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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.

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LEEC eNews: Green STEM Career Resources, New Threat to Louisiana Marshes, and More!

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LEEC eNews: Summer Workshops, Student Contest, and More!

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LEEC eNews: Student Art and Language Arts Contest, Award Opportunities, and More!

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LEEC eNews Bulletin: Saturday Schedule and Keynote

There's still time to attend the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium! Register on-site tomorrow, February 24, at 7 a.m. and spend the day learning and sharing your experiences with other environmental educators.

The theme this year is Green STEM, so many of the sessions aim to bring you up-to-date environmental-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Choose among sessions that fit your interest and grade level. And be sure to check out the keynote address by Drs. Rob Ross and Don Duggan-Haas from the Paleontological Research Institute in Ithaca, NY. See the topic below.

Fire and Brimstone and Fort McMurray: Reasons and Strategies for Talking About Climate Change, Drs. Don Duggan-Haas and Robert Ross

The overwhelming majority of scientists who study the climate accept that the global climate is warming, that this change is driven by human activities, that it is already causing serious and worsening problems, and that we can do things to make coming changes less bad. The subject, however, remains controversial among the general public and many of our political leaders flatly reject the scientific consensus. Why does a substantial minority of Americans and reject climate science? Often, our intuitive responses to controversial statements is counterproductive and deepens convictions more than understandings. Climate change has almost certainly worsened disasters in recent years. We’ll discuss the perils and promise of apocalyptic talk, look into the role of moral framing of discussion of climate change, and share rules of thumb for discussing controversial issues more broadly. We’ll also discuss the potential relevant green STEM career opportunities arising from responding to climate change. The talk draws from The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change, by Ingrid Zabel, Don Duggan-Haas, and Robert Ross.

Find more information at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium or contact Thomas Gresham at tgresham@wlf.la.gov.

 

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Join Us This Weekend at the Symposium

Please join us this Saturday at the Baton Rouge Marriott for the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium. This annual event brings together formal and non-formal educators from every corner of Louisiana and surrounding states to sharpen our environmental education skills.

 

The theme this year is “Green STEM” and many of the presentations will highlight the exciting possibilities for education where science, technology, engineering and mathematics meet environmental concepts.

 

If you plan on attending and have not yet registered, you have two options. To pay by credit card, use the pre-registration form on the symposium webpage. To pay by check, visit the registration desk on site beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday.

 

For more information visit http://www.wlf.la.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium or contact Thomas Gresham at tgresham@wlf.la.gov.

 

 

Short Course Spotlight: National Wildlife Federation - Monarch Heroes & Eco-Schools USA and BREC Nature Exploration Toolkit

Today is the final day to get the special Early Bird registration rate of $45 when you sign up to attend the Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium, February 23 & 24 at the Baton Rouge Marriott, sponsored by Shell. 
 
Centered arount the theme “Green STEM,” the conference will focus on environmental science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and the exciting career opportunities opening to students in the decades to come. On Saturday, February 24, choose from multiple concurrent sessions to fit your interest and grade level. See the entire lineup at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/symposium-presenter-lineup.
 
You can also choose to attend an optional short course on Friday, February 23. These day-long environmental education workshops or tours focus on a single subject. Today, we're featuring two short courses: National Wildlife Federation - Monarch Heroes & Eco-Schools USA and BREC Nature Exploration Toolkit.
 
The monarch butterfly is known for its uncommon beauty and its annual migration covering thousands of miles from the northern and central portions of the United States and southern Canada to Florida and Mexico. You and your students can learn how to incorporate monarch recovery into the classroom using a project-based learning approach and develop an onsite monarch habitat on your school grounds with National Wildlife Federation - Monarch Heroes & Eco-Schools USA.Turn your campus into a community resource center for this iconic and important pollinator species. Get an introduction to NWF's new Green STEM curriculum, The Monarch Mission, and learn how you can join NWF’s free international Eco-Schools network.
 
