The Green Strides Webinar Series provides school communities the tools to reduce their schools' environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and teach effective environmental education. It provides all schools access to the resources that help them move toward the Pillars of our U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition award.
Nov. 6, 2013, 2 pm. Don't mess with Mercury (CDC/ATSDR)
Register here. Elemental mercury is a toxic heavy metal that is liquid at room temperature. Each year EPA, state, and local environmental and public health departments respond to hundreds of elemental mercury spills. Many originate at schools as a result of teens mishandling mercury. This webinar will identify medical and public health issues related to elemental mercury exposure. It will also describe prevention strategies for mercury exposure and identify resources available on the don’t Mess with Mercury (DMWM) website at: www.dontmesswithmercury.org.
Nov. 6, 2013, 4-5 p.m. Designing Nature Play and Learning Schoolyards (NWF)
Register here. Nature Play and Learning Schoolyards offer opportunities for children to investigate the natural world, achieve learning outcomes across the curriculum, and be physically active. This webinar will provide guidance on designing outdoor educational spaces from tight urban schoolyards to more spacious suburban school grounds, including affordable landscape settings that promote children's engagement and sustainable management concepts. Professor Robin Moore, of NC State University will share education concepts and case examples developed from over 40 years of research-based, schoolyard design experience.
Nov. 13, 2013, 3-4 p.m. Nature Explore Classroom (Arbor Day Foundation and KAB)
Register here. This Webinar is designed to provide evidence-based solutions for creating nature-rich outdoor classrooms that offer children meaningful, daily connections with the natural world. Research shows these outdoor classrooms support children’s skill development across all learning domains. Learn how school-community-family connections are fostered in this innovative project. The Arbor Day Foundation’s and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation’s collaborative Nature Explore program works with Keep America Beautiful (KAB) in diverse communities and in varied settings to encourage and support the development of certified Nature Explore Classrooms. Certified Nature Explore Classrooms are evidence-based, dynamic, nature-based play and learning spaces where staff is trained, parents involved, and communities engaged. These outdoor classrooms support whatever curriculum a school may be using…. through creation of a well-designed space that allows for bringing regular classroom activities and learning outdoors on a daily basis. These spaces also include a gardens and natural pathways, and incorporate sustainable practices that protect the soil and water. KAB affiliates bring the strength of creating public, private and civic sector partnerships as well as engaging volunteers. Nature Explore brings the strength of how to develop and implement the design of outdoor spaces to be engaging to children, based on over a decade of research by Dimensions Foundation. Field-tested design principles are combined with the organization’s specific needs, space, and resources. This presentation will look at examples of completed projects and learn about their positive impact on children, families, community and the environment.
Nov. 19, 2013, 3-4 p.m. Sensible Steps for Mold and Moisture Control in Schools (EPA)
Register here. This webinar will provide current information about the health effects of mold; you will learn ways to prevent moisture and condensation problems; and get the most up-to-date information about mold removal.
Nov. 20, 2013, 7:30-9:00 p.m. ClimateChangeLIVE Education Resources Highlights – Part 1 (USFS)
Register here. ClimateChangeLIVE distance learning adventure, brings you a wealth of climate change education resources and programs from 17 Federal agencies and non-profit organizations! We offer educators, a source of trusted, science-based materials, which are correlated to science education standards. This webinar will highlight climate change education resources and programs from four of our partners. NOAA has a wealth of climate change education resources and programs to share with you. Learn about citizen science opportunities from Project Budburst. The Department of Energy will share the BITES (Buildings Industry Technology Electricity Scenarios) Tool which students can use to make policy changes in the four sectors and run scenarios to see how their changes impact CO2 output as well as primary energy source dependence. DOE will also highlight a variety of reliable sources of information related to energy concepts and data. National Wildlife Federation will highlight their Eco-Schools program and how you can move your school toward sustainability.
