Opportunity Roundup

Opportunity Roundup

This past Monday I heard about another teacher whose band played in downtown Sacramento over the weekend. Then our school psychologist mentioned he was heading out to sign books (his own) at a pop-up bookstore one of our school counselors had created with his wife. 

Me? I was sleepily plodding through my Monday after staying up too late watching “Good Girls” Sunday night. I told myself I wouldn’t, but… you know…

All week I thought, if those guys can play in bands and write books and build businesses, I certainly can write another blog entry! The essays are in my cart waiting for grades, and they will just have to stay there for a minute. Here’s the latest Opportunity Roundup. 

If you’re interested in the garden (especially vintage roses) and history tours in Sacramento, check out the blog entry on the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery offerings.

  • Project Learning Tree, an environmental education non-profit, sent out its latest free electronic newsletter recently. “The Branch” is full of information on grants, STEAM ideas, and education resources. The February edition focuses on climate change. Click here for information on subscribing.


  • The California Museum is offering free admission and activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Saturday, April 4 – Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. The museum’s Unity Center will include an environmental justice display. Free Earth Day activities for kids will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in partnership with ReCreate and the UC-Davis Center for Regional Change.


  • Want to volunteer at the California Museum? Attend the Volunteer Open House from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 23. Register by 5 p.m. April 22.


  • The California Museum will admit active duty military and up to five family members into the museum for free from May 16 until Sept. 6 as part of the Blue Star Museums program.


  • The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking entries for the California Invasive Species Action Week’s Youth Art Contest. Grades 2 through 12 are welcome. Examples of work that qualifies include posters, videos, comic strips, animation, public service announcements, and brochures, according to the CDFW announcement. All types of media are welcome. The theme is “Be a Habitat Hero” to protect the environment from invasive species. The deadline for submissions is May 1. The actual California Invasive Species Action Week is Saturday, June 6, through Sunday, June 14.


  • For information on the California Museum’s summer camp programs for ages 6-11, click here.


  • Registration is open for the California Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education conference May 1-3 in Springville. There’s an optional add-on solar energy workshop. While on the website, check out their Get Outside! Nature-Based Learning for Early Childhood Educators workshop in Newport Beach Saturday, March 21. Only $20 for non-members.


  • Early bird registration is still on for the summer National Agriculture in the Classroom conference in Salt Lake City. Dates are June 23-26.


  • Registration has opened for the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom’s state conference in Ventura. The conference runs Sept. 24-26. Scholarships are available. The foundation is also looking for presenters and sponsors.


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