WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Contests, Workshops, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

EVENTS

Master Naturalist Program to Offer Classes on Habitats, Wildlife (Deadline: April 15)
The 2012 Mississippi Master Naturalist Program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays, from April 26 to June 14, at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. Class enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required. The course fee is $100, which includes program costs and educational materials. Continuing education units and continuing forestry education credits have been approved and will be awarded upon completion of course work. Natural resource professionals, university professors and extension agents will conduct the classes and field trips as participants study native plants, habitats, insects, watershed management, wildlife, forestry, fisheries, soils and birds. To register, contact Chris Boyd, an assistant extension professor who works with Mississippi State University and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, at (228) 546-1025 or cboyd@ext.msstate.edu. Program flyer and application are attached. Applications and course fees must be received by April 15.


CONTESTS

Project Earth® K-12 Environmental Contest (Deadline: April 15)
All Louisiana K-12 schools are invited to participate on www.ProjectEarth.net, a free web-based network for schools and organizations worldwide to help promote environmental education and action amongst our future generations. Founded by Ecology and Environment Inc. (E & E), the mission of Project Earth® is to generate ongoing conversation and collaboration across national boundaries that collectively lead to positive environmental change. Project Earth® is hosting a 2012 U.S. Earth Day Contest & International World Environment Day Contest. One nation-wide Earth Day winning project will be selected from each K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade category. Winners will be awarded a National Geographic Interactive Intelliglobe and will be featured in media press releases, in the Project Earth global newsletter, and on www.ProjectEarth.net. Entries for the 2012 U.S. Earth Day Contest are due by April 15, 2012. For more details about Project Earth® and the 2012 contests please see attached or email admin@projectearth.net.

American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) Poll for Best Beach
To celebrate 10 years of honoring Best Restored Beaches (BRB) across America, the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) is asking the public to pitch in to pick the Best of the Best Restored Beaches in three categories. The three categories are:
     •  Urban Beaches: This includes highly developed beaches, including intensely developed areas with high-rise condos and resorts.
     •  Community Beaches: This includes less densely developed beaches backed by low-rise or single-family dwellings.
     •  Park/Habitat Beaches: This includes areas that undertake beach nourishment solely for habitat restoration and park projects. These can be in remote regions or in the middle of a city. One of CWPPRA’s own projects, the Chaland Headland Restoration Project has been nominated in this category.
Starting March 30, everyone can vote for their favorite beach in one of the three categories online at http://www.asbpa.org/about_us/about_us_best_restored_beach_2012.htm. You can vote once every 24 hours, all the way to April 27, and you can even see how your favorite beach is doing every time you visit. Winners will be announced in mid-May and they all will be honored at a special ceremony next spring during the ASBPA’s annual Coastal Summit in Washington, DC.


WORKSHOPS

Why Do We Explore?
Professional Development for Educators of Grades 5-12 Saturday, April 21, 2012
, 8:30 am–4:00 pm in partnership with and hosted by Audubon Aquarium of the Americas New Orleans, LA. Stipends are available. For more information: http://www.auduboninstitute.org/educators/workshops/why-do-we-explore

Teachers Invited to Aquascience Workshop
Science and math teachers interested in including aquaculture/aquascience as a hands-on component in their classrooms are invited to attend Aquaculture 101, June 11-15, at the E.W. Shell Fisheries Center at Auburn University in Alabama. The 5-day training workshop will focus on aquaculture and aquascience and how to teach principles (matched to core standards) of biology, chemistry, math and physics in innovative ways. Teachers completing the course will receive 32 hours of continuing education credits. There is no cost to attend. Travel and living expenses are not provided. This workshop will focus on middle- and high-school learning activities. Contact PJ Waters at waterph@aces.edu or 251-438-5690 for information or to register. The workshop is sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Gadsden State Community College, Auburn University and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.

Summer Science Workshops Available to Teachers (Deadline: April 30)
The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and Dauphin Island Sea Lab will offer three summer workshop opportunities for K-12 teachers at the Sea Lab on Dauphin Island in Alabama. There is no cost for food or housing, and the $100 tuition fee is refundable upon completion of the workshop. Participants may earn continuing education units or graduate credit.
Reefs, Rhizomes and Restoration – June 17-21 This workshop focuses on coastal habitat restoration. Participating educators will learn about the science of restoration ecology and visit restoration sites. They will get a look at different tools and techniques used for restoration, build their own reef balls and explore ways to adapt the information for their classrooms.
Fins, Fishes and Fisheries – July 15-19 This workshop focuses on fisheries management and seafood sustainability. Activities include learning about current fisheries research, trawling in Mobile Bay and offshore, visiting local aquaculture facilities and practice being a fisheries manager.
Climate Change in the Gulf of Mexico – July 17-20 Participants will learn the latest about climate change and how to address it in the classroom. What are the impacts on Alabama and the Gulf region? Participants will hear about climate change from researchers, conduct hands-on activities suitable for students, explore data-rich online resources and develop lesson plans.
Complete workshop information and applications are available at http://dhp.disl.org/teachertraining.htm. Contact Sara Johnson at 251-861-2141 ext. 7515 or sejohnson@disl.org with any questions.

OneNOAA Science Seminars: April 2012
OneNOAA Science Seminars is the most complete summary of upcoming NOAA science seminars and a joint effort to share science across NOAA and our constituents. All seminars are open to anyone. All NOAA offices and CI are welcome to join our effort as OneNOAA seminar partners and share their seminars! For questions, please contact Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov or a OneNOAA Science seminar partner. Click on seminar title to access full details.
Apr 05: (canceled) Emission Modeling for Air Quality Forecasting at ARL: A Decadal Review; Speaker(s): Daniel Tong (NOAA Air Resources Laboratory); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 ARL Large Conference Room 3404 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910)
Apr 05: Designing Evaluations; Speaker(s):Stephanie Shipman and Valerie Caracelli (Applied Research Methods Team, Government Accountability Office); Location: NOAA SSMC-3, 2nd Floor, Library (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 05: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: Q&A for Unified Modeling Language (UML) Basics; Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 10: Understanding and Modeling Climate Extremes; Speaker(s): Lance Bosart (SUNY Albany); Suzana Camargo (Columbia University); Kerry Emanuel (MIT); Rong Fu (University of Texas at Austin); Upmanu Lall (Columbia University); Chunzai Wang (NOAA AOML); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 12th floor Fishbowl (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910). Remote attendance is encouraged; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 10: NWS TBD; Speaker(s): Robert Hoffman (Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola, FL); Location: National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK), NWC Room 1350; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 11: Modeling Black Carbon with the OsloCTM2: Current Status and Planned Work; Speaker(s): Marianne Tronstad Lund (Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo, Norway); Location: NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division seminar Room 2A305, David Skaggs Research Center (NOAA Building), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 12: Early results from the Barnegat Bay Sea Nettle Barrier Pilot Project; Speaker(s): Jim Vasslides, Jennifer Barny, Nina Sassano (Barnegat Bay Partnership, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ); Location: NOAA, NMFS, NEFSC, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory Conference Room. (74 Magruder Road, Sandy Hook, New Jersey; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 12: Current Legal and Policy Issues Related to Antarctic Diplomacy; Speaker(s): Evan Bloom (US Department of State); Location: NOAA SSMC-3, 2nd Floor, Library (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 12: Chicago Climate Action Plan; Speaker(s): Tom McKone (Civic Consulting Alliance); Location: WebEx Event, remote access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 12: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: Tool Overview; Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 13: NOAA CIRES Distinguished Lecture: A Tribute to Dr. George Reid by Dr. Susan Solomon; Speaker(s): Dr. Susan Solomon; Location: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO; Visual Arts Complex (VAC), Art & Art History Building, Room 1B20; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 17: Annual Tzvi Gal-Chen Lecture Series: Predicting the Weather From Days to A Season Ahead: Developments at ECMWF; Speaker(s): Alan J. Thorpe (ECMWF); Location: National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK), NWC Room. 1313; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 18: Recent and Planned Development of Data Assimilation and Modeling Systems at ECMWF; Speaker(s): Peter Bauer (ECMWF); Location: NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 19: Applications of Manually-Generated Cloud Masks for Cloud Model Verification; Speaker(s): Dr. Keith D. Hutchison; Location: NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 19: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: QandA for Tool Overview; Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 24: Development and Aplication of An Integrated Ecosystem Model for Alaska; Speaker(s): Amy Breen (Scenarios Network for Alaska & Arctic Planning); Location: ACCAP office, second floor of the Denali Building, 3352 College Rd., Fairbanks, Alaska; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 26: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: ISO Creation Methods; Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar


RESOURCES

Greening STEM Planning Toolkits
Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning, a set of planning toolkits for educators including STEM activities and resources for all grade levels around popular environmental topics has been prepared. These topics include: Gardens & Schoolyards, Energy Efficiency, Geography Connections, Water Resources, and Climate & Weather  
The toolkits highlight opportunities for project-based learning, service-learning and citizen science, and we hope they will support you to easily develop activities for EE Week around the Greening STEM theme. http://eeweek.org/greening_stem/toolkits/gardens

Become a Citizen Scientist Project BudBurst
Project BudBurst is a network of people across the United States who monitor plants as the seasons change. It’s a national field campaign designed to engage the public in the collection of important ecological data based on the timing of leafing, flowering and fruiting of plants. The website includes a collection of resources designed for use by educators in informal and formal learning environments to implement Project BudBurst with their students. Among the resources are Teacher Registration Guides for elementary, middle and high school educators; Classroom Activity Descriptions for each grade level to effectively implement Project BudBurst in the K–12 classroom setting; free, downloadable Classroom Activities, aligned with national education standards, and accompanying teacher implementation guides; and a list of other educational resources and activities that might be of interest. Please visit: http://neoninc.org/budburst


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