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NOAA Planet Stewards Book Club

The NOAA Planet Stewards book club has a great line-up of books slated for discussion for this academic year. Scroll down to see the titles, brief descriptions and dates of each Book Club meeting. Discussion Questions will be posted approximately one week before each meeting.

To see previously selected books and associated discussion questions, have a look at our Book Club Archive Page.

To make sure you receive reminder announcements about our Book Club, sign up to our mailing list.

Here’s the general information for participating in our Book Club. We hope you’ll join us as we explore new and thought provoking topics.

  • All book club meetings begin at 8:00 pm Eastern Time.
  • Anyone can participate. Just read the book prior to the discussion, and on the day of the meeting dial in using our toll free number 1-866-662-7513. Then use the passcode 1170791#
  • Before each meeting we’ll send out a reminder note through our email list along with series of discussion questions the meeting leader will have prepared.
  • There are a limited number of “seats” available for each meeting. Plan to dial in just a few minutes before the official start time.
  • Have questions? Contact: oceanserviceseducation@noaa.gov

2021 -2022 Academic Year Book Club Selections & Meeting Dates

All Book Club events for the 2021 -2022 Academic Year have concluded. To see all the materials we read this year and questions we discussed, go to our Book Club Archive Page.

Keep a look out for announcements of our 2022 - 2023 Academic Year Book Club Selections and event dates on this page, or by subscribing to our e-newsletter: The Watch.


NOAA Planet Stewards Workshops

To receive the latest announcements about upcoming distance and face to face learning opportunities as well as educator and student opportunities and resources, be sure to sign up to the Planet Stewards mailing list.


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E Kū Ana Ka Paia:
Building Climate Change Resilience – An Educator Workshop

NOAA Planet Stewards, The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and the Hawai’i Science Teaching Association are hosting a three-day workshop for educators to learn about climate change, how it's impacting Hawai‘i, and how to engage students to take action through place-based activities grounded in Hawaiian perspectives.

  • When/Where: July 13-15, 2022
    • July 13 from 8:30-4:30 PM: NOAA facility
      • Inouye Regional Center in Honolulu 
      • Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in Hilo
      • Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei
    • July 14: Climate-focused field-based and hands-on experiences
    • July 15: Climate change unit development training and network building. This is an optional day; educators completing and submitting a classroom ready climate change unit will be paid up to $5,000 for their efforts. 

Spaces for this event are limited! Travel scholarships are available for teachers on Kauaʻi, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi.

This workshop is planned for in-person learning. Depending on COVID-19 safety guidelines at the time of the workshop, an alternate, virtual experience may be required. All registrants will be kept apprised of programmatic changes.

  • Who:

    6-9th grade educators throughout the state of Hawai‘i
    Upper elementary, middle and high school educators are welcome to apply to attend. Priority registration will be given to 6-9th grade Hawai'i educators from Title I schools who apply in groups of two or more.

  • Workshop goals:
    1. Build relationships with like-minded educators from across the state through collaborative conversations and engage with climate-related organizations in your community.
    2. Participate in hands-on demonstrations and field opportunities to collect climate data that you can bring back to your classrooms.
    3. Explore Native Hawai’ian knowledge systems and practices that engage students to take action at the local level; and use different methods to support community-based adaptation and resilience.
    4. Explore NOAA and NOAA partner climate curricula, citizen/community science projects, and place-based resources that address climate impacts in your community.
  • Workshop features:
    • Light continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included for each day of the workshop. 
    • Free classroom resources, including a climate kit to help introduce climate topics to students.
    • A free membership to the Hawai’i Science Teaching Association.
    • An opportunity to earn up to $5,000 through the Hawai’i Online Portal for Education for developing and implementing a place-based NOAA-content connected climate change unit for your classroom.
    • Explore future funding opportunities through Planet Stewards and Ocean Guardian grants.

