April 2023

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Young Voices for the Planet is Now Part of CELF

CELF’s focus on student-led, project-based inquiry has combined with Young Voices’ groundbreaking films and curricula to amplify and empower student voices.

The Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation announced this week that it has added the Young Voices for the Planet series of groundbreaking films featuring student environmental action to its educational resources. The films are now available on CELF’s website (www.celfeducation.org/yvfp).

After more than a decade of innovation in youth voice empowerment and environmental education, over a dozen short films produced, workshops and film screenings hosted across North America, PBS broadcasts, National Geographic streaming, and numerous other creative partnerships, Young Voices for the Planet is now entering its next phase of growth as a part of CELF.

Watch the Films
Read the Press Release

Civic Science Opportunities for Educators

CELF's Civic Science program cultivates STEAM skills of data literacy, systems thinking, teamwork, and much more through guided implementation of CELF's Inquiry to Action framework, inviting students to develop their own place-based inquiries to drive learning through hands-on exploration of local sustainability and environmental justice challenges.

Sign up today to take part in one of our upcoming Civic Science programs. CELF is currently recruiting in New York, Houston and globally.

Virtual Student Symposium, May 24th

Celebrate you and your students' extraordinary accomplishments at this virtual event where student share their research projects with peers. Students gain real-world experience presenting their projects to authentic audiences. Sign up today!

Sign-up your class for the Virtual Student Symposium

Summer Institute at University of Houston Clear Lake, June 5-7

UHCL and CELF are collaborating on a STEM4ALL Summer Institute. This three-day Civic Science program is open UHCL's preservice STEM4ALL students, as well as to inservice teachers from surrounding districts.

Learn more and register today for the Summer Institute at UHCL

School Year 2023-24 Civic Science Cohort

Develop student inquiry projects for implementation during the 2023-2024 academic year and receive year-round support from CELF to ensure successful implementation of Civic Science student projects. Stipends and field trip funding available for eligible teachers.

Download the flyer for Civic Science 2023-24 school year cohorts

Recent Program Highlights

Teachers Explore Hudson River Data at the Center for the Urban River

K-12 educators gathered in Yonkers, NY, at the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak, to analyze and interpret data from the Hudson River. This event was the latest in our series of CELF in the Field outdoor programs geared to developing educator use and knowledge of local nature resources.

Elementary Students Visit Recycling Plant in Houston

Students from Lantrip Elementary School in Houston visited their local recycling plant learn about ways to re-use, reduce and recycle household waste. Lantrip, an Environmental Science magnet school, is one of 20 participating schools and facilities in HISD's recycling program pilot.

Contact us about Field Experiences for Educators and Students

Introducing Civic Science in the classroom at a Brooklyn Middle School

At Philippa Schuyler MS, CELF introduced the Civic Science: Inquiry to Action framework. Students drew maps of their school grounds and neighborhoods, and began to make connections to their environment.

Download the Bilingual Civic Science Framework

CELF Celebrates Earth Day with STANYS, EarthX and Always!

CELF celebrated Earth Day with STANYS Bronx/Westchester chapter members in New York. We hosted a session on Civic Science & Action, and participated in many others. Meanwhile in Dallas, EarthX, attendees got to try air quality monitors sponsored by McMacCX. In Jersey City, NJ, students wrote their goals on plantable seed paper.

NY Teachers: Join Your Local STANYS Chapter

Announcements and Publications

Read the latest news updates and publications from CELF.

The Bear Factory is launching sustainability education for youth in partnership with CELF

This program will provide complementary learning materials for children and families as part of the Plush for the Planet product line. Read the press release.

2023 Texas Student Symposium Recap Report

On March 8, CELF Texas held its first in-person Student Symposium event where students in the Civic Science program presented place-based action projects. Read about the student projects, sponsors and impact here.

CELF is hiring!

Communications and Development Manager

CELF is seeking a Communications and Development Manager who has 3+ years of communications experience, ideally in an in-house leadership role within a fast-growing nonprofit, and covering areas such as event marketing, donor communications, social media, website content, and newsletters.

Summer Internships

CELF is recruiting summer interns to join our dynamic teams in the New York Metro Region and Greater Houston. CELF interns gain a diverse set of meaningful experiences and relevant skills that apply to a broad range of areas of study, from Communications and Education, to Environmental Science and Public Policy.

Learn More about Working with CELF and Current Openings

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