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WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Grants/Awards, Webinars, Employment Opportunity, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

The LEEC would like to express a sincere THANK YOU to all presenters, exhibitors, speakers, volunteers, and participants who helped to make the 2012 Environmental Education Symposium another great success!

EVENTS

WETSHOP July 8–13, 2012 (Application Deadline: May 20)
LDWF Marine Research Lab, Grand Isle, LA
Number of Participants: 20 teachers
Contact: Angela Capello, (318) 748-6999, acapello@wlf.la.gov
Registration fee: $50.00
WETSHOP is:
     •  A week-long, dynamic teacher workshop that allows teachers to work with educator/scientists to learn about Louisiana coastal wetlands, issues and history. The focus of the summer workshop is to create wetland stewards of teachers in order for them to educate co-workers and students in their home parishes about coastal land loss. Fifty-five professional contact hours will be accrued upon the completion of this wetland institute.
     •  Implementation of a six hour wetland dissemination workshop in your parish after completion of the summer workshop.
     •  Teacher stipend available for summer workshop and dissemination workshop during AY.
Workshop Highlights
Experience:
     •  Fisheries management; research trawling, seining
     •  Barrier islands and their role in coastal health
     •  Coastal Botany & Ornithology (visit Brown Pelican rookery)
     •  Water Quality Testing along fresh to salt water gradient
     •  Visit transitional Coastal Ecosystems
     •  Tour one of the largest oil ports in U.S.
     •  Visit coastal restoration site / Oil Spill impact sites
     •  Invasive Species (role in coastal land loss)
Receive:
     •  Wonders of Wetlands Teacher Guidebook
     •  Numerous Classroom Resources
     •  Networking with Wetland Scientists
     •  Up to 55 Professional Contact Hours


GRANTS/AWARDS

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission GRANTS Announcement (Deadline: March 30)
Below are the application forms for the Environmental Education Commission’s grant program which targets Louisiana and its citizens. The following is a brief overview:
     Educator Grants – Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact students; amount not to exceed $1,000 for 1 educator, $2,000 for 2 or more educators jointly
     Formal/Non-Formal Educator/Professional Development Grants – Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact Pre-Service and/or In-Service Educators; amount not to exceed $2,500
     University Research Grants – Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues; amount not to exceed $1,000
For more information, click here or contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov or (337) 948-0255.

LEEC Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest (Deadline: April 26)
Announcing the Louisiana’s Tenth Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest
Theme – Louisiana’s Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!
Contest is for ages 5-18 years. Cash prize awards! Winning entries will be published in our 2013 calendar! Deadline is April 26th. For more information, contest criteria and downloadable registration form, click here or contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-0124.


WEBINARS

Saltmarsh Topminnow Conservation Plan
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 2:00 PM CST

The Nature Conservancy in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources funded by a NOAA Proactive Species Conservation Grant present a conservation plan for the Saltmarsh topminnow, Fundulus jenkinsi. Federal and state resource managers, conservation and resource planners, restoration practitioners, non-government conservation organizations, and Ichthyologists are invited to attend.
Use the information or link below to log in:
Topic: Fundulus jenkinsi
Meeting Number: 674 795 437
Meeting Password: Topminnow1
https://nethope.webex.com/nethope/j.php?ED=15350998&UID=0&PW=NYmY1MWJkNmRl&RT=MiM3
If requested, enter your name and email address. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: Topminnow1. Click "Join".
For more information about the webinar please contact: Tom Mohrman, tmohrman@tnc.org. See attachment below.

Storm Smart Training Now Being Conducted
Supported by the Alliance's Coastal Community Resilience team, StormSmart Coasts is hosting a series of Gulf of Mexico coastal storm planning, response, and recovery trainings. Each training will include an overview of tools provided on the StormSmart Coasts. Each webinar is approved for 1 continuing education credit by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). The first webinar was last month, but three more remain:
March 8 - Before the Storm (Part 2)
March 22 - Before the Storm (Part 3)
April 5 - During the Storm and After the Storm
All webinars are free of charge, but registration is required. Details here: http://stormsmart.org/webinars/


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Barataria Preserve Teacher Summer 2012 Position Open
The National Park Service "Teacher to Ranger to Teacher" program hires school teachers to be a park ranger for a summer season. This person would help in the Education and Interpretation divisions to create new education programs, give tours, help with summer camps, etc. For this summer, the Barataria Preserve has funding to hire for 1 position. See attached packet and brochure for additional information or contact Stacy Meyers, Park Ranger, Education and Outreach, Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, (504) 689-3690, ext 25, http://www.nps.gov/learn/trt/
See attachements below.


RESOURCES

Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis Now Available
The Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem Project managed by the United States and Mexico has prepared a transboundary diagnostic analysis (TDA), focusing on the Gulf´s overall health assessment, which includes not only the biological and natural productivity areas of interest but it also covers the social, economic and institutional framework of the region. The large marine ecosystem model included the assessment of the following five key areas:
- Productivity,
- Fish and Fisheries,
- Ecosystem and Pollution,
- Socioeconomic, and
- Governance,
Considering the significance of global climatic conditions and its particular effects in the Gulf of Mexico, the project has also proposed the insertion of a new chapter related to climate change and sea level rise. Read more... To obtain a copy of the report, contact: contact@gulfofmexicoproject.org

Bohemia Rising
Check out LPBF's video, "Bohemia Rising," on the Bohemia Spillway. This area is being studied by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation to observe its affects on our coast.

New Artificial Reef in Lake
A new artificial reef has been put in Lake Pontchartrain by the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The reef was built from materials from the old Twin Span Bridge and is four-acres wide. Another great spot for fishing in Lake Pontchartrain!


Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

State of Louisiana Announces Louisiana Blue Crab to Be First Sustainable Blue Crab Fishery in the World

Release Date: 03/12/2012

March 12, 2012 – Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) in coordination
with the Louisiana Crab Task Force and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board (LSPMB),
announced the Louisiana blue crab fishery has been recognized with the seal of ‘sustainability’ by a
third-party organization, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). This designation by MSC is the first of
its kind for any blue crab fishery in the world.

The independent, third-party certification body, Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) assessed the
Louisiana blue crab fishery against the MSC standard in a rigorous, open and transparent process that
was scientifically peer reviewed and involved site visits to the fishery and outreach to stakeholder
groups. During assessment, SCS identified six improvement actions the fishery must perform during the
first five-year certification period that address harvest strategy, acquisition of additional data, by-catch
and ecosystem impact and progress will be assessed during the annual surveillance audits required by
the MSC program.

“This certification fully validates what Louisiana’s blue crab industry and department have known all
along, that our blue crab fishery is managed responsibly at sustainable levels,” said LDWF Assistant
Secretary Randy Pausina. “LDWF is a world-class organization that utilizes the best biologists and
technology when managing all of Louisiana’s abundant fisheries.”

