WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Awards, Webinar, Contest, Volunteer Opportunity, Resources, Lagniappe

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

EVENTS

Capital Area Native Plant Society Meeting
Join the second CANPS foundational meeting on Sunday, December 9th, 2:00 pm, at the Goodwood Library (7711 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge) as they discuss future goals, exchange seeds, and work to become an official Louisiana Native Plant Society chapter. Bring a friend, neighbor, anyone who's interested in learning about nature. As a special bonus Charles Allen, author of several books on Louisiana plants, will present a talk on wildflowers of Louisiana! For more information: https://www.facebook.com/CapitalAreaNativePlantSociety

NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project – Class of 2013 (Deadline: December 17)
NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) provides formal and informal educators with sustained professional development, collaborative tools, and support to build a climate-literate public that is actively engaged in climate stewardship. Applications are being accepted until December 17 for the class of 2013. Educators accepted into the program will be notified early January, 2013 and will be required to attend a mandatory introductory Web seminar for new participants - tentatively scheduled for January 14th OR January 28th, 2013 at 7:30 PM Eastern Time. Click herefor more information and to apply.

BioBlitz 2013: Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Mark your calendars for May 17 and 18 for the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve BioBlitz in New Orleans, Louisiana. The two-day celebration of biodiversity centers on a 24-hour discovery of species. Teams of scientists, students, and the general public will explore the park's Barataria Preserve swamps, marshes, and forests to find as many species as possible. The event is free and open to the public, so come discover, count, map, and learn about all the living creatures that call Jean Lafitte and the Barataria Preserve home. Public registration will open in the spring. Send an email to bioblitz@ngs.orgfor general information or to be included on an email mailing list for updates and registration details. Learn more about Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preservenow.

 

AWARDS

Nominations Sought For Top State Conservation Awards (Deadline: January 21)
The Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) is accepting nominations for the 49th Governor's State Conservation Achievement Awards. The program recognizes those persons and organizations making outstanding contributions to the natural resource welfare and environmental quality of the community, parish and state. There are eight award categories for which nominations can be made. They are: professional; volunteer; business; educator; youth; elected official; communications and organization. Nominations will be accepted until January 21, 2013. The awards will be presented on February 23, 2013 at a special banquet held in conjunction with the 74th annual convention of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. More details about the program are posted on the LWF website at www.lawildlifefed.org. Interested people can also call the LWF office, 225-344-6707, or email lwf@lawildilfed.orgfor more information.

 

WEBINAR

NGCP Webinar: Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Role Models to Inspire Girls in STEM
January 23, 2012; 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific
In honor of National Mentoring Month in January, presenters from Techbridge and FabFems will discuss how to effectively provide role models and mentors for girls, including strategies for recruiting, retaining and recognizing professional volunteers. Participants will experience interactive activities, resources, and role model stories that will help craft engaging experiences that dispel stereotypes and ignite girls' interest in STEM careers. Register: http://www.ngcproject.org/recruiting-training-and-retaining-role-models-inspire-girls-stem

 

CONTEST

DuPont Writing Challenge for Grades 7 – 12 (Deadline: January 31)
Year 27 of the DuPont Challenge—a national writing competition for middle and high school students—kicked off last week with a new focus on addressing global challenges. The DuPont Challenge calls on students in grades 7–12 from the United States, Canada, and U.S. territories to research, think critically, and write an essay that provides innovative ideas on the world’s most pressing challenges, or demonstrates the application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to our daily lives.
This year, the Challenge asks students to take a solutions-focused approach and address one of four categories in their 700–1,000-word essay:
    * Together, we can feed the world.
    * Together, we can build a secure energy future.
    * Together, we can protect people and the environment.
    * Together, we can be innovative anywhere.
Students and sponsoring teacher prizes include savings bonds, teaching grants, exciting trips, and much more. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2013. For more information, including official rules, entry forms, and details on awards, please visit the Challenge website at: http://www.thechallenge.dupont.com

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Jean Lafitte National Park for Cypress Forest Restoration
Volunteers are needed for Jean Lafitte National Park’s biggest annual project, coming up on December 7 and 8. They are planting 800 cypress trees on Bayou Segnette in Jean Lafitte National Park, and need a great volunteer crew to get the job done. CRCL and Jean Lafitte National Park have teamed up on this waterway before, and the results are amazing. Sign up here!

 

RESOURCES

The September 2012 edition of the Gulf of Mexico News is available online at http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/news/gomexnews.html

Pilot Study Available For Educators through Bear Trust International
BLACK BEARS, GRIZZLY BEARS, SLOTH BEARS, SPECTACLED BEARS! What can these bears help teach your students? Not only can bear-based lessons help raise conservation awareness and environmental literacy, but they also help hone skills in science, math, and communications. Bear Trust International is offering FREE science-based lessons rooted in bear research and ecology. Currently, they are conducting a pilot study to evaluate The Curriculum Guide to The Bear Book, which includes 8 lessons that link to stories and scientific papers on wild bears. This program targets students in grades 9-12. Also offered is Bear Essentials, 9 science-based lessons that target kids in grades K-8. Both programs are web-based, free, and project-based. All lessons meet National Science Standards. Pick and choose which lessons you wish to use! Want to learn more?  lease visit the teacher's Education Portal on Bear Trust International's website:  http://beartrust.org/the-bear-book-and-curriculum-guide-to-the-bear-book. To participate in the pilot study, please contact Dr. Melissa Reynolds-Hogland:  melissa@beartrust.org

