Eastern Shore Environmental Education Council

Eastern Shore Environmental Education Council


Network Climate Action: Scaling Up Your Climate Impact
5-week online course
April 7 - May 12, 2020

Many of us want to do something about climate change, but individual actions can feel inadequate in the face of the looming crisis. In the Network Climate Action: Scaling up your Impact online course, you will learn what the latest research says about how to scale up your individual actions through your social networks. You will choose a climate action you take yourself and apply social influence research to persuade your family, friends, colleagues, or social media followers to also take that action. You will be part of a unique online community that is applying innovative, exciting, and evidence-based approaches to fight climate change!

For more information and registration link, go to: https://www.civicecology.org/course-nca
Winter Waterfowl Boat Tour, March 26th, 9:00-11:30 am - Join The Nature Conservancy's Virginia Coast Reserve Migratory Bird Conservation team for a seaside exploration of winter waterfowl habitat in Northampton County! This outing is free and open to the public, but registration is required, as space is limited.

For more information or to sign up, please contact outreach & education coordinator, Margaret Van Clief at [email protected] or (757) 414-9227.

We hope you'll join us!

The Nature Conservancy Virginia

“Advancing Environmental Education Practice” by Marianne Krasny, Cornell University Press 2020

This new book is included in the “Environmental Education Outcomes” online course (Feb 11 - Mar 17, 2020) offered by Cornell University. Sign up for the course now! http://civicecology.org/course-eeo
Summer 2020 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) are available through VCR LTER here at the UVA Lab. Applications are due February 10th.
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How often do you get to explore a conserved landscape in the winter moonlight? The Nature Conservancy will host a Full Moon Walk on Brownsville Preserve in Nassawadox - Friday, January 10th at 4:30 pm led by TNC MD Lower Shore Project Manager, Joe Fehrer.

This popular annual outing is free and open to the public, but registration is required, as space is limited. For more info or to sign up, please contact Outreach & Education Coordinator, Margaret Van Clief at [email protected] or (757) 414-9227.

We hope you can join us!

The Nature Conservancy Virginia
Check out the latest Shore Outdoors insert about migration found in the October 2019 edition of Eastern Shore First (https://www.easternshorefirst.com/)!! This 8-page insert, funded by the Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District, is an annual publication of the Eastern Shore Environmental Education Council .
LTER is excited to see many members of the EEC at Outdoor Exploration Day tomorrow (Saturday the 28th)!
“Introduction to Environmental Education”
Cornell University online course
5 weeks (Sept 3 – Oct 8, 2019)
Register now: https://civicecology.org/course-iee

Intro to Environmental Education is the perfect course for anyone interested in starting a career in Environmental Education or improving their skillset. Participants will examine different education approaches and produce activity plans appropriate for your current or future educational programs. As usual, we expect to have hundreds of participants from dozens of countries, which provides a great opportunity for networking and social learning.
Please share the following course announcements with your colleagues and networks!

“Climate Change Science, Communication, and Action”
Cornell University online course
6 weeks (Sept 3 – Oct 15, 2019)
Register: https://civicecology.org/Course-CC

This course covers the basics of climate change, from science to action. We delve into the subtleties of climate change communication and explore climate action from the standpoint of policy and through the lens of growing climate social movements. Using Drawdown’s comprehensive list of climate change solutions, we help you focus on a climate action that you can achieve during the course, and then provide a framework to help you plan post-course climate engagement.
Outdoor Exploration Day is fast approaching! We will be having kayak trips during the big event on September 28th, but the trips will be limited. In the meantime, enter for a chance to win your very own kayaking adventure at Kiptopeke State Park and be sure to save the date!

This 2 hour ranger-led kayak paddle will take you up close and personal with the concrete fleet at Kiptopeke with a stunning view of the sunset on the Chesapeake Bay! All equipment and a brief lesson will be provided to you and up to 5 of your friends and family! You do not want to miss out on this opportunity! All you have to do to enter is and this post and our page.

You have until August 20th, 2019 at 5:00 pm to enter. The winner will be announced Wednesday, August 21st at 9:00 am.

The tour will start at the Kiptopeke State Park boat ramp and traverse the shoreline of the Chesapeake beach and around the Park’s famous Concrete Fleet. Come prepared with water tolerant clothing and drinking water. Children 11-15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 11 and under are ineligible. Date will be weather and conditions permitting.

Step-by-step Instructions
1. Like this post.
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3.Share this on your timeline and mention your friends in the comments so they can enter too!

The winner will be selected at random and announced on August 21st at 9:00 am.

Good Luck!


Kiptopeke State Park Friends of Kiptopeke State Park Virginia State Parks VISIT Eastern Shore, Virginia Eastern Shore Soil & Water Conservation District Eastern Shore Environmental Education Council

Eastern Shore Environmental Education Council under umbrella of ESSWCD is an alliance of community g

The Eastern Shore EE Council falls under the umbrella of the Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District (ESSWCD).


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When they're nestlings, Belted Kingfishers have acidic stomachs that help them digest bones, fish scales, and arthropod shells. But their stomach chemistry changes by the time they leave the nest, and they begin regurgitating pellets, similar to owls.


The Envirothon, sponsored by National Conservation Foundation, is making a difference and impacting conservation one student at a time! Envirothon alum like Palmer are now conservation leaders, making a difference and working to improve our world! Join us in our quest to provide education, leadership development and outreach by making a commitment to conservation today! Give at https://nacdnet.app.neoncrm.com/forms/ncfspringcampaign

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Farmers are busy planting crops and moving livestock this time of year. Remember to , be patient and give a friendly wave!


One year from now, millions of skywatchers across the U.S. will have the opportunity to see a total solar eclipse. It will be the last time one will cross the U.S. for more than 20 years. Where will you be? https://go.nasa.gov/3Kmy1a7

Home - Bat Week 10/18/2022

Bat Conservation International

Get ready for Bat Week! October 24-31

information on bats
games and activities
bat house plans

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🍁🍂FALL FOLIAGE REPORT: This fall season is shaping up to be a memorable one, and if you’re lucky enough to live in or visit Western Maryland right now, you’ll soon know why. The fall foliage show is ON in mountainous Western Maryland with a full spectrum of fall colors on display.

This week, we have an extended report from our park staff and foresters out west to help you figure out what’s happening where and plan your visits accordingly. Although Western Maryland is the star of the show this week, the rest of our beautiful state is starting to transform as well, likely saving its peak displays for the weeks to come.

Read this week's full report: http://ow.ly/s8HH50L9W6q

View a Launch from NASA Wallops Visitor Center 10/18/2022


Next launch from Wallops!
Mission: Northrop Grumman CRS-18
Vehicle: Antares
Date: Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022
Time: 5:50 a.m. EST
Visitor Center Launch Viewing Area: 3:30-7 a.m. EST

View a Launch from NASA Wallops Visitor Center NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.

Timeline photos 10/18/2022

In late May, We're Here podcast hosts Abi Newhouse and Melissa Wade joined TNC scientists and volunteers to collect eelgrass seeds in Virginia’s coastal bays and dive into its role in blue carbon market. TNC Coastal Scientist Bo Lusk is featured in the episode. Listen now >>> https://nature.ly/3T1bBOx

Photos from Journey North's post 10/18/2022

The characters in the Sherman's Lagoon comic strip are hitting the road to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Marine Sanctuary System!

According to Jim Toomey, creator of the daily comic strip, Sherman the shark, Fillmore the sea turtle, Hawthorne the crab and Ernest the fish, will visit several sanctuaries throughout the month of October.

The National Marine Sanctuary System turns 50 on October 23, 2022. Join the celebration and follow Sherman and his pals as they explore America's underwater parks.

Check out the published strips:

(Graphic description: Jim Toomey's Sherman the shark, Fillmore the sea turtle, Hawthorne the crab, Ernest the fish and friends surrounding the National Marine Sanctuary System's 50th Anniversary logo. Credit: Jim Toomey)


Hummingbirds on your mind? Ours, too! Here are four fun facts about these fascinating birds.

🌎 More than 340 hummingbird species exist, and only in the Americas. The largest of these species is the nine-inch-long Giant Hummingbird (Patagona gigas) of the Andes and the smallest is the two-inch Bee Hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae), a Cuban endemic.

🪰 Hummingbirds consume much more than nectar. Insects and spiders make up a significant part of a hummingbird’s diet, providing protein, fat, and other important nutrients.

🌺 Hummingbirds are more attracted to native plants than exotics. Hummingbirds have evolved alongside their preferred flowers, and these plants generally produce more nectar and attract more insect prey than non-native ornamentals.

🐦 The closest living relatives of hummingbirds are the swifts, another group of birds known for their impressive aerial maneuvers. However, hummingbirds are the only birds capable of flying both forward and backwards.

For more fascinating hummingbird facts, don’t miss our upcoming FREE webinar with John Shewey, author of The Hummingbird Handbook. John will be sharing everything he knows about these birds and answering your questions in what is bound to be a fun, lively discussion. Go to tinyurl.com/HummingbirdHandbook to register.


We can help you find money for college and YOU can help! When you come in to see us, be SURE to bring your paper work and necessary documents. We even have a checklist that can help you prepare and position yourself to get the maximum amount of support. Find it here!https://es.vccs.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Complete-the-FAFSA.pdf

Timeline photos 07/15/2022

We're Ranger Parkie Parks! What's your ranger name?

Timeline photos 07/15/2022

New! The latest edition of North American Association for Environmental Education - NAAEE is now available. “Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence” is a comprehensive guide to developing new and improving upon existing environmental education programs, with environmental quality, social equity, and economic prosperity in mind. Whether you are working on a field day for young children or developing an ongoing, community-wide engagement program, following a process will help you be as efficient and effective as possible.

Find resources and guidance on planning, implementing, adapting, and evaluating your EE programs in the link: https://naaee.org/eepro/resources/environmental-education-programs


Sign up for the "Eat More Fish" webinar series and learn how eating fish supports healthy lifestyles, pick up some preparation tips and delicious recipes, and learn about Virginia’s seafood from industry experts.

Register here ➡️ bit.ly/392edtW

VT Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center | Virginia Sea Grant | Virginia Tech Food Science & Technology Department | VSU College of Agriculture | Virginia Tech


Join Virginia Association for Environmental Education at the Airfield Conference Center in Sussex for our annual conference August 12th-14th. Enjoy professional development, networking, learning, and field experiences with environmental stakeholders as we convene to reimagine a healthy, sustainable Commonwealth.

Visit vaee.wildapricot.org/2022Conference for more information!


It's during ! Turtles are among the most imperiled vertebrates in the world. At least 61 percent of 356 species of turtles worldwide are considered threatened, or are already extinct. In the U.S., turtle populations face growing threats from habitat loss, climate change, disease, and vehicles when crossing roads. The illegal collection of wild turtles – including for the pet trade – is making matters worse. Help turtles by pledging to never take one out of the wild.

If you are thinking about purchasing a pet turtle, familiarize yourself with state,
federal, and international wildlife regulations regarding the sale and possession
of specific species. Always be sure to inquire about where a turtle came from
before you consider buying one.
Read more about illegal pet trade in turtles: https://dwr.virginia.gov/blog/shell-game/

Photos from Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuges's post 05/26/2022
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