WEEKLY eNEWS: Upcoming Events, Grants, Resources, & Volunteer Opportunities

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana 

UPCOMING EVENTS

National Hunting & Fishing Day Outdoor Festival (September 24 – 9 am-3 pm)
FREE
Louisiana Game & Seafood Samples, Outdoor Exhibitors, Fishing Contest, Canoeing, Sports Shooting, Archery, Bowhunting Demonstrations, Fly Casting & Tying Demonstrations
FREE Admission & Parking!
Waddill Wildlife Refuge, 4142 North Flannery, Baton Rouge, La
Presented by: Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Foundation
Sponsored By: The Advocate, American Awnings, Associated Grocers, Coca Cola, Sam’s Club
Please see attached flyer.

Sally Ride Science Festival (September 24 – 11 am-4:15 pm)
Former NASA Astronaut Wendy Lawrence will talk about her thrilling path to a career in science and her time spent in space during the highly anticipated keynote presentation! Presented by ExxonMobil, the Sally Ride Science Festival includes: discovery workshops for girls, which may be given by local veterinarians, astronomers, microbiologists and more; workshops for parents and teachers on ways to support girls' interests in science; a street fair with booths, hands-on activities, food, and music.
Festival will be held at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA on Saturday, September 24 from 11:00am to 4:15pm. Advanced Registration Required: Registration open until Thursday, September 22nd at 5pm Central - www.sallyridescience.com. Fee: $20. While our festivals are primarily focused on encouraging 5th-8th grade girls to pursue their interests in science, everyone is welcome to attend! Sign up now at www.sallyridefestivals.com or call us at 1.800.561.5161.

Explore-a-Seashore - Shark Fest (September 30-October 1)
The Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs, MS is introducing a new program for families (adults and their children over the age of 12). Explore-a-Seashore will take place on September 30 (classroom intro) and October 1 (research cruise) and will engage participants in GCRL research: Catch – Tag – Release – You are the scientist and THIS IS SHARK FEST!
Application and more information are available at http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/mec/shark.fest.php
Contact:  Martha Brown, martha.brown@usm.edu, 228-818-8833

Recycle-Bowl School Competition Information (Deadline: October 10)
Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle-Bowl competition for elementary, middle and high-school students was created to increase school recycling participation and teach students about recycling and environmental responsibility. The Competition Division is open to all U.S. schools. The competition runs from October 17 through November 12, culminating around America Recycles Day. The first 1000 schools to register in either the Competition or Open Division will receive a recycling toolkit loaded with recycling posters, a library book, a curriculum, activity booklets and a recycling “coach” t-shirt. Other downloadable educational resources can also be found on http://recycle-bowl.org. At the close of the four-week competition, the school in each state that collects the most recyclable material per capita will win $1,000. A national champion will then be chosen from among the statewide winners to receive an additional grand prize of $2,500. Registration is currently open through October 10th on the Recycle-Bowl website at http://recycle-bowl.org. The inaugural Recycle-Bowl is being sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America.
Please see attached information.

Enter Samsung's $1 Million Technology Competition (September 22, 2011-March 12, 2012)
Samsung and its partners are asking teachers to participate in its contest which will address a key academic challenge in our country: to increase the pursuit of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. With Samsung and schools joining together, we’re looking to foster interest in these subjects among students and illustrate the practical impact applying these subjects can have. Click here to for more information and to apply. Contest begins 8/22/11, ends 3/12/12.


GRANTS

EPA Accepting Applications for Environmental Education Sub-Grants Program (Deadline: November 8)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of $1.5 million in grant funding for the Environmental Education Sub-grants Program for 2011. The purpose of this competitive grant program is to increase environmental awareness and stewardship. EPA expects to award one (1) grant for approximately $150,000 in each of EPA’s ten (10) Regions and will accept applications until November 8, 2011. EPA will be hosting three conference calls for potential applicants interested in additional information about the application process. The conference call dates and times are listed below. To participate, dial the toll free number and enter the conference ID code. The call-in number for all three calls is: 1-866-246-5569.
          Sept. 22, 2011, 3:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (ID code:  97738763)
          Sept. 27, 2011, 2:00 pm EDT (ID code:  97740900)
          Sept. 30, 2011, 12.00 pm EDT (ID code:  97741103)
For more information on eligibility and application materials, visit: http://www.epa.gov/education/grants.html
For direct questions on the Environmental Education Sub-grants Program for 2011, send emails to: EEgrants@epa.gov

