WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Webinars/Workshops, Grants, Job Openings, Resources, Lagniappe

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.


Alliance to Hold Annual Meeting in Texas
GOMA's annual "All Hands" meeting is set for June 19-21, 2012, at the Omni Bayfront & Marina Hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas. Leaders from the five Gulf States, Mexico, Federal and State agencies, and coastal organizations will be present to discuss current and upcoming strategies for a resilient future for the Gulf of Mexico. A strong emphasis will be on Gulf restoration. Plenary sessions are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday (June 19-20), while PIT meetings will be held Thursday (June 21).  For more information, visit the 2012 All Hands Meeting event website.
Attendees should register their attendance at the event link found at www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org.  
Hotel group rates and reservation information is also available at www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org. The deadline for the hotel guest room group rate is May 18, 2012

Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference CALL FOR PROPOSALS 
The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) will be hosting an Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference in January 2013 in New Orleans. A Call for Proposals is currently out for those interested in presenting at the conference and is available online at GoMRI Conference Call for Proposals.

EPA Environmental Education - Don't Fry Day Is May 25!
The Friday before Memorial Day is “Don’t Fry Day” (this year it's May 25), a national sun safety day to remind Americans to protect their skin this summer. Skin cancer remains the most common cancer in the U.S. despite being largely preventable, with one American dying from the disease every hour. EPA’s SunWise program, www.epa.gov/sunwise, offers simple actions to help everyone enjoy the great outdoors safely, plus a full range of educational materials for formal and informal educators to use in a variety of settings.
        Sun safety behavior is especially critical now since we will live under a compromised ozone layer until about 2065. Enjoy the outdoors but follow tips like these: Slip on a shirt; slop on sunscreen (a palm-full of broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher sunscreen to exposed skin about 15 minutes before heading outside and reapply every two hours); slap on a wide-brimmed hat; wrap on sunglasses; seek shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and check the UV Index, now available as a free smartphone app.
        Visit EPA’s SunWise website and others listed below for educational resources to help your students/audience learn the importance of sun safety. Thank you for helping us educate Americans about how to enjoy the great outdoors safely!
EPA SunWise program: www.epa.gov/sunwise
Don’t Fry Day tools, media and resources, including a video PSA: http://epa.gov/sunwise/dfd.html
National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention: www.skincancerprevention.org/programs/dont-fry-day/resources
Additional materials (media kit, school activities, graphics, coloring pages/stickers, posters, print PSAs): http://skincancerprevention.org/node/282?q=programs/dont-fry-day/resources
State-specific skin cancer fact sheets: www.epa.gov/sunwise/statefacts.html


The seedTALK Series: Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Northwest Louisiana (May 23)
TALK was created to inform and educate our community on the many great things that are happening with energy and sustainability in Shreveport, Bossier City and the surrounding area.
|| May’s seedTALK || Wednesday May 23rd, 11:30 a.m. at Cohab: 610 Commerce Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
$10 MONSOUR’s Pastalaya, mini muffalettas and beignet lunch payable at the event.
Be sure to register for our door prizes: Home Depot & Lowe's Gift Cards and other prizes to help you save energy!

Calling All Formal and Non-formal Educators! (June 10-15)
There are some last minute openings on the Intracoastal Waterway Wetlands Expedition June 10-15, 2012. They will travel along the Intracoastal exploring the coasts of Texas and Louisiana. Check out their video and photos! http://www.gulfmex.org/education-training/intercoastal-waterways-wetland-expedition/ Cost: $100 + your own transport to Freeport, TX. EVERYTHING ELSE is covered for you on the vessel! Please email Suraida Nanez-James ASAP at suraida@gulfmex.org for more information. 

Science Workshop for Teachers to Feature Resource Management (July 18)
The Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, Miss., will host a Natural Science Teacher Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 18 at its facility at 1815 Popps Ferry Road. The workshop is targeted toward 5th- to 8th-grade teachers along the Gulf Coast. Participants will receive free educational supplies for their classrooms, 0.8 Continuing Education Units, lesson plans and more. 
        Natural resource professionals from Mississippi State University, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and DeSoto National Forest will educate teachers about local management issues used to protect coastal ecosystems. Teachers will specifically learn about forest ecology and management, watershed science, coastal ecology, wildlife conservation, habitat management and educational resources and curriculum development.
        Thisworkshop is sponsored by the Mississippi 4-H Program, paid for in part by the Toyota 4-H20 Program. To register, contact Chris Boyd, assistant extension professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture for Mississippi State University and ecology specialist with Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, at (228) 546-1025 or cboyd@ext.msstate.edu. Early birds register free. A $10 late registration fee will be charged after June 15.