Project Noah Video Debut and Toolkit Release December 3
NEEF, with generous support from Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., is partnering with Project Noah on Using Tech to Connect Students & the Environment, a video on how technology can further STEM learning through the environment, both outside and in the classroom. NEEF will release a free toolkit along with the video that provides a set of teacher-recommended resources and tools for using technology to help teachers design and implement environmental education projects with their students.
     Social media contest:K-12 classroom teachers will be invited to view this video and leave a comment answering the question, “How do you use technology to explore the environment with your students?” Comments will be entered into a drawing to win product from Toshiba. Prizes include:
First drawing:Toshiba Satellite® U945 Ultrabook™ and 4 CAMILEO® BW20 Cameras
Second drawing:5 Toshiba CAMILEO® BW20 Overview with 5 - 16GB micro SD Cards
Third drawing:Toshiba Canvio® 3.0 1TB Portable Hard Drive with Carrying Case and 1 CAMILEO® BW20 Camera
Runners-Up: 10 runners-up will each receive an Amazon.com gift card worth $25
The video and contest will be available on NEEF’s Facebook page: http://goo.gl/FidAX.

Check out The Shape of Life: the Story of the Animal Kingdom, Formatted for the Classroom:  http://shapeoflife.org/
The Shape of Life's mission is to get the high quality, scientific videos found on the website into the classroom. If your classroom has access to a computer, you can stream the videos directly or if you prefer, download any/all the videos found on this site using the download button on each individual video page. These videos are hosted at vimeo.com. Since many schools block websites such as Vimeo from their network you may need to download the videos for classroom use. If playing these videos from a computer is not possible, you can request a DVD set which will be sent for cost of shipping and handling: $5.00
- From sponges, to worms, to humans, each phylum is presented, showing the exquisite design of its body plan and the evolutionary developments that lead to today’s astonishing diversity.
- Animations explain the intricate inner workings of animals’ bodies, demonstrating how form and function are complementary.
- Never before filmed animal behaviors show animals hunting and feeding in their natural habitats.
- Scientists are shown at work, as they study paleontology, genetics and ecology, pursuing their passion for the animals they study.
- Other topics present exciting new developments in genetics, paleontology, and engineering.

The NEED Oil and Gas curriculums
The NEED Oil and Gas curriculums are available online for free as downloadable PDFs: www.need.org. The curriculum guides are written for primary, elementary, and intermediate/secondary – Oil, Gas and their energy (K-2), Wonders of Oil and Gas (3-5), Exploring Oil and Gas (6-12)

 

LAGNIAPPE

Remember to take a moment to enjoy the meteor shower on the evenings of December 13-14, beginning at 9 PM!

NGSS Second and Final Public Draft to be Released in January
Achieve announced last week that the second and final public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will be released the first week in January. Achieve encourages all interested parties to review the draft when it is released and provide feedback. The NGSS will be completed in March 2013. To read the announcement, go to www.nextgenscience.org. NSTA encourages science educators to take the time to review this important draft when it's released and to provide feedback to the writers. To support teachers' understanding of the drafts, we developed a guidefor organizing study groups. An updated guide will be published on the NSTA standards web pagewhen the NGSS draft is released. NSTA is also seeking science educators willing to review the NGSS draft and answer questions about implementation, such as what types of professional development and curricular materials will be needed. Volunteers should be NSTA members and be prepared to spend at least 2–3 hours reviewing the NGSS public draft and answering the NSTA survey questions. If you would like to be considered for this project, please fill out the online registration form. The deadline for registering has been extended until December 14. You will have about 10 days to complete the NSTA survey after the release of the NGSS public draft.

Environmental Awareness Student Art &Language Arts Contest - 2013 Calendars
Get FREE copies of the 2013 calendar “Louisiana Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!” featuring winning entries from our 2012 Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Art Contest. This contest is sponsored by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) through the generous support of the Alcoa Foundation. To request a calendar or to learn more about the contest contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.govor 225-765-0124. Information about the 2013 contest can also be found on our website: www.wlf.la.gov/eec

Inspirational Passages from Bama Environmental News (BEN)
“The eyes of the future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time. They are kneeling with hands clasped that we might act with restraint that we might leave room for the life that is destined to come. To protect what is wild is to protect what is gentle. Perhaps the wildness we fear is the pause between our own heartbeats, the silent space that says we live only by grace. Wilderness lives by this same grace. Wild mercy is in our hands.” ~ Terry Tempest Williams

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” ~Gary Snyder

“In the name of the bee, and of the butterfly, and of the breeze, amen!” Emily Dickinson

“He who plants a tree, plants a hope.” ~Lucy Larcom

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” ~Proverb

“While I am a great believer in the free enterprise system and all that it entails, I am an even stronger believer in the right our people to live in a clean and pollution-free environment.” ~Barry Goldwater

“The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask.” ~Nancy Newhall

“Wilderness itself is the basis of all our civilization. I wonder if we have enough reverence for life to concede to wilderness the right to live on?" ~ Margaret Murie

“Some things may be profitably broken up and sold for the materials in them; others are better left intact. Would the cherry trees in Washington, D.C. be more useful in the form of kindling? Ought Congress to sell the Lincoln Memorial to a rock crushing concern, or the paintings in the National Gallery to a rag collector?… The remaining bits of American wilderness also constitute a great national treasure, but if Congress permits them to be destroyed, they, like Humpty-Dumpty, can never be put back together again.” ~ Connie Harvey

Sources:
http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/conservation
http://www.pwconserve.org/issues/conservation/conservationquotes.htm
http://www.wildernessworkshop.org/library/quotes/
The Bama Environmental News is edited and published by Pat Byington. To receive back copies of BEN go to http://www.bamanews2.blogspot.com

Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) – www.wlf.la.gov/eec
Venise Ortego, Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov