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WEEKLY eNEWS: LEEC GRANT WINNERS! Plus…Events, Grants/Scholarships, Webinars, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

LEEC SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

The LEEC is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 Environmental Education Grants! Please see the attached summary. We would like to sincerely thank all who applied. The creative talents and willingness to incorporate environmental education initiatives throughout Louisiana came through on the many applications! Congratulations to all of our winners!


EVENTS

10TH Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest – POSTMARK DEADLINE: THURSDAY, APRIL 26!
It’s not too late to enter! The La Environmental Education Commission, La Dept. of Wildlife &  Fisheries, and contest sponsor, Alcoa Foundation, invite students to participate in the 10th Environmental Awareness Art & Language Arts Contest. Louisiana students, ages 5-18, may enter their original work in the art category and/or the language arts category. Contest theme: "Louisiana Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!" This theme can be used to introduce water sustainability initiatives in classrooms, educating students on how they can incorporate the protection, conservation, and enjoyment of water in their daily lives. Winning entries will be published in our 2013 calendar and are distributed statewide. Winning artwork is placed on billboards throughout the state and the poems and essays are published in large circulation newspapers. Cash prizes are also awarded! In addition, winning students are honored with a ceremony at the Governor's Mansion. All submissions must be postmarked by Thursday, April 26th. For more information, click here or contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-0124. Contest criteria/registration form is attached.

LA New Orleans' Audubon Zoo - Zoo-To-Do for Kids
Friday, April 27, 2012, 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

Zoo-To-Do for Kids is New Orleans’s premier benefit event for children of all ages where Audubon Zoo is transformed into a magical play land. Live entertainment, face painters, musical performances, sports and cheerleading clinics, strolling performers, arcade games, inflatables, crafts and a video game center. To purchase tickets: http://www.auduboninstitute.org/ztdk?utm_source=ZTDK-ZTD-Raffle+4-2012&utm_campaign=ZTDK+email+4-2012&utm_medium=email

LATM/LSTA Joint Math and Science Conference
Proposals for the LATM/LSTA Joint Math and Science Conference are now being accepted for short courses (extended sessions) and one hour (concurrent) sessions. Visit http://lamath.org/conference2012/ to submit your presentation proposal online.


GRANTS / SCHOLARSHIPS

Cox Charities of New Orleans - Greater New Orleans Foundation (Deadline: May 16)
An advisory committee of business and civic leaders will meet to review grant requests for youth and education programs. The Committee will recommend grants from $500- $2,500. Only one application per organization will be accepted. The Fund will support nonprofit organizations in the Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles, and St. Bernard parishes and provide the following types of funding:
        • Grant requests that support new, creative or beneficial programs in the area of youth and education.
        • The target population to be served is: children ages 7 through 18.
Organizations applying for grants should complete the Grant Proposal Summary sheet: Cox Charities of New Orleans Grant Application
Applications must be typed and no faxed applications will be accepted. Applicants should submit one original of their completed proposal (including supporting material) via email to: grants@gnof.org. Grant requests should be received by 5:00 pm on the deadline date: Deadline Date: May 16, 2012 Notification Dates: July, 2012
For more information: http://www.gnof.org/cox-charities-of-new-orleans/

DCMC: Announcing the 2012-13 $2,500 MASNA Undergraduate & Graduate Student Scholarships (Deadline: June 22)
The Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA) is proud to present the 2012–2013 MASNA Student Scholarships. Click here to download the application. Two scholarships available; one for college undergraduate students and one for college graduate students. The $2,500 MASNA Undergraduate Student Scholarship is sponsored by EcoTech Marine and the $2,500 MASNA Graduate Student Scholarship is sponsored by Doctors Foster & Smith LiveAquaria.com. The deadline for submission is June 22, 2012. Eligibility requirements, application, and additional information and the application form can be found here: http://www.MASNA.org/AboutMASNA/MASNAScholarship.aspx
Additional information about MASNA can be found here: http://www.MASNA.org/AboutMASNA.aspx


WEBINARS

OneNOAA Science Seminars is the most complete summary of upcoming NOAA science seminars and a joint effort to share science across NOAA and our constituents. All seminars are free and open to anyone. All NOAA offices and CI are welcome to join our effort as OneNOAA seminar partners and share their seminars! For questions, please contact Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov or a OneNOAA Science seminar partner. New seminars listed below. Click on seminar title to access full details.
Apr 26: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: ISO Creation Methods; Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location: Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 26: Spatial Statistical Models for Stream Networks; Speaker(s): Dr. Jay Ver Hoef (NMML), Dr. Erin Peterson (CSIRO), Dr. Dan Isaak (U.S. Forest Service); Location: NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) Auditorium (2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 27: Atmospheric Turbulence and Geographic Diversity in Wind-powered Electricity Generation; Speaker(s): Mark Handschy, Ph.D. (Enduring Energy, LLC); Location: David Skaggs Research Center, Room GC402 (325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 27: Sensitivity of Water Resources of Pacific Atolls to Climate Variability and Change; Speaker(s): Christopher de Freitas (University of Auckland); Location: NOAA SSMC-2 Room 14246 (1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 27: Assessing Short-term Human Health Impacts of Changed Climate Conditions; Speaker(s): Elena Grigoreva (Russian Academy of Sciences); Location: David Skaggs Research Center, Room GC402 (325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
OneNOAA Science Seminars: May 2012
May 02: Background Ozone over the United States in 1980-2010: Origin, Extremes and Long-Term Changes; Speaker(s): Meiyun Lin (Princeton University & NOAA GFDL); Location: NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division seminar Room 2A305, David Skaggs Research Center (NOAA Building), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO. Remote attendance is encouraged; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 03: Density Dependence, The Theory of Harvesting, and the Practice of Stock Assessment: A Perspective On Steepness and Its Implications; Speaker(s): Dr. Marc Mangel (UC Santa Cruz); Location: NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) Auditorium (2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 08: Estimation of Linear Observation Impact and Its Applications; Speaker(s): Toshiyuki Ishibashi (Meteorological Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan); Location: NOAA World Weather Building Room 707 (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 10: Nature of, by, and for the People?; Speaker(s): Dr. Mary Ruckelshaus (Managing Director, Natural Capital Project); Location:NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) Auditorium (2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 10: Early results from the Barnegat Bay Sea Nettle Barrier Pilot Project; Speaker(s): Jim Vasslides, Jennifer Barny, Nina Sassano (Barnegat Bay Partnership, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ); Location: NOAA, NMFS, NEFSC, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory Conference Room. (74 Magruder Road, Sandy Hook, New Jersey; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 15: Shifting Climate, Altered Niche, and a Dynamic Conservation Strategy for Yellow-Cedar in the North Pacific Coastal Rainforest; Speaker(s): Paul Hennon, David D'Amore, Paul Schaberg, Dustin Wittwer, Colin Shanley (US Forest Service); Location: ACCAP office, second floor of the Denali Building, 3352 College Rd., Fairbanks, Alaska; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 17: Resource Rents, Inframarginal Rents and the Transition to Property Rights in a Common Pool Resource ; Speaker(s): Dr. Chris Costello (Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara); Location: NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) Auditorium (2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 23: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species: Marine Species Preparations for the Next Conference of the Parties; Speaker(s): Dr. Dwayne Meadows (NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources); Location: NOAA SSMC-4, Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 23: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Associated With Oil and Natural Gas Operations in Colorado and Utah: Regional Characteristics and Potential Atmospheric Impacts; Speaker(s):Jessica Gilman (NOAA ESRL CSD & CU CIRES); Location: NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division seminar Room 2A305, David Skaggs Research Center (NOAA Building), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 24: Linking Swimming Performance to Population Processes in Coastal Fishes; Speaker(s): Dr. Todd Anderson (San Diego State University); Location: NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) Auditorium (2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Reference Points and the Ecosystem Approach: New Concepts for Old Tools and Old Tools for New Concepts; Speaker(s): Dr. Jake Rice (Canada DFO); Location: NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) Auditorium (2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar


RESOURCES

The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media - Videos Probe Climate Change/Extreme Weather Puzzles
This month’s ‘This Is Not Cool’ video explores the climate change/weather relationship and points to important new research on a confounding climate change issue at a time of wave after wave of extreme weather events across America, Asia, and Europe. http://www.yaleclimatemediaforum.org/2012/04/videos-probe-climate-changeextreme-weather-puzzles/
Weird Weather two-part series http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-1iBHAivmw

Breaking News from the White House on Environmental Ed
At the first-ever White House Summit on Environmental Education, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced the formation of an interagency task force on Environmental Education, to be co-led by EPA and the U.S. Departments of Education and Interior. Many in the environmental education community—including hundreds of members of the national No Child Left Inside Coalition—have previously encouraged the Administration to create such a taskforce, particularly in light of budget cuts to key federal environmental education programs in fiscal year 2013. Administrator Jackson also committed $5 million in EPA funds for environmental education in next year’s budget, to include money for teacher professional development, grants to schools, and funding for the National Environmental Education Foundation.

 

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/


Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Awards, Grants, Webinars/Workshops, Resources, Job Announcements

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

LEEC SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

10TH Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest – DEADLINE: NEXT THURSDAY!
The La Environmental Education Commission, La Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, and contest sponsor, Alcoa Foundation, invite students to participate in the 10th Environmental Awareness Art & Language Arts Contest. Louisiana students, ages 5-18, may enter their original work in the art category and/or the language arts category. Contest theme: "Louisiana Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!" This theme can be used to introduce water sustainability initiatives in classrooms, educating students on how they can incorporate the protection, conservation, and enjoyment of water in their daily lives. Winning entries will be published in our 2013 calendar and are distributed statewide. Winning artwork is placed on billboards throughout the state and the poems and essays are published in large circulation newspapers. Cash prizes are also awarded! In addition, winning students are honored with a ceremony at the Governor's Mansion. All submissions must be postmarked by Thursday, April 26th. For more information, click here or contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-0124. Contest criteria/registration form is attached.