Rebuilding Our Economy, Restoring Our Environment (July 19)
How the Emerging Restoration Economy Offers New and Expanded Opportunities for Gulf Coast Businesses and Communities
This workshop, held at Nicholls State University in Thibodeaux, will convene leaders from industry, government and community organizations in Louisiana for a lively and insightful discussion of the ways that coastal restoration projects can benefit workers, industries and communities. Learn about the resources available to help businesses train and develop the workforce necessary for profitable engagement in the restoration economy. Hear about current coastal restoration projects along the Gulf Coast and the economic benefits they bring to everyone. Bring your valuable business perspective on how to promote green infrastructure projects, train workers and create jobs along Louisiana’s coast. Connect with the people who can help you tap into new opportunities: the funds, the training and the workers. More information, agenda and invitations coming soon. For More Information: Avalyn Taylor, The Nature Conservancy, ataylor@tnc.org, 503-341-8370


2012 Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award (Deadline: June 8)
The Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award is given annually to an outstanding middle or high school teacher who integrates environmental education across the curriculum and engages students in interdisciplinary solutions to environmental challenges. The award alternates between middle and high school teachers each year, and 2012 award will go to a high school teacher (grades 9-12). The 2012 award winner will receive $5,000, and two merit winners will receive $750 each.

NIMHD Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Initiative in Reducing and Eliminating Health Disparities: Planning Phase (R24)
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) has issued request for application RFA-MD-12-006 for its Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Initiative in Reducing and Eliminating Health Disparities: Planning Phase (R24). Applications are due June 27, 2012. Full announcement is posted at http://1.usa.gov/J8J1U1

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants (Deadline: September 30)
PLT awarded 26 GreenWorks! grants to schools and youth organizations in 19 states to help students complete environmental service-learning projects. These student-driven projects enable students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world. PLT's GreenWorks! program is open to any PLT-trained educator in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since 1992, PLT has distributed nearly $1 million to support more than 1,000 PLT GreenWorks! projects across the country. Application forms will be made available in the summer at www.GreenWorks.org.


POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Extension Associate (Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach Program) (Environmental Education)
This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment. The Extension Associate will work full-time in the Louisiana State Agricultural Center (LSU AgCenter) Southwest Region to assist the State 4-H Office with implementation of the Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach Program and promote wetland conservation across the Southwest Region. The position will be stationed in the Vermilion Parish Extension Office and primary work will be focused in Vermilion, Lafayette, Iberia, and surrounding parishes.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May, 18, 2012 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at https://lsusystemcareers.lsu.edu/ by attaching cover letter with resume, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the letters of reference, they may be sent directly to: Ashley W. Mullens, Youth Wetlands Program Director, 4-H Youth Development, 176 Knapp Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803, Fax: 225-578-7847, awmullens@AgCenter.lsu.edu


Next Generation Science Standards Updates
The first draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) was released on May 11 and will be online for public comment until June 1. It is expected that the Next Generation Science Standards will have a profound influence on curriculum, assessment, and teacher professional development in the years ahead. Science educators, supervisors, administrators, and anyone interested in shaping the future of science education are strongly encouraged to read and thoroughly review the draft standards and provide comment back to Achieve on their dedicated website. NSTA has provided a 14-page, FREE, and easy-to-read booklet on organizing study groups to have focused discussions about the NGSS draft. The booklet includes sample questions, a facilitator guide, and more. Visit NSTA’s Next Generation Science Standards Forums in the NSTA Learning Center where you can share your thoughts with other teachers and ask questions about the standards. Forums are organized by grade level and topic to facilitate focused discussion about the standards. Access the vast variety of NSTA resources and materials on NGSS (including background information)—and don’t miss the FREE NSTA Reader’s Guide to A Framework for K–12 Science Education, Expanded Edition, an important companion to the Framework that will help science educators prepare for the standards. Sign up today for the comprehensive NSELA/NSTA Summer Leadership Institute, June 24–28, 2012, in Austin, Texas, where teachers and leaders will hear from key speakers and together explore the K–12 Framework and draft Next Generation Science Standards in depth, identify next steps for their schools and districts, determine what research is needed to support standards reform, and much more.


This month is “Wetlands Month.”
In celebration of our wetlands, CWPPRA is kicking off a new photo contest. Submit photos showing how you use Louisiana's coastal wetlands for recreation. Each month a winning photo will be selected and used as the CWPPRA Facebook Page cover at the top of the page. Like Us on Facebook to Participate. IMPORTANT: Before submitting photos, please read the "Photo Policy" tab. When submitting photos, you must acknowledge that you have read the terms outlined in the policy. All photos, whether selected as a winner or not, shall be stored in the CWPPRA Facebook Page Photo Library. Submit all photos to ruckstuhlc@usgs.gov along with an acknowledgement agreeing to the Photo Policy Terms.

78 Schools Named U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition program named 78 schools as the first-ever to receive this award for their comprehensive approach to creating green environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education while providing students with the skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy.


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/

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