Your resource for environmental education updates, workshop, and more.
September 2018
Volume: 29 Issue: 2
Learn, Connect, and Share at the Green Fair
Learn, connect, and share ideas from over 50 exhibitors at the annual SCARCE Green Fair
This free event is chock-full of resources for teachers to supplement classroom learning. Leaders of scouts, eco-clubs, and youth groups can connect with organizations and get project ideas.

Opportunities for Teachers & Students:

  • Shedd Aquarium featuring teacher resources and their wreath-cycled project
  • Students in high school or college can volunteer and earn service hours
  • Get a taste of SCARCE"s workshops and education programs
  • Explore science activities with the Purple Me Green Science Truck and SciTech Hands-on Museum
  • Check out the interactive Topography Sandbox from SpaceCo

See you there!
Upcoming Teacher Workshops
Reserve your spot today!
Learn how you can feed kids and reduce food waste at your school all with the blessing of the USDA and no funding required.

This free afternoon program is aimed at school administrators, school nurses, and cafeteria staff.

Sept 18th 5pm-7pm
Learn how to reduce waste and feed our soils by composting at school. Whether it is a small indoor worm bin, an outdoor bin for the school garden, or full-scale lunchroom composting we'll get you prepared.

Teachers: earn 2 CEUs for taking this class.

Oct 3rd 6pm-7:30pm
Learn how water pollution happens in our community and how you and your students can take action to protect our 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.
Hands-on Student Eco-Initiatives
Get your students to take action with one of these eco-projects to green-up your school community.

Get Eco-Certified
Get your whole school excited about going green by working towards a certification from SCARCE and DuPage County. Schools can earn or re-certify an Earth Flag, Ecology Flag, or Water Quality Flag. We'll provide training, education, and guidance.
Calling all DuPage County high schools
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.
Book Donations Provide Positive Start to School Year
Each August, SCARCE works with organizations to help underprivileged students be prepared for the school year. Thanks to donations of materials from schools and individuals received throughout the past year, SCARCE was able to provide books and/or supplies to back-to-school fairs through Catholic Charities, School District U46, and WeGo Together/West Chicago District 33. Together, we are creating a brighter future for people and the planet!
SCARCE Summer Snapshot - almost 65,000 books chosen by teachers!
This summer was one for the books here at SCARCE! Check out what we accomplished at the book rescue June through August thanks to donations from you and our dedicated staff and volunteers.
Records available for Upcycled Art Projects
SCARCE has LP records available in our book rescue for your art and science projects. Stop by and get some for your classes or programs. The only limit is your creativity!
Get your creativity flowing! Create your design for this year's International Compost Awareness Week poster contest around the theme "Cool the Climate - Compost!" Entry is open to anyone age 10 and up. The winning entry will receive $500 and have their work used to promote ICAW May 5-11, 2019.
Student Volunteers Needed
Are you a high school or college club sponsor trying to find volunteering opportunities for your students to earn service hours? Look no further!

SCARCE needs student volunteers year-round at our resource center in Glen Ellyn and at seasonal weekend events in the fall and spring.

Volunteers with SCARCE will participate in hands-on projects that rescue resources and reduce waste. Contact for more info.
Students from 3rd grade through college may submit short films for this annual environmental film fest held in March. Students may attend a filmmaking workshop to get help with an entry. Winners are awarded cash prizes for themselves and their school.
Upcoming Eco-Events
Sept 15
Sept 17-23
Sept 18
Sept 18
Sept 21
Sept 22
Sept 24
Oct 3
Oct 3
Oct 5
Oct 6
Oct 6
Thank you to our August Volunteers!

----- Barnes & Noble -  Oak Brook
----- Benedictine University -  Lisle
----- eKiwanis Club of Greater Chicago
----- GlenOaks Therapeutic Day School
----- Islamic Foundation School -  Villa Park
----- Kiwanis Club of Glendale Heights
----- Lyons Township High School -  La Grange
----- Midwestern University -  Downers Grove
----- Naperville North High School
----- National University of Health Sciences -  Lombard
----- Neuqua Valley High School -  Naperville
----- NOW Foods -  Bloomingdale

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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., Diane, Gregg, Jen H., Maureen, Al, Jen S., Andrea, Joyce, Karen, Gail, Janice, Sharon, Glenn, Penny, Dianne, Greg, Nancy, John G., Stephanie, and 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
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.