What does sustainability mean?

Sustainability ensures that the blue crab fishery of Louisiana is managed in a way that meets the needs
of the present without compromising the crop for future generations.

Why is it important for a fishery to be certified as sustainable?

In recent years, sustainability has become increasingly important to major retailers like Wal-Mart,
Costco, Kroger and Target to name a few. As such, the push for ‘proof’ that seafood has been harvested
sustainably has led to an emerging market: seafood sustainability certifiers and their associated eco-
labels.

Additionally important to the Louisiana fishing industry, studies suggest that some retailers may be
willing to pay a higher price for seafood that is labeled eco-friendly or sustainable. Additionally,
markets in Europe and the United Kingdom that require such certifications will now be available to our
industry members.

LDWF is currently working with the other Gulf states to identify additional possibilities for
communicating to consumers and buyers that all of our fisheries are managed responsibly at sustainable
levels.

The Louisiana Blue Crab Fishery

While crabs are landed from all state coastal waters, more than half of Louisiana blue crabs are
harvested primarily from two areas: Lake Pontchartrain and Terrebonne basins. The Lake Pontchartrain
basin borders New Orleans to the north and east and includes the lake, marshes and sounds east of

the Mississippi River and the Terrebonne Basin is located southwest of New Orleans and is bounded by
Bayou Lafourche to the east and the Atchafalaya River to the west.

Blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus) are harvested year-round primarily with baited trapstended strictly
during daylight hours. Harvesters target hard shell blue crabs for both the live and processed meat
markets and also peeler crabs for sale to soft crab shedders. Louisiana blue crab landings have averaged
over 40 million pounds in recent years and comprised nearly 30 percent of total U.S. blue crab landings
in 2009.

The Marine Stewardship Council

The MSC was started in 1996 by the World Wide Fund for Nature and Unilever. The charity was
constituted in 1997 and became fully independent in 1999.

It has offices in London, Seattle, Washington and Sydney, New South Wales and local offices in
Edinburgh, Berlin, the Hague, Paris, Cape Town and Tokyo.

As of October 2011, there are over 11,000 seafood products available with the MSC eco-
label, sold in 82 countries around the world. Currently 131 fisheries have been independently
certified as meeting the MSC’s environmental standard for sustainable fishing and 131 are
currently undergoing assessment. Nearly 2000 companies have met the MSC Chain of Custody
standard for seafood traceability.
 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s
abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Volunteer Opportunities, Professional Development, Grants/Awards, Workshops, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

EVENTS

2012 Environmental Education Symposium – THIS WEEKEND! (March 9-10)
On-Site Registration will be accepted. We look forward to seeing YOU at the state conference this week! For more information, click here or contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov.

Time to Register Your Global Youth Service Day 2012 project! (April 20-22)
     Volunteer Louisiana in the Office of Lieutenant Governor invites you to be a part of Global Youth Service Day scheduled for April 20-22, 2012. Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning.
     Youth Service America has designated Volunteer Louisiana as the state’s Lead Agency for 2012.  Volunteer Louisiana and its partners are seeking to engage young people of all abilities ages 5-25 in schools, youth organizations, faith-based organizations, and social organizations to participate in or conduct a GYSD project. While GYSD is scheduled for April 20-22, all service projects conducted during the month of April registered at www.gysd.org will be recognized by Volunteer Louisiana and will be provided additional resources. The attached documents on GYSD will provide more information.   
Contact: Denise Dowell at 225-342-3937 or ddowell@crt.la.gov.  

8th Annual Wildlife Center of Texas Benefit Golf Tournament (April 25)
The Wildlife Center of Texas
is a nonprofit, donor-supported organization established in response to the increased need for emergency veterinary care for injured, ill, orphaned and oiled native wildlife. They will host their 8th Annual Wildlife Center of Texas Golf Tournament on April 25th. A fantastic day is planned at the Evergreen Point Golf Club in Baytown, TX. The Golf Tournament is the largest fundraiser that The Wildlife Center of Texas hosts every year. Click here for more details.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers Needed to Assist with a Cypress Marsh Restoration Project Near Chalmette (March 9)
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation are looking for interested volunteers to participate in a cypress swamp restoration project near the Caernarvon Diversion in Plaquemines Parish, LA on Friday March 9, from 9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m. All volunteers must register with CRCL to attend the event! All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will be planting 250 three-gallon pots of cypress trees and wrapping the trees with protectors to shield them from predators. Volunteers will be transported to the planting site by boat. Physical fitness is required. If you are interested in volunteering and/or have a flat bottom boat to lend, please email Hilary Collis at hilaryc@crcl.org for more information.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory is offering several teacher opportunities spring and summer in 2012. For more information on any of the programs, please contact the person named below next to each opportunity.
1. Explore a Seashore is a new family educational experience. Programs are held the second Friday and Saturday of each month during the school year. Upcoming programs include: 
March 9-10  Insights into Parasites of the Sound
April 13-14   Sharks, Shores, and a Whole Lot More
May 11-12    Living on Mississippi’s Resilient Coast
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium sponsors teacher participation and CEUs. Come on your own or bring a friend, spouse or kid (aged 12 or above)! For more info contact Dr. Jessie Kastler by phone (228-872-4269), fax (228-818-8894), or email (jessica.kastler@usm.edu).
2. Mississippi Marine Debris Removal and Prevention Project training takes place July 5-6, 2012. Teachers attend the two-day workshop, then bring 12-20 students on a guided field trip to Deer Island to remove and learn about marine debris. The participants will learn about the effect it has on the environment and the organisms that inhabit these areas. For more info contact Becca Mathias by phone (228-818-8889), fax (228-818-8894), or email (rebecca.mathias@usm.edu).

