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Back-to-School 2020
Volume: 31 Issue: 1
Welcome back teachers! As we head into this challenging school year, we wanted to share our gratitude for the work you are doing and remind you that we are here to help. We now offer live virtual programs, an online eLearning resource page, and our Reuse Center is open and brimming with textbooks, reading books, math manipulatives, and supplies. Please feel free to make sets for your students to use at home, especially if you know some may not have the resources otherwise.
The SCARCE Team wishes you all a happy and healthy school year.
Now open at 800 S. Rohlwing (Rt. 53)
We have opened in Addison and we are excited to welcome you back! Masks are required and there are capacity limits in place but - unlike the old place - we have lots of space to spread out. Learn more.

Visitor Hours
Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm
Select Saturdays 9am-12pm

Donation Hours
Tues-Fri 9am-2pm
**Donations of 5+ boxes require appointment. Call 630-545-9710
Wed September 23rd, 5:30-6:30pm
Earn 1 PD
Composting is one of the top things you can do to fight climate change. Get a crash course in composting in it's many forms in this fast-paced workshop. Composting is a great hands-on STEM project that can be done at school or home and include online discussions of observations.

*In-person program at SCARCE, limited to 10 participants. Advance registration required.
Get in on this fun eco-service learning event! The Pumpkin Smash offers communities an eco-friendly way to dispose of their Halloween pumpkins - compost! Learn more about the variety of ways to get involved in the Pumpkin Smash from hosting, to volunteering, spreading the word, or offering mini-neighborhood collections.

Join the free webinar individually or get your environmental or service club to tune in as a group. Register here.

In the news: Do you subscribe to Scholastic's SuperScience or Science World magazine? You'll find the Pumpkin Smash featured in their upcoming October issue!
The environmental club at Hinsdale South High School (Darien) with their pumpkin haul.
Collecting data before smashing at Elmwood Elementary in Naperville.
SCARCE offers live virtual programs
Our educators are ready to engage your students via live programs on Zoom. Choose from a variety of environmental topics including clean water, the 3Rs, natural resource globe, and more.

Contact us to discuss what we can do for your group.
Find brief video lessons to use with your students on everything from energy, to water, air, soil, nature, and the 3Rs and waste. Each video is accompanied by coordinating NGSS and sources for further exploration. More resources are in the works and we will be updating our eLearning page regularly.
Are you looking for hands-on service projects that your students can do in the age of social distancing? The storm drain medallion project is a great way to give back to the community and learn more about protecting clean water right near our homes. Even younger students can participate with the close supervision of an adult. Learn more and apply.
Citizen Science to Protect Dark Skies
Light pollution is a growing global issue that affects everything from birds, to mammals, insects and even humans. Luckily, it's fairly simple to solve and your students can help! The International Dark-Sky Association wants your help collecting data on light pollution. All you need is access to a computer, smart phone or tablet to contribute. Learn more here.

"Saving the Dark" is a free, 1-hour documentary about light pollution and it's impacts. A good intro for students in middle school and up!
Students in grades 3 through college are invited to submit a video for the Young Filmmakers Contest. Winning films receive cash awards and will be premiere during the One Earth Film Fest in March 2021.
Mr. Bottle Bones is the perfect eco-friendly craft for fall! This is a fun project for older kids or younger children with the help of an adult. It's a great way to reduce and reuse by re-purposing plastic jugs into festive Halloween decor.

You'll need 8-9 gallon-size milk jugs so start saving!

Combine art and the environment! Anyone ages 14+ is invited to submit a design. The winning poster will be used to promote International Compost Awareness Week May 2-8, 2021 and receive a $500 prize.
Story Time with SCARCE: Turtle Splash
Join Jean for story time in the SCARCE studio! Follow along as she reads Turtle Splash! Countdown at the Pond by Cathryn Falwell. This simple countdown story introduces readers to a variety of wildlife you may find at a pond while practicing counting skills. Keep up the fun with a Turtle Splash-themed Word Search.
Jean also shares tips for how you can protect clean water and wildlife habitat and resources to take action to protect our earth.
Upcoming Eco-Events
Sept 8-12
Sept 10
Sept 10
Sept 16
Leave the Leaves - free webinar
Sept 16
Sept 23
Sept 26
Thank you to our volunteers!
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Our book rescue couldn't function without these amazing individuals that dedicate their time each week to sorting, stocking, and organizing. If you see them when you visit, give them a high-five!
Al - Andrea - Bonnie - Cindy - Davina -Diane - Denny - Gary- Gayle - Glenn - Greg - Gregg - Jane - Janice - Jen - Jill - Jim - John P. - John G. - Joyce - Karen - Kath - Kathy - Linda - Marcy - Marilyn - Mary Lynn - Maureen - Nancy - Penny - Sharon - Susan - Tip
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
Select Saturdays 9am-12pm (view dates)

Upcoming Special Dates
OPEN.......Columbus Day, Monday 10/12
Helpful Links
Ripples | SCARCE | 630.545.9710 | |
This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded in part by the DuPage County Board, Daniel Cronin, Chairman,the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Liz Chaplin, Chair, and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director; Jan Breyne, Laura Fanning, Heather Goudreau,
Carrie Horak, Bev Jaszczurowski, Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef

Environmental education programs are operated by SCARCE
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.