WEEKLY eNEWS: Upcoming Events, Contest, Resources, and In The News

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

Audubon Aquarium WETMAAP Teacher Workshop (October 22)
Learn how USGS maps and aerial photos can enhance your classroom teaching about our coastline at the Audubon Aquarium WETMAAP Teacher Workshop on October 22 from 9 am-noon. Jessie Kastler, of the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Lab, will show you how to use these materials as well as GPS devices to explore the coastal habitats of the Gulf of Mexico and the changes that have impacted this area over the past few decades. This workshop is ideal for middle-school teachers, but is also appropriate for all formal and informal educators. WETMAAP also includes opportunities to incorporate science, geography and math standards in your classroom lessons about the Gulf. For more information, visit: http://www.auduboninstitute.org/educators/workshops/wetmaap-workshop or download the registration form below.

Basics of the Basin Research Symposium (October 27-29)
Commemorating 10 Years of Research! Registration is open for the Basics of the Basin Conference. The meeting is October 27, 28 and 29th at Southeastern University of Louisiana in Hammond. Early registration and preliminary program is available online: http://www2.selu.edu/orgs/pbrp/BasicsoftheBasin2011.html
For site and registration inquiries contact: Contact Robert Moreau 985.549.5008 / rmoreau@selu.edu or Nick Norton 985.549.2923
For program questions contact: Theryn Henkel 812 219-4740 / therynhenkel@gmail.com or John A. Lopez, 504-421-7348 / johnlopez@pobox.com

2012 Water Challenge (Deadline: September 30)
The 2012 Water Challenge is looking for innovative entrepreneurs. For the second year, The Greater New Orleans Foundation and The Idea Village want to discover and nurture up-and-coming businesses creating solutions for our water issues. A special area of focus this year is business ideas that address flooding. However, all water-related entrepreneurs are welcome to apply. Up to 8 finalists will be invited to participate in the Idea Village's IDEAxcelerator, a 6 month business development program mentored by a team of Executives-in-Residence. The finalists will also be eligible to participate in the 2012 Water Challenge day pitch competition during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week in March for a prize of up to $50,000 in seed capital for their business. The application process is open now at http://ideavillage.org and the deadline of September 30.

Samsung Leads STEM Education with a Million-Dollar Giveaway (Deadline: October 24)
Samsung has joined Change the Equation (CTEq) in its effort to answer President Obama’s call to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for every child in the United States. Samsung and its partners are addressing this critical education issue by asking teachers in public schools nationwide to submit a short application now through October 24, 2011, for a chance to participate in Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow national video contest. Fifty classrooms will be chosen to receive a Samsung camcorder and laptop, along with Adobe® Premiere® Elements and Photoshop® Elements software to create videos responding to the question: “How can science or math help improve the environment in your community?” Winning teachers and students will receive a variety of Samsung electronics, Microsoft and Adobe software, and DIRECTV educational programming valued at over $1 million. As part of Samsung’s Hope for Children initiative, this concerted effort will promote math and science education as a path to fostering sustainable innovation. To learn more about the contest or submit an application, visit Solve for Tomorrowhttps://pages.samsung.com/us/sft/home.htm

Dolphin Tale in 3D is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the people who worked together to save her life. After being caught in a crab trap, Winter is rescued but loses her tail. A dedicated marine biologist, a brilliant prosthetic doctor, and a devoted young boy bring about a miracle: a prosthetic tail to help Winter swim again. Dolphin Tale in 3D is now playing in theaters and will inspire you! NWF has teamed up with the film to empower you to take action. Learn more about dolphins and find out how you can help protect them—and also help save ocean habitat.
Downloads!  Fun activities for kids to help dolphins, an Educator’s Guide, and more!
Adopt a Dolphin!  Want to help National Wildlife Federation protect dolphins and the places where they live? Throw a dolphin adoption party with your class, a club, or friends! Make it fun and come up with creative ways to help people care about dolphins.

North American Black Bears Website
Untamed Science is a site dedicated to making inspirational videos and content for the sciences. They have a diverse collection of working professionals, including a production team of award winning science-filmmakers, a camera talent team, and a collection of science content writers who are dedicated to helping expand the www.untamedscience.com outreach portals. The link below provides more information on the North American Black Bear for students and teachers: http://www.untamedscience.com/biodiversity/animals/chordates/mammals/carnivorans/bears/ursus/american-black-bear

Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Newsletter
GCOOS News and Updates for September 2011 is attached.

Floating Islands to be installed at Isle de Jean Charles near Houma, LA
          The America's WETLAND Foundation, Coastal Conservation Association, Terrebonne Parish Coastal Management Office, Entergy, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Shell and some 200 volunteers from the corporate sponsors, local schools, youth groups and the Isle de Jean Charles community will be employing for the first time, "floating island" restoration in an attempt to build new land and protect remaining lands in the Isle de Jean Charles area near Houma.
          Using recycled plastics, each floating island is 5 x 8 feet and is planted with 50-60 plants. The islands will be towed and anchored next to existing land as a means of curtailing erosion through wave action. In addition, some islands will be placed away from existing land as an experiment to see if new land can be built in shallow waters. The plants in the island will grow root systems into the waterbottom, trap sediments and grow toward and tie into the disappearing marsh. If successful, the area will strengthen and flourish, serving as a model for sustainable land mass. During the three days, volunteers will plant about 1,500 linear feet of these floating island mats. This area has some of the worst coastal erosion in Louisiana, so if this experiment is as successful as anticipated by Martin Ecosystems of Baton Rouge, this demonstration project could launch a new weapon in the "multiple lines of offense" tactic in the war against coastal land loss.


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