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The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission’s (LEEC) mission is to create a comprehensive and balanced environmental education initiative that results in a literate citizenry who will make informed decisions to effectively solve existing problems, prevent new ones and maintain a sustainable environmental for future generations.

2017 Environmental Awareness Student Art and Language Arts Contest Winners Announced

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is pleased to announce the winners of our 2017 Environmental Awareness Student Art and Language Arts Contest.

ART

 

 

 

 

 

Group 1

Place

School

City

Teacher

Title

Raeesa Hasan

1st

Buchanan Elementary

Baton Rouge

Carol Bott

Save the Gopher

Luke Anderson

2nd

Homeschool

Benton

Elizabeth Anderson

Cute Box Turtle

Group 2

 

 

 

 

 

Kadie Daigrepont

1st

Leonville Elementary

Leonville

Kat Cart Guidroz

Hanging Around for a Better Tomorrow

Anna Whittington

2nd

Homeschool

Zachary

Amanda  Whittington

Turtle Art

Sean Ahn

3rd

Hynes Charter School

New Orleans

Dawn Lobell

Now and Then

Group 3

 

 

 

 

 

Jet Marie Salvacion

1st

BRCVPA

Baton Rouge

Shalia Young

Untitled

Anna Claire Pipes

2nd

Ruston Jr. High

Ruston

Crystal  Pye

Help Protect Louisiana Endangered Species

Rylie Fisher

3rd

Northwestern Middle School

Zachary

Margaret Atkinson

The Downfall of Mother Nature

Group 4

 

 

 

 

 

Laurielle Watkins

1st

New Iberia Senior High

New Iberia

Susan Perez

The Red Cockaded Woodpecker

Menglan Wu

2nd

Christian Life Academy

Baton Rouge

Renee Farrell

Untitled

Katelyn Reyes

3rd

Northwood High School

Shreveport

Ramona  Green

Manatee

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

 

 

 

 

Group 1

 

 

 

 

 

Noah Jerry Fontenot

1st

Bayou Chicot Elementary

Ville Platte

Amy Palmer

Let's All Save the Gopher Tortoise

Charles Anderson

2nd

Homeschool

Benton

Elizabeth Anderson

Bald Eagle

Group 2

 

 

 

 

 

Sophiea Roberts

1st

Tchefuncte Middle

Mandeville

Bonnie Stokes

Bob the Manatee

Isabella  Klynoot

2nd

Tchefuncte Middle

Mandeville

Bonnie Stokes

Kayaking in Louisiana

Miranda Holincheck

3rd

Tchefuncte Middle

Mandeville

Bonnie Stokes

Whooping Crane

Group 3

 

 

 

 

 

Diya Desai

1st

Caddo Middle Magnet

Shreveport

Lydia Gunn

My Sea Turtle, My Jewel

Lauren Perkins

2nd

Northwestern Middle School

Zachary

Margaret Atkinson

Protecting Wildlife

Mariah Alexander

3rd

Northwestern Middle School

Zachary

Margaret Atkinson

Remember

Group 4

 

 

 

 

 

Paycen Brouillette

1st

Homeschool

 St. Francisville

Sonya Brouillette

Louisiana Home  

Al Nastasi

2nd

St. Paul's School

Covington

Brother Ray Bulliard

Man: The Destroyer and the Rescuer

Joshua McLain

3rd

St. Paul's School

Covington

Brother Ray Bulliard

The Agile Avian of the Skies

The students will be honored for their winning entries for this year’s contest, with the theme “Protecting Louisiana’s Endangered Species,” at an awards reception to be held in Baton Rouge at the Governor’s Mansion next month. Prizes awarded to the contestants include $200 for first place, $100 for second place, and $75 for third place. Winning art and language arts entries will be used to create a 2018 Environmental Awareness calendar, which will be distributed statewide. Thank you to all of the  students who submitted entries. We have so many talented students in our great state!

 


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LEEC eNews: Spring and Summer Workshops and More!

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LEEC eNews Bulletin: Art Contest Deadline Extended to May 5, 2017

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission has extended the deadline for the annual Environmental Education Art and Language Arts contest to Friday, May 5, 2017 to allow students who were testing or on spring break the opportunity to participate. Our art and language arts contest is a great way for students to paint, draw or tell a story about what the environment means to them.
 
