WEEKLY eNEWS: Upcoming Events, Grants, Webinars, Contests/Awards, and Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

K-20 Service-Learning Symposium (November 10 & 11)
Looking for a professional development opportunity focusing on service-learning? Volunteer Louisiana and Louisiana Campus Compact are co-hosting the third annual K-20 Service-Learning Symposium at University of Louisiana at Monroe on Thursday, November 10, and at Southeastern Louisiana University on Friday, November 11. The symposium will be from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm each day. Registration is free for current K-12 teachers and Louisiana Campus Compact members. Non-Louisiana Campus Compact members must pay a $100 registration fee. A continental breakfast, lunch, and workshop materials will be provided. Dr. Christine Cress of Portland State University, author of Learning through Serving, will be our presenter. The attached fliers provide additional information on each site’s symposium.  If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Dr. Stuart Stewart, executive director of Louisiana Campus Compact, at lacampuscompact@selu.edu or by calling (985) 549-2496 by November 1st.

LEEC Call for Presenters!…Call for Exhibitors!
On March 9-10, 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 Crowne Plaza in Lafayette, Louisiana. The theme for this upcoming conference will be “The Year of Outdoor Teaching!”
          Exhibitors: Our Exhibit Hall will feature environmental education resources for environmental educators, such as curriculum guides, lesson plans, CD ROMs, videos, field trip information and other opportunities that can enrich the classroom experience. If your organization offers these types of resources for educators, this symposium would provide an excellent opportunity to display and distribute these materials to the individuals who can best utilize them!
Postmark deadline for exhibitor registrations is January 10, 2012! Please see attached registration form and informational flyer below.
          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! Emphasis this year will be placed on engaging teachers and students in outdoor learning experiences … so what can you add to the conversation?! Classroom teachers are encouraged to submit proposals! Postmark deadline for presenter proposals is January 10, 2012. Please see attached proposal form and informational flyer below.
For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov, www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

2011 Environmental Education Sub-Grants (Deadline: November 8)
The second of two RFPs for the 2011 Environmental Education Grants Program is now open. It is available below and on www.grants.gov.  Find out more information at: http://www.epa.gov/education/grants.html

Webinar for America Recycles Day 2011 Event Organizers (October 25)
America Recycles Day is officially recognized on November 15 and celebrated weeks leading up to and after that date. There are many plans and resources available to help celebrate America Recycles Day at www.americarecyclesday.org. For any event organizers or potential event organizers that have questions about how to host an America Recycles Day event and the kinds of resources available, a webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25 at 2 p.m. Please visit ARD 2011 event organizers webinar for registration information.

EPA's Watershed Academy sponsors its 60th free Webcast Seminar on "Conducting Effective Stormwater Outreach" (October 27)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Watershed Academy is pleased to sponsor its 60th free Webcast Seminar on Thursday, October 27, 2011 "Conducting Effective Stormwater Outreach." This webinar will help state and local agencies, municipalities, watershed groups and others design effective outreach initiatives. It will showcase EPA's Nonpoint Source (NPS) Outreach Toolbox, which offers a variety of stormwater TV, radio and print ads, and other tools. Featured products cover: general stormwater, lawn and garden care, pet care, septic system care, motor vehicle care, and household chemicals. The webinar will also feature Think Blue Maine, a successful awareness and behavior change outreach effort.
To register for the webcast visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/373037154
The presentation will be posted in advance at http://epa.gov/watershedwebcasts. Webcast participants are eligible to receive a certificate for their attendance.

Shell Science Lab Challenge (Deadline October 21)
The deadline for applying to the Shell Science Lab Challenge for your chance to win a $20,000 lab makeover support package is October 21, 2011. Submit a short 3-page narrative, vita, and letter of recommendation with your application. Download the application at http://www.nsta.org/shellsciencelab/. For helpful information and tips, view the archive of the web seminar entitled, “Developing a Competitive Application for the Shell Science Lab Challenge.” The presenter shares insight into completing your Shell Science Lab Challenge application and provides tips for strengthening your submission for a chance to win your share of $93,000 in cash, equipment, and professional development opportunities. View the web seminar archive at http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NSTA/webseminar2.aspx. For more information, Contact the Shell Science Lab Challenge team at NSTA at shellsciencelab@nsta.org or call 703.312.9258.

National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®) Regional Competition – Hurricane Bowl (Deadline: December 12)
The 2012 Central Gulf Coast Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl, Hurricane Bowl, is an academic competition for high school students of up to 20 teams from the Central Gulf Coast area (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida panhandle, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee) to encourage students to increase their knowledge and understanding of the world’s ocean and to embrace and recognize academic excellence. The Hurricane Bowl will be held on February 4, 2012 at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s (GCRL) Marine Education Center (MEC), 703 East Beach Drive; Ocean Springs, MS 39564. To register a team for the 2012 Hurricane Bowl, contact Sam Clardy, Regional Hurricane Bowl Coordinator, at 228-818-8885 or email at samuel.clardy@usm.edu or Leah Gaines at leah.gaines@eagles.usm.edu  for a registration packet. The deadline for registration will be December, 12, 2011. Schools interested in registering a second team (Team B) should register that team as soon as possible. B Teams will not be formally registered for the Hurricane Bowl competition until after November 30, 2011 on a first come first serve basis. For more information, visit www.nosb.org.

