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WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Volunteer Opportunities, Nominations, Contests, Workshops, Resources, Public Comment

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

EVENTS

2012 Environmental Education Symposium – March 9-10, 2012
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS FEBRUARY 10TH

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association will host the 15th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium – “Our Environment…Our Future at the Lafayette Crowne Plaza in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 9-10, 2012.
All Symposium exhibitor forms, registration forms, and related information can be found on our website: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/environmental-education-symposium
For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Community Outreach Dune Restoration Events in Texas
Our dunes need help recovering from the devastating effects of Ike in addition to constant erosion from man and natural causes! Opportunity for the community to engage as coastal stewards through planting a variety of native dune plants which include seaoats, bitter panicum, railroad vine, sea purslane, and marsh-hay cordgrass. Learn about the functions of our dunes which not only serve as physical barrier protection, but as essential habitat to a variety of species including nests for the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle and the Wilson’s plover.
     Saturday February 3 @ Galveston Island State Park, 8 am-noon
     Saturday February 18 @ Galveston Island West End, 8 am-noon
     Saturday March 4 @ Galveston Island State Park, 8 am-noon
To register, call or email Artist Boat at (409) 770-0722 or email: info@artistboat.org.

Volunteers Needed
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Jean Lafitte National Park invite you to participate in a cypress planting project along the Bayou Segnette Waterway in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.  The objective of the project is to protect marsh ecosystems from erosion threats and from invasion by the exotic Chinese tallow tree. Volunteers will plant 100 cypress trees and wrap the trees in a protector to keep them safe from predation.
     When: Monday, February 6th from 9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:30 p.m.
     Where: Jean Lafitte Historic National Park & Preserve, Jones Point Boat Launch (9706 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, LA 70072)
If any interested volunteers would also like to provide their boat for this event, please email Hilary Collis at hilaryc@crcl.org. All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. All volunteers must register with the Coalition to attend the event! Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Register online at www.crcl.org or by calling (888) LACOAST.


NOMINATIONS

2012 Coastal Stewardship Awards Nominations (Deadline: February 3)
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana will host the 17th annual Coastal Stewardship Awards Program on Friday, April 13, 2012 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. Coastal Stewardship Awards recognize the contributions of individuals and groups who demonstrate outstanding commitment to preserving and restoring Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. CRCL is proud to honor these leaders in coastal restoration, who share our vision of a sustainable coast for future generations. Nominations are now being accepted for the Lifetime Achievement Award, Distinguished Achievement Award and the Coastal Stewardship Award. Please consider nominating an individual or group who has made an exceptional contribution to protecting and restoring Louisiana’s wetlands. To nominate a person or organization for a Coastal Stewardship Award, visit www.CRCL.org. For more information, contact CRCL at 1-888-LACOAST (1-888-522-6278). All nominations must be received by February 3, 2012.

CWPPRA PPL 22 Project Nominee Factsheets and Presentations (Deadline: February 3)
CWPPRA PPL 22 Project Nominee Factsheets and Presentations proposed are available at the following link: http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/pd/cwppra_mission.htm. RPTs will select PPL 22 nominees at the Coastwide Voting meeting on February 15, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (Louisiana Room), 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The RPTs will select three projects in the Terrebonne, Barataria, and Pontchartrain Basins; two projects in the Breton Sound, Teche/Vermilion, Mermentau, Calcasieu/Sabine, and Mississippi River Delta Basins; and one project will be selected in the Atchafalaya Basin. The RPTs will select one coastwide project nominee. In addition, the RPTs will select six demonstration projects for further evaluation. No additional projects will be nominated at the Coastwide Voting meeting, nor will any significant changes to projects proposed at the January meetings be allowed. No additional public comments will be accepted at the Coastwide Voting meeting. Public comments were heard during the RPT meetings and additional written comments may be provided no later than February 3, 2012 by mail, fax or email to: Colonel Edward R. Fleming, District Engineer, New Orleans c/o: Brad Inman, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, P.O. Box 60267, New Orleans, Louisiana; Fax: 504-862-2572; Brad.L.Inman@usace.army.mil

