WEEKLY eNEWS: Grants, Upcoming Events/Opportunities, Volunteer Opportunities/Participation Requests, Resources, and Lagniappe

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

The LEEC Resources page has a comprehensive list of website links compiled for your convenience. View our current listing for easy access to government, non-profits, organizations, current topics, etc.! We’ve got information for educators, students, and the general public. Please visit us at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/resources. An excel spreadsheet with links is also available to download.


GreenWorks! Grants (Deadline: September 30)
Project Learning Tree® (PLT), an award-winning national environmental education program for educators and their students in grades preK–12, is providing GreenWorks! grants of up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects. GreenWorks! is PLT's service-learning program that encourages students to "learn by doing" through community action projects they design and implement to improve an aspect of their school or their neighborhood's environment. It blends community service with academic curriculum to link classroom learning to the real world. Some examples of past grant projects include energy conservation, habitat restoration, and watershed improvement. To learn more or apply for a grant, visit the program website. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2011.

Target Fieldtrip Grants
Each Target store nationwide will award three Target Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools — enabling one in 25 schools throughout the U.S. to send a classroom on a field trip. These grants provide students in all 50 states with the opportunity to enhance their studies in the arts, math, science and social studies. Each grant is valued up to $700. http://sites.target.com/site/en/company/page.jsp?contentId=WCMP04-031880

Help their Gardens Grow – Grant a School’s Garden Wish! (Deadline: December 31)
Whole Foods Market charitable foundation, Whole Kids in Partnership with Foods Corps, a national service organization, are dedicated to reversing the trend in childhood obesity by engaging children in physical and academic school garden activities. The two organizations have partnered to offer a unique grant opportunity. $2,000 grant to offer to school, districts or school-affiliated nonprofit organizations. Apply from August 17-December 31, 2011 and first grants awarded February 2012, Access details and the application online at: www.wholekidsfoundation.org/gardengrants.php. Gardening helps children learn about making better food choices, encourage physical activity, reduce sedentary behavior, and lead to healthier environments at home, at school and in the community. At the same time, gardens, provide a positive reason for school communities to come together, with parents, teachers, administrators, volunteers and children working together to green our communities. For more information visit: www.wholekidsfoundation.org, www.foodcorps.org, and www.gardengrants.com.

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/

AMS DataStreme Ocean: A Free Graduate Level Online Science Course
DataStreme Oceans is a 12 week online class (with three Saturday course meetings per semester) for K-12 teachers that use oceanography as a basis for class activities. Books and materials are free to teacher participants who will also receive three graduate hours of credit from the State University of New York. We have 3 optional meetings per semester for mentoring if needed. The course can be completed through online mentoring and email.  Download an application from the website: http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/DS-Ocean/Join.html# apply and mail or fax the application to Linda Wygoda DS-Ocean LIT Leader at the number or address below. Enrollment is limited to only 8 participants per semester. For more information or to register for the class please contact: Linda Wygoda, linda.wygoda@cpsb.org, 337-478-5560. Flyer and application are also included below.

Recreational Water Quality Criteria 2011 Stakeholder Webinar (September 20)
The EPA is conducting a webinar on selected presentations from the 2011 Stakeholder Meeting on EPA's Development of New or Revised Water Quality Criteria. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm EDT. The purpose of the webinar is to obtain input from interested stakeholders who were unable to attend the face-to-face meeting in New Orleans in June 2011. Stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide feedback to EPA on the general direction and EPA's evaluation and current thinking for the new or revised recreational water quality criteria. For more information and to register for the webinar, go to: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/standards/criteria/health/recreation/index.cfm. The final agenda, presentations and summary from the 2011 Stakeholder Meeting can also be found at the above link.

Upcoming NOAA Science Seminars/Webinars
The OneNOAA Science discussion seminar series is a joint effort to help share science and management information and to promote constructive dialogue between scientists, educators, and resource managers. To keep informed about upcoming seminars, subscribe to a weekly email by visiting http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/seminars/index.html or send and email to OneNOAAscienceseminars-request@list.woc.noaa.gov with the word ‘subscribe’ in the subject or body (don’t include the quotes).

