WEEKLY eNEWS: LEEC Art & Language Art Contest WINNERS ANNOUNCED! Plus…Events, Webinars/Workshops, Grants, Volunteers Needed, Job Openings, Resources, Lagniappe

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.


LEEC SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Louisiana's Tenth Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Please see the attached announcement for the list of this year’s contest winners. On behalf of the contest sponsors: Alcoa Foundation, LEEC, and LDWF ...we congratulate the 2012 winning entries! We would like to sincerely thank all students who submitted entries. We have so many talented students in our great state! Many, many thanks to all of you who participated and congratulations to all of our winners! For more information, visit the Environmental Awareness Art & Language Arts Contest page.


EVENTS

Explore a Seashore - May programs on Sharks, Coastal Hazards and Horn Island
Through a partnership with Mississippi Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, the Gulf Coast Research Lab is offering this engaging series of excursions for adults and their children aged 12 and over to learn about the coastal Gulf of Mexico. 
        •  May 12, 2012 Weathering the Storm & Rolling with the Punches – Learn the processes that contribute to hurricane formation and sea level rise. Visit a coastal community where planners and architects have applied results of research to restore a bayou, and a neighborhood.
        •   May 18-19, 2012 Sharks, Shores, and a Whole Lot More – Join shark researchers for a day aboard the RV Hermes collecting data… and sharks!
Program fee is $20/person. TEACHERS! Bring your family, earn CEUs (most programs carry 0.5 - 0.8 CEUs) and enhance your specific content knowledge of coastal science and the process of science!
Other dates, more information and a registration form are available at http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/mec/explore.a.seashore.php. Contact Jessica A. Kastler, Ph.D. at 228 872 4269 or Jessica.Kastler@usm.edu for more information.

ASLO 2013 Meeting in New Orleans! Submit your proposal now! (Deadline: May 18)
ASLO is returning to the Big Easy for the first time since 1990! The Aquatic Sciences Meeting will be held on February 17-22, 2013, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Under the theme "Learning for the Future," the meeting will bring together scientists, engineers, students, educators, policy makers and other stake holders to learn from the past and look to the future of aquatic sciences. Proposals should address broad and timely topics that will interest a broad audience. We encourage the inclusion of both research and non-research presentations within sessions. "Non-research" would apply to both policy and education presentations. Sessions that encourage presentations that include both research and non-research aspects are especially desired. Session proposals must be submitted online by 23:59 U.S. Central Daylight Time, May 18, 2012, to http://www.aslo.org/forms/neworleans2013.html. Proposals should include the following information: session title; name(s) of session organizer(s), affiliation(s) and contact methods; session format: talks/posters/both, or others; and a brief synopsis of the session. For more information, please contact: Helen Schneider Lemay, ASLO Business Office, 5400 Bosque Boulevard, Suite 680, Waco, Texas 76710-4446, business@aslo.org, 800-929-ASLO or 1-254-399-9635

Conservation Cup Polo Match to Support Land Conservation in Louisiana (May 20)
The Land Trust for Southeast Louisiana, whose mission is to protect natural areas and agricultural lands, will be holding its “Conservation Cup” the afternoon of Sunday, May 20th at Leah Farms of Louisiana (16191 Hwy 40, Folsom, LA) from 12 pm- 5 pm. The annual event has been the primary venue for the past six years to raise awareness for land conservation in Louisiana. This year’s Conservation Cup will be hosted by the New Orleans Polo Club in its annual challenge match against its rival, the Point Clear Polo Club from Mobile, Alabama. A buffet lunch will be served; with musical entertainment featuring the Regg Sanders Trio. A Calcutta auction will be held prior to the start of the match at 12:30 pm, where participants can choose their favorite players. Donated items will be available for purchase through silent and live auctions during the afternoon. In addition to the excitement of watching the polo match and the chance to meet the players and their horses, the event is an afternoon of food, music, and pony rides for the children. Admission is $25 Adults, $15 Students, Free for Children under 10. (Includes buffet lunch); $250 - table sponsorship (8 seats per table), reservations guarantee space under the tent
For reservations or more information regarding volunteering, donation of auction items, or event sponsorship, visit www.ltsl.org  or contact Marsha O’Brien at (985) 276-8000.

