eePRO Feed: Connecting to Nature

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The Socially Distant Bioblitz series is a project of Antioch University New England of Keene, NH and Distant Hill Gardens of Walpole, NH intended to inspire people to get outside, explore their local flora and fauna, and stay positive by contributing to a worldwide citizen science effort during this tenuous time. Please join us on May 24th for our third Socially Distant Bioblitz in the tri-weekly series that adheres to the World Health Organization's guidelines for social distancing. To participate, simply click "JOIN" on the Socially Distant Bioblitz 5/24/20 iNaturalist project page.

Date and Time:

Sunday, May 24, 2020, 7:00am

Learning

This virtual workshop led by Deb Matlock of Wild Rhythms will provide personal rejuvenation and inspiration as well as offer participants many ideas to explore on their own. Thursday, May 21, 2:00-3:00 MST.

Date and Time:

Thursday, May 21, 2020, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Two birds sitting on a branch
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Hundreds of thousands of people contribute bird observations to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (CLO). Scientists use these data to understand how birds are affected by habitat loss, climate, and environmental changes. These insights inform actions to protect birds and habitats. CLO offers several citizen science projects that work well in educational settings.

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owl in snow
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Zooniverse is a large global platform where volunteers can assist many different professional researchers. All projects can be accessed via the internet, making it easy to participate regardless of where you are in the world. Contributors study authentic objects, like videos of animals in natural habitats or specimens from museum collections.

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Website
teacher with high school students looking at laptop in field
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The National Farm to School Network’s Resource Database houses the best of the best farm to school resources from partners and collaborators across the country. The database can be searched by setting (e.g., preschool, K-12 school, farm to institutions, on the farm, after school, and other), as well as by an extensive list of topic areas including school gardens, procurement, education, food justice, hunger, Native communities, fundraising, policy and more.

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Website
young student standing in greenhouse
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This guide supports and expands the planting and use of school gardens and greenhouses, farm to school activities, and the integration of plant science in the curriculum. The manual lays out a basic understanding of greenhouses, how to integrate greenhouses into lessons, and how to use greenhouses in classroom curricula and after-school activities.

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Publication, Book
shelves of fresh produce
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This guide was created to be a resource for teachers and farmers to support Farm-to-School programming throughout Vermont and beyond. The guide provides a collection of creative, standards-based lessons for teachers of students K-8 who want to integrate hands-on learning into their school curriculum.

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Publication, Book
Young student looking at book with hand holding leaf
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In honor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, The Food Trust released this list of over a hundred books with farm to ECE themes that feature characters from Black, Latino, Middle Eastern/Arab, First/Native Nations, Asian, and multiracial backgrounds.

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Website
teacher showing young students plant in jar
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Ranger Rick® magazine, for ages 7-12, is a multi-award-winning children’s magazine that has been inspiring children and families to care about wildlife and the great outdoors for over 50 years. The accompanying educator guide is a concise educational extension that delves deeper into every issue with activity ideas and student pages.

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Publication, Journal
A scuba diver exploring a coral reef
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Immerse yourself in the ocean and your national marine sanctuaries without getting wet! These virtual reality voyages use 360-degree images to highlight the amazing habitats, animals, and cultural resources you can find in each national marine sanctuary. Educators can use this resource to liven up their classroom lesson plans, or to inspire students to learn more about marine ecosystems.

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Website, Media, Video
Graphic representation of ocean organisms called the ocean we love.
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Originally a video series for museums and other institutions, Ocean Today has grown and become very useful for educators. Ocean Today’s series for students and educators, called Ocean Today Every Full Moon, delivers a new collection of short videos about a single topic, every month on the full moon.

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Website, Media, Video, Multimedia
Four people dragging large bags of marine debris across a beach.
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This resource helps K-12 educators teach about marine debris and involve their students in research and outreach. Students can conduct marine debris surveys, enter their data into a national database, analyze monitoring results, and become involved in marine debris stewardship within their communities.

1 learning hour
Learning

May 28, 3:00 PM ET - Angela Park will lead an interactive conversation about how to create and strengthen equitable EE strategies and programs in response to the COVID pandemic and beyond.

Date and Time:

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 3:00pm to 4:15pm

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Learning

Join CAEE this coming Tuesday, May 12th from 3:00-4:00 p.m. MST to hear from a panel of organizations who have reimagined and relaunched their summer camps within the constraints of social distancing. Register at https://caee.org/civicrm/event/info?id=354&reset=1.

Date and Time:

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) is pleased to offer Wildlife on WiFi, a set of remote learning resources to provide parents, educators, and students with wildlife-focused educational lessons and activities during these challenging times. Explore more than two dozen home-based conservation lessons, activities, videos, storybook readings, and live wildlife webcams!