NOAA: Why Do We Explore? Professional Development for Educators 5-12 (Deadline: April 6)
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration – www.oceanexplorer.noaa.gov
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 8:30 am–4:00 pm in partnership with and hosted by Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans, Louisiana
     The Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection was developed to encourage educators and students to become personally involved with the voyages and discoveries of the Okeanos Explorer—America’s first Federal ship dedicated to Ocean Exploration. Join NOAA OER Facilitator, Rosanne Fortner, as we introduce Volume 1 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection: Why Do We Explore? Participants will learn how to use inquiry- and standards-based lessons and other online resources that guide classroom inquiries into several important reasons for ocean exploration including Climate Change, Energy, Ocean Health and Human Health.
     Registration is required and space is limited. Educators who attend the full day will receive a $50 stipend. Each participant will receive materials related to activities presented during the workshop, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation, continental breakfast, and lunch. Registration Deadline is April 6, 2012. To register, contact Tricia LeBlanc at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, (504) 378-2675 or tleblanc@AudubonInstitute.org

OneNOAA Science Seminars
Click on seminar title to access full presentation details (subject to change). Note: Every seminar includes a link to add the presentation to your personal Google calendar. You can view also all of the seminars in Google calendar format. Seminars are open to anyone.
Upcoming OneNOAA Science Seminars: March 2012

     Mar 08: Contaminants in Pinniped Blubber: Associations with Disease and Survival; Speaker(s): Dr. Denise Greig (Veterinary Science, The Marine Mammal Center); Location: NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NWFSC (2725 Montlake Blvd. E, Seattle, WA); Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 13: Climate Model Development; Speaker(s): Chris Bretherton (University of Washington); Yuqing Wang (University of Hawaii); Jesse Meng (NOAA NCEP EMC); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 Room 12836 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910). Remote attendance is encouraged; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 13: Towards Non-Hydrostatic Spectral Model; Speaker(s): Takeshi Enomoto (Kyoto University); Location: World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 14: NO3-Initiated Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA) Production and NOy Chemistry in a Pine Forest (BEACHON-RoMBAS 2011); Speaker(s): Juliane Fry (Reed College, Oregon); Location: NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division seminar Room 2A305, David Skaggs Research Center (NOAA Building), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 14: What's Happening: Japan Tsunami Marine Debris; Speaker(s): Dianna Parker (NOAA Marine Debris Program); Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910); Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 15: Regulating Ocean Acidification through International Law; Speaker(s): Mark Spalding (President of the Ocean Foundation); Location: NOAA Central Library (SSMC3, 2nd Floor; 1315 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910); Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 20: Climate Change & Invaders: Sources of Uncertainty in Managing the Great Lakes Region; Speaker(s): Cindy Kolar (US Geological Survey); Location: WebEx Event, remote access only; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 21: Progress and Plans for the Environmental Modeling Center's (EMC) Gridpoint Statistical Interpolation (GSI) Development; Speaker(s): John Derber (NCEP); Location: World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Add this seminar to your google calendar
Upcoming OneNOAA Science Seminars: April 2012
     Apr 03: (seminar canceled; to be rescheduled) The Assimilation of Microwave Imager Data at ECMWF; Speaker(s): William Bell (ECMWF); Location: World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Apr 04: Little Fish, Big Impact: Managing a Crucial Link in Ocean Ecosystems; Speaker(s): Dr. Ellen Pikitch (Executive Director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science and Professor at the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences); Location: NOAA SSMC-3, 2nd Floor, Library (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Apr 05: Emission Modeling for Air Quality Forecasting at ARL: A Decadal Review; Speaker(s): Daniel Tong (NOAA Air Resources Laboratory); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 ARL Large Conference Room 3404 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Apr 10: Understanding and Modeling Climate Extremes; Speaker(s): Lance Bosart (SUNY Albany); Suzana Camargo (Columbia University); Rong Fu (UCLA); Upmanu Lall (IRI); Chunzai Wang (NOAA AOML); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 Room 12836 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910). Remote attendance is encouraged; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Apr 17: Annual Tzvi Gal-Chen Lecture Series: Professor Alan J. Thorpe; Speaker(s): Professor Alan J. Thorpe (Director-General ECMWF, Reading, UK); Location: National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK), NWC Room. 1313; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Apr 18: Recent and Planned Development of Data Assimilation and Modeling Systems at ECMWF; Speaker(s): Peter Bauer (ECMWF); Location: NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Apr 19: Annual Tzvi Gal-Chen Lecture Series: Professor Alan J. Thorpe; Speaker(s): Professor Alan J. Thorpe (Director-General ECMWF, Reading, UK); Location: National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK), NWC Room. 1313; Add this seminar to your google calendar

GRANTS/AWARDS

NOAA-NGI Diversity Internship Program (Deadline: March 14)
The NOAA-NGI Diversity Internship Program is now seeking mentors and interns to participate in the 2012 internship program. This 10-week summer internship is open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a degree-granting program. There is an emphasis on students from communities and institutions in the Northern Gulf of Mexico region, and the program specifically targets populations underrepresented in the NOAA workforce. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please visit our website http://ngi-internship.disl.org and complete the mentor survey. If you have any questions about becoming a mentor or if you know of any students that might be interested in this internship opportunity, please contact the program coordinator - JoAnn Moody at 251-861-2141 x 7530 or ngi-internship@disl.org. Students interested in this opportunity should visit the website for more information and to apply. The deadline for applications is March 14th.

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission GRANTS Announcement (Deadline: March 30)
Below are the application forms for the Environmental Education Commission’s grant program which targets Louisiana and its citizens. The following is a brief overview:
     Educator Grants – Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact students; amount not to exceed $1,000 for 1 educator, $2,000 for 2 or more educators jointly
     Formal/Non-Formal Educator/Professional Development Grants – Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact Pre-Service and/or In-Service Educators; amount not to exceed $2,500
     University Research Grants – Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues; amount not to exceed $1,000
For more information, click here or contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov or (337) 948-0255.

LEEC Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest (Deadline: April 26)
Announcing the Louisiana’s Tenth Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest
Theme – Louisiana’s Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!
Contest is for ages 5-18 years. Cash prize awards! Winning entries will be published in our 2013 calendar! Deadline is April 26th. For more information, contest criteria, and downloadable registration form, click here or contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-0124.

WORKSHOPS

Advanced Wetland Photo-Interpretation (October 30-November 1)
     This three day workshop will cover the development of a methodology for mapping wetlands projects; application of the Federal Geographic Data Committee adopted Classification of Wetlands & Deepwater Habitats of the US system; photo interpretation of seasonal color infrared aerial photographs/imagery; use of topographic maps and soil surveys, historical wetland aerial imagery & maps, other ancillary information as aids in the photo interpretation/analytical process; ground-truth techniques and utilization of other field data.
     This course will include classroom lectures, classroom exercises in photo interpretation of wetland habitats with access to stereoscopic options and fieldwork. A special final computer digitizing and delineation exercise, to display final interpretation/analysis results, will be provided.
Several field (2) trips will be experienced to provide wetland classification signature development and classification mapping confidence. An understanding of the identification of wetland habitats from aerial photography/imagery (*as presented in the Introduction to Remote Sensing and Photo interpretation of Wetlands) is essential for this workshop. *Work related experiences can be substituted for the introductory workshop. Registration form is below.
Location: Abdalla Hall - Lafayette, LA
Cost: $385
Contact: Ashley Hartley– USGS/RAC workshop coordinator, (337) 482-0670, ahartley@usgs.gov