Call for Abstracts (Deadline: February 10)
State of the Coast encourages all individuals interested in Louisiana’s coastal restoration and protection activities to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation at our June 2012 conference in New Orleans. For more information on submitting your abstract, click here. State of the Coast 2012 will gather hundreds of scientists, business leaders, federal and state agency personnel, elected officials, land owners and interested citizens for the largest forum of its kind, focused entirely on Louisiana’s coastal restoration challenges and solutions. Deadline for Abstract Submittal – February 10, 2012


CONTESTS

Deadline Extension for The 2012 DuPont Challenge!
The deadline for submissions to The 2012 DuPont Challenge has been EXTENDED to: Tuesday, February 7. Submit your science essay before the end of that day through the Official Entry Form

2012 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program Begins in Louisiana (Deadline: March 15)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sponsors the annual Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition. The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program (JDS) is a dynamic arts curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program incorporates scientific and wildlife management principles into a visual arts curriculum with participants completing a JDS design as their visual “term paper”. Entries are judged by a panel of five judges including both waterfowl biologists and artists. Monies raised by the sale of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp help support conservation of wetland habitats for waterfowl and many other species of wildlife. This contest is open to public, private, and home schooled students. Entries are due March 15, 2012. Contest information and forms are found on-line at www.fws.gov/juniorduck/States/Louisiana.htm or www.fws.gov/juniorduck. For more information, contact Jean Mikeal, Louisiana State Program Coordinator, at (318) 574-2664 ext. 103.


WORKSHOPS

Coastal Lines of Defense Field Workshops
The UNO Coastal Education program is offering a series of field-based learning opportunities for both teachers and students at their field station (Coastal Education and Research Facility - CERF) located at Chef Menteur Pass in Orleans Parish. The topic is the Coastal Lines of Defense concept which is a way of approaching the important topic of coastal protection and restoration in Louisiana. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (www.saveourlake.org) introduced this idea to the public shortly after Hurricane Katrina when everyone's thoughts were focused on the safety of life in coastal Louisiana and New Orleans. More can be learned by visiting http://coastallinesofdefense.org/ and http://www.mlods.org/
A second Educators' Workshop will be offered on Saturday February 25, 2012 from 9am-3pm at CERF, located at 21000 Chef Menteur Highway in the Lake Catherine community and on the "Orleans Land Bridge" which is itself one of the Lines of Defense discussed in their workshop.
Teachers of all grades are encouraged to consider scheduling a field trip for their students at CERF during this semester. More information about CERF and their education programs is at www.pies.uno.edu/education.
Contact: Dinah at (504) 280-1374 or (504) 669-1893, dmaygard@uno.edu  r Heather at (504) 280-4042 or (504) 451-1582, hlgordon@uno.edu

Underrepresented Populations and Marine Science Opportunity
The University of Md Eastern Shore (http://www.umes.edu/) has begun enrollment for their annual Teacher Development Workshop (grades 6–12) to be held July 15–July 28, 2012. Funding for this program comes from a 5 year, $5m NSF CREST grant and aims to provide marine science research and educational opportunities to under-represented populations. The program is open to all. Free on campus housing, meals, course credit or a stipend and a travel expense allowance will be provided. UMES is located in Princess Anne, MD, Somerset County (http://www.townofprincessanne.com/) and instruction will take place both on campus and in Paul S. Sarbanes Coastal Ecology Center near Assateague Island in Berlin, Md (http://www.umes.edu/psscec/Default.aspx?id=32558). For more information regarding the workshop and the CREST grant, visit: http://www.umes.edu/CREST/Default.aspx?id=33372


RESOURCES

PhET Simulations Provide Interactive Learning Tools
PhET provides fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena for free. To help students visually comprehend concepts, PhET simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls such as click-and-drag manipulation, sliders and radio buttons. In order to further encourage quantitative exploration, the simulations also offer measurement instruments including rulers, stop-watches, voltmeters and thermometers. As the user manipulates these interactive tools, responses are immediately animated thus effectively illustrating cause-and-effect relationships as well as multiple linked representations (motion of the objects, graphs, number readouts, etc.). All PhET simulations are freely available from the PhET website and are easy to use and incorporate into the classroom.

