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

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

GRANTS

Connecting Youth to the Outdoors Grant Program(Deadline: September 19)
The National Environmental Education Foundation in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Bureau of Land Management, and the US Forest Service, has announced a new initiative that seeks to catalyze efforts to increase the number of pre-K-12 youth, particularly urban and/or underserved youth, who build a connection with public lands as places for recreating, learning and volunteering. Proposed projects should maximize hands-on outdoor engagement opportunities on public lands, focused on the areas of education, recreation, and environmental stewardship. Multiple grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 are available to select applicants. Nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and tribal groups are eligible to apply. Deadline: September 19, 2012. Please contact the National Environmental Education Foundation for more information and to apply for this funding: http://www.neefusa.org/grants/connecting_youth

Announcing 2012-2013 School Sustainability Grants Program (Deadline: October 1)

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) is now accepting proposals for their 2012-2013 School Sustainability Grants program. These grants are designed to encourage student learning via sustainability initiatives in EPA Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) K-12 schools. Proposals to be considered are those within a specific school campus that will engage students and result in a more sustainable facility. Project funds are provided via a grant from the EPA Office of Environmental Education Sub-Grants Program to the LEEC, which is under the direction of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. School administrators or fulltime classroom teachers affiliated with accredited public or non-public schools (K-12) in EPA Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) are eligible to apply on behalf of their school.
GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Grant awards are not to exceed $5000.
  • The grant application deadline is October 1, 2012.
  • Applications will be accepted via electronic submission only.
  • All applications will undergo an anonymous and competitive grant review process.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Go to Application Guidelinesfor guidelines and additional information.
  • Register in the LEEC Registration System at Registration Form. You will then be assigned a username and password.
  • Once you have received your username and password, you will be able to access the proposal form.

Questions are to be directed to Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, at vortego@wlf.la.gov.

The Gulf of Mexico Bay-Watershed Education and Training Program (Gulf B-WET)
NOAA recognizes that knowledge and commitment built from firsthand experience, especially in the context of one’s community and culture, is essential for achieving environmental stewardship. Experiences that are driven by rigorous academic learning standards, engender discovery and wonder, and nurture a sense of community will connect students with their watershed. These experiences will also reinforce an ethic of responsible citizenship and promote academic achievement. The cornerstone of B-WET is the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE). A MWEE is and educational experience that: is investigative or project oriented, is an integral part of the instructional program, is part of a sustained activity, considers the watershed as a system, and is enhanced by NOAA products, services, or personnel, where appropriate. The Gulf B-WET Program is one of seven B-WET regional programs across the country including California, Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Hawai'i, New England, Great Lakes and the Pacific Northwest. These seven programs make up the National NOAA B-WET Programwhich responds to regional education and environmental priorities through local implementation. The Gulf B-WET flierprovides a summary of the Gulf B-WET program.

 

PROGRAMS

2012-2013 4-H Youth Wetlands Program (YWP)
Registration for the 2012-2013 4-H Youth Wetlands Program (YWP) is now open! The YWP develops and distributes wetland education curriculum and teaching materials FREE to any teacher who signs up for the program. Also, students have opportunities to participate in wetland restoration projects and activities throughout the year. The goal of the program is to enhance student’s knowledge about the various types of wetlands found throughout the state and how they can help get involved with wetland conservation. Interested educators can go to our program website (www.lsuagcenter.com/yww) to register or contact their local 4-H extension agent. 
Audubon Zoo’s Wetland Express New Program Offerings
1.
WETLAND WARRIORS – A Wetland Conservation Program (Grade Levels: 6th– 8th; 10th-12th)
Our wetlands are disappearing at an alarming rate. Learn how vital our Louisiana Wetlands are to humans and animals alike. Gain an understanding of some of the primary sources of wetlands loss and what we can do to restore and conserve them. Meet animals that are affected by human impacts including habitat loss, over-hunting, pollution, and introduction of invasive species.
2. ENVIRONMENT’S GOT TALENT! (Grade Levels: 6th-7th; 9th-11th)
Learn how we can help save the wetlands by being more like the animals that live there! Discover unique adaptations animals have to utilize energy from natural resources: biomass, wind, solar, and water. Find out how we can use these same “alternative energies” to help reduce our footprint on the environment, including a discussion of the positive and negative impacts of each energy resource.
Click here to fill out our reservation form or contact Rose Butler Wall, Wetland Education Coordinator, at (504) 212.5183, rbutler@auduboninstitute.org. See attached PDF for more information.