Dec. 4, 2013, 3-4 p.m. Waste in Place (KAB)
Register here. Waste in Place is an educational resource guide including over 100 activities and enrichments for pre-K to sixth grade students that build environmental knowledge and foster stewardship, pride and individual responsibility among young people. Activities range from Litter Bag exploring the impact of litter on the environment to MRF in Action exploring the operations of a Materials Recovery Facility to Our Natural Resources focusing on native plants and composting. The guide features characters that children may interact on daily life including an educator, day care operator and a frog named Buddy. The Waste in Place kit, designed to also reinforce the concepts introduced in the activities, includes four children’s book: If It’s Litter, The Jalapeno Seed, Where Does Gum Go?, Keeping My Town Beautiful; the Working Together board game; playing cards; story cards; and a puppet. Materials, classified by subject area and grade, were field-tested by more than 300 educators, who provided invaluable research and information to KAB to improve and enhance KAB’s educational tools. Session will include discussion on the behavioral change ideas that form the foundation of the activities. Trainers will share how to use the activities in classroom, outdoor settings, Earth Day programs, and/or special events. In the past two years, more than 2.5 million American students of all ages were exposed to KAB’s “Waste in Place” education resource guide, sponsored by the Wrigley Company Foundation, attend this webinar and learn more about sharing Waste in Place with your students.
Dec. 11, 2013, 4-5 p.m. Physical Health and Wellness Benefits of Participating in Archery (DOI)
Register here. (Note: Registration will open at 3:45 on December 11; listen via your computer speakers and ask questions via the chat box, or to connect via live audio, call 1.877.788.7289, passcode 83331950#). Though archery is often perceived as a stationary sport, archery actually requires a significant amount of strength, endurance, and focus. If you aren't familiar with the Physical and Mental benefits of the sport, then you may be surprised to learn that there are several health benefits to participating in archery. In addition to physical benefits, archery can improve your mental health as well. Join us to hear from staff at the US Fish and Wildlife Service, USA Archery, and the National Archery in the Schools Program as they discuss both the Physical and Mental benefits of Participating in Archery. Participation will be limited to the first 100 persons.
Dec. 11, 2013, 7:30-9:00 p.m. ClimateChangeLIVE Education Resources Highlights – Part 2 (USFS)
Register here. ClimateChangeLIVE distance learning adventure, brings you a wealth of climate change education resources and programs from 17 Federal agencies and non-profit organizations! We offer educators, a source of trusted, science-based materials, which are correlated to science education standards. This webinar highlights climate change education resources from three of our partners. Project Learning Tree and the U.S. Forest Service will introduce their GreenSchools! program and how you can foster student-led efforts to move your school toward sustainability. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will highlight their Student Climate & Conservation Congress. The Forest Service will highlight the Natural Inquirer science education journal’s Climate Collection which takes real-life Forest Service research, and engages students in the science inquiry method, along with activities tied to the research.
Dec. 17, 2013, 3-4 p.m. Renovate Right: EPAs Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program at Schools (EPA)
Register here. In this webinar you will learn about the health effects of lead on children and how the RRP Rule applies to K-12 schools. You will also discover ways that school and early learning professionals can protect their students from lead poisoning.
Jan. 15, 2014, 4-5 p.m. Creating a Comprehensive Plan to Improve Asthma Management in Schools (ALA)
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Jan. 22, 2014, 7-8 p.m. (NEEF)
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Jan. 29, 2014, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Professional Development Programs for Climate Change Education (USFS)
Register here.In this webinar, ClimateChangeLIVE partners highlight professional development programs to empower you as a climate change educator! Each program offers training to increase your understanding of essential climate concepts and provide you with tools and resources to implement a science-based climate change curriculum in your classroom and connect with networks of other educators teaching about climate change. Most of these programs offer grants to schools to help them implement climate change solution-related action projects, and include on-site and online training opportunities.
Feb. 19, 2014, 7:30-9:00 p.m. GreenWorks! Action Grants for ClimateChangeLIVE Participants (USFS)
Register here. School classes that participate in ClimateChangeLIVE will be eligible to apply for GreenWorks! Grants! Join us and learn about these opportunities to help your school accomplish action projects that address climate change solutions. Project Learning Tree and U.S. Forest Service staff will present an overview of the grant parameters and how you can apply. We’ll also highlight success stories from schools in our GreenSchools! program that have done exciting projects with these grants.
Feb. 26, 2014, 7-8 p.m. (NEEF)
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Mar. 19, 2014, 7-8 p.m. (NEEF)
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Apr. 9, 2014, 7-8 p.m. (NEEF)
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