Costa Concordia Capsizing
Be sure to check out the new IcEarth image and information on the Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Capsizing. It includes a Worldview-1 satellite image courtesy of DigitalGlobe, information on the ship, the Island of Giglio, two student activities, and a linkage to other explorations.  IcEarth is developed by the WETMAAP program to provide imagery and maps for education.  
IcEarth: http://icearth.cnlworld.org/index.php?eventID=25
WETMAAP: http://wetmaap.org

Data Collection App for Tarpon
Download the Tarpon Master App for your iPhone today so you can help assist the Southeastern Wildlife Conservation Group with data collection in support of Tarpon Research along the Alabama and Mississippi Gulf Coasts. Tarpon Master includes Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Tarpon weight calculator and allows you to capture the following information on your Tarpon catches so you always have them with you: length, girth, weight, location, detailed location notes, DNA sample, fly/lure/bait, miscellaneous notes, and photos. You can directly e-mail your Tarpon catch information with or without photos to the Southeastern Wildlife Conservation Group (mark.langner@swcgroup.org) so we can use such data to help support the conservation and research efforts of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. Tarpon Master is available in two levels, full and lite. The lite version will allow you to calculate 5 fish so that you can experience what the


PUBLIC COMMENT REQUESTED

National Ocean Policy Draft Implementation Plan (Deadline: February 27)
Input is currently being sought on the National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan, recently released for public comment. As part of President Obama's National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes, the National Ocean Council has released a draft National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan to address some of the most pressing challenges facing the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. The draft Implementation Plan describes more than 50 actions the Federal Government will take to improve the health of the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes, which support tens of millions of jobs, contribute trillions of dollars a year to the national economy, and are essential to public health and national security. The draft Implementation Plan will ensure the Federal Government targets limited resources more effectively to deliver demonstrable results for the American people, including predictability for users, more efficient and coordinated decision-making, and improved sharing of data and technology. For each action, the Plan outlines key milestones, identifies responsible agencies, and indicates the expected timeframe for completion.
Click on this link to read the draft Implementation Plan: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ceq/national_ocean_policy_draft_implementation_plan_01-12-12.pdf
Click here to provide comments on the draft Implementation Plan. The public comment period is open until midnight EST, February 27, 2012: http://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/submit-comments-draft-implementation-plan

National Climate Adaptation Strategy out for Public Comment (Deadline: March 5)
In partnership with state, tribal, and federal agency partners, the Obama Administration has released the first draft national strategy to help decision makers and resource managers prepare for and help reduce the impacts of climate change on species, ecosystems, and the people and economies that depend on them. The strategy represents a draft framework for unified action to safeguard fish, wildlife and plants, as well as the important benefits and services the natural world provides the nation every day, including jobs, food, clean water and air, storm protection, and recreation. The draft National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is available for public review and comment through March 5, 2012, at the web site www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov. The site provides information on submitting comments, and the dates/locations of five public information sessions and two webinars designed to provide details and encourage dialogue on the strategy and its development. To register for these meetings and for more information on the public comment process, visit http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/public-comments.php


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 EE Symposium, Events, Grants/Scholarships, Contest, Webinar/Workshop, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

2012 Environmental Education Symposium
Exhibitor Registration deadline EXTENDED*!

If your agency/organization has information related to the field of environmental education and you would like to share it with teachers and informal educators, make plans to join us now!
*In order to reserve your spot in our Symposium program, please submit your exhibitor forms by February 1st - - in 5 days!

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association will host the 15th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium – “Our Environment…Our Future” at the Lafayette Crowne Plaza in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 9-10, 2012.

