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So grateful for the Idaho Project Learning Tree for the wonderful Professional Development Weekend we had at Riverstone this weekend. They introduced us to Curb It and the amazing recycling program they have in Boise that I am hoping to help implement in the City of Nampa, and in my own school. Lot's of discussions and hurdles to over come first, but now I have the connections to help that on it's way.

Facebook is the perfect place to share Project Learning Tree information and all the wonderful programs they have and what they do. I encourage educators K-12 to check them out and see what they are all about. The hands on education and field trips are amazing for teachers and students alike. Let's spread the word.

Award-winning hands-on education activities provided through professional development trainings for teachers and others who work with youth.

Learn about Idaho's trees, forests and the rest of the environment! Project Learning Tree is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12. It is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad, and continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence.

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09/09/2021

Early Literacy in Action on 10/23/21 is a FREE early literacy workshop for child care providers that focuses on the Six Early Literacy Skills recommended by the National Research Council and is appropriate for use with children ages 2 years through Kindergarten.

Objectives:
-Have an awareness of print everywhere, knowing how to handle a book, and knowing how to follow the written word on the page
-How to encourage an interest in and enjoyment of books
-Understand Letter knowledge, and phonological awareness
-Examine how to incorporate vocabulary and narrative skills in the classroom

A FREE Literacy Kit containing books and materials will be provided to the first 50 registrants who also attend the training. Presented by Charlene Beach, Outreach Services, Coeur d’Alene Public Library

This course is free with interpreters available when you register in RISE, following these quick steps: 1. Login to RISE. 2. click this link: https://rise.idahostars.org/#/courseRegister/0/2006
#earlychildeducation

Timeline Photos 09/07/2021

Timeline Photos

Hunting, fishing, cutting firewood, and riding ATVs are Idaho traditions, and the cooler fall weather makes these activities more enjoyable. Don’t be caught off-guard, while fire restrictions have been lifted in many areas, the fire danger is still high across Idaho and fuels are dry from the drought conditions!

If you have a campfire, follow these six safety tips:

1.) Find out what Fire Restrictions are in place before building a campfire by visiting https://loom.ly/IAhN6Cg
2.) Build your campfire inside a fire ring in a flat, open location away from flammable materials such as logs, brush or dead leaves, dry grass and needles.
3.) Cut wood in short lengths, pile it within the cleared area inside a fire ring and then light the fire.
4.) Don’t use accelerants like gasoline or lighter fluid.
5.) Never leave a fire unattended and always keep a shovel, metal bucket and water source nearby.
6.) When finished with your fire, douse it thoroughly with water, stir the ashes and douse again. Repeat until it’s cold to the touch.

BONUS TIP: Remember, if you negligently start a wildfire in Idaho you may be held liable for all suppression costs.

#FireSense

Professional Development 09/03/2021

Professional Development

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Eunice Newton Foote’s nearly forgotten discovery 09/01/2021

Eunice Newton Foote’s nearly forgotten discovery

We learned about Eunice Foote's work during our Wildfires, Water & Climate teacher workshop this summer - a partnership of PLT, Project WET and BSU.

Eunice Newton Foote’s nearly forgotten discovery The scientist, inventor, and women’s rights activist demonstrated the heat-absorbing properties of carbon dioxide and their potential effect on climate three years before John Tyndall.

All About Wildfires: Causes, Effects, and Educational Activities - Project Learning Tree 08/31/2021

All About Wildfires: Causes, Effects, and Educational Activities - Project Learning Tree

All About Wildfires: Causes, Effects, and Educational Activities - Project Learning Tree It's wildfire season, a perfect time to teach kids all about wildfires–causes, effects, and how to prevent them–with these student activities.

08/30/2021

There's still time to sign up!

CHANGES TO ION'S POWER UP SUMMIT

Due to local Covid-related public health concerns, the Idaho Out-of-School Network has decided that the Power Up Summit, scheduled for September 9th and 10th at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, will migrate to a *virtual format with a modified two-day agenda, found at www.idahooutofschool.org/summit/.

The Summit will be begin at 8:30 am on both September 9th and 10th and will be broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent to all registrants before the conference begins. It will feature keynotes, performances, a youth speaker, presenters, a policy panel, and more.

Registration is still open through the beginning of the Summit. If you have previously registered, you should have received an email with more information. If you did not receive that email, please contact [email protected].

*This change does not impact the September 8th and 9th Annual Fall Director Meeting for Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC grant directors. That event will still be held in-person, with expanded social distance protocols, at the Riverside Hotel.

08/24/2021

Interesting!

Diese Baumscheibe zeigt die Temperaturveränderung im Leben eines 140-jährigen Baumes 🌳 Blau bedeutet, es war ein kühles Jahr. Rot bedeutet, es war ein warmes Jahr. 2020 war das bisher heißeste Jahr seit Beginn der Wetteraufzeichnungen 🔥🌡
Aus Sicht des Waldes vollzieht sich der Klimawandel rasend schnell. Als dieser 140-jährige Baum beim Beginn der Wetteraufzeichnungen im Jahr 1881 aus einem Samen keimte, war das Klima in Rheinland-Pfalz noch angenehm kühl. Im mittleren Alter mischten sich einzelne warme Jahre ein. Da immer wieder kühlere Jahre folgten, konnte der Baum das noch gut verkraften. In den letzten 30 Jahren beschleunigte sich die Erderhitzung 🌍🥵 Es gab fast nur noch warme und sehr warme Jahre.
Wie sich dadurch die Vegetationsperiode, Trockenheit, Niederschläge und weitere klimarelevante Bereiche entwickelt haben, erfahrt ihr im sehr anschaulichen, neu aufgelegten Themenheft „Klimawandel – Entwicklungen bis heute“ unterhttps://mkuem.rlp.de/fileadmin/mulewf/Publikationen/Themenheft_Klima_bis_heute__2021_barrierefrei.pdf

An Extraordinary Exploration: Introducing PLT’s New K-8 Activity Guide, Explore Your Environment - Project Learning Tree 07/21/2021

An Extraordinary Exploration: Introducing PLT’s New K-8 Activity Guide, Explore Your Environment - Project Learning Tree

You're going to love the new PLT Activity Guide!

An Extraordinary Exploration: Introducing PLT’s New K-8 Activity Guide, Explore Your Environment - Project Learning Tree PLT's Director of Curriculum shares how our new Explore Your Environment K-8 guide was developed and details some of the new features.

Green Jobs and Careers in Conservation - Project Learning Tree 07/21/2021

Green Jobs and Careers in Conservation - Project Learning Tree

Green Jobs and Careers in Conservation - Project Learning Tree There are many green job opportunities, not just in fields such as forestry and wildlife conservation. Explore the huge variety of different professions.

Home - Idaho STEM Action Center 07/13/2021

Home - Idaho STEM Action Center

Great opportunity. 3 positions available!

Home - Idaho STEM Action Center Who We Are and What We Do Mission Statement Engineering innovative opportunities for educators, students, communities, and industry to build a competitive Idaho workforce and economy through STEM and computer science education. Vision Statement It is STEM AC’s vision for a diverse, equitable, thri...

P20 Conference: Explore Your Environment - Field tested... 07/07/2021

P20 Conference: Explore Your Environment - Field tested...

Are you going to the P20 conference on July 13-14? There's still time to sign up. Attend our session on the brand new "Explore Your Environment" K-8 Activity Guide. Each participant will receive a free sample set of activities for their choice of K-2nd, 3rd-5th or 6th-8th grades!

P20 Conference: Explore Your Environment - Field tested... View more about this event at P20 Conference

07/02/2021

Be careful this weekend. And always.

Forest fires start when there are three factors present: oxygen, fuel and an ignition source such as fireworks, an un-doused campfire, a lit cigarette butt, a hot car engine on dry grass. It only takes a SPARK to ignite a catastrophic wildfire in the hot and dry forests of Idaho. Catastrophic wildfires kill humans and wildlife, destroy property and habitat and threaten our clean water, air and productive soils. Please leave fireworks at home and be careful to put campfires and cigarette butts dead out and take other precautions that would prevent a human-caused spark that may ignite a fire in our beloved Idaho forests. Learn more at https://www.idahoforests.org/content-item/fire/

More Than Trees | LearnForests.org 07/01/2021

More Than Trees | LearnForests.org

Fun new book from our friends in Oregon!

More Than Trees | LearnForests.org This 16-page publication for the “early reader” uses familiar vocabulary and appealing illustrations to teach about forests and the wildlife that depend on them in a format that children are able to read and enjoy by themselves. Insets with smaller text throughout the book provide more details a...

4th of July STEM Activities | Celebrate Independence Day 07/01/2021

4th of July STEM Activities | Celebrate Independence Day

4th of July STEM Activities | Celebrate Independence Day Celebrate Independence Day in style with these fun 4th of July STEM activities for kids that you can do at home! Learn and explore while having a good time.

Timeline Photos 07/01/2021

Sign up for this free webinar!

Meet our July 7 eeWEBINAR speakers!

📊🔍 Alison Bowers: Research consultant and methodologist at Stanford University in Nicole Ardoin’s Social Ecology Lab with a PhD in Educational Research and Evaluation.

🌳🐟 Martha Monroe: Professor and associate director at the University of Florida’s School of Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics Sciences.

💡🌿 Nicole Ardoin: Associate Professor at Stanford University, Emmett Family Faculty Scholar, and Sykes E-IPER Faculty Director of the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences.

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to learn from three EE research experts! Register for this eeWEBINAR at bit.ly/PowerofEE.

Summer reading for all ages - and fun and flexible PD for teachers! 06/29/2021

Summer reading for all ages - and fun and flexible PD for teachers!

Beat the heat with fun flexible virtual PD and summer reading ideas!

Summer reading for all ages - and fun and flexible PD for teachers! NEED Contact [email protected] to ask about PLT scholarships that are generously provided by the Idaho STEM Action Center.

06/29/2021

Adaptations for the win!

Shortly after a fire, whether a wildfire or a #rxfire, some critters seek out burned areas to proliferate. The black fire beetle loves all kinds of fire – the hotter the better - and will mate near the glowing wood and hot ashes, and then lay its eggs under the bark of freshy burned trees. These beetles have antennae that are so sensitive to smoke, they can detect just a few parts per billion of smoke particles in the air. They also have sensors in little pits on each side of their thorax to help detect heat. The US Air Force has studied these critters for years to improve their heat-sensing technology. By applying #goodfire to the landscape, we can help reduce these the number of wildfires, and in turn reduce the opportunity for black fire beetle infestations.

Photo courtesy of AG Prof. Schmitz/Wikimedia Commons

Super Conference 2021 - August 5, 2021 06/28/2021

Super Conference 2021 - August 5, 2021

The Super Conference will be.... SUPER!! Sign up today.

Super Conference 2021 - August 5, 2021 Super Conference 2021 by Idaho Teachers on August 5, 2021. . Register now, and learn more!

Why a Tree Is the Friend We Need Right Now 06/23/2021

Why a Tree Is the Friend We Need Right Now

"We could all use a steady, strong friend right now."

Why a Tree Is the Friend We Need Right Now

06/23/2021

Be careful out there!

🌩️🌲Outdoor #Lightning Safety Tips
The only safe action is to get inside a safe building/vehicle. If you can't...
⚡️Avoid open fields & hills.
⚡️Stay away from tall objects & trees.
⚡️If in a group, spread out.
⚡️Stay away from water/wet items.
⚡️A tent does NOT offer protection.

06/23/2021

Idaho educators of all grade levels! Don't miss this incredible professional development opportunity. "PLT Explorations" is a virtual 1-credit class, in which educators will engage with proven Project Learning Tree (PLT) hands-on activities that foster young learners’ wonder and curiosity about the natural world as they safely take them outdoors to learn and bring nature into the classroom. You will have plans to use materials from the course with students both indoors and out, whether teaching in the classroom or somewhere else. Learn more and sign up at IdahoForests.org/plt

Idaho educators of all grade levels! Don't miss this incredible professional development opportunity. "PLT Explorations" is a virtual 1-credit class, in which educators will engage with proven Project Learning Tree (PLT) hands-on activities that foster young learners’ wonder and curiosity about the natural world as they safely take them outdoors to learn and bring nature into the classroom. You will have plans to use materials from the course with students both indoors and out, whether teaching in the classroom or somewhere else. Learn more and sign up at IdahoForests.org/plt

Neighborhood Chipping Event - Idaho Firewise 06/22/2021

Neighborhood Chipping Event - Idaho Firewise

Friends in the St. Maries area - here's a great opportunity for your firewise cleanup. Figuring out what to do with the trimmings is often a pain. Problem solved this weekend!