Introduction to Wetland Remote Sensing & Mapping (October 24-26)
     This workshop is a special designed introductory 3 day session of lectures, discussions, and hands-on exercises that emphasize the use of manual and cognitive interpretation skills of aerial photography/imagery in assessing and mapping wetland vegetation from species level to broad vegetative level classifications. This workshop provides necessary imagery analytical skills for assessing classification performance of computer automated classification routines and products. A special final computer digitizing and delineation exercise, to display final interpretation/analysis results, will be provided.
     Included is a full day field trip to forest and coastal wetland areas to develop imagery recognition signatures and verify wetland interpretations made in the classroom. Course content has been designed for natural resource mapping specialists, field biologists, researchers, and others who deal with wetland wildlife habitat, environmental quality and impact assessments. Since interest in this workshop is likely to be high, an early application is suggested. Registration form is below.
Location: Abdalla Hall - Lafayette, LA
Cost: $385
Contact: Ashley Hartley– USGS/RAC workshop coordinator, (337) 482-0670, ahartley@usgs.gov

RESOURCES

NASA Space Place Newsletter (March - April 2012)
The latest issue of the Space Place Newsletter: News and Notes for Formal and Informal Educators has just been published. The newsletter is all about the many useful and--it goes without saying--free resources on the Space Place website that can be helpful for kids and grown-ups interested learning about science, technology, and space. A PDF version of the newsletter is attached to this message or can be downloaded from http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/educator-newsletter/en. Also attached is find a flyer for a new iPhone/iPad game Comet Quest in which you can find it at the App Store.

School Yard Activities to Celebrate Earth Day
Attached is a list of ideas from Region 6 EPA for School Yard Activities for Earth Day Celebrations that schools can put together on their own. Please share your ideas with Bonnie King 6XA-A, Sr. Program Analyst, Regional EE Coordinator at King.Bonita@epamail.epa.gov or (800) 887-6063.


Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

Environmental Education Symposium Next Week!

2012 ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM
Lafayette Crowne Plaza  •  March 9-10, 2012

SYMPOSIUM UPDATES!

The short course Canoe, Explore… A Watershed Lesson & Tour! is full. The other short courses are nearing capacity so if you are interested in attending one, please contact Venise Ortego (vortego@wlf.la.gov) immediately.

We’ll have some VERY SPECIAL DOOR PRIZES, including the following:
          •  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries will be donating one group trip, a Nature and Birding Tour, in the White Lake Conservation Area as the grand door prize! The lucky winner & 14 of their counterparts/students/family/friends will spend a day with LDWF staff at their beautiful White Lake facility south of Gueydan! Guests will take a pontoon boat to various locations, including the birding trail, whooping crane pens (you might get to see a few!), & the infamous White Lake Lodge. (Value: $300)
          •  The critically endangered Whooping Crane, absent from Louisiana since the 1940s, is now being reintroduced to its native habitat in the White Lake area under the 10J Rule. We at LDWF are incredibly excited about our new Whooping Crane reintroduction program & want to share a very special experience with a few lucky educators. We are therefore offering 2 trips for 2 to see the juvenile Whooping Cranes after they arrive next December. The winners will travel by boat to a duck blind, where they will observe the cranes through scopes. They will have ample opportunity to visit with the biologists who oversee this program, getting the very latest information on the birds! A once in a lifetime opportunity! (Value: Priceless!)

And while you’re in the Lafayette area…
Lafayette is a GREAT place to go for local Cajun music and fabulous food! We hope that you spend a little extra time there, enjoying what this lovely city has to offer. This link may help in your search: http://www.lafayette.travel/visitors/visitdowntown/?gclid=CNKm-rPWwa4CFdCb7QodRxoGTQ.

You may be interested in visiting the nearby Village of River Ranch, a mixed-use community incorporating a self-contained, walk able concept in the design. http://www.riverranchdev.com

If you are traveling from the north down I49, make sure to stop by the new St. Landry Parish Visitor’s Center! You will be enthralled with the building and its green design!
“… it is one of the first visitor information centers in the state and the southern region that has a focus on sustainability and green construction… The landscape design plays an integral part in this project utilizing indigenous plantings and trees from St. Landry Parish, reflecting six of Louisiana’s seven ecosystems.”
http://www.cajuntravel.com/tourist-info.php?page=visitor-center

LEEC WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Grants, Contests, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

EVENTS

2012 Environmental Education Symposium – TWO WEEKS AWAY!
There is still time to register for the 2012 Environmental Education Symposium at the Lafayette Crowne Plaza in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 9-10, 2012.
“...After attending many national, regional, and local conferences, I’ve concluded that the LEEC Symposium is one of the very best. The main reason I support and encourage so many other teachers about the LEEC/LEEA conference is that our students need to understand the natural world here in Louisiana. They need to become familiar with their own landbase and not dread or fear it. Or even worse, experience this natural world here in Louisiana only via a television screen or monitor. LEEC shares a wealth of information and resources with teachers about such topics.” --Missy Durham, Baton Rouge. Read more of her story HERE
EE Symposium Updates:
          •   Get Your ROOTS on! Short Course – transportation has been paid for through a recent generous donation, reducing it to $10! Take advantage of this great opportunity and sign up today!
          •    Canoe, Explore… A Watershed Lesson and Tour! is FULL. We are no longer accepting registrations for this short course.
          •   Low on funds and your school is not paying?!  Contact Venise Ortego (vortego@wlf.la.gov) and ask about our limited registration scholarships!
All Symposium forms and related information can be found on our website: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/environmental-education-symposium. For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Hosted by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association.

Gulf of Mexico Coral Reef Expedition for Educators (Deadline: February 27)
Down Under, Out Yonder (DUOY) – July 6-11, 2012

Application deadline for the Coral Reef Expedition is approaching! APPLY NOW!
Dive into the depths of the Flower Garden Banks and explore the Gulf’s coral reef treasures.
Any formal and non-formal educator who is SCUBA certified is invited to attend. The cost is $250, plus travel to and from Freeport, TX and SCUBA gear. Everything else is covered once aboard the vessel. MUST be diver certified plus provide own equipment (minus tank). For more information, plus exciting videos and pictures, visit: www.gulfmex.org/education-training/down-under-out-yonder/

Summer Research Internship (SumRI) Position Available (Deadline: May 15)
The LSU Department of Environmental Sciences seeks applications for one Summer Research Internship (SumRI) participant position. The high school student will spend 6 weeks in the summer of 2012 conducting research in a marine microbiology laboratory. The research will include microbiology, molecular biology, ecological impacts of Deepwater Horizon oil, field collection of samples in Port Fourchon, LA and in Grand Isle, LA, analysis of phytoplankton and zooplankton, use of remote sensing for ground-truthing data, and other topics of interest. The student will be expected to maintain a laboratory notebook and participate in weekly lab meetings. At the end of the 6 weeks, the student will present his/her findings in a 30-minute presentation and in the form of a scientific manuscript. The student will be conducting research in the laboratory of Dr. Crystal N. Johnson www.environmental.lsu.edu/johnson.shtml. Students will receive a tax-free stipend of up to $750 upon successful completion of the SumRI internship. The SumRI internship participant will be selected based on grade point averages (minimum 3.0), a 500-word essay indicating interest in science, formal interviews, and a letter of recommendation from each of the following: 1 science teacher, 1 non-science teacher, and 1 community representative. 
Please submit the following application materials to Dr. Crystal N. Johnson (cnjohnson@lsu.edu): 1 copy of student's report card, 1 essay, and 3 recommendation letters (in sealed envelopes or sent separately). Application deadline is May 15, 2012.


