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Header Picture Captions: Left to Right: Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial S.P. Nature Detectives, Summer 2010; Academie Lafayette, Kansas City, Stream Class; Sustain Mizzou Green Team recycling at an MU home football game, Columbia. If you have pictures of your students learning aout or working in the environment (with permissions) send them to weaverjc@missouri.edu and we will post them.

Missouri Environmental Education News December 2014

2014 MO EE Conference

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.

2014 MEEA Awardees

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!

EE Resources

  • 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

Professional Development Workshops

  • 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

Calendars of Outdoor, Nature, Environment and Sustainability Organizations

EE Jobs

  • 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

News (from November 2014)

 

 

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 weaverjc@missouri.edu.

Link to On-line Quiz Quiz Description

Early Elementary k-2 biodiversity logo

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.

 

 

Upper Elementary 3-5 biodiversity logo

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.

Middle School6-8 biodiversity logo

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.

 

High School9-12 biodiversity logo

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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