Enroll in Summer Camp at TRAC in Texas! Hands-on learning with Audubon Adventure Camps:
        •  Lone Star Overnight Adventure Camp – Week of June 11 Full Day Camp for children 8 - 10 years old (June 11-15)
Go wild in the Lone Star State! Step back in time and explore the life and times of the pioneers who first settled in Texas. Investigate the amazing plants that call Texas home, and discover the fascinating wild world of Texas animals. Spend Monday through Wednesday at the Dallas Arboretum, then spend an adventure-packed Thursday through Friday (including a staff-supervised overnight) at Trinity River Audubon Center, hiking, paddling, fishing, and exploring our amazing North Texas home. Classes are from 9am to 3pm with a staff-supervised sleepover on Thursday night at TRAC. Cost is $250 for Non-members and $225 for members of Arboretum and Trinity River Audubon Center. For registration information, click here.
        •  "Aquatic Adventures with the Children's Aquarium At Fair Park And Trinity River Audubon Center" – For children eligible for 4th-5th grade enrollment in fall 2012 (June 16-20)
Campers will spend three days learning all about the aquatic world at the Children's Aquarium at Fair Park, then spend two days at TRAC exploring ponds, wetlands and our amazing Trinity River. We'll paddle in kayaks and canoes, muck through wetlands, sample ponds and give catch-and-release fishing a try to see what fish species are present. Bring an extra pair of clothes; we will be getting dirty! This special camp for 4th-5th graders includes a staff-supervised sleepover at TRAC on Thursday, July 19. Classes are from 9am to 3pm with a staff-supervised sleepover on Thursday night at TRAC. July 16-20. Cost is $240/Members of the Dallas Zoo, Trinity River Audubon Center or Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill. $265/Non-Members. For more information, call 469-554-7300 or email education@dallaszoo.com.

State of the Coast: Official Program Released, Registration Open (June 25-27)
This year’s official conference program, available on stateofthecoast.org, is the largest and most comprehensive array of topics ever assembled regarding the Louisiana coast. The 2012 program covers a wide spectrum of the most critical issues facing the Louisiana coast, making State of the Coast 2012 a can’t-miss opportunity to hear the very latest ideas, research and methods affecting our coastal future. View the complete program here. Admission is $250. Your registration includes entry into all daily sessions and events, lunches, breaks and snacks, and a special opening-night reception sponsored by Hesco! This is an incredible value for a three-day conference in one of the world’s most exciting cities, New Orleans.


WEBINARS / WORKSHOPS

Training Opportunities from the Natural Disaster Preparedness Training Center
The NDPTC is coming to Baton Rouge to conduct two training workshops. If you are interesting in attending these workshops, please see the attached flyers for more information and registration:
May 14 – Social Media for Disaster Response and Recovery
May 15 – Coastal Community Resilience


New EE in Action Webinar on May 15!
EPA's Office of Environmental Education (OEE) hosts webinars for the Environmental Education (EE) community as part of a new initiative called Environmental Education in Action (EE in Action). These webinars will showcase environmental education programs and resources, including grant projects funded by EPA. The next webinar is:
What in the World Triggers Asthma? What Every School Should Know
Date: May 15, 2012, 4-5pm EST
Summary: Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening chronic respiratory disease that affects the quality of life for almost 25 million Americans, including an estimated 7 million children. Although there is no cure for asthma yet, asthma can be controlled through medical treatment and management of environmental triggers. EPA is committed to educating all Americans about asthma so that everyone knows what asthma is, how the environment can affect asthma patients and how to manage environmental asthma triggers. Join us in this webinar to learn about asthma triggers, how to prevent or avoid them, and what resources EPA offers to educate yourself and others on how to take action to reduce asthma attacks. Pre-registration is required.
Visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/986638296 to register.
View recent, archived EE in Action webinars at www.epa.gov/education/eeinaction.html

Using the Conservation Education Scope & Sequence (May 23)
Register now
for Using the Conservation Education Scope and Sequence, May 23 at 2 pm EST
One of the best practices for stewardship education is to make sure programs are age appropriate - that skills and concepts are taught at the appropriate developmental stage. Join Judy Silverberg as she explains the Conservation Education Scope and Sequence - what it is, what it is designed to do (and not do), and how to use it. She will look at an activity (or two) and use the scope and sequence to identify the appropriate age or grade band. By the end of the webinar you will be able to use this document as a tool in planning age appropriate content and activities. Judy is Wildlife Education Programs Supervisor with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, and chair of the CE Strategy. Space is limited so be sure to register soon.  
February and April Webinar Recordings Available – Recordings of the CE Strategy Overview and the Best Practices for Stewardship Education are now available on AFWA's website. (Be sure to scroll down past the upcoming webinars section.)

Permits 101:  Understanding the Basics
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) is sponsoring free training sessions that will give you a basic understanding of what permits are, the different types, and the permitting process within each media. Please register for one of the sessions below:
NEW ORLEANS AREA:  MAY 10, 2012, 10AM-12PM
Yenni Building, 2nd Floor Council Chambers, 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Jefferson, LA 70123
LAKE CHARLES:  MAY 17, 2012, 10AM-12PM
LSU AgCenter, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, LA 70607
ALEXANDRIA AREA:  MAY 22, 2012, 10AM-12PM
Main Street Community Center, 708 Main Street, Pineville, LA 71360
If you would like to attend any of these workshops please register online at www.deq.louisiana.gov/enviroschool or fax the attached registration form to (225)325-8222. If you would like more information please call (225) 219-0877 or visit the ENVIROSCHOOL website at http://www.deq.louisiana.gov/portal/tabid/2601/Default.aspx. Registration is suggested. These workshops are free and open to the public. 

MAY OneNOAA Science Seminars
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 a OneNOAA Science seminar partner. New seminars listed below. Click on seminar title to access full details.
May 10: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: Validation; Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location: Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 10: Nature of, by, and for the People?; Speaker(s): Dr. Mary Ruckelshaus (Managing Director, Natural Capital Project); Location:NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) Auditorium (2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 10: Early results from the Barnegat Bay Sea Nettle Barrier Pilot Project; Speaker(s): Jim Vasslides, Jennifer Barny, Nina Sassano (Barnegat Bay Partnership, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ); Location: NOAA, NMFS, NEFSC, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory Conference Room. (74 Magruder Road, Sandy Hook, New Jersey; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 14: Stakeholder Use of Riverine Probabilistic Forecasts; Speaker(s): Jan Verkade and Edwin Welles (Deltares).; Location: NOAA SSMC-2, Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 15: Snow Falling On Yellow-Cedars; Speaker(s): Paul Hennon et al.; Location: ACCAP, Fairbanks, Alaska; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 15-17: NOAA 2012 Environmental Data Management Conference; Speaker(s): Multiple; Location: The Marriott Inn & Conference Center at UMD, East Hyattsville, MD; Click here to add this event 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: JCSDA, Camp Springs, MD; 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): NCDDC; Location: Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 17: Resource Rents, Inframarginal Rents and the Transition to Property Rights in a Common Pool Resource ; Speaker(s): Dr. Chris Costello (Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara); Location: NWFSC, Seattle, WA 98112; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 23: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species: Marine Species Preparations for the Next Conference of the Parties; Speaker(s): Dr. Dwayne Meadows (NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources); Location: NOAA SSMC-4, Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 23: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Associated With Oil and Natural Gas Operations in Colorado and Utah: Regional Characteristics and Potential Atmospheric Impacts; Speaker(s):Jessica Gilman (NOAA ESRL CSD & CU CIRES); Location: NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division seminar Room 2A305, David Skaggs Research Center (NOAA Building), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO; 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): NCDDC; 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): Dr. Todd Anderson (San Diego State University); Location: NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) Auditorium (2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112); 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
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: NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) Auditorium (2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar

From H-2-O: A Water Quality Workshop for Teachers (June 13-16)
This workshop will provide teachers with the knowledge, skills, and equipment to do water quality monitoring as an inquiry-based environmental education experience with their students using LUMCON’s Bayouside Classroom program. Show students their connection to the Gulf of Mexico through watershed science while conducting meaningful science and stewardship activities. This workshop is presented by Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) and funded by Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP). The workshop cost is FREE and open to any middle school or high school science or math teacher. Application Deadline: May 24, 2012
Workshop topics: water quality parameters and normal limits, sampling techniques, use of data to test hypotheses, gulf hypoxia (dead zones), watersheds, non-point source pollution, estuaries, invasive species, nutrients and nutrient impacts
Workshop Highlights: FREE lodging and meals offered during the workshop, FREE water sampling equipment and resources, hands-on training of sampling techniques, hands-on data use in the classroom to tests hypotheses, interaction with scientists and other educators, presentations about meaningful and relevant water quality issues, field components that allow participants to experience different watershed habitats, laboratory sessions, participants will earn up to 24 CLUs
For more workshop information and/or application materials contact: Murt Conover, (985) 851-2860, mconover@lumcon.edu or visit www.lumcon.edu.

Early Childhood EE Programs: Guidelines for Excellence, June 26th, 4:00pm Eastern
This webinar focuses on our newest set of guidelines - Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence. We will discuss how the guidelines are being used in early childhood environmental education program design and implementation and introduce you to a companion document, Early Childhood Environmental Education Rating Scale. To register: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ecee


GRANTS

YSA Grants for Teachers and Youth Now Available
YSA is now accepting applications for two grant programs: our $1,000 State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grants for K-12 public schools in the U.S. to engage students in a fall Semester of Service and our $500 Get Ur Good On Grants for youth, ages 5-25, around the world to lead a service project during June - August 2012.
        •  State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grants (Deadline: May 31)
State Farm™ is proud to team up with YSA to offer grants of up to $1,000 for programs enhancing student achievement through service-learning in K-12 public schools in all fifty US states, the District of Columbia, and in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick. Each grant engages participating teachers and students in a service and learning program that promotes academic achievement, workplace readiness, and stronger communities. The State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grant requires a 12 to 14 weeks Semester of Service™. www.YSA.org/goodneighbor
        •   Get Ur Good On Grants (Deadline: May 27)
If you're ready to make a positive impact in your community, Miley Cyrus and her friends at YSA want to help! With $500 Get Ur Good On Grants, you'll have the inspiration, project support, and necessary funding to turn your idea into a reality. Kids and young adults ages 5-25 worldwide are eligible to apply for a $500 Get Ur Good On Grant to support youth-led projects. Projects must address a demonstrated community need or issue, and must take place during June, July and/or August 2012. www.YSA.org/grants/gurgo  
If you have questions about either grant program, please contact the YSA Grants team at grants@ysa.org


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Planting Marsh Grasses to Restore Wetlands Near Vermilion Bay – Volunteers Needed
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The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL), the Rainey Alliance, and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority are looking for volunteers to participate in a marsh restoration project at Christian Marsh (west of Vermilion Bay). Volunteers will plant nearly 40,000 plants along a newly constructed marsh terraces to help prevent further erosion and to stabilize the soil. Volunteer efforts will produce new habitats that will support a variety of aquatic wildlife and migratory birds.
Planting Dates are May 14, May 17, May 18, and May 19 from 9 a.m. to no later than 4 p.m. at the Intracoastal City Public Boat Launch (south of Abbeville). We are also looking for volunteers to help unload and transport marsh grass (by boat) to the project site on Wednesday, May 16, 9 a.m. to no later than 4 p.m. at the Intracoastal City Public Boat Launch (south of Abbeville).
All volunteers must register with CRCL to attend the event! Volunteers will be transported to the planting site by boat. This will be a muddy day. This is a strenuous and dirty activity, so physical fitness is required. All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Visit www.crcl.org for more information.

GOMA Seeks Members for Business Advisory Council (Deadline: May 16)
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) is accepting applications to fill 16 seats on its newly-established Business Advisory Council (BAC). With the BAC, GOMA wants to ensure industry sector participation and advisement in regional initiatives for the Gulf of Mexico. The BAC will provide a fundamental connection between policy and applied management decisions. Applications must be returned to GOMA by May 16, 2012, and can be found on GOMA's Web site: www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org.


JOB OPENINGS

Graduate Assistantship for LSU EnvironMentors Coordinator
The Louisiana State University EnvironMentors Program would like to hire a new graduate student to fill the role of Coordinator beginning the Summer 2012. We are offering a graduate assistantship for a student who would be enrolled in the LSU Masters of Natural Science program. On-the-job training will be provided from the current coordinator. Please see the attached announcement for more details and contact information.


RESOURCES

NGCP Program Directory - Find Summer Camps!
http://www.ngcproject.org/directory
The online Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. When you sign up for the Program Directory, you will enter your program description, resources available within your organization, program and/or organizational needs, and contact information. You can search by summer camp offerings in your zip code as well.


LAGNIAPPE

Invitation to Participate in Educator Survey
The University of Florida, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, and invites you to take an online survey about teaching climate change in secondary science courses. This survey is intended for middle and high school science educators who teach in the Southeast (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia). They are interested in hearing from you whether or not you currently cover climate change in your classroom. The results of this survey will guide the development of a new Project Learning Tree secondary module that will focus on climate change impacts on southern forest ecosystems, forest impacts on climate, and ways people can affect these relationships. The module is being developed primarily for science and agriculture courses in grades 9-12, with potential use in middle school or community college courses as well.
        If you teach secondary science in the Southeast, we welcome your input through completing this survey, which will take 10-15 minutes. Your responses will be recorded anonymously to protect your identity to the extent provided by law. You may stop answering questions at any time. There are no risks or benefits to participating. There is no compensation for your participation, only the knowledge that you have contributed to the development of this educational resource. Please click the following link to access the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TRHYYWL. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact: Dr. Martha Monroe at mcmonroe@ufl.edu or (352) 846-0878.

CRCL Teams Up With Patagonia and Massey’s Sporting Goods to Save the Coast!
They call it “Sportsman’s Paradise” for a reason, and now you can gear up for your trip to the coast and help save it at the same time. From today until May 20th, Patagonia will donate $10 to CRCL for every pair of Patagonia shoes you purchase at Massey’s Professional Outfitters in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Covington and Metairie.  Patagonia has long held a reputation for making high-quality outdoors gear, and Massey’s carries a great selection of the finest Patagonia products available. Go out and support CRCL this May by shopping at Massey’s!


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