WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Grants/Awards, Workshops, Webinars, Volunteer Opportunities, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana


March 19-25 National Wildlife Week - FREE Educational Materials
Start your wildlife week celebration today…
spread the word and share fun facts with your neighbors, play games, download lesson plans, view the Wildlife Webinar and learn about 6 species more in-depth, get a start on your service or volunteer project, and watch for wildlife and log your sightings. http://www.nwf.org/wildlife/activities/national-wildlife-week.aspx. Each day there is a different subject for educators, home school parents and kids to explore, including: wildlife with “innovative defenses,” “unusual habitats,” “special adaptations,” “record breakers” or that have “super senses.” Explore the wildlife featured during the week by downloading posters, trading cards and exploring articles, slideshows and much more. There is a new educational poster each day.

March 22 is World Water Day
This day was established by the United Nations to look at water issues around the world. WaterAid uses this day to raise awareness of the fact that one in eight people do not have safe water to drink and that this, coupled with poor sanitation, results in 4,000 children dying every day. http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/


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
     •  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)
Please enourage your students (ages 5-18 years) to participate in Louisiana’s Tenth Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest!
This year's theme is Louisiana’s Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!
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.

ING Unsung Heroes (Deadline: April 30)
Are you an educator with a class project that is short on funding but long on potential? Do you know a teacher looking for grant dollars? ING Unsung Heroes® could help you turn great ideas into reality for students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. Deadline is April 30, 2012. Apply here.

State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grants (Deadline: May 4)
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is currently accepting applications for service-learning projects between $25,000 and $100,000 that are designed to create sustainable change in local communities across the United States and Canada. Applying organizations must be a public K-12, charter, or higher education institution; non-profit organizations are also eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to impact student achievement within the public K-12 curriculum. Projects must address the root cause of the following issue areas: Access to Higher Education/Closing the Achievement Gap; Financial Literacy; Community Safety and Natural Disaster Preparedness; Social Health & Wellness Issues; and Environmental Responsibility. Deadline is May 4, 2012. Apply here.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful Grant Winners
Digital Media students at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Baton Rouge are excited as to show off six recycling PSA videos they produced, which were possible thanks to the cameras they were able to purchase with grant money awarded from Keep Louisiana Beautiful.
Don't be Bob – Recycle – http://vimeo.com/38455456
Keep the Landshark at Bay – Recycle – http://vimeo.com/38455045
Footballers – Recycling – http://vimeo.com/38459005


Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Science Seminar: Gentle Giants of Mississippi & the Northern Gulf
Thursday March 22, 2012, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
1st floor Commission Meeting Room, Bolton State Bldg, 1141 Bayview Ave, Biloxi, MS 39530
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) and the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) invite you to attend a Science Seminar featuring research on Tarpon, Whale Sharks, Sturgeon, and Manatees in Mississippi and the Northern Gulf. Refreshments will be served. See the attached flyer for presentation details and directions to the event location. Or, contact Avia Huisman, Grand Bay NERR Coastal Training Program Coordinator:  Avia.Huisman@dmr.ms.gov or (228) 475-7047

Survey: Interest in Service-Learning Workshop
Are you interested in participating in an advanced service-learning workshop? Learning about grant opportunities to conduct service-learning projects? Volunteer Louisiana and Youth Service America are surveying K-12 teachers and nonprofit organizations that are conducting educational programs with K-12 schools to determine if there is an interest in hosting an advanced one day service-learning workshop on either May 7, 8, 9, or 10th in Baton Rouge. If you are interested in participating in such a workshop, please complete the attached form and return to our office no later than Wednesday, March 21, 2012 either by fax (225-342-0106) or e-mail document to ddowell@crt.la.gov.

LUMCON Presents - From H-2-O: A Water Quality Workshop for Teachers (June 13-16)
This FREE workshop on will provide teachers with the knowledge, skills, and equipment to do water quality monitoring as an inquiry-based environmental education experiences with their students using LUMCON’s Bayouside Classroom program. Teachers will be able to show students their connection to the Gulf of Mexico through watershed science while conducting meaningful science and stewardship activities. The workshop is held June 13-16, 2012 at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA. All middle school or high school science or math teachers are invited to attend.
Workshop topics: water quality parameters and normal limits, sampling techniques, use of data to test hypotheses, gulf hypoxia (dead zones). Watersheds, non-point source pollution, estuaries, invasive species, and nutrients and nutrient impacts
Workshop Highlights: FREE lodging and meals offered during the workshop, FREE water sampling equipment and resources, hands-on training of sampling techniques, hands-on data use in the classroom to tests hypotheses, interaction with scientists and other educators, presentations about meaningful and relevant water quality issues, field components that allow participants to experience different watershed habitats, laboratory sessions, and participants will earn up to 24 CLUs.
For more workshop information and/or application materials contact: Murt Conover (985) 851-2860, mconover@lumcon.edu or visit www.lumcon.edu


