WEEKLY eNEWS: Contests, Grants, Education Opportunities, Volunteer Opportunities, Webinars, Workshops

 A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

CONTESTS

Get Green Video Contest - Two Weeks To Enter! (Deadline: December 8)
Planet Connect has partnered with Staples to host the third Get Green Video Contest, a national contest designed for high school students, aged 14 to 19, to display their creativity and environmental/STEM knowledge while helping to inspire the public and their peers. Prizes include cash, a Samsung Galaxy Tab, a Netbook, and an HD camcorder! This year’s Get Green Video Contest winners will also have the opportunity for their videos to be broadcast on national television, through the Eco Company TV show! The deadline to enter is 3 PM EST on December 8, 2011. 
For more details, including information on green cities and STEM, contest directions, rules and eligibility, the judging process, filmmaking guides and contest prizes, visit: http://www.planetconnect.org/getgreenvideocontest

The 2012 DuPont Challenge© is now open for entries! (Deadline: January 31)
The 2012 DuPont Challenge© Science Essay Competition is celebrating its 25th anniversary! The DuPont Challenge© has two primary objectives: to help increase science literacy among students and to motivate them to excel communicating scientific ideas. Students may write a 700 to 1,000-word essay discussing a scientific discovery, theory, event, or technological application that has captured their interest. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2012. All essays must be submitted through the official online Entry Form.

Nominations Sought For Top Conservation Awards (Deadline: February 1)
The Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) is now accepting nominations for the 48th Governor’s State Conservation Achievement Awards. The program recognizes those persons and organizations who make outstanding contributions to the natural resource welfare and environmental quality of the community, parish and state. There are eight award categories for which nominations can be made. They are: professional; volunteer; business; educator; youth; elected official; communications and organization. Nominations are now open and will be accepted until February 1, 2012. The awards will be presented on March 10, 2012 at a special banquet held in conjunction with the 73rd annual convention of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation at the Clarion Inn and Suites Conference Center in Covington, Louisiana. More details of the program, including rules, descriptions of award categories, a nomination form and tips on submitting a nomination are posted on the LWF website at www.lawildlifefed.org along with a “model” nomination that prospective participants can consult. Interested people can also call the LWF office, 225-344-6707, for more information.

Louisiana Young Heroes Competition Underway (Deadline: February 3)
Nominations are now being taken for the 2012 Louisiana Young Heroes Awards. Students must be enrolled in a Louisiana school or homeschooled and cannot be older than 19 years of age. The awards honor students in grades 7-12 who have excelled in the classroom, have served their community or have shown great courage in overcoming adversity in their own lives. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the LPB website (www.lpb.org/heroes) or submitted through the online form. Letters of recognition and other supporting materials should be sent to support the nomination. The deadline for entries is February 3, 2012. Louisiana Young Heroes Day will be April 18, 2012. The Young Heroes will be treated to a day full of activities including lunch on the grounds of the Governor's Mansion. The day will culminate in a banquet that night in Baton Rouge. For more information, call Margaret Schlaudecker at (800) 272-8161, ext. 4276.
 

GRANTS

EPA Requests Proposals for Urban Waters Small Grants (Deadline: January 23, 2012)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to award between $1.8 to $3.8 million in funding for projects across the country to help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization. The funding is part of EPA's Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve, and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land. The goal of the Urban Waters Small Grants program is to fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities such as public health, social and economic opportunities, general livability and environmental justice for residents. Information about Urban Waters Small Grants including the Request for Proposal (RFP) and registration links for the webinars is available at http://www.epa.gov/urbanwaters/funding. Deadline for submitting proposals: January 23, 2012. Two webinars about this funding opportunity: December 14, 2011 and January 5, 2012.
For more information on EPA's Urban Waters program, visit: http://www.epa.gov/urbanwaters
For more information on the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, visit: http://urbanwaters.gov

EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

TIDES Masters Program Call for Applicants
The NERRS Science Collaborative is issuing a call for applicants to TIDES, the new professional Masters program at the University of New Hampshire. The goal of TIDES (Training for the Integration of Decisions and Ecosystem Science) is to enhance the ability of coastal professionals to effectively link coastal and estuarine science to decision making. The emphasis of the program is on setting up and managing collaborative partnerships from the earliest stage of knowledge generation and throughout the research process. Please read more about TIDES in the attached PDF document.

Louisiology Radio Show on 2011 MS Flood
Louisiology is a one hour, monthly radio program featuring the science behind Louisiana's environmental and coastal issues. It is produced by students in the LSU School of Coast and Environmental and the LSU School of Renewable and Natural Resources and sponsored by Louisiana Sea Grant. Louisiology – airs on Baton Rouge Community Radio, 96.9 FM
Episode 1: This first episode covers the 2011 Mississippi River flood and the opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway. It features interviews with Dr. Sibel Bargu, graduate students Emily Smith and Eric Roy, as well as Dr. Clint Wilson from LSU Civil and Environmental Engineering and Dr. Chris Brantley from the USACE.   

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers Needed! Cypress Tree Planting at Jean Lafitte National Park’s Barataria Preserve (December 8)
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. The restored marsh will also provide critical habit for wildlife. Volunteers will plant 800 cypress trees during this two-day event. We are also looking for volunteers to unload and transport trees when they are delivered the day before the planting event. We will need volunteers to help unload the trees from an 18 wheeler truck and transport them, by boat, a short distance up a canal and unload them at the planting site.
Transporting Cypress Trees: Thursday, December 8, 9:00 am to no later than 3:00 pm
Planting Cypress Trees: Friday December 9th from 9:00 am to no later than 4:30 pm
                                           Saturday December 10thth from 9:00 am to no later than 4:30 pm
Location: Barataria Preserve Education Center: 6588 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, LA 70072
Volunteers can register for one day or all three days. 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

WEBINARS

generationOn Webinar – Walking the Walk: Spotlight on Action (December 1, 3:30-4:30 pm EST)
Join generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, for a free service-learning webinar designed especially for educators. During this webinar, which focuses the action phase of service-learning, you will:
•   learn about the different types of service and their impact on students and the community.
•   hear from special guest Ryan Steuer from Decatur Middle School in Indianapolis, Indiana on how service takes his students' project-based learning to the next level.
•   have the opportunity to share your own action stories with our national audience.
•   find out how to access and apply for mini-grants to help fund your service projects.
•   leave with practical tips, ideas and resources to help you meet your short, medium and long-term goals
Click here to register today! Please contact Davida Gatlin (dgatlin@generationon.org) with any questions.

WORKSHOPS

CRMS, SONRIS Website Training (December 6)
Join members of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for a training session and presentation on how to use: the CWPPRA Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) website and the CPRA/LDNR SONRIS website.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 9:30am to 11:30am
LaSalle Building (11th Floor I.T. Training Room), 617 North Third Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

This training will present recent updates to these websites and will also demonstrate ways of downloading restoration project monitoring data, engineering data, geospatial data, and other information. Space is limited, so we are asking that organizations designate no more than two or three representatives to attend the training. Please RSVP! Please contact Chris Robertson at christopher.robertson@LA.gov or (225) 342-0241 with a list of participants from your organization no later than Tuesday, November 29th, 2011.

UNO CERF Educators' Workshop - Coastal Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy (December 10)
Join in on an educators' workshop on Saturday December 10 - 9:00 am-3:00 pm at the Coastal Education and Research Facility (CERF) at Chef Menteur Pass in eastern Orleans Parish. The workshop is sponsored by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and UNO Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences and will focus on how best to introduce the "Multiple Lines of Defense" approach to coastal restoration and protection to elementary, middle and high school students. Explore several activities designed to get students thinking about ways people who live in the Greater New Orleans area can and should be protected and protect themselves from hurricane storm surges and flooding. The Multiple Lines of Defense strategy for coastal restoration and protection was introduced after Hurricane Katrina by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. You can read more at http://www.saveourlake.org/multiple-lines-of-defense.php
For more information or to register, contact Dinah Maygarden, 504-280-1374, dmaygard@uno.edu.

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