EVENTS

EE Week (April 15-21)
The 2012 National Environmental Education Week's theme is Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning. The environment is a compelling context for teaching STEM, providing teachers with a diverse range of real-world challenges that engage students in hands-on opportunities to apply and reinforce STEM concepts across multiple subject areas. Visit the EE Week website for free planning toolkits with information and activities that incorporate STEM learning into popular environmental topic areas, such as school gardens, energy conservation, and weather. http://www.eeweek.org

Envirothon volunteers needed! (April 21)
Envirothon is an environmental problem-solving competition that will be held on Saturday April 21, 2012 in Baton Rouge at the LSU AgCenter Burden Center. Volunteers are needed! If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please view the attached flyer and contact Tomeka Prioleau for information at tomeka.prioleau@la.gov or 225-219-0877. For more information about Envirothon please visit the website at www.deq.louisiana.gov/envirothon.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Discovery Day (April 21)
Saturday, April 21, 2012, Dauphin Island Sea Lab will be hosting their annual “Discovery Day” on Dauphin Island at the Estuarium. The event will begin at 10am and last until 2pm and is a great event for families (for more information click here - http://press.disl.org/3_14_12dday.htm). The Southeastern Wildlife Conservation Group will be there, providing information on our tarpon research & conservation program for the Alabama and Mississippi Gulf Coasts in support of the research and conservation efforts of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (www.tarbone.org). The SWCG will have in their possession and will be handing out to tarpon fishermen the DNA sampling kits to be used in the Tarpon Genetics Recapture study performed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Fish and Wildlife Research Institute) and Mote Marine Laboratory. For more information on the DNA sampling process and its importance, click this link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00C9Mji2n8g. Please stop by this weekend for the fun, family event and make sure to come and see us to learn more about the tarpon research & conservation efforts along the Alabama and Mississippi Gulf Coasts. And for those true tarpon fishermen that wish to participate in the genetics recapture study, don’t forget to pick up your DNA sampling kit.

National Park Week (April 21-29)
Go explore and create your own outdoor adventure at one of America's 394 national parks during National Park Week. “Picture Yourself In a Park!” this April 21-29 and enjoy FREE entrance to all national parks. Talk to your class about the history and breadth of our national parks and the diversity found within them using our collection of resources. Students can study marine sanctuaries and the problems they face, get an introduction to conservation biology, and learn about the delicate equilibrium in the Everglades.

Louisiana Association of Science Leaders (LASL) Meeting (April 21)
The spring meeting of the LASL will be held April 21st at George Welch School in Ouachita beginning at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will focus on the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. Presentations will be made on the three dimensions of the Frameworks. If you have not yet received a copy of "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" you may download a PDF version free from the National Academies Press (http://www.nap.edu/). The meeting will prepare participants for the spring release of the first draft of the Next Generation Science Standards and the public comment period.  Science supervisors and specialists, curriculum directors, and master teachers are invited to attend. Contact LASL President Cynthia Osborne: Osborne@opsb.net or (318) 237-6692

EnvironMentors Event...And You're Invited!
EnvironMentors Poster Session: The 2nd annual EnvironMentors Poster Presentation and Awards Ceremony will be Monday, April 30th from 4-6pm. This event includes a reception to honor this year's EnvironMentor students and their mentors in the the LSU Energy, Coast, and Environment Building Rotunda on Nicholson Extension.
EnvironMentors FUNdraiser: Come out and enjoy a sweet treat while supporting EnvironMentors! On April 29 from 4-10pm, Yogurtland on Burbank Drive will donate a portion of its proceeds to support LSU's EnvironMentors program. All are encouraged to stop in, order plenty, and show support for this great cause.
For more information, please email lsu.environmentors@gmail.com or visit www.sce.lsu.edu/environmentors/

APS High School Science Teachers' Day Invitation (May 24)
The American Physical Society (Division of Physics of Beams) invites to you to attend a High School Science Teachers’ Day on Thursday, May 24, 2012, from 8:30 am-4:00 pm, to be held as part of the International Particle Accelerator 2012 Conference (IPAC12) in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd. This Teachers’ Day, which will be free of charge, will provide a full day of professional development geared to science teachers.
          • Demonstrations presenting innovative activities for science students
          •  Tutorials based on cutting-edge science in the accelerator field
          •  A welcoming breakfast, where you can network with fellow teachers
          • A luncheon, where you can network with each other and conference participants
The program and meals will be covered and some assistance with travel costs can be given. We are unable to cover substitute expenses. Please go to this link for further information and to register.  http://ipac12.org/teachersday.htm. Space will be limited, so please register soon and no later than April 30, 2012.

23rd Annual Back to the Beach Festival (June 2-3)
The 23rd Annual Back to the Beach Festival will be held on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd at Laketown (end of Williams Boulevard in Kenner). Great Music Line-up! Great Festival Food from local caterers! Variety of Arts & Crafts Booths!  Fun for the entire family!!
Back to the Beach Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, June 2nd with a Sunset Run along Lake Pontchartrain.
Back to the Beach Fishing Rodeo will be held on Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd. Fishing in the entire Pontchartrain Basin.  Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 2nd @ BTB Festival.
Back to the Beach "Bikes at the Beach" will be held on Saturday, June 2.
Back to the Beach Car Show will be held on Sunday, June 3.
For information please visit our website @ www.saveourlake.org or call us at (504)836-2205.

Save the Date: Keep Louisiana Beautiful 2012 State Conference “Stop It, Solve It, Keep It....Beautiful!”
Mark your calendar and plan to attend! October 24-26, 2012 Sliman Theatre, New Iberia, LA
Make your room reservations now by calling the Holiday Inn Express at 337-408-2700 and make sure you mention the code "KLB" to receive the group rate of $109.99 single/double.


AWARDS

Nominate a Hero for the 2012 Citizens Medal (Deadline: April 24)
The Citizens Medal is one of our nation's highest civilian honors. For the past two years, President Obama has relied on you to identify heroes in your community – extraordinary Americans whose work provides inspiration for others to serve. Nominations for the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal are now open, and you can nominate a hero in your community until Tuesday, April 24th.

50 Document Cameras for Educators Sponsored by Samsung (Deadline: May 1)
http://www.samsunggrants.com/ Teachers can enter to win by writing 100 words or less on how the SAMCAM 860 will be used in their classroom. The grant program will provide the document cameras to worthy schools based on need and utilization. The deadline is Tuesday, May 1st.


GRANTS

Lead Paint Vulnerable Populations RFP Posted (Deadline: May 15)
U.S, EPA Region 6, Lead Based Paint Vulnerable Population Grant Request for Proposals (RFP) FY 2012
Closing Date:  May 15, 2012, 5:00 pm Central Standard Time (CST).  Proposals received (if hard copy) or submitted electronically through www.grants.gov by the closing date and time.
Notice of Request for Proposals for Projects to be Funded from the Multimedia Planning and Permitting Division, Lead-Based Paint Projects for Region 6 – CFDA 66.718
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 is soliciting grant proposals from eligible entities to raise awareness of the hazards of lead-based paint, especially from renovation and repair activities in older homes and child care facilities, with the goal of reducing children’s exposure to lead. EPA Region 6 has approximately $50,000 to award. The number of grants EPA will fund as a result of this announcement will be based on the quality of proposals received, the availability of funding, and other applicable considerations. Please see attached document for more details. All questions or comments must be communicated in writing via postal mail, fax, or e-mail to:
Send mail to: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region 6, Multimedia Planning & Permitting Division
ATTN: Susan Stark (6PD-T)
1445 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75202
Send fax to: 214-665-6655 (ATTN: Susan Stark)
Send e-mail to: stark.susan@epa.gov


WEBINARS/WORKSHOPS

PLT GreenSchools! Webinar (April 24)
Join PLT on Tuesday, April 24, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. EST for their third PLT GreenSchools! webinar, Transforming Schools with PLT GreenSchools! Water Investigation. Through this webinar, you will:
          • Find out what students and teachers at Bloomfield Tech, in Bloomfield, NJ, are doing to develop a sustainable campus. They will discuss their geodesic dome greenhouse, energy lab, green roofing, automation and monitoring systems, and methods for capturing water.
          • Hear from students and teachers at St. Paul Lutheran School, about how they reduced their school's water use after completing PLT's GreenSchools! Water Investigation. They will share how installing rain barrels has decreased their school garden water consumption by 660 gallons per week during the growing season, their design for a turtle pond that uses recycled water, and the educational campaign the Green Team.
PLT's GreenSchools! webinar series provides teachers, school administrators, and students with valuable information and tips to implement the PLT GreenSchools! Investigations. We encourage school Green Teams to participate as a group. Participation in the webinars is free, made possible in part by funding from the U.S. Forest Service. To register and learn more, go to www.plt.org/webinars. If you have questions, contact Rachel Bayer at rbayer@plt.org.

2012 USGS-UL RAC Workshop Schedule
The USGS workshop flyers and registration form are attached. Workshop certificate in included in the regular workshop fee, which is listed on the flyers. UL Lafayette offers Continuing Education Credit for these courses at a cost of $15 per workshop. Please note on the registration form if you would to add the CE credits. To reserve a spot simply fill out the registration form and email it back to Ashley Hartley, Regional Application Center, P.O. Box 43090 , Lafayette, LA 70504. Contact Ashley for any questions at: (337) 482-0670 or ahartley@usgs.gov.


RESOURCES

Energy Climate Literacy Document Released
Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education guide is sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Intended use of the document as a guide includes, but is not limited to, formal and informal energy education, standards development, curriculum design, assessment development, and educator trainings. The guide presents energy concepts that, if understood and applied, will help individuals and communities make informed energy decisions. The guide does not seek to identify all areas of energy understanding, but rather to focus on those that are essential for all citizens. The document can be downloaded from the  U.S. Global Change Research Program's web site at, www.globalchange.gov/resources/educators.

The Science of Spring
If you would like to know more about the science of spring, you should visit a special website:
http://seeds.sciencenetlinks.com/teachers-and-parents/ called the “Science of Spring” website, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  Kids can learn about seeds and plants by engaging in a hands-on activity in which they observe seeds, plant them, and watch them grow. This hands-on activity is enhanced with an online component where kids can record their observations about plant growth and share that information with kids from around the country. They also can upload a photo of their plant for each observation they submit. Topics include:  All About Seeds; Plant Investigation; and Sharing Observations

NASA's Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Podcast
Are you looking for a new approach to engage middle school students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics? NASA's Do-It-Yourself Podcast activity sets the stage for students to host a show that features astronauts doing experiments on the International Space Station or NASA experts explaining scientific concepts. NASA provides a set of audio and video clips along with links to images and information about a STEM-related topic. Students can choose as many items as they want to include in a project and download them to their computer. Students can use the information provided or conduct their own research to write a script for an audio or video production.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/fo reducators/diypodcast

Take Science and Math Learning to the Next Level with Free iPad Apps
Exploriments are simulation-based interactive learning units for enhancing conceptual understanding in science and math in an experiential manner. Designed to be equally effective as learning as well as teaching aids, Exploriments provide a highly interactive, exploratory and engaging experience. Try the free Exploriments iPad apps for Motion, Fluids, Electrostatics, Electricity and Force. Please visit: http://www.exploriments.com/ipad/index.html

Journey Into Galaxies
NASA scientists have unveiled a first-of-its-kind atlas of the stars that catalogs more than half a billion celestial objects—including stars, galaxies, planets, asteroids and hundreds of objects that had never been detected before. The project, made possible by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope, processed more than 15 TB of data to narrow the material down to 18,000 images in a catalog.  Please visit: http://wise.ssl.berkeley.edu/wise_image_service.html


JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

Office Coordinator Position (Deadline: April 27)
The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) is seeking to fill a position for an Office Coordinator. This person will be domiciled in the BTNEP office on the Nicholls State University campus. The BTNEP Office Coordinator serves as the administrative assistant to the Program Director and the Deputy Director and is usually the first contact between the Program Office, the general public, and other local, state, national and international officials. For more information on the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, please visit the BTNEP website, www.btnep.org .
To ensure maximum consideration, please submit a letter of application (via email), a résumé, and three references by April 27, 2012 to:
Mr. Kerry St.Pé, Program Director, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, kerry@btnep.org
Nicholls State University, P. O. Box 2663, Thibodaux, LA 70310

LPBF Coastal Position Opening
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is seeking to immediately hire a qualified scientist to assist with the execution of the Coastal Sustainability Program. Application deadline is April 30.  Read more...

