Tuesday, March 31, 2015

North Carolina Spotlighted in National Report on State Environmental Literacy Plans

The North American Association for Environmental Education released an updated 2014 status report on State Environmental Literacy Plans this week.  This report details the current status of environmental literacy plans throughout the U.S., highlighting several states with exemplary plans and providing recommendations for successful plan development.

The report highlighted North Carolina’s successful efforts to align its environmental literacy plan (ELP) with its statewide plan for environmental education and to integrate environmental education into core subjects. It also praised the alignment of the literacy plan with educational priorities in the state, touting the Department of Public Instruction’s efforts to integrate environmental literacy into its Essential Standards for Science and Social Studies.  “The Department recognizes that integrating environmental education is important for meeting state and national standards, while also developing critical thinking and citizenship skills. Furthermore, the ELP also supports North Carolina’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education Strategy’s goals and key priorities.”
North Carolina's environmental literacy plan has been developed by the Department of Public Instruction and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in partnership with Environmental Educators of North Carolina, the state professional association for environmental educators, and the NC Association of Environmental Education Centers, with additional input from a wide range stakeholders in the education and environmental communities.Read the full NAAEE report 

Monday, March 23, 2015

NC Teens Exhibit at the White House Science Fair!

Congratulations to the Bee Aware team! They recently exhibited (March 23, 2015) at the White House Science Fair. The text below is from the Bee Aware team entry from the White House Blog 

The “Bee Aware” team from North Carolina is working to help revitalize honey bee populations and to inform the public and businesses about the harmful effects of specific chemicals on honey bee populations and the harmful ramifications to human, animal and plant life. As part of their project, the group has presented to local garden clubs, Christmas tree farms, businesses, visitors, and tourists about honeybee science. They’ve also presented scientific information about honeybees to school across the region, educating more than a thousand High Country elementary schoolers on the importance of honeybees and what can be done to protect them. The Bee Award Team was awarded the $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant for their project, which will include the opening of a bee sanctuary in their community this spring.

More information about the Bee Aware team and all of their current projects in on their website, www.beeawarenc.org 
and also in this article in the Mountain Times