Louisiana Environmental Education

A Vision for Environmental Literacy

Louisiana’s rich and dynamic environment encompasses a vast area of land, water, and culture that serve as the lifeblood of this great state. Making wise decisions about using these resources is therefore necessary for us to maintain both a healthy environment and a vibrant economy.

The shared vision of the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is to cultivate a Louisiana citizenry that understands, feels connected to, and is inspired to protect, preserve, and restore our environment for present use and future sustainability.

This means that “environmentally literate” citizens will have the knowledge, tools, and sensitivity to thoughtfully explore environmental issues, select optimal actions to mediate problems, and routinely include the environment as a crucial element in their work, play, and daily life. Environmental literacy encompasses the fields of natural resources management and conservation, environmental quality, coastal restoration and protection, and environmental stewardship. It is through the understanding and appreciation of our natural environment that we will become better prepared citizens ready to make wise decisions regarding our natural resources. This vision supports actions that ensure all Louisianans have the opportunity to learn about and connect with nature in positive ways, developing informed and responsible stewards of our environment.

To foster an environmentally literate populace, citizens should:

  • have opportunities to experience and learn about our natural environment;
  • understand human impact on the environment;
  • develop a sense of stewardship towards the Earth and its finite resources; and,
  • choose actions that protect and nurture the natural environment.
There is no better time than now to support all Louisiana citizens with opportunity to become more connected to our natural world. All stakeholders will be empowered by improved access to information and experiences that lead to responsible practices benefitting our people and environment.

Summer 2021 Environmental Education Workshop Series

The Summer Environmental Education Workshop Series is designed to provide a framework for understanding, developing, and using phenomena in the classroom. Participants will deepen content knowledge on environmental education topics such as marine debris and water quality through interactive webinars delivered by experts in the field. Participants will also learn strategies and resources for incorporating student stewardship opportunities into units of study.

This workshop series is open to all Louisiana educators. Due to limited capacity, registration is required, and virtual seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Summer Environmental Education Workshop Series Schedule

Launching Meaningful Phenomena for Three-Dimensional Learning
  • Learn how relevant phenomena strengthens standards-based instruction and enhances student understanding.
  • 2 offerings: June 6-7, 2021 or June 16-17, 2021

  • 8 hour workshop

Water Quality and Data

  • Explore key water quality parameters and analyze real world data of Louisiana’s coastal and marine systems.
  • June 22-23, 2021

  • 8 hour workshop

Anatomy of a Phenomenon

  • Discover fundamental elements of quality phenomena and how to publish and share via the Louisiana Science Phenomena website.
  • 2 offerings: July 6, 2021 or July 7, 2021

  • 2 hour workshop

Marine Debris and Microplastics

  • Learn how to lead a marine debris survey and why microplastics pose a threat to aquatic life.
  • 2 offerings: July 13, 2021 or July 14, 2021

  • 4 hour workshop

Coming Soon! Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program Applications for 2021-2022

The Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program is open to eligible K-12 teachers from key coastal parishes. Applications for the next round of Louisiana Coastal Fellows will be released in the fall of 2021. Selected fellows will develop environmental science phenomena and plan associated Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences (MWEEs) that will be published and shared with educators around the state. Teachers will be selected from applicants who attend the virtual summer workshop series.

About the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission

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The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) is a body of 26 commissioners appointed by the Governor. Its members are educators and representatives from small businesses, industry, local municipalities, state agencies and environmental advocates. The mission of the commission is to create a comprehensive and balanced environmental education initiative that will result in an environmentally literate citizenry who will make informed decisions to effectively and constructively solve existing environmental problems, prevent new ones, and maintain a sustainable environment for future generations. Find commission materials, including a meeting minutes archive, on LDOE’s State Advisory Councils Page.

To receive updates about environmental education efforts and opportunities happening throughout the state, sign up for the bimonthly Environmental Education newsletter. If you have questions or would like more information about LEEC or environmental education initiatives at the Department, email environmentaleducation@la.gov.