Updates & Opportunities


Updates & Opportunities Archive

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RBFF Announces 2010 Edition of Best Practices Workbook

RBFF posted the 2010 edition of its Best Practices Workbook for Boating, Fishing and Aquatic Resources Stewardship Education this month, which is now available for free download on RBFF.org.

“The Best Practices Workbook provides clear and actionable tools for aquatic educators that are research-based and tested,” said RBFF Education and Conservation Manager Reese Teasley. “The 2010 edition has been updated to include the look of the Take Me Fishing campaign.”

Brower Youth Awards

Deadline: May 15, 2010

Brower Youth Awards seeks outstanding youth leaders, ages 13-22, with the power and bold vision to create environmental change. Each year, the Brower Youth Awards honors six young people with a $3000 cash award and week-long trip to the San Francisco Bay Area. 

This Earth Day, Let’s Get Smart, Get Healthy, and Get Kids Outside!

Join the No Child Left Inside Coalition and Earth Day Network in this call to parents, teachers, and schools across the country to take kids outside to learn on the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2010.

  • Send this announcement to your members, and to schools, teachers, and parents in your community to remind them to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day by taking students outside to learn on April 22, 2010.
  • Register your Earth Day event via email to education@earthday.org as part of the No Child Left Inside/Earth Day Network national campaign to promote environmental and outdoor learning.

Resources for Earth Day events, including a media advisory, sample activities, and other materials can be found online at http://www.nclicoalition.org

New Award-winning Film About Environmental Education

A Simple Question explores the remarkable STRAW Program — a collaboration among elementary school students, ranchers, government agencies, and environmental professionals to restore habitat and save the endangered California freshwater shrimp. It began as a 4th grade class project 17 years ago and has since restored more than 20 miles of riparian habitat, trained nearly 700 teachers, and involved over 10,000 students. Featuring author Richard Louv.


Post a Project and Enter the National Lab Day Video Contest

Attention all science educators, for a limited time you can win money for your school by posting a hands-on learning project on NationalLabDay.org.

What is National Lab Day? To begin, it is more than just a day. It is a nationwide movement to support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in our schools. It is teachers working with community volunteers and communities rallying around teachers and scientists and other STEM professionals donating their time and expertise to our schools. National Lab Day seeks to foster partnerships between teachers, schools, STEM professionals, volunteers, federal agencies, and professional organizations that will continue long after the first National Lab Day.

Visit NLD and browse projects posted by other teachers that are already live on the site. The Resources section has posts from dozens of partner organizations with cool lesson plans, games, and interactive websites. Then post your own project today!

The first place winner for the NLD online video contest will receive a $1,500 "shopping spree" on DonorsChoose.org and a Flip Video Camcorder. The second prize winner will receive a $500 "shopping spree" on DonorsChoose.org and a Flip Video Camcorder. All submissions are due by June 1, 2010. For more information go to the NLD contest web page.