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Moderator Endorsed: Conservation & Behavior Change

Watershed STEM Grantees share stories about how they implement their projects, adapt to challenges, and work collaboratively towards a blue planet in the eeBLUE: Watershed Chronicles blog. This month, Dr. Jennifer Jones and Dr. Heather Skaza Acosta share how the Watershed Education for Resilience in Southwest Florida (WATERS) program at Florida Gulf Coast University has adapted to COVID-19 by creating a hybrid model reflecting online learning for students and teachers, as well as onsite training.

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Moderator Endorsed: Conservation & Behavior Change

Aquaculture literacy within a community is generated by a familiarity with base-level information about aquaculture and, in turn, encourages consumers to take ownership of their aquaculture-related decisions confidently. Success begins at the level of community engagement and requires thoughtful implementation of best practices in environmental education. This is where NOAA’s eeBLUE partnership with the North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE) comes in, a 5-year partnership to increase environmental and science literacy among NOAA’s partners and external networks.

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Girl draws chart of her town for HouseStories. Photo credit: Maureen Ferry
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As part of the fifth anniversary of the launch of eePRO, NAAEE is featuring environmental education professionals who have used the platform to connect, collaborate, and learn. Our first story features Maureen Ferry, creator and founder of HouseStories, which seeks to engage youth with the built environment and provide tools to help them design a better future.

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Sean Russell, an EE 30 Under 30 Changemaker Grantee, shares about his experience piloting a new group of EarthEcho Water Challenge Ambassadors in Puerto Rico to help empower young people to lead water quality monitoring and watershed education programs in their local communities.

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Moderator Endorsed: E-STEM Education

For educators who want to go beyond the water cycle, where do they start? What teaching strategy offers a useful perspective that engages students? One approach is the water footprint, a concept developed to account for and analyze the many ways humans use, overuse, and generally depend on water.