Happy spring! The weather is warming and wildflowers are popping up all over the state – it’s the perfect time of year to get your students outdoors and exploring their local environment. Also don’t forget that April is Earth Month! April 22 is Earth Day, a nationwide celebration of the modern environmental movement, as well as the beginning of National Environmental Education Week. Learn more about EE Week, including resources for teaching.
EEI Program Updates
New NGSS Performance Expectation Spreadsheet Available
Check out this convenient new EEI/NGSS correlation spreadsheet! Now you can search for EEI Curriculum content to support NGSS Performance Expectations (PE’s). Read more.
Join Our New Facebook Group!
Connect and collaborate with your fellow EEI educators. This online group is a place for you to network, ask questions, share resources and get the inspiration to help you with your #EnviroLiteracy journey. Join today!
New Current Context Articles Available from the CA History-Social Science Project
These articles are part of the Current Context series which focuses on current events and the environment. All articles list suggested EEI Curriculum units to use with these topics. Place current events into their historical contexts with these free teaching resources from the California History-Social Science Project: People and Predators: Managing Land Use Conflict in the American West, A Time to Drill? An Analysis of Offshore Drilling and Cape Town: Water Scarcity in a Warming World.
New EEI Blog Articles
The Case of the San Joaquin Kit Fox: Connecting Classroom Science with the Real World
EEI In Action: Teaching With Animals
Upcoming EEI Curriculum Training Opportunities
- April 14 • Chico
Chico Creek Nature Center
- April 19 • Fresno
Fresno State University
- April 21 • Los Angeles
La Brea Tar Pits
- April 25 – 26 • Salinas
Monterey County Office of Education
Award, Grant & Contest Opportunities
The U.S. EPA is seeking grant proposals to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible action to protect the environment.
Award Amount: $50,000-$100,000. Total of 30-35 grants nationwide.
Deadline: April 11, 2018
The Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) Water Awareness Poster Contest is an annual contest presented each spring. All Orange County students in grades Kindergarten through 12 are invited to participate. The goal of the Contest is to get students thinking about our most precious natural resource – water – and how access to clean, fresh drinking water improves our daily lives.
Prize: One IPad awarded per grade division: k-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Deadline: April 14, 2018
Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment. To be eligible, applicants must have attended a PLT workshop, either in-person or online.
Prize: Up to $1,000
Deadline: September 30, 2018