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DESTINATION AMERICA AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION PARTNER TO CELEBRATE THE TREASURES OF ‘GENERATION Z’

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Contacts:
Debbie Gottschalk For Destination America
240-662-2930
Deborah_Gottschalk@discovery.com

Heidi May For Discovery Education
240-662-2661
Heidi_May@discovery.com

– In coordination with new series GHOST TOWN GOLD, Destination America and Discovery Education bring digital time capsule initiative, GenZGold, to classrooms across the country –

Silver Spring, Md. – Like portraits of our ancestors, the best artifacts paint a picture of a time gone by and connect us to the everyday people who lived through exciting and important moments in history. To encourage students to consider the relics that will identify their generation, Destination America and Discovery Education have partnered to bring a digital time capsule initiative, GenZGold, to classrooms across the country. Destination America is a cable network that celebrates the people, places and stories of the United States, and Discovery Education is the leading provider of curriculum-based digital content, professional development and assessment resources whose services are available in more than half of U.S. schools. GenZGold kicks off in coordination with the new Discovery series GHOST TOWN GOLD, which follows two modern day explorers, Brit Eaton and Scott Glaves, as they travel back through time to uncover perfectly preserved treasures from our nation`s past. GHOST TOWN GOLD premiered on Discovery Channel on Thursday, Nov. 15. An encore airing of the series will premiere on Destination America beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 10 PM ET/PT.

As Brit and Scott bring the treasures of the American West to television screens nationwide, Destination America and Discovery Education are encouraging students to share objects, ideas or movements that are iconic and representative of their generation and make Generation Z unique. Students will identify the items that are most significant to them and memorialize the items in a digital time capsule by contributing pictures, videos and written posts to help future generations understand their significance. The GenZGold digital time capsule initiative is designed to encourage thoughtful discussions in classrooms about what contributions will make this generation memorable – both ideologically and materially.

“This is the kind of innovative, project-based learning opportunity that encourages our students to meld their critical thinking and creative writing skills, while fostering collaboration,” said Cindy Dunagan, technology facilitator for Mooresville Graded School District in North Carolina. “With GenZGold, Discovery Education is inspiring students to think about what matters to them and the legacy of their generation.”

To help inspire students` curiosity and excitement for the GenZGold initiative, Brit and Scott traveled to schools to speak about their personal experiences collecting and what it has taught them about our country`s past. By sharing the “gold” of past generations, the GHOST TOWN GOLD stars helped students to understand the sociological and historical significance that their generation`s contributions will have on the future world.

“Discovery Education is excited to partner with Destination America to bring GHOST TOWN GOLD and GenZGold to classrooms across the country,” said Tanya Van Court, senior vice president, Discovery Education. “A unique learning opportunity, the initiative encourages students to think about what makes their generation iconic and helps them discover that they are a part of history in the making, just like their pioneering ancestors.”

Destination America, Discovery Education and Discovery Channel are divisions of Discovery Communications, the world`s #1 nonfiction media company. For more information about GenZGold, visit genzgold.discoveryeducation.com.

GHOST TOWN GOLD is produced by JWM Productions for Destination America. For JWM, Bill Morgan and Jason Williams are executive producers. Brit Eaton is an executive producer and Pamela Deutsch is executive producer for Discovery Channel and Destination America.

ABOUT DESTINATION AMERICA
Destination America is the first network to celebrate the people, places, and stories of the United States. The inclusive network targeting Adults 25-54 is available in 59.5 million homes, emblazoning television screens with the grit and tenacity, honesty and work ethic, humor and adventurousness that characterize our nation. Destination America features travel, food, adventure, home, and natural history, with original series covering such diverse subjects as American food favorites, mysteries like Jesse James` lost fortune and Area 51, American heroes and innovators, as well as iconic landmarks and wonders like Yellowstone National Park and the Everglades. Destination America is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world`s #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in 200 countries and territories.

ABOUT DISCOVERY EDUCATION
Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by providing high quality, dynamic, digital content for grades K-12 and community colleges. Powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital media, professional development, assessment tools and a passionate educator network to support districts in accelerating student achievement. Discovery Education services like Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Techbook and Discovery Education Higher Ed, are in more than half of all US schools and 35 countries around the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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TEACHERS LOOK NO FURTHER: FULL SLATE OF LEARNING RESOURCES AND SWEEPSTAKES AVAILABLE FREE FROM DISCOVERY EDUCATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Alana Carchedi for Discovery Communications
240-662-2572
alana_carchedi@discovery.com

– Partnerships with Leading Companies, Non-Profits and Advocacy Organizations Provide Supplemental Classroom Resources and Sweepstakes to Inspire and Engage Students –

Silver Spring, Md.Discovery Education has partnered with a variety of like-minded companies, non-profits and advocacy organizations to create a full slate of free classroom resources and sweepstakes. Designed to empower educators nationwide with new and creative ways to engage their students, these joint efforts include K-12 curriculum programs, interactive classroom lessons, webinars, teacher resources, sweepstakes and more. Partnerships include:

  • Nature Works Everywhere
    Launched in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Nature Works Everywhere is designed to help students explore nature`s fantastic factory by learning the science behind how nature impacts our everyday lives and the importance of environmental conservation. Winner of ComputED`s 2012 EDDIE Award for `Best Science in Nature Website,` the online destination provides middle school teachers, students and families with free tools and resources to explore and understand how nature works. Three new interactive lesson plans added this fall cover ecotourism and population management in Kenya, and the positive effect fire can have on an ecosystem. In addition, a virtual field trip featuring M. Sanjayan, The Nature Conservancy`s lead scientist, is available to help students understand how nature works to support East African communities by balancing the needs of wildlife, grazing cattle and ecotourism.
  • New Teacher Survival Central
    Created alongside Elmer`s® Products and the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, New Teacher Survival Central is an online destination through which both new and veteran teachers can find valuable resources, including free tech tools, blogs, parent communication resources, advanced degree program opportunities and more. Now open for entries, the `New Teacher Survival Central Sweepstakes` for K-12 educators in partnership with Elmer`s® Products will award one grand prize winner an all-expense paid luxury trip to Costa Rica with Discovery Student Adventures, an Elmer`s® Classroom Survival Prize Pack containing more than 400 items and a DVD collection from Discovery Education. The teacher who refers the grand prize winner will be rewarded as well with an Elmer`s Classroom Prize Pack and an all-expense-paid trip to a professional development conference of their choice. Entries are due by December 13, 2012.
  • Science Fair Central
    In partnership with Elmer`s® Products, Science Fair Central is an online portal, which offers parents, students and science fair coordinators free resources for planning a stress-free science fair project from start to finish. New this fall, the website includes an interactive `Science Fair Project Idea Board` where students can choose from 20 popular topics to discover a science fair project idea that matches their interests. Additional resources include timelines, printable shopping lists, judging criteria, sample projects and more.
  • Siemens Science Day
    A joint effort with the Siemens Foundation, Siemens Science Day enters its fifth year in 2012, and offers teachers hands-on classroom activities to help re-energize and invigorate science class for grades K-6. Each activity is partnered with an exciting Discovery Education video. Teachers also have access to a special `Teacher Support` area, new how-to videos, related websites and a teacher toolkit. In addition to the digital content, teachers have the opportunity to win an “Ultimate Cool School Assembly.” These assemblies are not only fun and interactive, but also underscore the importance of science literacy and the need for science resources among schools. Entries for the sweepstakes will be accepted through February 28, 2013.
  • To learn more about the free programs offered through Discovery Education and its partners, visit www.discoveryeducation.com/featured-programs/.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by providing high quality, dynamic, digital content for grades K-12 and community colleges. Powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital media, professional development, assessment tools and a passionate educator network to support districts in accelerating student achievement. Discovery Education services like Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Techbook and Discovery Education Higher Ed, are in more than half of all US schools and 35 countries around the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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    TurfMutt Science Program from Discovery Education and OPEI Foundation Adds Family-Focused Activities to Help Children Explore and Appreciate Green Spaces