Summer Research Internship (SumRI) Position Available (Deadline: May 15)
The LSU Department of Environmental Sciences seeks applications for one Summer Research Internship (SumRI) participant position. The high school student will spend 6 weeks this summer conducting research in a marine microbiology laboratory. The research will include microbiology, molecular biology, ecological impacts of Deepwater Horizon oil, field collection of samples in Port Fourchon, LA and in Grand Isle, LA, analysis of phytoplankton and zooplankton, use of remote sensing for ground-truthing data, and other topics of interest. Students will receive a tax-free stipend of up to $750 upon successful completion of the SumRI internship. Participant will be selected based on grade point averages (minimum 3.0), a 500-word essay indicating interest in science, formal interviews, and a letter of recommendation from each of the following: 1 science teacher, 1 non-science teacher, and 1 community representative. Please submit the following application materials to Dr. Crystal N. Johnson (cnjohnson@lsu.edu): 1 copy of student's report card, 1 essay, and 3 recommendation letters (in sealed envelopes or sent separately). Application deadline is May 15, 2012

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/


 


Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Webinars/Workshops, Resources, Lagniappe, Listservs

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

LEEC SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

10th ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS STUDENT ART & LANGUAGE ARTS CONTEST
ENTRY DEADLINE: THURSDAY, APRIL 26!

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries along with contest sponsor, Alcoa Foundation, invite students to participate in the Tenth Environmental Awareness Art & Language Arts Contest. Louisiana students, ages 5-18, may enter their original work in the art category and/or the language arts category. The theme for the 2012 contest is "Louisiana Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!" This theme can be used to introduce water sustainability initiatives in classrooms, educating students on how they can incorporate the protection, conservation, and enjoyment of water in their daily lives.
        Winning entries will be published in our 2013 calendar and are distributed statewide. Winning artwork is placed on billboards throughout the state and the poems and essays are published in large circulation newspapers. Cash prizes are also awarded! In addition, winning students are honored with a ceremony at the Governor's Mansion. All submissions must be postmarked by Thursday, April 26, 2012. For more information, click here or contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-0124. Contest criteria/registration form is attached.


EVENTS

EE Week – April 15-21
EE Week 2012 theme: Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 20th Century Learning
Participants will receive the following:
• Infographic: STEM & Our Planet 
• Greening STEM Educator Planning Toolkits
• EE+STEM Webinars
• Earth Gauge Meteorologist Videos
Also announcing the EE Week 2012 Photo Blog Contest: Submit photos and stories about your environmental education activities for the chance to win prizes! Also be sure to check out Project Noah's new Global Schoolyard Bioblitz mission, created in honor of EE Week's 2012 theme: Greening STEM. 
EE Week is partnering with EPA's Office of Environmental Education to host three webinars on environmental education programs and resources during EE Week this year, as part of a new initiative called Environmental Education in Action. Learn more. View some new Success Stories of how schools and organizations are engaging students in STEM learning via the environment. More stories will be posted as they become available. Submit your photo and story to eeweek@neefusa.org today!

Envirothon volunteers needed!
Envirothon is an environmental problem-solving competition that will be held on Saturday April 21, 2012 in Baton Rouge at the LSU AgCenter Burden Center. Volunteers are needed! If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please view the attached flyer and contact Tomeka Prioleau for information at tomeka.prioleau@la.gov or 225-219-0877.  For more information about Envirothon please visit the website at www.deq.louisiana.gov/envirothon.

Join the JASON National Argo Team! (Deadline: May 1)
The JASON Project is seeking a diverse, creative, and adventurous group of students and educators to venture into the field with scientists to perform cutting edge science explorations. The Argonauts will embark on an exciting journey, during which they will: 
        •  Work side by side with scientists in the field,
        •  Serve as a mentor and role model for the JASON Community
        •  Regularly interact with the entire JASON community through speaking engagements, online posts & more!
National Student and Educator Argonauts will spend up to 10 days in the field during the summer or fall of 2012. JASON will pay for all travel, lodging, food (meals and snacks), and programming/equipment costs related to JASON Argonaut activities. Applications are being accepted now, with a deadline of Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Students should be 14 or 15 years old by June 1, 2012 to apply. Educators need at least five years of experience working with students and continuation as an educator in 2012-2013. All Argonaut candidates should be willing and able to travel to an international location. For more information and to apply click here to visit the Argonaut Information page. Additional questions regarding the JASON National Argonaut program can be sent to argo@jason.org.


WEBINARS / WORKSHOPS

WETSHOP – July 8-13, 2012
LDWF Marine Research Lab, Grand Isle, LA
Application Deadline: May 20, 2011
Number of Participants: 20 teachers
Contact: Angela Capello, (318) 748-6999, acapello@wlf.la.gov
Registration fee: $50.00
WETSHOP is:
        •  A week-long, dynamic teacher workshop that allows teachers to work with educator/scientists to learn about Louisiana coastal wetlands, issues and history. The focus of the summer workshop is to create wetland stewards of teachers in order for them to educate co-workers and students in their home parishes about coastal land loss. Fifty-five professional contact hours will be accrued upon the completion of this wetland institute.
        •  Implementation of a six hour wetland dissemination workshop in your parish after completion of the summer workshop.
        •  Teacher stipend available for summer workshop and dissemination workshop during AY.
Workshop Highlights – Experience:
        •  Fisheries management; research trawling, seining
        •  Barrier islands and their role in coastal health
        •  Coastal  Botany & Ornithology (visit Brown Pelican rookery)
        •  Water Quality Testing along fresh to salt water gradient
        •  Visit transitional Coastal Ecosystems
        •  Tour one of the largest oil ports in U.S.
        •  Visit coastal restoration site / Oil Spill impact sites
        •  Invasive Species (role in coastal land loss)
Receive: Wonders of Wetlands Teacher Guidebook, Numerous Classroom Resources, Networking with Wetland Scientists, Up to 55 Professional Contact Hours

Climate Community of Practice Webinar
An Update on the State of Sea Level Rise Science by Dr. Virginia Burkett
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. central time Wednesday April 11, 2012.  Dr. Burkett will be sharing recent updates to global, national, and regional sea level rise data. Her regional examples will focus specifically on the Gulf of Mexico. This is a free event and registration is not required.
To join the webinar:  https://masgc.webex.com/masgc/j.php?ED=13174373&UID=39210648&PW=NY2M1MDFmNzQz&RT=MiM3
If requested, enter your name and email address. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: mhanisko1. Click "Join".
To join the audio conference only:
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): +1-408-600-3600
Access code: 857 671 202 
To learn more about the Gulf of Mexico Climate Community of Practice, please visit our web page: http://masgc.org/climate/cop/index.html

Louisiana Sea Grant Seeks High School Teachers In Coastal Parishes For Oral History Project On Louisiana’s Changing Coastal Environment
Louisiana Sea Grant would like to work with teams of 2-3 high school teachers from coastal parishes to collaborate in creating oral histories conducted by their students during the 2012-2013 school year. The student’s oral histories will focus on the challenges of living in coastal communities where sea level rise, wetland loss, and a continuously changing environment affect coastal communities, their people, and their culture. Sea Grant will provide the equipment needed to complete the project, workshops in best practices of conducting oral histories with students, training for students and teachers on the equipment and assistance where needed. This interdisciplinary project will meet several GLEs across the curriculum and will provide a small stipend for teachers. For more information about the project, please contact Darcy Wilkins, Research Associate for the Louisiana Sea Grant Oral History Project at darcyw@lsu.edu or phone 225.578.5932.

EPA Environmental Education Webinars April 17, 18, and 19
EPA’s Office of Environmental Education (OEE) will host three webinars for educators during National Environmental Education Week (April 16-20, 2012). The webinars will be part of a kick-off for a new initiative at EPA, called Environmental Education in Action (EE in Action), that will showcase environmental education programs and resources, including grant projects funded by OEE. See http://www.epa.gov/education for more information.
Join us on the following dates to learn about EE resources available to formal and informal educators across the country. All webinars will be recorded for those who cannot join us live. You must pre-register for each webinar using the links provided below.
Webinar #1: Environmental Education for Everyone: EPA’s ‘K through Grey’ Educational Resources

Date: April 17, at 4:00pm EST.
Summary: EPA's Office of Environmental Education (OEE), has a wealth of information on educational resources that educators can use off the shelf in formal school classrooms and informal educational settings, or in development of a larger curriculum. OEE has programs for students of all ages - "K through Grey" - and will walk you through all of these great resources available on the OEE website.
Webinar pre-registration: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/291032976
Dial-In Number on 4/17: (877) 290-8017, Conference ID 69115722
Webinar #2: Creating the Link Between Emerging Urban and Existing Environmental Education Programs
Date: April 18, 2012, at 4:00pm EST.
Summary: Many novel and vibrant EE initiatives are emerging in cities across the United States. However, these programs and more established environmental education (EE) efforts are often disconnected from each other. The webinar will examine how recent urban EE approaches and established EE networks are coming together through the Expanding Capacity in Environmental Education (EECapacity) Project. Cornell University’s Civic Ecology Laboratory manages the Project with funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Webinar pre-registration: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/677103408
Dial-in number on 4/18: (877) 290-8017, Conference ID 691206
Webinar #3: Greening STEM: Environmental Resources and Tools for Inspiring 21st Century Learning
Date: April 19, 2012, at 4:00pm EST.
Summary: Recognizing the environment as a compelling portal for STEM learning, the nonprofit National Environmental Education Foundation is celebrating National Environmental Education Week 2012 (eeweek.org) by providing resources and tools to help educators utilize the environment to engage their students in STEM. Webinar participants will learn about NEEF’s wide range of environmental education resources including free educator toolkits focused on incorporating STEM into popular environmental topics, as well as educator webinars, online standards-based curricula, lesson plans and hands-on lab activities.
Webinar pre-registration: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/309392217
Dial-In Number on 4/19: (877) 290-8017, Conference ID 69123562