Conservation Education Strategy (March 28)
CE Strategy Webinar Series:
Webinar 3 - Field Investigations and STEM, March 28, at 7 PM EDT
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) and the Pacific Education Institute (PEI) are partnering with National EE Week to explore how the schoolyard or local public land can provide students with the opportunity to be scientists using the skills and knowledge of inquiry to collect real-world data. We will provide teachers and other conservation educators with information and tools to engage students in STEM learning outside, utilizing nature as a laboratory, by planning, conducting, and evaluating a field investigation. Register Today
Register Now for the April 25 Webinar - Best Practices for Stewardship Education
In April we return to our 2 PM Eastern time slot. Nancy Herron, Education and Outreach Director for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will talk about best practices for stewardship education. How do you grow a steward of natural resources? Is conservation education fuzzy science? This webinar will look at research-based models on best practices for program design, and a guide to use when developing programs.

CPRA Master Plan Predictive Modeling Seminar Series
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) of Louisiana have posted the presentations and audio recordings from the recent seminar series on the predictive models utilized during formulation of the 2012 Coastal Master Plan at http://www.coastalmasterplan.louisiana.gov/connect/modeling-seminar-series/. A list of presentation topics and presenters is provided below.
Eco-Hydrology Model http://vimeo.com/36314968 - Dr. Ehab Meselhe, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Vegetation Model http://vimeo.com/36315124 - Dr. Jenneke Visser, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Wetland Morphology Model http://vimeo.com/36490773 – Brady Couvillion, U.S. Geological Survey
Barrier Shoreline Morphology Model http://vimeo.com/36490547 - Dr. Ioannis Georgiou, University of New Orleans
Fish & Wildlife Habitat Suitability Indices http://vimeo.com/37546726 - Dr. Andy Nyman, Louisiana State University and LSU AgCenter
Storm Surge and Wave Model http://vimeo.com/38164886 - Hugh Roberts, PE
Arcadis Risk Assessment (Storm Damage) Model http://vimeo.com/38164142 - Dr. Jordan Fischbach, RAND Corp.

OneNOAA Science Seminars (March-April)
OneNOAA Science Seminars is the most complete summary of upcoming NOAA science seminars and a joint effort to share science across NOAA and our constituents. All seminars are open to anyone. All NOAA offices and CI are welcome to join our effort as OneNOAA seminar partners and share their seminars! For questions, please contact Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov or a OneNOAA Science seminar partner. Click on seminar title to access full details. You can view all of the seminars in Google calendar format.
OneNOAA Science Seminars: March 2012
Mar 22: Communicating Climate Science and Uncertainty Through Scenarios and Integrated Regional Modeling; Speaker(s): Richard H. Moss (Joint Global Change Research Institute); Location: NOAA SSMC-2 Room 14316 (1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Mar 26: It Is Necessary to Revolutionize Climate Prediction: Is It Possible?; Speaker(s): Jagadish Shukla (George Mason University); Location: National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK), NWC Room. 1313; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Mar 26: Spatial and Temporal Considerations in Evaluating and Utilizing Radar QPE Estimates; Speaker(s): Dennis Miller, Shaorong Wu, and David Kitzmiller (NOAA NWS Office of Hydrologic Development); Location: NOAA SSMC-2 Room 8246 (1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Mar 27: A Contemporary Scheme of Semi-Lagrangian Advection; Speaker(s): Henry Juang (NOAA NCEP/EMC); Location:NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Mar 28: Temporal Variability and Potential Coupling of Terrestrial Methyl Halide and C2-C4 Alkene Emissions; Speaker(s): Robert Rhew (University of California, Berkeley); Location:NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division seminar Room 2A305, David Skaggs Research Center (NOAA Building), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
OneNOAA Science Seminars: April 2012
Apr 03: Little Fish, Big Impact: Managing a Crucial Link in Ocean Ecosystems; Speaker(s): Dr. Ellen Pikitch (Stony Brook University); Location: NOAA SSMC-3, 2nd Floor, Library (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 04 :Ask the Experts: Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer; Speaker(s): Doug Marcy, Keil Schmid, Nate Herold, John McCombs, Matt Pendleton, William Brooks, and Mike Sutherland (NOAA Coastal Services Center); Location: WebEx Event, remote access only; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 05: Emission Modeling for Air Quality Forecasting at ARL: A Decadal Review; Speaker(s): Daniel Tong (NOAA Air Resources Laboratory); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 ARL Large Conference Room 3404 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 05: Designing Evaluations; Speaker(s): Stephanie Shipman and Valerie Caracelli (Applied Research Methods Team, Government Accountability Office); Location: NOAA SSMC-3, 2nd Floor, Library (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 10: Understanding and Modeling Climate Extremes; Speaker(s): Lance Bosart (SUNY Albany); Suzana Camargo (Columbia University); Rong Fu (UCLA); Upmanu Lall (IRI); Chunzai Wang (NOAA AOML); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 12th floor Fishbowl (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910). Remote attendance is encouraged; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 12: Early results from the Barnegat Bay Sea Nettle Barrier Pilot Project; Speaker(s): Jim Vasslides, Jennifer Barny, Nina Sassano (Barnegat Bay Partnership, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ); Location: NOAA, NMFS, NEFSC, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory Conference Room (74 Magruder Road, Sandy Hook, New Jersey); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 12: Current Legal and Policy Issues Related to Antarctic Diplomacy; Speaker(s): Evan Bloom (US Department of State); Location: NOAA SSMC-3, 2nd Floor, Library (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 17: Annual Tzvi Gal-Chen Lecture Series: Predicting the Weather From Days to A Season Ahead: Developments at ECMWF; Speaker(s): Cindy Kolar Alan J. Thorpe (Director-General ECMWF, Reading, UK); Location: National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK), NWC Room. 1313; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 18: Recent and Planned Development of Data Assimilation and Modeling Systems at ECMWF; Speaker(s): Peter Bauer (ECMWF); Location: NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 

