Field Science Education Workshops This Week!

University of New Orleans – Coastal Education and Research Facility
and
Southeastern Louisiana University – Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station
Partner to Present Two Environmental Science Teachers’ Field Workshops
With a focus on Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands and the Lake Pontchartrain Estuary

Come join us for an exciting field workshop at each of our two field stations!
THURSDAY, MAY 26 (at UNO CERF) and FRIDAY, MAY 27 (at Turtle Cove)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Teachers may attend either or both of the workshops

Background
The staff at SLU’s Turtle Cove and UNO’s Coastal Education and Research Facility partnered to develop complementary programs at their two field stations. Recognizing that our two facilities located in the Lake Pontchartrain estuary offer unique learning opportunities for area students, we collaborated to strengthen both of our programs. The result is educational programming and resource materials for teachers and students that can open up an exciting world of exploratory learning to a wide range of ages.

Our field stations
UNO’s Coastal Education and Research Facility (CERF) is a recent addition to the field-based facilities in our area offering educational programs focusing on our coastal wetlands. Located in eastern Orleans Parish, just 30 minutes from downtown New Orleans, surrounded by brackish marshes, and equipped with classrooms, canoes and boats, as well as overnight facilities for small groups, this is an ideal place to learn about the importance of our wetlands. We focus on providing active science learning experiences for students in grades 1 – 12 in order to increase awareness and understanding of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands.

Southeastern's Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station is located on Pass Manchac between Lake's Maurepas and Pontchartrain. The mission of the station is to help facilitate a better understanding of coastal wetland issues by provide facility and equipment support to researchers and educators from around the region who conduct wetland ecology, cypress restoration, and other wetland-related activities in the field. Turtle Cove staff also conduct education and outreach activities such as field trips to K-12 and other community groups. To learn more about program please visit our website at www.selu.edu/turtlecove.

The workshops will include the following activities at both facilities:
Water quality and biological sampling; plant identification exercises; sample learning activities from our Field Trip Guide. There will be opportunities to for teachers who attend both workshops to make comparisons between the habitats at the two field stations. Teachers will also collect data that can be entered into an interactive data web site for long-term use.

Each participant will receive a copy of our Field Trip Guide, which is a compilation of activities and ideas for teachers to use inside and outside the classroom to introduce their students to the study of our coastal wetlands.

Agendas are attached.