OneNOAA Science Seminars: May 2012
OneNOAA Science Seminars is the most complete summary of upcoming NOAA science seminars and a joint effort to share science across NOAA and our constituents. All seminars are free and open to anyone. All NOAA offices and CI are welcome to join our effort as OneNOAA seminar partners and share their seminars! For questions, please contact Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov or an OneNOAA Science seminar partner. Click on seminar title to access full details.
May 02: Using the New Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS); Speaker(s): Mark Finkbeiner (NOAA Coastal Services Center); Location: Seminar available via webinar only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 02: Evaluation of CMIP5 Model Experiments; Speaker(s): Jin-Yi Jin (UC Irvine), David Neelin (UCLA), Yolande Serra (University of Arizona), Justin Sheffield (Princeton University), Tao Zhang (NOAA ESRL); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 12th floor Fishbowl (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910). Remote attendance is encouraged; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 03: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: QandA for ISO Creation Methods; Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 09: InVEST (in Our Oceans): A Tool to Map, Measure and Value Nature's Benefits; Speaker(s): Gregg Verutes (Natural Capital Project); Location: NOAA SSMC-4, Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 09: Framing Climate Change: Recent Research Trends on Communication Strategies and Public Opinion; Speaker(s): Erik Nisbet (The Ohio State University); Location: WebEx Event, remote access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 10: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: Validation; Speaker(s): Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 16: The Assimilation of Surface Sensitive Microwave Observations Over Land: Recent Results and Open Issues; Speaker(s): Fatima Karbou (MeteoFrance); Location: NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 17: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: QandA for Validation; Speaker(s): Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 24: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: Advanced ISO Topics; Speaker(s): Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: QandA for Advanced ISO Topics; Speaker(s): Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar

Summer Coastal Program for Teachers (Deadline: May 11)
The 2012 FAMU Summer Teacher Coastal Stewardship Program will be held June 14, 2012 through June 28, 2012. The program provides teachers with the skills, materials and knowledge to teach watershed conservation and stewardship, and increase K-12 environmental literacy. This program is open to K-12 science teachers within upstream watersheds that drain into the Gulf of Mexico. See the attached flyer for additional information. The application deadline is May 11, 2012.


RESOURCES

Become a Citizen Scientist Project BudBurst
Project BudBurst is a network of people across the United States who monitor plants as the seasons change. It’s a national field campaign designed to engage the public in the collection of important ecological data based on the timing of leafing, flowering and fruiting of plants. The website includes a collection of resources designed for use by educators in informal and formal learning environments to implement Project BudBurst with their students. Among the resources are Teacher Registration Guides for elementary, middle and high school educators; Classroom Activity Descriptions for each grade level to effectively implement Project BudBurst in the K–12 classroom setting; free, downloadable Classroom Activities, aligned with national education standards, and accompanying teacher implementation guides; and a list of other educational resources and activities that might be of interest. Please visit: http://neoninc.org/budburst

Louisiana Public Broadcasting Digital Media Library
You can register now for LPB LearningMedia, a new digital media library with more than 18,000 resources for all age levels to use in your classroom free of charge. No passcode is needed. Register at http://beta.lpb.org/index.php/education/.

Greening STEM Planning Toolkits
Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning, a set of planning toolkits for educators including STEM activities and resources for all grade levels around popular environmental topics has been prepared. These topics include: Gardens & Schoolyards, Energy Efficiency, Geography Connections, Water Resources, and Climate & Weather. The toolkits highlight opportunities for project-based learning, service-learning and citizen science, and we hope they will support you to easily develop activities for EE Week around the Greening STEM theme. http://eeweek.org/greening_stem/toolkits/gardens

Pacific Education Institute (PEI) & Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies STEM Guides
Free downloadable guides that integrate environmental and STEM education processes. PEI website: www.pacificeducationinstitute.org
       •  Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills
       •    Schoolyard Biodiversity Investigations Educator Guides
       •  Landscape Investigation Guidelines
       •  Field Investigations: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Processes
       •    Sustainable Tomorrow – Applying Systems Thinking to Environmental Education Curricula for Grades 9-12
       •  The Project-Based Learning Model: Relevant Learning for the 21st Century


LAGNIAPPE

NASA Seeks Hosts for Space Station Interactive Education Events  (Deadline: June 1)
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/apr/HQ_12-105_Hosts_Ed_Downlinks.html
NASA is seeking formal and informal education organizations to host live in-flight interactive conversations between the next generation of explorers and astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Comprehensive proposals are being accepted for missions scheduled between September 2012 and March 2013. The deadline to submit is Friday, June 1, 2012. NASA crew members will participate in 20-minute question-and-answer sessions with students who will learn what it is like to live and work in space. U.S. education organizations including school districts, museums, science centers, national and regional education organizations and local, state and federal government agencies are eligible to participate. Organizations may apply individually or work together. NASA provides this opportunity at no charge to the host institution and will work with the organization to plan the event.
        These unique educational opportunities are made available through Teaching From Space (TFS), a NASA education initiative. TFS will hold several online information sessions about downlinks and the proposal process with interested organizations. To participate in an online session and obtain information about expectations, content, format, audience, proposal guidelines and forms, send an e-mail to JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov or call 281-244-7608.
For more information on the initiative, visit: http://go.usa.gov/Xqt
For more information about NASA education, visit:  http://www.nasa.gov/education

2012 Draft National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change Open for Public Comment
EPA has released the draft “National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change,” which describes how EPA’s water-related programs plan to address the impacts of climate change and provides long-term visions, goals and strategic actions for the management of sustainable water resources for future generations.
        The 2012 strategy, which builds upon EPA's first climate change and water strategy released in 2008, focuses on five key areas: infrastructure, watersheds and wetlands, coastal and ocean waters, water quality, and working with Tribes. It also describes geographically-based strategic issues and actions. EPA will accept public comments on the draft strategy until May 17, 2012.  To read or submit a comment on the draft “National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change,” visit: http://epa.gov/water/climatechange.


LISTSERVS TO JOIN

OneNOAA Science Seminars: The most complete summary of upcoming science seminars across NOAA. See the schedule or subscribe http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/seminars/

CSO Weekly Report: Coastal States Organization update on Administration, Congressional and Agency activity in D.C. To subscribe to the CSO Weekly Report, please send an email to CSOWeeklyReport@gmail.com with the word "subscribe" in the subject line.

Climate Community of Practice in the Gulf of Mexico: brings together extension, outreach and education professionals, and community official in the Gulf to learn how coastal communities can adapt to sea-level rise, precipitation changes and other climate-related issues. To join the group and enter a discussion, go to http://masgc.org/climate/cop/index.html

Gulf Coast Fund Daily Update: A daily listing of upcoming events, resources and funding deadlines. To subscribe: http://lists.gulfcoastfund.org/lists/info/gcfgrantees. See their full calendar: www.gulfcoastfund.org and click on "Upcoming Events"

Information Exchange for Marine Educators: Update is funded by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in partnership with NOAA’s Ocean Exploration and Research Program, with additional support from the National Marine Protected Areas Center, to share information pertinent to the marine educator community. To subscribe to this distribution list, send a blank message to requests@willamette.nos.noaa.gov with “subscribe infoexchange” in the subject field. For a pdf copy of the current newsletter and archives of information from past issues of the Information Exchange for Marine Educators, go to http://mpa.gov/resources/education/#exchange.

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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/


Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

Greater Amberjack Commercial Season to Close

Release Date: 04/05/2012

 

April 5, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2012 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack will remain closed in state waters following the annual closed season (March 1 to June 1) until January 1, 2013 at 12:01 a.m., when it is scheduled to re-open. 

Following a review of current landings, data indicates the 2012 quota of 237,000 pounds has been met.  Louisiana commercial landings of greater amberjack average 100,000 pounds annually.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that federal waters will also remain closed to commercial amberjack fishing for the remainder of 2012. 

Greater amberjack are found throughout the Gulf of Mexico as well as in the temperate and tropical Atlantic Ocean.  Greater amberjack usually live in nearshore waters out to 300 feet deep.  This species is often found near offshore platforms, wrecks and artificial reefs.  Greater amberjack can reach sizes of 6 feet in length and weights of 120 pounds in the Gulf of Mexico. 

For more information contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries contact Laura Deslatte at 225.610.2363 or ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov.  

Commission Approves Action to Modify Reef Fish Rules

Release Date: 04/05/2012

 

April 5, 2012 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission considered actions today to amend rules for the harvest of reef fish, specifically the recreational seasons, bag limits and commercial size limits for grouper. 

Following the commission’s action to move forward with the proposed changes, there will be a public comment period through July 5, 2012.

The proposed changes include:

  • Change recreational bag limits for shallow and deep water groupers (red hind, rock hind, speckled hind, black grouper, misty grouper, red grouper, snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, Warsaw grouper, gag grouper and scamp) from an aggregate bag limit of five fish with no more than five gag grouper and two red grouper to an aggregate bag limit of four fish per day with no more than two gag grouper or four red grouper. 
  • The commercial size limit for gag grouper would be reduced from 24 inches total length to 22 inches total length.  This size limit change is intended to reduce regulatory discard mortality in the commercial sector. 
  • Establish a closed season for the recreational harvest of gag grouper from November 1 through May 31 (of the following year), and a closed season for the recreational harvest of greater amberjack from June 1 through July 31, of each year. 
  • Change the closed season for recreational harvest of black, red, yellowfin and yellowmouth groupers as well as rock hind, red hind and scamp to February 1 through March 31, of each year.  Currently only black and red grouper are closed from February 15 through March 14.
  • Change the definition of crew size on a vessel, when operating commercially, which holds a Federal Charterboat/Headboat Reef Fish Permit and a Federal Commercial Reef Fish Permit, to be no more than four persons, including the operator and crew.  

In a separate action, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission also took measures to create an emergency rule that modifies the aggregate bag limit for groupers from five fish to four fish per person, per day with no more than one speckled hind and one Warsaw grouper per vessel and not more than four red grouper and two gag grouper per person per day.  

Previously, the limit on gag grouper was the same as the aggregate grouper limit.

The emergency rule also establishes a gag grouper season from June 1 through October 31. 

The gag grouper season is currently closed.

Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed Rule to: Jason Adriance, Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898‑9000, or via e-mail to:  jadriance@wlf.la.gov prior to Thursday, July 5, 2012.

For more information please contact Laura Wooderson at (225) 610.2363 or lwooderson@wlf.la.gov. 

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Contests, Workshops, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

EVENTS

Master Naturalist Program to Offer Classes on Habitats, Wildlife (Deadline: April 15)
The 2012 Mississippi Master Naturalist Program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays, from April 26 to June 14, at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. Class enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required. The course fee is $100, which includes program costs and educational materials. Continuing education units and continuing forestry education credits have been approved and will be awarded upon completion of course work. Natural resource professionals, university professors and extension agents will conduct the classes and field trips as participants study native plants, habitats, insects, watershed management, wildlife, forestry, fisheries, soils and birds. To register, contact Chris Boyd, an assistant extension professor who works with Mississippi State University and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, at (228) 546-1025 or cboyd@ext.msstate.edu. Program flyer and application are attached. Applications and course fees must be received by April 15.


CONTESTS

Project Earth® K-12 Environmental Contest (Deadline: April 15)
All Louisiana K-12 schools are invited to participate on www.ProjectEarth.net, a free web-based network for schools and organizations worldwide to help promote environmental education and action amongst our future generations. Founded by Ecology and Environment Inc. (E & E), the mission of Project Earth® is to generate ongoing conversation and collaboration across national boundaries that collectively lead to positive environmental change. Project Earth® is hosting a 2012 U.S. Earth Day Contest & International World Environment Day Contest. One nation-wide Earth Day winning project will be selected from each K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade category. Winners will be awarded a National Geographic Interactive Intelliglobe and will be featured in media press releases, in the Project Earth global newsletter, and on www.ProjectEarth.net. Entries for the 2012 U.S. Earth Day Contest are due by April 15, 2012. For more details about Project Earth® and the 2012 contests please see attached or email admin@projectearth.net.

American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) Poll for Best Beach
To celebrate 10 years of honoring Best Restored Beaches (BRB) across America, the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) is asking the public to pitch in to pick the Best of the Best Restored Beaches in three categories. The three categories are:
     •  Urban Beaches: This includes highly developed beaches, including intensely developed areas with high-rise condos and resorts.
     •  Community Beaches: This includes less densely developed beaches backed by low-rise or single-family dwellings.
     •  Park/Habitat Beaches: This includes areas that undertake beach nourishment solely for habitat restoration and park projects. These can be in remote regions or in the middle of a city. One of CWPPRA’s own projects, the Chaland Headland Restoration Project has been nominated in this category.
Starting March 30, everyone can vote for their favorite beach in one of the three categories online at http://www.asbpa.org/about_us/about_us_best_restored_beach_2012.htm. You can vote once every 24 hours, all the way to April 27, and you can even see how your favorite beach is doing every time you visit. Winners will be announced in mid-May and they all will be honored at a special ceremony next spring during the ASBPA’s annual Coastal Summit in Washington, DC.


WORKSHOPS

Why Do We Explore?
Professional Development for Educators of Grades 5-12 Saturday, April 21, 2012
, 8:30 am–4:00 pm in partnership with and hosted by Audubon Aquarium of the Americas New Orleans, LA. Stipends are available. For more information: http://www.auduboninstitute.org/educators/workshops/why-do-we-explore

Teachers Invited to Aquascience Workshop
Science and math teachers interested in including aquaculture/aquascience as a hands-on component in their classrooms are invited to attend Aquaculture 101, June 11-15, at the E.W. Shell Fisheries Center at Auburn University in Alabama. The 5-day training workshop will focus on aquaculture and aquascience and how to teach principles (matched to core standards) of biology, chemistry, math and physics in innovative ways. Teachers completing the course will receive 32 hours of continuing education credits. There is no cost to attend. Travel and living expenses are not provided. This workshop will focus on middle- and high-school learning activities. Contact PJ Waters at waterph@aces.edu or 251-438-5690 for information or to register. The workshop is sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Gadsden State Community College, Auburn University and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.

Summer Science Workshops Available to Teachers (Deadline: April 30)
The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and Dauphin Island Sea Lab will offer three summer workshop opportunities for K-12 teachers at the Sea Lab on Dauphin Island in Alabama. There is no cost for food or housing, and the $100 tuition fee is refundable upon completion of the workshop. Participants may earn continuing education units or graduate credit.
Reefs, Rhizomes and Restoration – June 17-21 This workshop focuses on coastal habitat restoration. Participating educators will learn about the science of restoration ecology and visit restoration sites. They will get a look at different tools and techniques used for restoration, build their own reef balls and explore ways to adapt the information for their classrooms.
Fins, Fishes and Fisheries – July 15-19 This workshop focuses on fisheries management and seafood sustainability. Activities include learning about current fisheries research, trawling in Mobile Bay and offshore, visiting local aquaculture facilities and practice being a fisheries manager.
Climate Change in the Gulf of Mexico – July 17-20 Participants will learn the latest about climate change and how to address it in the classroom. What are the impacts on Alabama and the Gulf region? Participants will hear about climate change from researchers, conduct hands-on activities suitable for students, explore data-rich online resources and develop lesson plans.
Complete workshop information and applications are available at http://dhp.disl.org/teachertraining.htm. Contact Sara Johnson at 251-861-2141 ext. 7515 or sejohnson@disl.org with any questions.

OneNOAA Science Seminars: April 2012
OneNOAA Science Seminars is the most complete summary of upcoming NOAA science seminars and a joint effort to share science across NOAA and our constituents. All seminars are open to anyone. All NOAA offices and CI are welcome to join our effort as OneNOAA seminar partners and share their seminars! For questions, please contact Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov or a OneNOAA Science seminar partner. Click on seminar title to access full details.
Apr 05: (canceled) Emission Modeling for Air Quality Forecasting at ARL: A Decadal Review; Speaker(s): Daniel Tong (NOAA Air Resources Laboratory); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 ARL Large Conference Room 3404 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910)
Apr 05: Designing Evaluations; Speaker(s):Stephanie Shipman and Valerie Caracelli (Applied Research Methods Team, Government Accountability Office); Location: NOAA SSMC-3, 2nd Floor, Library (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 05: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: Q&A for Unified Modeling Language (UML) Basics; Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 10: Understanding and Modeling Climate Extremes; Speaker(s): Lance Bosart (SUNY Albany); Suzana Camargo (Columbia University); Kerry Emanuel (MIT); Rong Fu (University of Texas at Austin); Upmanu Lall (Columbia University); Chunzai Wang (NOAA AOML); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 12th floor Fishbowl (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910). Remote attendance is encouraged; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 10: NWS TBD; Speaker(s): Robert Hoffman (Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola, FL); Location: National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK), NWC Room 1350; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 11: Modeling Black Carbon with the OsloCTM2: Current Status and Planned Work; Speaker(s): Marianne Tronstad Lund (Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo, Norway); Location: NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division seminar Room 2A305, David Skaggs Research Center (NOAA Building), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 12: Early results from the Barnegat Bay Sea Nettle Barrier Pilot Project; Speaker(s): Jim Vasslides, Jennifer Barny, Nina Sassano (Barnegat Bay Partnership, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ); Location: NOAA, NMFS, NEFSC, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory Conference Room. (74 Magruder Road, Sandy Hook, New Jersey; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 12: Current Legal and Policy Issues Related to Antarctic Diplomacy; Speaker(s): Evan Bloom (US Department of State); Location: NOAA SSMC-3, 2nd Floor, Library (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 12: Chicago Climate Action Plan; Speaker(s): Tom McKone (Civic Consulting Alliance); Location: WebEx Event, remote access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 12: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: Tool Overview; Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 13: NOAA CIRES Distinguished Lecture: A Tribute to Dr. George Reid by Dr. Susan Solomon; Speaker(s): Dr. Susan Solomon; Location: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO; Visual Arts Complex (VAC), Art & Art History Building, Room 1B20; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 17: Annual Tzvi Gal-Chen Lecture Series: Predicting the Weather From Days to A Season Ahead: Developments at ECMWF; Speaker(s): Alan J. Thorpe (ECMWF); Location: National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK), NWC Room. 1313; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 18: Recent and Planned Development of Data Assimilation and Modeling Systems at ECMWF; Speaker(s): Peter Bauer (ECMWF); Location: NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 19: Applications of Manually-Generated Cloud Masks for Cloud Model Verification; Speaker(s): Dr. Keith D. Hutchison; Location: NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 19: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: QandA for Tool Overview; Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 24: Development and Aplication of An Integrated Ecosystem Model for Alaska; Speaker(s): Amy Breen (Scenarios Network for Alaska & Arctic Planning); Location: ACCAP office, second floor of the Denali Building, 3352 College Rd., Fairbanks, Alaska; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 26: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: ISO Creation Methods; Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar


RESOURCES

Greening STEM Planning Toolkits
Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning, a set of planning toolkits for educators including STEM activities and resources for all grade levels around popular environmental topics has been prepared. These topics include: Gardens & Schoolyards, Energy Efficiency, Geography Connections, Water Resources, and Climate & Weather  
The toolkits highlight opportunities for project-based learning, service-learning and citizen science, and we hope they will support you to easily develop activities for EE Week around the Greening STEM theme. http://eeweek.org/greening_stem/toolkits/gardens

Become a Citizen Scientist Project BudBurst
Project BudBurst is a network of people across the United States who monitor plants as the seasons change. It’s a national field campaign designed to engage the public in the collection of important ecological data based on the timing of leafing, flowering and fruiting of plants. The website includes a collection of resources designed for use by educators in informal and formal learning environments to implement Project BudBurst with their students. Among the resources are Teacher Registration Guides for elementary, middle and high school educators; Classroom Activity Descriptions for each grade level to effectively implement Project BudBurst in the K–12 classroom setting; free, downloadable Classroom Activities, aligned with national education standards, and accompanying teacher implementation guides; and a list of other educational resources and activities that might be of interest. Please visit: http://neoninc.org/budburst


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

WEEKLY eNEWS: LEEC 2012 Grants Deadline Approaching!

The LEEC Grants applications deadline is quickly approaching!
Applications must be postmarked by March 30th!

Attached are the application forms for the Environmental Education Commission’s grant program which targets Louisiana and its citizens.

Educator Grants
     •  Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly
        impact K-12 students
     •  Amount not to exceed $1,000 for 1 educator, $2,000 for 2 or more educators jointly
     •  Deadline: March 30, 2012

Formal/Non-Formal Educator/Professional Development Grants
     •   Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly
         impact Pre-Service and/or In-Service Educators
     •   Amount not to exceed $2,500
     •   Deadline: March 30, 2012

University Research Grants
     •  Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues
     •  Amount not to exceed $1,000
     •  Deadline: March 30, 2012

The Vendor Location & W-9 forms are also attached for your convenience.

