Blog for K-12 EE

Two people kneeling on a sandy dune, planting dune grass
RiSC Dune Grass Planting. Photo credit: Teri Brennan
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Youth-led action and nature-based solutions for climate mitigation are the focus of two programs at the National Wildlife Federation. Read how fieldwork and research are powering the students' next steps.

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Parley for the Oceans is an organization that focuses on attacking the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans. In 2019 we started the environmental education project, “Fighting Marine and Coastal Plastic Pollution.” This project empowered students to gather information about the types of plastics that are being used in Cancún households, raise awareness about reducing plastic consumption and pollution, and measure the behavioral changes that this program activated across 103 households.

A group of students build black mesh cages in an indoor room.
Hayden Mock (right), a student in OysterCorps, building aquaculture cages under the guidance of Todd Bracken from Rattlesnake Cove Oyster Company (left). Photo credit: Anita Grove
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Florida students participating in award-winning OysterCorps gain aquaculture literacy and career confidence as they learn about the cultural and environmental importance of oysters in their own backyard.

ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary middle school 21CCLC students pause at a sandbar on a kayak trip to test for pollutants at the Bogue Falaya. Photo credit: Matt May.
ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary middle school 21CCLC students pause at a sandbar on a kayak trip to test for pollutants at the Bogue Falaya. Photo credit: Matt May.
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In this eeBLUE Watershed Chronicles blog post, Polly Burns, Program Director at ReNEW Schools, and Dinah Maygarden, Director of the Coastal Education Program at the University of New Orleans, bring wetland and watershed science investigative projects to middle school students.

Scene of Coastal Camp field trip to Koheo Wetlands with four campers and one scientist.
Ornithologist Arleone Dibbin-Young assists Coastal Camp participants at the Koheo Wetlands as they explore the fragile coastal ecosystem. Photo Credit: Learning Endeavors
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In this eeBLUE Watershed Chronicles blog post, Diana Papini Warren, Executive Director of Learning Endeavors shares how the Champions of Coastal Resilience program continues to grow in Hawaiʻi.

Ukraine landscape of yellow flowers and blue sky
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As educators, we can help people understand the impact of war on people and the planet, and the role democracy can play in creating a more just and sustainable future. We can also help people understand that crises like these are humanitarian crises, causing human displacement and cutting off access to basic resources and education. We share some perspectives and resources to help educators discuss what is happening in Ukraine, as well as conflicts around the world.

 The Sea Center staff tours TCAF to expand their knowledge of abalone aquaculture, so they can better teach aquarium visitors about large scale aquaculture and how it is helping save the endangered white abalone.
The Sea Center staff tours TCAF to expand their knowledge of abalone aquaculture, so they can better teach aquarium visitors about large scale aquaculture and how it is helping save the endangered white abalone. Photo Credit: Owen Duncan of the Santa Barbara Sea Center
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Each month, NAAEE will share blogs from the Aquaculture Literacy grantees as they implement innovative educational experiences that explore aquaculture topics in local communities. We can’t wait for you to “sea” what they are up to!

Educator teaches water quality and sea-level rise to Project WATERS participants.
Educator teaching water quality and sea-level rise to students alongside high school mentors during Project WATERS. Photo courtesy of Center for Environment and Society, Florida Gulf Coast University.
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In this eeRESEARCH post, part of a series on coastal resilience, Kara Nunnally from Duke University speaks with Dr. Jennifer Jones and Dr. Heather Skaza Acosta about the impact colleges and universities can have in EE through generating meaningful community engagement and training effective nonformal educators.