Your resource for Environmental Education Updates, Workshops, and more.

Back-to-School Edition 2017
 Volume: 28  Issue: 1
DuPage County Fairgrounds

Join SCARCE and friends for this eco-extravaganza! 

Teachers, students, and families can enjoy interactive STEAM exhibits, sustainable retail, arts, crafts, and food. Get inspired with eco-lifestyle workshops and more!

  • Great volunteer project for high school and college groups
  • Extra credit opportunity for all students! Offer your class an incentive to attend

Featured vendor: Shedd Aquarium 
Learn all about sustainable initiatives at the Shedd including education opportunities for your classroom!

The Mike Nowak Show will be doing a live broadcast of the Green Fair.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Planning activities for your eco-club can be challenging. Keep your students engaged all year with an ongoing eco-collection for your school! 

"Earth Day, Every Day" in action! Get going with simple ideas for your group.

Earth Day Network wants your input! What environmental concern should be highlighted on April 21st? Three options students can research for a persuasive speech or debate.... Then put it to a class vote! 

Did you know that whale poop and climate change are related? Learn about this quirky topic to enhance your climate change and food web units in a way that is sure to stick with your students.
Upcoming SCARCE Teacher Workshops
Our classes are NGSS-aligned and offer hands-on, STEAM-focused education.
~ Earn 2 PD credits ~

Teachers - assemble your own hands-on tool to teach your students about our natural resources. 

Best suited for K-5th grade teachers. Registration opens in September.

~ Earn 2 PD credits ~

Learn about the human impact on water quality with this hands-on workshop. You'll get certified to borrow the Enviroscape Watershed Model - an interactive learning tool for your classroom. 

Perfect for 3rd grade-high school. Registration opens in September!
Sept 10-16

Rally your students around our water resources! Do a DIY project, connect with an existing event, or create a community event with a free Toolkit. 

Earth Overshoot Day was August 2nd - marking the day the global community exceeded our natural resource 'budget' for the year.  Help your students understand their impact as a global citizen and take action to reduce their footprint so we can #movethedate. Each green action you take has a positive impact!

Check out free videos, activities, and a footprint calculator.

19 aquariums have joined up to reduce single-use plastic in their operations and spread awareness about how our choices impact our favorite aquatic critters.

The POPS Summit brings together students taking action to reduce plastic waste in their communities. They learn about current research and collaborate with peers and mentors to get inspired to take their efforts to the next level. 

Teams of 2-4  students ages 11-18 may apply. Summit takes place in February. More details on applying here.

Is your school garden overflowing with produce? If your school can't use it all search to find a local food pantry that would gladly take your extra veggies #savethefood and #feedpeople

5-gal. containers of reblended paint available at Woodridge Greene Valley Wastewater Facility. Open to any DuPage County resident, non-profit, or business. Pick up Mon-Fri 8am-2pm on a first come, first serve basis. Limit 3 containers.
April 2018

Start planning now for the annual Sustainable Design Challenge! It's a great STEAM project for your high school students. An opportunity to get creative, learn about environmental design, and explore career options!

Our Book Rescue is open for browsing Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm and the 2nd/4th Saturdays of each month, outside of major holiday weekends. Check our online calendar for special hours and closures. Help us stay open for you by leaving a cash donation!

Note: We will NOT be open late on Tuesdays.
Help Us Stay Open for You!

Did you know that our Book Rescue is run 100% on your monetary donations? Please consider leaving a cash donation when you find items so that we may continue to be a resource for you and future teachers!
Upcoming Eco-Events
Aug 31  Argonne OutLoud: How (and Why) I Became A Scientist
Sept 27  Best Practices in School Gardens Webinar
Sept 28  Adopt-a-Stream Fall Kick-Off
Sept 30
Sept 30  Elmhurst Quarry Flood Control Public Tours
Oct 25  Eco-System Monitoring Programs Webinar
Oct 31
Nov 3  Plastic Pollution Summit Applications Due
Nov 4
  Annual Pumpkin Smash - get your students involved!
Mar 02
 Institute Day Workshops:
April 2018  12th Annual Sustainable Design Challenge 
Thank you to our June & July Volunteers!
Teen Service Series volunteers break down hanging folders for recycling.
Benedictine University
College Preparatory School of America
Vacation Bible School of First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton 
Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School
Highpoint Church
Lisle Park District Teen Service Series
Northern Illinois University
SEAL South
Student Life/Wheaton College
UCP Seguin

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
For their safety, most volunteers must be age 14+
  • SCARCE Book Rescue Sat Aug 12th & Aug 26th
  • SCARCE Green Fair Sept 30
  • Fall Recycling Events, Saturdays
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling, Saturdays

Contact for more details.
Book Rescue Hours
School-Year Hours
Mon-Fri: 9:00am-4:30pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays: 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates:
OPEN....Sat Aug 26 (9am-12pm)
CLOSED.....Sat-Mon Sept 2nd-4th

Bring your teacher or non-profit ID!
*No children under 14 permitted
Helpful Links

#PickUp5 Litter Clean Up
Be a part of this initiative!
Support SCARCE with your purchases 

School garden tips, grants, & more!
Recycling guide, trail systems, and more!
Join efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Report stormwater issues online.

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This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded by the DuPage County Board,
Daniel Cronin, Chairman,
the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Amy Grant, Chair
and DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.

Kay McKeen, Founder & DIrector
Vicki Baldino, Jeff Gahris, Heather Goudreau, 
Carrie Horak, Bev Jaszczurowski, Erin Kennedy,
Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef 

Environmental Education Programs are operated by SCARCE
School & 
Assistance for 
Recycling and  
This newsletter is part of the Teacher Training Program funded by DuPage County.
Our Professional Development Provider Number: 100363
The mention of a specific product or company is not an endorsement by DuPage County's Environmental Education Program