For more information on these grants, visit our website at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec
Or contact:
     Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator
     Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
     Office:  337-948-0255
     Fax:  337-948-0213
     vortego@wlf.la.gov

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Grants, Contests, Volunteer Opportunities, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

EVENTS

Plastic Ocean Talk – Friday, March 30th, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Presentation on the “Plastic Ocean” by Captain Charles Moore (book signing to follow) will be at LSU’s School of Coast & Environment’s auditorium (book signing in rotunda). Join Captain Moore, the founder of Algalita Marine Research Foundation, for a riveting expose' of humanity's "plastic footprint." An acclaimed speaker and international authority, Moore explains in vivid detail his first-hand experience of the alarming consequences millions of tons of persistent plastic waste, including the Japanese Tsunami debris now impacting Hawaii, is having on the marine environment, and ultimately, us. Captain Moore has brought wide attention to the enormous plastic debris field (larger than Texas) in the Pacific gyre, and to the unintended and often deadly fate of plastics in marine food webs. For more information, contact: Seth Blitch, Director of Coastal and Marine Conservation, sblitch@tnc.org, (225) 338.1040 Ext. 2010

Globe at Night: Calling All Citizens: Measure Light Pollution in Your Night Sky
Light pollution threatens not only our ability to starlight, but can affect energy consumption, wildlife and health, according to scientists. From April 11-20, citizens are invited to measure the night-sky brightness and report their observation via the programs’ web app http://www.globeatnight.org/webapp/ using their computer or smart phone. People in 115 countries have contributed more than 70,000 measurement, making Globe at Night one of the most successful light-pollution awareness campaigns. Learn more from audio podcasts available on iTunes at 365 Days of Astronomy

Environmental Education Week is April 15-21, 2012!
Greening STEM Planning Tool Kits are available in honor of the 2012 theme, Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning. The set of five planning tool kits are for educators including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities and resources around popular environmental topics. www.eeweek.org/greening_stem

Water Words That Work!
Get Your Environmental Message Out Using “Plain Language” That Works at this FREE Science Communication workshop at Stennis Space Center! Thursday, April 19, 2012, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Room C107, Conference Center, Stennis Space Center, Stennis, MS
This one day workshop will improve your ability to communicate science and resource management messages to the public at large. You will also learn how to discuss controversial topics and keep your cool under pressure. If you work in the field of coastal resource management you need to take this workshop. During the first half of the day workshop leader Eric Eckl will reconnect you with the perspective that everyday citizens have on resource management and environmental protection, and he will share the shocking secret of what motivates them to take action. As you relearn the language that everyday citizens use, you’ll become more confident and successful as you set out to enlighten the uninformed and misinformed about our inland and coastal waters. The second half of the workshop will be spent honing the messaging skills you need to set the record straight and ensure your message gets out correctly. For more information and to register online, click here.

CPRA and Corps to Host Public Meetings to Initiate Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District will host multiple public scoping meetings throughout the month of April to engage the public in the initiation of the “Louisiana Coastal Area - Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study.” This important study will identify and evaluate a combination of large-scale management and restoration features to address the long-term sustainability of the lower Mississippi River Delta.
Six public scoping meetings will be held throughout Southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi to inform interested parties in the initiation of the study and Environmental Impact Statement, and provide the public with an opportunity to present issues and topics they feel the study should consider. Each meeting will include an open house from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a presentation on the study, an opportunity for questions and answers, and a formal scoping comment submission period from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
The scoping meeting details are as follows:
Tuesday, April 10, 2012: LA Dept. of Natural Resources – LaSalle Building, LaBelle Room, 1st Floor – 617 North Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Thursday, April 12, 2012: Port of New Orleans, Auditorium – 1350 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70160
Tuesday, April 17, 2012: Larose Civic Center – 307 East 5th Street, Larose, LA 70373
Thursday, April 19, 2012: Boothville-Venice Elementary School – #1 Oiler Drive, Boothville, LA 70038
Tuesday, April 24, 2012: Waveland Civic Center – 335 Coleman Ave, Waveland, MS 39576
Thursday, April 26, 2012: St. Bernard Parish Council Chambers – 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, LA 70043
The Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study area covers the lower Mississippi River and surrounding deltaic regions, and is the first large-scale, long-term restoration assessment to be conducted under the LCA Program. This study will provide a decision-making framework for the management of a sustainable coastal ecosystem that allows for the coexistence of navigation and flood control, while supporting the needs of Louisiana and the Nation. Work on the study will be shared by the Corps of Engineers and the CPRA throughout the study. For more information, please visit www.lca.gov or contact: Chuck Perrodin, CPRA Public Information Director, (225) 342-7615, Chuck.Perrodin2@la.gov

Registration is now available for the 2012 Gulf of Mexico Alliance All Hands Meeting (June 19–21)
Omni Corpus Christi Hotel, 900 North Shoreline Boulevard, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Tuesday June 19, 2012 at 8:30 AM CDT -to- Thursday June 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM CDT Add to my calendar
Review the SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
If you will be joining us, please let us know: REGISTRATION
Sponsorship forms are available at www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org or contact Laura Bowie at (228) 523-4013 or laura.bowie@gomxa.org.


GRANTS

The NOAA Office of Education (OEd) is issuing a request for applications for projects designed to expand or develop professional development and other capacity-building activities for informal science educators and volunteers. A successful project will utilize the resources of multiple institutions to enhance the capacity of informal science educators and volunteers to engage visitors and promote public understanding and stewardship of coastal, marine, and/or freshwater environments. Eligible applicants are collaborative teams that include at least three non-profit U.S. aquariums, of which at least one must be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Collaborative teams should involve applicants from multiple U.S. states and are strongly encouraged to include at least one aquarium that has not previously received a grant from NOAA’s Office of Education. There is special interest in collaborative teams that include aquariums representing a wide range of annual operating budgets, total visitorship numbers, and/or physical sizes.
          Proposed projects should be between two and five years in duration and have maximum total combined budget requests of $1,000,000 for all years of the project. The deadline for applications is midnight EDT on May 7, 2012.
          Two informational webinars with the program officers will occur on March 28, 2012 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM EDT and March 29, 2012, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM EDT
. By noon EDT on March 27, 2012, interested applicants should register by contacting oed.grants@noaa.gov and include in the Subject line of the email: "Register for Aquarium Professional Development FFO Webinar" and provide the interested party’s name, institution, telephone number, email address and preferred date in the body of the email. You will receive an email response from oed.grants@noaa.gov with the log-in information and date for the webinar.  Whenever possible, individuals from the same institution should try to join the webinar from the same computer/phone line. You can also visit our website for updates: http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/grants/elg.html

LEEC GRANTS applications deadline is tomorrow. Applications must be postmarked by March 30th!
Attached are the application forms for the Environmental Education Commission’s grant program which targets Louisiana and its citizens.
Educator Grants
     •  Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact K-12 students
     •  Amount not to exceed $1,000 for 1 educator, $2,000 for 2 or more educators jointly
     •  Deadline: March 30, 2012
Formal/Non-Formal Educator/Professional Development Grants
     •   Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact Pre-Service and/or In-Service Educators
     •   Amount not to exceed $2,500
     •   Deadline: March 30, 2012
University Research Grants
     •  Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues
     •  Amount not to exceed $1,000
     •  Deadline: March 30, 2012
The Vendor Location & W-9 forms are also attached for your convenience. For more information on these grants, visit our website at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec or contact: Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov


CONTESTS

Gr 5-8 Earth Day Photo Contest (Deadline May 11)
Our planet is changing quickly - and what better way to capture those seasonal changes than with a photograph. Spring is a dynamic season: gray and brown landscapes give way to green trees and colorful flowers, birds migrate to summer homes, and weather patterns change. During the week of Earth Day (April 22), middle school students across the country can be part of a unique photography and short essay contest, documenting changes in their local environment. The top three winners will receive $150, $100, and $75 Visa gift cards. For more information and complete rules, visit http://bit.ly/yV35bh. Earth Day Photo Contest http://tinyurl.com/73rwf3r

Make Waves with “Project Blue Planet” to Save the Oceans (Deadline: June 1)
Project Blue Planet is a nationwide contest organized by the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. In celebration of the Zoo’s seal and sea lion exhibit set to open later this year, they challenge elementary, middle and high school students to form eco-teams or class projects that can educate their classmates and inspire them to take action. A healthy planet starts in your school and schoolyard.
          Enter Project Blue Planet to earn your school a “Seal” of Approval. One lucky team from each age group will win a $1,500 cash prize to continue their green (and blue) efforts. Students can focus their projects on eliminating waste, reducing energy use, creating a healthier environment, or improving lifestyle choices. These categories are listed on the Zoo’s website, along with advice about actions that students could use in their project from members of the Zoo’s Green Team, which works to “green” the Zoo.
          Projects must be completed by June 1, 2012. Entries will be judged on their projects’ environmental impact, educational content and creativity. Along with the project, students will need to submit the following:
          • A description of how the project educates others.
          • Documentation of up to 10 photos and/or a link to a video (five minutes maximum).
          • A group photo of the team.
Visit the Zoo’s website for more details, ideas and registration forms. Project Blue Planet is sponsored by Whole Foods Market, Kiwi Magazine, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Officer Snook Water Pollution Program.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Help Clean Bayou Lafourche – Saturday, March 31, 2012, 1 PM-4 PM
Help beautify the bayou and clean the body of water that provides the drinking water for our area.
Help us sweep the trash out of the Bayou!

Drinks, snacks, gloves, trash bags, trash pickers, towels, huggers, t-shirt, door prizes will be supplied. Please bring sunscreen, wear old clothes, wear old tennis shoes, proud south Louisiana attitude. The event is projected to clean up 106 miles of the bayou from Donaldsonville to Golden Meadow. The BTNEP is looking for volunteers to clean up from boats in the bayou or along the bayou side and around bridge areas. If you or your organization would like to volunteer please contact Alma Robichaux at the BTNEP at 985.855.8255 or 985.447.0868, or email atalma@btnep.org.

Volunteers Needed to Assist with a Cypress Marsh Restoration Project near Chalmette (April 2)
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation are looking for interested volunteers to participate in a cypress swamp restoration project near the Caernarvon Diversion in Plaquemines Parish, LA on Monday, April 2, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m. All volunteers must register with CRCL to attend the event! All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will be planting 250 three-gallon pots of cypress trees and wrapping the trees with protectors to shield them from predators. Volunteers will be transported to the planting site by boat. This is a strenuous and dirty activity, so physical fitness is required. If you would like to volunteer your boat for this event, please let them know.  It would be used to help transport volunteers and trees to the site. A flat bottom boat that can navigate shallow water is preferred. If you are interested, please email Hilary Collis at hilaryc@crcl.org for more information.


RESOURCES

Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast Final Master Plan Released
On March 21, 2012 the CPRA unanimously approved the 2012 Coastal Master Plan for submission to the Louisiana Legislature. To view a PDF copy of the plan, please CLICK HERE (warning, large file size) http://www.coastalmasterplan.louisiana.gov/2012-master-plan/final-master-plan/. Please pardon our progress as we upload the plan to the online viewing software and while our Planning Team works to post the Master Plan appendices for downloading.

Juvenile Tarpon Nursery Locations Reporting
In accordance with the Southeastern Wildlife Conservation Group’s (SWCG - www.swcgroup.org) efforts in supporting the research and conservation efforts of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT - www.tarbone.org) on Tarpon and the fishery they support, they are requesting reports of juvenile tarpon populations from all States. These reports will be noted and used in habitat analysis and research that can lead to habitat restorations and habitat protections. Without public reports of juvenile tarpon populations, some of these nurseries can be overlooked and could succumb to developments, pollution and disasters. Should you or someone you know have the knowledge of locations of juvenile tarpon, please email SWCG President Mark Langner at mark.langner@swcgroup.org with the following information:
          • City and State
          • GPS coordinates or specific description of location
          • How population was identified (i.e. cast net, rod and reel, word of mouth, etc. if known)
          • Size of fish in the population (length or weight if known)
Your input is greatly needed in helping the research and conservation of tarpon and the fishery they support.

The Tree of Life Web Project (ToL) is a collaborative effort of biologists and nature enthusiasts from around the world. On more than 10,000 World Wide Web pages, the project provides information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history (phylogeny).
Explore the Tree of Life: Each page contains information about a particular group, e.g., salamanders, segmented worms, phlox flowers, tyrannosaurs, euglenids, Heliconius butterflies, club fungi, or the vampire squid. ToL pages are linked one to another hierarchically, in the form of the evolutionary tree of life. Starting with the root of all Life on Earth and moving out along diverging branches to individual species, the structure of the ToL project thus illustrates the genetic connections between all living things. http://www.tolweb.org/tree/

Animal Diversity Web
Animal diversity web has thousands of species accounts about individual animal species. These may include text, pictures of living animals, photographs and movies of specimens, and/or recordings of sounds. Descriptions of levels of organization, and resources for teachers included. http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/about/overview.html


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

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Grants/Awards, Workshops, Webinars, Volunteer Opportunities, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

EVENTS

March 19-25 National Wildlife Week - FREE Educational Materials
Start your wildlife week celebration today…
spread the word and share fun facts with your neighbors, play games, download lesson plans, view the Wildlife Webinar and learn about 6 species more in-depth, get a start on your service or volunteer project, and watch for wildlife and log your sightings. http://www.nwf.org/wildlife/activities/national-wildlife-week.aspx. Each day there is a different subject for educators, home school parents and kids to explore, including: wildlife with “innovative defenses,” “unusual habitats,” “special adaptations,” “record breakers” or that have “super senses.” Explore the wildlife featured during the week by downloading posters, trading cards and exploring articles, slideshows and much more. There is a new educational poster each day.

March 22 is World Water Day
This day was established by the United Nations to look at water issues around the world. WaterAid uses this day to raise awareness of the fact that one in eight people do not have safe water to drink and that this, coupled with poor sanitation, results in 4,000 children dying every day. http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/
http://www.wateraidamerica.org/get_involved/world_water_day/default.aspx


GRANTS/AWARDS

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission GRANTS Announcement (Deadline: March 30)
Below are the application forms for the Environmental Education Commission’s grant program which targets Louisiana and its citizens. The following is a brief overview:
     •  Educator Grants – Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact students; amount not to exceed $1,000 for 1 educator, $2,000 for 2 or more educators jointly
     •  Professional Development Grants – Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact Pre-Service and/or In-Service Educators; amount not to exceed $2,500
     •  University Research Grants – Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues; amount not to exceed $1,000
For more information, click here or contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov or (337) 948-0255.

LEEC Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest (Deadline: April 26)
Please enourage your students (ages 5-18 years) to participate in Louisiana’s Tenth Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest!
This year's theme is Louisiana’s Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!
Cash prize awards! Winning entries will be published in our 2013 calendar! Deadline is April 26th. For more information, contest criteria and downloadable registration form, click here or contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-0124.

ING Unsung Heroes (Deadline: April 30)
Are you an educator with a class project that is short on funding but long on potential? Do you know a teacher looking for grant dollars? ING Unsung Heroes® could help you turn great ideas into reality for students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. Deadline is April 30, 2012. Apply here.

State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grants (Deadline: May 4)
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is currently accepting applications for service-learning projects between $25,000 and $100,000 that are designed to create sustainable change in local communities across the United States and Canada. Applying organizations must be a public K-12, charter, or higher education institution; non-profit organizations are also eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to impact student achievement within the public K-12 curriculum. Projects must address the root cause of the following issue areas: Access to Higher Education/Closing the Achievement Gap; Financial Literacy; Community Safety and Natural Disaster Preparedness; Social Health & Wellness Issues; and Environmental Responsibility. Deadline is May 4, 2012. Apply here.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful Grant Winners
Digital Media students at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Baton Rouge are excited as to show off six recycling PSA videos they produced, which were possible thanks to the cameras they were able to purchase with grant money awarded from Keep Louisiana Beautiful.
Don't be Bob – Recycle – http://vimeo.com/38455456
Keep the Landshark at Bay – Recycle – http://vimeo.com/38455045
Footballers – Recycling – http://vimeo.com/38459005


WORKSHOPS

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Science Seminar: Gentle Giants of Mississippi & the Northern Gulf
Thursday March 22, 2012, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
1st floor Commission Meeting Room, Bolton State Bldg, 1141 Bayview Ave, Biloxi, MS 39530
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) and the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) invite you to attend a Science Seminar featuring research on Tarpon, Whale Sharks, Sturgeon, and Manatees in Mississippi and the Northern Gulf. Refreshments will be served. See the attached flyer for presentation details and directions to the event location. Or, contact Avia Huisman, Grand Bay NERR Coastal Training Program Coordinator:  Avia.Huisman@dmr.ms.gov or (228) 475-7047

Survey: Interest in Service-Learning Workshop
Are you interested in participating in an advanced service-learning workshop? Learning about grant opportunities to conduct service-learning projects? Volunteer Louisiana and Youth Service America are surveying K-12 teachers and nonprofit organizations that are conducting educational programs with K-12 schools to determine if there is an interest in hosting an advanced one day service-learning workshop on either May 7, 8, 9, or 10th in Baton Rouge. If you are interested in participating in such a workshop, please complete the attached form and return to our office no later than Wednesday, March 21, 2012 either by fax (225-342-0106) or e-mail document to ddowell@crt.la.gov.

LUMCON Presents - From H-2-O: A Water Quality Workshop for Teachers (June 13-16)
This FREE workshop on will provide teachers with the knowledge, skills, and equipment to do water quality monitoring as an inquiry-based environmental education experiences with their students using LUMCON’s Bayouside Classroom program. Teachers will be able to show students their connection to the Gulf of Mexico through watershed science while conducting meaningful science and stewardship activities. The workshop is held June 13-16, 2012 at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA. All middle school or high school science or math teachers are invited to attend.
Workshop topics: water quality parameters and normal limits, sampling techniques, use of data to test hypotheses, gulf hypoxia (dead zones). Watersheds, non-point source pollution, estuaries, invasive species, and nutrients and nutrient impacts
Workshop Highlights: FREE lodging and meals offered during the workshop, FREE water sampling equipment and resources, hands-on training of sampling techniques, hands-on data use in the classroom to tests hypotheses, interaction with scientists and other educators, presentations about meaningful and relevant water quality issues, field components that allow participants to experience different watershed habitats, laboratory sessions, and participants will earn up to 24 CLUs.
For more workshop information and/or application materials contact: Murt Conover (985) 851-2860, mconover@lumcon.edu or visit www.lumcon.edu


WEBINARS

Conservation Education Strategy (March 28)
CE Strategy Webinar Series:
Webinar 3 - Field Investigations and STEM, March 28, at 7 PM EDT
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) and the Pacific Education Institute (PEI) are partnering with National EE Week to explore how the schoolyard or local public land can provide students with the opportunity to be scientists using the skills and knowledge of inquiry to collect real-world data. We will provide teachers and other conservation educators with information and tools to engage students in STEM learning outside, utilizing nature as a laboratory, by planning, conducting, and evaluating a field investigation. Register Today
Register Now for the April 25 Webinar - Best Practices for Stewardship Education
In April we return to our 2 PM Eastern time slot. Nancy Herron, Education and Outreach Director for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will talk about best practices for stewardship education. How do you grow a steward of natural resources? Is conservation education fuzzy science? This webinar will look at research-based models on best practices for program design, and a guide to use when developing programs.

CPRA Master Plan Predictive Modeling Seminar Series
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) of Louisiana have posted the presentations and audio recordings from the recent seminar series on the predictive models utilized during formulation of the 2012 Coastal Master Plan at http://www.coastalmasterplan.louisiana.gov/connect/modeling-seminar-series/. A list of presentation topics and presenters is provided below.
Eco-Hydrology Model http://vimeo.com/36314968 - Dr. Ehab Meselhe, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Vegetation Model http://vimeo.com/36315124 - Dr. Jenneke Visser, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Wetland Morphology Model http://vimeo.com/36490773 – Brady Couvillion, U.S. Geological Survey
Barrier Shoreline Morphology Model http://vimeo.com/36490547 - Dr. Ioannis Georgiou, University of New Orleans
Fish & Wildlife Habitat Suitability Indices http://vimeo.com/37546726 - Dr. Andy Nyman, Louisiana State University and LSU AgCenter
Storm Surge and Wave Model http://vimeo.com/38164886 - Hugh Roberts, PE
Arcadis Risk Assessment (Storm Damage) Model http://vimeo.com/38164142 - Dr. Jordan Fischbach, RAND Corp.

OneNOAA Science Seminars (March-April)
OneNOAA Science Seminars is the most complete summary of upcoming NOAA science seminars and a joint effort to share science across NOAA and our constituents. All seminars are open to anyone. All NOAA offices and CI are welcome to join our effort as OneNOAA seminar partners and share their seminars! For questions, please contact Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov or a OneNOAA Science seminar partner. Click on seminar title to access full details. You can view all of the seminars in Google calendar format.
OneNOAA Science Seminars: March 2012
Mar 22: Communicating Climate Science and Uncertainty Through Scenarios and Integrated Regional Modeling; Speaker(s): Richard H. Moss (Joint Global Change Research Institute); Location: NOAA SSMC-2 Room 14316 (1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Mar 26: It Is Necessary to Revolutionize Climate Prediction: Is It Possible?; Speaker(s): Jagadish Shukla (George Mason University); Location: National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK), NWC Room. 1313; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Mar 26: Spatial and Temporal Considerations in Evaluating and Utilizing Radar QPE Estimates; Speaker(s): Dennis Miller, Shaorong Wu, and David Kitzmiller (NOAA NWS Office of Hydrologic Development); Location: NOAA SSMC-2 Room 8246 (1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Mar 27: A Contemporary Scheme of Semi-Lagrangian Advection; Speaker(s): Henry Juang (NOAA NCEP/EMC); Location:NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Mar 28: Temporal Variability and Potential Coupling of Terrestrial Methyl Halide and C2-C4 Alkene Emissions; Speaker(s): Robert Rhew (University of California, Berkeley); Location:NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division seminar Room 2A305, David Skaggs Research Center (NOAA Building), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
OneNOAA Science Seminars: April 2012
Apr 03: Little Fish, Big Impact: Managing a Crucial Link in Ocean Ecosystems; Speaker(s): Dr. Ellen Pikitch (Stony Brook University); Location: NOAA SSMC-3, 2nd Floor, Library (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 04 :Ask the Experts: Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer; Speaker(s): Doug Marcy, Keil Schmid, Nate Herold, John McCombs, Matt Pendleton, William Brooks, and Mike Sutherland (NOAA Coastal Services Center); Location: WebEx Event, remote access only; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 05: Emission Modeling for Air Quality Forecasting at ARL: A Decadal Review; Speaker(s): Daniel Tong (NOAA Air Resources Laboratory); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 ARL Large Conference Room 3404 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 05: Designing Evaluations; Speaker(s): Stephanie Shipman and Valerie Caracelli (Applied Research Methods Team, Government Accountability Office); Location: NOAA SSMC-3, 2nd Floor, Library (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 10: Understanding and Modeling Climate Extremes; Speaker(s): Lance Bosart (SUNY Albany); Suzana Camargo (Columbia University); Rong Fu (UCLA); Upmanu Lall (IRI); Chunzai Wang (NOAA AOML); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 12th floor Fishbowl (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910). Remote attendance is encouraged; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 12: Early results from the Barnegat Bay Sea Nettle Barrier Pilot Project; Speaker(s): Jim Vasslides, Jennifer Barny, Nina Sassano (Barnegat Bay Partnership, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ); Location: NOAA, NMFS, NEFSC, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory Conference Room (74 Magruder Road, Sandy Hook, New Jersey); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 12: Current Legal and Policy Issues Related to Antarctic Diplomacy; Speaker(s): Evan Bloom (US Department of State); Location: NOAA SSMC-3, 2nd Floor, Library (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 17: Annual Tzvi Gal-Chen Lecture Series: Predicting the Weather From Days to A Season Ahead: Developments at ECMWF; Speaker(s): Cindy Kolar Alan J. Thorpe (Director-General ECMWF, Reading, UK); Location: National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK), NWC Room. 1313; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 18: Recent and Planned Development of Data Assimilation and Modeling Systems at ECMWF; Speaker(s): Peter Bauer (ECMWF); Location: NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 

