WEEKLY eNEWS: Contests, Fellowships, Grants, Resources, Volunteer Opportunities, Webinars/Workshops

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

Environmental Awareness Student Art and Language Arts 2013 Calendars Are In!
Get FREE copies of the 2013 calendar “Louisiana Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!” featuring winning entries from our 2012 Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Art Contest. This contest is sponsored by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) through the generous support of the Alcoa Foundation. To request a calendar or to learn more about the contest contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov. Information about the 2013 contest can also be found on our website: www.wlf.la.gov/eec

 

CONTESTS

Ocean Pals Contest (December 22)
The Ocean Pals contest from Beneath the Sea is part of an environmental education-through-art program designed to encourage young people to become aware of and share their concerns for the marine environment through poster art. This year's poster theme is Save Our Sharks, while digital images should reflect the Wonderful World of Water. http://www.beneaththesea.org/ocean-pals/44617

President's Environmental Youth Awards (Regional Deadline: December 31)
Sponsored by the EPA, the President's Environmental Youth Awards program recognizes young people for projects which demonstrate their commitment to the environment. The program is available to K-12 individuals, classes, and youth groups. Awards are presented in each of the EPA regions, and one project from each region is presented with a national award. http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/peya/index.html

From the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Essay Contest (Deadline June 15, 2013)
The goal of this contest is to challenge high school students to think critically about challenges facing the ocean, with a focus on the biodiversity and species interdependence in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. This year's contest theme is Sea Animals Big and Small. The contest is an educational complement to From the Bow Seat, a documentary on environmental issues impacting the Gulf of Maine which can be downloaded directly from the website. http://www.fromthebowseat.org/contest/index.php

 

FELLOWSHIPS

Einstein Educator Fellowship Program (Deadline: December 5)
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides a unique professional development opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in a Federal agency or in a U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive knowledge and experience in the classroom to education program and/or education policy efforts. http://science.energy.gov/wdts/einstein/

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (Deadline: December 15)
Under the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program, highly accomplished U.S. primary and secondary level teachers of all subjects, guidance counsellors, curriculum specialists, curriculum heads, Talented and Gifted coordinators, Special Education coordinators and media specialists/librarians may apply for this professional development program to carry out a course of study for three to six months abroad. For more details and to apply, visit:
http://www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org/distinguished-fulbright-awards-in-teaching-program/application

 

GRANTS

Disney Hands-on Environmental Projects
Disney Hands-On Environmental Projects will be funding hands-on environmental projects across the United States for 3rd to 8th grade classrooms. Since 2009, Disney has brought to life 1,693 classroom projects focusing on saving the environment. Disney will be matching $300,000 of donations through this Double Your Impact offer.

USEPA School Bus Replacement Funding Opportunity (Pilot)
EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is accepting applications for a new rebate program. An important change in the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) reauthorization was to allow EPA to award rebates. This first year of rebates will be a pilot program focusing on the replacement of older school buses in both public and private fleets. The total funding for this opportunity will be approximately $2 million. Applicants must be the owners of the school buses. To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility and selection process, please visit http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/dera-rebate.htm. EPA will collect rebate applications from November 13 to December 14, 2012. Applicants may submit only one application for up to five buses, and applications may be downloaded from http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/dera-rebate.htm. Completed application packages should be emailed to cleandieselrebate@epa.govwith the subject line "DERA School Bus Rebate Application." A full informational guide about the rebate program and application process is available online at http://epa.gov/cleandiesel/documents/420r12029.pdf Questions about the rebate program should be sent to cleandieselrebate@epa.gov.

 

RESOURCES

NOAA Explorer Education Material, Volume 2: How Do We Explore? Available Online
NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research has recently completed Volume 2 of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection - How Do We Explore? This volume complements Volume 1: Why Do We Explore?, and targets the exploration strategy of the Okeanos Explorer and the technology used in modern ocean exploration, including: telepresence, multibeam sonar, water column investigations and underwater robots. Each lesson in this volume is aligned with the vision of A Framework for K-12 Science Education in preparation for the Next Generation Science Standards, and also with the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts. For the complete package of lessons: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/edu/collection/hdwe.html To find an onsite How Do We Explore? professional development offering in your area: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/edu/development/onsite_development.html

Dive Below the Water’s Surface - Virtually
Google’s new addition to Street View provides “street” view access to six of the world’s most beautiful underwater landscapes. The project—made possible through a partnership with the Catlin Seaview Survey—gives Google users a chance to swim around the Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii’s Molokini Crater, its Hanauma Bay and the Apo Islands in the Philippines. The 50,000 stitched-together images come from a special underwater camera—the SVII—that divers bring eight meters below the water’s surface. They take shots every four seconds, which can then be fed into Street View.  http://maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/gallery.html?

Science Music
Do you use music and songs with your students? If so, you will like the revised Science Music website at: http://www.resa.net/sciencemusic Sites include: Symphony of Music; Science Explosion; Worm Songs; Bill Nye Tunes; Science Song Collections; Science Songs for Teaching; Earth Science Songs and many more.

