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 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
October 1st, 2012 Bob
Are you looking for a fun and creative way to increase school recycling participation in your community? Keep America Beautiful’s, second annual, “Recycle-Bowl,” is a comprehensive nationwide recycling competition for elementary, middle and high school students.
Open to all schools, the incentive-based recycling competition kicks off again this October and registration is now open on the Recycle-Bowl website at http://recycle-bowl.org. The competition runs from October 15 through November 9, culminating around America Recycles Day. Participating schools will track and report how much recyclable material they collect for a chance to win prizes.
At the close of the four-week competition, the school in each state that collects the most recyclable material per capita will win $1,000. A national champion will then be chosen from the top statewide winners to receive an additional $1,000 and a $2,500 store credit to purchase more recycling bins. Schools that collect material from the community will compete in a separate category for first-, second- and third- place cash prizes.
In its inaugural year, more than 1,200 schools around the country, representing more than 500,000 students, participated in the competition. 67% of schools saw an increase in the amount of materials their school recycled during the competition.
From the Recycle-Bowl homepage (http://recycle-bowl.org/2012-map/) you can see who else is competing in your state. Help reach the goal of having 1500 schools participate in 2012 by registering before October 9th.
September 24th, 2012 Bob
This week: (1) Updates on Oklahoma Science Assessments (2) Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers (3) Grant for Teachers (4) Student Opportunities
Greetings Science Educators!
I have received many questions of late about the scientific and engineering practices associated with the Next Generation Science Standards. The scientific and engineering practices were developed to clarify the meaning and application of “Inquiry in the Classroom.”
NSTA is presenting a series of free web seminars explaining the practices and the practical use of them in the classroom. The first web seminar was held on September 11th on “Asking Questions and Defining Problems.”
“Asking Questions and Defining Problems” is a practice that supports Common Core Literacy Standards for Science.
Questioning occurs throughout scientific investigations and drive science. Scientists ask:
· What exists and what happens?
· Why does it happen?
· How does one know?
· How does one communicate phenomena, evidence and explanations?
The webinar provides information pertaining to the practice of Asking Question and Defining Problems (at time point 35:40) and examples of questioning in classroom practice (at time point 44:18 in the web seminar).
You can access the web seminar via the following link: NSTA Webinars on Scientific and Engineering Practices
One of the classroom examples provided in the web seminar focuses on the following lesson outline:
· Start with a driving question: “What is going on inside our bodies that helps us get energy to do the things we do?
- Driving question should be linked to students’ past experiences so…
- students can generate their own questions from the driving question
Are there different types of energy?
- Let the driving question drive the investigation and the activities developed for student exploration of the question.
- During the investigation secondary questions will arise that will continue to drive the investigation or lead to a secondary investigation
- Informational text can be brought in for students to analyze as a means to answer secondary questions that arise from their investigations.
- The investigation as well as any informational text brought in should lead to an explanation for the driving question
The web seminar further explores the application of “Asking Questions and Defining Problems” in a science classroom through additional examples and research. I believe many of you will find that you utilize this structure in your classroom already. However, I hope you will find the information valuable as you begin to explore this practice further.
1. Science Assessment Memo: Latest Updates on Oklahoma Science Assessments
· Please see the Attached memo regarding the most recent information pertaining to science assessments School Year 2012-2013
2. Free Earth Science Workshop for Educators: More! Rock in Your Head
· October 16th, 2012, OKC, OK
· The application and details can be accessed via: Rock in Your Head
3. Project Learning Tree & Project Wet-Claremore OK
· See attached flyer
4. Monarch Migration and Butterfly Festival
· See attached flyer
5. Environmental License Tag Grant:
6. Application for 2013 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing
- The award honors young women who are active and interested in computing and technology
- The application and details can be accessed via: NCWIT Award
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.
Have a great day!
September 14th, 2012 Bob
The 2012 HHMI Holiday Lectures will be webcast live on November 15th and 16th. Andrew H. Knoll of Harvard University, Naomi Oreskes of the University of California, San Diego, and Daniel P. Schrag of Harvard University will guide you on an exciting exploration of the history of life on Earth and discuss present-day concerns about climate change. Click here to register for the webcast and receive a free classroom poster. If you are interested in information about hosting a live webcast event at your school, museum, or other organization, send an email email@example.com.
September 11th, 2012 Bob
BioBlitz! 2012 Top 20
About BioBlitz! 2012
Important Registration Information
Directions to Base Camp
Schedule of Activities
What should I bring to BioBlitz!?
The BioBlitz! inventory will begin at 4:00 p.m. Friday October 5th and end at 4:00 p.m. Saturday October 6th – but the fun doesn’t end there! Plan to stay another night and enjoy the park after the biodiversity rush!
Just west of Clinton, OK, Foss Reservoir is one of the largest lakes in western Oklahoma, at 8,800 surface acres. Construction began in 1958 with the building of a 18,130 foot long earthen dam and the lake began to fill in 1961. The state park is 1,749 acres of recreation area that includes picnic areas, campgrounds, boat docks, and fishing piers. The Washita NWR lies on the upper end of Foss Reservoir and provides a feeding a resting area for migrating and wintering waterfowl and sandhill cranes. Established in 1961, the Washita NWR consists of 8,075 acres of gently rolling hills, deep ravines, water, and bottomlands laced with creeks. This variety of habitats is home to a diverse flora and fauna.
