Updates & Opportunities


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Updates & Opportunities Archive

 For upcoming events go to the DNR Calendar.

Grant Opportunity

Student Wildlife Conservation Grants

Offered by Planet Connect program, a youth engagement initiative of the National Environmental Education Foundation. We are offering high school students grants of $1,000 – this funding will give grantees the opportunity to implement wildlife conservation projects in their schools or communities and participate in a local internship focused on wildlife conservation or natural resources.

Here is a promotional video that quickly explains the grants.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2012

Presentation Opportunity at MAEE 2012 Conference

Call for Presentations

The Minnesota Association for Environmental Education (MAEE) will be calling for presentations this fall for the 2012 Midwest Environmental Education Conference (MEEC), at Itasca State Park, June 21 and 22, 2012.

Journey to the source of the Mississippi to join imaginative educators and administrators transforming their offices, classrooms and personal lives into something fresh, rewarding and extraordinary. Together, we will explore how play and creativity can enhance our work and beyond.

Applications for presentations are due January 9, 2012. Go to the Concurrent Sessions page to locate the application form.

Visit the MAEE website for more information on the 2011 MEEC Conference.

Minnesota Science Teachers Association annual conference

MnSTA is excited to announce the 2012 Minnesota Conference on Science Education March 1st - 3rd, 2012 in Duluth, MN.

Please plan now to join us at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center for our new annual conference for ALL science educators in Minnesota! Two fantastic, nationally recognized keynote speakers have committed to share their expertise with you! We welcome Dr. Eric Jolly, the president of the Science Museum of Minnesota and Dr. Bill Robertson, author of the NSTA Best Selling "Stop Faking It!" Series. Please check back to the MNSTA Conference Website for many further updates as our planning continues!

Participate in World Water Monitoring Day

World Water Monitoring Day™ is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies. In 2010, over 200,000 people in 85 countries monitored their local waterways. Celebrate with us on September 18, or host your World Water Monitoring Day anytime from March 22 until December 31! Find out more here.

Jeffers' Outlandish Offer for Teachers!

Jeffers Foundation

Jeffers supports teachers who believe in teaching beyond the four walls of the classroom.

If you attend Jeffers' Team Teaching with Mother Nature workshops on journaling and successful outdoor instruction, you will receive journals for each of your students each year you contribute to teach outdoors. In addition, you will receive an Outdoor Classroom DVD and a Minnesota Weatherguide Environment Calendar. The calendar is courtesy of the Freshwater Society.

If your school sponsors a Jeffers' outdoor workshop for teachers, Jeffers will furnish your school with a class set of "exploration kits," consisting of a magnifier, tape measure, thermometer and lanyard in a transparent case.

All workshops and materials will be furnished by Jeffers Foundation FREE of charge.

Contact Sil Pembleton at 651-429-1228 or edorsil@earthlink.net to learn about existing workshops or to schedule a workshop at your school.

About Jeffers Foundation

Jeffers Foundation was formed in March 2005 to provide for direct primary education and the development of primary education principles, models, and curricula aimed at teaching young persons the value of wise stewardship of natural resources, the need to maintain a balance between population and the resources available to sustain and nourish it, and the means and methods which will ensure conservation and preservation of natural resources for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Jeffers Foundation

PO Box 408

Wayzata, MN 55391


952-476-7439 (fax)



Announcing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative – Wildlife Health Event Reporter (GLRI-WHER)!

Calling all beachcombers! Get involved in an effort to improve the health of the Great Lakes!

If you are a concerned citizen who spends time near-shore around the Great Lakes in the US and in Canada, or if you are a coordinator with an established volunteer network that can expand their observational power, please consider sharing your observations of injured/dead animals or algal blooms using the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative – Wildlife Health Event Reporter (GLRI- WHER).

In the interest of protecting waterfowl and other wildlife, scientists working in state, provincial, federal, academic and non-profit agencies are looking for your help to identify events that could be important in research on avian botulism and algal bloom outbreaks. Botulism has been responsible for the deaths of thousands of birds in the Great Lakes and events have been increasing in recent years. For a healthy Great Lakes ecosystem, do your part and share what you see!

GLRI-WHER was developed by the Wildlife Data Integration Network (WDIN), a program of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in partnership with the USGS National Wildlife Health Center. Project support was provided through a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at the Environmental Protection Agency. Geographically specific alerts and contacts for local agency reporting are provided with each report, when available. All reports from Canada are shared with our partners at the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre, and from the US at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center.

Citizen scientists involved in existing reporting efforts should continue to follow their program's protocols - get in touch if you would like to find out how to get your program's data included in the GLRI-WHER.

Find out more about the GLRI-WHER application online. Email questions to botnet@wdin.org