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E iho ana o luna, e piʻi ana o lalo, e hui ana nā moku, e kū ana ka paia! That which is above shall be brought down. That which is below shall be lifted up. The islands shall be united. The walls shall stand upright.” Adapted from the prophecy of Kapihe. This traditional oli (chant) represents the huli (transition/shift) that occurs during times of massive change and transformation of ʻāina - lands, oceans, and people. Kānaka ʻŌiwi (Native Hawaiian) knowledge systems descend from hundreds of years of thriving in a sustainable relationship to finite resources grounded in deep understanding and lived experience and practice. Adaptation is inherent to who Native Hawaiians are through the intimate genealogical relationships they maintain with a dynamic, natural environment, and perpetuated by many communities today. During times of major transformation and upheaval, this oli is a symbol of resilience in the face of foundational shifts occurring in our physical environment where working together is the only way forward. “E Kū Ana Ka Paia” exemplifies the rebuilding of walls and strengthening the foundations as we collectively work together with renewed hope toward community resilience.


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Preparing for Climate Change Impacts Through Stewardship

NOAA Planet Stewards, Elkhorn Slough and South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRS) are hosting a simultaneous three-day educator workshop about climate change impacts on estuaries and their adjacent communities along the Pacific Coast, and how to engage schools and communities to take action to address regional impacts of this global phenomenon.

Participants will spend three days at either Oregon’s South Slough or California’s Elkhorn Slough NERR learning about climate change and watersheds, taking part in field experiences, and learning how to incorporate these topics and stewardship actions into their classrooms and communities.

This workshop is planned for in-person learning. Depending on Covid-19 safety guidelines at the time of the workshop, an alternate, virtual experience may be required. All registrants will be kept apprised of programmatic changes.

  • Workshop topics include:
    • Climate change science and climate change activities that meet NGSS
    • Citizen science and hands-on stewardship to inspire youth to address regional environmental impacts, and mobilize action in their communities
  • Workshop features:
    • Opportunities to learn from and interact with subject matter experts
    • Hands-on field investigations with a NOAA researcher
    • In-depth information about estuaries and other coastal systems
    • Activities and lessons designed around climate change topics and issues
    • Light continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included each day of the workshop
    • Educators will receive resources for their class and field work
    • Stipends will be provided for all attendees upon full completion of the workshop.

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Climate Justice: Exploring the Science of Climate Change in Your Classroom

NOAA Planet Stewards and the Detroit Zoological Society are hosting a three-day workshop for educators to explore how global climate change is affecting the metro Detroit region, and how they can engage their students in taking action to address this global phenomena.

Participants will attend:

This workshop is planned for in-person learning. Depending on Covid-19 safety guidelines at the time of the workshop, an alternate, virtual experience may be required. All registrants will be kept apprised of programmatic changes.

Workshop topics include:

How to incorporate weather and climate change activities that meet state curriculum requirements into existing curriculum; using citizen science projects to connect youth with their local environment; mobilizing youth to take action in their communities.

Workshop features:

  • Opportunities to learn from and interact with subject matter experts.
  • Hands-on learning experiences at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.
  • Light continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included for each day of the workshop. Beverages and appetizers will be provided at the special evening event at the Polk Penguin Conservation Center.
  • Detroit educators will receive resources for their classrooms, and a fully paid opportunity (including transportation!) to bring their students to the Detroit Zoo or Belle Isle Nature Center for a learning experience. A $450+ value!
  • When/Where:

    This event will take place on October 7-9 of 2022. There are a limited number of spaces available. We strongly urge you to Pre-Register and reserve your seat at the workshop today!

  • Who: Teachers in the Detroit area who work with upper elementary, middle or high school students.
  • Cost: $50 includes 14 SCHECHs (State Continuing Education Clock Hours), educational resources, tools and materials for the classroom, a special evening event in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, Light continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, and a fully paid for field trip for each classroom to visit the Zoo or Nature Center during the school year.
  • To pre-register without obligation and receive more information go to: https://forms.gle/8enHXppH9ckxiw27A
  • Questions? Contact: Claire Lannoye-Hall