National Environmental Education Week 2011

Join us April 10-16, 2011 to explore our vital connection to the ocean with teachers and students nationwide

For those of us in Michigan, the ocean may seem too far away for us to have an impact on it. The truth is we all impact the ocean and the environment worldwide. Trees benefit the ocean by helping to clean and filter our water before it eventually reaches the ocean. This year’s National Environmental Education Week theme is a great way to tie in the big picture and talk about how our actions here in Michigan affect the rest of the planet.

The ocean covers nearly three quarters of our planet’s surface, provides 70 percent of the oxygen in the atmosphere and houses about 20 percent of the known species on Earth. It regulates climate and weather and provides food and energy resources for humans worldwide. No matter how far from the coast, water in every stream or river eventually ends up in the ocean, and all life on Earth is dependent upon its health. More than half of all Americans live within 50 miles of the coast, but whether near or far, our lives are inextricably linked to the ocean. Recognizing the importance of protecting the health of our ocean and understanding our dependence upon it regardless of its proximity, the National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) 2011 theme is Ocean Connections.

Participating educators will have access to hundreds of ocean-related lesson plans and resources and opportunities to participate in educator webinars and interact with experts and scientists. They’ll also receive a grade-appropriate EE Week planning toolkit, certificates of participation and much more. In addition, EE Week will provide special resources, lesson plans and opportunities for educator professional development and student learning about the Gulf oil spill. Learn more by visiting

Register today by visiting, and join thousands of educators and students across the country in exploring our vital connection to the ocean during National Environmental Education Week, April 10-16, 2011.


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