Environmental Education Commission

Discovering Biodiversity

Educator Workshop
June 25, 2015 — 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Prien Lake Elementary School, Lake Charles, LA
Participants in this exciting, dynamic workshop will receive hands-on instruction from experienced educators and biologists, get updates on Louisiana threatened and endangered species management initiatives, and go home with strategies and materials for including biodiversity instruction in their class curriculum.
Breakfast and lunch are provided. Attendees will receive a $50 stipend, up to 7 professional contact hours, a selection of related lessons, plus a book, DVD and poster.
Mail completed form and check for $25 paid to the order of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (to be returned upon completion of the workshop) to: 
Venise Ortego
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
5652 Hwy. 182
Opelousas, LA 70570

2015-2016 Green Schools Grants

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is pleased to announce the finalists for its innaugural Green Schools Grants Program. 

The LEEC, in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), offers Green Schools Grants to school administrators or fulltime classroom teachers in accredited public or non-public schools (Pre-K-12) in Louisiana for projects based on sound scientific principles that have a school sustainability focus and are designed to directly involve students in the learning process. The aim of this joint effort is to encourage Green Ribbon Schools initiatives in accredited Louisiana schools.

See finalists below.


Project Leader 

School/ Organization

Project Title


Claire Anderson

KIPP Central City Primary

Water Literacy Field Station


Regina Humphrey

Arthur F. Smith Middle Magnet School

The Good Soil


Joe Vaccaro

St. Martin’s Episcopal School

Water Literacy Outdoor Classroom


Michele Woods

Nesom Middle School

Recycling for Kids




To find out more about the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools initiative, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/eligibility.html.

Questions? Please contact Venise Ortego vortego@wlf.la.gov.


We are pleased to announce the finalists for our 2015-2016 Educator, Professional Development and Research Grants Program!




Project Leader 

Team Teacher
(if applicable)

School/ Organization

Project Title


John Dupuis

Jonathan Himel

St. Thomas More Catholic High School

Cafeteria Composting


Michelle Grantham

Dianna Hammond

Villa del Rey

Science and the Great Outdoors


Paul LeBlanc

Windy Mobley

L. W. Higgins High School

Wind Variation


Mary Legoria

Pam Fry

Westdale Heights Academic Magnet

Getting Our Feet Wet in the Wetlands


Adams Lintz


Green Park Elementary

Butterfly Investigations


Helen Umstead


Scott Middle School

Modeling Environmental Leadership






Project Leader 

Agency Affiliation

Project Name


Stephanie Krouse

Academic Distinction Fund

Pre-K Private Eyes - Exploring Our Small, Small World






Project Leader 


Project Title


Warwick Allen

Louisiana State University

The role of fungi, nutrient availability and competition in wetland plant invasions


Alexander Ameen

Tulane University

Spatial and temporal trends in a freshwater wetland seed bank


John Anjier

Southeastern Louisiana University

Assessing the impact of flooding and nutrients on three wetland plant species found along the Louisiana Gulf Coast


Andrew Flick

Louisiana State University

The effects of predation on disease transmission in soybean loopers (Pseudoplusia includens)


Sarah Giltz

Tulane University

Effects of ocean acidification on intermolt duration and growth of the juvenile blue crab in the Northern Gulf of Mexico


Rachel Harman

Louisiana State University

Different forms of density dependent dispersal and their effects on population dynamics


Michael Henson

Louisiana State University

Assessment of wetlands on the Louisiana coast using baseline microbial community structure and developing microbial indices


Katherine Hovanes

Louisiana State University

Effect of spatial pattern of a dominant competitor on community assembly processes


Zhen Xu

Louisiana State University

Assessment of Stable Isotopes of Dissolved Oxygen and Dissolved Inorganic Carbon in Catahoula Lake







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Louisiana Environmental Education Commission's Mission Statement

To create a comprehensive and balanced environmental education initiative that will result in environmentally literate citizens who will effectively and constructively solve existing environmental problems, prevent new ones, and maintain a sustainable environment for future generations.