Queen of the Sun (September 22)
Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is an in-depth investigation to discover the causes and solutions behind Colony Collapse Disorder; a phenomenon where honeybees vanish from their hives, never to return. Queen of The Sun follows the voices and visions of underrepresented beekeepers, philosophers, and scientists around the world, all struggling for the survival of the bees. While other bee films focus exclusively on commercial beekeepers, this film emphasizes the biodynamic and organic communities who have differing opinions from many commercial beekeepers and are overlooked in other films. This is a free event presented by LSUE Foundation and Friends of the LeDoux Library and Pack & Paddle. To read more on the story:  http://www.queenofthesun.com/about/story/

National Estuaries Day (September 24)
To find out more about National Estuaries Day and the events scheduled on that day please visit their website. http://estuaries.gov/GetInvolved/Default.aspx?ID=153
American Shore & Beach Preservation Association’s Expanding Coastal Horizons meeting (October 19-21), New Orleans, LA:  http://www.asbpa.org/conferences/conf_fall_11.htm

Green Fire - a film about Aldo Leopold (October 6)
Green Fire - a film about Aldo Leopold See the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy! Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how Leopold's vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire people across the country and around the world, highlighting modern projects that put Leopold’s land ethic in action in a multitude of ways. Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time is a production of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the US Forest Service, and the Center for Humans and Nature. This is a free event presented by SPEAK, Friends of the Arboretum and Pack & Paddle. Movie will be shown at the Lafayette Pack & Paddle on October 6th at 6 PM.

Basinkeeper Paddle Trip - Fausse Point (October 23)
Join Dean Wilson, Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, for a very special paddletour. The backdrop for this trip will be the Fausse Point Area of the Atchafalaya Basin. Dean will be your guide as we paddle through the Cypress and Tupelo of this beautiful area. This trip is a great way to get to know the basin. This special paddle trip is dedicated as a fundraiser for the Basinkeeper program. The $65 trip fee includes your canoe, paddles, pfd's, guide and fish fry at Fausse Point State Park after the trip. Every penny collected for this trip goes directly to support the Basinkeeper program. For more information, visit: Atchafalaya Basinkeeper Paddle Trip


Volunteers Needed: Help Restore Elmer's Island (September 10; 10:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.)
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Bayou Land RC&D Council invite you to participate in a wetland restoration project that will create sand dunes along the shoreline of Elmer’s Island in Grand Isle. This area provides essential protection for Louisiana’s inland communities and wetlands, and it was severely impacted by recent hurricanes and the 2010 oil spill. This project is being completed through a partnership with the Gulf of Mexico Foundation, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, NOAA Community-based Restoration Program, Restore America's Estuaries, and New Orleans City Park.  All equipment (shovels, gloves, hammers, etc.) will be provided.  Lunch and drinks will be provided to all volunteers. Please register online at the www.crcl.org or call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at (888)-LACOAST for more information.

Come Mentor with EnvironMentors!
EnvironMentors is an afterschool environmental science mentoring and college access program housed in the LSU School of the Coast and Environment. Our high school students and mentors participate in a variety of science-driven activities, including water quality monitoring, skills workshops, and environmental field trips. The ultimate goal of the program is for the students and their mentors to develop a simple environmental research project on a topic of the student’s choosing to be presented at our Science Fair in April 2012. The students with the top 3 projects win all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC to compete in the National Fair. We had a very successful inaugural year, with 2 of our students winning awards and scholarships at the National EnvironMentors Science Fair. We are looking forward to another successful year, and are currently looking for new mentors! We welcome all environmental and science professionals, faculty, and graduate students in Baton Rouge to mentor one-to-one or team mentor. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Courtney Saari at lsu.environmentors@gmail.com and check the national EM website at: www.ncseonline.org/environmentors or our local website at: http://www.sce.lsu.edu/environmentors/

