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2012 Environmental Education Symposium
Exhibitor Registration deadline EXTENDED until February 1st!

If your agency/organization has information related to the field of environmental education and you would like to share it with teachers and informal educators, make plans to join us now!

The Exhibitor registration form and informational flyer are attached below.

We are no longer accepting presenter proposals but would like to say THANKS to all of you who submitted! We have an outstanding group of unique ideas from which to select! Our educators will sure to be blown away by the quality of presentations for 2012!

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association will host the 15th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium – “Our Environment…Our Future” at the Lafayette Crowne Plaza in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 9-10, 2012. All Symposium exhibitor forms, registration forms, and related information can be found on our website: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/environmental-education-symposium
For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov


Gulf of Mexico Expeditions for Educators
Calling all K-12 Teachers and informal educators! There’s a spot on one of our Gulf of Mexico Foundation expeditions with YOUR name on it! APPLY NOW! Check out the websites for more information!
Intracoastal Waterway Wetlands Expedition (IWWE): http://www.gulfmex.org/education-training/intercoastal-waterways-wetland-expedition/
Explore habitats & communities along Gulf coast, while learning importance of balancing both the environment and economy.
Spring Trip: March 11-16, 2012; Application DEADLINE: February 13, 2012
Summer I Trip: June 10-15, 2012; Application DEADLINE: April 20, 2012
Summer II Trip: June 17-22, 2012; Application DEADLINE: April 20, 2012
ONLY $100 plus travel to and from Freeport, TX.  Everything else is covered once aboard the vessel.
Down Under, Out Yonder (DUOY): http://www.gulfmex.org/education-training/down-under-out-yonder/
Dive into the depths of the Flower Garden Banks and explore the Gulf’s coral reef treasures.
July 6-11, 2012
Application deadline: February 27, 2012
$250, plus travel to and from Freeport, TX.  Everything else is covered once aboard the vessel.
MUST be diver certified plus provide own equipment (minus tank).

SAVE THE DATE: 2012 GOMA All Hands meeting!
June 18-21, 2012 – Omni Bayfront & Marina Hotel, Corpus Christi, Texas


NGCP Collaborative Mini-Grants  
NGCP mini-grants are designed to enhance access to and build collaboration between programs and resources. Mini-grant application resources, including a sample application, research based strategies, and evaluation requirements are available online at: http://www.ngcproject.org/mini-grant/app-resources.cfm


Media Relations and Events Coordinator Position – Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program
Deadline for Applications: January 30, 2012

The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) is seeking to fill a position for a Media Relations and Events Coordinator. This person will be domiciled in the BTNEP office on the Nicholls State University campus. The Media Relations and Events Coordinator will be responsible for informing, building, and enhancing relationships with all print, broadcast, and film media outlets using the various programs and projects conducted by the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program. To ensure maximum consideration, please submit a letter of application, a résumé, and three references by January 30, 2012. For more information, visit: www.btnep.org.


NGCP Webinar Biology in the Age of Computing: Online Resources for High School Teachers and Students
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific

Join NGCP as they share curricula, online resources, teacher experiences and research findings from Bio-ITEST: New Frontiers in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, a program funded by the National Science Foundation that brings the exciting field of bioinformatics to high school teachers and students. Bioinformatics is the application of computer science and information technology to the field of biology and medicine. With a strong emphasis on increasing student awareness of STEM careers, each Bio-ITEST lesson features an individual who uses bioinformatics in their work, or whose work is made possible by bioinformatics. The presentation will include an overview of curricular units, including introductory lessons on genetic testing and advanced lessons on genetic research, and an exploration of the online resources created for the project. Presenters will share lessons learned about increasing student STEM career awareness and engagement in the context of the Bio-ITEST project.
Register: http://www.ngcproject.org/events/events.cfm?eventid=228

Communicate Science With Water Words That Work! (April 19; 9 am–3 pm)
The Communicate Science with Water Words that Work Workshop will be help at Stennis Space Center, Thursday, April 19 in Conference Room 107. The Workshop is free and limited to 49 people. This one day workshop will improve the ability to communicate science and resource management messages to the public at large. Learn how to discuss controversial topics and keep cool under pressure. If you work in the field of coastal resource management you need to take this workshop.
Register online here: http://grandbaynerr.org/training-sessions
Contact Avia Huisman (Avia.Huisman@dmr.ms.gov)
For more information about Eric Eckl and Water Words that Work visit:  www.waterwordsthatwork.com


CNN's Sanjay Gupta, MD, Spotlights Indoor Air Quality in Schools
An estimated 14 million American children attend public schools that are in urgent need of extensive repair or replacement and have unhealthy environmental conditions, including poor air quality, unsafe drinking water and inadequate safety systems. CNN spotlighted the dire condition of schools and the health hazards posed by poor indoor air quality. The segment follows CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta as he visits schools in Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut to examine the impact of indoor air quality on students and school employees. It is everyone's hope that the program will initiate actions to resolve school environmental health problems and inspire CNN to produce more programs focused on school environmental health issues in the future.
To view news clip: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/health/2012/01/12/pkg-toxic-schools-national.cnn or via YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-J1NnwD2S0&feature=player_embedded.

2012 Coastal Master Plan Draft
The CPRA's Draft 2012 Coastal Master Plan is based on a two-year analysis involving some of the state's best scientists as well as national and international specialists. Louisiana is in the midst of a land loss crisis that has claimed 1,883 square miles of land since the 1930s. Given the importance of so many of south Louisiana's natural assets-its waterways, natural resources, unique culture and wetlands-this land loss crisis is nothing short of a national emergency, one that takes a daily toll on the lives of coastal residents. To address this crisis the Louisiana Legislature passed Act 8 in 2006, which created the CPRA and required it to develop a coastal master plan every five years. The first master plan was approved by the legislature in 2007. The new master plan, now under public review, will be submitted to the legislature for approval this spring.
Citizens are invited to review the draft master plan during the two-month comment period, from January 12 to February 25, 2012. Click here to view a copy of the plan. Copies will also be available at select public libraries in coastal parishes. The CPRA will be conducting three public meetings to gather public comments. Each meeting will include an open house from 1:00 to 5:30 PM and a public hearing from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
January 23, 2012, 1:00 - 7:30 PM, University of New Orleans - Lindy Boggs Conference Center Auditorium
January 24, 2012, 1:00 - 7:30 PM, Houma Terrebonne Civic Center
January 25, 2012, 1:00 - 7:30 PM, Lake Charles Civic Center
If you have questions about the draft plan, please contact us at MasterPlan@la.gov

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