WEEKLY eNEWS: Grants! Plus Volunteer Opportunities, Webinars, Seminars, Resources, Events

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

GRANTS

Donors Choose
This grant program allows educators to create project requests. These requests are funded by individuals based on interest and merit. Grant recipients are required to create a presentation on how the funds were spent. To request funds for a project you must work at least 75 percent of the time with students. A "thank you" package template is provided on the website to thank each contributing donor. Application Website: donorschoose.org

Grants.gov
Grants.gov was created as part of the E-Grants Initiative in 2002. The website provides access to over 1,000 federal grant programs with around $500 billion in annual awards. Independent school districts are eligible to apply for these grants as well as public and private colleges and universities. Signing up on the site will enable you to receive notification of future eligible grants. Application Website: grants.gov

Home Depot 2012 Youth Garden Grants (Deadline: December 11)
Apply now for the 2012 Youth Garden Grant, sponsored by The Home Depot Garden Club. 100 programs will be selected. Thanks to the generosity of The Home Depot Garden Club, 5 winners will receive gift cards valued at $1,000, and 95 winners will receive $500 gift cards, for the purchase of gardening materials and supplies specific to the needs of their program from their local Home Depot store. Application Website: http://www.kidsgardening.org/grants/2012-youth-garden-grants-1

Great American Can Roundup School Challenge (Deadline: December 15)
The Can Manufacturer's Institute is awarding $1,000 to schools in each state and the District of Columbia recycling the most aluminum cans per student and an additional $5,000 to the top per capita recycling school nationwide. Application Website: http://www.cancentral.com/roundup/

Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (Deadline: December 30)
The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators Program, a partnership between the CEQ and the EPA, recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Two teachers from each EPA region will be selected to receive the award. The deadline for application is December 30, 2011. Application Website: http://www.epa.gov/education/teacheraward/

National Youth Fishing and Boating Grants (Deadline: December 30)
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing participation in fishing, boating, and aquatic stewardship. The National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative is offering boating and fishing education grants for programs which introduce boating and fishing to minorities and underserved communities. Youth focused boating, fishing, and conservation organizations are encouraged to apply. The deadline for application is December 30, 2011. Application Website: http://www.rbff.org/page.cfm?pageID=376

School Garden Grants (Deadline: December 31)
School Garden Grants School gardens are a vital educational tool. Every seed planted sprouts a new opportunity for kids to cultivate healthy eating habits. Teaching kids to garden helps them learn about complex topics like sustainability and conservation, food systems and community awareness. Learning about the process of growing food helps children develop a deep understanding of the connection between healthy eating and a healthy body. School gardens offer an opportunity to integrate math, science and health curriculum into a dynamic, interactive setting. School garden grant applications will be accepted through 5pm CST, December 31, 2011. Learn more about the application process at: http://wholekidsfoundation.org/gardengrants.php

Are You an Eco-Hero? (Deadline: January 15, 2012)
Action for Nature is proud to honor the work of young people between the ages of 8 and 16 who have done creative environmental projects. The winners of AFN’s International Young Eco-Hero Awards program receive a cash prize and a special certificate, as well as public recognition on our Web site and elsewhere. This is a great chance for you to share your environmental activism and creative work. We look forward to again supporting young people from all around the world working to save our planet. Please visit: http://www.actionfornature.org/eco-hero-awards

YSA Grants (Youth Service America) – Open Grant Programs
Sodexo Youth Grants - $500
: YSA will award 100 Sodexo Youth Grants of $500 each to support youth-led service projects in the United States that address the issue of childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2012). We’re looking for projects that engage your peers, friends, families, neighbors, Sodexo employees, and other community members in creative, youth-inspired solutions to ending childhood hunger in your community. Deadline: January 17, 2012
J-Serve 2012 Micro-Grants: Through the generosity of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and in an effort to empower communities around the world to participate and grow their J-Serve effort, grants are available for J-Serve 2012 - April 22, 2012. 
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Middle School Students Sustainable Future Challenge (Deadline: February 14, 2012)
The I-SWEEEP 3E Sustainable Future Challenge is a national contest for middle school students that aim to create a platform for young researchers in which they present their innovative projects to take on today’s challenges in energy, engineering, and environment. Application Website: http://www.isweeep.org/3e-contest