Application Period Now Open for Coastal Forest Conservation Initiative (Deadline: September 28)
The application period is now open for landowners across coastal Louisiana interested in participating in the Coastal Forest Conservation Initiative (CFCI) program funded by the state’s Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP). The CFCI is a voluntary program with a primary objective of acquiring land rights from willing landowners to address demonstrated threats of habitat loss or land-use change and opportunities for restoration or enhanced sustainability of coastal forest tracts that provide significant ecological value and may provide storm damage reduction functions. Land owners interested in participating are asked to submit an application providing information about the parcel of land they are proposing for inclusion in the program. Applications will be accepted through September 28, 2012. More detailed information about the program is available at www.coastal.la.gov/cfci. For more information about the CFCI, please contact Travis Woodard, 225-769-0546 or by email at travis.woodard@la.gov. For more information about Louisiana's coastal restoration and hurricane protection efforts, please contact Chuck Perrodin at (225) 342-7615 or by e-mail at chuck.perrodin2@la.gov.

Audubon Zoo’s Bugmobile New Program Offerings for 2012/2013!
Live Invertebrates!...Biofacts and Models…Meets Louisiana GLEs (Life Cycles, Habitats, Classification and more)…Classroom & Fair/Festival Programs…
Each Bugmobile visit will include live bugs, ranging from completely harmless to potentially deadly! Some bugs are native species living in our own backyards and houses; others are exotic species (not native to Louisiana or even the United States). Depending on the time of year, the visit may include seasonal species, like Monarch Butterfly caterpillars or Lubber Grasshoppers. Click here to fill out our reservation form or contact Dave Eidelman,Bugmobile Coordinator, (504) 212.5197, bugmobile@auduboninstitute.org, www.auduboninstitute.org. See attached PDF for more information.

Education opportunities at the New Orleans Botanical Garden
1.
Fairchild Challenge, started at the Fairchild Botanical Garden in Miami, FL. The Challenge, open to high schools in the New Orleans area, is a series of interdisciplinary contests focusing on the environment, to allow students to engage with nature according to their own interests. Student entries are judged, and schools earn points. The winning schools receive pots of money to continue their environmental endeavors: First place: $1,000, Second place: $500, Third place: $250. No charge to enter. Informational brunch and training session with Fairchild Botanical Garden staff will be held on Saturday, September 8 from 10:00-12:30 pm. To RSVP, please contact Emily Snyder at nobgeducation@nocp.orgor (504) 483-9470.
2. GLE-correlated field trips for 4-7 graders. Classes are hands-on, outdoor experiences that focus on the environmental and plant-based knowledge presented in each grade's standard curriculum. Students are encouraged to ask questions, make discoveries for themselves, and gain mastery of curricular requirements. For more information, or to sign your class up today, please contact Emily Snyder at nobgeducation@nocp.orgor (504) 483-9470.

