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February 3, 2003



EE-NEWS @NAAEE
February 3, 2003

The semi-monthly email bulletin provided by the
North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE),
with funding from the Environmental Education and Training Partnership
(EETAP).


*NAAEE ANNUAL CONFERENCE*
October 7-11 - Captain Cook Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska
http://www.naaee.org/conferences/index.php


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EE-NEWS ITEMS
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* RESEARCH/PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITIES*
1. Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education Annual Conference -
Call for Presenters
2. Green Teacher - EE Book Reviewers

* GRANTS*
3. Youth Service Action Fund
4. National Science Foundation: Informal Science Education Program
5. Igniting Creative Energy Challenge
6. President's Environmental Youth Awards

* UPDATES FROM THE HILL*
7. EPA FY 2003 Funding for Environmental Education - Update

* EE RESOURCES*
8. Environmental Education Association of Alabama Annual Conference
9. Environmental Education Association of South Carolina Annual Conference
10. Silver Wake
11. Complex Environmental Systems: Synthesis for Earth, Life, and Society in
the 21st Century
12. Energy & Me


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RESEARCH/PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITIES
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1. ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE -
CALL FOR PRESENTERS
April 4-6 - Camp Jones Gulch, Pescadero, California

AEOE is seeking workshop presentations which support the theme:
Metamorphosis in Outdoor Education: The Change of Nature, The Nature of
Change. Suggested topics for workshops include natural history, teaching
methods, hands-on activities/games, naturalist/science skills, educational
theory, career/educational paths for environmental educators, program
development, music, outdoor/indoor & classroom curricula, science standards,
reflective writing, group management, storytelling, stress management, and
anything else pertinent to the EE/OE field.

The Deadline for presenter applications is March 21st.

http://www.aeoe.org/conference/spr03/index.html



2. GREEN TEACHER - EE BOOK REVIEWERS

Green Teacher magazine is seeking formal and non-formal educators from
across North America to review the proposed contents of two books - one for
those working with elementary students, and another for those working with
high school students. Each of the books will contain at least 50 of the best
articles and activities contributed by educators from across North America
since 1991 to Green Teacher. Since the books will be interdisciplinary, the
editors are seeking educators with expertise in science, social studies,
language arts or the arts to provide candid comments.

Complete details and application information available at:

http://www.greenteacher.com/reviewersneeded.html



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GRANTS
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3. YOUTH SERVICE ACTION FUND

The AT&T Cares Youth Service Action Fund offers support to youth (ages 5-
25) and organizations to plan and implement service projects on National
Youth Service Day (April 11-13). While projects may have a service-learning
 component, youth are encouraged to use their creativity and resourcefulness
to address unmet needs and problems in their communities, whether or not the
projects are tied to a curriculum. Twenty-five grants of $500 are available
to youth and youth organizations.

Application Deadline: February 28th.  For more information and an
application form, visit:

http://www.ysa.org/awards/award_grant.cfm



4. NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION: INFORMAL SCIENCE EDUCATION PROGRAM

The purpose of the Informal Science Education (ISE) program is to support
projects designed to increase public interest in, understanding of, and
engagement with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The outcome of all ISE projects is an informed citizenry that has access to
the ideas of science and engineering and understands their role in enhancing
their quality of life and the health, prosperity, welfare, and security of
the nation. ISE encourages the field to strengthen its many current positive
approaches to informal education and challenges it to expand the scope of
informal science education activities in order to have greater impact in
areas of particular need.

Preliminary proposals due March 3rd, full proposal deadline May 30th.

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03511/nsf03511.htm



5. IGNITING CREATIVE ENERGY CHALLENGE

An educational competition designed to encourage K-12 students to learn more
about energy and the environment.  Student entries must reflect the theme
"Igniting Creative Energy" and demonstrate an understanding of what an
individual, family or group can do to make a difference in their home or
community. Students may express their ideas in the form of documented
science projects, essays, stories, artwork, photographs, music or video or
website projects. They may also submit recent service or science projects,
or results from the National Energy Foundation's own Energy Patrol
activities. Grand prizewinners will receive an "Insider's Tour" of
Washington D.C. in June 2003.

Deadline March 15th.  Application forms and guidelines available online.

http://www.ignitingcreativeenergy.org/guidelines.html



6. PRESIDENT'S ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH AWARDS

The EPA's PEYA program recognizes young people across America for projects
which demonstrate their commitment to the environment. All students who
complete an environmental project and submit an application will receive a
signed certificate from the President of the United States in recognition of
their accomplishments. One outstanding project from each of the ten EPA
Regions will be presented with a Presidential plaque at an EPA sponsored
award ceremony. To be eligible to compete, a student or students, sponsored
by an adult, must submit to their local EPA regional office evidence of a
completed project as defined in the President's Environmental Youth Award
application, as well as a completed application.

