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In this edition:

7th Annual Conference- E3: Environmental Educators Everywhere

E3: Environmental Educators Everywhere! DAEE’s 7th Annual Conference
Environmental educators were everywhere during the 7th Annual DAEE Conference at the Tatnall School on Saturday February 27, 2016! The day kicked off with an inspirational keynote address from Dr. Dean Goodwin, of Tatnall, who related directly to the conference by talking about the importance of environmental education in the classroom, the field, online and the home (the conference strands). Dr. Goodwin also talked about the challenges facing the younger generation, gave members some background on the lovely facility for the conference, The Tatnall School and its programs, and introduced his newly published book.

During the business meeting members learned about upcoming member events, voted on new board members and learned of DAEE’s new grant program! Open to formal and non-formal educators, this grant, for projects with a focus on environmental education, is funded by the workshop’s silent auction. This year the grant will be for $500. Applications are due at the end of March.
Approximately 90 conference participants experienced a day of new and exciting sessions! Things like Nature Photography and the Digital Camera, Experiencing the Nature of Nemours, Geology Simplified, Nature on the Go: Connecting with the Urban Visitor, and a great poster session by Dr. Goodwin’s students on invasive and endangered species in Delaware, just to name a few. While breaking for lunch Dr. Goodwin was available to sign copies of his new book and Ian Stewart of the Delaware Nature Society performed a bird banding demonstration. Throughout the day, members bid on donated silent auction items which ultimately brought in $300. The conference ended on a plenary session introducing Delaware’s environmental literacy plan. After the conference members gathered at The BBC in Greenville for some good food, drinks and great company! What a great way to start off the year! 2016 is definitely going to be a great one for DAEE!

I also want to extend our gratitude to the outgoing Board Members-Marianne Welsh, Flavia Rutkosky, Suzanne Kline, Jon Wickert, and Kathleen Logullo. 
We appreciate all you have done to support DAEE! Don't worry, there are many ways to stay involved (like committee members and advisory members) and I am sure we will be contacting you soon.

Flavia and Marianne are also stepping down from the Executive Board. Marianne has been with DAEE since we first started out and served as our Secretary. Marianne did many additional things, from starting our 501c3 process, to doing surveys, helping with strategic planning and brochure design. Just to mention a few. Flavia served as treasurer since we began DAEE. I remember we didn't have any money and Flavia volunteered to write us a check to get us started... think from that point on she took on the role of Treasurer! Thank you both for all your hard work, dedication and commitment to DAEE. 

Angel Burns
DAEE Chair

Thank you to our Silent Auction Donors

DAEE Mini-Grant: Deadline March 28 

Apply today for the inaugural DAEE mini-grant!
For the first time in its history, DAEE is offering a mini-grant opportunity for its members. The DAEE project grant program provides funding to classroom teachers (pre-K-16) and non-formal educators (nature centers, zoos, museums, government agency staff, etc.) for environmental education projects. One grant of up to $500 will be available annually to those that have been DAEE members for at least one year.
The brief application, due March 28, 2016, asks about project basics including a description, audience type and expected number, timeline, evaluation plan, and a budget. Applications can be three pages or less.
Funding comes as a reimbursement, and the grantee will present their project at the 2017 DAEE conference. For more information, visit www.daeeonline.org/minigrant. Apply today!

Renew your Membership Today!
As a 2016 member, you may attend member events, and will become eligible for the next mini-grant that will be due January 20, 2017.

Upcoming DAEE Member Events

We will e-mail the registration link as the dates gets confirmed
May (date to come soon)- Auburn Heights Tour
Save the Date: June 11- Canoe Trip

Delaware Forest Service 
Arbor Day Poster Contest

Deadline to Submit Posters: April 8
The Annual Arbor Day Poster Contest is a great way to introduce the importance of trees and the many benefits they provide to the citizens of Delaware. This year’s theme, “Trees are Terrific…and Forests are Too!” is dedicated to the importance of Delaware’s forests. Delaware is almost 30% forested and no matter where you live in the First State, forests improve our lives!!! Studying Delaware’s forests can help supplement K-5 science units and is a perfect opportunity to localize your lessons.
The poster contest is open to all K-5 public, private, homeschool, afterschool, and other organized youth groups. All classes submitting posters will receive free loblolly pine seedlings delivered to their school just in time to celebrate Arbor Day! Winning posters will be selected from each of the three counties in the following grade categories: K, 1&2, 3&4, & 5. The twelve winners will be invited to be recognized at the annual Statewide Arbor Day Celebration hosted by Governor Markell! A tree ceremony will be scheduled at each winner’s school and the teacher receives a $50 gift card for classroom supplies. Poster contest rules and guidelines can be found at the registration link below.

Delaware Nature Society Programs
DNS provides high-quality, professionally taught and exciting programming for all age ranges and for novices and professionals. Get outdoors and discover! http://tinyurl.com/lh8ho4n.

  • Native Plant Sale, May 7-8

Upcoming Events from the Brandywine Zoo
The Brandywine Zoo offers a variety of educational programming for all ages. For more information, please visit BrandywineZoo.org to see our online calendar or register for a program.

  • Earth Day Events for School Groups- April 22, 10am-12:30 pm

Delaware Museum of Natural History Events
The Delaware Museum of Natural History's mission is to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery.  Visit www.delmnh.org/events/ for an online calendar and more information.