GRANTS/AWARDS

Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes Awards (Deadline: February 27)
Build-A-Bear Workshop® launches its ninth annual search for Huggable Heroes® - inspiring young leaders who have a commitment to serve, help others, and make a difference in their community. Kids, ages eight to 18, can be nominated through February 27. The 10 selected Huggable Heroes will each receive $10,000 ($7,500 in the form of an educational scholarship from Build-A-Bear Workshop and $2,500 from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation to be donated to the 501(c)(3) charity or Canadian cause of their choice). Deadline is February 27. Apply here. 

Disney Friends for Change Grants (Deadline: February 29)
Disney Friends for Change Grants offer young change-makers an opportunity to receive a $1,000 grant to help make a lasting, positive change in the world. Whether you are passionate about protecting the planet, providing meals to those who need it or giving kids just like you the resources they need to star in their own play, be an athlete or an artist, you can be a Friend for Change!  Whatever your interests, a Disney Friends for Change Grant can help you make a difference for people, communities and the planet. Youth ages 5-18 located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply for a $1,000 grant. Deadline is February 29.

Let's Play Maintenance Grants (Deadline: February 29)
Thanks to generous support from Dr Pepper Snapple Group, KaBOOM! will be awarding grants of $750 each to communities this year who wish to make their playgrounds cleaner, safer and more inviting. The Let's Play Spruce grants are designed to reward communities that have maintained and spruced their playspaces since their playground build. If you've done a "spruce up" project at your playground that involved volunteers in the last 6 months, you are eligible to apply. Alternatively, if you are a community that needs to refill the wood fiber playground surfacing at the playground, you can apply for $750 to be used towards the purchase of the surfacing. Deadline is February 29.
 
2012 Do Something Awards (March 1)
The Do Something Awards (formerly the BR!CK Awards) identifies exceptional young social entrepreneurs, activists, and community leaders who have a significant social impact. The Do Something Award nominees and winners are the pivotal "do-ers" in their fields and causes. For this year's awards five finalists will be selected and rewarded with a $10,000 community grant, participation in the third Do Something Awards TV show on VH1, media coverage, and continued support from DoSomething.org. Of those five nominees, one will be selected to win the Grand Prize of $100,000 grant. Deadline is March 1.

Let's Play Community Construction Grants (Deadline: March 16)
Dr Pepper Snapple & KaBOOM! are excited to offer $15,000 Let's Play Playground Construction Grants to qualifying organizations within the U.S. wishing to build brand new playgrounds using the KaBOOM! community-build model. Grantees will plan their project, and share best practices and challenges through the KaBOOM! website. For more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit KaBOOM! Deadline is March 16.

State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB) Grants (Deadline: May 4)
Applicants may request from $25,000 to $100,000 based on a required budget which outlines project expenses. To be eligible to receive a grant from the YAB, applying organizations you must be a public K-12, charter, or higher education institution; non-profit organizations are also eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to impact student achievement within the public K-12 curriculum. See more details here. All applicants must have a youth contact and adult administrator, as the programs must be youth-driven and youth-led. Deadline is May 4 at 5:00 p.m. Apply here.

Special Olympics Project Unify Grants (Deadline: May 31)
The goal of Project UNIFY is to activate youth around the country to develop school communities where all young people are agents of change - fostering respect, dignity, and advocacy with and for people with intellectual disabilities by utilizing the programs and initiatives of Special Olympics. To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 12 to 20, or a current undergraduate student in college. A Special Olympics North America program is required to be your main partner organization. Projects must demonstrate the core essence of service-learning. Budgets for projects can range from $100 to $5,000. Deadline is May 31st. Application here.


CONTESTS

Poster Proposal Deadline for RAE National Conference Extended to March 15
Restore America's Estuaries – 6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration
October 20-24, 2012   Tampa, Florida, USA
Posters will be featured in the Expo Hall throughout the conference and will have a dedicated session within the Conference Program schedule. All aspects of habitat restoration from all coastal habitat types will be included. Students are particularly encouraged to submit and will be automatically eligible for the Student Poster Contest, for which cash prizes will be awarded. Limited scholarships will be available, check the main conference site [www.estuaries.org/conference] in late spring for the application.
All poster proposals must be submitted through the 6th National Conference program website: http://program.estuaries.org/
For general Conference information: 6th National Conference  
Sponsorship: Harvey Potts (hpotts@estuaries.org)
Exhibitor & Scholarship: Meg Beiter (mbeiter@estuaries.org)
General Conference Information: Elsa Carlisle (conference@estuaries.org)
Conference Program/Call for Proposals: Suzanne Giles Simon (program@estuaries.org)

SunWise Poster Contest Grades K-8 (Deadline: April 1, 2012)
Overexposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer, eye damage, and immune system suppression. Unfortunately, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Sun protection is especially important for children because practicing sun safety from a young age can decrease risk for developing skin cancer. Students in grades K-8 can help raise awareness about sun safety and win great prizes by entering the 2012 SunWise with SHADE Poster Contest, organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SunWise program and the SHADE Foundation of America. The due date is April 1st, and the national winner will receive a family trip to Disney World and a Shade 'N Net shade structure for their school. Contest details are available at www.epa.gov/sunwise/postercontest.html. Winning posters will be displayed by the National Children's Museum during summer 2012.

 

RESOURCES

Natural Areas Registry Newsletter
The Louisiana Natural Heritage Program February 2012 Issue of the Natural Areas Registry Newsletter is attached.

