School Programs, Events, Competitions, and Professional Development

Mark your calendars with these grant opportunities, workshops, conferences and more!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
February 27 – Submission deadline for World of 7 Billion Student Video Contest. Students must create a short video about human population growth that highlights a global challenge.
 
March 4 – Massachusetts Environmental Education Society (MEES) 2020 Conference. The MEES conference brings together environmental educators from across the state to network and learn new skills. This year, THE GREEN TEAM will offer a workshop “On-Site Composting for Sustainability and Science” on how to compost outdoors at your school and how to make a worm bin for indoor composting in the classroom. Bring a 14 gallon or larger plastic storage bin to make a worm bin. Worms provided free!
 
March 12 – The Wade Institute for Science Education’s Professional Development Seminar Series third day will feature the full day seminar: Becoming a 21st Century Organization For All.
 
March 30 – Deadline for sending in nominations for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy
and Environmental Affairs’ (EEA) 2020 Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Energy and
Environmental Education. Nominate yourself or a colleague. The awards ceremony will be held at
the Massachusetts State House in May, 2020.
 
March 31 – Deadline to submit THE GREEN TEAM Teacher Response Form to report your students’ activities and receive a Certificate of Recognition and student prizes to recognize their work.
 
April 2 – MassRecycle R3 Conference. The R3 Conference is the biggest annual recycling and organics conference in Massachusetts, and one of the biggest state conferences in the nation. At R3, MassRecycle fosters discussion on issues that affect recycling, reuse, and waste reduction, and provides a venue to convene individuals from all sectors.
 
April 3 – Deadline to submit THE GREEN TEAM recycling equipment application for the April 8 distribution day to be held in Boston. (Equipment requests for the Amherst and Pittsfield equipment locations may be submitted at any time).
 
April 8 – Distribution day for THE GREEN TEAM recycling equipment for schools in the Boston area. Register for THE GREEN TEAM and submit a recycling equipment application by April 6 for this distribution.
 
April 9 – The Wade Institute for Science Education’s Professional Development Seminar Series fourth day will feature seminars with the titles Weather-Wise, Not Otherwiseand Phenomena Are Not Always Phenomenal: The Hows and Whys of Engaging Students in Phenomena-Based Instruction.
 
April 22Earth Day. In 1970, the first year of Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging
consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. This year for the 50th
anniversary of Earth Day the theme is “Climate Action”.
 

April 25 – Keep Massachusetts Beautiful’s 2020 Great Massachusetts Cleanup. Join with your
neighbors, students, friends, family, and co-workers to clean up and beautify your neighborhood or
community.
 

May 1 – Submission deadline for the Massachusetts Marine Educators 2020 Marine Art Contest.
Students in grades K-12 are invited to submit a piece of original artwork focusing on this year’s
theme, “Exploring the Biodiversity of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary”.
 

May 14Massachusetts Envirothon 2020. Save the date for this year’s Massachusetts Envirothon,
at the Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown. The current issue is “Sustainable Safe Water Supply.”