Events, Workshops, Call for Entries/Nominations, Lagniappe


You're Invited: To the unveiling of the new USGS map
How Have Louisiana Wetlands Changed Over Time?
You're invited to a press conference to unveil a new USGS map showing wetland losses and gains since 1932 at the Louisiana State Capitol, House Committee Room 3, Baton Rouge, LA on June 2, 2011, 1:00 PM. For more information, contact Jennifer Lavista: JLAVISTA@USGS.GOV or 720-480-7875

Ocean Camp (June 7-24)
A unique theme for each week; choose one or all!
          June 7-10       Animal Explorers
          June 14-17     Animal Experts
          June 21-24     Dive Deep Explorers                          
Faulkner State Community College, Gulf Shores Campus
$100 per 4-day wk
Ages 4-8, 9 am-12 noon
Ages 9-12, 1 pm – 4pm
REGISTER NOW! Call 251-990-0445 or 800-231-3752,
Contact: Belinda Ringpfeil, Certified Science Teacher, or 205-936-9892

Outdoor Nation 2011 Regional Youth Summits
Outdoor Nation, an initiative of the Outdoor Foundation, is a national movement of young adults aged 18-26 passionate about the outdoors. Through entertainment, education, engagement and action, Outdoor Nation and its community of ‘Outsiders’ work to dramatically increase and expand youth participation in the outdoors – resulting in a healthier, more active generation.
          Denver Location: Cherry Creek State Park
          Regional Summit July 22-24th
          Summer Fun Day July 23rd
          New York City Location: Aviator Sports and Event Center, Floyd Bennett Field, Gateway National Recreation Area
          Regional Summit June 24-26th
          Summer Fun Day June 25th
          Atlanta Location: Clark Atlanta University
          Regional Summit July 8-10th
          Summer Fun Day at Sweetwater Creek State Park July 9th
          Minneapolis Location: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Saint Paul
          Regional Summit July 15-17th
          Summer Fun Day at For Snelling State Park July 16th
          San Francisco Location: The Presidio, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
          Regional Summit July 29-31st
          Summer Fun Day July 30th
The weekend event is completely free and includes lodging and food. Even more exciting is that Outdoor Nation can arrange to have a bus to take the delegates from the DFW area to Denver for the summit – free transportation – if 40 delegates from the area –  sign up to attend.
Apply through the Outdoor Nation website at
Contact: Rose Banzhaf 469-235-9963
Informational flyer is attached below.



LUMCON's Gulf Lagniappe – Dead Zone (June 4)
This Saturday (June 4, 2011) LUMCON’s Gulf Lagniappe adult education workshop series focuses on “Dead Zones” with speaker Dr. Nancy Rabalais, LUMCON Executive Director & Professor. This workshop will feature a talk by Dr. Rabalais about low dissolved oxygen events known as dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico. Follow up activities include a trip aboard the Research Vessel Acadiana out into Terrebonne Bay where participants will learn more about water quality issues, including how the recent flooding of the Mississippi River may impact the Gulf of Mexico. Participants will also be given the chance to measure water quality themselves. There are still plenty of spaces available. The cost is $10/person. Lunch is provided. Check-in begins at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie at 8:30 am on June 4, 2011. 
Contact: Murt Conover, (985) 851-2860 or Holly Hebert, (985) 851-2842

GIS Tools for Strategic Conservation Planning (June 13-16, 2011)
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Estuarine Education Center – Gautier, Mississippi

This four-day course (8:30 am–5:00 pm each day), co-taught by staff members from the NOAA Coastal Services Center and The Conservation Fund, teaches students how to apply geographic information system (GIS) tools, methodologies, and analyses to strategic conservation planning using a “green infrastructure” approach. Students will use data sets from coastal areas to develop conservation priorities and strategies to address a realistic conservation scenario. Please see attached flyer for workshop overview and prerequisites. The workshop fee is $45.00 and includes all course materials.
*Registration Required* Limited to 20 Participants! For more information about this workshop and to register, visit us online at:
Contact:  Michael Shelton, or Avia Huisman,
Informational flyer is attached below.

LEP Conference (July 28-30, 2011)
Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the southwest and learn how Aldo Leopold developed his concept of a land ethic. Discover ways that various communities, organizations, agencies and individuals are creating their own sense of land ethics and sharing it with youth and families across the United States. Investigate Leopold’s roots as a forester, visit his first job site/homestead where he managed the land and listen to stories of long ago. Learn new ideas, techniques and resources that will enhance your own educational programs through exceptional seminars, field trips and speakers — simply, an event not to miss!
For Information on Registration, Chapter Scholarship Forms, and Call for Proposals please contact: Janine Kohn at 651-209-4971 or
Informational flyers areattached below.



Gulf of Mexico Citizen Advisory Committee Request for Nominations Federal Register Notice
The Gulf of Mexico Citizen Advisory Committee Request for Nominations Federal Register Notice is attached (nomination details may be found in the document). EPA is establishing the Gulf of Mexico Citizen Advisory Committee (GMCAC) to provide independent citizen advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental issues affecting the five Gulf of Mexico Coastal States. Members serve as representatives of citizens and citizen groups.
Informational flyer is attached below.

Call for Papers - 2012 National Water Quality Monitoring Conference (Deadline: September 23, 2011)
National Water Quality Monitoring Council’s (NWQMC) 8th National Monitoring Conference – Water: One Resource – Shared Effort – Common Future to be held in Portland, Oregon from April 30 - May 4, 2012. This conference will focus on the many facets of water quality and quantity monitoring for improved understanding, protection, and restoration of our natural resources and communities.  It is a centerpiece forum that generally attracts 500-800 water practitioners from all backgrounds, including federal, state, local, tribal, volunteer, academic, private, and other water stakeholders.  Attendees exchange information about water monitoring, assessment, research, protection, restoration, and management; learn about new findings on the quality of the Nation's streams and rivers, groundwater, estuaries, lakes and wetlands; and develop new skills and professional networks.  The conference includes presentations, panels, poster sessions, exhibits, hands-on interactive workshops and field trips, as well as time for after-hours meetings and networking. For the first time, this biennial conference and River Network’s National River Rally are coordinating an overlap day (May 4th) with mutually developed themes and presentations geared toward fostering improved collaboration between government and nonprofit groups working together for clean water. All abstracts must be received no later than September 23, 2011. For additional conference information or to submit an abstract go to:



WILD READ Virtual Book Club
Award-winning novelist and poet Margaret Atwood is among the moderators who will guide readers through discussions on America's WILD READ, a virtual book club that will engage and inspire people to connect with the outdoors. In addition to Atwood, WILD READ discussion moderators include Kris Hoellen, green infrastructure expert with The Conservation Fund; Laura Bies, an attorney with The Wildlife Society; the National Wildlife Federation's Danielle Brigida; and Dr. Drew Bell, an ant expert. We want to hear YOUR stories on how you connect with nature and how this connection influences the decisions you make. The power of a story can stir our imaginations, even as we look hard science in the eye and envision our conservation future. Visit the WILD READ today at so you won't miss a minute of the discussion.
Contact: Anne Post, Conservation Library,, 304-876-7399

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