 200 applicants. Of the 27 fellows in the 2013-2014 cohort, five are returning fellows invited to serve for a second year in their sponsoring agencies.
Congratulations to all of the 2013-2014 Fellows , and to NABT’s Kathy Hoppe, who will serve at the NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG).
Participants Sought For STEM Attitudes Study
Kimberly Howard, Ph.D. and Amy Wendt, Ph.D., current faculty members at the Boston University and University of Wisconsin – Madison are seeking your participation in a research study focusing on teachers’ attitudes and beliefs about science, technology, engineering, and math. If you currently teach in the elementary, middle, or high school level(s), you are eligible to participate in this study.
They are asking you to be a part of a study that examines the relationship between math and science learning and interest in math, science, and engineering careers. This project may help identify strategies for increasing middle school students’ engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic courses and activities. This study will take no longer than 20 minutes to complete and will be comprised of a self-report survey. Participation is completely voluntary and all responses will remain confidential.
You may ask questions about the study at any time. If you have questions about the study you may contact Kimberly Howard, Ph.D. at (617) 353-3378 or Amy Wendt, Ph.D. at (608) 262-8407. If you have questions about your rights as research participants you may contact the Education Research IRB at (608) 262-9710, email@example.com. Once again, your participation in this study is voluntary. If you do not want to be a part of or withdraw from the study it will not negatively affect you in any way.
If you wish to participate, please click on this link: http://tinyurl.com/UW-NATB
This research study has been approved by the University of Wisconsin – Madison Institutional Review Board. We appreciate your time and consideration. If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact the researchers.
2013 International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge
You and your students are invited to participate in the April/May 2013 International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC). This innovative program [part of the Inquiry-to-Insight (I2I) climate education project of Stanford University and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden] fosters communication among students across the globe and can spark visionary solutions to global environmental problems using an innovative social learning network.
In the ISCFC, secondary school students first measure the impact of their transportation, home energy, food, and personal purchase choices using our student-oriented carbon footprint calculator, with results calibrated for every country in the world. ISCFC teachers then share class data with classes around the globe and use the social learning network to engage students in meaningful and in-depth international conversations about carbon footprints and possible solutions to shared environmental problems.
As students scrutinize their own carbon production they look for ways to minimize their impact. All of the tools in the ISCFC are always free to access on the web.
You can try out the footprint calculator at http://footprint.stanford.edu/calculate.html
More information about the Einztein social learning network and the ISCFC discussions there can be found at the ISCFC website: http://footprint.stanford.edu.
The next session of the ISCFC will begin the week of April 29, and if this date coordinates well with your curriculum, we invite you to join the ISCFC, and ask you to please let organizers know no later than April 15 by filling out the online ISCFC participation form.
This is just a sample of the news and information available to members of the National Association of Biology Teachers. Develop your professional expertise and expand the opportunities for yourself and your students. Join today at NABT.org
March 14th, 2013 Bob
We are seeking applicants for our BioBlitz! Organizer in Training program. If you are interested in learning how to hold a BioBlitz! in your home town, neighborhood, school, or local park, please check out the information and application form posted on the BioBlitz! Oklahoma website.
If you participate, you receive a travel stipend and free lodging for the BioBlitz! weekend in October. You will also receive a travel stipend to the trainer workshop and a fun kit of BioBlitz! tools. Formal educators may earn up to 21 hours of professional development.
Application deadline is April 1st.
And don’t forget to mark your calendars for BioBlitz! 2013 on October 11-13 at Camp Simpson in south-central Oklahoma.
Enjoy the springy weather!
BioBlitz! is a project of the Oklahoma Biological Survey and the University of Oklahoma.
For more information contact the BioBlitz! Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-325-7658.
February 21st, 2013 Bob
NABT Conference Proposals Due March 15th
March 15th is quickly approaching and so is the deadline to submit proposals for the 2013 Professional Development Conference. We know you have some great ideas and strategies to share with your colleagues, and you know there is no better audience than at the NABT Conference. Over 150 biology and life science education sessions will be featured from November 20-23 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Will your session be among them?