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contacts:
    Alana Carchedi, Discovery Education
    240-662-2572
    alana_carchedi@discovery.com

    Caroline March-Long, on Behalf of OPEI
    434-295-5938 (office), 434-760-1948 (cell)
    caroline@fourleafpr.com

    — Classrooms across the U.S. invited to enter the second annual Spruce Up Your School Sweepstakes for a chance to win $5,000 toward better outdoor space —

    Silver Spring, Md. and Alexandria, Va. (November 8, 2012) – Discovery Education and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institutes Education and Research Foundation today announced a series of new educational and activity features for TurfMutt, a science-based program featuring standards-aligned curriculum, which teaches K-5 students how things grow, the value of personal and community outdoor space and how to tend to them in a sustainable way.

    A redesigned website (TurfMutt.com) allows TurfMutt to reach both educators and families through an expanded digital experience, including:

    • A new “Families” Page shares the importance of backyards, parks, school yards and other community outdoor spaces, and presents ideas on how to foster healthy growth. The page includes family-focused activity guides, such as creating an outdoor compost area, collecting rainwater, attracting birds and going on a carbon footprint scavenger hunt.
    • An updated TurfMutt “Educators Page” with expanded lesson plans and activities for elementary teachers to implement with their students.
    • A new “TurfMutt Blog” on the home page, presenting a range of information and resources to help families and students care for and enjoy their outdoor green spaces.

    To help drive value and raise awareness of TurfMutt, Discovery Education and OPEI will also collaborate to create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to air in local markets and online that talks about the importance of caring for green spaces in a sustainable way.

    TurfMutt has evolved into a turn-key educational program for both schools and home, said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI. “K-5 teachers and families can access expanded activities and resources to encourage outdoor exploration and tips on how to care for backyards, parks, school yards and personal green space in communities across the country.”

    Discovery Education and OPEI are also launching the second annual “Spruce Up Your School” sweepstakes, in which educators can enter to win a $5,000 grant to expand or develop their schools outdoor space. The annual national sweepstakes is aimed at K-5 educators across the country. Last year, Ms. Mary Anne Arabias fifth grade class from Palomar Elementary School in Chula Vista, Calif., was named the Grand Prize winner and received a $5,000 grant, which was used to provide much-needed shade and seating by planting trees and installing benches in their schools outdoor play area.

    The TurfMutt program has had an incredible influence and reach in schools across the country, already with approximately one million students impacted since its inception in 2011, said Mary Rollins, Discovery Education vice president. “We are pleased to continue building and expanding on this partnership alongside OPEI as we encourage students to explore their curiosity in the environment that surrounds them every day.”

    The TurfMutt program continues to earn accolades for its outreach efforts. The Department of Educations Green Ribbon Schools and the Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) Environmental Education Program – Teacher Resources and Lessons Plans – websites list the TurfMutt program as a valued educational resource.

    For more information, visit TurfMutt.com.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by providing high quality, dynamic, digital content for grades K-12 and community colleges. Powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital media, professional development, assessment tools and a passionate educator network to support districts in accelerating student achievement. Discovery Education services like Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Techbook and Discovery Education Higher Ed, are in more than half of all US schools and 35 countries around the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

    About OPEI
    The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is an international trade association representing more than 84 small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers worldwide. OPEI is a recognized Standards Development Organization for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and active internationally through the International Standards Organization (ISO) in the development of safety and performance standards. For more information, visit http://www.OPEI.org.

    About the OPEI Education & Research Foundation
    The OPEI Education & Research Foundation works to develop educational materials, support research and further programs to foster environmental stewardship and an appreciation of our parks, forests, lawns and landscapes. The Foundations priorities revolve around environmental best practices and stewardship in the care and enjoyment of our green spaces and safety education that ensures safe and proper use of outdoor power equipment.

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