From the CREEC Network January NewsLetter.. !! Thanks CREEC !!
Ocean Guardian Grant
Deadline: February 1, 2010
NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is offering Ocean Guardian grants of $2,000- $6,000
to a number of
project that protects their local watershed and the ocean. K-12 schools in the following counties are
eligible: Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito,
ocean education. For more information, visit http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education/ocean_guardian/.
Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence (AASTE)
Deadline: February 5, 2010
The Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence is an annual awards program that recognizes
extraordinary contributions by K-12 educators across the
of science literacy through creativity in the classroom and motivation of students. An independent
panel of judges selects the winners based on the following criteria: creativity and effectiveness of
teaching methods; plans for the use of grant money to improve science education resources in their
schools; and submission of a science lesson plan showcasing innovative methods in the classroom.
Thirty-four science teachers will be awarded an unrestricted cash grant of $5,000, and their schools
will receive a restricted grant of $5,000 to be used to expand or enhance the school’s science program,
purchase new science resources, or further the professional development of their science teachers. For
more information, visit http://www.amgen.com/citizenship/aaste.html.
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program
Deadline: February 12, 2010
Raise up to $5,000 for your school in minutes. It’s almost that easy when you take advantage of
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation knows
how hard people work for their kids and community. They are dedicated to helping parent-teacher
groups achieve even more for schools. Apply for the Toolbox for Education Grant now and build on
your success with a Lowe’s grant. To apply, visit http://toolboxforeducation.com/index.html.
Deadline: February 16, 2010
The U.S. EPA is sponsoring a video contest that challenges filmmakers and students to produce short,
creative videos that highlight the Three Rs of individual consumption: reduce, reuse, and recycle. The
EPA will award cash prizes up to $2,500 and will be accepting video submissions through February
16, 2010. The competition “Our Planet, Our Stuff, Our Choice” calls for short, creative videos that
examine consumption and recycling and offer community based solutions. Entries should be 30-60
seconds in length and promote steps individuals and organizations can take to minimize negative
environmental impacts within their communities on the following topics: Reducing and reusing,
Recycling, Composting, and Consumption and its effect on environmental footprint. To enter, visit
Call for Young Eco-Hero Nominations and Applications
Deadline: February 28, 2010
Calling all Young Eco-Heroes for this annual Action For Nature juried contest. Cash prizes and other
gifts are awarded to young people, 8 to 16 years of age, who have initiated and achieved outstanding
environmental success, and whose efforts will inspire others. Guidelines and application form
available on the Web site. Nominations encouraged. To apply, visit http://www.actionfornature.org/
Young Naturalist Awards 2010
Deadline: March 1, 2010
research-based essay contest for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication
in science. To learn more, visit www.amnh.org/yna.
Arbor Day Poster Contest “Trees are Terrific…and Energy Wise!”
Deadline: March 1, 2010
Fifth Grade Educators and their students are invited to participate in the annual Arbor Day
Poster Contest, a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation, and sponsored in
California Community Forests Foundation. We hope you will use the contest activity to help your
students learn more about how trees provide many environmental benefits – including capturing and
storing energy. To apply, visit http://www.arborday.org/kids/postercontest/.
Deadline: March 13, 2010
Register your K–6th grade classes for Recycle Rex’s Statewide Recycle Challenge beginning October
26, 2009. The registration form will be available at the Department of Conservation’s web site. You
may register by email or regular mail. The winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2010!
To register, visit http://www.conservation.ca.gov/dor/rre/Pages/index.aspx.
Bright Ideas Grants: PG&E Solar Schools Program
Deadline: March 20, 2010
Spring 2010 grant applications are now being accepted that promote environmental
stewardship in the following categories: Educational Solar Projects; Youth Energy and
Environmental Programs; Renewable energy or Science Related Field Trips; Green Your
School Projects; and Professional Development/Service Learning Projects/Workforce Development
Programs. For more information, visit www.need.org/pgesolarschools.
International Children's Painting Competition
Deadline: April 15, 2010
The United Nations Environment Programme's International Children's Painting Competition invites
young people (ages 6-14) to submit their paintings on the theme to the relevant UNEP Regional
Office. This year's theme is Biodiversity: Connecting with Nature. The competition encourages
children from all parts of the world to focus on particular environmental issues and how these issues
affect their communities. Regional winners will be announced on World Environment Day, June 5,
2010. The regional first prize winners will each receive a cash prize and a trip for themselves and an
accompanying adult to the Tunza International Children’s Conference in
For more information, visit http://www.unep.org/tunza/children/inner.asp?ct=co...