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Helping People Reconnect To Our Environment

THE GREAT AMERICAN CAN ROUNDUP

It's time for schools to register to win at www.cancentral.com/roundup for the 4th Annual Great American Can Roundup School Challenge from America Recycles Day (Nov. 15) to Earth Day (April 22), 2014.  Registration is required.  At cancentral.com/roundup, you will find virtually everything to run a successful Roundup from a tool kit to posters even curriculum.

Can Manufacturers Institute is awarding $1,000 to the school in each state and the District of Columbia recycling the most aluminum cans per student and an additional $5,000 to the champion per capita recycling school nationwide that is on top of value of the aluminum cans.

RECYCLE BOWL COMPETITION

Are you looking for a fun and creatie way to increase school recycling participaton in your community?  Keep America Beautiful's thrid annual, "Recycle Bowl," is a comprehensive nationwide recycling competition for elementary, middle and high school students.

Open to all schools, the incentive-based recycling competition kicks off again this October and registration is now open on the Recyle-Bowl websiteat http://recycle-bowl.org The competition runs October 21 through November 15, culminating on America Recycles Day.

Join us on Thursday September 26, from 2 - 3 pm EST for a one hour overview of the 2013 Recycle Bowl Competition.  Space is limited, register today.

THE OKLAHOMA ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE GUIDE

The Department of Environmental Quality releases an Environmental Resource Guide of the agencies and organization in Oklahoma.  This is a valuable tool for anyone looking for environmental education or information within our Great State!

Use this guide to set an Enviornmental Day at your school, and Earth Day Festival for your community, to find speakers to address environmental topics or a webiste.  You can download or see this guide HERE!

PRAIRIE PROJECT

The Prairie Project is an educational website that brings the prairie to teachers and students alike.  The website provides videos, pictures, information and ready to use PASS & National Standard lesson plans that explain the unique prairie eco-system. Check it out to find out more at; www.prairieproject.ok.state.edu/   

SCHOOL SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS

This is your chance to engage students in making their school a more sustainable one!

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission, LEEC will soon be issuing applications for sustainability projects in K-12 schools in EPA Region 6, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Texas).  Fulltime classroom teachers or school administrators in accredited public or non-public schools can apply on behalf of an individual school.

They are looking to award projects that encourage sustainability initiatives on school campuses that actively engage students in the process.  However, no building construction or building modification will be funded.  This grant is up to a $5000 per award.  The LEEC will be mailing out applications in Mid-August, so be thinking about your project for your school, then apply.  Good Luck! 

SUTTON WILDERNESS PARK REPORT

The Sutton Urban Wilderness Committee recently gave a presentation to the Norman Parks Board about the purpose, use and state of the park.  The George M. Sutton Wilderness Park is a Norman treasure not be be missed. 

To see a PDF version of the PowerPoint Presentation, please click here sutton.pdf

 

FARM TO SCHOOL IS VERY COOL!

These posters are provided to schools by the Farm To School Program and Ag in The Classroom.   Both of these programs are under the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry.

The Farm To School program encourages and assists school's efforts to provide more nutritious and healthy unprocessed Oklahoma foods.  The demand for locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables increases every year. If your school is interested in participating in a Farm To School program, please contact Chris Kirby, Program Director at 522-2106 and for more information about the program, please visit; www.okfarmtoschool.com

Ag in the Classroom is agriculture related activites and background materials for grades K- 8th.  There are over 160 lesson plans for teachers locted on their website at www.agclassroom.org/ok.

O.K.R.A. VIDEO CONTEST

The Oklahoma Recycling Association or OKRA is announcing their 2012 Video Contest.  Your goal if you choose to accept the challenge is to produce a PSA that raises awareness of recycling and encourages recycling in Oklahoma schools and communities; with an emphasis on how recycling saves natural resources and energy and reduces pollution.

This contest is open to all students' grades 9-12th and the deadline for your entry is October 31, 2012.  Huge cash prizes will be given to the winner and their school's environmental science club, PLUS the winning PSA may air on TV stations throughout Oklahoma.  To get more information, rules or to register, visit; http://www.recycleok.org/ .  Good Luck!

