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April 3, 2013 - Latest, Teacher Support

If you aren’t familiar with OBIS lessons they are some of the most tried and true lessons in environmental education. The best part about the OBIS lessons is that they require few materials, most require minimal space, and they are free! You can filter by lesson content, activity type or even place (pavement, schoolyard, woods,… Read more »

Manryland Department of the Environment Earth Day contest!

March 21, 2013 - Latest, Teacher Support

Students at New Song Academy are hard at work on their poster submissions. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) invites students grades K through 8 to participate in MDE’s first Earth Day poster contest.  This year’s theme is “Reclaim the Bay.”  Students are encouraged to submit an entry that depicts what Marylanders can do to help restore the… Read more »

Are you in need of classroom supplies?

March 13, 2013 - Latest, Teacher Support

DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers post classroom project requests on our site, and donors can give any amount to the project that most inspires them. When a project reaches its funding goal,  materials are shipped to the school. It’s that easy!

Hummingbirds @ Home

March 5, 2013 - Latest, Teacher Support

Looking for a motivational project for your students. SciStarter is a great resource for citizen science projects for your students. The project of the week is Hummingbirds at Home. Hummingbirds at Home is a brand new citizen science initiative from Audubon.  The project will help scientists understand how climate change, flowering patterns and feeding by… Read more »

Free PD by NSTA

February 22, 2013 - Latest, Teacher Support

As the release date of the final  Next Generation Science Standards get closer, many elementary teachers have expressed concern about the new depth of science content expected at the elementary level. Luckily, NSTA has a number of free modules that science teachers can take to increase their science content knowledge and confidence. If you have… Read more »

2nd Draft of Next Generation Science Standards

January 10, 2013 - Latest, Teacher Support

The second draft of the Next Generation Science Standards has been released and is open for public review. Take and look and let them know what you think. The first draft had over 10,000 comments and significant changes were made. This is your chance!

Irvine’s at the 2013 MAEOE Conference!

January 7, 2013 - Latest, Teacher Support

Registration for the 2013 Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education Conference is open. The conference will be held February 7-10, 2013 at the Princess Royale in Ocean City, Maryland. The theme for this year’s conference is Educate – Engage – Energize, Understanding the Natural World. Irvine Nature Center staff will be presenting “For the… Read more »

A Great Excuse for a February Trip to Florida

December 20, 2012 - Latest, Teacher Support

The Green Schools National Network is hosting the 3rd annual Green Schools National Conference this February. Topics include Holistic Curriculum, Tools for Green Schools from the US Forest Service, Engaging Students in Campus-based Conservation Projects and much more. Even if you can’t make it to the conference, this appears to be a great resource!