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

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

EVENTS

EPA’s Clean Water Act 40th Anniversary Video Project Deadline: September 14)
As a part of EPA's CWA 40th Anniversary celebration, the Agency is hosting a video project asking Americans everywhere to send in a 15-second video clip explaining the important role that water plays in their lives. EPA will feature selected video clips on its website and "Water Is Worth It" Facebook page as part of its anniversary celebration. For more information, please go to http://water.epa.gov/action/cleanwater40c/video-project.cfm.

World Rabies Day (September 28, 2012)
Bats are beneficial but they are not to play with. For more information about bats in schools – visit our website at http://agrilife.org/batsinschools/ or check out our Bat Control in Schools Publication in English and Spanish https://agrilifebookstore.org/publications_search.cfm. Thank you to Illinois Department of Health for passing this information on.  
“Never Touch a Bat” poster – http://worldrabiesday.org/eb/download/get/221
CDC Bats and Rabies URL – http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/bats/index.html
World Rabies Day URL - http://www.worldrabiesday.org/

6th National Conference & Expo on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration (October 20-25, 2012)
Restoring Ecosystems, Strengthening Communities
Tampa Convention Center-Tampa, Florida
Registration: Early Bird (through 9/7): $395, after 9/7: $550, On-site: $575, One-Day: $250, Student Rate: $250
Must Register On-Line: https://www.cmpinc.net/rae; registration questions: registrar@cmpinc.net
Draft Conference Program Released! Program questions: ssimon@estuaries.org


WORKSHOPS/WEBINARS

Teacher Workshops
Two teacher workshops are available at Red River National Wildlife Refuge (555 Sunflower Road, Bossier City, LA) in July. Please bring a bag lunch for both workshops.
          Project Learning Tree® (July 17, 2012, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.): PLT is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12. PLT helps students learn how to think, not what to think, about the environment. For more information: Terri Jacobson at 318-742-1219, terri_jacobson@fws.gov  Register: Ricky Kilpatrick at 318-965-2326, rkilpatrick@agcenter.lsu.edu
          The Private Eye (July 19, 2012, 9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.): Magnify your lessons with a jeweler’s loupe! Help your students to think like a scientist, observe like an artist and write like a poet. For more information or to register: Terri Jacobson at 318-742-1219, terri_jacobson@fws.gov
See attached for more information on these workshops.

North American CE Strategy Webinar Series: Outdoor Investigations (July 25 at 2 pm EDT)
Finding out what is going on in nature takes skills - and the AFWA CE Strategy provides the resources to develop those skills. Using the Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills and the Field Investigation: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Processes will help you teach the skills needed to observe nature, ask questions about the natural world and investigate the answers to those questions. Instructors Tabbi Kinion, Education Outreach Coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Justin Marschall, Information/Education Specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, will give you a brief overview of the resources and exercise your outdoor observation and questioning skills while sitting at your computer. Space is limited so be sure to register today.  

National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education Webinar Series
Over the last three months the Project has presented six webinars. The first one provided an overview of the National Project for Excellence in EE. Each of the other webinars focused on one of five sets of guidelines:
           • Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence
           • Excellence in Environmental Education: Guidelines for Learning (k-12)
           • Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators
           • Nonformal EE Programs: Guidelines for Excellence
           • Early Childhood EE Programs: Guidelines for Excellence
If you missed one, all were recorded and can be accessed by going to: eelinked.net/n/guidelines
If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact Bora Simmons: borasimmons@gmail.com.

OneNOAA Science Seminars
JULY 2012

Climate Change and Potential Ecosystem Change in Alaska, The Yukon, and The Northwest Territories
July 24, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Alaska Local Time (14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone)
Location: ACCAP office, second floor of the Denali Building, 3352 College Rd., Fairbanks, Alaska
Speaker(s): Nancy Fresco, Michael Lindgren, Falk Heuttmann (University of Alaska Fairbanks); Karen Murphy (National Park Service)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization
July 24, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)
Modeling Effects of Climate Change on Fisheries: Future Survival of Larval Cod
July 25, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-3 Room 12836 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Dr. Trond Kristiansen (Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway and Visiting Scientist, NOAA Climate Program and NOAA Fisheries Service, Silver Spring, MD)
Effective Engagement with Partners
July 25, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910).
Speaker(s): Janet Burke (Intern, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, CCMA) and Becky Wynne (Communications and Marketing specialist, CCMA)
ISO Metadata Training Series: XML Basics
July 31, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov  (NCDDC)
AUGUST 2012
New Elevation Inventory for the Nation
August 01, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA Coastal Services Center (remote access only) Speaker(s): Lindy Betzhold (NOAA Coastal Services Center)
Toxic Algae and Dead Zones: Resurgence of Old Problems in Lake Erie
August 02, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 9153 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Dr. Don Scavia (Graham Family Professor of Environmental Sustainability, University of Michigan)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Unified Modeling Language (UML) Basics
August 07, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)
How NCCOS Provided Public Access to Their Technical Reports via E-Readers
August 08, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910).
Speaker(s): Shellie Jacobson (Intern, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, CCMA) and Becky Wynne (Communications and Marketing specialist, CCMA)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Tool Overview
August 14, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)
ISO Metadata Training Series: ISO Creation Methods
August 21, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Validation
August 28, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)

Bed Bugs Go To School Webinar (August 28)
Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/722105169


CONTESTS

Ranger Rick Geocachers Can Win Big This Summer!   
Geocaching is a great way to use technology to get kids back outside and interacting with nature and Ranger Rick magazine is inviting all participating Ranger Rick's Geocache Trail hosts, old and new, to enter their trail now for a chance to win two great prizes:
1. Get a free trackable geocoin!
2. Enter for a chance to be featured in National Wildlife Magazine!
For entry details, visit: http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Geocaching-Hosts/Why-Host/Summer-Spring-Challenge.aspx

Announcing the Winners of the Youth Sustainability Challenge
Submitted videos were eligible for up to five awards reflecting innovation, contribution to sustainability, communication, and popular choice. After careful review by a panel of Administration officials, the winners are: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/06/21/announcing-winners-youth-sustainability-challenge


RESOURCES

New NASA Game Lets Players Build and Launch a Virtual Rocket
With NASA's Rocket Science 101, a new game designed for computers and iPad users, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to launch a spacecraft.
Rocket Science 101 is available for iPad users via iTunes at:  http://bit.ly/Mn1xLr
Rocket Science 101 is available online at: http://go.nasa.gov/Mn28Nt

Nutrient Pollution Educational Materials Online
To help raise awareness about nutrient pollution, which is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in the air and water, EPA has developed new educational materials, including:
           • Community Outreach Toolkit—designed to assist watershed groups, NGOs, states, and federal partners with messaging and outreach to the media about nutrient pollution.
           • Nutrient Pollution Video—aims to raise awareness about nutrient problem, the first step in addressing and reducing the problem.
           • Postcard/Poster—shows a before and after photo of Lake Erie to illustrate the impacts of nutrient pollution.
           • Future Farmers of America Curriculum—EPA worked with several other federal agencies on lesson plans for young farmers about source water protection and management practices that can help control runoff to protect surface and groundwater.
You can access the first three and other materials at http://water.epa.gov//polwaste/nutrientoutreach.cfm. Use the “share this” button under the postcard to share it on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The curriculum can be directly found at https://www.ffa.org/FFAResources/ffalearn/sourcesofdrinkingwater/Pages/nosolicit.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