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

May 2018
 Volume: 28  Issue: 10
Visit the Elmhurst Quarry on a class field trip complete with a guide from DuPage County Stormwater Management.

Start planning your environmental education for next year - we can help. Whether it's a field trip, community project, or school-wide initiative we can help you 
Summer Graduate Courses
-- Earn 3 graduate hours or 40 PDs/CEUs --
Join us for an eye-opening, week-long experiential graduate course.  These courses are designed to align with NGSS.

Here's your chance to dive into water!  Led by experts in the field, we'll get a unique behind-the-scenes picture of the infrastructure and ecosystem services we benefit from every day. Get ready to make a splash in your classroom come fall!

Featured Stop:  Urban Stream Research Center 
Learn about the local endangered species this lab is breeding to restore waterways right in our backyard - rarely open to the public.

Investigate the life-cycle of the stuff we make, use, buy, and throw away each day.   Learn from experts about the human impact on the environment - for better or worse - and ways to make a difference.

Featured Stop: Willow Ranch Compost Facility View compost in action! Get up close at a large-scale facility that transforms food scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost.

There are so many organizations to highlight! Among them, Winfield Middle School and Waubonsie Valley High School go green with energy projects, and York Center School eco-club students win their campaign to fight plastic pollution at school.

Twenty-eight teams from four high schools participated in this year's design challenge. These lucky students learned directly from professionals in sustainable design and toured local green infrastructure.
 If you teach at a DuPage County high school, learn how to get your students involved for 2019! The Sustainable Design Challenge can be a supplemental activity to a class, a club project (eco-club, architecture...) or be a club of it's own. Don't let your students miss out on this opportunity for another year longer!

Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove and three local businesses were awarded environmental flags in April. Learn about their achievements.

Turn your school into a real-life experiment in renewable energy! K-12 schools can apply for funding to install solar photovoltaic panels or a wind turbine. Applications are due August 28th.

9am-1pm @ SCARCE
799 Roosevelt Rd, Glen Ellyn

Pick-up local, sustainably grown veggie seedlings, native plants and trees, and food-scrap amended compost. 

Shop our market for eco-friendly garden goods and learn how to green-up your green thumb from vendors and free mini-workshops on permaculture, beekeeping and more.

Introduce your students to Rachel Carson, the author, environmentalist and activist. She also understood the importance of teaching children to care for nature writing:

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in".

School may be out but SCARCE is open all summer long! Volunteer at SCARCE and get first dibs on the truckloads of donations being dropped off each week while supporting your favorite resource for books and supplies.

Get your students organized to help clean up our rivers! Individuals can join a group or establish a group for your school by becoming a group coordinator.
Pre-registration is required.
New Supplies at Big Discount
9am-12pm May 12th @ SCARCE

We will have brand-new teaching supplies available for $2 and less thanks to a generous donor. All proceeds will support our Book Rescue resource center.
Upcoming Eco-Events
May 5
May 5
May 6-12
May 7  Students: Future Leaders In Planning Applications Due
May 8  Sustainable Design Challenge Awards Presentation
May 9  Bike to School Day 
May 12  ZeroLandfill Chicago

May 17  Clean Air in the Classroom Webinar
May 17  Green Drives   Green Your School Fleet!
May 19  Eco-Service: DuPage River Sweep
May 23  National Turtle Day
May 27  Rachel Carson's Birthday
June 5  World Environment Day
June 11-15  Where is Away? Course - Earn Grad Credit or PDs
June 18-22  Living Waters Course - Earn Grad Credit or PDs
Thank you to our April Volunteers!
Benet Academy students lent a hand at SCARCE.

Benedictine University
College of DuPage
Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy
Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School
Hawthorn Garden Club
Islamic Foundation School
Lisle High School Eco Club
North Central College
SAP Fieldglass (Naperville)
St. Francis High School
St. James the Apostle
SEAL South
Wheaton North High School
Wheaton Warrenville South High School

  • SCARCE Book Rescue Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm All summer long!
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling, Saturdays (Age 14+)

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

Summer Hours
Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm
Saturdays June 9, July 4, Aug 11 & 25  9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates:
     CLOSED.....Memorial Day 05/26-05/28

Bring your teacher or non-profit ID!
*No children under 14 allowed
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
Heather Goudreau,  Carrie Horak, 
Kaitlyn Hornik, 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