Access to most of these habitats is made easy by a series of trails in both the state park and refuge. See the park and refuge websites for details.
IMPORTANT Registration Information
Please read carefully the following information before registering:
Online registration will open in spring 2012. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list to receive updates.
Cost will be $7 for students, $12 for non-students. The increase in registration price is to help off-set the cost of event tent, table, and chair rental.
In appreciation of the dedication and hard work of our volunteer expert biologists, we will be waiving the registration fee for all taxa team leaders and activity leaders. If you fall into this category – don’t register (you will be contacted by BioBlitz! staff).
- 2 nights tent camping in designated area at Foss State Park (full bathrooms with coin operated showers available)
- Event t-shirt
- Friday night camp snacks
- Saturday morning early, light breakfast
- full schedule of activities during the inventory
- 24 hours of BioDiversity!
There will be NO MEAL provided on Friday night. The facilities at the park make it difficult for us to provide a full meal to a large group, but we will have snacks on Friday evening. The park is 14 miles from downtown Clinton, which as has a variety of restaurants and stores.
T-shirts are guaranteed to those who register two weeks before the event date (October 5). Registration will close one week before the event.
There will be NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION. All registration must be done prior to arriving at BioBlitz!
Everyone must register individually – except children under school age (they may attend for free).
No registration fees will be refunded. If you are unable to attend the event, or if the event is cancelled, your registration fee will be considered a donation to future BioBlitz! activities.
BioBlitz! may be cancelled in the case of extremely, severe weather. The event will be held in the event of rain. If cancelled, we will make every effort to reschedule the event.
If you register, but do not attend, you will not be guaranteed an event t-shirt.
Directions to BioBlitz! 2012
Base Camp will be at Foss State Park. The tentative location is the Cedar Point Area in the south-east corner of the park
From I-40 West, take exit 41, Hwy 34 toward Woodward. Follow Hwy 34 North for 9 miles. Turn east onto OkHwy 73, travel approximately 12.5 miles. Turn north to enter park and follow signs to Base Camp.
From I-40 East, exit at Clinton. Follow OkHwy 73 west out of town. Travel approximately 14 miles on OkHwy 73. When you reach the park, follow signs to Base Camp.
GPS Coordinates: 35.539137° -99.193859°
What should I bring to BioBlitz!?
While we can’t list all things you might need, here is a list of suggested items that you might want while attending BioBlitz!
Remember you are responsible for your own camping and personal equipment.
Camping equipment, including:
- tent and bedding
- camp chair
- flashlight or headlamp
Food and bottles for water (only the light Saturday breakfast is provided). Water will be available at Base Camp to fill your bottles.
Clothing and personal items, including
- Sturdy shoes
- Long pants
- Towel and toiletries (coin operated hot showers are available)
- Mug, water bottle, cup
- Insect repellent
Equipment to observe, collect, and identify organisms, including:
- Handlens or magnifying glass
- Identification guides and taxonomic keys
- Nets for terrestrial and aquatic organisms
- Notebook, clipboard and paper, and writing utensils
And, of course, bring your enthusiasm for learning more about Oklahoma’s biodiversity!
Schedule of Activities
Download a copy of the detailed schedule as a PDF
General Tentative Schedule
- Bird walk
- Basics of insect collecting
- Get to know the common plants
- Setting mammal traps and track stations
- Night time insect collecting
- Friday night treats
- Family Night Hike
- Butterfly slide show
- Light and early breakfast
- Check mammal traps and track stations
- Bird walks
- Biogeography Tour
- Ethnobotany walk
- Insect collecting
- Dragonfly walk
- Hunting for Herps
- Slither and Hiss program
- Butterfly walk
- Fish seining
- Nature and Eco Crafts
- Jr. Biologist activity
Celebration of BioBlitz! Oklahoma
- Inventory Announcements
Showing and chat with the producer of “Where Did the Horny Toads Go?”
Taxa Checklists (download as PDFs)
Lists represent species that have been previously found in the in area or statewide.
During BioBlitz! you will not find all these species and you may find ones to add to this list.
◦ Mammals (statewide list with additional information)
Top 20 – list of twenty species you can learn more about that you might see at BioBlitz! 2012
August 21st, 2012 Bob
Announcing 2012-2013 School Sustainability Grants Program
As teachers and administrators, have you ever looked around your school and thought, “Wow! Opportunity missed!” when considering what students could be learning about sustainability from your school’s facility? Here is your chance to engage students in making their school a more sustainable one!
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) is now accepting proposals for their 2012-2013 School Sustainability Grants program. These grants are designed to encourage student learning via sustainability initiatives in EPA Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) K-12 schools. Proposals to be considered are those within a specific school campus that will engage students and result in a more sustainable facility. Project funds are provided via a grant from the EPA Office of Environmental Education Sub-Grants Program to the LEEC, which is under the direction of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
School administrators or fulltime classroom teachers affiliated with accredited public or non-public schools (K-12) in EPA Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) are eligible to apply on behalf of their school.
- Grant awards are not to exceed $5000.
- The grant application deadline is October 1, 2012.
- Applications will be accepted via electronic submission only.
- All applications will undergo an anonymous and competitive grant review process.
- Go to Application Guidelines for guidelines and additional information.
- Register in the LEEC Registration System at Registration Form. You will then be assigned a username and password.
- Once you have received your username and password, you will be able to access the proposal form.
Questions are to be directed to Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, at email@example.com.