  • Backyard Science- April 2, 12-2 pm
  • Seeing Science Everywhere- April 5, 5:30-8:30 pm
  • Earth Day 2016- Make a Difference in our Community- April 21, 9:30 am-noon
Bombay Hook Events
Visit www.fws.gov/refuge/Bombay_Hook/Events.html for the latest events.
  • Refuge Tour- March 27, 11 am-12:30 pm
Mt. Cuba Center Classes & Programs
  • 12th Annual Wildflower Celebration, April 24, 10 am- 4 pm
State Park Programs
Visit www.destateparks.com for a complete listing of events. Center for the Inland Bays
Visit www.inlandbays.org/events/for upcoming events.
  • Annual Inland Bays Cleanup- June 13, 9 am
Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research
Visit https://tristatebird.org/
  • Open House- May 1, 11 am-4 pm

Curricula & Professional Development

National Environmental Education Week
April 17-23, 2016
National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), the nation's largest environmental education event, inspires environmental learning and stewardship. Highlighting the theme "Greening STEM," EE Week (April 17-23, 2016) connects educators with environmental resources to promote K-12 students' understanding of the environment.
The environment is a compelling context for teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as it provides teachers with a diverse range of real-world challenges that engage students in meaningful hands-on opportunities to apply and reinforce STEM concepts across multiple subject areas, according to the event organizer, the National Environmental Education Foundation.
Register for EE Week at http://go.neefusa.org/eeweek-registration to access educational resources and opportunities.

National Park Bio-Blitz
May 20-21, 2016

The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service are recruiting field biologists and naturalists to participate in the National Parks BioBlitz – First State on May 20-21, 2016.
We are excited to have your help in documenting the biodiversity of the Beaver Valley Unit of First State National Historical Park and in sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for nature with students,
teachers, and the general public. The event is part of a nationwide celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service and First State National Historical Park has been selected as a showcase event for the Northeast Region of the NPS!  Register now!

Delaware Audubon Society
Do you know an Elementary School Teacher looking for some great environmental education materials from the experts at National Audubon Society? Delaware Audubon will provide the Audubon Adventures standards-based science content, lessons, and hands-on exercises about birds, wildlife, and their habitats FREE OF CHARGE to any Delaware Teacher. Please share this with any Grade 3-5 teacher you know in case they may be interested. 
More information is  available at :http://www.delawareaudubon.org/education/index.html

National Geographic Online Courses
Outdoor and Environmental Education

National Geographic Education has delivered teacher professional development programs for over 25 years to prepare leaders in education and in support of our dual missions to inspire people to care about the planet and to prepare teachers to inspire their students. Now, we are growing our presence in online learning opportunities for educators, mentors and coaches, departments heads, and anyone, anywhere. http://tinyurl.com/qfxnceg

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Investigating Evidence Lesson Plans
This free curriculum includes a Teacher’s Guide, accompanying Resource and Journal pages, and rich online resources that will support you in using citizen-science projects and outdoor explorations that generate authentic scientific questions. You’ll lead your students in making observations, crafting and testing hypotheses, collecting and graphing data, drawing meaningful conclusions, and sharing their work.   http://www.birdsleuth.org/investigation/

Save the Date: American Water Resources Association Annual Conference
September 15-16, 2016


Grants & Opportunities

The North Face 2016 Explore Fund Grants- Deadline April 5
The North Face today announced the 2016 Explore Fund grant-giving program is now open through April 5, 2016 for applications. This year, $500,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations that connect people to the outdoors in meaningful ways.More information here: https://www.thenorthface.com/about-us/outdoor-exploration/explore-fund.html

EPA Announces Application Period for Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators: Deadline May 16
Applications are now being accepted for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), administers this award to honor, support and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms and teaching methods.
This program recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. 
Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions, from different states, will be selected to receive this award. Applicants will be evaluated based on five primary factors: innovation, achievement, service to the community and underserved populations, leadership, and integration of environmental education. https://www.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators

EPA Announces Environmental Education Grants
Deadline April 8

Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, EPA seeks grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques.

Environmental Leadership Fellowship 
Applications for the 2016 Environmental Leadership Fellowship programs are being accepted on a rolling basis. This program offers intensive leadership and skills training, national networking opportunities, and time for personal and professional reflection. http://elpnet.org/

Milkweed Seeds for Restoration
Monarch Watch is offering free milkweed seeds through funding provided by Monsanto. These are available for large-scale restoration projects through spring and fall 2016. monarchwatch.org/

National Parks Foundation Artist in Residence
First State National Historic Park
The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) in association with First State National Historical Park of the National Park Service now offers a Residency in Northern Delaware, close to many of the historic colonial sights of Delaware, but in a pastoral forest setting that inspired the Wyeth family.

Nominate a Student for the Student Climate and Conservation Congress
June 26-July 2, Sheperdstown, WV
The mission of the Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3) is to empower outstanding student environmental leaders with the skills, knowledge, and tools to address climate change and natural resource conservation challenges and better serve their schools and communities.  Apply or Nominate Here: www.greenschoolsalliance.org

Interesting Websites to Visit

Free Webinars from Cornell Lab of Ornithology: http://www.birdsleuth.org/free-webinars/

A Teacher's Guide to Delaware's State Parks: http://tinyurl.com/ohwtfmv

Population Education: www.populationeducation.org

Sustainability in the Schools Simulation Game: http://www.sustainabilityallianceaz.org/ 

Nature Works Everywhere: https://natureworkseverywhere.org

Successful STEM Education Resources: www.successfulstemeducation.org/resources

Project Localize: lexiconofsustainability.com/project-localize/

Job/Volunteer Announcements

Nature Preschool Director/Lead Teacher/Early Childhood Manager
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

Community Engagement Specialist
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

Mount Cuba Center
Various Employment Opportunities
Natural Lands Steward
Mt. Cuba Center Ambassadors


Volunteers Needed
Delaware National Estuarine Research Researve
Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey 

 MAEOE Jobs Page

Delaware Green Jobs

Delaware State Parks
Park Manager


Stroud Water Research Center

The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Outreach Coordinator


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