WEEKLY eNEWS: Presenters & Exhibitors Proposals for 2012 EE Symposium - DUE IN 1 WEEK!


Presenters and Exhibitors Proposals being accepted for 2012 Environmental Education Symposium – DEADLINE IN ONE WEEK!

Join us for the 2012 Environmental Education Symposium in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 9-10, 2012! Registration deadline is January 10, 2012!
If your organization offers environmental resources for educators, this symposium would provide an excellent opportunity for you to display and distribute these materials to the individuals who can best utilize them – teachers and informal educators! Our educators would greatly appreciate your resources and the opportunity to speak to you, the experts!
Presenters: Do you have a new, dynamic lesson, activity, or program that you would like to share with fellow formal and informal environmental educators? Consider presenting at the 2012 EE Symposium!
Classroom teachers are encouraged to submit proposals! Your counterparts are anxious to see what you are doing in the classroom so do them a favor and share your knowledge!
All Symposium registration, exhibitor, and presenter forms and related information can be found on our website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec. For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov, www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec


Bayou Lafourche Cleanup – March 31
BTNEP is preparing for the Bayou Lafourche Cleanup on March 31, 2012 and is in need of 22-25 bayou site captains to help with this HUGE event. The captains would be in charge of organizing the cleanup on a 5 mile section of the Bayou! BTNEP will supply all gloves, bags, t-shirts, drinks, snacks, publicity, trash bins, etc. They need willing volunteers to be on the ground coordinating the action! Contact Alma Robichauxat (985)855-8255 or alma@btnep.org for more information.


The Hurricanes: Science and Society Webinar Series
Hurricanes: Science and Society (www.hurricanescience.org) will be hosting a five-part webinar series in the spring of 2012. The webinar series will provide participants with an opportunity to "meet" some of the country’s top hurricane scientists and introduce a range of hurricane topics from the basics of hurricane science to advances in forecasting hurricanes to preparing for an approaching hurricane. Each of the five one hour webinars will have leading members of the hurricane research and forecasting fields discussing their research and answering questions from the "audience." Target audiences include instructors of high school and undergraduate level courses and informal science educators. However, citizens of all ages are welcome to tune in. The 2012 Hurricanes: Science and Society Webinar Series is presented by the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography in partnership with the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE), and the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
          The Hurricanes: Science and Society Webinar Series Topics
Basic Hurricane Science - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 7 PM ET
          Hurricane Observation and Forecasting - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7 PM ET
          Hurricane Hazards and Impacts - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 7 PM ET
          Hurricane History, Climate Change and Hurricanes - Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7 PM ET
          Hurricane Preparedness - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 7 PM ET
Registration opens January 5, 2012. A full list of webinar topics, speakers, registration, and additional information can be found at: www.hurricanescience.org/resources/webinar2012/
For further information, contact Holly Morin at hmorin@gso.uri.edu.


Wildlife Conservation Youth Engagement Grant (Deadline: February 1)
Whether you’re in a city, rural area or a suburb, wildlife is all around you. Are you a high school student with a creative idea for conserving and protecting wildlife and its habitat in your community? Planet Connect is offering high school students grants of $1,000 to implement their problem-solving projects and participate in a local internship focused on wildlife conservation. Funds: $1,000.00

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Five Star Restoration Grant Program (Deadline: February 15)
The Five Star Restoration Grant Program, an initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, supports community-based wetland, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration projects throughout the United States. One-year grants from $10,000 to $25,000 and two-year grants from $10,000 to $40,000 are provided for projects that build diverse partnerships and foster natural resource stewardship through environmental education, outreach, and restoration. Partnerships should include at least five organizations (nonprofit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, businesses, etc.) that contribute to project success through funding, land, and/or other in-kind services. The application deadline is February 15, 2012. Visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Five Star Restoration Grant Program website to download the 2012 Request for Proposals.

Annie's Homegrown Garden Grant (no deadline)
Annie's Homegrown offers funding for community gardens, school gardens, and other educational programs that connect children directly to gardening. Funds may be used to buy gardening tools, seeds, or other needed supplies. Eligible applicants include K-12 schools and nonprofits. Funds: $250.00

Do Something Seed & Growth Grants (no deadline)
Do Something Seed Grant provides funding for to start a community action project or program. These grants can be used to jump-start your program or to realize your ideas for the first time. These are grants are for all types of community action projects around causes that you care about and are important in your community. Funds: $500.00


Operation Green Plant
Sponsored by the America the Beautiful Fund, the Operation Green Plant Program helps grow food for the hungry and beautify roadways, parks, and neighborhoods in 20,000 communities across the country. The program is now inviting applicants to request vegetable seeds, flower seeds, and/or herb seeds to help beautify their own communities. Applicants must write a short letter describing their project and fill out the application form.


New Lab Safety Video
The US Chemical Safety Board has released a lab safety video, "Experimenting with Danger". The 24-minute video examines three lab accidents. The first is the explosion at Texas Tech that injured a fifth year graduate student. The second is the fire at UCLA that killed a graduate student. The third is the chemical exposure at Dartmouth College that resulted in the death of a chemistry professor. The video is available online at www.csb.gov on the home page. CSB is now investigating accidents at schools, colleges, and universities.


Article: Mardi Gras Goes Green if Resident Has Her Way

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