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

September 2017
 Volume: 28  Issue: 2
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: Smart Grid for Schools
Explore travel-size rooms outfitted with smart grid technology and find out how to bring this hands-on teaching tool to your school!

Kids Coloring Page
Color in Wally Worm and bring it to the fair for an eco-award!

Live Broadcast: The Mike Nowak Show will be doing a live radio broadcast at the Green Fair from 10-11am

Thank you to our sponsors!

This "living fossil" has survived five mass extinctions and has helped just about every adult, child, and domestic animal stay healthy. An example of human impact on a species to spark discussion and debate on conservation and ethics in your classroom.

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. 

Site Approval Due Oct 5th

Get your eco-club involved in this fun event! Host a jack-o-lantern collection at your school or volunteer at one in your town.
Contact us to find out if your town is already involved - if not, learn easy steps to get started! 
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!

High school and college students are needed for set up, tear down, and staff our annual Green Fair. A great group volunteer opportunity. We are happy to sign off on hours for honors, key club, or scholarship requirements. Call us for details.

Inspire your students to take action against plastic pollution with this exhibit's massive sculptures of aquatic animals - made entirely out of marine debris.   A must-see that highlights the human impact on our aquatic ecosystems.

Opens Sept 23

Plan your trip with Shedd Aquarium educators at the Green Fair Sept 30th

On August 25th milkweed joined the monarch butterfly as a state symbol of Illinois. 

Plan ahead for Energy Awareness month! We've got a few ideas to help you highlight energy in your classroom this October.

Kick it off with Walk to School Day Oct 4th!

Connect your sustainability workday to the Green Apple Day of Service to get connected to assistance, volunteers and small matching funds. Registration open now for the 2017-2018 school year.

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 February 9-11, 2018. More details on applying here.
Entries due Jan 14th, 2018

Do you have students interested in film making? Submit a short film on a pressing environmental issue for the chance to be featured in the 2018 One Earth Film Fest and a cash prize. A great STEAM opportunity.
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!

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.
Temporary Collection: Used Gift Cards

The Eco-Club at York High School in Elmhurst wants your used gift cards. Cards can be donated to SCARCE. They will be upcycled into guitar picks for students at York.

Does your school have a collection you'd like help with? Let us know!

We are 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. 

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
Sept 10-16  Illinois Waterway Cleanup Week
Sept 14  SCARCE @ Bloomingdale Farmer's Market
Sept 17  Monarch Festival
Sept 18-24  National Pollution Prevention Week
Sept 22  World Car Free Day
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 4  Walk to School Day
Oct 7  Illinois Solar Tour
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 August Volunteers!
Benedictine University Campus Ministries

Barnes & Noble
Benedictine University
Brooks Middle School
Butterfield Park District
Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School
Glenbard West High School Football Team
Midwestern University
NOW Foods
SEAL South
Single Path
UCP Seguin

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers must be at least 14 years old

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

Note: We are NOT open late on Tuesdays.

Upcoming Special Dates:
OPEN....Columbus Day (Mon 10/09)
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, 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