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2011 From H-2-O Water Quality Workshop for Teachers (Deadline: September 19)
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is announcing the 2011 From H-2-O Water Quality Workshop for Teachers. From H-2-O is a dynamic teacher training workshop for LUMCON’s Bayouside Classroom Program. The Bayouside Classroom program is designed to use water quality monitoring to connect students to the rich and unique environments within the Mississippi River drainage basin and the Gulf of Mexico. This year special emphasis will be placed on the impacts of last spring’s Mississippi River flooding and the formation of the Gulf of Mexico dead zone.
        Workshop Specifics:
        Cost:  None.  The workshop is fully funded by the Barataria – Terrebonne National Estuary Program.
        Where:  DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA
        When:  October 7-9, 2011:  Application Deadline: September 19, 2011
        Eligibility: Open to all Louisiana middle school and high school teachers
        Highlights: Research cruise aboard the R/V Acadiana,Free water monitoring equipment kit valued at ~$400, Networking opportunities with scientists, informal educators, and other teachers, laboratory activities, CLUs provided
For more information about the workshop or how to apply please contact Murt Conover, Marine Education Associate, (985) 851-2860, mconover@lumcon.edu

Audubon Zoo Fall 2011 Teacher Workshop Schedule
Please see PDF below for workshop details and registration. Workshops run September 17-December 3. For more information, contact: 504-212-5378 or zooschool@auduboninstitute.org.

LATECH College of Education Parental Involvement Course and Free Resources Course
Scholarships are currently available for a multitude of courses being offered through the College of Education’s Office of Professional Education and Outreach. Two of the many courses being offered include a course addressing parental involvement and a course identifying sources of free classroom resources and materials to meet student needs .Flyers for each are attached. Both courses will be delivered electronically, and students completing the courses will receive a certificate for 45 clus and 3 hours of course credit from the Louisiana Tech University College of Education. If you need any additional information about these courses or others, please give us a call or visit: http://www.latech.edu/education/opeo/



Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan – What’s Important to YOU?
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) is currently developing Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan which will recommend specific actions for restoring our coastal wetlands and protecting our coastal communities. With limited funding and time, we know we can’t restore and protect the entire coast, so we need your input on what is most important to you.
We have developed a community exercise and online survey to help us understand your preferences. Individual preferences can vary greatly – preferences about what is important for a specific community, and preferences for what is important for the entire coast of Louisiana. This online survey allows you to identify what you feel is most critical to the coastal restoration and protection efforts and will be used to inform what is represented in Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan. Please click here to participate in a survey and pass this link on to your friends, family and co-workers so they can provide their input. This survey will take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous. One survey per person please. If you provided your preferences at one of the community meetings, please do not fill out this online survey as your preferences have already been documented. This survey will be available until September 16, 2011. To find out more about Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan, please visit our website at www.coastalmasterplan.la.gov or attend a community meeting. Click here for a schedule of upcoming meetings.


Visit the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/
The goal of LUCC is to drive Web users to one location to find out about all wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities and the related support materials. This is an interactive Web based calendar that all wetland related national and state agencies and approved NGOs can post information to. The Web calendar will also provide local governments and other organizations to work with these agencies to post wetland activities. LUCC was the vision of the Louisiana Sea Grant. LUCC is hosted on the LaCoast.gov Web site. Currently the LaCoast.gov site gets 1,000,000 hits per month, the goal is to provide users with a “one-stop” location for Louisiana’s wetland activities.

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