For more than 35 years, teachers have worked hand-in-hand with EBMUD to help students learn about the value of water. EBMUD offers classroom materials, programs and field trips to teachers and students, with the goal of showing students how to use water wisely and how they can help protect watershed environments.
Materials are distributed free to public and private schools in EBMUD's service area and near EBMUD's Sierra foothills facilities (Amador and Calaveras counties, Lodi and Linden). K-12 materials are aligned with state standards and can be ordered online. You may review sample copies of many of the materials before ordering.
Teen Ink: Environmental Contest. Concerns about current problems facing the planet are among the issues presented in Teen Ink. Young people are invited to share their thoughts with others by writing a persuasive essay. There are no deadlines and entries are accepted throughout the year. See Teen Ink for details.
Water: The Essential Resource. National Geographic and Annenberg Learner present a free online teacher professional development course for 4th-8th grade teachers focused on ocean and freshwater systems. Weekly modules from October 9-December 11, 2013, support the California Environmental Education Initiative (EEI) and provide practical teaching strategies. Register online.
River of Words Art and Poetry Contest. Entry forms are available for ROW’s annual competition that closes on December 1, 2013. The focus is on watersheds, and the contest is open to any child between 5 and 19 years of age who has not completed high school. Go to the River of Words Art and Poetry Contest for details.
The 3rd Annual Film Competition. This contest for 6th-12th grade students is sponsored by the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival. Winning films will be chosen on the basis of creativity and the ability to tell a story that leaves the audience better informed and/or moved about the oceans. Entries must be received by January 5, 2014. For details, visit Ocean Film Fest.
Coastal Art and Poetry Contest. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit their work to the California Coastal Commission’s annual contest that celebrates the beauty and spirit of California’s beaches and oceans. Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2014. Go to Coastal Art and Poetry Contest for more information.
The 3rd Annual Bay Area Science Festival. October 24 – November 2, 2013. This public education initiative presents over 50 events at leading local institutions to showcase the region as a leader in science, engineering and technology. Get details at Bay Area Science.
Educators' Open House at Chabot Space & Science Center. On Nove mber 7, 2013 from 4:30-7:30 pm, there is a wonderful opportunity to meet keynote speaker Kenneth Wesson, learn about field trip opportunities, planetarium shows and exhibits. There will also be time to visit labs and classrooms and sample activities and demonstrations. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required for this freeopen house at Chabot Space and Science Center.
Educator Extravaganza at Cal Academy. November 16, 2013 from 4:00-9:00pm. This event is for all educators working with preK-12 students. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. Call 877-227-3311 or go to calacademy.org.
Field Trip Grants: Target has a grants program for K-12 schools to fund field trips that connect classroom curriculum to out of school experiences. Each grant is valued up to $700. Visit Target to enter. Applications are accepted from August 1 through September 30 for field trips in the next calendar year.
Environmental Projects: The Captain Planet Foundation funds grants to support hands-on environmental projects for school age children. Amounts range from $250-$2,500 with applications reviewed semi-annually. Deadlines are September 30 and February 28. Go to the Captain Planet Foundation to apply.
Do Something Seed Grants. $500 grants are awarded every week to help young people start community action projects or programs, or to help existing projects to expand and grow. Get details for seed grants here.
Edutopia offers a roundup of educational grants, contests and awards aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools and communities. Check for weekly updates at Edutopia grants and resources.