EPA Region 6 Conversation with Elementary Schools for Earth Day
Webinar on April 3 or April 17 – 11:00 am to Noon

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/Regional Science Council (RSC) in Region 6 will be celebrating Earth Day by participating in a free webinar. The "EPA/RSC R6 Converses with Elementary Students" webinar was developed for 5th graders; however 4th to 6th graders are invited to participate. The webinar event will begin with an overview of the Environmental Protection Agency's mission. This 2012 Earth Day Webinar will focus on Science Fair Projects and will provide examples of incorporating the following items within a science project:
        1) STEM topics including Science, Math, and Engineering,
        2) Real life applications of the 3 R's (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle), and
        3) Sustainability.
The webinar includes a step by step process on how to develop a successful Science Fair Project with ideas that may eventually help the environment. This webinar isn't just an Earth Day Celebration; it also provides a motivational message of "stay in school" and informs the students of the simple little things they can do in order to keep our Earth clean. Please click the following link in order to view the 2010 "EPA/RSC R6 Converses with Elementary Students" webinar https://mavspace.uta.edu/xythoswfs/webui/_xy-2720329_1-t_KHmJZfKd. For more information, contact: Sala N. Senkayi, Environmental Scientist, TMDL Section (6WQ-PT), US Environmental Protection Agency - Region 6, (214) 665-6477, senkayi.sala@epa.gov


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Tarpon Research and Conservation DNA Sampling Volunteers Needed
The Southeastern Wildlife Conservation Group (SWCG) is heading up this effort here along the Gulf Coast (in support of the research and conservation efforts of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust – www.tarbone.org) and is asking for angler participation. The DNA sampling process is very easy and not harmful to the fish. You can watch a video on DNA sampling and the process on YouTube at this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzDwh5HcpJA. The SWCG will distribute DNA Sampling Kits to anglers interested in participating in this important research sampling effort. For more information or to request a DNA sampling kit, please contact SWCG President, Mark Langner via email at mark.langner@swcgroup.org. For additional information on this program and how you can get involved or to support this effort, you can visit us at www.swcgroup.org. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SoutheasternWildlifeConservationGroup.

Volunteers Needed to Assist with a Cypress Marsh Restoration Project near Chalmette (March 23)
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation are looking for interested volunteers to participate in a cypress swamp restoration project near the Caernarvon Diversion in Plaquemines Parish, LA on Friday March 23, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m. All volunteers must register with CRCL to attend the event! All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will be planting 250 three-gallon pots of cypress trees and wrapping the trees with protectors to shield them from predators. Volunteers will be transported to the planting site by boat. This is a strenuous and dirty activity, so physical fitness is required. If you would like to volunteer your boat for this event, please let them know.  It would be used to help transport volunteers and trees to the site. A flat bottom boat that can navigate shallow water is preferred. If you are interested, please email Hilary Collis at hilaryc@crcl.org for more information.


RESOURCES

IcEarth Leap Year Tornado Outbreak
Check out the new IcEarth image and information on the Leap Year Tornado Outbreak. It includes a Worldview-2 satellite image courtesy of DigitalGlobe, information on the tornados and the 2 day outbreak, three student activities, and a linkage to other explorations. IcEarth is developed by the WETMAAP program to provide imagery and maps for education. Also, check out the newly added Slider Function that has been added to IcEarth Events that have multiple dates of imagery. The Slider Function allows you to see the change associated with the event.
IcEarth: http://icearth.cnlworld.org/index.php?eventID=27
WETMAAP: http://wetmaap.org

 


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

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Grants/Awards, Webinars, Employment Opportunity, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

The LEEC would like to express a sincere THANK YOU to all presenters, exhibitors, speakers, volunteers, and participants who helped to make the 2012 Environmental Education Symposium another great success!

EVENTS

WETSHOP July 8–13, 2012 (Application Deadline: May 20)
LDWF Marine Research Lab, Grand Isle, LA
Number of Participants: 20 teachers
Contact: Angela Capello, (318) 748-6999, acapello@wlf.la.gov
Registration fee: $50.00
WETSHOP is:
     •  A week-long, dynamic teacher workshop that allows teachers to work with educator/scientists to learn about Louisiana coastal wetlands, issues and history. The focus of the summer workshop is to create wetland stewards of teachers in order for them to educate co-workers and students in their home parishes about coastal land loss. Fifty-five professional contact hours will be accrued upon the completion of this wetland institute.
     •  Implementation of a six hour wetland dissemination workshop in your parish after completion of the summer workshop.
     •  Teacher stipend available for summer workshop and dissemination workshop during AY.
Workshop Highlights
Experience:
     •  Fisheries management; research trawling, seining
     •  Barrier islands and their role in coastal health
     •  Coastal Botany & Ornithology (visit Brown Pelican rookery)
     •  Water Quality Testing along fresh to salt water gradient
     •  Visit transitional Coastal Ecosystems
     •  Tour one of the largest oil ports in U.S.
     •  Visit coastal restoration site / Oil Spill impact sites
     •  Invasive Species (role in coastal land loss)
Receive:
     •  Wonders of Wetlands Teacher Guidebook
     •  Numerous Classroom Resources
     •  Networking with Wetland Scientists
     •  Up to 55 Professional Contact Hours


GRANTS/AWARDS

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission GRANTS Announcement (Deadline: March 30)
Below are the application forms for the Environmental Education Commission’s grant program which targets Louisiana and its citizens. The following is a brief overview:
     Educator Grants – Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact students; amount not to exceed $1,000 for 1 educator, $2,000 for 2 or more educators jointly
     Formal/Non-Formal Educator/Professional Development Grants – Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact Pre-Service and/or In-Service Educators; amount not to exceed $2,500
     University Research Grants – Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues; amount not to exceed $1,000
For more information, click here or contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov or (337) 948-0255.

LEEC Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest (Deadline: April 26)
Announcing the Louisiana’s Tenth Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest
Theme – Louisiana’s Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!
Contest is for ages 5-18 years. Cash prize awards! Winning entries will be published in our 2013 calendar! Deadline is April 26th. For more information, contest criteria and downloadable registration form, click here or contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-0124.


WEBINARS

Saltmarsh Topminnow Conservation Plan
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 2:00 PM CST

The Nature Conservancy in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources funded by a NOAA Proactive Species Conservation Grant present a conservation plan for the Saltmarsh topminnow, Fundulus jenkinsi. Federal and state resource managers, conservation and resource planners, restoration practitioners, non-government conservation organizations, and Ichthyologists are invited to attend.
Use the information or link below to log in:
Topic: Fundulus jenkinsi
Meeting Number: 674 795 437
Meeting Password: Topminnow1
https://nethope.webex.com/nethope/j.php?ED=15350998&UID=0&PW=NYmY1MWJkNmRl&RT=MiM3
If requested, enter your name and email address. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: Topminnow1. Click "Join".
For more information about the webinar please contact: Tom Mohrman, tmohrman@tnc.org. See attachment below.

Storm Smart Training Now Being Conducted
Supported by the Alliance's Coastal Community Resilience team, StormSmart Coasts is hosting a series of Gulf of Mexico coastal storm planning, response, and recovery trainings. Each training will include an overview of tools provided on the StormSmart Coasts. Each webinar is approved for 1 continuing education credit by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). The first webinar was last month, but three more remain:
March 8 - Before the Storm (Part 2)
March 22 - Before the Storm (Part 3)
April 5 - During the Storm and After the Storm
All webinars are free of charge, but registration is required. Details here: http://stormsmart.org/webinars/


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Barataria Preserve Teacher Summer 2012 Position Open
The National Park Service "Teacher to Ranger to Teacher" program hires school teachers to be a park ranger for a summer season. This person would help in the Education and Interpretation divisions to create new education programs, give tours, help with summer camps, etc. For this summer, the Barataria Preserve has funding to hire for 1 position. See attached packet and brochure for additional information or contact Stacy Meyers, Park Ranger, Education and Outreach, Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, (504) 689-3690, ext 25, http://www.nps.gov/learn/trt/
See attachements below.


RESOURCES

Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis Now Available
The Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem Project managed by the United States and Mexico has prepared a transboundary diagnostic analysis (TDA), focusing on the Gulf´s overall health assessment, which includes not only the biological and natural productivity areas of interest but it also covers the social, economic and institutional framework of the region. The large marine ecosystem model included the assessment of the following five key areas:
- Productivity,
- Fish and Fisheries,
- Ecosystem and Pollution,
- Socioeconomic, and
- Governance,
Considering the significance of global climatic conditions and its particular effects in the Gulf of Mexico, the project has also proposed the insertion of a new chapter related to climate change and sea level rise. Read more... To obtain a copy of the report, contact: contact@gulfofmexicoproject.org

Bohemia Rising
Check out LPBF's video, "Bohemia Rising," on the Bohemia Spillway. This area is being studied by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation to observe its affects on our coast.

New Artificial Reef in Lake
A new artificial reef has been put in Lake Pontchartrain by the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The reef was built from materials from the old Twin Span Bridge and is four-acres wide. Another great spot for fishing in Lake Pontchartrain!


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

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