TEACHERS WANTED to participate in innovative Service Learning Program

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dear Teachers of Grades 4-12 throughout Wake County!

Here's an exciting Service Learning Project for 4th-12th grade students to
improve water quality in their local watershed and Neuse River Basin, then
present their project outcomes to an international audience of
environmental educators!

The Neuse RIVERKEEPER® Foundation and Environmental Educators of North
Carolina (EENC) invite teachers of grades 4-12 to join the Neuse
RIVERKEEPER® Foundation Environmental Challenge. The NRF Environmental
Challenge is an environmentally focused service learning program where
teachers work with local organizations to develop student-directed
initiatives that address water issues in the Neuse River basin.

Participating teachers will be trained in the Earth Force (
http://www.earthforce.org/) service learning model. This training will provide
tools to guide students as they assess environmental issues in their
watershed and design action projects to address those issues. Projects can
be carried out during regular classroom instruction, elective classes, or
after school clubs in the fall of 2011.

The NRF Environmental Challenge will serve as a model service learning
program for the October 2011 Annual Conference of the North American
Association for Environmental Education (http://www.naaee.org/) in Raleigh.
Student service learning projects will be presented at the NAAEE Conference
and will also be showcased at the Neuse RIVERKEEPER® Foundation Film
Festival in January 2012.

Important Dates:

April 1, 2011- Teacher applications due
May 6-7, 2011: Earth Force training for participating teachers in Raleigh
October 13, 2011: Students and teachers present work at NAAEE Annual
Conference in Raleigh
January 2012: Final project work showcased at the Neuse RIVERKEEPER® Film

Apply now!!! Flyer and application attached.
Visit www.neuseriver.org/challenge.html for additional information.


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