GROW to Learn Mini-grant

Application due Friday! Great grant opportunity…I know…got a few.

 

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Bubble Foundation Seeks Partners

Help Bubble find new school partners!

The Bubble Foundation is excited to announce the launch of its application process for new school partners in the 2018/19 school year. Help us find amazing schools to work with next school year! More details are below and in the attached documents. **Applications for partnership with Bubble are due April 13.**

Bubble’s Work in Schools: Bubble partners with underserved schools free of charge to incorporate strong wellness programming and policies into their curriculum and culture. We build the foundation for healthy schools that empower healthy kids. This includes our pre-K and elementary programming in cooking and nutrition (EATS), gardening (GROWS), and fitness (MOVES). See the attached document for more information on Bubble.

Application Process: Submit an application for partnership by April 13th. Eligible school candidates receive Title I funding (targeted or schoolwide), demonstrate an existing commitment to wellness, and serve elementary grades only (pre-K through 5). Applications require: 1) Identification of Bubble Wellness Circle members in your school, and 2) Completed online application. Bubble also performs site visits with strong school candidates before making a decision on partnership.

Online Application

Word Document Version of Application

If you have any questions regarding partnership with Bubble, please reach out to Ryann Dear, Program Manager, at ryann@welcometobubble.org.

Ryann Dear
Program Manager | Bubble Foundation
c: (641) 740-7290
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Jobs

Deputy Director of Street Tree Planting

Strategic Partnership Manager, Compassion in World Farming (Remote!)

Nutritionist

Seasonal Education Coordinator

Background:  The Governors Island Teaching Garden is a 21,000-square foot
urban farm that aims to engage, excite, and educate New York City public
school students and the public in all aspects of urban farming, environmental
sustainability, green infrastructure, and healthy eating. Through
developmentally appropriate, experiential and educational programming,
students and the public participate in activities such as planting, watering,
weeding, mulching, harvesting, and cooking.
Position Description: GrowNYC is seeking an enthusiastic individual with
strong experience in garden-based education to join the Teaching Garden team
within GrowNYC’s Greening Program. Reporting to the Program Manager, the
Education Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the Teaching Garden’s
school and public programming and the curricula and materials that support
these.  Applicants should have experience in urban agriculture and
sustainability, environmental education, and be comfortable working outdoors
in all conditions and with people of all ages and abilities. The successful
candidate will be a capable self-starter, willing and excited to grow existing
initiatives, develop new ideas, and expand the Teaching Garden’s offerings.
PRIMARY DUTIES (70% of time):
1. Recruit and schedule schools, summer camps, and senior tours for
weekday structured and self-guided programing.
2. Act as the primary contact for teachers and counselors bringing groups
to the Teaching Garden.
3. Lead regular hands-on garden-based lessons for visiting K-12 NYC
public school students, campers, and senior citizens.
4. Direct and train Garden Educators for weekly programing and curriculum
implementation
5. Coordinate daily site prep each morning and site clean-up/breakdown
each afternoon
6. Document field trip outcomes and impacts through teacher and student
evaluations, surveys, and tracking
7. Develop and implement creative grade-level lesson plans, activities,
and recipes for school field trips.
8. Assist with management and training of individual garden volunteers,
and co-lead weekly corporate volunteer events in the Teaching Garden,
(activities include bed building, watering, weeding, and painting).
9. Restock educational and culinary materials and track expenses up to
budgeted amount.
SECONDARY DUTIES (30% of time):
1. With the guidance of the Farm Coordinator, participate in all aspects
of intensive organic vegetable production: planning, planting, harvesting,
record-keeping, pest/weed control, irrigation, and compost management.
2. Assist with public outreach through weekly social media updates
3. Meet regularly with Greening Program Director and staff
4. Partner with other GrowNYC educational initiatives on programming and
outreach
Additional Qualifications:
● Knowledge of sustainable agriculture and urban sustainability
● Experience teaching youth and/or adults in a farm or garden setting
● Familiarity with the NYC school system
● Strong skills in program administration, communication and time
management
● Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers and working with
diverse communities
● Willingness to be in outdoor settings in hot/cold/rainy weather
● Familiarity with current software technologies and social media;
preferred knowledge in Excel, Quickbooks, and/or data management system
● Ability to work weekends on an occasional basis
● Ability to commit for the duration of the 2018 season (March-November)
required
● Basic gardening and carpentry skills a plus
● Ability to stand and walk for extended periods, and carry bulky and
heavy items
● Valid New York State Driver’45s License preferred
Position Details: This is a seasonal position (March 8th through November
16th). Hours may vary slightly, but in general will be Monday to Friday, 35
hours a week. Some weekend work may be required. Compensation is $18/hr and
includes only statutory benefits.
Please email resume, cover letter, and three references to:
Combine all submissions into one PDF and write “Teaching Garden Education
Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls please. GrowNYC is an Equal
Opportunity Employer.
Farm Internship
We are creating a 250 acre diversified farm in the Harlem Valley which will be
a center for rural and agrarian learning. Our mission is to create a place
where people can have transformational learning experiences grounded in shared
work and shared food. The homestead is centered on a beautiful working farm
bordered by forested hills, pasture, a renowned trout river, and the
Appalachian trail. Our agricultural production will be integrated with our
educational workshops, programs, food served on site, farm stays, retreats,
and events. Our farm will include livestock on pasture and organic vegetables,
berries, fruits, flowers, maple syrup, honey, mushrooms and more.
We are entering our third year on the land while expanding and developing our
current agricultural operations which include our beef herd, a small,
intensively managed veggie garden and mushroom production. We will be
introducing medicinal herbs, bees, perennial plantings, improving farm
infrastructure and more over the next few months. We may also host educational
opportunities for people to come and learn from us while we establish new
systems.
During 2018 we will be undergoing significant restoration on the farm. We are
looking for people that can be flexible and adaptive in the midst of a great
deal of movement and change. Clear, skilled communication is very important.
There will often be multiple projects needing attention, and we are looking
for people who are emotionally and organizationally agile in navigating
through complexity with our team.
This is a farm and a start up business. If you are looking to learn from an
established working farm, with slick systems already in place, this is not
that. However, this is a great opportunity for someone looking to gain diverse
experience with aspects of starting farm systems and business from the ground
up.
We are learning a lot, and so will you!
Here are some of the projects we are working on this year that you will
witness and learn from. The focus may shift depending on the needs of the site
and seasonal changes.
– Establishing and maintaining new perennial plantings of berries, medicinal
herbs, fruit/nut trees, and significant land restoration projects
– Rotationally grazing Murray Gray, Belted Galloway, and Angus cattle. This
includes setting up and taking down electrical fence, moving watering systems,
and other cattle related activities. This is a large part of regular work time
spent at HVH.
– Building a greenhouse and other agricultural infrastructure
– Welcoming newborn calves in the spring and summer
– Caring for a flock of pastured egg layers
– Establishing and maintaining a small, intensively managed vegetable garden
– Supporting a small mushroom growing operation and learning about fungi’s
role in the ecosystem
– Establishing honey bee hives and learning about pollination ecology
We Offer:
– Lodging: A lovely, furnished place to stay on a beautiful farm, with
gorgeous river, ponds, the Appalachian trail next door, etc
This is shared lodging and candidates must be able to live in community and
possess flexible, responsible and conscientious attitude.
– Food: Ingredients from the farm. Mostly eggs and veggies. Basic staples
provided.
– A monthly stipend
– Time: 2.5 days off to explore the river, the trails, neighboring farms,
research and learn, etc.
– Educational Opportunities: When we run programs, have visiting biologists,
agronomists, etc., we will work to ensure you have a chance to learn from the
experience. We also offer weekly farm focused classes from the HVH team.
You Offer:
-4.5 full workdays to the land each week, plus chore/animal coverage on some
weekends, rotating with other interns
-A commitment from April through October
-Willingness to learn, curiosity, flexibility, and excitement. Good humor
doesn’t hurt either.
Please attach a resume and brief cover letter in one document, along with
answers to a few questions and submit to harlemvalleyhomestead@gmail.com
What do you hope to get out of your experience here, and what are you most
excited about learning?
Are you able to commit to the above?
What special skills or perspectives do you have to bring?
How did you become interested in farming and agriculture?
What conditions help you to thrive?
What conditions don’t?
Is there anything else we should know about working with you?
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Readings

Natural Start Alliance February newsletter (early childhood)

Chocolate on path to extinction

Brooklyn students build beaver dams

No children because of climate change? (such an interesting piece…what a fascinating discussion for older students)

Learning for Action (using date for environmental education)

Clean energy jobs growing

Technical school rolls out food bus

Seed starting infographic

Center for Green Schools articles

Being “Out” in the Outdoors

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Opportunities & Events

Hire or Provide Internship

I love this concept…maybe some organizations on this list might consider taking on one or more of these young people!

Techie Youth teaches technology career-skills to older-teens in foster care (kids without parents,) youth facing homelessness & other at-risk youth. The teens & young-adults who have graduated the program have learned a broad range of tech skills, and are in great need of an opportunity to prove their value to an organization and become computer-sector professionals who are financially self-sufficient, and who will not need welfare/social-services.

Can you, or someone you know, provide an internship or entry-level job to a Techie Youth graduate, in full-time or part-time role? If so, please email Barbara -at- TechieYouth.org

– Either entry-level jobs or paid-internships okay!
– Either full-time or part-time okay!
– Any location in NYC or Long Island (including Suffolk County)
– Roles must be in an office, IT “field-work” or other professional environment (not retail or home-based.)
– Roles must be focused on computers, IT or technology (in any capacity.) Internships can include labor-tasks as a minority focus, but the primary role must be tech oriented.

Stone Barns Summer Institute for High School Students

Call for papers for 2018 NAAEE Conference

Community ee360 Fellowship

Call for journal papers on children and nature

Act NOW for EE: Call to Action

2018 Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference

PTO Today STEM Materials and Contest

Getting families excited about science is easy when you make it fun. The good news is you don’t need a Bill Nye on your board to plan an event everyone will love, thanks to our free Family Science Night program! Our kit includes 25 experiments that’ll get kids stoked about STEM in no time, along with a “Cool Careers in STEM” take-home, a fun Facebook video and poster to get the word out, and yes, even step-by-step pointers to make sure you don’t forget anything (hey, it happens).

Download your free kit before Feb. 28 and your group will be entered to win $250 for science night snacks, supplies, and more, plus a Mad Scientist gift basket to use as a door prize! We’ve filled it with $250 worth of cool, kid-science-y stuff like a microscope, STEM books, supplies for experiments—and even a bow tie Bill Nye himself would approve of.

Download your free kit before Feb. 28 and your group will be entered to win $250 for science night snacks, supplies, and more, plus a Mad Scientist gift basket to use as a door prize! We’ve filled it with $250 worth of cool, kid-science-y stuff like a microscope, STEM books, supplies for experiments—and even a bow tie Bill Nye himself would approve of.

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Grants, awards, etc.

Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

Innovative Education Award (DEADLINE FOR IDEAS: February 21)

2018 Youth Inventor’s Challenge

NYC Excellence in School Wellness Awards

2018 Green Difference Award

AAE Classroom Grants

VOYA Foundation Grants

NYC DOE School Wellness Council Funding

Healthy Neighborhood Challenge

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

CCNYC Composting Grant

Teacher as Heroes Awards

NY Water Environment Association student scholarships

Stand Up For School Wellness!
In past years, hundreds of student participants in our poster contest have shown us what school-based physical and health education, physical activity, and wellness programs looked like to them. This year, it’s your students’ turn to think big and share their school health and wellness message across the City!
The new 2018 School Wellness Campaign Contest opens today, giving all K – 12 New York City public school students the opportunity to create a campaign or public service announcement (PSA) about a school health or wellness issue they care about. Think about an image, slogan, logo, song, or message they would like to see on a poster, bumper-sticker, campaign button, subway ad, TV or social media campaign, tee shirt, or…we can’t wait to see what your students stand up for!
Your school can win prizes including
  • a free school mural created in partnership with Groundswell,
  • field trips and student activities sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club and other partners,
  • t-shirts printed with the winning design, and other surprises!
The student winner in the song, spoken word, and video category gets to work with Hip Hop Public Health and professional producers to produce a free track for their video. Other winning students will receive free passes to health and fitness opportunities, and all student winners and runners up will receive a swag bag. Winning entries will be featured in the 2018-19 School Wellness calendar, on promotional items such as t-shirts, and on social media and the NYCDOE website.
Submission deadline: Monday, March 19, 2018.
To enter:
Download this flyer to promote the poster contest at your school or office!
For more information, contact wellness@schools.nyc.gov.

CEC Youth Innovation Challenge

Attention Students: Submit your bold idea for the chance to receive C$5,000 in seed funding and present your innovation to North America’s top environmental officials in Oklahoma City this summer.

Learn about the Commission for Environmental Cooperation Youth Innovation Challenge. Ideas are due April 3, 2018.

As today’s visionaries and tomorrow’s decision-makers, young leaders will drive the green growth innovations that are critical to a sustainable future. Canada, Mexico and the United States need innovative science, technology and business solutions to North American’s shared sustainability challenges. Students and young entrepreneurs are encouraged to share innovative ideas that:

  • Create better or more effective products, processes, services, technologies, business models, marketing, supply chains and/or partnerships for the benefit of society, the economy and the environment.
  • Contribute to the natural asset base of North American economies, creating green jobs and/or economic opportunities for citizens in North America;
  • Make good business sense in terms of profitability and potential for growth.
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Environmental Educator Focus Group

Here is some information about an environmental focus group for elementary educators-both formal and informal:

NYC Educators, you are invited to join WNET’s Elementary Environmental Education Focus Group! Food and beverages will be provided and giveaways! The focus group is on Thursday, February 8th, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at 825 8th Ave. We are looking for your input to help inform the development of elementary school resources focusing on human impact on the environment. See here for more information and to apply to attend.

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