All Symposium exhibitor forms, registration forms, and related information can be found on our website: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/environmental-education-symposium. For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov


EVENTS

Earth Expeditions’ Global Courses (Deadline: January 28)
Applications for Earth Expeditions’ global courses are due Saturday, January 28, 2012, at http://www.earthexpeditions.org/application/2012-field.php. These experiences enable participants to work with some of the leading conservation projects on the planet in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The deadline to apply to the Global Field Program master’s degree based on these courses is also Saturday, January 28 at http://MastersGFP.org.

CPRA Master Plan Predictive Modeling Seminar Series
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) of Louisiana recently released the Draft 2012 Coastal Master Plan for public review and comment. The draft plan is based on a two-year analysis involving some of the state's best scientists as well as national and international specialists. The state used this analysis to select 145 high-performing projects that could deliver measurable benefits to our communities and coastal ecosystem over the coming decades. In order to learn more about the modeling effort used in the development of the draft Master Plan, the CPRA is hosting a Seminar Series on these predictive models. Below is a schedule of events. For more information, click here or contact Mandy Green at mandy.green@la.gov.
Friday, January 27, 2012 – 11:40 a.m.–12:40 p.m.
Louisiana State University Energy, Coast, and Environment Building – Auditorium
Dr. Ehab Meselhe University of Louisiana at Lafayette Eco-Hydrology Model
Dr. Jenneke Visser University of Louisiana at Lafayette Vegetation Model
Friday, February 3, 2012 – 3:00–4:00 p.m.
University of New Orleans Geology and Psychology - Room GP 1000
Dr. Greg Steyer U.S. Geological Survey Wetland Morphology Model
Dr. Ioannis Georgiou University of New Orleans Barrier Shoreline Morphology Model
Thursday, February 23, 2012 – 12:00–1:00 p.m.
McNeese University Holbrook Student Union - La Jeunesse Room Old Ranch
Dr. Andy Nyman Louisiana State University and LSU AgCenter Fish & Wildlife Habitat Suitability Indices
Friday, March 2, 2012 – 10:00–11:00 a.m.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Abdalla Hall - Auditorium
Hugh Roberts, PE Arcadis Storm Surge and Wave Model
Dr. Jordan Fischbach RAND Corp. Risk Assessment (Storm Damage) Model


GRANTS / SCHOLARSHIPS

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program (Deadline: February 29)
Buick and the GM Foundation announced the launch of the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program for the 2012-13 school year. The program has expanded this year to include current undergraduate students, as well as high school seniors and graduates. The move is intended to address high drop-out rates for students unable to complete their academic goals due to financial concerns. It also helps to identify college students who have had more time to develop interests in majors covered by the program including science, technology, engineering and design, along with other areas of expertise essential to strengthening our nation’s manufacturing workforce talent. This scholarship, funded by the GM Foundation, is designed to help students who are leaders in both the classroom and their communities, but who may not have the financial means to attend college.
The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program will award: Up to $25,000 per year for 100 students – AND – $2,000 one time awards for 1,000 students
More details about the scholarship program, eligibility rules and selection criteria can be found at www.buickachievers.com. A pdf is available for download and printing at buickachievers.com/flier. Applications for the 2012 Buick Achievers Scholarship Program will be accepted online at www.buickachievers.com until February 29, 2012.

Audubon Fellowships for US Conservation Projects (Deadline: March 5)
National Audubon Society is currently accepting applications for the TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellowship Program – a program that focuses on nurturing environmental leaders across the U.S. The program will offer forty (40) $10,000 fellowships in 2012. TogetherGreen Fellows should have strong leadership skills, an interest in designing and completing a Conservation Action Project, and a shared passion for learning, achieving results, and empowering others. TogetherGreen Fellows will come from a variety of backgrounds, including the arts, education, communication, policy, science, research, and business. One of the goals of our program is to support projects that engage audiences traditionally underrepresented in the conservation movement. Applications are due March 5, 2012. All application materials can be found online at www.togethergreen.org/fellows.

Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy (June 10-13)
Attached is a brochure for the Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy June 10-13, 2012. Nominations are being accepted to award a deserving girl for this enriching experience. Keynote at closing ceremonies will be Diem Brown, an MTV reality star who overcame immense odds in a crisis of health. For more information and to read about the numerous public servant celebrities who will also be a part of this year’s event, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Louisiana-Girls-Leadership-Academy/120576218063999 or http://www.nicholls.edu/lcwg/louisiana-girls-leadership-academ/


CONTESTS

'Films for the Forest' 3rd Annual Short Film Contest (Deadline: Extension - February 10)
For guidelines, registration, and more information, visit:  www.FilmsForTheForest.org. Winning shorts will be shown during Community Screenings at the SXSW Film Festival - March 12, 2012.


WEBINAR / WORKSHOP

Deepwater Horizon Education Program - Web Stream January 28, 2011 (9-11 a.m.)
This program is a collaboration of numerous partners across the four Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacted U.S. Gulf states.  A two-hour live videoconference will connect 10 locations with researchers and educators in a professional development program that involves presentations, question/answer session, activity related to the programs, and resource identification. Speakers with follow-up Q&A will rotate between each of the four states. Educators and the general public are invited to watch the presentations between 9am CST and 11am CST. 
Host sites in each state include:
          Alabama: Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, AL 
          Florida: FL-IFAS Santa Rosa Sea Grant Extension, Milton, Florida
          Louisiana: Louisiana State University, Sea Grant, Baton Rouge, LA
          Mississippi: Institute for Marine Mammal Studies & the Mississippi Dept of Marine Resources, Biloxi, MS
Presentations Include:
          9:00 a.m.    Oil Pollution 101, Dr. Julia Lytle, USM
          9:30 a.m.    Oil Impacts to Birds, Dr. Mark Woodry, MS Grand Bay Research Reserve, MSU
          10:00 a.m.  Toxicity Risk, Bioavailability, and Biodegration of Oil, Dr. Richard Snyder, UWF
          10:30 a.m.  Dispersants, Dr. Julie Anderson, Louisiana State University – Louisiana Sea Grant
Register online http://bit.ly/znZQdj. To obtain copies of presentations, resources, and materials related to this program please visit: www.gulfallianceeducation.org/OilSpill_Prof_Develop.php. Funds for this program are provided by the NOAA Office of Education.

Workshop Announcement: Advanced Plant Identification- Grasses of Coastal Mississippi  (March 26-27, 8:30 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m.)
The Advanced Plant Identification workshop will focus on grasses common to Coastal Mississippi that commonly challenge even seasoned botanists and natural resource managers’ identification skills. Dr. Robert Mohlenbrock has spent years perfecting plant identification techniques that, based on a few visual and physical characteristics (other than leaves and flowers), will allow quick identification of these plants in the field. Registrants must have previously attended Dr. Mohlenbrock's Wetland Plant Identification workshop through the Grand Bay NERR Coastal Training Program in both the Spring and Fall -OR- Registrants must have equivalent (and verifiable) knowledge and experience. The fee for this event is $225.00 per person. This includes all course materials and transportation to field sites.


RESOURCES

Ask a Scientist-Engineer Program
Ask a Scientist-Engineer program invites teachers and students to submit STEM-related questions and receive answers from EnergySolutions scientists and engineers from across the country. Educators can use this as a way to engage in dialogue with a subject matter expert to the benefit of an upcoming subject, etc. This program is a great resource for students who:
          • Are exploring career options in the science and engineering field
          • Would like to hear an energy professional’s opinion about energy-related issues
          • Would like to hear from a subject matter expert on any science or engineering discipline
          • Could use some feedback or advice on a science fair project
Students and teachers are invited to submit questions at http://energysolutionsfoundation.org. Attached is a flyer to share with students and colleagues.

CWPPRA Release New Hydrologic Restoration Video
Watch the new 10 minute film that highlights CWPPRA’s efforts in protecting and restoring Louisiana’s freshwater marshes through hydrologic restoration. The film titled “Returning Marshlands to Magnificent Life” can be accessed in two ways. It is available at www.LaCoast.gov (on the front page) or on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/CWPPRAclips?feature=watch. The film is a creation of Mind’s Eye Productions and is the third video in the “Louisiana’s Coastal Restoration Efforts” series designed by the CWPPRA Public Outreach Committee. For more information about Louisiana’s coastal restoration efforts through CWPPRA, visit the web at www.LaCoast.gov.

