Workshops, Forums, Conferences, Grants & Summer Camps!

WORKSHOPS / FORUMS / CONFERENCES

Oil Spill Professional Development Workshop for Educator (Deadline: April 22)
Formal and informal educators who teach primarily middle to high school grades or those professionals who work with the K-12 community are invited to attend a training session on topics related to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. There will be three locations in Louisiana – Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans, Sea Grant at LSU, and Bossier Instructional Technology Center. During the three-hour session, educators will participate in a video conference from experts in four states on topics that relate to ongoing oil spill research in short- and long-term effects, marine mammals and turtles, habitats, fisheries, seafood safety, impacts to Sargassum communities, and impacts to Gulf open waters. A hands-on activity will be conducted and lesson plans will be provided. A Certificate of Participation and a $100 stipend will be available to the first 20 educators (per site) who complete program requirements, electronic pre- and posttests and an electronic Likert-scale evaluation. Funds for this program are provided by the NOAA Office of Education. Registration form can be accessed on our website at www.lamer.lsu.edu. Please send registrations and questions to Dianne Lindstedt at dlindst@lsu.edu, 225.578.6331 (fax) or 225-578-1558 (phone).

Spring 2011 President’s Forum - Oil and Water: Spotlight on the Gulf
Loyola’s President’s Forums seek to explore and discuss some of the most compelling contemporary issues facing us today. Featuring internationally recognized scholars, the forum’s goal is to develop a dialogue with the larger community that helps us deepen our understanding and challenge us to move toward a more just and enlightened society. Join us, along with some of the nation's most respected environmental experts, to explore climate change and what it means to our coast, the disastrous damage caused by the BP oil spill, and the lingering health and economic concerns of Gulf Coast citizens. Providing their insights into these important topics: Virginia Burkett, Ph.D., U.S. Geological Survey; Amy Harmon, The New York Times; Cynthia Sarthou, Gulf Restoration Network; Robert A. Thomas, Ph.D., director, Loyola's Center for Environmental Communication, moderator. Free and open to the public on April 27, 2011 at the Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall. For more information, visit: www.loyno.edu/presidentsforum.

Beyond the Horizon: Creating a Network of Special Ocean Places – Conference May 11th
This forum has been organized with the purpose of initiating discussions of a potential network of special ocean places to strengthen the ecology, economy and culture of the Gulf of Mexico. Build consensus for establishing ecologically significant protections for key Gulf of Mexico sites to ensure that they continue to provide important services to our society; identify mechanisms that allow comprehensive approaches to management as well as significant involvement of the public in decision making. Dates: May 11–13, 2011. Registration Fee: $50 per participant/$25 per student. Location: Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236. For more information on conference agenda, registration details and a special summary report visit: www.mote.org/beyondhorizon

EPA 12th Community Involvement Training Conference
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) twelfth Community Involvement Training Conference will be held July 19-21, 2011, in the Washington, DC area. This dynamic conference brings together more than 450 people from EPA and its federal, state, tribal, and local partners who plan and implement environmental community involvement, partnership, stewardship, outreach, and education programs. The theme for the 2011 conference is, "Community Involvement in the 21st Century: Embracing Diversity, Expanding Engagement, Utilizing Technology." Through this theme, we not only want to showcase community involvement as it is, but also how it is evolving, and what steps may be taken to expand its effectiveness through both existing and new technologies and techniques. We intend to accomplish this by focusing on three key areas - Embracing Diversity, Expanding Engagement and Utilizing Technology - to expand and improve EPA's efforts to educate, communicate, engage, and partner, in an open and transparent manner, with those who are impacted by environmental issues and concerns. For additional information, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/ciconference/.

 

BP OIL SPILL ANNIVERSARY – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Grand Isle State Park – Thursday, April 21, 2011, 10 am- 3 pm
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Bayou Land RC&D, and Grand Isle State Park are looking for volunteers to help plant 5,000 plugs of marsh grass at Grand Isle State Park in Grand Isle, LA. The objective of this volunteer project is to plant dune grasses along the shoreline to prevent further erosion and to stabilize the dunes. Volunteer efforts will produce new habitats that will support a variety of aquatic wildlife and migratory birds. All planting 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. This restoration event is supported by Bayou Land RC&D and Grand Isle State Park. Additional support comes through partnerships with the National Wildlife Federation, Restore America’s Estuaries, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. All volunteers must complete an online registration form by clicking here. Visit the CRCL website at www.crcl.org, or call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at (888)-LACOAST for more information.

Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge:
Friday, April 15, 2011 and Saturday, April 16, 2011, 8 am–2 pm
Friday, May 27, 2011 and Saturday, May 28, 2011, 8 am–2 pm

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) are coordinating volunteers to help with planting native marsh grass and restoring crucial wildlife habitat at Bayou Sauvage NWR. Located just minutes from New Orleans, Bayou Sauvage is an important nesting and breeding habitat for brown pelicans, alligators, waterfowl and many other important species. This volunteer planting of native marsh grass will help recover wildlife habitat and revive water quality in the urban wildlife refuge of Bayou Sauvage. Click HERE for maps and directions. Volunteers ages 16 and older and will be working in areas of standing water so conditions will be wet and muddy. Please dress comfortably in clothes that can get dirty. Please bring hip boots or waders if possible. Old tennis shoes that can be laced down and get dirty also work. It is recommended to bring a towel and/or change of clothes with you to the planting site. NWF will provide refreshments, drinks and lunch. All equipment needed for the project will be provided. Volunteers must register online www.nwf.org/Volunteer or by clicking HERE.

 

GRANTS

School Sustainability Grant (Deadline: April 29)
Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and Keep Louisiana Beautiful are pleased to announce a pilot grant program designed to encourage a sustainability initiative in Louisiana K-12 schools. Projects to be considered are to address a litter/waste abatement issue within a particular school campus that will result in long-term impact. These projects can center on recycling, waste reduction, litter prevention, etc. Application Deadline: April 29, 2011. Award not to exceed $10,000. Parishes eligible for this pilot program: East Carroll, Jackson, Lincoln, Ouachita, Red River, Union, West Carroll, Winn. Questions: Contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov

Grant Opportunity Deadline Extended for Gulf Restoration Projects
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center and the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant College Programs have extended the deadline for letters of intent for the hydrological restoration projects grant competition to April 28, 2011, at noon (central time). The partners have begun an effort to identify hydrological restoration projects that benefit living marine and estuarine resources in and adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, the partnership has announced a request for letters of intent for a grant competition for hydrological restoration projects. To be considered, projects must remove or modify anthropogenic barriers to restore historic tidal estuarine and freshwater exchange to benefit coastal and marine fisheries habitat. Projects also must be located from Key West, Fla., to Brownsville, Texas. Local, county and state governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, communities, homeowner associations and universities are eligible. Projects can receive up to $100,000, and a match of at least $1 of nonfederal money per $1 requested is required. Go to http://masgc.org/gulfhydrorestoration for submission details.

EPA Seeks Applicants for Environmental Justice Green Jobs Development Pilot Projects (Deadline: May 10)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 office in Dallas is accepting grant applications for projects that promote Green Job Training and Green Job Placement in underserved populations. An eligible applicant MUST BE: an incorporated non-profit organization; a Native American tribal government (Federally recognized); OR Intertribal Consortium or Consortia (AND) located within the same state, territory, commonwealth, or tribe that the proposed project will be located. In addition, an eligible applicant must be able to demonstrate that it has worked directly with the affected community. Projects must be performed in one of the following Region 6 states: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and/or Texas. EPA Region 6 will award one grant for $100,000 to support projects that promote Green Job Training and Green Job Placement in underserved populations. Closing date and time for receipt of hard copy or electronic application packages is May 10, 2011 at 5:00 PM., Central Standard Time (CST). For more information, including eligibility requirements, purpose, and goals, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/region6/6dra/oejta/ej/ej_pdfs/green_jobs_rfa.pdf.

Request-for-Proposal period for the 2011 Invasive Species Mini-Grants (Deadline: May 12)
The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program is pleased to announce the opening of the Request-for-Proposal period for the 2011 Invasive Species Mini-Grants. We will be accepting applications for grants to fund projects that control or manage invasive species, mitigate the impacts from invasive species, or educate the public about the risks of invasive species and/or the benefits of native species. Proposals must be received in the BTNEP Office by 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 12, 2011. The BTNEP Invasive Species Action Plan Team will select the best project proposals, and grant winners will be announced by Thursday, June 2, 2011. So successful were our last round of projects, that BTNEP has doubled the funding for Invasive Species Mini-Grants this year and accordingly increased both the minimum and maximum grant amounts. Minimum funding will be $2,500 and maximum funding will be $8,000 for any individual grant. For more information, or to download the application form, please visit: http://www.btnep.org/subsites/invasive/grants.aspx or contact Michael Massimi, BTNEP Invasive Species Coordinator, at (985) 447-0868 or michael@btnep.org if you have further questions.

