Casco Bay Curriculum for Teachers

Friends of Casco Bay developed the “place-based” Casco Bay Curriculum to help 4th through 6th grade teachers incorporate locally-focused environmental education into their classrooms. Our goal is to instill an ethic of stewardship in our youth, by helping them understand the immediate marine world around them through the use of hands-on science, inquiry activities, and actual data.

Most children will not be able to travel to rain forests or to the Arctic, but our communities’ students can experience Casco Bay first-hand.  We seek to promote understanding about issues facing our community, demonstrate why these issues are important, and offer ideas on how they can be resolved.

The objectives of the Casco Bay Curriculum are to:
Provide teachers with up-to-date information about the health of Casco Bay;
Inform students about citizen actions that can protect the environment;
Foster a sense of stewardship for the Bay, the watershed and the environment; and,
Demonstrate how environmental issues facing our communities can be resolved.

Learn more at the Friends of Casco Bay website.

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Funding Opportunity: EPA National Environmental Education Training Program

Section 5 of the National Environmental Education Act authorizes EPA to fund a National Environmental Education Training Program. The purpose of this program is to deliver environmental education training and long-term support to teachers and other education professionals across the U.S. to enable them to teach effectively about environmental issues.

EPA awards one cooperative agreement to fund this 5 year national program. U.S. institutions of higher education, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, or a consortia of such institutions are eligible to apply. EPA encourages eligible institutions to form consortia to operate this program. To be eligible for consideration, the program must:

  1. Be delivered to a wide range of education professionals that reach diverse demographic populations in all geographic regions of the U.S., including K-12 classroom teachers, faculty in education departments in colleges and universities, and non-formal educators in settings such as parks, nature centers, and museums.
  2. Build on existing national environmental education resources and programs to leverage resources, encourage partnerships, and reduce duplication of effort.
  3. Provide at least a 25% non-federal match.
Other Resources

Funding for Smaller Projects:

For information on EPA funding for smaller scale educator training or other EE projects, please go to the Environmental Education Grant Program.


EPA Grant Webinar:

EPA’s Office of Grants and Debarment is hosting webinars for the EPA grants community (to be determined shortly). The webinars will address:

  • how to find and apply for grant opportunities
  • an update on the status of Grants.gov
  • preparing a proper budget detail

EPA expects to award funds for this program by September 30, 2010. The program is expected to operate from October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2015, subject to the availability of appropriations and other factors. Applications are due by July 26, 2010.

EPA Contact: Kathleen MacKinnon

Workshop – Humboldt Squid Dissection, MA

On February 27, 2010 BOAT CAMP in Newburyport MA will present a one-day workshop on the amazing biology and ecology of Humboldt Squid, including a dissection.  Training includes practical ways to bring the sea into the classroom and other venues (non-educators welcome!). The workshop is part of BOAT CAMP’s Marine Science Saturday series; cost is $10 and advance registration is requested. For more information email boatcamp@gmail.com.

Job Opportunity – Communications Director, Chesapeake Bay Program, MD

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis MD seeks a qualified individual to plan, implement and coordinate all aspects of communication for the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP). The CBP is the federal/state partnership responsible for leading the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort. A full posting for this senior position is available online.  Applications due 1/29/10.

Fall 2010 Semester at Sea

Sea Education Association is currently accepting applications for their Fall 2010 programs, with a choice of themes:  The History & Practice of Pacific Ocean Science or Marine Resource Management in the Atlantic.  SEA is offering a 20% discount to select students who submit a complete application to the Ocean Exploration program before March 1, as well as a variety of merit scholarships and substantial need-based aid packages.  Contact admission@sea.edu for more information or to request the new SEA Semester catalogue.

Internship – Spring in the Caribbean

Environmental Protection In the Caribbean  is seeking an environmental education intern for the period March-April 2010. The internship takes place on the island of St. Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles. The intern would work within the Love the Lagoon Project to protect the Simpson Bay Lagoon, one of the largest lagoons in the West Indies, providing interactive presentations to primary and secondary school students about the importance of wetlands. Deadline for applications is 2/10/10. For more information contact Natalia Collier at ncollier@epicislands.org.

Job Opportunity – Environmental Educator, NJ

The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor New Jersey is seeking a full-time, permanent Environmental Educator.  Job responsibilities include:  teaching on- and off-site programs to groups; overseeing summer camp program, including staff hiring, registration, and daily operations; supervising junior volunteers; assisting in aquarium, including animal feeding, care, and collecting; and representing the Institute at conferences, workshops, and community events.  Deadline for application 2/15/10.  For more information, contact Phil Broder at 609-368-1211 or education@wetlandsinstitute.org.