Returning Educators: Join us for a quick overview of Caring for Our Watersheds, where classroom groups of ten or more answer the question, “What can you do to improve your watershed”? Middle school and high school educators and partners from the Mid-Atlantic Region of the US are welcome to attend to learn more about this opportunity! You can do this in any subject matter class but social studies, special classes like art and library, gifted classrooms, eco-clubs, science and STEAM classes align best.
ACTION PLANS DEADLINE
Fall Priority: 11/4/22
Fall and spring deadlines to submit the action plan and get feedback. High School and Middle Schoolers of groups of 10 or more will submit the goal and strategies for an innovative, realistic solution to how students want to improve their watershed.10 finalists are selected by community experts and announced 3/10/23. All proposals can apply for implementation funding after the announcement, with priority of funding for finalists.
ACTION STORY PRESENTATIONS
April 24-29, 2023
Five minute action story presentations are judged by a panel of community experts virtually and recorded to be shown at the finals. Stories are judged on innovation, environmental impact, comprehensive scope & research, communication, budget, visuals, and overall community impact of the action. Students are highly encouraged to ask for change to stakeholders and work in youth-adult partnerships with community partners to amplify their work. Students should be far along with implementing their action at this point, if not finished (new this year).
VIRTUAL FINALS CEREMONY AND ACTION SHOWCASE
May 11th, 2023
The top 10 Environmental Civic Action Stories are announced for the final competition for prize money ranging from $300 to $1,000. Student groups take part in a reflection panel. All non-finalist action stories are showcased and voted on for a People’s Choice Award for $200 prize money.