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.
K-12 teachers affected by recent Louisiana flooding have a new resource for replacing lost instructional materials. Prompted by a request from a teacher who lost years’ worth of materials when her residence flooded in Denham Springs, the environmental resource agencies in the area are pooling their educational materials for you!
Teachers who have lost environmental education materials in either home or school floods are encouraged to submit a Care Package request via a simple web form found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/care-package.
Care packages will consist of educational lesson activities, toolkits, maps, posters, loaded thumb drives, etc., all with an environmental focus. Distribution of care packages will begin on or around September 15, 2016. Please note that these care packages will be available while our supplies last.
The partners involved to date include:
· 4-H Youth Wetlands Program
· Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program
· Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA)
· Environmental Protection Agency
· LA Dept. of Natural Resources
· LA Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries - Education
· LA Environmental Education Commission
· National Parks Service
Did you know that 31 schools flooded? The need is significant. If your organization would like to donate materials, contact Venise Ortego at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.