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-National Geographic and NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries Field Study Program August 2004
-Environmental Excellence Awards: Free money for schools!
-Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat Unveils New Website
National Geographic and
NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries
Field Study Program August 2004
By Jennifer Smulo
Stephen Foster Elementary
My teacher, Mrs. Deck, and I were chosen as one of twelve student teacher teams to participate in a field study on Santa Cruz Island. There were seven teams from California and one team each from Hawaii, Oregon, Connecticut, Maine and Virginia. The trip was sponsored by National Geographic and NOAA who sent representatives along with other scientists and experts to help teach us about the marine sanctuary.
We were shown how to use the power of photography to capture our experience. Susanna, a professional photographer from San Jose, showed us how to use digital cameras. Each day 6 of the 12 kids were handed a camera. They got to take to take pictures of objects and scenes on the island. Susanna put some of the pictures into a slide presentation and added music. The presentation will be used to help us teach people about the island and show them how beautiful it is.
While I was on the island, I had an amazing time. We went snorkeling, kayaking, did water testing, counted and measured sand crabs, had a treasure hunt using a GPS system, and did lots of hiking. I learned about the amazing plants and animals that live there on Santa Cruz and I also learned about the ocean around it. We were able to see the endangered and endemic (endemic means only living in that area) island foxes. It was truly a life changing experience and anyone that sees the slideshow I hope will agree. I wish everyone could have an experience like this!
Click here to open the PDF file of the National Geographic news
release from the event.
Environmental Excellence Awards: Free money for schools!
This year’s Environmental Excellence Awards wrapped up on November 30, but it’s just the right time to start planning for next year! Since 1993, the SeaWorld/Busch Gardens/Fujifilm Environmental Excellence Awards have recognized the outstanding efforts of students and teachers across the country working at the grass-roots level to protect and preserve the environment. In fact, in the past decade, we’ve awarded $1 million to more than 100 schools in 35 U.S. states/territories.
Do you know a teacher whose class is doing something cool for the environment? That class could be one of eight schools across the country that wins $10,000 to benefit their award-winning project! Each winning group also receives a trip for four to a SeaWorld or Busch Gardens park for the Awards ceremony, a Fujifilm digital camera, 100 T-shirts to share with school and community partners, and an Award trophy and certificate for every student and group leader.
From the eight winning projects, an outstanding environmental educator/leader will be recognized. That educator will receive $5,000, a trip for two to SeaWorld or Busch Gardens for the Awards ceremony, a Fujifilm digital camera, and a trip to the 2005 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) national conference.
Previous award-winning projects have tackled a variety of environmental problems: habitat restoration, school-yard beautification, energy and waste reduction, environmental education and community outreach, wildlife protection, and natural resource conservation.
All schools (grades K-12) in the United States as well as select community groups are eligible to apply. The entry deadline for the 2006 Environmental Excellence Awards will be November 2005. For information about how your school or group could win both money and recognition, come by the Education Department and ask for an Environmental Excellence Awards brochure. Or visit www.seaworld.org and select Conservation Matters to learn more.
Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden
and Dolphin Habitat Unveils New Website