WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Webinars/Workshops, Resources, Lagniappe, Listservs

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

LEEC SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

10th ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS STUDENT ART & LANGUAGE ARTS CONTEST
ENTRY DEADLINE: THURSDAY, APRIL 26!

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries along with contest sponsor, Alcoa Foundation, invite students to participate in the Tenth Environmental Awareness Art & Language Arts Contest. Louisiana students, ages 5-18, may enter their original work in the art category and/or the language arts category. The theme for the 2012 contest is "Louisiana Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!" This theme can be used to introduce water sustainability initiatives in classrooms, educating students on how they can incorporate the protection, conservation, and enjoyment of water in their daily lives.
        Winning entries will be published in our 2013 calendar and are distributed statewide. Winning artwork is placed on billboards throughout the state and the poems and essays are published in large circulation newspapers. Cash prizes are also awarded! In addition, winning students are honored with a ceremony at the Governor's Mansion. All submissions must be postmarked by Thursday, April 26, 2012. For more information, click here or contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-0124. Contest criteria/registration form is attached.


EVENTS

EE Week – April 15-21
EE Week 2012 theme: Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 20th Century Learning
Participants will receive the following:
• Infographic: STEM & Our Planet 
• Greening STEM Educator Planning Toolkits
• EE+STEM Webinars
• Earth Gauge Meteorologist Videos
Also announcing the EE Week 2012 Photo Blog Contest: Submit photos and stories about your environmental education activities for the chance to win prizes! Also be sure to check out Project Noah's new Global Schoolyard Bioblitz mission, created in honor of EE Week's 2012 theme: Greening STEM. 
EE Week is partnering with EPA's Office of Environmental Education to host three webinars on environmental education programs and resources during EE Week this year, as part of a new initiative called Environmental Education in Action. Learn more. View some new Success Stories of how schools and organizations are engaging students in STEM learning via the environment. More stories will be posted as they become available. Submit your photo and story to eeweek@neefusa.org today!

Envirothon volunteers needed!
Envirothon is an environmental problem-solving competition that will be held on Saturday April 21, 2012 in Baton Rouge at the LSU AgCenter Burden Center. Volunteers are needed! If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please view the attached flyer and contact Tomeka Prioleau for information at tomeka.prioleau@la.gov or 225-219-0877.  For more information about Envirothon please visit the website at www.deq.louisiana.gov/envirothon.

Join the JASON National Argo Team! (Deadline: May 1)
The JASON Project is seeking a diverse, creative, and adventurous group of students and educators to venture into the field with scientists to perform cutting edge science explorations. The Argonauts will embark on an exciting journey, during which they will: 
        •  Work side by side with scientists in the field,
        •  Serve as a mentor and role model for the JASON Community
        •  Regularly interact with the entire JASON community through speaking engagements, online posts & more!
National Student and Educator Argonauts will spend up to 10 days in the field during the summer or fall of 2012. JASON will pay for all travel, lodging, food (meals and snacks), and programming/equipment costs related to JASON Argonaut activities. Applications are being accepted now, with a deadline of Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Students should be 14 or 15 years old by June 1, 2012 to apply. Educators need at least five years of experience working with students and continuation as an educator in 2012-2013. All Argonaut candidates should be willing and able to travel to an international location. For more information and to apply click here to visit the Argonaut Information page. Additional questions regarding the JASON National Argonaut program can be sent to argo@jason.org.


WEBINARS / WORKSHOPS

WETSHOP – July 8-13, 2012
LDWF Marine Research Lab, Grand Isle, LA
Application Deadline: May 20, 2011
Number of Participants: 20 teachers
Contact: Angela Capello, (318) 748-6999, acapello@wlf.la.gov
Registration fee: $50.00
WETSHOP is:
        •  A week-long, dynamic teacher workshop that allows teachers to work with educator/scientists to learn about Louisiana coastal wetlands, issues and history. The focus of the summer workshop is to create wetland stewards of teachers in order for them to educate co-workers and students in their home parishes about coastal land loss. Fifty-five professional contact hours will be accrued upon the completion of this wetland institute.
        •  Implementation of a six hour wetland dissemination workshop in your parish after completion of the summer workshop.
        •  Teacher stipend available for summer workshop and dissemination workshop during AY.
Workshop Highlights – Experience:
        •  Fisheries management; research trawling, seining
        •  Barrier islands and their role in coastal health
        •  Coastal  Botany & Ornithology (visit Brown Pelican rookery)
        •  Water Quality Testing along fresh to salt water gradient
        •  Visit transitional Coastal Ecosystems
        •  Tour one of the largest oil ports in U.S.
        •  Visit coastal restoration site / Oil Spill impact sites
        •  Invasive Species (role in coastal land loss)
Receive: Wonders of Wetlands Teacher Guidebook, Numerous Classroom Resources, Networking with Wetland Scientists, Up to 55 Professional Contact Hours