National Science Foundation Program Announcement: Discovery Research K-12
Directorate for Education & Human Resources Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings
Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): November 17, 2011 and October 04, 2012
Full Proposal Deadline(s)
(due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): January 10, 2012 and December 06, 2012
For full program information, visit: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11588/nsf11588.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Whole Foods New School Garden Grant (Deadline: December 31)
Whole Foods is giving away 1000 school garden grants valued at $2000.00 each. The application is online and is due December 31, 2011. Here is a link for the application and more information:  http://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/gardengrants.php


RESOURCES

The Human Solution to Water Pollution video makes its debut!  
Produced by the Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (SSCAFCA) to supplement its educational stormwater programming, the video targets students in grades 5-8, but is appropriate for grade 4-adult. To view the video, click here: http://sscafca.com/cms.php/education/. SSCAFCA is dedicated to educating area students, adults, and the community on the issues of flood control and watershed management. This new video is featured in the RiverXchange curriculum. RiverXchange combines a year-long water resources curriculum with class partnerships through social networking technology.

“Our Mississippi”
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ quarterly 12-page, full-color tabloid, “Our Mississippi,” covers a wide range of Mississippi River issues as well as stories on travel, archeology, nature exploration, and more. With a coverage area that stretches from the upper Mississippi region to the Gulf, the publication’s primary goal is to promote a balanced, sustainable use of the river and encourage greater appreciation of this national treasure. Past issues have featured kayak water trails, coastal restoration, navigating an icy winter river, the comeback of the otter, and river reforestation. It also includes a series of short profiles about people with a unique connection to the river, including storytellers, oyster farmers, eagle center staffers, mussel divers, and more. The “Our Mississippi Kids” page features child-oriented fun. Attached is the spring issue of the “Our Mississippi.” For more information or to subscribe, visit: http://www.ourmississippi.org

Information Exchange for Marine Educators
The information included in the attached document below has been compiled from many different sources, including EE-NEWS@NAAEE, scuttlebutt, EEinGEORGIA, the Scout Report, edinfo at FREE, and others. They have attempted to verify web addresses, but make no guarantee of accuracy. The Department of Commerce/NOAA does not necessarily endorse or promote the views or facts presented on these sites. If materials or respond to a request for information is requested, please mention that you learned about it in NOAA's Information Exchange. To subscribe to this distribution list, send a blank message to requests@willamette.nos.noaa.gov with “subscribe infoexchange” in the subject field. Similarly, to remove yourself from the list, send the subject “unsubscribe infoexchange”. Contact the editor directly at phyllis.dermer@noaa.gov , or by phone at (865) 932-5074, to discuss further enhancements or to contribute information for future issues.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Volunteers Needed to Plant Mangroves at Port Fourchon (September 24)
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Edward Wisner Foundation invite volunteers to participate in a marsh restoration project along the impacted marshes of Port Fourchon. Volunteers are needed to plant 2,500 mangrove trees which will assist in stabilizing the marsh soils in the hopes of preventing future erosion.  This project coincides with National Estuaries Day. This nationwide event encourages volunteers to spend “a day on the bay” as part of an annual service celebrating the vibrant and essential habitats located where rivers meet the sea.
          Where: Port Fourchon Public Boat Launch
          When: Saturday September 24, 2011, 10 a.m. to no later than 4 p.m.
All equipment (gloves, shovels, dibbles, etc.), sunscreen, and bug spray will be provided.  Drinks and lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Old tennis shoes or knee boots are recommended. Comfortable clothes that can get dirty will be needed (a change of clothes and towel for the end of the day is also recommended). Please register online at the www.crcl.org or call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at (888)-LACOAST for more information.


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