WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Volunteer Opportunities, Professional Development, Grants/Awards, Workshops, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

EVENTS

2012 Environmental Education Symposium – THIS WEEKEND! (March 9-10)
On-Site Registration will be accepted. We look forward to seeing YOU at the state conference this week! For more information, click here or contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov.

Time to Register Your Global Youth Service Day 2012 project! (April 20-22)
     Volunteer Louisiana in the Office of Lieutenant Governor invites you to be a part of Global Youth Service Day scheduled for April 20-22, 2012. Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning.
     Youth Service America has designated Volunteer Louisiana as the state’s Lead Agency for 2012.  Volunteer Louisiana and its partners are seeking to engage young people of all abilities ages 5-25 in schools, youth organizations, faith-based organizations, and social organizations to participate in or conduct a GYSD project. While GYSD is scheduled for April 20-22, all service projects conducted during the month of April registered at www.gysd.org will be recognized by Volunteer Louisiana and will be provided additional resources. The attached documents on GYSD will provide more information.   
Contact: Denise Dowell at 225-342-3937 or ddowell@crt.la.gov.  

8th Annual Wildlife Center of Texas Benefit Golf Tournament (April 25)
The Wildlife Center of Texas
is a nonprofit, donor-supported organization established in response to the increased need for emergency veterinary care for injured, ill, orphaned and oiled native wildlife. They will host their 8th Annual Wildlife Center of Texas Golf Tournament on April 25th. A fantastic day is planned at the Evergreen Point Golf Club in Baytown, TX. The Golf Tournament is the largest fundraiser that The Wildlife Center of Texas hosts every year. Click here for more details.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers Needed to Assist with a Cypress Marsh Restoration Project Near Chalmette (March 9)
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation are looking for interested volunteers to participate in a cypress swamp restoration project near the Caernarvon Diversion in Plaquemines Parish, LA on Friday March 9, from 9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m. All volunteers must register with CRCL to attend the event! All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will be planting 250 three-gallon pots of cypress trees and wrapping the trees with protectors to shield them from predators. Volunteers will be transported to the planting site by boat. Physical fitness is required. If you are interested in volunteering and/or have a flat bottom boat to lend, please email Hilary Collis at hilaryc@crcl.org for more information.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory is offering several teacher opportunities spring and summer in 2012. For more information on any of the programs, please contact the person named below next to each opportunity.
1. Explore a Seashore is a new family educational experience. Programs are held the second Friday and Saturday of each month during the school year. Upcoming programs include: 
March 9-10  Insights into Parasites of the Sound
April 13-14   Sharks, Shores, and a Whole Lot More
May 11-12    Living on Mississippi’s Resilient Coast
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium sponsors teacher participation and CEUs. Come on your own or bring a friend, spouse or kid (aged 12 or above)! For more info contact Dr. Jessie Kastler by phone (228-872-4269), fax (228-818-8894), or email (jessica.kastler@usm.edu).
2. Mississippi Marine Debris Removal and Prevention Project training takes place July 5-6, 2012. Teachers attend the two-day workshop, then bring 12-20 students on a guided field trip to Deer Island to remove and learn about marine debris. The participants will learn about the effect it has on the environment and the organisms that inhabit these areas. For more info contact Becca Mathias by phone (228-818-8889), fax (228-818-8894), or email (rebecca.mathias@usm.edu).

NOAA: Why Do We Explore? Professional Development for Educators 5-12 (Deadline: April 6)
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration – www.oceanexplorer.noaa.gov
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 8:30 am–4:00 pm in partnership with and hosted by Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans, Louisiana
     The Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection was developed to encourage educators and students to become personally involved with the voyages and discoveries of the Okeanos Explorer—America’s first Federal ship dedicated to Ocean Exploration. Join NOAA OER Facilitator, Rosanne Fortner, as we introduce Volume 1 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection: Why Do We Explore? Participants will learn how to use inquiry- and standards-based lessons and other online resources that guide classroom inquiries into several important reasons for ocean exploration including Climate Change, Energy, Ocean Health and Human Health.
     Registration is required and space is limited. Educators who attend the full day will receive a $50 stipend. Each participant will receive materials related to activities presented during the workshop, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation, continental breakfast, and lunch. Registration Deadline is April 6, 2012. To register, contact Tricia LeBlanc at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, (504) 378-2675 or tleblanc@AudubonInstitute.org

OneNOAA Science Seminars
Click on seminar title to access full presentation details (subject to change). Note: Every seminar includes a link to add the presentation to your personal Google calendar. You can view also all of the seminars in Google calendar format. Seminars are open to anyone.
Upcoming OneNOAA Science Seminars: March 2012

     Mar 08: Contaminants in Pinniped Blubber: Associations with Disease and Survival; Speaker(s): Dr. Denise Greig (Veterinary Science, The Marine Mammal Center); Location: NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NWFSC (2725 Montlake Blvd. E, Seattle, WA); Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 13: Climate Model Development; Speaker(s): Chris Bretherton (University of Washington); Yuqing Wang (University of Hawaii); Jesse Meng (NOAA NCEP EMC); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 Room 12836 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910). Remote attendance is encouraged; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 13: Towards Non-Hydrostatic Spectral Model; Speaker(s): Takeshi Enomoto (Kyoto University); Location: World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 14: NO3-Initiated Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA) Production and NOy Chemistry in a Pine Forest (BEACHON-RoMBAS 2011); Speaker(s): Juliane Fry (Reed College, Oregon); Location: NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division seminar Room 2A305, David Skaggs Research Center (NOAA Building), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 14: What's Happening: Japan Tsunami Marine Debris; Speaker(s): Dianna Parker (NOAA Marine Debris Program); Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910); Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 15: Regulating Ocean Acidification through International Law; Speaker(s): Mark Spalding (President of the Ocean Foundation); Location: NOAA Central Library (SSMC3, 2nd Floor; 1315 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910); Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 20: Climate Change & Invaders: Sources of Uncertainty in Managing the Great Lakes Region; Speaker(s): Cindy Kolar (US Geological Survey); Location: WebEx Event, remote access only; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 21: Progress and Plans for the Environmental Modeling Center's (EMC) Gridpoint Statistical Interpolation (GSI) Development; Speaker(s): John Derber (NCEP); Location: World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Add this seminar to your google calendar
Upcoming OneNOAA Science Seminars: April 2012
     Apr 03: (seminar canceled; to be rescheduled) The Assimilation of Microwave Imager Data at ECMWF; Speaker(s): William Bell (ECMWF); Location: World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Apr 04: Little Fish, Big Impact: Managing a Crucial Link in Ocean Ecosystems; Speaker(s): Dr. Ellen Pikitch (Executive Director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science and Professor at the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences); Location: NOAA SSMC-3, 2nd Floor, Library (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Apr 05: 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); Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Apr 10: Understanding and Modeling Climate Extremes; Speaker(s): Lance Bosart (SUNY Albany); Suzana Camargo (Columbia University); Rong Fu (UCLA); Upmanu Lall (IRI); Chunzai Wang (NOAA AOML); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 Room 12836 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910). Remote attendance is encouraged; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Apr 17: Annual Tzvi Gal-Chen Lecture Series: Professor Alan J. Thorpe; Speaker(s): Professor Alan J. Thorpe (Director-General ECMWF, Reading, UK); Location: National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK), NWC Room. 1313; 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; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Apr 19: Annual Tzvi Gal-Chen Lecture Series: Professor Alan J. Thorpe; Speaker(s): Professor Alan J. Thorpe (Director-General ECMWF, Reading, UK); Location: National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK), NWC Room. 1313; Add this seminar to your google calendar

GRANTS/AWARDS

NOAA-NGI Diversity Internship Program (Deadline: March 14)
The NOAA-NGI Diversity Internship Program is now seeking mentors and interns to participate in the 2012 internship program. This 10-week summer internship is open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a degree-granting program. There is an emphasis on students from communities and institutions in the Northern Gulf of Mexico region, and the program specifically targets populations underrepresented in the NOAA workforce. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please visit our website http://ngi-internship.disl.org and complete the mentor survey. If you have any questions about becoming a mentor or if you know of any students that might be interested in this internship opportunity, please contact the program coordinator - JoAnn Moody at 251-861-2141 x 7530 or ngi-internship@disl.org. Students interested in this opportunity should visit the website for more information and to apply. The deadline for applications is March 14th.

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission GRANTS Announcement (Deadline: March 30)
Below are the application forms for the Environmental Education Commission’s grant program which targets Louisiana and its citizens. The following is a brief overview:
     Educator Grants – Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact students; amount not to exceed $1,000 for 1 educator, $2,000 for 2 or more educators jointly
     Formal/Non-Formal Educator/Professional Development Grants – Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact Pre-Service and/or In-Service Educators; amount not to exceed $2,500
     University Research Grants – Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues; amount not to exceed $1,000
For more information, click here or contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov or (337) 948-0255.

LEEC Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest (Deadline: April 26)
Announcing the Louisiana’s Tenth Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest
Theme – Louisiana’s Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!
Contest is for ages 5-18 years. Cash prize awards! Winning entries will be published in our 2013 calendar! Deadline is April 26th. For more information, contest criteria, and downloadable registration form, click here or contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-0124.

WORKSHOPS

Advanced Wetland Photo-Interpretation (October 30-November 1)
     This three day workshop will cover the development of a methodology for mapping wetlands projects; application of the Federal Geographic Data Committee adopted Classification of Wetlands & Deepwater Habitats of the US system; photo interpretation of seasonal color infrared aerial photographs/imagery; use of topographic maps and soil surveys, historical wetland aerial imagery & maps, other ancillary information as aids in the photo interpretation/analytical process; ground-truth techniques and utilization of other field data.
     This course will include classroom lectures, classroom exercises in photo interpretation of wetland habitats with access to stereoscopic options and fieldwork. A special final computer digitizing and delineation exercise, to display final interpretation/analysis results, will be provided.
Several field (2) trips will be experienced to provide wetland classification signature development and classification mapping confidence. An understanding of the identification of wetland habitats from aerial photography/imagery (*as presented in the Introduction to Remote Sensing and Photo interpretation of Wetlands) is essential for this workshop. *Work related experiences can be substituted for the introductory workshop. Registration form is below.
Location: Abdalla Hall - Lafayette, LA
Cost: $385
Contact: Ashley Hartley– USGS/RAC workshop coordinator, (337) 482-0670, ahartley@usgs.gov

Introduction to Wetland Remote Sensing & Mapping (October 24-26)
     This workshop is a special designed introductory 3 day session of lectures, discussions, and hands-on exercises that emphasize the use of manual and cognitive interpretation skills of aerial photography/imagery in assessing and mapping wetland vegetation from species level to broad vegetative level classifications. This workshop provides necessary imagery analytical skills for assessing classification performance of computer automated classification routines and products. A special final computer digitizing and delineation exercise, to display final interpretation/analysis results, will be provided.
     Included is a full day field trip to forest and coastal wetland areas to develop imagery recognition signatures and verify wetland interpretations made in the classroom. Course content has been designed for natural resource mapping specialists, field biologists, researchers, and others who deal with wetland wildlife habitat, environmental quality and impact assessments. Since interest in this workshop is likely to be high, an early application is suggested. Registration form is below.
Location: Abdalla Hall - Lafayette, LA
Cost: $385
Contact: Ashley Hartley– USGS/RAC workshop coordinator, (337) 482-0670, ahartley@usgs.gov

RESOURCES

NASA Space Place Newsletter (March - April 2012)
The latest issue of the Space Place Newsletter: News and Notes for Formal and Informal Educators has just been published. The newsletter is all about the many useful and--it goes without saying--free resources on the Space Place website that can be helpful for kids and grown-ups interested learning about science, technology, and space. A PDF version of the newsletter is attached to this message or can be downloaded from http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/educator-newsletter/en. Also attached is find a flyer for a new iPhone/iPad game Comet Quest in which you can find it at the App Store.

School Yard Activities to Celebrate Earth Day
Attached is a list of ideas from Region 6 EPA for School Yard Activities for Earth Day Celebrations that schools can put together on their own. Please share your ideas with Bonnie King 6XA-A, Sr. Program Analyst, Regional EE Coordinator at King.Bonita@epamail.epa.gov or (800) 887-6063.


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