Great Lakes Literacy: Telling Our Story

Guest Post by Ashley Miller Helmholdt, SEMIS Website and Newsletter Content Contributor The Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition (SEMIS Coalition) started out their school year focused on the history of place and its connection to literature and the larger Great Lakes. One of the major focus areas was working with schools to tell their personal story and the[…]

Response: President Issues Earth Day Proclamation

On Wednesday, the President issued an Earth Day proclamation, acknowledging the threat that climate change poses to our planet and future generations. He urged citizens to take action by visiting national parks and proposed $240 million investment towards restoration this year alone. The President reminded us of the first Earth Day, where “having borne witness[…]

Eight YouTube Resources Around Youth Engagement and the Environment

Below are some of Earth Force’s tried and true YouTube resources, as well as a some newer videos, which I uncovered when researching for this post. Feel free to share your own favorite YouTube resources in the comments section. Earth Force in Lake Erie – This video, created by young people, walks through the Earth[…]

GM GREEN Kicks Off in British Columbia and Texas

GM GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network) water monitoring kicked off this spring in Langley, British Columbia and Arlington, Texas. Through the program, young people work with engineers from General Motors to conduct water quality monitoring and use their findings to create lasting solutions for pressing water quality issues in their community. Students in each[…]

Big News from Earth Force: Vince Meldrum Announced as New President/CEO

Earth Force is excited to announce Vince Meldrum as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Meldrum will replace former President/CEO Lisa Bardwell, who is moving to a part-time support role. “Vince is a proven leader with outstanding nonprofit leadership skills, business vision, and the ability to bring people together,” says Murray Rosenberg, Earth Force[…]

Why Do Civic Skills Matter in STEM?

When you hear STEM, what necessary skills automatically pop into your mind? My guess would be science, technology, engineering, and math. And that answer would be correct. Take engineers at a wastewater treatment plant for example: when they are assessing the quality of a local body of water, they need to use technology to gather[…]

Online Resources to Accelerate Youth Engagement

Needing some quick online resources to help you with youth engagement, both in and out of the classroom? We’ve got you covered with eight recommendations below. (Of course don’t forget the Earth Force website. Check out our resources page if you haven’t already.) We’d also love to learn about other resources you may use that[…]

What Motivates Someone to Protect Our Environment?

This week a peer shared a recent New York Times article with me that got me thinking. The premise of the piece questions what drives people to be concerned about our environment. When I asked my coworkers why they cared about our environment, they said things like “It’s the basis of all of society. Without[…]

2014 Annual Report: A Glimpse at 20 Years of Earth Force

Hot off the Earth Force presses: Our 2014 (and 20th Anniversary edition) annual report is here! This annual report highlights 20 years of ground-breaking, youth-focused environmental education. Inside the report, check our 2014 accomplishments, as well as a timeline of the organization’s milestones over the years. It also features 20 Earth Force stakeholders talking about[…]