BREC is Baton Rouge's outdoor recreation authority, boasting more than 180 parks including a unique mix of facilities, which mirror the history and rich natural resources in the region; including a state-of-the-art observatory, a swamp nature center and conservation areas, a performing arts theatre, an equestrian park, an art gallery, an arboretum, an accredited zoo, seven golf courses and an extreme sports park with a 30,000-foot concrete skate park, rock-climbing wall, BMX track and velodrome.
 
With the BREC Nature Exploration Toolkit, you can join Shannon Guidry, education curator at BREC's unique Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center and recieve hands-on instruction on leaf presses, plant identification, bug catchers and pond sampling tools!  Located at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp - explore the site and make easy do-it-yourself investigation tools you can bring back to your classroom.
 
See all of the short course descriptions at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium#shortcourses. Register at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2018-louisiana-environmental-education-state-symposium by Friday, January 26 to receive the special Early-Bird discount.
 

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Short Course Spotlight: Diverting Disaster with the Old River Control Structure

As long as humans have inhabited the area now known as Southeast Louisiana, we’ve depended on the Mississippi River for transportation, food and agriculture. It is at the very center of our business and cultural lives. And as long as we’ve lived near its banks, we’ve struggled to control its waters.
 
In 1963, the US Army Corps of Engineers completed construction on the Old River Control Structure. Designed to prevent the river from changing its course to the Gulf, the complex system of locks, dams and channels diverts water into the Atchafalaya Basin to prevent flooding in ports and towns from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.
 
Join Dinah Maygarden and Ivan Gill from the University of New Orleans on this tour, hosted by the Corps. The site visit features a series of massive engineering structures responsible for controlling the flow of the Mississippi – Atchafalaya River system, and a trip to the Point Coupee Parish Museum on False River. Leaders will provide background and science and engineering curriculum connections for the material covered.
 
This optional short course is presented as a part of the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium, sponsored by Shell. Featuring the theme “Green STEM,” the conference is an exciting opportunity to join other formal and non-formal environmental educators from every corner of Louisiana and surrounding states as we meet to share EE teaching techniques and practices, new research and information, and spend time discussing our experiences as educators. Choose from multiple concurrent sessions to fit your interest and grade level. 
 
See all of the short course descriptions at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium#shortcourses. Register at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2018-louisiana-environmental-education-state-symposium by Friday, January 26 to receive the special Early-Bird discount.
 
 
 

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Short Course Spotlight: Keep Louisiana Beautiful Presents the “Hows” and “Whys” of Recycling

The Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium, sponsored by Shell, will take place  February 23-24 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. Early-Bird registration is still open for attendees.
 
The theme this year is “Green STEM.” Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to join other formal and non-formal environmental educators from every corner of Louisiana and surrounding states as we meet to share EE teaching techniques and practices, new research and information, and spend time discussing our experiences as educators. Choose from multiple concurrent sessions to fit your interest and grade level.
 
To help you get the most out of the symposium, we're offering a selection of five optional Friday short courses. These 7-hour workshops spend the whole day focused on one subject.
 
Today's spotlight is on "Keep Louisiana Beautiful Presents the 'Hows' and 'Whys' of Recycling." Join  Susan Russell and Christy Paulsell from Keep Louisiana Beautiful as they lead a tour of the Baton Rouge Recycling Center. Attendees will gain a better understanding the recycling process and why it is so important to managing waste.  Attendees will return to the Marriott for the second half of the day which will include hands-on activities and lessons focused on teaching students how and why they should reduce, reuse and recycle.  KLB will provide teachers with lesson plans, activity sheets, resources and hands-on activities.
Event type: Tour & Hands-on Workshop
Grade Level: K-12
Location: Baton Rouge Recycling Center and Baton Rouge Marriott
 
See all of the short course descriptions at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium.... Register at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2018-louisiana-environmental-educat... by Friday, January 26 to receive the special Early-Bird discount.
 

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