National Environmental Education Week 2014 is next week (April 13-19, 2014)!! Are you signed up and ready?

“National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is the nation’s largest celebration of environmental education. It is held each year the week before Earth Day and inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. The 2014 theme, Greening STEM: Engineering a Sustainable World, will explore the application of engineering to sustainable solutions for a healthier planet and healthier people.”

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I can totally imagine this!

“Since its inception in 2005, EE Week has reached millions of students and educators across the United States with non-biased, high-quality, environmental education materials grounded in accurate, timely scientific information and tied to local, state and national learning standards.  

Collected here are resources and offerings for EE Week 2014, including STEM & Engineering info, annual photo contest info, educator toolkits and EE Week registration information. Register for EE Week to receive updates and to take full advantage of the benefits of EE Week. Then help spread the word by sharing EE Week with others!”

Sign-up for free and get educator tool-kits and tons of resources for integrating environmentally grounded education into your curricula on topics such as biomimicry, Greening STEM, renewable energy, aligning environmental topics with the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, infusing technology and the environment, suggested readings for students and teachers, and project based learning ideas.

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Children are happier when they are applying their learning to real life situations and especially when it connects them to nature!

EE week is described by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) like this:

“The mission of National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is to connect educators with resources to promote K-12 students’ understanding of the environment. We provide support to educators through professional development opportunities, including webinars, and by maintaining a running list of available grants and awards in EE.”

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Green up your STEM requirements! Click on the pic for resources!

The NEEF website has even more great free resources for you for the rest of the year revolving around National Public Lands Day, health and the environment, and grant opportunities. It is an important resource for teachers wanting to start environmentally integrated learning, but needing to meet standards and strict academic guidelines.

Sounds pretty great right? I know! So quick get signed-up and begin to reap the benefits!

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Books are a great way to help children assimilate environmental experiences and learning. What are your favorite nature based children’s books?

Share them below!

Seeds to Sprout:

Sign-up for EE week! It is quick and easy! Do it today! Registration form

Here’s a link straight to the EE Week suggested reading for students page so you can get to the library and fill you classroom with these books!

Here is a quick reference in an easy printable PDF version, of the benefits of incorporating EE into your curriculum, in case you need a spark of inspiration! This would also be great for sending home to parents or sharing with administrators not totally on board. It will win them over for sure!!

Check out the full NEEF website for more resources including a great blog.

Check out the Take a Second feature and learn all the great positive environmental action syou can make in just a quick second! We all have a second, right?

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