National Ocean Council Seeks Nominations for Advisory Committee (September 15)
The National Ocean Council's formal advisory committee, the Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP), will be seeking nominations for members. Current ORAP members include representatives of the National Academies, ocean industries, State governments, academia, and others, including eminent individuals in the fields of marine science, marine policy, and related areas such as ocean resource management. Anyone (including any organization) may nominate qualified individuals (including one's self) for membership on the panel. The deadline for nominations is 15 September 2011. If you require information, please contact CDR Stephen D. Martin, U.S. Navy, at stephen.d.martin@navy.mil or check out the following link: http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/08/18/2011-21116/nominations-for-membershipon- the-ocean-research-advisorypanel?utm_content=previous&utm_medium=PrevNext&utm_source=Article#p-6

National Climate Assessment Request for Information
The Southeast region seeks comments from the public in providing technical inputs and/or offering assessment capacity on topics related to the National Climate Assessment (NCA) and that are of particular interest and concern in the southeast region. We are looking to make this an encompassing effort where studies or activities that have been undertaken/conducted in this region can be considered for input into the technical document that will be offered to the National Assessment writing team on March 1, 2012. Review the information needs and requirements at http://www.globalchange.gov/images/NCA/nca-rfi-supplement_7-11.pdf. General comments and expressions of interest should be submitted via e-mail to Emily Therese Cloyd at ecloyd@usgcrp.gov. The suggested format for the expressions of interest is described in the federal register notice. Please also copy Keith Ingram – the SE regional coordinator: ktingram@ufl.edu. More information on the NCA process, including the strategic plan, proposed report outline, and information about the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee (NCADAC), can be found at http://assessment.globalchange.gov/.



Marsh Fires Fact Sheet
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has developed a fact sheet for residents who are impacted by the marsh fires. See attachment below.

Press Release: LUMCON and Partners Receives $13 million BP GRI Award
Attached below is a press release on upcoming funding for environmental research for LUMCON related to the BP spill. For more information, please contact Nancy N. Rabalais, nrabalais@lumcon.edu or R. Eugene Turner, euturne@lsu.edu. For more information about the GRI or the Research Board, please visit www.griresearchboard.org.

USGS Releases New Video on Coastal Land Loss in Louisiana
The U.S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center is pleased to announce the release of a new Louisiana coastal land loss video, detailing key findings portrayed in its new coastal map. The video can be found in the USGS Multimedia Gallery: http://gallery.usgs.gov/videos/433 or on YouTube.com: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNkCml_VRcE. This new video illustrates findings from the new Coastal Louisiana Land Area Change Map. The map will afford opportunities to better understand the timing and causes of coastal wetlands loss. This information is critical for forecasting landscape changes in the future. To learn more about the new USGS Coastal Louisiana Land Area Change Map and video visit: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/3164/. Contact Gabrielle B. Bodin at (337) 266-8655 or boding@usgs.gov for more information.

Become a NASA Explorer School
Participate in the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) project?! You can use FREE classroom resources, collaborate with other teachers and provide you with a wealth of multimedia resources. To learn more about NES, download the "About NES”
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=51149791 video to see what NES is all about. Watch the "How to Register” http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=83948651 video to see how easy it is to become an NES participant. Or you can or you can visit the NES YouTube Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/NASAExplorerSchools1 where you can find enticing teaser clips of NASA Now episodes. For more information, e-mail the NES Help Desk NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.



We’ve Got To Be That Light - A Gift to Teachers across America
http://blogontheuniverse.org/sos Scroll down on the left side to access the video, We’ve Got to be the Light. You can also download the music and narrations combined with visuals that are the set of videos called the “Symphony of Science”. Some of those video segments are ideal for introducing subjects such as the universe, What is science? (Poetry of Reality segment), and the evolution of life in “The unbroken Thread”, and the one on DNA. The video mix was collaborated by Jeff Goldstein, Center Director for the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (http://ncesse.org), and John Boswell, Symphony of Science (http://symphonyofscience.com) as a gift to America's teachers to let them know how important their job is to our children, our communities, and this great nation.

Campaign Targets Gulf Coast Homeowners
Developed by a partnership between the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Education and Nutrient Priority Issue Teams, Smart Yard, Healthy Gulf is a new public education campaign designed to reduce fertilizers entering local waters by helping people make responsible lawn fertilizer decisions. The campaign was kicked off this summer and includes guidelines for fertilizer and lawn care in Louisiana. Read more...


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