2017-2018 Award Cycle
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Background
Playing outdoors benefits the body, mind and spirit. According to the National Wildlife Federation, "childhood obesity rates have more than doubled the last 20 years; the United States has become the largest consumer of ADHD medications in the world; and pediatric prescriptions for antidepressants have risen precipitously. Our kids are out of shape, tuned out and stressed out because they’re missing something essential to their health and development: connection to the natural world." (http://www.nwf.org/What-We-Do/Kids-and-Nature/Why-Get-Kids-Outside/Health-Benefits.aspx)

Richard Louv has launched a Vitamin N challenge to motivate children, adults and communities to connect with nature and enjoy the benefits that come with that connection. He lists at least 10 reasons why we need "Vitamin N" (http://www.childrenandnature.org/2016/07/06/10-reasons-children-adults-and-communities-need-vitamin-n/) and recognizes that "the natural world’s benefits to our cognition and health will be irrelevant if we continue to destroy the nature around us, but that destruction is assured without a human reconnection to nature."

We need nature and nature needs us. Families and educators have an important role to play in building this relationship and helping raise healthy children in a healthy environment.

To recognize the efforts of educators in this major undertaking, we created this award.

Thank you for all you do and for your interest in applying for this award!

Eligibility
Pre-K to 3rd grade Brevard County Teachers
Important Dates
Application: September 20 through December 20, 2017
Submission: January 8 through March 31, 2018
How to Participate
1. Fill out and submit this application form

2. Create a lesson plan that promotes play and learning in nature as a means to stimulate the intellectual, social, and physical development of youth as well as their knowledge about the environment and the natural world.

3. Use the template provided (http://bit.ly/2wSJYzZ) as the basis for your lesson plan documentation. Make sure to generate and save all relevant material (photographs or video documenting lesson in progress recommended) with the lesson plan.

4. Complete the online entry form (http://bit.ly/2wAL1oJ) and upload related files. You may also print and fill out a copy of the form (http://bit.ly/2vjeEeb), scan it and submit files via email (award@3RsAndBeyond.org) if you prefer, but that is not recommended. Please, keep a copy of all files submitted.

5. Submit entry form, lesson plan, and all material referenced in your lesson plan by 11pm on March 31, 2018.

Criteria
Entries will be evaluated according to their content, relevance, and creativity. Our rubric includes the following criteria:
• Lesson promotes creative play
• Content is age appropriate and accurate
• Lesson is relevant and teaches about the environment and natural world
• Lesson introduces the topic of environment and natural world in a creative way
• Lesson is conducive to learning
• Materials needed for lesson are easy to be acquired
• Lesson includes adaptability for children with special needs
• Lesson includes relevant and suitable extension options
Awards
First, second and third places will be presented with certificate and prizes.
Announcement
Awardees will be contacted in April 2018 after selection has been made.
2017-2018 Award Application Form
The No Child Left Inside - Environmental Education Award was created to recognize educators who promote play and learning in nature as a means to stimulate the intellectual, social, and physical development of youth as well as their knowledge about the environment and the natural world.

Filling out this application form is the first step in participating in this award.

Teacher's Name
First and Last names of teacher leading the project that will be entered for the award
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Project Grade
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Principal's Name
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Agreement
By submitting this form you agree to create a lesson plan that promotes play and learning in nature as a means to stimulate the intellectual, social, and physical development of youth as well as their knowledge about the environment and the natural world.

After teaching that lesson, you agree to submit the lesson plan along with all relevant materials for implementing the lesson by the deadline of March 31, 2018 as outlined in the award's Rules of Entry.

By checking the boxes below and submitting this form, you understand and agree with the rules of this award program.
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