LEEC eNews Bulletin: Watershed Webs Rockefeller Session Full, Spaces Available at LUMCON

Spaces are still available for the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium session of Watershed Webs, a four-day professional development workshop to be held July 26-29, 2016. Registration for the June session to be held at Rockefeller Refuge has reached capacity and is now closed.

This workshop, made possible by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is available to educators in coastal counties and parishes throughout the Gulf region. See if your school qualifies at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/watershed-webs-eligible-parishes-and-counties.

Watershed Webs introduces the concepts of watersheds, data collection and interpretation, and environmental stewardship; participants will take part in classroom lessons developed to reinforce these concepts. Outdoor activities, conducted along a stretch of coastal beach, 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.

Funding is available for up to 8 participating 5th through 12th grade school teachers to lead student field expeditions with financial assistance and co-facilitation provided by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC)/Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries.

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

 A registration fee of $25.00 is required. (This fee will be refunded upon completion of the workshop.)

For more information, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/professional-development-opportunities.

Find the event flyer and registration form here.