 

SUMMER CAMP OPPORTUNITIES

Audubon makes summer great!
Experience summer fun and learning at TRAC. Our summer camps are like no other. Nestled in the Great Trinity Forest, we offer a 120-acre outdoor classroom and a state-of-the-art nature center along the Trinity River, just eight minutes from downtown Dallas. At TRAC Summer Camp, your children will be outside, enjoying hands-on learning and exploring the wonders of nature. We’ll hike, study wildlife, learn outdoor skills, create nature art, and explore prairie, forest, and wetlands while learning more about our amazing north Texas home. Our experienced and caring educators will nurture your child’s love of nature, while having lots of fun in the great outdoors. Register Now Questions? Call 214.309.5812 or email zsegal@audubon.org.

1. Animal Trackers
Entering K and 1st grade
Session 1: Jun 20–24; Session 2: Jun 27–July 1; 9 am–3 pm

Hop, fly, and crawl your way to Animal Trackers Camp where acting like an animal is encouraged! Come explore and discover the amazing animals that live right here in our own backyard. Feel the soft fur of a mammal, taste an edible insect, make a bird feeder, touch a bullfrog, and meet our live Texas animal ambassadors. Don’t let this camp slither away, join today!
$198 for members includes a camp T-shirt and snacks every day ($220 for non-members)
*Campers bring a sack lunch daily
Register Here

2. Texas Eco-Rangers
Entering 2nd and 3rd grades
Session 1: Jun 20–24; Session 2: Jun 27–July 1; Session 3: Jul 18–July 22; 9 am–3 pm

Texas is an amazing natural place. We’ll explore the plants and animals of our state - specifically the unbelievable animals that live right here in our north Texas home. We’ll hike, nature journal, watch birds, explore our pond life, create nature art, canoe and set up a camp site. And we’ll meet native Texas animals up close and personal.
$198 for members includes a camp T-shirt and snacks every day ($220 for non-members)
*Campers bring a sack lunch daily
Register Here

3. Adventure Trekkers
Entering 4th and 5th grades
July 18–22; 9 am–3 pm

Are you ready for adventure? Hike on down for our Adventure Trekkers Camp. Learn outdoor survival skills. Make a survival shelter. Go fishing and birding. Hike and backpack over four miles of trails, orienteer and geo-cache using a compass and GPS. Build a campfire. Paddle in a kayak and canoe… and more!
$198 for members includes a camp T-shirt and snacks every day ($220 for non-members)
*Campers bring a sack lunch daily
Register Here

4. Lone Star Adventure Camp & Campout
Ages 10, 11 & 12
July 18–22, 9 am–3 pm; Thursday campout with departure Friday, 3 pm

Go wild in the Lone Star State! Step back in time and explore the life and times of the pioneers who first settled in Texas. Investigate the amazing plants that call Texas home, and discover the fascinating wild world of Texas animals. Spend Monday through Wednesday at the Dallas Arboretum, then spend an adventure-packed Thursday through Friday (including a staff-supervised overnight) at Trinity River Audubon Center, hiking, paddling, fishing, and exploring our amazing North Texas home.  For more information contact education@dallasarboretum.org.
$234 for members of TRAC or Dallas Arboretum ($260 for non-members). 
*Campers bring a sack lunch daily.
Register Here ONLY for Lone Star Adventure Camp & Campout

 

RESOURCE INFO

Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s Anti-litter Campaign Uses Social Media
Click here to read this article from the Baton Rouge Advocate on how Facebook is being used by Keep Louisiana Beautiful as a marketing tool to help promote their Anti-litter campaign!

Whooping Cranes – Decline of a Species
The LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is working cooperatively with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Geological Survey, the International Crane Foundation and the LA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit to restore the whooping crane within Louisiana. Click here to read about the history and decline of this Louisiana native species and how you can help.