Summer Internship Announcement
Environmental Center Internship
Elkhart Environmental Center
City of Elkhart, Indiana
February 13, 2015
The Elkhart Environmental Center (EEC) has two summer internship positions available for the summer of 2015. A formal City of Elkhart job description is attached. The positions are funded for a minimum of 30 hours per week for twelve (12) weeks. The positions run from May through August and the starting date is flexible.
Interns will participate in all aspects of the EEC’s work, which emphasizes environmental education, public outreach and habitat restoration. There is a mixture of outdoor and indoor tasks and responsibilities, including, but not limited to:
• Assist EEC staff with preparing for and managing public events, the most significant being the annual EnviroFest in July.
• Assist with ElkhartWood urban wood utilization and community outreach program.
• Develop environmental education materials.
• Represent and promote the EEC at community events.
• Responsibility for outdoor projects, such as invasive plant removal, and maintaining the food education garden.
• Volunteer management including training and supervision.
• A self-guided project that furthers the intern’s professional skills.
Interested persons can submit resume and cover letter as MS Word or PDF files attached to email and sent to email@example.com. Hard copies can be submitted via ground mail delivery by addressing the envelope as follows:
ATTN: Ericka Popovich
Elkhart Environmental Center
1717 E. Lusher Ave.
Elkhart, IN 46516
If you or interested students have questions or need additional information, please contact Ericka Popovich, EEC Supervisor by phone at 574-293-5070 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
EEC Intern Job Descript_2015.pdf
Are you an Indiana educator interested in learning more about Indiana’s forest resources and how to integrate them into your classroom? The Indiana Division of Forestry will conduct the Indiana Natural Resources Teacher Institute the week of June 22-26 at the Forestry Training Center at Morgan-Monroe State Forest. This multi-day conservation education program will include visits to public and private forests, tours of forest industry facilities and an introduction to forestry research in Indiana. The purpose is to provide an unbiased look into the impact sustainable forestry has on our state’s economy, environment, and quality of life, and to equip teachers to take that knowledge into the classroom.
This workshop will advance effective teaching and learning about Indiana’s forest resources and their management. Participants will learn how to approach the teaching of STEM concepts and principles from a natural resource perspective and develop a STEM-based curriculum project to be implemented with their students. Participants will receive more than 30 Professional Growth Points toward license renewal.
Application forms will be available Feb. 1. This program is for Indiana educators only. If you are interested please send an email to drogler@dnr.IN.gov.
The 2015 Endangered Species Youth Art Contest has been announced. This nationwide contest is organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Endangered Species Coalition, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the International Child Art Foundation. The contest provides students (grades K-12) with an opportunity to learn about endangered species and express their knowledge and support through artwork. Submissions must be postmarked
no later than March 1, 2015. All of the basic information needed to participate in the contest can be found at:
Artwork should highlight one or more species listed as federally threatened or endangered -- the list for species that occur in Indiana can be found at:
Fact sheets about those species can be found at:
This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about endangered species in Indiana. It would be wonderful to see young artists from Indiana among the 2015 contestants!
Eco Science Fair at the Indiana State Museum
The Indiana State Museum, in partnership with Earth Charter Indiana, invite students to participate in our 2nd March 20 & 21, 2015. Last year, eight schools exhibited about their sustainability projects, sharing their enthusiasm on learning about green initiatives with over 500 Indiana students. For 2015, we would like to make the Eco Science Fair a competition, allowing individual and groups of students to challenge themselves in answering some of the most important questions about our future: how to live more sustainable lives. apply to investigate a scientific question related to the categories of renewable energy, social projects (such as recycling and green activism), sustainable agriculture and other. Projects will need to be set-up and ready for judging by 9 a.m. on Friday, March 20. The Going Green Festival will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. Students will need to be at their table, especially when judging takes place but will be over by 2 p.m.). During this time, students will also be able to school groups who come to participate in the event. 2 to 2:30 p.m. Awards in each category will be given in the Dean & Barbara White Auditorium of the museum. Projects may remain at the museum on Saturday
Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. but is not required. But please consider doing so that our Saturday guests can enjoy your projects too!
For questions, feel free to contact Joanna via email email@example.com or at 317.232.8293.
Manager of School Programs
Teaching About Invasive Species
For the past 2 years, we’ve been working on a new book which finally went on press last week.
As with our previous books, we’re providing discounts for those who order copies now. I’ve attached a couple of files with details of our pre-publication promo.
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$2,000 SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE
May 30, 2015 Application Deadline
National Association of Abandoned Mind Land Programs, NAAMLP is a non-profit, professional organization that promotes the reclamation and restoration of lands affected by abandoned mining throughout the nation. Title IV of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) established the national Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Program under the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), U.S. Department of the Interior. SMCRA’s purpose is to reclaim land and water resources adversely affected by past coal mining and left abandoned or inadequately restored. SMCRA levies fees on active coal mining to pay the reclamation costs. Collected fees are deposited in the AML Fund and redistributed to authorized states and tribes to implement their own programs. NAAMLP is the professional association of States and Tribes who work under the auspices of Title IV of SMCRA, as amended.
The $2,000 NAAMLP Scholarship is intended to assist in the education of students who intend to work as scientists or technicians in the field of mine land reclamation.
Letters of application for this scholarship must be received by May 30, 2015.
Scholarship monies will be awarded in the form of a tuition check made out to the accredited educational institution of your choice to be received at the annual NAAMLP conference. Three (3) scholarships will be given: 1) to a student enrolled in a school in the eastern geographic area of the United States (generally those states within or near the Appalachian Region of the OSMRE); 2) to a student enrolled in a school in the Mid-Continent of the United States (generally those states within or near the Mid-Continent Region of the OSMRE); and 3) to a student enrolled in a school in the Western Region of the United States (generally those states within or near the Western Region of the OSMRE). The scholarship holders are invited to attend the 2015 NAAMLP Annual Conference at the Santa Fe, New Mexico from September 27-30, 2015. Costs (travel, lodging, per diem up to a total of $1000) and Conference registration fees will be covered in addition to the scholarship. Scholarship recipients are expected to participate in all Conference activities. Tuition may be used at any accredited institution of higher education. The NAAMLP Scholarship must be utilized during the 2015-2016 school year.
World of 7 Billion Video Contest
Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity into your high school environmental education classes.
The contest challenges your students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges dealing with either the sixth extinction, available farmland, or global education. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources.
The contest deadline is February 19, 2015. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at www.worldof7billion.org/student-video-contest.