The virtual reality/360 film Sanctuaries of Silence from Global Oneness Project takes students on a journey with acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton in the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park in Washington State, one of the quietest places in North America. In the film, Hempton says, “Silence isn’t the absence of something but the presence of everything.” This statement gets to the heart of the film. Hempton not only guides students through one of the most ecologically diverse environments in the United States with little noise pollution but also provides perceptions to take them to a place within themselves, where silence acts as a gateway to deep listening.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is seeking proposals through its Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists initiative, which connects youth to the outdoors by providing financial support for conservation education and employment programs.
The Open Meadows Foundation offers grants of up to $2,000 for projects that promote gender, racial, and economic justice, and are led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities. The projects should reflect the diversity of the community in both its leadership and its organization, and promote racial, social, economic, and environmental justice.
Students can take their nature knowledge up a notch with Seek, a freeiOSphoto-identification app from iNaturalist that encourages outdoor exploration and learning by harnessing image recognition technology to help users identify plants and animals from their photos.