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

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

EVENTS

23rd Annual Back to the Beach Festival
The Back to the Beach Festival will be held on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd at Laketown (end of Williams Boulevard in Kenner). Great Music Line-up!  Great Festival Food from local caterers! Variety of Arts & Crafts Booths!  Fun for the entire family!!
Back to the Beach Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, June 2nd with a Sunset Run along Lake Pontchartrain
Back to the Beach Fishing Rodeo will be held on Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd. Fishing in the entire Pontchartrain Basin.  Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 2nd @ BTB Festival.
Back to the Beach "Bikes at the Beach" will be held on Saturday, June 2.
Back to the Beach Car Show will be held on Sunday, June 3.
For information please visit our website www.saveourlake.org or call us at (504)836-2205.


WEBINARS / WORKSHOPS

OneNOAA Science Seminars: May 2012
All seminars are open to anyone within or outside NOAA. You can view all of the seminars in google calendar format if you prefer. For questions, please contact Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov or a OneNOAA Science seminar partner.
May 24: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: Advanced ISO Topics; Speaker(s): NCDDC staff; Location: Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 24: Linking Swimming Performance to Population Processes in Coastal Fishes; Speaker(s): Todd Anderson (San Diego State University); Location: Seattle, WA; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 24: Aerosol Entrainment and Boundary Layer CCN: Transport and Teleconnections in the Free Troposphere; Speaker(s): Antony Clarke (University of Hawaii); Location: Boulder, CO; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 24: Ocean-related Commitments at the Rio+20 Conference; Speaker(s): Susan Lieberman (Pew Environment Group); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 29: Processing Large Data Streams Using Massive Online Collaboration; Speaker(s): Benjamin L. Richards (NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 30: Acoustic Tracking and Characterization of Tornadoes; Speaker(s): Joseph Park (NOS/CO-OPS); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 30: Exploring the "Background" Variability of Stratospheric Aerosol Observed by Ground Based Lidar; Speaker(s): Ryan Neely (University of Colorado CIRES/ATOC & NOAA ESRL); Location: Boulder, CO; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: QandA for Advanced ISO Topics; Speaker(s): NCDDC staff; Location: Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Reference Points and the Ecosystem Approach: New Concepts for Old Tools and Old Tools for New Concepts; Speaker(s): Dr. Jake Rice (Canada DFO); Location: Seattle, WA; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: An Evolving Legacy: Delaware's Coastal Zone Act; Speaker(s): Louis Cafiero (NOS/OCRM); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Development of an Integrated Benthic Ecosystem Survey; Speaker(s): Dvora Hart (NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: An Evolving Legacy: Delaware's Coastal Zone Act; Speaker(s): Louis Cafiero (NOS); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Development of an Integrated Benthic Ecosystem Survey; Speaker(s): Dvora Hart (NMFS); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Picking Our Battles: A Strategy to Enhance Long-term Restoration Success of Invasive Plant Control Projects; Speaker(s): Rachel Stevens (Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar

Center for Planning Excellence to Offer Workshops in Houma and Lafayette (June 6 & 7)
The Center for Planning Excellence, in conjunction with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Louisiana Realtors Association and the National Association of Realtors, is conducting workshops in Houma and Lafayette to introduce best practices and development standards as they relate to coastal land loss in Louisiana communities. Participants will get an overview of the “Best Practices Manual for Development in Coastal Louisiana” and the “Louisiana Coastal Land Use Toolkit,” then have a chance to apply them in a mapping exercise. Information will be presented about international, national and local best practices for development that focus on hazard mitigation and natural resource protection in coastal areas. These resources can assist communities by providing guidance on how to reduce the risk of flooding by protecting infrastructure before a storm and managing excess stormwater right where it falls. The Houma workshop is June 6, followed by the Lafayette workshop June 7.  To register, click here.

Navigating in Rough Seas: Public Issues and Conflict Management
July 10-11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Disaster Response Center, Mobile, AL 36608

NOAA’s Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center and Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve invite you to attend this two-day training where you will learn techniques to reduce conflict and enhance communication between diverse groups with multiple perspectives. On Day 2, a panel of local media experts will reveal tips on how to get your story covered as well as ways to improve your organization’s working relationship with the media. Details are included in the attached flyer. For more information or to register, please contact Amy Gohres at Amy.Gohres@noaa.gov or (206) 327-0807.

Louisiana Sea Grant Oral History Project
Louisiana Sea Grant is looking for teachers to participate in an oral history project in coastal parishes throughout the 2012-2013 school year!
        Sea Grant is interested in documenting how environmental changes have affected the cultures of peoples living along the Louisiana coast. The goal is to study, through oral history, coastal communities whose culture, society, and livelihood are being threatened by subsidence and sea level rise, and in the process to teach students in these communities how to conduct interviews, transcribe, and ask thoughtful questions and actively listen to the answers. The ultimate product will be short clips of the audio with a visual (film, slideshow, etc.) of the most moving, informative, or inspiring parts of each interview to be displayed for easy access by everyone in each community. Selected interviews will be posted on Sea Grant’s website and all interviews will be archived at LSU’s Oral History Center at Hill Memorial Library.
        This one-year project will be implemented in three high schools with 2-3 collaborative teachers at each school. All interviewing equipment, a class computer, supplies and technical assistance will be provided. Candidates who are selected to participate will attend workshops to learn about coastal issues, interviewing, and preserving oral histories, and to work with other teachers involved in the project.
        If interested please fill out the attached application, and either email or fax it to Darcy Wilkins at (225) 578- 5938 or Darcyw@lsu.edu.


