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Think Earth Day Every Day

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The federal Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 to take effect in the 2017-2018 school year, is the fi rst law in U.S. history to include language that supports environmental education. Plans call for it to be integrated with current state standards, graduation requirements, teacher development and assessment, funding sources and policy action steps.

EducationWorld.com offers lesson plan ideas for students. For example, students from third grade through high school might collect their household junk mail and explore ways to reduce it. Those in kindergarten through eighth grade may create a binder of information on endangered species that includes maps, animal facts and threats to their survival, exploring causal interconnections throughout the planet. Students can also build a cafeteria compost pile or fi nd ways to improve their school’s recycling program.

Kathleen Rogers, president of the nonprofi t Earth Day Network, on Earth- DayNetwork.org, says, “We need to promote environmental consciousness into our children’s curricula so they are able to analyze problems, think critically, balance needs and take informed action.”

Earth Day isn’t just one day. Aware citizens can take a rewarding action every day. Help the Houston area and Gulf Coast region celebrate and forward its progress toward sustainability at these local Earth Day 2017 events.

March for Science Houston

April 22, 11am-3pm, Location TBD

See Event Updates on our Facebook page at: Facebook.com/nasetexas, Events

Adopt-A-Beach Coast-wide Spring Cleanup

April 22, 8:30AM-Noon
• Texas City Prairie Preserve Check in: 4702 TX 146, Texas City
• Bolivar Peninsula/Crystal Beach Check in: 930 Noble Carl Dr, Crystal Beach
• Galveston Island Check in: Menard Park, 27th and Seawall Visit TexasAdoptABeach.org for all beaches.

21st Annual Earth Day Celebration

April 22, 10AM-Noon Southdown Park, 2150 Countryplace Pkwy, Pearland

Educational activities, butterfly garden

2nd Annual Pleasure Pier Seawall Cleanup

April 22, Noon-4PM

Fish Tales parking entrance on Q 1/2. street Call 409-766-4950 for information.

Teacher Earth Day at the Coastal Heritage Preserve

April 22, all day

Artist Boat, 2627 Avenue O, Galveston Call 409-770-0722 for details

Family Fun 5K “Walk for the Wild Things”

April 23, 8-10AM
Armand Bayou Nature Center, 8500 Bay Area Blvd, Pasadena

$20 pre-registration, $25 day of event, kids 5 and under free. Visit ABNC.org for information. Call 713-274-2667 to register.

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