Toolbox For Education (Deadline: February 17, 2012)
This grant program is funded by the Lowe's corporation and assists more than 1,000 public schools per year. The grant focuses on project requests that permanently improve facilities or involve landscaping and cleanup. The grants range from $2,000 to $5,000 and only ten percent of the funds may be used for labor, installation, consultation and delivery. Application Website: toolboxforeducation.com

NFWF Invites Applications for Five Star Restoration Grant Program (Deadline: February 15, 2012)
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the National Association of Counties, and the Wildlife Habitat Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Southern Company, and FedEx, are accepting applications for the Five Star Restoration Grant Program. Five Star provides funding to support community-based wetland, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration projects that build partnerships and foster local natural resource stewardship through education, outreach and training activities. The average grant award is expected to be between $20,000 and $25,000. A minimum 1:1 match of cash or in-kind/contributed goods and services to funds requested is expected. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2012. Visit the NFWF website for the complete Request for Proposals, application procedures, and information about upcoming webinars for applicants.

Mantis Awards for Community and Youth Gardens (Deadline: March 1, 2012)
The grant is sponsored by the Mantis Corporation for charitable and non-profit education programs. The grant provides 25 organizations with a Mantis Tiller/Cultivator with choice of gas-powered or electric motor. The tiller may not be used as a prize for fund-raising and winners must fill out an impact and eligibility form. Application Website: kidsgardening.org


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Elmer's Island Habitat Restoration - December 10th-15th - 10 am to 3 pm 
Elmer's Island is a 230-acre tract of barrier beachfront located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish, managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as a refuge for migrating and nesting birds, wildlife, and planned habitat restoration.
Habitat Restoration: Sand fences to facilitate dune building and the planting of native vegetation to enhance shoreline protection provide habitat for migratory and native birds, and for our native fish and wildlife.
What to Bring and Expect: Dress for the weather and be prepared to be in direct sun and to get wet and muddy. Elmer’s Island is remote. There are no bathrooms. Pack a lunch or order food to pick up from a local restaurant. Bring sunscreen, a water bottle and a smile. If you prefer to wear gloves please bring a pair.
An introduction to coastal land loss and the role of grasses in restoration as well as all necessary equipment and training are provided. To register e-mail wetlandplantcenter@gmail.com


WEBINARS / SEMINARS

Digital Coast Webinar: Marshes on the Move (December 7)
The NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC) will host “Marshes on the Move: Understanding and Using Model Results that Show Future Sea Level Rise Impacts on Coastal Wetlands” as part of the Digital Coast webinar series from 2:00-3:00pm EST on December 7th. This webinar will help participants understand key considerations and questions to ask when presented with models and maps estimating the future condition and location of coastal wetlands in response to rising sea level. Participants will gain a basic understanding of some key parameters and uncertainties associated with these models; interact with technical specialists regarding real world implications of model results; and learn how modeling results can be incorporated into management initiatives. To register, visit: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/webinar/index.html

Gulf of Mexico Restoration Support Tool Webinar (December 19)
Please join the Nature Conservancy on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm CST for a webinar on the utilization of GIS based support tool designed to inform conservation and restoration planning across the Gulf of Mexico. Topic: Mississippi Oyster Restoration. Restoration practitioners, federal and state resource managers, conservation and resource planners, non-government conservation organization and anyone with an interest in GIS based support tools are encourage to attend. For more information, contact: Tom Mohrman, tmohrman@tnc.org

Digital Coast Webinar: Ocean Energy Planning w/ Marine Cadastre (January 4, 2012)
The NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC) will host “Supporting Ocean Energy Planning with the Multipurpose Marine Cadastre (MMC)” as part of the Digital Coast webinar series from 2:00-3:00pm EST on January 4th. In this webinar, participants will learn about the basics of marine cadastral data, see demonstrations of the MMC, and hear examples of how the MMC can be used to support ocean energy planning. To register, visit: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/webinar/index.html

