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  • 25 Sep 2019 11:20 AM | Ann Drake (Administrator)

    Recycling in the Classroom: This year the No Waste Lunch at Cox Arboretum has become very popular, and you can recycle even more through a great organization called Terracycle. Think about all the juice pouches your students go through in a week, or chip bags, or granola bar wrappers... you can recycle those, even if it isn't through your regular waste stream. Check out all their brigades on their website.

  • 25 Sep 2019 11:19 AM | Ann Drake (Administrator)

    Symbolic Monarch Migration: This fall join 60,000 students across the globe to create symbolic monarch butterflies and send them to Mexico. Children who live beside the monarchs' winter sanctuaries in Mexico protect the paper butterflies and return them in the spring. Through the Symbolic Migration, children are united by the monarch butterfly and celebrate its spectacular migration. They learn authentic lessons of conservation and international cooperation. The symbolic butterflies' fall flight is timed to correspond with the real monarchs' journey south. As the eastern population of North American monarchs are arriving in Mexico for the winter, students from the sanctuary region receive their symbolic butterflies. Sometime in March when the real monarchs' departure from Mexico is announced, the paper butterflies return north carrying special messages from the students in Mexico. Learn more on their website.

  • 25 Sep 2019 11:19 AM | Ann Drake (Administrator)

    Citizen science is a way for everyone to contribute in a meaningful way to "professional scientists." It's a great way for students to realize they can make a difference and contribute to the scientific community!

    Backyard Bark Beetles: Backyard Bark Beetles is a citizen science initiative aimed at producing and maintaining a large-scale, long-term bark beetle monitoring program. Our trapping activity is easy, fun, effective, and utilizes items found in the everyday household (2L bottle, hand sanitizer, etc.).
    This activity is especially useful as a hands-on activity to complement in-school lessons focused on topics like native/invasive species, forest health, environmental stewardship, etc. and has been used in courses spanning multiple disciplines (e.g., environmental science, entomology, ecology, etc.). Students will create a bark beetle trap, collect beetles for 3 days, and mail the beetles to scientists. Your beetleswill be identified and promptly added to the interactive map, which can be found at bottom of the project's homepage ( Get your classroom involved by checking out their website.

  • 25 Sep 2019 11:18 AM | Ann Drake (Administrator)

    Outdoor Classroom Day: Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On Nov. 7, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritize playtime. In 2018, over 3.5 million children in over 100 countries took part.  If you're new to outdoor learning, why not use Outdoor Classroom Day to try it out? If you already get outdoors regularly, use the day to celebrate what you're doing and inspire other teachers around the world to join in. There is plenty of time to get organized now, so get your fellow teachers together and brainstorm how you'll send Outdoor Classroom Day! Check it out and add your school to the map.

  • 25 Sep 2019 11:17 AM | Ann Drake (Administrator)

    Envirothon 2020: Is your high school part of Ohio's Envirothon Competition? If not, you're missing out! The Envirothon is an environmental high school competition designed to stimulate, reinforce and enhance interest in the environment and natural resources among high school students. Students are tested on their knowledge of soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology and current environmental issues. In addition, the Envirothon encourages cooperative decision-making and team building. While each student on a team is challenged to contribute his or her personal best, the score that counts at the end of the competition is the team score. A team consists of five students, all from the same high school. An adult advisor (or advisors) must accompany the team, but is not permitted to assist during the competition. Check out the website for more information for our region (Area 4) and get your team registered today!

  • 25 Sep 2019 11:16 AM | Ann Drake (Administrator)

    "101 Alternatives to the Chalkboard" 45th Annual Educators' Conference: Saturday, October 12, 2019 8:30am-6pm (with the option of staying Friday and/or Saturday night). At YMCA Camp Kern 5291 St Rt 350 Oregonia, Ohio 45054 (32 miles northeast of Cincinnati). Cost: $30, includes all sessions, programs, meals, and overnight accommodations (Scholarships and discounts available!). The "101" Conference is THE weekend outdoor education experience designed to inspire teachers and outdoor educators with creative ways to provide exciting learning experiences. Enjoy meaningful large and small group sessions, excellent company, and fine eating. To register or for more information, see the flyer.

  • 10 Jul 2019 12:30 PM | Ann Drake (Administrator)

    Ohio Energy Project

    Relevant, informative, fun — that's energy education from the Ohio Energy Project. Created by teachers for teachers, OEP has been energizing classrooms with hands-on, interactive learning tools and programs since 1984. Are you a little uncomfortable teaching electricity, thermal energy, circuits, light, sound, or do you lack materials to teach about energy? Attend one of many Ohio Energy Project professional development workshops to help with all of those things! Check it out and find grade specific workshops on their website.

  • 10 Jul 2019 12:28 PM | Ann Drake (Administrator)

    HHMI Biointeractive

    HHMI BioInteractive brings the power of real science stories into tens of thousands of high school and undergraduate life science classrooms. Our stories anchor a variety of classroom resources based on peer-reviewed science. From data-rich activities and case studies to high-quality videos and interactive media, our resources are designed to connect students to big ideas in biology, promote engagement with science practices, and instill awe and wonder about the living world. And now that they've redone their website, you can create an account and use it to save resources you like and find connected content really quickly! Check it out on their website.

  • 10 Jul 2019 12:27 PM | Ann Drake (Administrator)

    Citizen science is a way for everyone to contribute in a meaningful way to "professional scientists." It's a great way for students to realize they can make a difference and contribute to the scientific community!

    Midwest Invasive Species Information Network

    The Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) is a regional data aggregation effort to develop and provide an early detection and rapid response (EDRR) resource for invasive species in the Midwest region of the United States.This effort is led by researchers with the Michigan State University Department of Entomology Laboratory for Applied Spatial Ecology and Technical Services in conjunction with a growing consortium of supporting partners.

    The goal of this regional resource is to assist both experts and citizen scientists in the detection and identification of invasive species. Data collected will allow for the development and implementation of effective control strategies in the region. There is even an app you can use with tablets or smartphones so you can easily snap photos and get precise locations of the invasive species you see. Get your classroom involved by checking out their website.

  • 10 Jul 2019 12:26 PM | Ann Drake (Administrator)

    NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project

    NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project (PSEP) provides formal and informal educators working with elementary through college aged students the knowledge and resources to build scientifically-literate individuals and communities who are prepared to respond to environmental challenges monitored by NOAA. The Education Community is open to anyone. Participants are invited to attend monthly webinars, book club discussions, and face-to-face workshops at locations across the country. Workshops have focused on citizen science, STEM, community resilience, climate science, and a range of environmental education topics. Education Community members receive free educational materials/resources and links to special professional development opportunities. Check it on their website.

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