Submission Deadline: April 1st.  Application guidelines and submission
details available online.

http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/awards.html



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UPDATES FROM THE HILL
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7. EPA FY 2003 FUNDING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION - UPDATE

On January 23rd the Senate passed a $390.5 billion comprehensive
appropriations bill (H.J.Res. 2) made up of the eleven FY03 funding bills
the 107th Congress left incomplete when it adjourned last December.  The
Senate bill would boost funding for education programs, drought aid and
election overhaul efforts while offsetting these increases with proposed
across-the-board cuts. Sen. Bond (R-MO), the new Chairman of the Senate VA,
HUD Appropriations Subcommittee, also included funding for environmental
education in the language of the Senate Omnibus spending bill.

The House and Senate are scheduled to go to conference on the FY 2003
omnibus spending bill (H. J. Res. 2) this week.. Rep. Walsh (R-NY), Chairman
of the House VA, HUD Appropriations Subcommittee, and Rep. Obey (D-WI),
Ranking Member of the Full Appropriations Committee, strong supporters of EE
funding, will play critical roles in negotiating the Conference Report.

Status of FY 2003 Appropriations Bills
http://thomas.loc.gov/home/approp/app03.html

Huge Spending Bill Gets Senate Approval, CNN, January 24, 2003
http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/01/23/congress.spending.reut/index.html

Budget of the United States Government FY2004
http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2004/



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EE RESOURCES
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8. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION OF ALABAMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
March 6-8 - Four Points Sheraton, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

This year's conference, "People & Places: Alabama's Most Precious
 Resources," will feature sessions that highlight the incredible number of
natural sites in Alabama as well as the resource people at parks, museums,
zoos, and other sites that can assist educators in developing more
environmental education opportunities for their centers, schools, students
and children. Many of these incredible resources are untapped or
underutilized; but through the 2003 Conference, EEAA hopes to spread the
word about these Alabama treasures.

Early Registration Deadline: February 15th.  Registration Forms online.

http://www.aces.edu/eeaa/2003.htm



9. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH CAROLINA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
March 7 & 8 - Hampton Inn, Rock Hill, South Carolina

This year's conference, "Environmental Education Leaves No Child Behind,"
will focus on using the environment to support and apply critical content
through hands-on applications. Join fellow educators, scientists, agency and
industry representatives for this important sharing of information, ideas
and resources that will help participants better understand, manage, and
protect our valuable land resources, now and in the future.

Early Registration Deadline: February 7th. Registration forms and conference
details online.

http://alpha1.fmarion.edu/~scenvedu/EEASCcon.html



10. SILVER WAKE
June 22-29 - Darling Marine Center, Walpole, Maine

Silver Wake is an innovative and educational program for middle and
high-school teachers that demonstrates the importance of observing and
responding to the marine environment.  The goals of Silver Wake are to
identify and promote best practices for teaching and learning through
hands-on science, and to engage students in examining and protecting their
natural environments.
Community volunteers and project staff will provide support for a
coastal fieldtrip next spring, and are committed to visiting the
classrooms of workshop participants once a month during the 2003-2004
academic year to help implement lessons and activities associated with
phytoplankton, marine food webs, photosynthesis, bioluminescence,
community-science and water-quality topics.

Application Deadline: March 1st.  Application and program details at:

http://www.ume.maine.edu/ssteward/silverwake.htm



11. COMPLEX ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS: SYNTHESIS FOR EARTH, LIFE, AND SOCIETY IN
THE 21ST CENTURY

"Complex Environmental Systems," written by the National Science Foundation
Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (AC-ERE),
provides recommendations for NSF's next decade of environmental research and
education programs. The report emphasizes the need for "environmental
synthesis to frame integrated interdisciplinary research questions and
activities and to merge data, approaches, and ideas across spatial, temporal
and societal
scales."  It states that effective communication among the scientific
community, managers, policy makers and the public is an essential part
of synthesis.  It calls for research on coupled human and natural
systems, coupled biological and physical systems, and people and
technology, as well as environmental education and technical capacity.

http://www.nsf.gov/geo/ere/ereweb/advisory.cfm



12. ENERGY & ME

Project Learning Tree's music recording, Energy & Me, sung by Billy B, is an
educational component of PLT's new educational program, Energy & Society.
The program (PreK-8) provides activities to help youth learn about their
relationship with energy and investigate the environmental issues related to
energy's role in society.

For more information about Energy & Society visit:

http://www.plt.org/curriculum/energy.cfm



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