NOAA Planet Stewards 2020 Stewardship Community Application
The NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project (PSEP) provides formal and informal educators working with elementary through university age students with the knowledge and resources to develop scientifically-literate individuals and communities who respond to environmental impacts through hands-on stewardship activities that conserve, restore, and protect human communities and natural resources related to NOAA’s mission.

The Stewardship Community is a network for supporting the development and implementation of hands-on action-based projects. It is a unique 18 month opportunity to receive one-on-one guidance on designing, implementing, and evaluating an environmental stewardship project, and writing for a Federal funding opportunity.

The application to join the PSEP Stewardship Community includes a brief project pre-proposal (see below). Accepted participants work with a peer review group and peer mentor to refine their proposal, which may be submitted for funding of up to $2500 by June 7, 2020. Accepted proposals are funded for the 2020/2021 academic year. Monies must be directly applied toward completion of the project and cannot be used for salaries, professional development travel, attendance at conferences, or overhead.

Educators accepted into the Stewardship Community, are committing to:

> Develop and implement a Planet Stewardship project
> Dedicate approximately 3-5 hours/month to:
- Attending PSEP webinars.
- Fully participate in a Stewardship Project Peer Review Group (~1 hour/month during evening hours. )
- Update and improve their project proposal via a PSEP wiki during the five months that Peer Review Groups meet.
- Share resources with other PSEP educators and provide comments on other projects via the wiki.
- Participate in PSEP evaluation efforts i.e. online surveys.

Educators accepted into the Stewardship Community who fulfill the above requirements will be eligible to apply for:
- Funding of up to $2500 to carry out an environmental stewardship action project.

Educators who complete their stewardship project:
- May be invited and supported to give presentations at select national science education conferences or NOAA Planet Stewards workshops.
- May receive invitations to special events and face-to-face professional development opportunities.

The deadline to submit an application is midnight December 1, 2019.

All information submitted is retained by the NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project and will NEVER be shared with anyone at anytime without the written permission of the applicant.

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Once you hit "send form" you will NOT be able to return to this same application and make changes. It is recommended you compile all the information you intend to submit, then copy and paste it into the required fields when you are ready to apply.

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PSEP Stewardship Project Definition

A stewardship project must be a hands-on action-based project that conserves, restores, and/or protects human communities and/or natural resources from an environmental challenge that NOAA monitors. Projects must include quantitative measurements of the project’s impact e.g. acres of habitat protected or restored, tons of carbon sequestered, etc. Educational outcomes should be an integral part of the project, but not the primary measurement of its success.

Below are the project focus areas for the 2020 PSEP Stewardship Community projects and related resources to consider when planning a project:

Sea Level Rise

> Global sea level changes, their importance, and their causes.

> An overview of sea level rise and find related resources.

> Link between sea level rise, high tides, and flooding.

> Sea level rise for educators and students.

Marine Debris

> Marine debris sources, impacts, and what you can do to help solve the marine debris problem.

> Efforts to combat marine debris in each US region.

Habitat Restoration - Understand the benefits, importance, challenges, and what you can do.

> Coastal wetlands

> Estuaries

> Rivers

Reducing Carbon Footprints/Increasing Carbon Sequestration.

> Assessing and Reducing Carbon Footprints

> Carbon Sequestration
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