YOUR STUDENT COULD WIN A CASH PRIZE! First Place: $200 Second Place: $100 Third Place: $75. All of the winners, their families, teachers and principals get invited to a reception at the Governor’s mansion.
 
UP TO 24 WINNERS! The contest has four age groups (Group 1: Contestants ages 5-7, Group 2: Contestants ages 8-10, Group 3: Contestants ages 11-13, Group 4: Contestants ages 14-18 ) with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in both the art and language arts categories.
 
Our theme this year is Protecting Louisiana's Endangered Species. The only limit is your students’ imaginations! 
 

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Exciting Summer PD Opportunity at Grand Isle Lab

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is hosting Watershed Webs, a 4-day professional development workshop for educators June 5-8 at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Research Laboratory in Grand Isle, LA. Made possible by a NOAA B-WET grant, Watershed Webs takes educators through real-world scientific investigations and supports your efforts to familiarize students with scientific protocols, data collection, and data interpretation. Instructional materials are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards, engaging students in true investigative learning.
 
This is a chance for you to DO something about litter and help your students see the impacts. Let us teach you how to make a difference in your classroom! Attendees will learn how to collect and interpret litter data, monitor water quality, conduct a beach profile, identify micro plastics, understand the impacts of litter on wildlife, and use litter to visually trace their watershed. Attendees will also visit a recent beach restoration site, enjoy a barrier island boat tour, and go birding on a Nature Conservancy property a few steps from the lab.  During downtime, you will enjoy a fresh Gulf fish cookout and pier fishing (bring your license and equipment).
 
Watershed Webs participants will also have the opportunity to engage their own students in a beach sweep activity in their home area. We will help you conduct a field experience with your students and provide financial support through 2017.
 
Teachers in the coastal parishes/counties of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas are eligible to participate. Go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/watershed-webs-eligible-parishes-and-counties for a list of qualifying parishes and counties.
 
Participants who complete this workshop will receive:
 
·       Room and board at the laboratory dorm
 
·         Handheld WiFi microscope, dissolved oxygen kit, Secchi tube, pH test kit, thermometer, flash drive, & lessons (over $300 worth)
 
·        Up to 32 hours of professional development
 
·        Up to $700 in stipends paid; dependent upon participation level:
 
        ·   Tier 1: $100 for in-state attendees, $300 for out-of-state attendees
 
        ·   Tier 2: $100 for proof of lesson plan implementation in the classroom
 
        ·   Tier 3: $200 for conducting an approved field experience with students
 
        ·   Tier 4: $100 for presenting a related session at an approved conference
 
·        Student bus transportation, driver stipends and other support for related field experiences
 
·        Student public service announcement allowance of $100
 

Registration fee of $25.00 is required. (Check will be returned upon completion of workshop.)
 
REGISTER NOW - space is limited to 20 participants from eligible counties and parishes.
 
 
 
For more information, contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov.

LEEC Special eNews Bulletin: 2017 LEEC Grants Finalists Announced

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is pleased to announce the 2017 LEEC Grants Program finalists. We are looking forward to seeing the positive effects these worthy projects have in their schools and communities.

Thanks to all of our applicants and congratulations, finalists!

2017 LEEC Grants Program FINALISTS

Last Name

First Name

School/ Organization

Project Title

Number Impacted

 Funding Potential 

Educator Grants

Lemoine

Joanna

St. Aloysius School

3D Animal Adaptations

120

 $1,999.00 

Perilloux

Cynthia

Albany Middle School

Environmental Education through Art

35

 $993.00 

Green School Grants

Guillory

Alexis

Plaisance Elementary School

The Indian’s Environmental Stewardship Initiative

225

 $3,509.00 

Sullivan

Jeanell

Lusher Charter School

Operation Plastic Reduction

110

 $ 4,958.00 

Turner

Steven

Covington High School

High School Nature Trail

1500

 $5,000.00 

Professional Development Grants

Kleiner

Heather

Sci-Port Discovery Center

Watershed to the Red

12

 $2,312.00 

Krouse

Stephanie

Academic Distinction Fund

First Time Foresters

20

 $2,500.00 

LeBlanc

Tricia

Audubon Nature Institute

Discovering the Wonders of Nature

20

 $2,150.00 

May-Brett

Jean

Louisiana Science Teachers Association

The New LSSS for the Informal Science Educator 

25

$2000.00

University Research Grants

Barrett

Shelby

Southeastern Louisiana University

Growth Responses of Three Wetland Plant Species to Various Levels of Flooding and Nutrients

