Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program

The Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program

LCFP Summer 2020

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission will continue its Louisiana Coastal Fellowship  Program in the summer of 2020. Thanks to a generous grant from the NOAA Gulf of Mexico B-WET program, the LEEC will conduct a series of four professional development workshops for teachers from eligible parishes covering the subjects of coastal issues, marine debris, water quality and invasive species.

Registration will open in January 2020.

Date: Summer 2020
Host/Organizing Agencies: Louisiana Environmental Education Commission
Contact: Venise Ortego venise.ortego@la.gov

LCFP Summer 2019

The Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program, open to 7th – 12th grade teachers from the Greater New Orleans Area*, will inform participants about Louisiana’s coastal and wetland issues and how to develop related science phenomena for the classroom. Participants will also learn how to perform field experiences and build-out phenomena into instructional sequences for students.

The fellowship includes four workshops during the summer of 2019 where teachers will be exposed to Louisiana’s unique coastal and wetlands issues utilizing current data and hands-on scientific techniques. Learning experiences will focus on investigating coastal land loss and restoration, marine debris and microplastics, water quality, and invasive species.

Teachers will use information and data gained in workshops to develop phenomena based on Louisiana Students Standards for Science for their classrooms. Phenomena development and classroom implementation will be supported through a mentoring and evaluation program that includes fellows along with pedagogical and content experts working together to ensure exemplary programming for your classroom. Finalized phenomena and resources will be published on the Louisiana Science Phenomena Website. The resources on the website will serve as a foundation for instructional sequences in coastal and wetland issues for all of Louisiana’s educators.

* The Greater New Orleans Area includes Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Washington parishes.


Workshop Details

1st Workshop, Baton Rouge – June 3rd – 4th

2nd Workshop, Grand Isle – June 18th – 19th

3rd Workshop, Cocodrie – July 1st - 2nd

4th Workshop, New Orleans – July 18th – 19th



Claire Anderson, Ripple Effect

Steve Babcock, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority/LSU Lab School

Murt Conover, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium 

Brian Gautreau, LSU Gordon A. Cain Center for STEM Literacy/Louisiana Environmental Education Commission/Keep Louisiana Beautiful

Lydia Hill, Louisiana Department of Education

Dinah Maygarden, University of New Orleans Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences Coastal Education Program

Venise Ortego & Thomas Gresham, Louisiana Department of Education/Louisiana Environmental Education Commission


Selected Fellows Recieve:

1. Stipend totaling $1500 and distributed according to the following schedule:

a. $250 upon completion of workshops

b. $1250 upon completion of all deliverables

2. Water quality testing equipment valued at approximately $300

3. Lodging and Meals at workshops

4. 64 hours of professional development/CLUs


To Apply:

Registration is closed for the summer 2019 fellowship. Registration for the summer 2020 fellowship will open in January 2020.


Questions may be directed to Brian Gautreau at bgautreau@lsu.edu


This program was made possible through the generous support of the Greater New Orleans Foundation.