 

EVENTS

Sally Ride Science Festival (September 22)
The Sally Ride Science Festival will be held at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge on Saturday, September 22 from 11:00am to 4:15pm. Advanced Registration Fee: $20. Presented by ExxonMobil, the Sally Ride Science Festival includes:
• An inspiring talk by a featured speaker
• Discovery workshops for girls, which may be given by local veterinarians, astronomers, microbiologists and more
• Workshops for parents and teachers on ways to support girls' interests in science
• A street fair with booths, hands-on activities, food, and music
While our festivals are primarily focused on encouraging 5th-8th grade girls to pursue their interests in science, everyone is welcome to attend! Don’t miss out—advanced registration required! Sign up now at www.sallyridescience.com/festivalsor call (800) 561-5161

STEM Competition for High School Students(Deadline: October 1)
Siemens Foundation, in partnership with the College Board, is sponsoring the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, which recognizes remarkable talent early on, fostering individual growth for high school students who are willing to challenge themselves through science research. Through this competition, students have an opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects that they complete in high school. Students or teams of students can enter to win scholarships of up to $100,000 for their work. Registration is open. Visit the College Board websitefor more information. The deadline for project submission is Monday, October 1, 2012, at 5:00 pm EST.

 

WORKSHOPS/WEBINARS

Beyond The Bay: A Teacher Workshop about Birds and Barrier Islands (September 21-22)
Beyond the Bay is a new workshop designed to expose teachers to birds and coastal habitats of Louisiana through exploration of one of Louisiana’s barrier islands which provide important breeding grounds for many species of colonial nesting and shorebirds. The islands also play a pivotal role as a staging and refueling area for migratory birds. This is an exciting opportunity to see birds in their natural coastal habitats! Participants of this workshop will receive: hands-on training of lessons found in the BTNEP Louisiana Bird Curriculum, a birding trip to Trinity Island with an experienced bird watcher, content information, classroom resources, free meal, and up to 12 CLUs. No birding experience needed… only a willing mind! Participants will need to be in good physical condition. The birding trip to the island may require wading to and from the boat and ~1.5 mile walk. Registration Deadline: September 5, 2012. Workshop Fee: $20/person – non-refundable. Payment must be received prior to the workshop. Location: Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), DeFelice Marine Center, Cocodrie Louisiana. Funded by the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP). See attached PDF for more information.

OneNOAA Science Seminars

Correction of Excessive Precipitation over Steep and High Mountains in a GCM

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Date and Time:

September 04, 2012, 12:00 – 1:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]

Location:

NOAA Science Center (World Weather Building) Room TBD, 5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746

Speaker(s):

Winston Chao (NASA/GSFC/GMAO)

OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor:

NOAANCEP/EMC

Ocean Salinities Reveal Strong Global Water Cycle Intensification 1950-2000

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Date and Time:

September 10, 2012, 10:00 – 11:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]

Location:

NOAA SSMC-34th Floor, Room 4817 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910))

Speaker(s):

Paul Durack(Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor:

NOAANational Oceanographic Data Center

CDIAC and Global Ocean CO2 Data Management

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Date and Time:

September 11, 2012, 09:00 – 09:30 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]

Location:

NOAA SSMC-34th Floor, Room 4817 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910)

Speaker(s):

Alex Kozyr(ORNL Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center)

OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor:

NOAANational Oceanographic Data Center

Predicting the Distribution of Mesophotic Corals Offshore of Maui, Hawaii

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Date and Time:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 12:00 – 1:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]

Location:

NOAA, SSMC-4, Room 8150, 1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD

Speaker(s):

Bryan Costa, Geospatial Scientist, CSS-Dynamac/NOAA NCCOS CCMA Matthew Kendall, Marine Biologist, NOAA NCCOS CCMA

OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor:

NOAANOS Science Seminar Series and NCCOS/CCMA/Biogeography Branch

Building Capacity to Measure, Analyze, and Evaluate Government Performance

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Date and Time:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 12:00pm Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]

Location:

NOAA Central Library, 2nd Floor, SSMC-3 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910)

Speaker(s):

Kathy Newcomer (George Washington University)

OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor:

NOAACoastal Services Center

Past Interglacial Sea Levels: Lessons For The Future

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Date and Time:

September 20, 2012, 16:00 – 17:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]

Location:

Webinar Access Only

Speaker(s):