 

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


 

SPECIAL eNEWS ANNOUNCEMENT: 2012 EE Symposium – TWO OUTSTANDING KEYNOTE SPEAKERS!

We are excited to announce the TWO OUTSTANDING KEYNOTE ADDRESS SPEAKERS for our EE Symposium luncheon to be held on Saturday, March 10th!

You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear from the leading experts on the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico regarding their complexities and interrelationships!

COLONEL EDWARD R. FLEMING
Commander and District Engineer, New Orleans District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Colonel Ed Fleming became the New Orleans District’s 61st commander and district engineer in 2010. As one of the largest civil works programs, The New Orleans District includes 2,800 miles of navigable waterways – including five of the top fifteen ports in the nation, 1,300 miles of levees and floodwalls, 11 navigation locks, six major flood control structures, and other projects designed to create and protect coastal wetlands. Also under Colonel Fleming’s management is the Protection and Restoration Office (PRO).  PRO is part of Team New Orleans’ effort to reduce risk for South Louisiana by executing comprehensive and integrated flood control, ecosystem restoration, and hurricane and storm damage risk reduction projects. He was also the Executive Officer for the Commanding General, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Colonel Fleming earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National War College. Colonel Fleming has received many awards and military decorations, including the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal.

DR. NANCY N. RABALAIS
Executive Director and Professor, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium
Nancy N. Rabalais, Ph.D., is a Professor and Executive Director at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium in Cocodrie, Louisiana. Dr. Rabalais' research interests include the dynamics of hypoxic environments, interactions of large rivers with the coastal ocean, estuarine and coastal eutrophication, and science policy. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, the Council for the University National-Oceanographic Laboratory System, the National and Southern Associations of Marine Labs, and the Board of Directors for GCOOS the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System, and is Chair of the National Sea Grant Advisory Board. Dr. Rabalais is an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellow, Past Chair of the Ocean Studies Board and Past President of the Estuarine Research Federation, and has received several awards for the research that she and her collaborators have conducted on hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico. She earned her Ph.D. in Zoology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1983.

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association will host the 15th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium – “Our Environment…Our Future” at the Lafayette Crowne Plaza in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Lodging assistance offered to those with significant drive times while funding is available so apply now!

Don't delay! Early Bird Registration is $35 until February 10, 2012 ($50 thereafter)

EARN CLUs!

Phenomenal speakers, innovative sessions, and a great time to be had by all in Cajun Country! Join us and register today!

All Symposium forms and related information can be found on our website: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/environmental-education-symposium
For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov

Region 1 Boating Course

Date: 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - Thursday, August 13, 2015
Address: 

LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055

City: 
Minden
Notes: 

5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. both nights.

Classes subject to cancellation and rescheduling due to participation issues.

Region 1 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Address: 

LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055

City: 
Minden
Notes: 

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This class is part of LDWF's Boating Safety Lagniappe Day and includes extra door prizes, food and drinks.

Region 1 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Address: 

LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055

City: 
Minden
Notes: 

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Classes subject to cancellation and rescheduling due to participation issues.

Region 1 Boating Course

Date: 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - Thursday, June 18, 2015
Address: 

LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055

City: 
Minden
Notes: 

5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. both nights.

Classes subject to cancellation and rescheduling due to participation issues.

Region 1 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Address: 

LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055

City: 
Minden
Notes: 

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Classes subject to cancellation and rescheduling due to participation issues.

Region 1 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Address: 

LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055

City: 
Minden
Notes: 

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Classes subject to cancellation and rescheduling due to participation issues.

Region 1 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Address: 

LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055

City: 
Minden
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Classes subject to cancellation and rescheduling due to participation issues.

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