Neighborhood Chipping Event - Idaho Firewise Bring your limbs/branches to this free chipping event brought to you by Idaho Firewise and the Idaho Department of Lands. Chipper Location: Idaho Department of Lands1806 Main AveSt. Maries, ID 83861 Saturday & Sunday, June 26-27, 202110 am – 4 pm

06/22/2021

This professional development opportunity is for teachers of all grades and subjects! This self-paced online 1-credit workshop is hosted jointly by Idaho Agriculture in the Classroom, Project Learning Tree and Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission. Learn about our proven activities and resources for engaging students in place-based learning. You’ll leave with plans to nurture student literacy about Idaho’s working landscapes while addressing your curriculum and state standards whether teaching in the classroom or remotely – both indoors and out. Sign up at IdahoForests.org/plt

This professional development opportunity is for teachers of all grades and subjects! This self-paced online 1-credit workshop is hosted jointly by Idaho Agriculture in the Classroom, Project Learning Tree and Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission. Learn about our proven activities and resources for engaging students in place-based learning. You’ll leave with plans to nurture student literacy about Idaho’s working landscapes while addressing your curriculum and state standards whether teaching in the classroom or remotely – both indoors and out. Sign up at IdahoForests.org/plt

Timeline Photos 06/14/2021

Perspective.

#DYK that smoke is made of tiny particles that are harmful to your health when inhaled? Particles in smoke are more than 30 times smaller than a single grain of sand! Depending on the severity of the fire, the weather, and the distance, smoke can travel a long ways from its source. It can affect people many hundreds of miles away.

#smokeready2021 #idahodeq #airquality #forestfires #camping

Two virtual Project Wild courses begin June 10 and July 1 06/11/2021

Two virtual Project Wild courses begin June 10 and July 1

Great PD opportunities from our friend Lori Adams at Idaho Project WILD. Don't worry that you missed the June 10 beginning for the Bees class. Lori says you can get started anytime!

Two virtual Project Wild courses begin June 10 and July 1 Are you seeking fun, valuable and easy-to-use lessons to teach children and students of all ages about the many of wonders of nature? Project WILD through Idaho Fish and Game is offering two workshops for adults starting in June. The workshops are mostly virtual and on your own time. Professional de...

W**d It and Reap: Attracting Hummingbirds 06/08/2021

W**d It and Reap: Attracting Hummingbirds

Do you like hummingbirds? Read this article by our friend Elizabeth Dickey of the Idaho Botanical Garden.

https://www.idahopress.com/townnews/botany/weed-it-and-reap-attracting-hummingbirds/article_26590b4c-628b-5dd4-8bcf-83e787554332.html

W**d It and Reap: Attracting Hummingbirds I have the pleasure of attending most of the classes presented by the Idaho Botanical Garden. Those offered this year by Liz Urban, Golden Eagle Audubon Society, and Jackie Jarboe,

University of Idaho grad student studies tree rings at Yellowstone to learn about wildfires 05/26/2021

University of Idaho grad student studies tree rings at Yellowstone to learn about wildfires

A University of Idaho grad studies tree rings in Yellowstone to learn about wildfires!

University of Idaho grad student studies tree rings at Yellowstone to learn about wildfires Karen Heeter, a third-year graduate student at the University of Idaho, wanted to see what the rings of a tree could tell her about climate change.

Summer fun for educators - learn, recharge, get credit, enjoy! 05/26/2021

Summer fun for educators - learn, recharge, get credit, enjoy!

Summer fun for educators - learn, recharge, get credit, enjoy!

Timeline Photos 05/18/2021

Fascinating!

𝐁𝐀𝐑𝐊 𝐁𝐄𝐄𝐓𝐋𝐄𝐒 𝟏𝟎𝟏: Bark beetles are tiny insects with hard, cylindrical bodies that are about the size of a piece of cooked rice. There are 600 different species of bark beetles in the United States. Bark beetles often attack trees that are already weakened by disease, overcrowding, or physical damage.

Bark beetles enter trees by boring holes in the bark and then lay their eggs. As the larvae consume the inner tissues of the tree, they often consume enough of the phloem to girdle the tree, cutting off the spread of water and nutrients. The tree dies because nutrients cannot be drawn from the soil, through the cambium layer, to the growing part of the tree.

Healthy trees can defend themselves by producing sap, resin, or latex, which often contains some insecticidal and fungicidal compounds that can kill, injure, or immobilize attacking insects. Sap is one of the first lines of defense of pines against bark beetles. Released sap or resins can plug bored holes of bark beetles and seal wounds. Resins also trap insect pests making some initial entry by bark beetles unsuccessful. Chemical compounds can also be induced by tree species that bind with amino acids in the gut of bark beetles, reducing their ability to process woody materials.

Unhealthy trees have a difficult time producing enough sap, resin, or latex to defend themselves. Compounding the problem, beetles release pheromones that attract other beetles. This mass influx of beetles can quickly overwhelm a tree. Bark beetles can kill a tree in as little as two to four weeks during warmer months.

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