The LDWF Louisiana Conservationist Winter Issue
The La. Department of Wildlife & Fisheries’ Louisiana Conservationist winter issue is available online: http://louisianaconservationist.org

December 2011 Gulf of Mexico News
The December 2011 edition of the Gulf of Mexico News is now available online at http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/news/gomexnews.html

Teach Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
Scholastic is offering materials for use with Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax movie for grades 3-5 and 6-8. The LA Environmental Science Comprehensive Curriculum has a Lorax-themed activity (Unit 3 Activity 2) based on the book and original video. This unique science program draws upon themes from Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (both the book and the movie) to help you and your students explore what it takes to build a sustainable future. Using these standards–based lessons and worksheets, students can better understand what they can do to use and preserve natural resources like forests, water, and air.
With these materials created by Scholastic with the support of Universal Studios and HP, students will:
-Explore the concept of environmental sustainability
-Interpret information from graphs and charts
-Write about their experiences in trying to make sustainable choices
-Record their personal experiences in working with others to manage environmental resources
Read Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax or see the movie opening on March 2. Then visit www.scholastic.com/thelorax for lessons, printables, family activities, a writing contest, a student game, and the movie trailer!


Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

LEEC 2012 Grant Annoucement!

Environmental Education Commission
Grant Announcement

 

Attached are the application forms for the Environmental Education Commission’s grant program which targets Louisiana and its citizens. The following is a brief overview:

Educator Grants
     •  Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact students
     •  Amount not to exceed $1,000 for 1 educator, $2,000 for 2 or more educators jointly
     •  Deadline: March 30, 2012

Formal/Non-Formal Educator/Professional Development Grants
     •   Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact Pre-Service and/or In-Service Educators
     •  Amount not to exceed $2,500
     •   Deadline: March 30, 2012

University Research Grants
     •  Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues
     •  Amount not to exceed $1,000
     •  Deadline: March 30, 2012

For more information on these grants or the 2012 Environmental Education Symposium, visit our website at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

Or contact:
     Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator
     Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
     Office:  337-948-0255
     Fax:  337-948-0213
     vortego@wlf.la.gov

 

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Workshop/Webinar, Fellowship, Public Comment

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

EVENTS

2012 Environmental Education Symposium
There is still time to register for the 2012 Environmental Education Symposium at the Lafayette Crowne Plaza in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 9-10, 2012. Lodging assistance is offered to those with significant drive times while funding is available so apply now! EARN up to 12 CLUs! All Symposium forms and related information can be found on our website: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/environmental-education-symposium. For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Hosted by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association.

Audubon Adventure Day Camps – Spring Break Camp
At Audubon Adventure Day Camps, children will be outside, enjoying hands-on learning and exploring the wonders of nature. They’ll hike, track wildlife, learn birding and other outdoor skills, create nature art, and conduct field studies all-the-while learning to better care for the amazing north Texas home. The experienced and caring educators will nurture children’s love of nature and deliver an unforgettable spring break experience full of adventure, growth and good times. Day camps are offered for children in grades K-5 at both Audubon Centers from 9 am until 3 pm, March 12-16. Spaces fill quickly, visit our websites www.dogwoodcanyonaudubon.org or www.trinityriveraudubon.org, or call 214-309-5812 to learn more and reserve your space.

Green Ribbon School Awards (Deadline: February 17)
The Louisiana Application Green Ribbon Schools deadline is February 17. For more information, contact Jean May-Brett, MSP State Program Director at 225-342-8993 or jean.may-brett@la.gov, www.louisianaschools.net/topics/green_ribbon_schools.html. To access the online application, visit: http://tinyurl.com/6srwrn9.

2012 Louisiana Envirothon (April 21)
Announcing the 2012 Louisiana Envirothon to be held on April 21, 2012 at the LSU AgCenter Burden Center in Baton Rouge! The environmental problem-solving competition is for students in grades 6 -12. A team of five students from the same school or associated with an organized group (i.e. FFA, 4-H, science club, etc.) train and compete by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The competition focuses on five natural resource areas: soils and land use, aquatic resources, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. The 2012 current environmental issue is Nonpoint Source and Low Impact Development. Teams also present a solution to an environmental problem related to the current issue through an oral presentation. Winners receive special recognition and monetary prizes. Please review the attached flyer and registration form for more information and submit by March 30, 2012. There will be one training session held on March 24, 2012 in Baton Rouge. For more information please contact Tomeka Prioleau, 225-219-0877, Tomeka.Prioleau@la.gov or visit the Envirothon website at www.deq.louisiana.gov/envirothon and like us on Facebook!


WORKSHOP / WEBINAR

Coastal Lines of Defense Field Workshop (February 25)
There is still time to register for the upcoming workshop at UNO's Coastal Education and Research Facility (CERF) on Saturday February 25, presented by UNO Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences Coastal Education Program with support from the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. For more information about the coastal lines of defense, visit their new web site: linesofdefense.org or contact Dinah at 504-280-1374, dmaygard@uno.edu, or Heather at 504-280-4042, hlgordon@uno.edu.

Sustainable Schools Webinar Series 2012 – Reducing Waste in Schools: "Trayless Tuesdays"
The first webinar, "Reducing Waste in Schools: Trayless Tuesdays," will discuss the progress in New York City to reduce landfill waste and reduce the use of polystyrene trays in schools. We will hear from NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Sanitation and SOSNYC/Cafeteria Culture about their innovative collaboration to institute an alternative to the foam lunch trays for NYC's 1.1 million school children. Please join in Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm as panelists Stephen O'Brien, Director of Food and Food Support, NYC Department of Education; Mary Most, Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling, NYC Department of Sanitation; and Debby Lee Cohen Director of Styrofoam Out of Schools/Cafeteria Culture share the story of their ground-breaking collaboration "Trayless Tuesdays," and how your school or school district can adopt this waste reduction strategy. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/649234322. For more information, please contact EPA Region 2 Sustainable Schools Coordinator, Sabina Pendse (pendse.sabina@epa.gov).


FELLOWSHIP

DCMC: Minorities in Scientific Ocean Drilling Fellowship
The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program - U.S. Implementing Organization (IODP-USIO) is currently accepting applications for the Minorities in Scientific Ocean Drilling Fellowship. The Fellowship will award $30,000 to an outstanding minority student whose research is using data and/or materials obtained from scientific ocean drilling, or who is developing technology that will help advance science or engineering in scientific ocean drilling research. The fellowship is open to graduate students that are a member of a racial or ethnic minority group and who are enrolled in a geoscience or engineering program at any U.S. university or college. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2012. For additional details, visit: http://www.oceanleadership.org/education/diversity/minorities-in-scientific-ocean-drilling-fellowship/


PUBLIC COMMENT REQUESTED

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA): LACES Sea-Level Rise Recommendations
The Louisiana Applied Coastal Engineering and Science Division of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA-LACES) is releasing for public comment a draft technical report outlining recommendations for anticipating sea-level rise impacts on Louisiana’s coast. The paper outlines an approach to assist coastal planners and managers when addressing sea level rise in future restoration and protection projects. The full Technical Report and a corresponding Summary for Managers can be accessed on the CPRA website at Laces Sea-Level Rise Recommendations. CPRA-LACES invites comments on both documents. They are opening a 30-day public comment period beginning on Monday, February 6th that will remain open through midnight Central Standard Time on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012. The website contains instructions for submitting comments to CPRA-LACES. The draft technical report and recommendations will be revised as necessary to account for comments received and a copy of the final report and recommendations will be made available on the CPRA website when complete.


Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

SPECIAL eNEWS ANNOUNCEMENT: 2012 EE Symposium – $35 Early Bird Registration Ends Tomorrow!

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association will host the 15th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium at the Lafayette Crowne Plaza in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 9-10, 2012.

Last week we shared our outstanding presenter line-up (Concurrent Session Descriptions). Today we’re excited to announce our PRESENTERS’ BIRDS-EYE VIEW SCHEDULE! (Attached)

If you haven’t attended one of our past conferences, now is the time! There is still time to register for the Early Bird Registration fee of $35! Registration postmarked after February 10th increases to $50. Plus, why miss this valuable opportunity to EARN up to 12 CLUs?!

HERE ARE JUST A FEW COMMENTS FROM LAST YEAR’S CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS…

...Truly enjoyable…Great educational resource…Surprising information!...Fun and I learned a lot…A chance to meet and network with others in E.E.…Very valuable ideas to bring back to the classroom…Most positive & inclusive people I have encountered in education…One on one interaction, with plenty of time in a relaxed atmosphere

Please send YOUR PICTURES showcasing outdoor activities for a surprise conference project. If you have pictures of you, your families, and/or your students on a nature trail, tending the schoolyard garden, beachcombing, climbing a tree, etc. that you would like to share, send a digital copy (limit 3) to Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, at jraffray@wlf.la.gov. We cannot guarantee that we will use every photo submitted but we will try! Deadline for submitting pictures: February 23rd.

Lodging assistance is offered to those with significant drive times while funding is available so apply now!

Phenomenal speakers, innovative sessions, and a great time to be had by all in Cajun Country!
Join us – register today! Laissez les bon temps rouler!

All Symposium forms and related information can be found on our website: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/environmental-education-symposium
For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events/Workshops, Webinar, Grants, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

EVENTS/WORKSHOPS

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION of $35 ENDS THIS WEEK…FEBRUARY 10TH for the 2012 Environmental Education Symposium – March 9-10, 2012
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association will host the 15th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium – “Our Environment…Our Future” at the Lafayette Crowne Plaza in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 9-10, 2012.
          We are excited to announce the PRESENTERS LINE-UP! The presenters were meticulously selected to insure a premium environmental education experience. We’ll offer a variety of hand-on sessions, lesson demonstrations, and exemplary programs catering to formal (K-12) and informal educators. Make sure to browse our presenter line-up in the attached document.
          Lodging assistance is offered to those with significant drive times while funding is available so apply now! EARN up to 12 CLUs! Phenomenal speakers, innovative sessions, and a great time to be had by all in Cajun Country! Join us – register today! Laissez les bon temps rouler!
          All Symposium forms and related information can be found on our website: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/environmental-education-symposium. For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov

Seashore Experience to Focus on Marine Debris
“Debris Free Seas: Small Steps, Huge Impact” is a family educational experience offered as part of the Explore a Seashore series through The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. The two-day trash adventure will take place February 10 and February 11 in Ocean Springs, MS. On Friday, from 6-8 p.m., participants will learn about common marine debris found in local waters, learn the repercussions of land-to-water pollution and hear about simple solutions for a cleaner environment and how to go green. On Saturday, participants will cruise aboard the Sea Explorer to Deer Island where they will remove debris and go hunting for shark teeth. They will bring debris back to the Gulf Coast Research Lab campus and sort, identify and weigh it. The data will help determine sources of pollution and help prevent further damage to the Coast. Each participant will receive a field notebook, GCRL pen, and a CD of photographs from the day. The program is open to adults and their children who are 12 and older. Lunch is provided. Cost is $50 per person with a $25 deposit due at registration. To register, contact Martha Brown at martha.brown@usm.edu or 228-818-8833. Flyer: http://masgc.org/pdf/press/120202.pdf

NEW! High-quality, Low-cost Professional Development Opportunity
Saturday, February 25, 2012, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Holy Cross School, 5500 Paris Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122 

Join TI for an exciting, one-day event on Nspired Learning, TI’s newest science learning solution that gives your students a one-to-one science learning experience in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Nspired Learning enables interactive, inquiry-based learning that lets students explore and learn at their own pace in the classroom, lab and field, every day.
Here’s what you get at the event:
          • FREE! One (1) TI-Nspire™ Teacher Software license – a $155 value!
          • High-quality instruction from a T³™ instructor
          • Overview of TI-Nspire™ CX handhelds and TI-Nspire classroom solutions, including available data collection activities and free interactive simulations
          • Hands-on “Getting Started” Science Nspired activities that you can use in your classroom right away
          • Certificate for professional development hours completed
Registration is only $25 per person. Lunch included! For more information: http://link.ti-enews.com/YesConnect/HtmlMessagePreview?a=hivXFeskG0Wlr4Gj6p39ve


ANNOUNCEMENT

Gulf of Mexico Alliance Celebrates Change in Leadership
Jerome Zeringue has become the new management Chair of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA); taking an active lead on behalf of Governor Bobby Jindal. Zerinque made Alliance history, shifting state leadership for only the second time since the Alliance was established in 2004. As the director for the Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration, Jerome Zeringue steps in as the new Chair of the Alliance Management Team. Their role is to act on behalf of the states’ governors to oversee Alliance direction to address the six regional issues identified as priorities by all five Gulf States. Zeringue hopes to accomplish several items while Louisiana serves as the chair of the Alliance, namely the completion of objectives in the regional action plan as well as Alliance integration into the regional restoration strategy resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. GOMA will hold its annual conference, the “All Hands” meeting, this summer June 2012, in Corpus Christi, Texas. More information can be found at www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org.


