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The Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program

The Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program, open to 7th – 12th grade teachers from the Greater New Orleans Area*, will inform participants about Louisiana’s coastal and wetland issues and how to develop related science phenomena for the classroom. Participants will also learn how to perform field experiences and build-out phenomena into instructional sequences for students.
 
The fellowship includes four workshops during the summer of 2019 where teachers will be exposed to Louisiana’s unique coastal and wetlands issues utilizing current data and hands-on scientific techniques. Learning experiences will focus on investigating coastal land loss and restoration, marine debris and microplastics, water quality, and invasive species.
 
Teachers will use information and data gained in workshops to develop phenomena based on Louisiana Students Standards for Science for their classrooms. Phenomena development and classroom implementation will be supported through a mentoring and evaluation program that includes fellows along with pedagogical and content experts working together to ensure exemplary programming for your classroom. Finalized phenomena and resources will be published on the Louisiana Science Phenomena Website. The resources on the website will serve as a foundation for instructional sequences in coastal and wetland issues for all of Louisiana’s educators.
 
* The Greater New Orleans Area includes Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Washington parishes.
 
 
Workshop Details
1st Workshop, Baton Rouge – June 3rd – 4th. 
 
2nd Workshop, Grand Isle – June 18th – 19th
 
3rd Workshop, Cocodrie – July 1st - 2nd
 
4th Workshop, New Orleans – July 18th – 19th
 
For more information, contact Thomas Gresham at tgresham@wlf.la.gov.
 

Environmental News

Queen Bess Island Restoration Project Greenlighted

Funding has been approved to restore Queen Bess Island, a major breeding ground for the state bird the brown pelican, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Coastal Protect and Restoration Authority (CPRA) announced March 29.
 
The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG) approved funding for the project that will restore 30 acres of brown pelican and wading bird habitat and seven acres of nesting tern habitat to the 37-acre island near Grand Isle in Jefferson Parish.
 
The funding comes from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damages (NRD) settlement administered by the LA TIG. The project will begin in early fall 2019 and should be completed by the middle of February 2020.
 
Queen Bess is the third largest brown pelican rookery in Louisiana, producing 15-20 percent of the state’s nesting activity. It is also nesting habitat for about 10 species of nesting colonial water birds, such as tri-colored herons, great egrets and royal terns. The island, which is battling land loss from subsidence and erosion from over wash, currently has about only five acres of nesting habitat available.
 
 

Volunteer Opportunity

Baton Rouge Cleanup

If you're looking for a volunteer opportunity in the Baton Rouge area, The Walls Project's Reactivate Program is looking for help cleaning up the Winbourne Avenue and Plank Road area. Volunteers can meet at Howell Park any day from April 24-27 at 9 a.m. 
 

Lagniappe

Want to Reduce Stress During Standardized Tests?

The National Environmental Education Foundation's number one recommendation for reducing students' stress during test time is going outside!  "Arranging an outside lunch or a 10-minute walk for your classroom can make all the difference when it comes to dealing with test anxiety," says this article on the NEEF website. It continues, "Allowing students to spend more time outside can actually help boost test scores and help students perform better. If you don’t have access to the outdoors, displaying outdoor images on a TV or computer monitor serves as a good replacement."
 
If you'd like to read more, visit https://www.neefusa.org/eeweek/destressing-test-time
 

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