1

 $   1,200.00 

Blanchard

Matthew

Louisiana State University 

Long-term population dynamics of an old-growth longleaf pine population

1

 $     800.00 

Faldyn

Matthew

Louisiana State University

Impacts of climate change - The roles of abiotic and biotic interactions on community-dynamics in the monarch butterfly system

1

 $   1,200.00 

Formel

Stephen

Tulane University

Differential Gene Expression in Roots of Spartina alterniflora under Oil Pollution Stress

1

 $   1,200.00 

Geary

Brock

Tulane University

Social and environmental information use by foraging brown pelicans

1

 $   1,109.00 

Harms

Nathan

Louisiana State University

Biological control at a range margin: interactions between multiple agents and host genotypes

1

 $    1,191.00 

Harman

Rachel

Louisiana State University

Individual and Density Dependent Movement of an Insect within a Patch, Matrix, and at the Border

1

$     1,200.00

Hebert

John

Tulane University

Migration Stopover Ecology of the Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

1

$    1,200.00

Jones

Hollis

Louisiana State University

Biomarker of resilience in Crassostrea virginica

1

$       958.00

Kent

Cody

Tulane University

Population Genetics of a Migratory Bird Population

1

$     1,128.00

Preston

Devin

University of New Orleans

Temporal heterogeneity as a driver of microevolution of plasticity in thermotolerance in the differential grasshopper

1

$   1,200.00

Radunzel-Davis

Lorissa

Louisiana State University

Impact of Soil Microbes on Cogongrass Growth in Native and Non-Native Soil

1

$  1,200.00

Reiman

Jeremy

Louisiana State University

Determination of carbon sources in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River System

1

$  1,200.00

Steele

Christen

Tulane University

Interacting effects of disease and non-native milkweed species on the behavior and survival of monarch butterflies

1

$   1,080.00

Umlang

Lance

Louisiana State University

Effects of hurricanes, in the context of ongoing sea level rise, on plant communities in coastal transitions

1

$       807.00

Wang

Bo

Louisiana State University

Assessment of sand storage of large channel bars in the Lower Mississippi River

1

$  1,200.00

Weidow

Elliot

University of New Orleans

Diversity in an invasive plant: a historic and contemporary perspective

1

$   1,200.00

 

 

 

 

2084

 $ 44,494.00 

 

LEEC eNews: Professional Development Oportunities, Art Contest Info and More!

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One More Day to Submit LEEC Grant Applications

March 17, 2017 is the final day to submit applications for LEEC grants. Applications will be accepted via electronic submission only. See links to guidelines and applications for each category below.

 

Educator Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact Louisiana students - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $1,000 for 1 teacher or $2,000 for a team

Guidelines: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Educator-Grant-Guidelines

Application:http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Educator-Grant-Application

 

Professional Development Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact preservice and/or in-service educators in Louisiana - Those eligible: Louisiana education, state, or environmental agencies, colleges, universities, or 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations - Maximum award: $2,500 – 

Guidelines: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Professional-Development-Grant-Guidelines

Application: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Professional-Development-Grant-Application

 

University Research Grants - Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues - Those eligible: Students attending Louisiana colleges or universities and who are working toward a Masters, Ph.D., or conducting Ph.D. research are eligible to apply on behalf of their school - Maximum award: $1,200 – 

Guidelines: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-University-Research-Grant-Guidelines

Application: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-University-Research-Grant-Application

 

Green Schools Grants - Supports projects designed to reduce a school’s environmental impact, reduce health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps, and engage students in hands-on learning. Proposals to be considered are those that align with pillars found in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/green-schools-pillars-and-elements - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $5,000 - 

Guidelines: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Guidelines

Application: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Application

 

For more information on these grants or the 2017 Environmental Education State Symposium, visit our website at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec. Or contact: Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries vortego@wlf.la.gov.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Watershed Webs Summer Workshop Announced

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LEEC eNews: Art and Language Arts Contest, Grants Deadline and More!

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