GRANTS

Tidal Hydrology Restoration Funding Opportunity (Deadline: August 17)
Funding available for restoration projects in Gulf, estuaries The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Restoration Center and the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant College Programs have announced a request for proposals for a grant competition to fund tidal hydrology restoration projects. To be considered, projects must remove or modify human-built barriers (such as culverts, dikes, and dams) to restore historic tidal estuarine and freshwater exchange to benefit coastal and marine fisheries habitat. Projects also must be located from Key West, Fla., to Brownsville, Texas. Local, county and state governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, communities, homeowner associations and universities are eligible. Projects can receive up to $100,000, and a match of at least $1 of nonfederal money per $1 requested is required. The deadline for proposals is Aug. 17, 2012. Go to http://masgc.org/gulfhydrorestoration for submission details. During the last competition, three projects were selected for funding. Learn more about those projects at http://masgc.org/gulfhydrorestoration/funded.htm or see the attached below.


RESOURCES

Explore the Science Behind Nature's Fantastic Factory
Help students learn the science behind how nature works for us and how we can keep nature running strong. The Nature Conservancy and its scientists have partnered with Discovery Education to create Nature Works Everywhere, a new online program that gives teachers, students and families the tools needed to start exploring and understanding nature's fantastic factory:
Conservation Connection Game - an interactive online game where students discover the surprising connections between everyday items and nature's resources.
Interactive Lesson Plans - topics include pollinators, sustainable forestry, coastal erosion and much more. Perfect for use on a white board.
Engaging Video Tour - see how nature really works to benefit us and how we can preserve nature.
Meet the Scientists - introduce your class to scientists who are working to keep nature productive.
Visit Nature Works Everywhere to bring the science and wonder of nature's fantastic factory to your students.

Free e-books available from the Climate Literacy Zoo Education Network
The Climate Literacy Zoo Education Network (CliZEN) is pleased to announce the release of our eBook and Audience Survey Report, both available at clizen.org.
        Climate Change Education: A Primer for Zoos and Aquariums, a free eBook available for major eReader platforms, reveals what some of the best minds know about climate change science, electronic media, psychology, learning sciences, communication, and interpretation. The book explores the links between these fields and provides valuable insights to zoos and aquariums and other cultural institutions.Download today: http://clizen.org/e-book.html
        Global Climate Change as Seen by Zoo and Aquarium Visitors reports on the findings of a summer 2011 survey conducted at 15 zoos and aquariums. The results reveal that zoo and aquarium visitors are receptive audiences for climate change education; want to do more to address climate change, yet perceive barriers to doing so; and have access to and experience with virtual social networks and other technology platforms. Furthermore, zoos and aquariums provide visitors with socially supportive contexts for discussions about animal exhibits and connections to nature; and zoo and aquarium visitors’ concern about climate change and participation in behaviors to address climate change systematically vary with their sense of connection with animals. Download today: http://clizen.org/survey.html

Guides for Integrating STEM and Environmental Education
The Pacific Education Institute (PEI) & the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies released the following free downloadable guides that integrate environmental and STEM education processes. PEI website: www.pacificeducationinstitute.org
        •  Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills
        •  Schoolyard Biodiversity Investigations Educator Guides
        •  Landscape Investigation Guidelines
        •  Field Investigations: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Processes
        •  Sustainable Tomorrow–Applying Systems Thinking to Environmental Education Curricula for Grades 9-12
        •   The Project-Based Learning Model: Relevant Learning for the 21st Century

Louisiana Legislature Approves 2012 Coastal Master Plan
The Louisiana Senate voted 94-0 to approve the 2012 Coastal Master Plan, a 50-year strategic plan to address coastal restoration in Louisiana. This vote was the final hurdle in the plan’s legislative approval process. By law, Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan must be updated every five years and ratified by the Louisiana Legislature. The 2012 version is the most detailed plan yet for addressing a wide range of coastal issues. Its coordinated, science-based approach to restoration far exceeds the content and scope of previous plans. CRCL was a part of the 2012 Coastal Master Plan’s construction, serving on the Framework Development Team, which played a vital role in creating the final version of the Master Plan. For more information on how the 2012 Coastal Master Plan came to be, its content, and the approval process, visit: coastcurrents.org blog. A four-part series, Coastal Master Plan 101 explains the plan in detail. To view the 2012 Master Plan in its final (and now official) form, click here.

Link to listings of green economy jobs is the Louisiana Workforce Commission: http://lwc.laworks.net/sites/lmi/GreenJobs/Pages/GreenEconomy.aspx

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/


Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec