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Opportunity for 5th Graders:
The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is happy to announce the return of the 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest!
This contest is open to all Michigan 5th grade students. We're looking for the best original design showcasing the theme "Trees for Life."
Students have the opportunity to win prizes, including a tree planting for their school. The first place student and their teacher will also be invited to the State Arbor Day Celebration in Lansing.
Entries MUST BE RECEIVED by mail by March 5, 2018.
Contest details and rules can be found at our website: http://www.miarbordayalliance.org/poster-contest.html
Looking for a Environmental Speaker?
“Let’s Go Green”, an environmental awareness presentation sponsored by The Southeast Michigan Group of the Sierra Club is presented by Jerry Hasspacher as a Powerpoint presentation suitable for all ages with a concentration on native birds, plants, and trees! You can contact Jerry at 586-604-5781 or email him at email@example.com.
Free Wildlife Programs for your Classroom!!!
Ready to get wild?
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has a whole suite of wildlife programs to bring into your classroom!
There are prepared programs you can do with your class or you can even have a DNR educator come to you.
Programs are free of charge, but you have to register your classroom. Program scheduling is subject to staff availability.
To learn more, check out the DNR's website.
School Garden Grants Available!!!
Would you like to build a garden at your school, but don't have the funds?
BirdSleuth is partnering once again with Alaska Fertilizer to award 20 school garden grants across the country!
Gardens are a wonderful way to engage students in hands-on activities, project-based learning, and citizen science. Projects like these foster a sense of pride and accomplishment in the students who participate. The 20 grants awarded will be between $500-$2000 and include gardening supplies and BirdSleuth's Habitat Connections kit.
Funds can support a new garden or the care of an existing one. Preference will be given to food/veggie gardens, bird or pollinator gardens, native habitat, rain gardens, and other natural projects.
These grants are available to any K-12 school within the United States. The deadline to apply is October 8, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
To apply and find grant application details, visit this website.
Nature Works Everywhere Grants!!!
The Nature Conservancy is awarding 60 grants of up to $2,000 each to support class projects that implement green infrastructure in order to address environmental issues in their communities.
Eligible topics include: access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and stormwater collection. These grants are open to public or charter schools in the U.S. Applications must be received by 5pm ET on November 3, 2017.
Click HERE to find out how to apply.
Need help funding your Green Schools Initiatives?
The Keep Michigan Beautiful organization is offering mini grants ranging from $100 to $500 to be used to fund - or partially fund - a project which will be submitted to earn points toward Official Michigan Green Schools status. To download an application, click here; or for more information, visit keepmichiganbeautiful.org.
What's Happening This Week?
Do you have a Green School Success story? Do you have a great idea you want to share? Tell us all about it! Post or comment on our Facebook Page.
The EPA has a funding opportunity related to environmental education and activism. While individual schools cannot apply, school districts may. Click here to view the full document outlining the requirements. Click here for a quick Q&A guide.*
*This is meant to be used only as a source of basic information. Only the full document should be used while drafting and submitting the proposal.
Schedule a recycling presentation for no cost! Victoria Czapski of GFL is available to provide K-12 presentations, "Toss or Turn," regarding recycling, at no cost to schools. Click here for more info.
Want to learn about how animal rehabilitation works? Linda Bianco, a certified Avian Rehabilitator, helps injured birds of prey back into the wild. She offers educational programs, and she is always in need of donations to help keep her nonprofit rehabilitation center running. Ms. Bianco works mostly on her own, so please be patient for a response. Check out her website here.
Participate in Every Kid in a Park Campaign! This campaign encourages kids--and their parents to get outside. Follow this link to "open a door" and join the effort!
Need an Environmental Speaker? Ruth Ann Prey is available to do presentations for individual classes or multiple classes. Check out this letter if you are interested.
Need Help Advertising? Email us and we can help publicize your Green Schools event/fundraiser/drive on this website and on social media.
Do you recycle right? There is a correct way to recycle, and doing it the wrong way could cause problems for recycling plants. Check out this website to find out more! Follow this link to learn about how recycling has changed.
Create A Butterfly Wonderland. Go to this website to learn how you can make a monarch waystation!
Ever wonder how energy efficient your school is? Now is the time to find out. The WARM Training Center is offering free Introductory Energy Evaluations! Read this brochure to find out more!
Garden Grant Opportunity! Interested in starting a school garden? This website has resources for you, including information on a grant!
Get Batty! Bat houses are a great way to create an animal habitat at your school. Learn more about bats and how they fit into our Michigan environment at this website.
What does recycling look like? The ReCommunity Recycling Center in New Boston, MI offers tours for students and other groups. This is a great opportunity to see what happens after recyclables are picked up...Click here to go to their website to learn more.
Check out the EPA Student Page for cool activities and games for students and online resources and lesson plans for teachers. Click Here!
Want to conserve water? Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) has great ideas. You can even get a flyer for your classroom!
Need ideas for outdoor activities? Click here to go to the National Wildlife Federation's activity finder page.
Put on your chef's hats! NASA's Climate Kid website has directions on how to make Sun S'mores. But don't let that limit you to just one tasty treat! Challenge students to see what else they can cook with a little help from the sun. Click here to get directions on how to build a solar oven.
Brrrr! It's getting cold! EcoWorks Detroit Youth Energy Squad is a great way to get involved with "greening" your school-which could lead to lower energy costs, and no more drafty windows! Check out their links below, and click here to view an overview of their Youth Energy Squad Program.
Recycle...Food! People throw out a lot of food. Forgotten Harvest helps distribute food to those in need, and they could use your help! Raise money, hold a food drive, and get a tour of their facility. Click here to visit their website.
Don't just sort...Be a "Super-Sorter"! iwanttoberecycled.org has information on why recycling is so important, and even has a fun sorting game.
What's so fresh about freshwater? You can find out at the Cranbrook Freshwater Forum, which is run by the Cranbrook Institute of Science. Click here!
Links: Here are some other links to some other useful Web sites.
- Think! Energy
- Green Schools Alliance
- Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education
- Tree Musketeers
Environmental education is a core value of the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals (MAEP).
MAEP extends its environmental education initiatives to K-12 schools, community colleges, universities, and community organizations by awarding Environmental Education Grants.
Each year the MAEP provides an average of between $10,000 to $15,000 per year in grants.
For more info, click here.
The Go Green Youth Challenge is a statewide initiative which engages youth in environmental stewardship, community development and service-learning by participating in a campaign to plant trees in Michigan.
There are two ways to participate: through a fundraiser project and creative writing contest (entry is free).