2015 Conference Information!

February 11, 2015

Meaningful Experiences: Connecting Education and Nature

Register now for 2015 DAEE Conference FlyerDAEE’s Sixth Annual statewide conference, to be held on Saturday, March 28 at Sussex Tech High School in Georgetown, Delaware.  Click here to view the program descriptions and to register.  Register by February 20th to receive a discount on the conference fee.  Exhibitors and vendors also are invited to register through this link.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Jonathan Wickert, Ed.D., Chief of Interpretation at Delaware State Parks.  He has previously worked at Caesar Rodney High School as the Instructional Advisor where he was a classroom teacher of social studies, world history, civics, economics and world geography until he assumed the additional duties of the Administrator for the CRHS ‘Success Academy’, a 2-week voluntary summer program for incoming freshman.

Here’s a sample of some of the workshops and activities that have been lined up for the conference:

  • Digital Storytelling
  • Hands-on Watershed Models
  • Linking School Curriculum and Outdoor Learning
  • School Garden Basics
  • Rain Garden Design
  • Empower Your Students to Engage and Explore: Tree Identification
  • Mysterious Magical Monarchs
  • What’s new about Next Generation Science Standards
  • Bay to Bay: A Multidisciplinary Investigation
  • Rain Barrel Fun
  • Redden State Forest field trip
  • and… MORE!

Program descriptions and registration for participants, vendors and exhibitors are now online at https://2015daeeconference.eventbrite.com

Delaware teachers can receive six clock hours from the Delaware Teacher Center for their participation in the conference.

For more information, or to volunteer to help out with the conference, please contact the chair of the Conference Planning Committee, Flavia Rutkosky, at Flavia_Rutkosky@fws.gov.

If you have items that you would like to donate to the conference silent auction, please contact Angel Burns, at Angel.Burns@state.de.us.


DE Native Plant Society’s Winter/Spring Workshop

March 9, 2015

The DNPS winter/spring workshop is taking place this Saturday, March 14, at 10:00am at the St. Jones Reserve in Dover. Registration is required, simply email Eric Wahl.

DNPS_2015 spring workshop flyer


10th Annual Environmental Community Service Award

March 4, 2015

The Environmental Community Service Award, presented by Wawa, 6abc, and the environmental law firm Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP (MGKF), celebrates a decade of supporting environmental programs that improve the local community. The goal of the Environmental Community Service Award is to recognize schools (6th grade or higher) for their outstanding programs that enhance and improve the quality of life in their communities as well as raise awareness of environmental concerns. Understanding the importance of encouraging schools to institute environmental programs, media partner 6abc will help increase awareness of the award with their audiences throughout the Delaware Valley.

Each year two schools receive a $5,000 honorarium to further their environmental programs. The application for this year’s Environmental Community Service Award is available online at http://www.wawa.com/WawaWeb/PressReleases.aspx, 6abc.cm/1cCyWK6, and http://www.mankogold.com/aboutcommunity.html. All applications must be signed by a school official and submitted by Monday, March 9, 2015. Surprise presentations will be made at the winning schools prior to Earth Day, April 22, 2015.

See this flyer for more information!


New funding opportunity from NOAA’s Office of Education

March 4, 2015

NOAA’s Office of Education (OEd) has issued a request for applications for projects designed to strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students’ environmental literacy to improve community resilience to extreme weather events and environmental changes.  Successful projects will advance NOAA’s mission and build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community’s location.  Eligible applicants are limited to institutions of higher education; other nonprofits, including informal education institutions such as museums, zoos, and aquariums; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; and state, local and Indian tribal governments in the United States.  Proposed projects should be between two and five years in duration and have total budget requests of $250,000 to $500,000 for all years of the project.


The deadline for applications to this funding opportunity is 11:59:59 pm EDT on April 13, 2015. Applications must be submitted online via www.grants.gov. It is anticipated that awards under this announcement will be made by September 30, 2015 and that the projects funded under this announcement will have a start date no earlier than October 1, 2015.

Informational Webinar

Two informational webinars with the program officers will occur on March 9, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm EDT and March 10, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm EDT. NOTE: the same content will be presented in both webinars. By 12:00 PM EST on March 6, 2015, interested applicants should register for one of the webinars by emailing oed.grants@noaa.gov. Include in the Subject line of the email: “Register for ELG15 FFO Webinar” and in the body of the email, provide the interested party’s name(s), institution, telephone number, and email address and indicate the preferred webinar date. An email response from oed.grants@noaa.gov will be sent with the login information and date for the webinar. Whenever possible, individuals from the same institution should try to join the webinar from the same computer/phone line.

Additional Information

To read the full funding announcement, visit www.grants.gov.


Call for presentations for DAEE 2015 is now open!

November 11, 2014

Have a great environmental-based lesson plan or activity that needs to be shared? We want to hear all about it!

Whether you are a veteran presenter at DAEE, or a first timer, we now welcome you to propose a concurrent session at our 2015 conference on March 28! Session audiences include classroom and non-formal educators from all over the state and region. You can specify your preferred audience, session length (20, 45, or 90 minutes), and the related themes.