Climate Community of Practice Webinar
An Update on the State of Sea Level Rise Science by Dr. Virginia Burkett
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. central time Wednesday April 11, 2012.  Dr. Burkett will be sharing recent updates to global, national, and regional sea level rise data. Her regional examples will focus specifically on the Gulf of Mexico. This is a free event and registration is not required.
To join the webinar:  https://masgc.webex.com/masgc/j.php?ED=13174373&UID=39210648&PW=NY2M1MDFmNzQz&RT=MiM3
If requested, enter your name and email address. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: mhanisko1. Click "Join".
To join the audio conference only:
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): +1-408-600-3600
Access code: 857 671 202 
To learn more about the Gulf of Mexico Climate Community of Practice, please visit our web page: http://masgc.org/climate/cop/index.html

Louisiana Sea Grant Seeks High School Teachers In Coastal Parishes For Oral History Project On Louisiana’s Changing Coastal Environment
Louisiana Sea Grant would like to work with teams of 2-3 high school teachers from coastal parishes to collaborate in creating oral histories conducted by their students during the 2012-2013 school year. The student’s oral histories will focus on the challenges of living in coastal communities where sea level rise, wetland loss, and a continuously changing environment affect coastal communities, their people, and their culture. Sea Grant will provide the equipment needed to complete the project, workshops in best practices of conducting oral histories with students, training for students and teachers on the equipment and assistance where needed. This interdisciplinary project will meet several GLEs across the curriculum and will provide a small stipend for teachers. For more information about the project, please contact Darcy Wilkins, Research Associate for the Louisiana Sea Grant Oral History Project at darcyw@lsu.edu or phone 225.578.5932.

EPA Environmental Education Webinars April 17, 18, and 19
EPA’s Office of Environmental Education (OEE) will host three webinars for educators during National Environmental Education Week (April 16-20, 2012). The webinars will be part of a kick-off for a new initiative at EPA, called Environmental Education in Action (EE in Action), that will showcase environmental education programs and resources, including grant projects funded by OEE. See http://www.epa.gov/education for more information.
Join us on the following dates to learn about EE resources available to formal and informal educators across the country. All webinars will be recorded for those who cannot join us live. You must pre-register for each webinar using the links provided below.
Webinar #1: Environmental Education for Everyone: EPA’s ‘K through Grey’ Educational Resources

Date: April 17, at 4:00pm EST.
Summary: EPA's Office of Environmental Education (OEE), has a wealth of information on educational resources that educators can use off the shelf in formal school classrooms and informal educational settings, or in development of a larger curriculum. OEE has programs for students of all ages - "K through Grey" - and will walk you through all of these great resources available on the OEE website.
Webinar pre-registration: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/291032976
Dial-In Number on 4/17: (877) 290-8017, Conference ID 69115722
Webinar #2: Creating the Link Between Emerging Urban and Existing Environmental Education Programs
Date: April 18, 2012, at 4:00pm EST.
Summary: Many novel and vibrant EE initiatives are emerging in cities across the United States. However, these programs and more established environmental education (EE) efforts are often disconnected from each other. The webinar will examine how recent urban EE approaches and established EE networks are coming together through the Expanding Capacity in Environmental Education (EECapacity) Project. Cornell University’s Civic Ecology Laboratory manages the Project with funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Webinar pre-registration: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/677103408
Dial-in number on 4/18: (877) 290-8017, Conference ID 691206
Webinar #3: Greening STEM: Environmental Resources and Tools for Inspiring 21st Century Learning
Date: April 19, 2012, at 4:00pm EST.
Summary: Recognizing the environment as a compelling portal for STEM learning, the nonprofit National Environmental Education Foundation is celebrating National Environmental Education Week 2012 (eeweek.org) by providing resources and tools to help educators utilize the environment to engage their students in STEM. Webinar participants will learn about NEEF’s wide range of environmental education resources including free educator toolkits focused on incorporating STEM into popular environmental topics, as well as educator webinars, online standards-based curricula, lesson plans and hands-on lab activities.
Webinar pre-registration: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/309392217
Dial-In Number on 4/19: (877) 290-8017, Conference ID 69123562

OneNOAA Science Seminars: May 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 free and 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 an OneNOAA Science seminar partner. Click on seminar title to access full details.
May 02: Using the New Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS); Speaker(s): Mark Finkbeiner (NOAA Coastal Services Center); Location: Seminar available via webinar only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 02: Evaluation of CMIP5 Model Experiments; Speaker(s): Jin-Yi Jin (UC Irvine), David Neelin (UCLA), Yolande Serra (University of Arizona), Justin Sheffield (Princeton University), Tao Zhang (NOAA ESRL); 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
May 03: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: QandA for ISO Creation Methods; Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 09: InVEST (in Our Oceans): A Tool to Map, Measure and Value Nature's Benefits; Speaker(s): Gregg Verutes (Natural Capital Project); Location: NOAA SSMC-4, Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 09: Framing Climate Change: Recent Research Trends on Communication Strategies and Public Opinion; Speaker(s): Erik Nisbet (The Ohio State University); Location: WebEx Event, remote access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 10: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: Validation; Speaker(s): Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 16: The Assimilation of Surface Sensitive Microwave Observations Over Land: Recent Results and Open Issues; Speaker(s): Fatima Karbou (MeteoFrance); Location: NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 17: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: QandA for Validation; Speaker(s): Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 24: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: Advanced ISO Topics; Speaker(s): Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; 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): Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar

Summer Coastal Program for Teachers (Deadline: May 11)
The 2012 FAMU Summer Teacher Coastal Stewardship Program will be held June 14, 2012 through June 28, 2012. The program provides teachers with the skills, materials and knowledge to teach watershed conservation and stewardship, and increase K-12 environmental literacy. This program is open to K-12 science teachers within upstream watersheds that drain into the Gulf of Mexico. See the attached flyer for additional information. The application deadline is May 11, 2012.


RESOURCES

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

Louisiana Public Broadcasting Digital Media Library
You can register now for LPB LearningMedia, a new digital media library with more than 18,000 resources for all age levels to use in your classroom free of charge. No passcode is needed. Register at http://beta.lpb.org/index.php/education/.

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

Pacific Education Institute (PEI) & Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies STEM Guides
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


LAGNIAPPE

NASA Seeks Hosts for Space Station Interactive Education Events  (Deadline: June 1)
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/apr/HQ_12-105_Hosts_Ed_Downlinks.html
NASA is seeking formal and informal education organizations to host live in-flight interactive conversations between the next generation of explorers and astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Comprehensive proposals are being accepted for missions scheduled between September 2012 and March 2013. The deadline to submit is Friday, June 1, 2012. NASA crew members will participate in 20-minute question-and-answer sessions with students who will learn what it is like to live and work in space. U.S. education organizations including school districts, museums, science centers, national and regional education organizations and local, state and federal government agencies are eligible to participate. Organizations may apply individually or work together. NASA provides this opportunity at no charge to the host institution and will work with the organization to plan the event.
        These unique educational opportunities are made available through Teaching From Space (TFS), a NASA education initiative. TFS will hold several online information sessions about downlinks and the proposal process with interested organizations. To participate in an online session and obtain information about expectations, content, format, audience, proposal guidelines and forms, send an e-mail to JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov or call 281-244-7608.
For more information on the initiative, visit: http://go.usa.gov/Xqt
For more information about NASA education, visit:  http://www.nasa.gov/education

2012 Draft National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change Open for Public Comment
EPA has released the draft “National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change,” which describes how EPA’s water-related programs plan to address the impacts of climate change and provides long-term visions, goals and strategic actions for the management of sustainable water resources for future generations.
        The 2012 strategy, which builds upon EPA's first climate change and water strategy released in 2008, focuses on five key areas: infrastructure, watersheds and wetlands, coastal and ocean waters, water quality, and working with Tribes. It also describes geographically-based strategic issues and actions. EPA will accept public comments on the draft strategy until May 17, 2012.  To read or submit a comment on the draft “National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change,” visit: http://epa.gov/water/climatechange.


LISTSERVS TO JOIN

OneNOAA Science Seminars: The most complete summary of upcoming science seminars across NOAA. See the schedule or subscribe http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/seminars/

CSO Weekly Report: Coastal States Organization update on Administration, Congressional and Agency activity in D.C. To subscribe to the CSO Weekly Report, please send an email to CSOWeeklyReport@gmail.com with the word "subscribe" in the subject line.

Climate Community of Practice in the Gulf of Mexico: brings together extension, outreach and education professionals, and community official in the Gulf to learn how coastal communities can adapt to sea-level rise, precipitation changes and other climate-related issues. To join the group and enter a discussion, go to http://masgc.org/climate/cop/index.html

Gulf Coast Fund Daily Update: A daily listing of upcoming events, resources and funding deadlines. To subscribe: http://lists.gulfcoastfund.org/lists/info/gcfgrantees. See their full calendar: www.gulfcoastfund.org and click on "Upcoming Events"

Information Exchange for Marine Educators: Update is funded by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in partnership with NOAA’s Ocean Exploration and Research Program, with additional support from the National Marine Protected Areas Center, to share information pertinent to the marine educator community. To subscribe to this distribution list, send a blank message to requests@willamette.nos.noaa.gov with “subscribe infoexchange” in the subject field. For a pdf copy of the current newsletter and archives of information from past issues of the Information Exchange for Marine Educators, go to http://mpa.gov/resources/education/#exchange.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting e-letter: Monthly news on programs, resources, tools, and useful tidbits. Subscribe by going here: http://groupmailforms.com/form_pages/form4ffce04d92.html


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