WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Grants, Webinars/Workshops, Contest, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the students, faculty, and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary.


2013 Environmental Education Symposium
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is now accepting applications for lodging assistance in order to attend the 2013 Environmental Education Symposium to be held on February 22-23, 2013 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. Please fill out the attached form and submit it, along with electronic proof of distance, to Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov. Early Bird Registration postmark deadline is January 22. See attached brochure for details!

Louisiana Environthon (Deadline: February 2)
The 2013 Louisiana Envirothon will be held on March 9, 2013 at theLSU AgCenter Burden Center in Baton Rouge!!!  Envirothon is an environmental problem-solving competition for students in grades 6 -12. A team of 5 students from the same school or associated with an organized group (i.e. FFA, 4-H, science club, etc.) train and compete by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The competition focuses on five natural resource areas: soils and land use, aquatic resources, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. The 2013 current environmental issue is Sustainable Rangeland Management. Teams also present a solution to an environmental problem related to the current issue through an oral presentation. Winners receive special recognition and monetary prizes. Winning high school team may represent Louisiana in the North American Envirothon competition where students can win scholarships and prizes. Review the attached flyer and registration form for more information and submit by February 2, 2013 to compete. There will be two training sessions held in January and February. You can also get involved by assisting Envirothon in getting sponsors. If you know anyone who would be interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact our sponsorship coordinator Veronica DelBianco at 504-638-3033 or veronica.delbianco@gmail.com



Fund for Teachers (Deadline: January 31)
What do you want to learn this summer? Where do you want to learn it? Fund for Teachers invites Louisiana’s preK-12 educators to submit their answers through an online application, due January 31, 2013. If selected, individuals receive up to $5,000 and teaching teams up to $10,000 to make it happen. http://www.fundforteachers.org/apply/louisiana.php Last year marked the first time Louisiana teachers were eligible and 13 teachers received grants to experience their unique idea of professional development.  Since 2001, 5,000 teachers from across the country have leveraged $18M in grants to pursue new knowledge in 124 countries on every continent. You could join their ranks this summer. Teachers, principals and superintendents can find out more about this opportunity for “DIY professional development” by visiting fundforteachers.org, or the nonprofit’s Facebook, Tumblr and Flickr pages.  



OneNOAA Science Seminars
Women in the NOAA Corps: December 19, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone; NOAASSMC-4Room 8150

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas NOAA Teacher Workshop
This professional development introduces Volume 2 of theOkeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection: How Do We Explore? The NOAA ShipOkeanos Explorer is the Nation's first ship dedicated to solely exploring the world's ocean. Participants will learn how to use standards-based lessons and other online resources that guide classroom investigations into the innovative exploration strategies, sophisticated instrumentation and equipment used onboard the ship to explore our largely unknown world ocean. Topics include how targets are selected for exploration, mapping techniques, water column exploration, remotely operated vehicles and telepresence technology that enable access to real time ocean exploration. Participants will also learn how explorers use data gathered at target sites to learn more about our deep ocean world. Registration is required and space is limited. Educators who attend the full day will receive a $50 stipend. Each participant will receive Volume 2 of theOkeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, How Do We Explore?,materials related to activities presented during the workshop, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation, continental breakfast, and lunch. For more information, visit: http://www.auduboninstitute.org/educators/workshops/how-do-we-explore



Enter NWF's Green Your Shire Giveaway
The National Wildlife Federation is teaming up with Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) for the Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular novel The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journeyis now showing in theaters and IMAX® 3D. The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest that takes him and his companions into the Wild! Enter Our Sweepstakes! Students, teachers and individuals: Enter NWF’s “Green Your Shire Sweepstakes” at www.nwf.org/thehobbit and describe what actions you or your class, school, community group or family are taking to improve the environment - at school, at home or in the community. Individuals could win a private screening for up to 100 friends and group members! Two runners-up will receive family 4-pack of tickets to see the film in IMAX®.  Enter now >>



See attached PDF on tips for Food Service Workers on Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Targeted Disinfecting in the Cafeteria and Kitchen from the NEA Health Information Network and Clorox.

CWPPRA New Social Media and Outreach Tools
The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Public Outreach Committee is pleased to announce three new social media tools to help you stay connected with their efforts to protect and restore coastal Louisiana. These new tools are in addition to their existing social tools (Facebook, Google+, and YouTube).
Landmarks eNewsletter: The new Landmarks eNewsletter will serve to complement Watermarks which comes out twice a year and be a living document with short articles about outreach activities and project updates. For announcements such as those found in the CWPPRA (Breaux Act) Newsflash they will continue to post such items there, while news and articles will be posted on the Landmarks eNewsletter. Check out the Landmarks eNewsletter today and subscribe to receive all of the latest articles.
Twitter: Follow CWPPRA on Twitter to see what is going on at events and engage in conversation with the coastal restoration and environmental community. The CWPPRA Twitter is a great source for live information updates. Follow on Twitter
Picasa Web Album – Photo Library: The one stop shop for CWPPRA project photos. They are in the process of collecting and organizing photos from CWPPRA project sites that will be available in Picasa Web Album for public use. Photos in Picasa will be strictly project photos. For all social activity photos, they will be posting maintaining the photo library on Facebook and Google+. Project Check out CWPPRA Project Photos on Picasa
Don’t forget to follow CWPRAA on: Facebook and Google+, and check out their videos on YouTube: http://lacoast.gov/new/Pubs/videos.aspx, https://www.facebook.com/CWPPRA/app_57675755167, http://www.youtube.com/CWPPRAclips
Contact Information: Cole B. Ruckstuhl, CWPPRA Media Specialist -- (337) 266-8542 -- ruckstuhlc@usgs.gov

Environmental Awareness Student Art &Language Arts Contest - 2013 Calendars
FREE copies of the 2013 calendar “Louisiana Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!” featuring winning entries from our 2012 Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Art Contest are available. 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.gov or 225-765-0124. Information about the 2013 contest can also be found on our website: www.wlf.la.gov/eec

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