The deadline is Friday, December 12 has been extended to Friday, January 16, 2015!

The site of this year’s conference is Sussex Tech High School in Georgetown, DE. The theme is Meaningful Experiences: Connecting Education and Nature.

Don’t hesitate, submit a session proposal today!


Delaware Conservation Districts Poster Contest

September 19, 2014

The Kent, New Castle and Sussex Conservation Districts are accepting entries now for their annual conservation poster contest based on the theme, “Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil.” Deadline for entries is Friday, Nov. 7. Posters will be judged in the following grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. First, second and third place winners in each category will receive a cash prize valued at $50, $25 and $15, respectively. Entries also will be accepted from high school students (grades 9-12) in a separate category for computer generated/graphic design posters.

For more information and educational resources about the theme and poster context guidelines, please visit http://www.nacdnet.org/education/contests/poster/2014. For an informational flyer about the Delaware poster contest guidelines, please visit www.newcastleconservationdistrict.org, www.kentcd.org or www.sussexconservation.org.

For more information, please contact Rick Mickowski at 302-832-3100 ext. 113 or by email at Rick.Mickowski@state.de.us.

A press release about the contest is also available.


38th annual Coast Day is October 5!

September 15, 2014

The University of CD logo 2014-colorDelaware’s festive Coast Day returns for the 38th year on Sunday, Oct. 5. The theme this year is “Weather & Climate: On Our Radar.” Throughout the event, UD scientists, staff and students will highlight some of the ways they observe and study the effects of climate and weather in Delaware and around the world.

Each year, Coast Day introduces thousands of people to the wonders of the sea, the importance of Delaware’s marine and coastal resources, and steps being taken to ensure that those resources remain available for future generations to enjoy. Coast Day attendees can interact with researchers, tour ships, try hands-on activities, and attend presentations on a range of topics.

Family-friendly activities will include an event-wide treasure hunt for answers to questions about the environment and Coast Day exhibits. Children can meet sea-dwelling animals such as horseshoe crabs and dogfish sharks at the critter touch tanks. The event also features live music, vendor displays, and seafood favorites showcased by local chefs at the Crab Cake Cook-Off and the Seafood Chowder Challenge.

Parking and the event, which runs from 11am-5pm, is free.

For more information, including directions, please visit www.decoastday.org.


Delaware APA annual conference to focus on sustainability

September 15, 2014

The Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Delaware) serves as the local source for networking and professional development for planners in the First State. APA Delaware gives you a chance to share experiences with colleagues and broaden your perspective beyond your commission or office.

This two-day conference will feature exemplary planning efforts in Delaware, Maryland and beyond which seek to create healthier and more sustainable neighborhoods, towns, cities and regions.  Planners and public health professionals have come to better recognize the interaction between the natural and built environment and population health.

Registration information can be found at on the Delaware APA website.


Delaware Greenways 25th anniversary celebration!

September 15, 2014

Delaware Greenways is growing……… up! And they’re having a party!

Friday, October 17th at 6:00 PM at Historic Penn Farm in New Castle.
807 Frenchtown Road (Rt. 273)
New Castle, DE 19720

Help them celebrate 25 years of accomplishments:

  • Many more greenways, trails and bike paths
  • Preservation of our scenic and historic byways
  • Restoration of Historic Penn Farm

And hear about what’s coming next for promoting outdoor connections for healthy, vibrant communities!

Please join them, along with their many partners, to celebrate their birthday with a casual, fun-filled evening.

  • Enjoy great food prepared by culinary students from William Penn High School
  • Relax with beer, wine, music and an inspiring photo display
  • Learn the winner of our 2014 See You Outside Challenge
  • Bid on 25 fantastic auction items

Tickets are $50 per person.  Space is limited, so RSVP now at registration page.


Delmarva Restoration of the American Chestnut

September 4, 2014

Once the mighty giants of the eastern forest, American chestnuts stood up to 100 feet tall, and numbered in the billions. From Maine to Georgia, the chestnut was a vital part of the eastern forest, provided abundant food for wildlife, and was an essential component of the economy. In the beginning of the 20th century the fungal pathogen responsible for chestnut blight, accidentally imported from Asia, spread rapidly through the eastern forests and by 1950 the fungus had eliminated the chestnut as a mature forest tree.

On Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 6-9 pm the Delmarva Restoration Branch of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) will hold their inaugural meeting at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, the site of the peninsula’s first chestnut education orchard.

The ticketed event will feature a casual, full-course dinner combined with a keynote presentation by Sara Fitzsimmons, TACF North Central Regional Science Coordinator. Other festivities include: local craft beer, live music, chestnut-related raffles, and door prizes. Each ticket purchased includes a 1-year membership in both TACF and Delaware Native Plant Society.

Ticketing options include: single tickets ($60); couple’s tickets ($80); youth tickets ($15); sponsor-level single tickets ($320); and sponsor-level couple’s tickets ($340). Sponsor-level tickets include QTY=4 Restoration 1.0 chestnut seeds. To purchase tickets, please contact Edward Crawford by phone at 703-901-4380 or by email at delmarvachestnutrb@gmail.com.

Click to download the full event press release. Click to download the event flier.


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