WEBINAR

Register for Webinar on “Tool for Comparing Impaired Waters Restorability”
Join EPA’s Watershed Academy for a free webinar titled “Recovery Potential Screening: A Tool for Comparing Impaired Waters Restorability” on February 22, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST. This webinar will help states, watershed groups and others become acquainted with a new website and methodology for analyzing and comparing restorability differences among watersheds. The webinar will highlight the new recovery potential website, www.epa.gov/recoverypotential, which includes step-by-step screening directions, time-saving tools for calculating indices and displaying results, summaries of over 120 ecological, stressor and social indicators, a recovery literature database and several case studies. The recovery potential screening website was developed to assist complex planning and prioritizing, provide a user-customizable but systematic and transparent comparison approach, and help improve restoration program results. To register for this webinar, please visit: www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts


GRANTS

EPA Announces Grants to Clean Up Beaches across the Nation and Launches Improved Website for Beach Advisories and Closures
EPA announced that it will provide $9.8 million in grants to 38 states, territories and tribes to help protect the health of swimmers at America’s beaches. The agency also launched an improved website for beach advisories and closings, which will allow the public to more quickly and easily access the most current water quality and pollution testing information for more than 6,000 U.S. beaches. The website, called BEACON, has the capability to update as frequently as every two hours based on new data provided by states, territories and tribes. Users will have access to mapped location data for beaches and water monitoring stations, monitoring results for various pollutants such as bacteria and algae, and data on public notification of beach water quality advisories and closures. For the first time, users can also access reports that combine notifications and water quality monitoring data. The The grants will help local authorities monitor beach water quality and notify the public of conditions that may be unsafe for swimming. Grant applications must be received within 60 days of publication of EPA’s notice in the Federal Register. EPA expects to award the grants later this year. View EPA’s enhanced beach advisory and closing information: http://watersgeo.epa.gov/BEACON2/. More information on the grants: http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/beachgrants/index.cfm

EPA Grants Award Process Webinar Announcement
The Office of Grants and Debarment is pleased to announce that it is hosting another EPA Grants Award Process Webinar for our external grants community on February 23, 2012 at 2 pm. Registration is limited. The webinar will cover grants management topics, including: how to find and apply for grant opportunities; FFATA reporting requirements; and preparing a proper budget detail. In addition, a Q&A session will be held during the second half of the webinar. Please email ogdweb.gad@epa.gov with any questions in advance of the call. For more information and to register: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/grantswebinar/event/event_info.html.

NSF Funding Opportunity: Math and SciencePartnership (MSP)
Math and Science Partnership (MSP): http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5756&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Deadline Date: March 5, 2012
Research, Evaluation and Technical Assistance (RETA), including STEM Education Resource Collaboratory
Program Guidelines: NSF 12-518
The Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program is a major research and development effort that supports innovative partnerships to improve K-12 student achievement in mathematics and science. MSP projects are expected to raise the achievement levels of all students and significantly reduce achievement gaps in the STEM performance of diverse student populations. MSP projects contribute to what is known in K-12 STEM education. All STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). More at: www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5756&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Request for Proposals - 2012 Walton Family Foundation Conservation Grant (Deadline: April 15)
The Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture (LMVJV) partnership, working in cooperation with the Walton Family Foundation (WFF), is pleased to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2012 WFF Conservation Grants. The WFF has once again authorized the LMVJV to identify projects and facilitate funding totaling up to $1.25 million in support of habitat restoration on frequently flooded agricultural lands within the delta of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Interested organizations and agencies should carefully review the grant guidelines outlined in the attached RFP. The deadline for proposal submittal is April 15, 2012.


RESOURCES

Weekend release of the movie "Big Miracle" and NOAA's Involvement
The follow link chronicles an interview with NOAA Fisheries Marine Biologist, Dave Withrow, who was part of the two-week “Operation Breakthrough” the real-life rescue of three gray whales that inspired the movie Big Miracle which is in theatres now. The interview will provide students with an insight into the science and the unifying of efforts from companies around the country to support the engineering necessary to accomplish the rescue. If you make plans to see this new movie, please make sure you read this interview from a NOAA scientist on the scene and share this interview with your students: www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/02/2_1_2012_bigmiracle.html

“It's time to bring in the cavalry for rescue of the wetlands”
By Bob Marshall, The Times-Picayune
www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2012/02/its_time_to_bring_in_the_caval.html
This article discusses the dryness of the prairie nesting grounds and how the regulations and conservation programs that have protected this habitat for decades remain under a withering attack in Congress.

Insightful Infographic--STEM & Our Planet
View the attached STEM & Our Planet infographic which was launched to coincide with the White House Science Fair and provide a visual insight on future Green career growth. Find out more: www.eeweek.org

Cool the Earth
http://cooltheearth.org/our-program/
Free, fun, and empowering climate change program for K-8 students and their families that inspires them to take simple actions to reduce their carbon emissions. Includes action coupons kids earn and a banner the school can post to show how their actions are adding up to make a difference.

School Compost Programs: Pathways to Success
By Kary Schumpert and Cyndra Dietz, Eco-Cycle
http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/eelinked/posts/School-Compost-Programs-Pathways-to-Success
This article describes how composting can help schools achieve zero waste and provides the how, why, and steps to follow.

EPA Offers Climate Change Toolkit for Middle School
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a free collection of resources to enhance middle school students’ understanding of climate change impacts on the United States’ wildlife and ecosystems. “Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators” contains case studies, activities, and videos based on climate science, environmental education, and stewardship information. The toolkit is available online at www.globalchange.gov/resources/educators/toolkit. For more information: www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/CCWKit.html

 

Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

SPECIAL eNEWS ANNOUNCEMENT: 2012 EE Symposium – PRESENTERS LINE-UP

We are excited to announce the PRESENTERS LINE-UP for the 2012 Environmental Education Symposium on Saturday, March 10th! The presenters were meticulously selected to insure a premium environmental education experience. We’ll offer a variety of hand-on sessions, lesson demonstrations, and exemplary programs catering to formal (K-12) and informal educators. Please browse our presenters line-up in the attached document.

Grasping moments in the outdoors is such a personal experience…we take in the smells, sounds, and mood of the surroundings. In the spirit of the conference theme, The Year of Outdoor Education, we are committed to bringing the outdoors in during this event. Therefore, it’s time to pull out those scrapbooks! We are looking to use a variety of pictures showcasing YOUR outdoor activities in a surprise conference project. If you have pictures of you, your families, and/or your students releasing butterflies, playing around the playground, swimming in a lake, planting a tree, etc. that you would like to share, please send a digital copy (limit 3) to Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, at jraffray@wlf.la.gov. We cannot guarantee that we will use every photo submitted but we will try! Deadline for submitting pictures: February 23rd.

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association will host the 15th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium at the Lafayette Crowne Plaza in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Lodging assistance is offered to those with significant drive times while funding is available so apply now!

Don't delay! Early Bird Registration of $35 ends next week – February 10, 2012 ($50 thereafter.)

EARN up to 12 CLUs!

Phenomenal speakers, innovative sessions, and a great time to be had by all in Cajun Country!
Join us – register today! Laissez les bon temps roulet!

All Symposium forms and related information can be found on our website: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/environmental-education-symposium
For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov

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