One NOAA Science Seminars
Upcoming OneNOAA Science Seminars; a joint voluntary effort by many NOAA offices to help share science across NOAA and our constituents. For questions, to join as a OneNOAA seminar partner, or to present a seminar, please contact Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov or a OneNOAA seminar partner. Seminars take place at different NOAA locations across the US. All seminars are open to anyone unless otherwise indicated. Click on the seminar titles (links below) to access details (location, time, remote access, etc) or visit http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/seminars/ for updated seminar information. 
December 2011 OneNOAA Science Seminars
Dec 07: Marshes on the Move: Understanding and Using Model Results that Show Future Sea Level Rise Impacts on Coastal Wetlands
Dec 08: NMFS's Role in Bycatch Reduction
Dec 14: A Sustainable Idea: Virginia Sea Grant's Seafood Education for the Culinary Community
Dec 14: The GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI)
Dec 15: An Ecologist's Perspective on the Progress of Ecosystem-Based Management by the Fishery Management Councils
OneNOAA Science Seminars: January 2012
Jan 04: Supporting Ocean Energy Planning with the Multipurpose Marine Cadastre
Jan 17: Ocean Acidification Research at NOAA: What, Where and Why
Jan 18: Ensemble-Based Variational Assimilation Method to Incorporate Microwave Imager Data into a Cloud-Resolving Model

OneNOAA Science Seminar: Ocean Acidification Research (January 17, 2012)
At 1:00pm EST on January 17th, the NOAA National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) and Ocean Acidification Program will host “Ocean Acidification Research at NOAA: What, Where and Why” at NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Jewett, Director of NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program, will lead the seminar. Web and audio access will also be available for interested participants unable to attend in person. For more information about the seminar and how to participate, visit the One NOAA Science Seminar series website.


RESOURCES

New Children's Health EPA web-based resource directory for healthy child care
Healthy child care web-based resource directory: http://epa.gov/childcare/
This website was developed with three target audiences in mind: childcare providers, parents, and state and local agencies; the information it contains is arranged to be easily accessible for these three distinct audiences. On the web site are links to a wealth of information (fact sheets, PPTs, trainings, assessment tools, reports, prevention and intervention guidance, etc.) on asthma, chemical hazards, environmental tobacco smoke, green cleaning, indoor air quality, lead, mercury, mold, pesticides and plastics.

Gr 1-4 Teachers Love Loop Scoops! Environmental resource
Check out what elementary school teachers are saying about their classroom experiences with Loop Scoops, a collection of videos and lesson plans that help students think more deeply about the stuff that they use. "The children really connected to the Garbage video because they were able to think about stuff in their own room that may have been thrown away but now they have some options to consider." What's the most popular Loop Scoops video on Teachers' Domain? A short video called Happiness. It's guaranteed to make you smile.

Gulf Coast Task Force Releases Final Ecosystem Restoration Strategy
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force released its final strategy for long term ecosystem restoration for the Gulf Coast, following extensive feedback from citizens throughout the region. EPA Administrator and Task Force Chair Lisa P. Jackson, joined by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Jane Lubchenco, Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, and USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Harris Sherman, made the announcement during keynote remarks at the 2011 State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit in Houston. The Task Force delivered the final strategy on Friday, Dec. 2 to President Barack Obama, who established the Task Force by executive order to continue the Administration’s ongoing commitment to the Gulf region.
More Info: http://www.epa.gov/gcertf/
Report: http://www.epa.gov/gcertf/pdfs/GulfCoastReport_Full_12-02_508.pdf


EVENTS

Call for Presentations – Louisiana Folklore Society 2012 Annual Meeting (Deadline: February 10, 2012)
Roots Rerouted: Tradition and Innovation in Louisiana Cultures
Friday, March 16 – Saturday, March 17
McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA
The Louisiana Folklore Society invites proposals for papers and other types of presentations for its 2012 annual meeting. We welcome presentations on the conference theme and on any other folklore topics and Louisiana folk traditions. The Society is interested in hearing diverse voices; therefore, we encourage presentations on any subject by scholars, tradition bearers, folk artists, musicians, students, community leaders, community scholars, and others interested in local Louisiana cultures throughout the state and elsewhere. Typically, presentations last 20 minutes.
Abstract Submission: Please submit 250-word abstract (proposal/presentation description) by February 10, 2012 via email to clejeune@mcneese.edu or mail to Keagan LeJeune, English Dept., P. O. Box 92655, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA 70609. Please note equipment needs.
For more information on the Louisiana Folklore Society, or to pre-register, see http://www.louisianafolklife.org/lafolkloresociety.html or call Keagan LeJeune at 337-475-5312 or email clejeune@mcneese.edu. All events related to the conference are open to the public.

 

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