Daniel Muhs(Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey)

OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor:

NOAANOS Office of National Marine Sanctuaries West Coast Region

Good Trap, Bad Trap: Derelict Fish Traps around St. Thomas and St. John USVI

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Date and Time:

September 25, 2012, 12:00 – 13:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]

Location:

NOAA, SSMC-4, Room 9153 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)

Speaker(s):

Randy Clark(Marine Biologist, NOS/NCCOS/CCMA Biogeography Branch)

OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor:

NOAANOS Science Seminar Series and NCCOS/CCMA/Biogeography Branch

 

RESOURCES

Louisiana Conservationist Summer Issue Now Available
The summer issue of Louisiana’s oldest outdoor magazine,Louisiana Conservationist, is ready for your review. This issue is full of great stories, expanding on Louisiana’s coastal restoration, endangered species research, summer camps for children and an offshore excursion just for women. Our coastal restoration series goes further in depth as we explore the Mississippi River delta and its forever changing landscape. In addition, Dave Moreland, a regular LCM contributor, gives us a lesson in planting for all wildlife in his “Outdoor Roots” column. We also look at a new program called “Women in the Wild” where a group of 30 women was given the opportunity to try their hands at fishing at Grand Isle.  Lastly, we travel to the northern part of the state to look for the elusive Louisiana pine snake, the rarest snake in North America. These stories and more await you in the summer edition ofthe Louisiana Conservationist at www.louisianaconservationist.org.  

New Urban Waters Outreach Toolkit
EPA, through the Anacostia Watershed Outreach and Education Project, has released a comprehensive toolkit that EPA regional offices, watershed organizations and others who promote green business can use to encourage homeowners to install rain barrels to prevent contamination in their local rivers. The toolkit includes details on the development of social marketing outreach to local residents, lessons learned and a summary of project accomplishments. Appendices include communication scripts for weathercasters, a detailed list of project partners, partnerships, and photos and screenshots of the messages used. For more information contact Catherine King at king.catherine@epa.govor Bryan Goodwin at goodwin.bryan@epa.gov.  Click here for more information.

US EPA Community-Based Water Resiliency (CBWR) - Water Resiliency Action Plan (WRAP) Kit – Beta Testing
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like your feedback on the newly released, beta-version of the new Water Resiliency Action Plan (WRAP) Kit. The WRAP Kit will be included in version 2.0 of the Community-Based Water Resiliency (CBWR) Tool. The WRAP Kit provides a step-by-step process for planning a water emergency roundtable. It includes everything from sample agendas and invitations, to suggested planning committee members and participants, logistical templates and scripts for recruiting participants. The purpose of beta testing the WRAP Kit is to ensure that the software is user-friendly; the information and recommended resources are applicable; and, that the software is free of problems. Identified changes will be reviewed for incorporation before the WRAP Kit is finalized and distributed. To access the WRAP Kit, please click on the following link: https://alscorp9.securesites.net/cbwrt/wrap.html. Attached is a detailed beta-testing feedback spreadsheet to capture any comments you may have to assist with your review of the WRAP Kit. Once you have completed your review of the tool, please e-mail the response spreadsheet to the CBWR Project Lead, Nushat Thomas (thomas.nushat@epa.gov) by close of businessFriday, September 21, 2012. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nushat Thomas via e-mail or phone at 202-564-4674.

Children's Environmental Health Listserv
The August, 2012 edition of EPA’s Children’s Environmental Health Listserv is now available. The Listserv is meant to enhance collaborations by sharing children’s environmental health information and upcoming events and activities.  It is free, and we keep your email address private. To subscribe, send an e-mail to coopwood.theodore@epa.gov. You can unsubscribe at anytime by sending an e-mail to: unsubscribe-ceh-list@lists.epa.gov 

 

LAGNIAPPE

Look, Don't Touch: The Problem with Environmental Education: http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/6929

 

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 Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec