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Teaching Sustainable Practices: NWF Honors the NYC iSchool

5/12/2015 // By Abby Barber

Connecting kids with nature helps to further their personal and educational development. Studies have shown that exposure to environment-based education significantly increases student performance on tests of critical thinking skills, and spending time outside helps raise kids’ Vitamin D levels, …

Weekly News Roundup: Celebrating Wins for Wildlife and more

5/8/2015 // By Linda Argueta

Bison are celebrating a great victory this week! On Monday, Montana Governor Steve Bullock vetoed a bill that would have doomed the species’ chances to freely roam their native habitat in the state. Thanks to Governor Bullock and your support, …

Students at PS 179 in Brooklyn. Photo by Teri Brennan.

Students at NWF Eco-School Help Monarchs

5/7/2015 // By David Mizejewski

It doesn’t get more heartwarming than this.  Students at PS 179 in Brooklyn are learning about the life cycle of monarch butterflies and helping this declining species at the same time.  The school is a participant in National Wildlife Federation’s …

Students helping in the "Enchanted Garden" on campus. Photo by Paula Hewitt Amram

Bronx Eco-School’s Earth Day Event Showcases Many Aspects of Sustainability

5/7/2015 // By Guest Author

Bronx Theater High School is one of eight schools on the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Campus. The JFK Campus building boasts a large solar panel installation that generates 5% of the Facility’s total energy. I was proud to be at …

Otter Swimming with Plastic Bottle

A NYC Eco-Schools Teacher Helps Her Classroom Go Plastic-Free

4/9/2015 // By Guest Author

The environment did not start out as a curriculum objective. It happened as a result of the principal’s insistence on integrating current events into our lessons. Different themes and concerns arose with different groups of students. Whatever they were invested in …

First School in Texas to Earn National Award for Sustainability Initiatives!

4/3/2015 // By Marya Fowler

Congratulations Small Green Tech Academy! Clint Small Middle School’s Green Tech Academy located in Austin, Texas is modeling the way for other schools to go “green”! Since opening in 1999, the middle school has been highly involved in outdoor education, …

Park Ranger Michelle Luebke showing the class a tray of primrose seedlings. Photo by Jason Wickersty, National Park Service

Kindergarteners Help Grow a Wild Brooklyn

4/1/2015 // By Guest Author

One morning in early March, Park Ranger Michelle Luebke from Gateway National Recreation Area and Michael Butts from the Greenbelt Native Plant Center in Staten Island visited our kindergarten class at P.S. 197 in Brooklyn to help us start growing …

Weekly News Roundup: Happy National Wildlife Week and more!

3/13/2015 // By Linda Argueta

Started in 1938, the first Wildlife Week was celebrated by the National Wildlife Federation and our state affiliate partners to bring the nation’s attention for the need of improved wildlife protection. This year, we are happy to provide wildlife lovers …

National Wildlife Week: Seattle’s Villa Academy Raises a Flag for Eco-Schools

3/9/2015 // By Jessie Yuhaniak

Off the shores of Lake Washington in Seattle, Villa Academy is working to create a wildlife oasis at their pre K-8 Independent Catholic school.  Their 30-acre school grounds have been enhanced by removing invasive species, planting natives, and restoring important …

National Wildlife Week: Bronx Guild High Boasts New York City’s Largest Orchard

3/9/2015 // By Jessie Yuhaniak

One great way to engage multiple generations to live together with wildlife is to support multidisciplinary environmental education in schools, through great programs like Eco Schools USA. One of the many standout Eco-Schools in the U.S. is just south of …

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