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Redondo Beach SEA Lab enhances nature exhibit with new technology

August 19th, 2010

Los Angeles-area school kids who visit the Redondo Beach SEA Lab this year will get an extra lesson in the dangers of pollution, courtesy of environmental groups that have partnered to create a new exhibit about DDT and PCBs.

The exhibit, set up at a kiosk, will boost nature education with the latest technology, allowing kids to see and experience wildlife in 3D “Augmented Reality”. This new streaming video/3-D technology, supplied by the company Total Immersion, will make the eaglets once imperiled by DDT appear to be live and in front of the viewers, who can “hold” them.

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Dallas suburb Frisco creates a friendly canine face of recycling

June 3rd, 2010

One of the most recognizable residents of Frisco, Texas, is not yet 8 years old. In his short life, he has attended more school assemblies, parades and civic events than most public servants. He has posed for countless photos and received a lifetime of hugs. And he has helped shape attitudes toward clean, green living.

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Educating and empowering the next generation of green citizens

February 15th, 2010

By Jean M. Wallace, MAEd
CEO, Green Woods Charter School, Philadelphia

As a young girl, I spent every summer at the Jersey shore. I loved the beach! I’d stand by the water’s edge and simply marvel at the vastness of the ocean. With my red plastic bucket in hand, I would spend countless hours exploring the small tide pools and discovering the diversity of life that lived within the ocean current. It was fascinating to me and, looking out over the horizon I always imagined to myself, “What is out there?”

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No Child Left Inside included in education budget

February 3rd, 2010

By Ashley Phillips
Green Right Now

In an effort to get kids outdoors, the No Child Left Inside (NCLI) Act, aims to connect children with nature. NCLI became the first environmental education bill debated on the house floor in a long time last year when it passed in the House, but failed to progress through the Senate.

With the installation of the new Congress, NCLI now needs to be reconsidered in both houses.

Advocates believe it could get a second chance because environmental education has been given a clear opening in the US Department of Education’s budget plan.

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Teachers and schools embrace green curricula

May 26th, 2009

By Harriet Blake

The best teachers inspire. Their grasp and excitement of a subject is contagious. Talking to Bertha Vazquez, Susan Vincent and Patrick Curley, you can’t come away without absorbing at least a sliver of their passion for the environment.

This month the National Environmental Education Foundation recognized Vazquez, Vincent and Curley for their innovative approaches to environmental education. Bertha Vazquez, a middle school teacher at a magnet school in Coral Gables, Fla., won the Richard C. Bartlett Education Award, named after the chairman of the Nature Conservancy of Texas. Patrick Curley, a middle and high-school teacher who works with at-risk students in Jacksonville, NC, and Susan Vincent, an earth and marine science teacher in East Harlem, NY, won certificates of merit.

“Kids have always related to the environment,” says Vazquez, who teaches at George Washington Carver Middle School in the Miami-Dade school system. “Teachers need to look for real-life connections that kids can relate to.”

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Earth Day is every day at Green Woods Charter School in Philadelphia

April 16th, 2009

By Carol Soneklar
Green Right Now

Although every teacher and student at Green Woods Charter School will be devoting themselves to a full day of environmental service this Earth Day, in reality, it’s pretty much like any other day at the school.

The only public charter school in the country that is located inside a nature center-Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and its surrounding 350 acres in Philadelphia-Green Woods uses environmental and ecological concepts to drive the development of its curriculum and instruction.

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