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.
Registration is filling up for the first annual Green Schools Youth Summit. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to share and learn from others about ideas and projects that have helped schools to conserve resources, improve student health & wellness, and promote environmental & sustainability education. There will also be non-profit, private, and government organizations sharing programs and tools students can use to make their schools more “green.”
The summit will take place March 24, 2017 at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.
Pre-registration Ends Soon for Environmental Education State Symposium
It's almost time for the 2017 Environmental Education State Symposium, to be held February 3 & 4, 2017 at Embassy Suites by Hilton in Baton Rouge. While we enter the final planning phase and prepare for the big event, the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission would like to announce that pre-registration for the Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium and short courses end Monday, January 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. On-site registration for the conference will last from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. February 3 and from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. February 4.
Educators from Bossier City to Chauvin, Lafayette to New Orleans and everywhere in between will be on hand to present information about their exciting and innovative environmental education projects and activities.
One winner will enjoy a weekend at a state park of their choice.
One winner gets to choose one from the following field studies with LDWF biologists between late March and July of 2017:
Take day trip to open pine habitat in Northwest Louisiana where we will be trying to catch the elusive Louisiana pinesnake.
Join the search for gopher tortoises. Staff will have a burrow camera in tow to scope burrows and document the presence or absence of tortoises, and a tortoise in hand to release in its new home on the north tract of Sandy Hollow Wildlife Management Area.
Accompany LDWF staff to inspect red cockaded woodpecker cavities for nesting activity with a telescoping video camera. Observe the capture and banding of RCW nestlings.
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) is now accepting proposals for their 2017-2018 Grants Program. The submission deadline for each of these grants is March 17, 2017. 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
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 –
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 –
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 -
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 email@example.com.
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission has released an electronic version of its 2017 Environmental Education State Symposium program. The 2017 Environmental Education Symposium will be held February 3rd and 4th at Embassy Suites, 4914 Constitution Ave. This year's theme will be "Protecting Louisiana's Endangered Species."
View the program here and plan your symposium experience by choosing among five concurrent sessions for each time slot during the event. Sessions are arranged by grade level; the program includes the speaker, a session description and the type of activities you can expect.
The program also features a map of the conference hotel, a bird's-eye view of the events, contact information for speakers and presenters, and short bio of our keynote speaker, Dr. Jessica Kastler of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Marine Education Center.
If you are planning on joining the LEEC for our 20th Environmental Education State Symposium and you live outside of the Baton Rouge area, today is your last day to receive the special group rate at Embassy Suites by Hilton, the conference host site. If you register today, you'll be charged the special rate of $98 per night (all rooms at the Embassy are suites). Book your suite at https://goo.gl/Xsqme1.