Water Stress and Population Growth: The Story of the “American Nile ”

World Water Day will be observed on March 22nd and is meant to bring global awareness to the challenge of water scarcity. But we need not look further than the US to find a broad-reaching, complex example of how diminishing water resources are having monumental effects. Jonathan Waterman, author of the recent national Geographic article, The American Nile: Saving the Colorado, has spent years exploring the vast Colorado River basin.

Getting Ready for the National Science Teachers Association Conference

Every year, the Population Education team attends the annual NSTA conference. It's a great opportunity for us to connect with top science teachers from around the country, discuss the issues that are important to them, and support their classroom efforts. Whether you teach kindergarten or AP Environmental Science, run a STEM program or science fair, are a formal classroom teacher or non-formal staff at a zoo – we have something to offer.

How to Involve Students in This Year’s International Women’s Day

This Saturday, March 8th, the world will celebrate the 106th International Women’s Day. Since 1911, this day has served as a time to reflect on the economic, social, and political progress made in gender equality and to raise awareness of the challenges that remain.

This year’s theme is “Equality for women is progress for all,” and looking back on 2013, we have much to applaud. Here’s a glance:

What Is Social Justice?

February 20th is the World Day of Social Justice, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly. Today we recognize the need for social justice and support efforts to improve human well-being in an ever growing world. But before we can take part in this work, it is helpful to explore what is involved in the term social justice.