Missouri Environmental Education News December 2014
2014 MO EE Conference. Presenters shared info on school gardens, putting on an neighborhood event, electronic recycling fairs, student initiatives, connections to Science Olympiad, a new PD certificate at UMSL, Flying Wild, building EE communities in urban communities and more. At lunch, MEEA presented its annual Environmental Education Awards (see below). Nancy Schnell received the Educator of the Year, Alex Dzurick accepted the Agency or Business Award for the City of Columbia Power and Light program, and Jay Barber received the Lifetime Envirionmental Educator Award. Carey Scherder was recognized for renewing her Environmental Education Certification. Lunch was also livened up by our First Annual EnviroQuiz Contest.
Left: President Elect Liz Petersen presents Nancy Schnell with the Environmental Educator of the Award. Center: Board Member Mary McCarthy presents Alex Dzurick of Columbia Power and LIght with the Environmental Education Award for an Organization, Agency or Business. Right: Jay Barber receives the LIfetime Environmental Educator Award from Board Member Mary McCarthy. Find out more about MEEA awards here!
Grants, Awards and Contests (due date in parentheses)
Grants and Awards for schools, teachers and students: Lexus Eco Challenge (12/8); Apprentice Ecologist Initiative (12/31); President's Environmental Youth Awards (12/31); Great American Can Round-Up (1/6); Exploravision (1/30); Toshiba America Foundation (2/1)
Other Grants and Awards:Check back next month!
- This month's resources focus on biodiversity education, to help with the questions in this month's environmental literacy quizzes
- Get to Know Your Species from USFWS
- Backyard Bioblitz from National Geographic
- YouthXChange from UNESCO
- Biodiversity and Farming Portal from the Convention on Biological Diversity
- Biodiversity and Agriculture Lessons from the Convention on Biological Diversity
- Conservation Connect from USFWS
- Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide from USFWS
- New for 2015! - UMSL Environmental Education Program
A noncredit, specialized chancellor's certificate - 21 contact hours in workshops that meet your needs: Evaluation 101, Evaluator's Toolkit, Supporting Your Mission and Reporting to Fundraisers; Going Beyond Knowledge, Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis; Assessing on Your Feet; Data Presentation and Interpretation, Audience Researhc and Visitor Studies- http://www.umsl.edu/~pcs/noncredit-offerings/environmental-education-certificate.html
- Education Specialist, Schlagle Library and Environmental Learning Center
- Interpretive Resource Jobs with State Parks
- Camp Manager and Guide, Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch
- Environmental Programs/Solid Waste Coordinator
- Education News - Commisioner resigns, Data Quality Campaign pushed for data driven decisions, New school lunches still rely on sugars, Excellent teacher definition up to states, Florida parents rally for recess, Teachers and parents on Common Core, MO Amendment 3 fails
- Missouri Environmental News - EarthDance Farms & Ferguson, Deer harvest up, Callaway hog farm ok'd, EPA says Bridgeton Landill fire won't spread radioactivity, Prairie seed harvest for grassland, Sungevity selects KC, Natural Resource Awards of Excellence, Topeka Shiners released in ne MO, Largest tree in state found in KC
- National and Global Environmental News - EPA limits smog to protect health, How pollutants trigger disease, World Bank warns warming effects unavoidable, Using social media to track air pollution, 310 species added to IUCN Red List, Polar bears disappearing from key region, New protection for migratory birds, China-US climate pact heartening but not enough, Climate change heating up groundwater, Fukushima radioactivity detected off west coast, New study seeks to settle GMO debates, 30 year decline in European birds, Spotted Lanternfly invasion.
- MEEA News- Annual MO EE Conference; MEEA Environmental Education Awards for 2014; New President Elect and Board Members chosen; Board reviews 2015 budget; 2015 MO EE Conference set for October 10, College School, St. Louis; Manager's Report: Biodiversity and Habitat Loss Quizzes, Conference, Governor's Conference on Natural Resources
MEEA Environmental Literacy Quizzes
Biodiversity and Habitat Loss
Take one or more of these on-line environmental literacy quizzes and help us improve them! All four quizzes consist of questions randomly selected from a 30+ question bank for each grade level. For early elementary there are 5 questions per quiz, for the older grades there are 10 questions per quiz.
Help us answer these questions:
- Assuming the students have covered these topics in school, is the vocabulary, sentence complexity and topic appropriate for each grade? Keep in mind, kids can master long words and simple concepts if they are taught to them.
- Are there any errors in the questions or the answers, either factual or grammatical?
To take a quiz, click on its link. You will be sent to a sign- in page which will ask for your name. Then just start the quiz. At the end you will get your score and see the correct answers. Quizzes can be repeated, but questions and answers are shuffled with each quiz.
Please share any thoughts, comments, or corrections you have with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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These quiz questions cover some basic terms covering species and habitats, the kinds of habitats that existed before land was converted to other uses, kinds of habitats, the wildlife in different habitats, some simple math problems and careers in wildlife conservation. The program randomly selects 5 questions per quiz from about 30 questions. Quizzes can be taken multiple times.
These quiz questions cover basic definitions for terms concerned with species and ecosystems, examples of species that were locally extinct but which have recovered to some extent, how loss of one species can affect other species, careers in conserving wildlife, and a few multiplication problems related to species. The program randomly selects 10 questions per quiz from about 30 questions. Quizzes can be taken multiple times.
These quiz questions cover plant communities and their relation to temperature and precipitation, threatened, endangered and extinct species, examples of extinctions, the Endangered Species Act, careers in wildlife conservation and a few math questions on the Biotic Index. The program randomly selects 10 questions per quiz from a set of about 30 questions. Quizzes can be taken multiple times.
These quiz questions cover treaties, the role of government, the major threats to species, careers in wildlife conservation and genetic diversity. There are also a few questions that use power equations to estimate species diversity, so a calculator may be required. The program randomly selects 10 questions per quiz from a set about 30 questions. Quizzes can be taken multiple times.