Biology education is heading in some exciting directions, and the NABT Professional Development Committee is encouraging session proposals focused on the Next Generation Science Standards, the AP Biology course, and Vision & Change. The committee is also particularly interested in workshop sessions designed to help educators develop new and rework current assessments to reflect the implementation of these initiatives.
All proposals must be submitted online at http://www.nabt.org/submissions/nabt2013 by Friday, March 15th to be considered. Only regular sessions will be accepted at this site. All special workshop proposals are being accepted at 2013 Special Workshops.
Proposals will be reviewed by the NABT Professional Development Committee and acceptance confirmations will be emailed to primary presenters by April 30, 2013. Please contact NABT at email@example.com or (888) 501-NABT x105 with any questions related to the 2013 NABT Conference.
Help NABT Bring Biology Day To NSTA Area Conferences
NABT is proud to once again offer a full day of biology and life science sessions at the 2013 NSTA Area Conferences. Proposals are being accepted for NABT Biology Day and we invite you to submit online at http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=654.
NSTA Area Conferences will be held in:
• Portland, OR: October 24 – 26 (NABT Biology Day October 25th)
• Charlotte, NC: November 7 -9 (NABT Biology Day November 8th)
• Denver, CO: December 12 -14 (NABT Biology Day December 13th)
All presenters must register for the NSTA Area Conference they will be attending. Only proposals submitted directly to NABT will be considered for Biology Day.
NABT Biology Day proposals must be submitted by 5pm Eastern on February 25th to be considered. Please contact Jacki Reeves-Pepin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (888) 501-NABT x 102 with questions.
Regional Workshop Opportunity:
The Colorado Biology Teachers Association (CBTA), with help from Team Colorado of the AP Biology Leadership Academy, will host a full day workshop designed for middle and high school teachers. This event will be held on March 2nd at Broomfield High School in Broomfield, Colorado.
Program participants will explore strategies and techniques for helping students formulate questions, analyze data, evaluate evidence and write a scientific explanation. They will conduct lab investigations, and use an “explanation tool” and assessment rubrics to learn how to seamlessly scaffold these ideas into their instruction. Free resources will also be available!
The cost is $10 and anyone is welcome to attend. Light continental breakfast and lunch is included in the cost. CDE Recertification Certificate of Attendance will be provided, and 0.5 Adams State College Graduate Credit is available for an additional fee.
Space is limited and please visit CBTA/AP Bio Academy Workshop to register.
The NABT/BSCS AP Biology Leadership Academy is made possible with support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Pearson Foundation and Richard Petritz Foundation.
Nominations Now Open For PAEMST
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.
A number of NABT members have been recognized with this award. You know great teachers (including yourself), so please nominate them!
Recipients of the award receive the following:
- A certificate signed by the President of the United States.
- A paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.
- A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
In addition to recognizing outstanding teaching in mathematics or science (including computer science), the program provides teachers with an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation. This growing network of award-winning teachers serves as a vital resource for improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and keeping America globally competitive.
The 2013 Presidential Awards will honor mathematics and science teachers working in grades 7-12. Nominations can be made online at https://www.paemst.org/nomination/nominate until April 1, 2013.
HHMI Releases EarthViewer
What did Earth’s continents and oceans look like 250 million years ago, or 1 billion years ago? Can we say anything about Earth’s climate as far back as our planet’s origin? Now your fingertips can scroll through Earth history for the last 4.5 billion years!
The HHMI EarthViewer App is like a time machine for exploring the deep history of planet Earth. And because it’s from HHMI, you know this tool is based on the latest scientific research.
Follow a favorite location, be it Greenland, New York City, or your school, as it makes an incredible journey throughout Earth’s history. Layer views of shifting continents with data such as atmospheric composition, temperature, biodiversity, day length, and solar luminosity.
- Data and continental reconstructions dating back billions of years
- Climate and carbon dioxide data for the last 100 years
- The ability to manipulate the globe and zoom to any location
- Track the location of modern cities back over 500 million years
- In depth features on major geological and biological events in Earth history
- Clickable details on geologic eons, eras, and periods
- Automated play modes
- An extensive reference list
- Suggestions for classroom use
- Tutorial videos
EarthViewer is available a free download from the Apple App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/jo/app/earthviewer/id590208430
Eric Lander Offers Free Intro Bio Course On edX
Eric Lander, one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project, is hosting an introductory biology course on edX, the not-for-profit online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 7.00x – The Secret of Life will let you explore the mysteries of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, recombinant DNA technology and genomics, and rational medicine.
Although this course has been designed exclusively for edX, the course content reflects the topics Lander has taught in the MIT introductory biology courses for many years. Students will complete this course in 12 weeks. At the center of each week is a series of lecture sequences that are supported by interactive video tutorials and interspersed exercises or problems. Additionally, students will work on a homework assignment or exam each week. The course will conclude with a comprehensive final exam.
The course is not just for the traditional students, but also educators and scientists who work in the biomedical/health care professions who need a refresher on the most cutting edge biology and genetics. The only prerequisite is a desire to learn.
Enrollment for this free edX course is available at https://www.edx.org/courses/MITx/7.00x/2013_Spring/about. The course starts on March 5th.
2013 CHANCE Panama Program Now Open
Work side-by-side Smithsonian Researchers in the Tropical Ecosystems of Panama and help save endangered sea turtles! The 2013 CHANCE program consists of two courses, Global Climate Change: Sustainability of Select Tropical and Aquatic Ecosystems (online, March 21 – May 31, 2013) and A Field Course in Panama (June 28 – July 14, 2013), which work together to promote environmental literacy on the topics of biodiversity, sustainability, and global climate change.
Through online instruction during part the spring semester, all participants will engage in learning opportunities and lessons which will enhance their knowledge in the biodiversity of the ecosystems to be explored (jungles, mangroves, sea grasses, and coral reefs), the science behind global climate change, historic events that surround the Panama canal and the creation of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), and the indigenous people of Panama. The field practicum will provide real-world research and conservation experiences (lasting two and one-half weeks) at STRI research facilities, which focus on the effects of global climate change on ecosystem biodiversity and dynamics. A highlight of this trip will be working with nesting leatherback and green sea turtles so as to help sustain these endangered animals.
Teachers seeking graduate credits or CEU hours or simply an enriching professional development field program without paying tuition credits (only program costs are due), please apply!
For more information contact Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin at email@example.com and visit the 2013 CHANCE Panama website at http://www.chance.psu.edu/fieldcourses/panama2013/index.html.
NABT is a proud sponsor of the CHANCE Program.
Teachers Invited To Bay Institute In Rhode Island
Save The Bay’s Bay Institute For Experiential Learning brings together formal and informal educators from around the country for four days of innovative professional development programming set in one of the nation’s most distinct and rich environments. Join leading ocean scientists and educators for a curriculum focused on human history and ecological change that combines exciting on-the-water and shoreline field experiences with traditional coursework to enhance participants’ content knowledge in marine studies, climate science, environmental sustainability, and related disciplines. Participants explore the Narragansett Bay watershed and learn about ongoing advocacy efforts – all while gaining valuable insight into their own local ecosystems.
The Bay Institute will be held from Tuesday, June 25th to Friday, June 28th at Save The Bay “Green” Center at Fields Point in Providence, Rhode Island This year’s theme is “Human History and Ecological Change: How has human history influenced the natural history of your place? How to make sustainable decisions that lead to a healthier future.”
The registration price is $500 and includes a “Welcome dinner” on Monday June 24th, bagged lunches on all four days of workshop, “Finale dinner” on Thursday, June 27, 2013 and pick-up and drop-off by boat from the hotel. Space is very limited, so register soon.
Visit http://www.savebay.org/bayinstitute for more information and complete registration instructions.
The Sun-Earth Days webcast is a month away and we have added some new ways to participate.
The live webcast for Sun-Earth Day 2013 from Wallops is scheduled for Friday, March 22 at 1 pm; follow the updates on the rotating banner on the home page: http://sunearthday.nasa.gov
Get Involved: Two Flickr Groups have been added: one for AA certificate Challenge and general image uploads, and another for the Anime Contest
Celebrate Sun-Earth Days: Solar Max, Storm Warning
Annual Equinox Celebration: March 22, 2013
“Sun-Earth Day is comprised of a series of programs and events that occur throughout the year culminating with a celebration on or near the Spring Equinox. Each year we wrap a fresh new thematic approach around Sun-Earth science while highlighting Heliophysics scientists, their missions, and research.”
This year’s theme is ‘Solar Max – Storm Warning!’ We will prepare you to explore the violent nature of our Sun at the peak of solar activity and share discoveries that come from NASA’s heliophysics missions during this exciting period.
This website will continue to be populated with the latest information about our upcoming programs, background resources, and sample activities. Be sure to join our social media network for the latest information and images
Other celestial events to observe will include:
- 1/3 – 1/4: Quadrantids Meteor Shower.
- 3/20: March Equinox
- 4/21 – 4/22: Lyrids Meteor Shower.
- 4/25: Partial Lunar Eclipse.
- 4/28: Saturn at Opposition.
- 5/5 – 5/6: Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower.
- 5/10: Annular Solar Eclipse.
- 5/25: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse.
- 5/28: Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter.
- View more upcoming events!
Sun-Earth Days Resources:
In collaboration with partners that include science centers and museums around the world, Heliophysics missions, NASA Edge, NASA Educator Resource Centers, professional Societies, Amateur Astronomers and others, we produce webcasts, other multi-media, and print resources for use by school and informal educators nation-wide and internationally. We provide training and professional development to K-12 educators, museum personnel, amateur astronomers, Girl Scout leaders, etc., so they can implement their own outreach programs taking advantage of our resources. A coordinated approach promotes multiple programs occurring each year under a common theme.
This year we will answer the following questions:
Solar Max effects on all technology and humans
- What would happen if there was another super storm?
- What happens on other planets?
- How much advance warning is there for a storm from the sun?
- What would happen on the Moon/Mars?
- What can we learn from the Aurora?
- Where can aurora be seen?-Other planets?
February 11th, 2013 Bob
Explore Costa Rica’s abundant biodiversity on this 9-day expedition into the rainforest. Observe tropical flora and fauna, discover the active history of Arenal Volcano, and experience the Cloud Forest of Monteverde. Specifically designed for teachers, this program offers interactive learning opportunities that will benefit participants as well as the local economy and social system. Working in partnership with the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center, gain firsthand understanding of the importance of tropical ecosystems and the conservation efforts underway to protect them.
• Walk on air amongst the flora and fauna of the rainforest canopy on the hanging bridges.
• Explore Arenal Volcano National Park and investigate various volcanic structures while discussing regional geologic research.
• Practice identifying tropical plants with local experts.
• Step into cloud forest stream water to practice water-quality testing.
• Explore the majestic rainforests of Selva Verde Lodge and Rainforest Reserve.
• Visit a working pineapple plantation and learn about the ecological effects of commercial crop production.
• Compare and contrast the environmental features of the U.S. and Costa Rica.
• Learn about sustainable coffee production on a tour of an estate coffee plantation.
• Experience the thrill of white water rafting on the Rio Sarapiquí or a soar through the forest canopy on a zip line.
• Contribute to the local community by planting trees in a local reforestation project.
• Explore the mist-shrouded realm of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, and visit Monteverde Institute, known for place based experiential learning in education.
• Meet, socialize, and exchange classroom ideas with other educators.
