LEEC eNews: Learn to Write a Winning Application, "See" Beneath the Waves and More!


Art & Language Arts Contest

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission invites all Louisiana students ages 5-18 to enter the Environmental Awareness Student Art and Language Arts Contest. Draw or paint a picture, or write a story or poem and win a cash prize! 

The theme this year is "What's Great About Your Part of the State?" Does your community have a unique recycling facility, a beautiful lake or an exceptional place to camp or hike? Your only limit is your imagination!

First place winners receive $200, second place is $100 and third place is $75. There are four age groups for both art and language arts, so 24 students will win a cash prize! Each winner, the winner's family, teacher and principal will be invited to a special reception this summer at the Louisiana Governor's Mansion.

Find out more information at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/artcontest. The deadline to enter is April 19, 2019.

DID YOU KNOW? You can register your live oak with the Live Oak Society?

The live oak is a long-standing symbol of strength, beauty and endurance. The Live Oak Society, founded by Dr. Edwin Lewis Stephens in 1934 has registered thousands of individual trees. Find out more or add your favorite tree to the registry at https://www.lgcfinc.org/live-oak-society.html.

Funding Opportunity

NAAEE Webinar Explains How to Write a Winning Application

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) are hosting an informational webinar on Tuesday, March 5th at 2:00 p.m. Central to answer any questions regarding the UL Innovative Education Award (ULIEA) application. Join the discussion as past ULIEA winners Dr. Jenn Page of Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership and Quilen Blackwell of Chicago Eco House, and leaders from NAAEE and UL share their tips on what makes a prize-winning application. 

The fifth annual UL Innovative Education Award is seeking applications from eligible 501(c)(3) organizations in the United States and Canada who are using innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) curricula to help K-12 students solve real-world environmental problems. Eligible organizations must apply by March 12, 2019. Five winners will be selected: two winners will receive $10,000 each; two winners will receive $50,000 each; and the grand prize winner will receive $100,000.

Find out more and apply at https://ulinnovationeducation.naaee.net/


Listening to "See" Beneath the Waves

 On April 9, 2019 at 5 p.m. Central, join Dr. Lindsey Peavey Reeves, as she shares details on how Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary has been a hot spot for passive acoustic monitoring for years. In this webinar she'll explore various ways in which the Channel Islands sanctuary and partners are characterizing the sanctuary soundscape, what we've been able to learn so far, and what we are still seeking to understand.
This webinar series provides formal and informal educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources, and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom. 
Find out more here and register here


Bonnet Carre Spillway Explained

Many students who live along the Mississippi may have questions about the tough decisions that engineers, scientists and leaders must make when flooding threatens our state. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation has created an exceptional resource including articles and videos that help to explain the conditions that lead up to opening the spillway and the effects (and side effects) that occur afterward.

Find more at https://saveourlake.org/bonnet-carre-explained/.

Levee Emergency Rule in Effect

The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board has issued an Emergency Rule local jurisdictions can use to control activity on levees in the coastal area due to dangerous flood conditions on the Mississippi River and Tributaries. This rule was made effective as of 5 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019. 
The rule is designed to be enforced by the local levee districts and authorities at their discretion, though they are expected to coordinate closely with the Corps of Engineers and the State of Louisiana through CPRA and the CPRA Board.
Find the complete emergency rule on CPRA's site.