EPA Presidential Innovation Award Program for Environmental Educators (Deadline: December 30)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the 2011 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators Program. The program, which will be implemented through a partnership between the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and EPA, recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Two teachers from each EPA region will be selected to receive the award. Recipients will receive a commemorative plaque and an award of $2000, to be used to further their professional development in environmental education. Additionally, the local education agency employing each teacher will receive an award of $2000 to further the recipient’s environmental educational activities and programs. For more information on eligibility requirements and selection criteria or to submit an online application, please visit www.epa.gov/education/teacheraward. The application deadline is December 30, 2011.      

President's Environmental Youth Award (Deadline: December 31)
Your project – or one you are sponsoring – could be an award winner. Encourage one or more students to apply for a PEYA and see what a difference they can make for the environment with an award-winning project. Applicants from all 50 states and U.S. territories are eligible to compete for an award for special recognition and a presidential plaque. Apply at: http://www.epa.gov/education/peya/index.html

Annual “Keep Your Eye on the Prize” Art, Photo & Essay Contest (Deadline: January 15)
The America's WETLAND Foundation announces its annual Keep Your Eye on the Prize juried competition to engage Louisiana students in saving coastal wetlands at a time when coastal land loss is increasing and more Louisiana communities are being affected. This program is designed to encourage students across the state to consider the significance of Louisiana's coastal wetlands to their own lives by writing essays, creating artwork or taking photographs on the topic. The subject of the 2012 contest essay entries will be "How can Louisiana adapt to coastal land loss and what changes should be made?" The subject of the 2012 contest art/photo entries will be, "Why should the area known as "America's WETLAND be saved?"
          Two winners will be awarded in each of the following categories: grades 1-2; grades 3-5; grades 6-8; and grades 9-12; two overall winners will be named. Winning students' classes will be awarded a $5,000 grant from the America's WETLAND Conservation Corps to be used for a wetland planting project along with a school visit by The Estuarians, the nine action hero mascots of the Campaign to Save Coastal Louisiana. Students may submit entries online at www.americaswetland.com from now through January 15, 2012. Winners will be announced on World Wetlands Day, February 2, 2012 and marsh plantings will be done during March and April 2012 at sites along coastal Louisiana. The Keep Your Eye on the Prize contest is supported by the LSU AgCenter, the LSU Coastal Roots Program, Louisiana Science Teachers Association and Youth Wetlands Week.

This National Geographic article, Beautiful Brains, on the teenage brain is well worth a read for anyone who parents or educates young people!!

US Post Office downloadable teaching tool "Green Teams" Education Kit
USPS Community Connection is an educational initiative from the US Postal Service that uses stamps to support elementary grade study of Social Studies, Science and Language Arts. They have just completed a comprehensive "Green" Education Kit titled The Green Teams. The Power Pack, Recycling Rangers, Climate Corps and H2Officials comprise the four Green Teams. Each team is assigned a specific environmental issue with background on their conservational concern: what the issue is, why it is a concern, what we do to contribute to the problem, how we can help reverse the problem and very specific tasks and chores for which each team is explicitly and exclusively responsible that will create classroom conservation in action. Each team is provided with their own rubric "placemats", team badges, team signs and team task sheets. Content is completely customizable to elementary grade level and student sophistication. Please go to USPSConnection.com/educator-kits/ to view and download this tremendous "Green" teaching tool!

EPA’s Bathroom “Mini-Makeovers” Save Water, Energy, and Money
In honor of National Kitchen and Bath Month this October, WaterSense partners across the country are promoting water-saving bathroom “mini-makeovers.” Giving a home’s main bathroom a mini-makeover by installing a WaterSense labeled toilet, faucet, and showerhead can save a household more than $80 annually and 7,000 gallons of water per year—enough water to wash six months’ worth of laundry. In addition to saving water, a mini-makeover saves energy by reducing the amount of water that needs to be heated—enough to power a refrigerator for two months. The combined utility savings can pay for the new fixtures in as little as two years. Bathrooms are the biggest water users in homes, accounting for more than half of all indoor water use. With water utility costs on the rise—now averaging more than $700 per household per year across the United States—Americans can save by giving their bathrooms a mini-makeover with a WaterSense labeled toilet, faucet, and showerhead.
For more information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pubs/bathroom.html
For information on EPA’s WaterSense program: www.epa.gov/watersense

EPA Announces New Student's Website
EPA has revamped our kids, teachers, students and high school websites into a one stop shop for our users. Check out the new website at: http://www.epa.gov/students/

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