Classroom Earth Is Now K-12, Plus New Resources Available
Classroom Earth is now K-12 and their updated website offers a database of new resources searchable by grade level, topic and academic discipline, and includes a Nature Center Map where teachers can connect with nature nearby. Explore Classroom Earth today and create an account to customize your experience and interact with peers. Stay tuned for information on National Environmental Education Week's Greening STEM theme for 2013. Also, try out a new interactive infographic, featuring teaching resources available from the U.S. EPA. http://www.classroomearth.org/

NOAA Fisheries Service online Fish Watch Lessons and Activities
NOAA Fisheries Service, an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), recently published online the Fish Watch Lessons and Activities. This set of 16 teacher tested, science standard correlated, lesson plans challenges high school students and their teachers to use the NOAA Fisheries Service's FishWatch website to locate, manipulate, and analyze data to make informed decisions about sustainable seafood consumption. Students examine catch data and correlate trends with fisheries management measures to understand overfished, overfishing, and the stock rebuilding process for various species. http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/10/10_12_12noaa_fisheries_lesson_plans.html

Avery Island, LA Duck Hunt, 1939 (Unclassified)
This historical archive film titled “Sky Game” was shot on Avery Island in 1939. It includes footage of E.A. McIlhenny banding birds and also footage of a duck hunt on the island: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zpk1wxBp9GE

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer Opportunities to help Restore Coastal Forests at Jean Lafitte National Park
CRCL will be returning to Jean Lafitte National Park in December to plant an additional 800 cypress trees to protect the coastal forest habitat from erosion help restore areas that were damaged during Hurricane Isaac. Please volunteer today and help play a vital role in the continued success of CRCL’s restoration programming!
Transporting Cypress Trees:Friday, November 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Jean Lafitte NHP and Barataria Preserve Jones Point Boat Launch in Marrero, LA.
Planting Trees:Friday December 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Jean Lafitte NHP and Barataria Preserve Jones Point Boat Launch in Marrero, LA
All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. All volunteers must register with the Coalition to attend the event! Register online at or by calling (888) LACOAST

Voluntary Guidelines for States: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program
This month, EPA will release its Voluntary Guidelines for States: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program. The guidelines were mandated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and were developed in consultation with other federal agencies, states, school officials, and non-profit organizations. School environments play an important role in the health and academic success of children. Children spend 90% of their time indoors and much of that time is spent in school. Unhealthy school environments can affect children’s health, attendance, concentration, and performance, as well as lead to expensive, time-consuming cleanup and remediation activities. These voluntary guidelines recommend six steps states can take to build or enhance a school environmental health program. The guidelines also include a model K-12 school environmental health program as a resource that states can customize and share with schools and school districts to help them establish, or enhance an existing, school environmental health program. The model program incorporates EPA’s unique school health programs such as Tools for Schools, ENERGY Star for K-12 Schools and others, to help schools and school districts begin or enhance a comprehensive school environmental health program. To learn more about the guidelines, please visit: www.epa.gov/schools. If you have questions or are interested in working with us to promote healthy schools, please contact Cyndy Merse at (202)566-2970 or merse.cynthia@epa.gov.

 

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.
Dec. 5, 2012, 2-3 p.m. President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Programs (PCFSN)
Dec. 12, 2012, 4-5 p.m. Solar Energy: Power for Earth, the ISS, and Exploring Other Worlds! (NASA)
Dec. 19, 2012, 4-6 p.m. Chipmunk Cheeks and Chicken Legs: Body Systems and Life in Space (NASA)

Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards
Free web seminars are available for teachers to better understand the NGSS. Now through December, NSTA is presenting eight web seminars on the practices described in A Framework for K-12 Science Education – Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. Register at http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/SeminarRegistration.aspx

AMS DataStreme Course Offerings for Spring 2013 – K-12 Educators
The American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Project is an expenses-paid professional development program for in-service K-12 educators. Graduate-level courses in meteorology (http://bit.ly/PJujJu), oceanography (http://bit.ly/SfcjCr), and climate science (http://bit.ly/TWhQxu) are offered each fall and spring semester by Local Implementation Teams (LITs) across the country. Teachers construct a Plan of Action for educational peer-training following course completion. To register, please contact your nearest LIT leader by late fall 2012 (a list of LIT leaders is available through the links above). DataStreme receives support from NASA, NOAA, and NSF.

Free Watershed Academy Webinar on “How’s My Waterway? and Other Water Quality Apps" (November 28)
Register for the free Watershed Academy webinar entitled “How’s My Waterway? and Other Water Quality Apps” on November 28, 2012 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST. These new apps have great potential to let users quickly learn about waterways anywhere. EPA recently launched a new app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer. Available at http://www.epa.gov/mywaterway, the How's My Waterway app and website uses mobile device location or a user-entered zip code or city name to provide information about the quality of local water bodies. The webcast will also highlight the SwimGuide app which helps you find your closest beach and provides beach status information (see http://www.theswimguide.org/). Finally, the webcast will showcase the Riverview app which lets you share pictures of your favorite river and share information on its condition (http://belowthesurface.org/).To register for this webinar, please visit www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts.

Esri's 5th annual T3G Institute (Deadline: November 30)
Esri's 5th annual T3G Institute is seeking 100 educators and education influencers, from all levels, who want to help other educators engage ArcGIS Online in their instruction. This week-long event will be held on the Esri campus in Redlands, California, June 16-21, 2013. For more info, see http://esriurl.com/funwithgis130 and http://esriurl.com/t3g. Through modeling, practice, and discussion, participants boost their skills in teaching with computers, in problem-based learning, in conducting professional development, and in using GIS. GIS is being used in ever more jobs (http://edcommunity.esri.com/careers), and therefore ever more classes and contexts, from grad school to grade school. More US states are establishing statewide licenses for K12 education (http://esriurl.com/funwithgis129). 

Free Flinn Lab Safety Course Begins Online January 1, 2013
Middle School: http://www.solutionwhere.com/misdtraining/cw/showcourse.asp?3923
High School: http://www.solutionwhere.com/misdtraining/cw/showcourse.asp?3924

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