• Visit the Monteverde Friends School and learn about their mission.
www.holbrooktravel.com | 800-451-7111
JUNE 22 – SAN JOSÉ
Upon arrival at the airport in San José you will be met and taken to your hotel. Orientation to the program is followed by a welcome dinner at El Rodeo’s Western Steakhouse. Overnight at El Rodeo Country Inn. (D)
JUNE 23 – CHILAMATE
This morning, visit the National Museum for an introduction to the history of Costa Rica. Later travel to Selva Verde Lodge and Rainforest Reserve, situated in the lush lowlands of north central Costa Rica on a large private tract of primary and secondary tropical rainforest. During your stay in Chilamate, learn the fascinating principles for protecting the intricate balance of nature in the world’s rapidly diminishing rainforest. The lodge is located on a 500-acre private reserve next to the Rio Sarapiquí and was established in 1985 to conserve the primary forest located within the reserve. Upon arrival at Selva Verde gather for an orientation designed to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of rainforest ecosystems followed by a guided hike through the reserve. During the hike learn about the unique ecosystem of the rainforest and its exotic flora and fauna. Return to the lodge for a delicious meal featuring local cuisine. This evening participate in a bat mist netting presentation at Tirimbina Biological Reserve. Overnight at Selva Verde Lodge and Rainforest Reserve. (BLD)
JUNE 24 – CHILAMATE
After an early morning breakfast make your way to the Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center located adjacent to the lodge to receive an introduction to the current community work underway. Next, participate in a reforestation project with the SCLC. This afternoon choose between an exciting whitewater rafting or rainforest canopy zipline activity. Overnight at Selva Verde Lodge and Rainforest Reserve. (BLD)
JUNE 25 – ARENAL
This morning after breakfast visit a pineapple plantation to learn about the process of growing pineapples in Costa Rica and the effects of this practice on the local ecosystem. In the afternoon you will travel to Arenal. Later, visit Arenal Hanging Bridges where you will walk along the trails in the forest canopy. In the evening you will have free time to enjoy Arenal Paraiso’s private hot mineral springs. Overnight at Arenal Paraiso. (BLD)
JUNE 26 – ARENAL
This morning embark on a guided hike near the base of Arenal Volcano. Continuously active since 1968, Arenal is young as volcanoes go; it is only about 4,000 years old. Your hike along the base begins on the active side of the volcano and takes you through forest, over lava flows, and finally to the destroyed areas now in the process of regeneration. This is the safest, closest place to view this active volcano. After dinner you will attend a volcanology lecture with a local volcanologist. Overnight at Arenal Paraiso. (BLD)
JUNE 27 – MONTEVERDE
This morning you will travel by boat across Lake Arenal and then continue by road up to the cloud forest of Monteverde. Upon arrival meet with Monteverde Institute Program Director Justin Welch and work on the water resources program at Monteverde Institute (MVI) including taking water samples and looking at microorganisms in the stream. Monteverde’s consistently cool and wet environment receives more than three meters of rain annually and is home to an astounding variety of flora and fauna. Over 2,500 plant species alone have been identified, including 300 individual orchid species and over 200 species of ferns. Overnight at DeLucia Inn. (BLD)
JUNE 28 – MONTEVERDE
Spend the morning at the MVI finishing up projects. In the afternoon visit the hummingbird gallery and Monteverde Friends School and then visit the Children’s forest with Willow Zuchowski, author of Plants of Costa Rica. Overnight at DeLucia Inn. (BLD)
JUNE 29 – ALAJUELA
This morning will be at leisure before departing for San Jose. Enjoy a tour of the Doka Estate Coffee plantation with lunch en route. If time permits visit the Senor y Senora Ese factory. In the evening you will enjoy farewell dinner. Overnight at Buena Vista. (BLD)
JUNE 30 – FAREWELL!
$1,997 (minimum 10 participants)
Cost does not include international airfare.
Gratuities are included.
THE FINE PRINT
Cost is based on a group size of 10 participants in double occupancy. Program may incur unforeseen fuel surcharges. A $200 per person deposit and enrollment form is due upon booking and no later than February 15, 2012. This deposit is refundable until 95 days prior to departure excluding a $100 cancellation fee. Final payments are due no later than March 12, 2012. Cancellations received less than 95 days prior to departure are not refundable. Travel/trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended. For more information call Travel Insured at 800-243-3174. Holbrook Travel’s agency number is 15849.
Costa Rica requires that passports be valid for 3 months after intended departure date. Please check to ensure that your passport expiration date is within the allowable time frame.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Contact Kathryn Elkins at 918-857-8732
January 23rd, 2013 Bob
Last year, over 12,000 students learned about sun safety and UV radiation by submitting posters to the SunWise with SHADE poster contest. We are looking forward to another great contest this year and invite your students to participate for the chance to win a shade structure for their school and a family trip to Disney World. Poster submissions are due April 1, 2013.
The contest is organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SunWise program and the SHADE Foundation of America to teach children about the science of UV radiation and sun safety. Please join us in spreading the word about this contest and raising awareness of the importance of sun safety. More information is available atwww.shadefoundation.org/poster-contest.php.
Please feel free to contact me anytime regarding the poster contest or the SunWise program. Thank you in advance for your efforts to educate children about UV radiation and skin cancer prevention.
MPHASPH Public Health FellowSunWise Program,
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
SunWise is a national environmental and health education program that teaches children and their caregivers how to be safe in the sun through the use of classroom, school, and community components. Over 31,000 schools and 5,700 community partners have joined the program since its launch in May 2000. For more information, please visitwww.epa.gov/sunwise.
January 11th, 2013 Bob
NEON Citizen Science Academy – www.citizenscienceacademy.org
Would you like your students to become Citizen Scientists and learn about phenology and climate issues?
Learn how with NEON’s Citizen Science Academy.
The NEON Citizen Science Academy offers courses for K-12 Formal and Informal educators wanting to incorporate citizen science into their educational programs.
“Intro to Project BudBurst for Educators” provides an overview to support implementation of Project BudBurst in a variety of educational venues.
“How to use Project BudBurst Data in the Classroom” is the follow-up course in which educators learn how to use the new National Geographic Field Scope tools to visualize and analyze Project BudBurst data through a user-friendly, web-based interface.
For those interested in teacher re-certification, all of our courses can be taken for 2 optional, graduate level continuing education credits from Colorado School of Mines.
Registration is Open NOW for the two Winter & Spring Sessions. Each course is limited to 50 participants.
January 29 – February 27
* Introduction to Project BudBurst for Educators
* How to use Project BudBurst Data in the Classroom (Learn about the new National Geographic FieldScope data visualization tools!)
March 26 – April 24
* Introduction to Project BudBurst for Educators
* How to use Project BudBurst Data in the Classroom
Questions? Email: CSAregistrar@neoninc.org
Register at www.citizenscienceacademy.org
January 7th, 2013 Bob
January 2nd, 2013 Bob
Time for the annual ODWC Winter Bird Feeder Survey.
For 23 years, Oklahomans have participated in this “Citizen Science” program to supply state biologists with data on the status of those birds that frequent feeders. This year’s survey takes place January 3-6.
The Department’s OK Winter Birds site contains the on-line survey submission as well as bird identification tips and links to several birding-related sites.
Submit your data to the OK Winter Birds site: http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/OKWinterBirds/index.html
October 22nd, 2012 Bob
The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is currently accepting applications for the 2012 Environmental License Tag Grant. You must be an Oklahoma teacher (Pre K-12), school environmental club, youth group leader, and/or organization with a youth component to apply for the grant.
Grants are available from $100-$1000. Examples of activities previously funded include Edible Gardens, Outdoor Classroom Revitalization or Enhancement, Environmental Education Projects, Recycling, Composting, and Green Schools.
The deadline is December 1, 2012.
For questions or more information, you may contact Sara Ivey at (405) 702-7122 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Programs and Services Coordinator
Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1677
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73101