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Minnesota Leg of Tour for National Green Ribbon School Award Winners will be September 23-24  The U.S. Department of Education is conducting tours of schools and districts with exemplary practices in reducing environmental impact and costs, improving the health and wellness of students and staff, and providing quality environmental education. Education leaders, public officials, media, businesses and the public are invited to participate in any or all of the events.  More info

Waste reduction and recycling resources for schools  The Recycling Association of Minnesota offers several free resources to help schools recycle and reduce waste. 1. Customizable signs for recycling, trash, and organics, 2. Grants for recycling bins, 3. Web resources to help you find recycling options for unique school items such as old books and crayons. 4. Ask the Expert. Contact RAM for any recycling, composting, and waste related questions.  More info

Looking for safer school supplies for your children this back-to-school season?  Tests revealed 80 percent of children's back to school supplies sampled contained phthalates - chemicals harmful to children's health. Phthalates are used to soften vinyl plastic for products like backpacks, lunchboxes, 3-ring binders, etc. This Back-to-School Guide to PVC-free School Supplies offers alternatives in over 40 product categories.  More info

Back to School: Back Outside! How Outdoor Education and Outdoor School Time Create High Performance Students  In this report, Kevin J. Cole of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) summarizes the available studies on the role of outdoor learning programs and outdoor play time in furthering children's overall education: improving their lifelong learning skills, prospects for career success and school test scores.  More info

Here's an opportunity for teachers to establish an herb garden  The Herb Society of America has established two herb garden grants for teachers in grades 3-6. Public and/or private teachers with a minimum of 15 students may apply for an indoor or outdoor herb garden grant. Schools can apply for indoor herb growing stations or $200 "Seed Money" to establish an outdoor herb garden. Application deadline is October 1st.  More info

Welcome to our newest SEEK Partner - Children's Country Day School  Children's Country Day School is a nature-based preschool located on 7 acres of pasture and woodlands in Mendota Heights. In April of 2009, Children's Country Day School became the 18th certified "Nature Explore Classroom" in the nation. In our Nature Explore Classroom, children instinctively interact with natural components and gain important learning skills as they play.  More info

Connect with environmental educators at the 43rd North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Conference  Registration is open for the 2014 NAAEE Conference: Building Momentum for the Next Chapter. It will be held October 8-11 in Ottawa, with the Gold LEED Ottawa Convention Center as the center of activity. Join more than 1,000 of your EE colleagues for this outstanding professional development opportunity.  More info

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