WEEKLY eNEWS: Conferences, Contests, Events, Grants, Resources, Webinars/Workshops

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

CONFERENCES

National Marine Educators Association Conference 2013
Spring Hill College Campus, Mobile, AL
EXHIBITOR INVITATION July 22 – July 24, 2013
Classroom and informal educators, researchers, resource managers, marine scientists and ocean enthusiasts from across the nation and around the world gather each summer at the NMEA conference. The conference is a place for attendees to make professional connections, share innovative ideas, and learn about new resources, tools and technologies for use in classrooms, laboratories, and education programs. Accepting applications from January 7, 2013 to March 15, 2013! The fee for an accepted exhibitor is $250 plus one full conference registration. Exhibit space is limited, so act fast! Application forms must be received by March 15, 2013. To register as an exhibitor for the NMEA 2013 Conference, submit the Exhibitor Application Form. It can be found online at www.nmeaweb.org. Return forms to sserra@disl.org, by fax Attn: Stephanie Serra (251) 861-4646, or by mail: Stephanie Serra NMEA Exhibits, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36695.

Register for the Bays and Bayous Symposium
This year’s theme is “Finding a Common Currency: Natural Resource Economics, Ecology and Culture.” More than 120 oral presentation and 60 poster presentations are scheduled for the symposium. Presenters and their topics can be previewed on the agenda link at http://masgc.org/bb2012. Click on concurrent sessions or poster presentations to see details. Come and see what’s new in the Gulf and network with others who are interested in coastal issues. Register here: http://masgc.org/page.asp?id=773.

 

CONTESTS

Shell Science Lab Challenge (Deadline: November 12)
The Shell Science Lab Challenge gives science lab teachers an opportunity to share exemplary approach for a chance to win a school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000; over $93,000 in lab makeover prizes to be awarded this year to 18 schools. Learn more.

PASCO STEM Educator Award (Deadline: November 30)
Teachers can win $2000.00 in PASCO products, a $1000.00 stipend, and a trip to the NSTA National conference in April 2013. http://www.pasco.com/resources/pasco-stem-educator-awards/index.cfm.

River of Words Art and Poetry Contest (Deadline: December 1)
River of Words is an international environmental poetry and art project open to youth ages 5-19, designed to nurture respect and understanding of the natural world. The deadline for entries from the U.S. is December 1, 2012; for international entries, February 1, 2013. http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/center-for-environmental-literacy/art-poetry-contest

P3 Design Competition (Deadline: December 12)
The EPA is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2013/2013_p3.html

 

EVENTS

Louisiana Envirothon: Save the Date – March 9, 2013
The Louisiana Envirothon is an environmental problem-solving competition for students in grades 6-12.  Teams train and compete by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management.  The competition focuses on five natural resource areas:  soils and land use, aquatic resources, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue.  Please see the attached flyer for more information on the 2013 Louisiana Envirothon. More information can also be found at: www.deq.louisiana.gov/Envirothon.
 

GRANTS

Captain Planet Foundation Grants (Deadline: January 15)
The Captain Planet Foundation funds and supports hands-on environmental projects for children and youths ages 6–18.  Its objective is to encourage innovative programs that empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Grant amounts range from $250 to $2,500. Please visit: http://captainplanetfoundation.org/apply-for-grants/

SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund (Deadline: December 1)
The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund supports projects in species research, habitat protection, animal rescue and rehabilitation, and conservation education. http://www.swbg-conservationfund.org/grantInfoA.htm

Walmart Store and Sam's Club Local Giving Programs (Deadline: December 1)
The Walmart Foundation supports charitable organizations through its Walmart Store and Sam’s Club Giving Programs. Eligible organizations include K-12 public schools/districts, charter schools, community/junior colleges, and others. http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/local-giving

 

RESOURCES

Earth Science Searchable Online Classroom Activities
Ever wish you could go online to search for a classroom activity tailor-made to match the Earth Visit the Earth Science Week Classroom Activities page for more than 120 free learning activities. Activities now are organized and searchable by various criteria, including specific Earth science topics. To find the perfect activity for your lesson, just click on “Search Classroom Activities?” You can search by grade level and science education standard. Maybe most useful, you also can search among 24 categories of Earth science topics, from energy and environmental impacts to plate tectonics and weathering. This updated, database-driven resource is ideal not only for supplementing a prepared curriculum, but also for generating activities that address in-the-news events such as fossil discoveries and volcanic eruptions. See the Classroom Activities page at http://www.earthsciweek.org/forteachers/classroomactivities.html.

Many Strong Voices
The goal of Many Strong Voices is to promote the well-being, security, and sustainability of coastal communities in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States by bringing these regions together to take action on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and to tell their stories to the world. Check out the resources pages with links to podcasts, video, and more; read portraits of resilience; and access the free peer-reviewed journal articles, including Ecosystem-Based Adaptation to Climate Change in Caribbean Small Island Developing States: Integrating Local and External Knowledge. http://www.manystrongvoices.org/

Marine Biology Coloring Book
The Marine Biology Coloring Book can serve as a useful resource and guide through hand-drawn illustrations and updated text. The process of coloring can focus attention and leave a visual imprint on memory. The latest edition includes ocean currents and global weather, the deep-sea realm, and more. Those interested can preview pages from the book before purchase. http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780062737182

Marine Science Graduate Research Blog
Students with an interest in marine science and research should check out the Northeastern University Marine Science Center's graduate student blog. It's easy to scroll through and offers a look into the lives of grad students in the field and lab. http://cosresearch.wordpress.com/

Evolution Video
This is a great comprehensive explanation of scientific theory and evolution only 10 minutes in length.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdddbYILel0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

New Watershed Curriculum Available for the Pascagoula River
A new online curriculum entitled “Connecting Students to the Pascagoula River” developed by the grant partnership composed of representatives from NOAA, The MDMR Grand Bay NERR, The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain, Bayou Town Productions, The University of Southern Mississippi, The MDEQ and The Pascagoula River Audubon Center, is designed to provide place-based watershed information to teachers throughout our region who teach upper elementary and middle school students. The curriculum can be found online at: http://www.ltmcp.org/teacher-resources/pascagoula-river-watershed/and www.grandbaynerr.org

 

WEBINARS/WORKSHOPS

Green Strides Webinar Series Sessions by USDA, NOAA, DOI and NASA Geared Toward Educators
Session presenters are eager to connect schools with their many existing free resources and programs. Upcoming sessions focus on environmental education/STEM topics for educators as well as several facilities and health topics, which may appeal more to administrators and facilities managers at state, district, and school levels.
Nov. 7, 2012, 2-3 p.m. Integrated School Health Tools for Districts (EPA)
Nov. 14, 2012, 2-3 p.m. Train Like an Astronaut (NASA)
Nov. 28, 2012, 2-3 p.m. Hands on the Land (DOI)


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/

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) – www.wlf.la.gov/eec
Venise Ortego, Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov