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November 2018
Volume: 29 Issue: 4
Nov 7th 5:30-7pm free
See how water pollution happens and how you and your students can take action to protect your local waterways. Participants will get an intro to the watershed model and learn how to lead a storm drain medallion project.

Earn 1.5 PDs

Great for eco-club, honors, and service club sponsors!
This month we continue to celebrate our fellow citizens joining in to protect our waterways through the Storm Drain Medallion Project. The City of Naperville has developed an innovative volunteer program to empower community members to help reduce flooding and protect waterways from pollution. k

Photo: Hinsdale South ECO Club students get in on the Storm Drain Medallion Project.
County Partners with Elmhurst Schools for Cool Yule
The holiday season is fast approaching and you'll soon see holiday decorations going up. The County is already preparing for the 3rd annual Cool Yule program. This year DuPage County is excited to announce their partnership with Conrad Fisher Elementary and Emerson Elementary from the Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205. Find out what recycled or reused holiday ornament designs the schools come up with by following the Cool Yule program on Twitter @cooldupage or Facebook this December. ink to Additional Resources
Thursday, Dec 6th, 1-7pm
Help us spread the word about SCARCE! Learn more about our offerings and bring a friend - teacher or not - that hasn't been introduced to SCARCE yet. Enjoy light refreshments while getting a behind-the-scenes look and learning about all we offer.

Green STEM: Learn with Us on Institute Day
March 1st, 2019
Join SCARCE for a free experiential learning class on DuPage County's Institute Day. Earn 6 PD credits while enhancing your understand through site visits and hands-on activities. Two programs are offered, check them out below:

Registration opens Dec 1st

SCARCE is a registered PD provider through the DuPage County Regional Office of Education. Additional Resources
The Sustainable Design Challenge is a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity that combines research with a hands-on project, collaboration, career exploration and a healthy bit of competition. Students work in teams to design and construct a sustainable building model and present their project to judges in a bid for cash prizes - and that's just the morning!

Learn first-hand from students why this is an opportunity not-to-miss:
Whether you are an eco-club sponsor, science teacher or career advisor, you can help your students take part. This program is free and open to any DuPage County high school student.

Registration opens in February 2019.

Visit or contact for more info
Bottle Caps Available for Your Art Projects
SCARCE has a large collection of plastic bottle caps ready for your creative touch! Stop by and get them before they're gone!

Is your school or eco-club considering an improvement project that could help improve local water quality? Apply for funds for projects such as permeable pavers, native plant gardens, streambank stabilization, green roofs and more. Applications due Jan 11th, 2019.
Illinois DNR Education Division Grant Applications Open
Two grant opportunities are available for Illinois educators:

Support a Bright Future for People and the Planet
Become a SCARCE Supporter this Holiday Season
Support the educational programs and resource center that you love this holiday season!

Multiple Ways to Give

  • Give back when you shop this holiday season! Choose SCARCE as your AmazonSmile charity and a portion of your purchase will support our programs.

Get your students involved in data collection and the scientific process through NASA's new Adopt-a-Pixel project. Students collect data about local land cover to contribute to research on climate change and more. Check out GLOBE Observer to learn about more ways to involve your students in NASA's citizen science.
Upcoming Eco-Events
Nov 6
Nov 7
Nov 15
Nov 24
Nov 27
Dec 1
Dec 1
Registration Opens Institute Day Class: Water and Energy & Green Building
Dec 6
Dec 5
Jan 13
Thank you to our October Volunteers!
-----Benet Academy - Lisle
-----College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn
-----First United Methodist Church of Elgin
-----Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School - Glendale Heights
-----Glenbard West High School - Glen Ellyn
-----HAVI - Downers Grove
-----Hinsdale South High School - Darien
-----Islamic Foundation School - Villa Park
-----JVM Realty - Oak Brook
-----Lisle High School Ecology Club
-----Naperville Central High School
-----SAP - Naperville
-----St. Francis High School - Wheaton
-----St. Matthew School - Wheaton

Benet Academy students show off their handiwork during the Super Crayon volunteer session at SCARCE.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • SCARCE Book Rescue Sat Nov 10th & 17th
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling, Saturdays (Ages 14+)

Our book rescue couldn't function without these amazing individuals that dedicate their time each week to sorting, stocking, and organizing.

Tip, Paul, Marilyn, Marcy, Jan, Jim, Susan, Bonnie, Cindy, John P., Diane, Greg, Jen, Maureen, Al, Andrea, Joyce, Karen, Gail, Janice, Sharon, Glenn, Penny, Diane, Greg, Nancy, and John G.

We can't thank them enough! If you see them when you visit, give them a high-five!
Book Rescue Hours
School-Year Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays: 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates
OPEN.......Veterans Day, Mon Nov 12th noon Wed, Nov 21st - Sun, Nov 25
Helpful Links
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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 the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director
Laura Fanning, Lauren Favia, Heather Goudreau,
Carrie Horak, Kaitlyn Hornik, Bev Jaszczurowski,
Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef
Environmental education programs are operated by SCARCE
( S chool & C ommunity A ssistance for R ecycling and C omposting E ducation)
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.