LEEC eNews Bulletin: Spots available for LUMCON Watershed Webs Workshop

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.

Contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov as soon as possible if you are interested, then fill out and submit this form.

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.

Facilitators include:

  • 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