SCIENCE FILM CLIPS ON THE WEB

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, with the assistance of the Oklahoma State Department of Education, has produced film clips of students as they participated in field trips to:

Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge

Deep Fork National WIldlife Refuge

Tulsa/s Oxley Nature Center

These film clips or "bellringers" are concise; most are between 4 -6 minutes in length, they also address Science PASS for elementary, middle and high school curriculum.  Accompanying each "bellringer" is a Teacher Tool that provides additional resources.  To view bellringers, go to the Oklahoma State Dept. of Education's website www.sde.state.ok.us go to the PASS Curriculum screen; click on view Science Web; click on Bellringers; OR just click HERE!  Then, sit back and enjoy the show.

SOLID WASTE MANAGMENT RESOURCE TRUNK

This trunk is made available by a grant provided by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Oklahoma State University, USDA Rural Development and the Oklahoma Recycling Association.  It features a "Close the Loop" display with sample items made from recycled materials.  It contains information about  "Reduce, ReUse and Recycle", backyard composting, "Use Less Stuff", household waste and pollutants, illegal dumping and littering and much more.  The resource trunk is available for non-profit groups and educators statewide, it is designed for K-12 and arranged by topic.

A fully refundable deposit of $25 is required with the completed form, which you can download here.  This resource trunk is a wonderful tool to highlight the importance of waste reduction and management.  Reserve the trunk today.

CARTRIDGES FOR KIDS FUND RAISER

Cartridges for Kids is a new electronics recycling fund raiser program from Waste Managment.  This is designed specifically for schools, businesses or non-profit organizations.  It is completely free to everyone.  Here is how it works, your school collects the following items; cell phones, inkjets or cartridges, laptops, IPads, Tablets, Readers or IPods, PDA's, Video games and consoles, calculators, Digital Cameras, DVD's and GPS'.  They do not accept; Toner tubes, ribbons, CRT monitors, TVs or batteries.  You supply the box (hopefully found at the local drop off center) pack it up, attach the pre-paid FedEX label that they give you, call FedEx for a pick up and collect a check at the beginning of the following month.  If your school or business is interested in signing up for this great fund raising opportunity, please go to www.cfktoday.com/enroll.html or call 1-800-420-0235.  If you would like to see their Power Point Presentation about this program, click HERE.

WORM COMPOSTING AT JEFFERSON

This morning Jefferson Elementary School's Plant Patrol become the proud parents of some Red Wrigglers.  The District donated the worms to help start worm composting for their outdoor classroom areas.  Each of the students from the 3rd Grade Plant Patrol got to hold a worm and place it into its new home.  Congratulations, you now have 13 hungry mouths to feed.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

 Environmental Education is the cornerstone of conservation.  Knowledge is the best tool we can give our citizen to build a better world.  We hope that our educational programs create better stewards. 

The District proudly supports and participates in events such as: the Lake Sweep at Lake Thunderbird, Earth Day Festival, Rain Barrel Workshop, an E-Waste Recyling Program and several other events throughout the year.  

We conduct "Grass Roots Training" for teachers wanting to teach environmental education, a poster coloring contest for 3rd graders in the county and a landjudging contest for High School students. We organize a plant donation drive for schools as well as an aquatic plant exchange registry for outdoor classrooms. Every year we take applications for Conservation Teacher of the Year for Congressional District 4, teachers we sponsored won in 2009 & 2010. We helped to build 18 of the 23 outdoor classrooms in the county and we currently set on the Environmental Education Planning Committee that works with the Norman Public Schools to assist teachers with environmental education.  This past year, we sponsored a student to attend the Oklahoma Forestry Youth Camp.

The District conducts three different earth friendly workshops entitled "It's Good to Be Green", one for the home, one for the garden and one for your business and have presented them at Chamber Meetings, Libraries and for the general public. We sponsor Blue Thumb Volunteer Training and activities in the county and numberous other water quality and water conservation activities.

 If you are interested in any of the events listed above, please contact us.