LEEC eNews: Nominate Your Everyday Hero, Celebrate Endangered Species Day, and More!


Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program 

May 16, 2019 is the final day for prospective fellows to apply for the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission's Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program. Sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and open to 7th – 12th grade teachers in the Greater New Orleans Area*, this four-workshop series will inform participants about Louisiana’s coastal and wetland issues and how to develop related science phenomena for the classroom. Participants will also learn how to perform field experiences and build-out phenomena into instructional sequences for students.

Teachers will use information and data gained in workshops to develop phenomena based on Louisiana Students Standards for Science for their classrooms. Phenomena development and classroom implementation will be supported through a mentoring and evaluation program that includes fellows along with pedagogical and content experts working together to ensure exemplary programming for your classroom. Finalized phenomena and resources will be published on the Louisiana Science Phenomena Website. The resources on the website will serve as a foundation for instructional sequences in coastal and wetland issues for all of Louisiana’s educators.
* The Greater New Orleans Area includes Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Washington parishes.

Environmental News

Orleans Parish Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Saturday, May 11th from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 2829 Elysian Fields Avenue

It is the ONLY day to properly dispose of pesticides, garden chemicals, muriatic acid, oil-based paint and stains, paint thinner and varnish, grout, oil, gasoline, aerosols, household cleaners, flammable liquids, pool shock and more!  See the full list of accepted items at https://nola.gov/sanitation/documents/san-household-hazardous-waste-flyer/.

Upcoming Events

LUMCON Summer Camps

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium has extended the application deadline for their 2019 Field Marine Science (FMS) camp to May 25, 2019. FMS camp will take place July 14-20 at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, Louisiana, giving students the opportunity to gain real-world experience conducting field research in the coastal marshes of south Louisiana.
Participants of this research-based camp will learn about Louisiana’s marine resources and how to conduct and report their own research results. As campers, students will have full access to research vessels, research equipment, laboratories, and scientists located at the DeFelice Marine Center. Participants of this camp will become part of a scientific community that is trying to assess the state of our changing coastal systems. FMS is designed for students grades 9th-12th who have a desire to learn more about how to effectively conduct field research and communicate their results to diverse audiences. This week-long residential camp is ideal for any student that is serious about pursuing a career in marine or environmental science and would like to gain research experience before entering college. 
For more information or to download an application, visit https://lumcon.edu/k-12/ or email Murt Conover mconover@lumcon.edu or Aaron Bacala at abacala@lumcon.edu
LUMCON is also still accepting applications for their LEAD summer camp.  More information is also available at https://lumcon.edu/k-12/.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful State Conference

The Keep Louisiana Beautiful annual state conference and Everyday Hero Awards Banquet will take place on September 25-26 in Baton Rouge. All those interested in working towards a greener, cleaner, more beautiful Louisiana are invited to attend. Industry experts, civic officials, and anti-litter advocates from across the state will gather to present and share best practices that encourage environmental stewardship in practical ways that attendees can bring back to their own communities. 
Visit KLB's site for more information and to register.

KLB Everyday Hero Nominations

Each year, Keep Louisiana Beautiful seeks nominations to honor those that go the extra mile to keep our communities clean, beautiful, and litter-free. Nominations are available in eight categories. Anyone can nominate someone for an award, and you may nominate as many people as you'd like. The deadline for nominations is August 30, 2019.
Award recipients will be recognized at KLB's Everyday Heroes Awards Banquet in Baton Rouge on September 25th.
Visit KLB's site to find out more and submit nominations.

Party for the Planet: Endangered Species Day 

May 18, 2019 from 11a.m. - 3 p.m. at Audubon Zoo
Endangered Species Day at Audubon Zoo offers guests the opportunity to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species while enjoying animal care chats and interactive activities from Audubon animal care staff, educators, and conservation partners. Guests can take a conservation journey with Animal Quest and visit the Entergy table to learn how to earn an Endangered Species lion badge! This event is included in Zoo admission and complimentary for Audubon Members.
Audubon Zoo will be collecting old cell phones to recycle for their “Gorillas on the Line” conservation effort. Recycling old mobile phones helps protect gorillas by reducing the demand for coltan, a mineral found in phones and other small electronics that is mined from gorilla habitats in Africa.
Find out more about this and other Party for the Planet events at https://audubonnatureinstitute.org/party-for-the-planet



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