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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.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: LEEC and LDOE to Host Green Schools Webinars

Is your school interested in becoming a Green Ribbon School?
Louisiana Green Schools and the Louisiana Department of Education will be hosting a webinar to help guide you through the application process. You can find the webinar website at louisianaschools.adobeconnect.com/greenribbonschools/

There are two dates available: August 30 at 2:00 p.m. or September 1 at 3:30 p.m.
We hope you'll join us!

 

LEEC eNews: Summer Workshops Wrap Up, Plastics Threaten Arctic, and More

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LEEC eNews: Summer Workshops Wrap Up, Plastics Threaten Arctic, and More


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LEEC eNews Bulletin: Spots available for LUMCON Watershed Webs Workshop

Because of participant scheduling conflicts, a very limited number of spots have become available for the Watershed Webs Workshop, to be hosted by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) July 26-29, 2016.

Contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov as soon as possible if you are interested, then fill out and submit this form.

Attendees will take part in lessons and activities on a stretch of remote coastal island beach and activities will include collecting quantitative data and debris for analysis. Participants will learn to track the path of debris within watersheds, become trained in basic water quality assessment, participate in a beach elevation profile measuring activity, and other, habitat-specific activities. They will be trained in the use of the WET Tracker app and practice related standards-based lesson activities. Closing discussion topics will include societal demands, trash reduction techniques, and stewardship in the classroom. 

The workshop will be held at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium facility in Chauvin, Louisiana, about 85 miles southwest of New Orleans. It is situated in the heart of the estuarine wetland complex of the Mississippi River deltaic plain, between two active distributaries - the Atchafalaya River and the Mississippi itself. There will be plenty of outdoor activities, so make sure to bring comfortable clothes and shoes, water bottles, bug spray and sunscreen.

Facilitators include:

  • Dinah Maygarden, University of New Orleans Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences Coastal Education Program education Specialists
  • Dianne Lindstedt, Louisiana State University Sea Grant College Program Coordinator
  • Venise Ortego & Thomas Gresham, LA Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Environmental Education Program

 

Participants who complete this workshop will receive:

  • Handheld GPS unit, dissolved oxygen kit, Secchi tube, pH test kit, thermometer, flash drive, & lessons
  • 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 and stipends for bus drivers for related field experiences

LEEC eNews: Workshop Info, Marsh Island Rookery Restored, and More!

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LEEC eNews Bulletin: Green School Workshop Opportunity

Come join us June 15, 11:00-1:30 at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School for a luncheon on green schools where we'll discuss the green school movement and the academic and economic opportunities going green brings. This is a great opportunity for teachers and schools interested in implementing green initiatives to network with individuals and organizations that can help make your green school initiatives a reality. You'll also learn how your school can apply to be a Green Ribbon School and hear from current honorees. The Green Ribbon School award is a national recognition from the U.S. Department of Education. Last year four schools earned the first such recognition for Louisiana.

A light lunch and refreshments will be provided by Aramark.

Registration is free, and can be found at http://goo.gl/forms/IyWXdTMXpC.

Please contact Brian Gautreau, bgautreau@wlf.la.gov, or Sandra Lizcano, Lizcano-Sandra@aramark.com, for additional info.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Watershed Webs Rockefeller Session Full, Spaces Available at LUMCON

Spaces are still available for the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium session of Watershed Webs, a four-day professional development workshop to be held July 26-29, 2016. Registration for the June session to be held at Rockefeller Refuge has reached capacity and is now closed.

This workshop, made possible by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is available to educators in coastal counties and parishes throughout the Gulf region. See if your school qualifies at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/watershed-webs-eligible-parishes-and-counties.

Watershed Webs introduces the concepts of watersheds, data collection and interpretation, and environmental stewardship; participants will take part in classroom lessons developed to reinforce these concepts. Outdoor activities, conducted along a stretch of coastal beach, will include collecting quantitative data and debris for analysis. Participants will learn to track the path of debris within watersheds, become trained in basic water quality assessment, participate in a beach elevation profile measuring activity, and other, habitat-specific activities. They will be trained in the use of the WET Tracker app and practice related standards-based lesson activities. Closing discussion topics will include societal demands, trash reduction techniques, and stewardship in the classroom.

Funding is available for up to 8 participating 5th through 12th grade school teachers to lead student field expeditions with financial assistance and co-facilitation provided by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC)/Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries.

Participants who complete this workshop will receive:

·         Handheld GPS unit, dissolved oxygen kit, Secchi tube, pH test kit, thermometer, flash drive, & lessons

·         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 and stipends for bus drivers for related field experiences

 A registration fee of $25.00 is required. (This fee will be refunded upon completion of the workshop.)

For more information, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/professional-development-opportunities.

Find the event flyer and registration form here.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: FALSE River WETMAAP Workshop

Date and Time: June 25, 2016; 8 AM (Registration) - 3:30 PM 

Location: Howe-Russell Building LSU Campus Room 254

Participants will receive: Educator Binder, Map & Image portfolio, materials supply package, CLU certificate, Stipend of $100 limited to the first 20 teachers, Giveaways and door prizes

About the workshop:

Using the False River WETMAAP materials, this training supports education outreach and professional development for environmental and earth sciences formal and informal educators. This BTNEP funded session will provide an opportunity for educators to increase and enhance their knowledge and skills using topographic and wetland survey maps, aerial photography, satellite imagery and website resources for the classroom.

The Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary  (BTE) contains some of the most diverse and fertile habitats in the world. False River, in the northern portion of the BTE, is a 22-mile long oxbow lake formed in the early 1700s as the Mississippi River changed its course. The workshop will connect the processes and wetland functions and values of this site to those in coastal areas of the estuary. 

Registration via e-mail to louisianageographicalliance@gmail.com.

Partners in this presentation include: Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation, the Louisiana Geography Alliance (LaGEA), and the La Environmental Education Commission

LEEC eNews: 14the Environmental Awareness Student Art and Language Arts Contest Winners Announced

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