Your resource for environmental education updates, workshop, and more.
October 2018
Volume: 29 Issue: 3
Make a Difference for the Environment on
Make a Difference Day - Saturday, October 27th
Cub Scouts in Glendale Heights do their part to
protect waterways and the critters that call them
home with the Storm Drain Medallion Project
Round up your students to make a difference for the planet on Make a Difference Day! Young and old alike can take actions to help the earth and the people and creatures that call it home.

Upcoming Teacher Workshops
Reserve your spot today!
Oct 17th 5pm-6:30pm
Learn how to bring science to life with an indoor Can-O-Worms composting system! These compact composters make a great classroom addition. SCARCE will demonstrate how to start a vermi-composting bin and how to successfully keep it going.

This is a demonstration class and does not include the Can-O-Worms system. Teachers may choose worm compost related books to take home. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how the system works and if it's a good option for their use.
Nov 7th 5:30pm-7pm free
See how water pollution happens and how you and your students can take action to protect your local waterways. Participants will be trained to lead a storm drain medallion project.

Great for high school teachers, especially sponsors of eco-clubs, honors and service organizations.
Wheaton North Students #PickUp5, York Volleyball partners with ECO to reduce waste, and tons of eco-citizens take action to protect our water

SCARCE Books Reached over 4,000 Kids at Back to School Fair
To follow up on last month's back-to-school fair donations, we'd like to share the number of kids we reached through just one of those projects: 3,393 school-aged children and their pre-school siblings were able to choose several books to take home at the annual Catholic Charities Back to School Fair. This wouldn't be possible without your support and book donations throughout the year!
Get your students involved in your local Pumpkin Smash, even if your school or club isn't involved in hosting. This is a great eco-service project for your Eco-club, AP Bio or APES courses.

Calling all DuPage County High School Teachers
The 2019 Sustainable Design Challenge is be on Tuesday, April 16th and offers a hands-on, career-focused STEAM opportunity that can't be rivaled in the classroom. This program is free to participate in and open to any DuPage County high school student. Contact  to learn how to get your students involved. nk to Additional Resources
Are you doing a PBL unit? Let us help!
SCARCE can provide an outside voice and expert input to help your students dive deeper into environmental problems. We will customize a program for your class! Contact us to get started.
Your students can explore graphs and maps of historical and projected climate variables for any county in the U.S. - allowing them to understand how climate conditions may change over time with this tool from the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. k to Additional Resources
Free Fall Community Watershed Workshops
Join DuPage County Stormwater Management to learn how to preserve your local waterways at a free workshop in your watershed! Connect with like-minded individuals and organizations and learn about local projects.

Get your school excited about recycling! Join this year's Recycle-Bowl, which runs October 15th - Nov 15th, to revitalize your recycling program with a little friendly competition.

Application Deadline Nov 6
Help protect you and your students health by getting help to upgrade your old buses to new school buses that meet the cleanest emission standards. There are over $9 million dollars available - apply today!

Upcoming Eco-Events
Oct 5
Oct 6
Oct 6
Oct 18
Oct 24-31
Oct 27
Nov 3
Nov 7
Nov 15
Nov 24
Dec 6
Jan 13
Thank you to our September Volunteers!
-----Benet Academy
-----College of DuPage
-----COD Cares
-----COD Environmental Club
-----Downers Grove North High School APES
-----Glenbard West High School
-----Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School
-----Hadiya for DuPage
-----Hinsdale South ECO Club
-----Lisle High School Ecology Club
-----Maercker School staff
-----Thomson Reuters Corporation
-----Vaxcel Lighting
-----Wheaton Environmental Improvement Commission
Thomson Reuters volunteered for the Super Crayon Project in September.
- Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • Super Crayon Project
  • SCARCE Book Rescue Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm
  • 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, Jim, Susan, Bonnie, Cindy, John P., Dawn, Dianne, Greg, Jen S., Maureen, Al, Andrea, Jan, Joyce, Karen, Gayle, Janice, Jen H., Sharon, Glenn, Penny, Diane, Gregg, Nancy, and John G., Mary Lynn

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.....Columbus Day, Mon Oct 8th, 9-4:30 to Additional Resources
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.