EPA Region 6 Conversation with Elementary Schools for Earth Day
Webinar on April 3 or April 17 – 11:00 am to Noon

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/Regional Science Council (RSC) in Region 6 will be celebrating Earth Day by participating in a free webinar. The "EPA/RSC R6 Converses with Elementary Students" webinar was developed for 5th graders; however 4th to 6th graders are invited to participate. The webinar event will begin with an overview of the Environmental Protection Agency's mission. This 2012 Earth Day Webinar will focus on Science Fair Projects and will provide examples of incorporating the following items within a science project:
        1) STEM topics including Science, Math, and Engineering,
        2) Real life applications of the 3 R's (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle), and
        3) Sustainability.
The webinar includes a step by step process on how to develop a successful Science Fair Project with ideas that may eventually help the environment. This webinar isn't just an Earth Day Celebration; it also provides a motivational message of "stay in school" and informs the students of the simple little things they can do in order to keep our Earth clean. Please click the following link in order to view the 2010 "EPA/RSC R6 Converses with Elementary Students" webinar https://mavspace.uta.edu/xythoswfs/webui/_xy-2720329_1-t_KHmJZfKd. For more information, contact: Sala N. Senkayi, Environmental Scientist, TMDL Section (6WQ-PT), US Environmental Protection Agency - Region 6, (214) 665-6477, senkayi.sala@epa.gov


Tarpon Research and Conservation DNA Sampling Volunteers Needed
The Southeastern Wildlife Conservation Group (SWCG) is heading up this effort here along the Gulf Coast (in support of the research and conservation efforts of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust – www.tarbone.org) and is asking for angler participation. The DNA sampling process is very easy and not harmful to the fish. You can watch a video on DNA sampling and the process on YouTube at this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzDwh5HcpJA. The SWCG will distribute DNA Sampling Kits to anglers interested in participating in this important research sampling effort. For more information or to request a DNA sampling kit, please contact SWCG President, Mark Langner via email at mark.langner@swcgroup.org. For additional information on this program and how you can get involved or to support this effort, you can visit us at www.swcgroup.org. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SoutheasternWildlifeConservationGroup.

Volunteers Needed to Assist with a Cypress Marsh Restoration Project near Chalmette (March 23)
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation are looking for interested volunteers to participate in a cypress swamp restoration project near the Caernarvon Diversion in Plaquemines Parish, LA on Friday March 23, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m. All volunteers must register with CRCL to attend the event! All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will be planting 250 three-gallon pots of cypress trees and wrapping the trees with protectors to shield them from predators. Volunteers will be transported to the planting site by boat. This is a strenuous and dirty activity, so physical fitness is required. If you would like to volunteer your boat for this event, please let them know.  It would be used to help transport volunteers and trees to the site. A flat bottom boat that can navigate shallow water is preferred. If you are interested, please email Hilary Collis at hilaryc@crcl.org for more information.


IcEarth Leap Year Tornado Outbreak
Check out the new IcEarth image and information on the Leap Year Tornado Outbreak. It includes a Worldview-2 satellite image courtesy of DigitalGlobe, information on the tornados and the 2 day outbreak, three student activities, and a linkage to other explorations. IcEarth is developed by the WETMAAP program to provide imagery and maps for education. Also, check out the newly added Slider Function that has been added to IcEarth Events that have multiple dates of imagery. The Slider Function allows you to see the change associated with the event.
IcEarth: http://icearth.cnlworld.org/index.php?eventID=27
WETMAAP: http://wetmaap.org


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