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April 2021
Volume: 31 Issue: 8
Engage your students in imagining the future of the built world!
Learning Opportunities with SCARCE
We are ready and excited to engage your k-12 students in environmental education! Our NGSS-aligned programs on recycling & waste, water quality, pollution prevention, composting, energy conservation and more are sure to pique your students' interest.

We offer a variety of formats:
  • Live virtual programs
  • eLearning
  • Socially-distant programs in our learning center
Contact us to discuss how we can meet your needs.
SCARCE Educator Jean Kent doing a virtual watershed demonstration.
Check out this month's local sustainability superstars!
The Lane School in Hinsdale created a catchy video for their bread tag collection for SCARCE.
Wheaton Christian Grammar School was awarded the Earth Flag and named the Illinois nominee for the US Green Ribbon Schools award.
With the new administration's commitment to climate action the EPA has relaunched it's climate change website to provide a trustworthy and accurate public resource on climate change issues and solutions. You'll find a range of information, including greenhouse gas emissions data, climate change impacts, scientific reports, and existing climate programs within EPA and across the federal government.
Celebrate our Earth for Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month
Nature has inspired many a poet - perhaps it isn't surprising that we celebrate poetry and our Earth during the same month! Poetry has a way of reaching hearts and minds in a way that can inspire action and sustain hope unlike any numbers or statistics.
April is the perfect time to engage your students in writing and reading poetry about nature, conservation, climate and more.

Kick off a lesson or open an Earth Day activity with Amanda Gorman's Earthrise.

Young readers will enjoy Compost By Gosh - a rhyming story that teaches about composting with worms.

Check out this Earth Month Poetry lesson from the American Association of Librarians that will help elementary students explore their world through a poet's lens.

Secondary students can explore environment-themed poems from and the Poetry Foundation.
Earthrise by Amanda Gorman
Contribute to Scientific Research for Citizen Science month!
Citizen Science projects are a great way to get your students doing hands-on learning that makes a difference! Citizen scientists help researchers by collecting, analyzing data, and reporting at a scale that a single scientist could never achieve on their own. Check out two opportunities below or visit to find more projects for students of all ages and skill levels.

  • Volunteer with FrogWatch USA: Individuals and families are invited to become a FrogWatch USA volunteer to learn about wetlands in their communities and conserve amphibians by reporting the calls of local frogs and toads. Attend a training April 23rd from 6-8pm through Cosley Zoo, our local FrogWatch USA chapter. Register here.

Pre-orders due April 22nd, Pick-up May 1st
Our annual Growin' Green Garden Market is back! Get your school garden ready for a bountiful harvest with supplies and know-how to grow green. Pre-order organic seedlings and food scrap amended compost for pick up Saturday May 1st and get tips from eco-vendors and mini-workshops.

Did you know? Food scrap amended compost has many benefits that help plants thrive: it holds water and nutrients, reduces erosion and pests, and more. Plus, it diverts food waste from landfills, helping to fight climate change. 
Weekly drawings and several grand prizes
Send a photo, drawing, video, or other creative medium to KidsGardening on behalf of the kids you garden with. The entry should tell what they love about their garden or gardening. The more creative the better! Entries accepted through April 30th.
Help your students discover careers across the environmental field! Join the Cornell Lab to discover people who turned their interests in fields such as science, engineering, education, and technology into careers that help the planet. These people work at zoos, universities, nonprofit organizations, wildlife sanctuaries, and clinics… and they’ve all made the Earth their boss! This event is ideal for families with 7th-12th graders and undergraduate students. 
Do your students need volunteer hours? Are you looking for a service opportunity for your eco-club? Sign up for the annual DuPage River Sweep on Saturday, May 15th. Participants will help clean up and restore our local waterways by removing debris in and along our rivers.
Only rain down the drain!
This beautiful public art was spotted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It's an eye-catching reminder to keep pollution out of our stormdrains.
You can help keep our waterways pollution-free through our storm drain medallion project. Learn more here.
Does your school have a piece of eco-educational art? We'd love to see it! Send a photo to
Connect Kids with Nature & Science through Backyard Birding
Learning about birds is a great way to foster a connection with science and the natural world and inspire students to be lifelong stewards of our shared planet. Young learners especially will enjoy this beautiful interactive illustration from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Hover over each bird to view their name and with a simple click you can hear their call. Many of these species are also commonly found in Illinois.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers free starter lessons for k-12 learners that teach science and math concepts while getting kids outside to explore nature.

Students can contribute their bird observations to the eBird citizen science project. eBird is available online and as a mobile application.
Spring is Recycling Event season!
Just in time for spring cleaning! Check out our list of upcoming community recycling events for one-stop options to responsibly recycle, dispose, or donate a wide variety of items from around your home such as electronics, medications, paint and more. Items accepted vary by event.
All children's books $1 through end of April
All children's books in SCARCE-LY USED are marked down to $1 each through the month of April! A great option to stock up for end-of-year prizes or summer book bags. See more on the SCARCE-LY USED facebook page.

SCARCE-LY USED is our open-to-the-public store that was started by several amazing volunteers. It is stocked with new and gently-used music records, adult fiction and non-fiction plus new kids story and activity books. All sales support our Reuse Center for teachers and non-profits.
Many brand new story and activity books available.
Upcoming Eco-Events
April 5-17
April 8
April 16
April 19-23
April 22
Happy Earth Day!
April 24
April 30
April 30-May 3
May 2 - 8
May 15
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities - our volunteer program is currently on hold.
Our Reuse Center couldn't function without the amazing individuals that dedicate their time each week to sorting, stocking, and organizing.

If you see them when you visit, give them a round of applause!
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
Saturdays 9am-12pm

Donation hours 9am-2pm Tuesday-Friday
Appointments required for 5 or more boxes.
Helpful Links
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This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded in part by the DuPage County Board, Daniel Cronin, Chairman,the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Sheila Rutledge, Chair, and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director; Jan Breyne, Laura Fanning, Heather Goudreau,
Carrie Horak, Bev Jaszczurowski, Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef

Environmental education programs are operated by SCARCE
This newsletter is part of the Teacher Training Program funded by DuPage County.
Our Professional Development Provider Number: 190000000000000
The mention of a specific product or company is not an endorsement by DuPage County's Environmental Education Program.