WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Grants/Awards, Webinars, Employment Opportunity, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

The LEEC would like to express a sincere THANK YOU to all presenters, exhibitors, speakers, volunteers, and participants who helped to make the 2012 Environmental Education Symposium another great success!


WETSHOP July 8–13, 2012 (Application Deadline: May 20)
LDWF Marine Research Lab, Grand Isle, LA
Number of Participants: 20 teachers
Contact: Angela Capello, (318) 748-6999, acapello@wlf.la.gov
Registration fee: $50.00
     •  A week-long, dynamic teacher workshop that allows teachers to work with educator/scientists to learn about Louisiana coastal wetlands, issues and history. The focus of the summer workshop is to create wetland stewards of teachers in order for them to educate co-workers and students in their home parishes about coastal land loss. Fifty-five professional contact hours will be accrued upon the completion of this wetland institute.
     •  Implementation of a six hour wetland dissemination workshop in your parish after completion of the summer workshop.
     •  Teacher stipend available for summer workshop and dissemination workshop during AY.
Workshop Highlights
     •  Fisheries management; research trawling, seining
     •  Barrier islands and their role in coastal health
     •  Coastal Botany & Ornithology (visit Brown Pelican rookery)
     •  Water Quality Testing along fresh to salt water gradient
     •  Visit transitional Coastal Ecosystems
     •  Tour one of the largest oil ports in U.S.
     •  Visit coastal restoration site / Oil Spill impact sites
     •  Invasive Species (role in coastal land loss)
     •  Wonders of Wetlands Teacher Guidebook
     •  Numerous Classroom Resources
     •  Networking with Wetland Scientists
     •  Up to 55 Professional Contact Hours


Louisiana Environmental Education Commission GRANTS Announcement (Deadline: March 30)
Below are the application forms for the Environmental Education Commission’s grant program which targets Louisiana and its citizens. The following is a brief overview:
     Educator Grants – Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact students; amount not to exceed $1,000 for 1 educator, $2,000 for 2 or more educators jointly
     Formal/Non-Formal Educator/Professional Development Grants – Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact Pre-Service and/or In-Service Educators; amount not to exceed $2,500
     University Research Grants – Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues; amount not to exceed $1,000
For more information, click here or contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov or (337) 948-0255.

LEEC Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest (Deadline: April 26)
Announcing the Louisiana’s Tenth Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest
Theme – Louisiana’s Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!
Contest is for ages 5-18 years. Cash prize awards! Winning entries will be published in our 2013 calendar! Deadline is April 26th. For more information, contest criteria and downloadable registration form, click here or contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-0124.


Saltmarsh Topminnow Conservation Plan
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 2:00 PM CST

The Nature Conservancy in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources funded by a NOAA Proactive Species Conservation Grant present a conservation plan for the Saltmarsh topminnow, Fundulus jenkinsi. Federal and state resource managers, conservation and resource planners, restoration practitioners, non-government conservation organizations, and Ichthyologists are invited to attend.
Use the information or link below to log in:
Topic: Fundulus jenkinsi
Meeting Number: 674 795 437
Meeting Password: Topminnow1
If requested, enter your name and email address. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: Topminnow1. Click "Join".
For more information about the webinar please contact: Tom Mohrman, tmohrman@tnc.org. See attachment below.

Storm Smart Training Now Being Conducted
Supported by the Alliance's Coastal Community Resilience team, StormSmart Coasts is hosting a series of Gulf of Mexico coastal storm planning, response, and recovery trainings. Each training will include an overview of tools provided on the StormSmart Coasts. Each webinar is approved for 1 continuing education credit by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). The first webinar was last month, but three more remain:
March 8 - Before the Storm (Part 2)
March 22 - Before the Storm (Part 3)
April 5 - During the Storm and After the Storm
All webinars are free of charge, but registration is required. Details here: http://stormsmart.org/webinars/


Barataria Preserve Teacher Summer 2012 Position Open
The National Park Service "Teacher to Ranger to Teacher" program hires school teachers to be a park ranger for a summer season. This person would help in the Education and Interpretation divisions to create new education programs, give tours, help with summer camps, etc. For this summer, the Barataria Preserve has funding to hire for 1 position. See attached packet and brochure for additional information or contact Stacy Meyers, Park Ranger, Education and Outreach, Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, (504) 689-3690, ext 25, http://www.nps.gov/learn/trt/
See attachements below.


Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis Now Available
The Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem Project managed by the United States and Mexico has prepared a transboundary diagnostic analysis (TDA), focusing on the Gulf´s overall health assessment, which includes not only the biological and natural productivity areas of interest but it also covers the social, economic and institutional framework of the region. The large marine ecosystem model included the assessment of the following five key areas:
- Productivity,
- Fish and Fisheries,
- Ecosystem and Pollution,
- Socioeconomic, and
- Governance,
Considering the significance of global climatic conditions and its particular effects in the Gulf of Mexico, the project has also proposed the insertion of a new chapter related to climate change and sea level rise. Read more... To obtain a copy of the report, contact: contact@gulfofmexicoproject.org

Bohemia Rising
Check out LPBF's video, "Bohemia Rising," on the Bohemia Spillway. This area is being studied by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation to observe its affects on our coast.

New Artificial Reef in Lake
A new artificial reef has been put in Lake Pontchartrain by the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The reef was built from materials from the old Twin Span Bridge and is four-acres wide. Another great spot for fishing in Lake Pontchartrain!

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/

Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec