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 opportunities 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

Follow the linked dates to register.

Launching Meaningful Phenomena for Three-Dimensional Learning

  • Learn how relevant phenomena strengthen standards-based instruction and enhance student understanding.
  • 2 offerings: June 7-8 or June 16-17
  • 8 hour virtual workshop
  • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m

Foundations of Louisiana’s Water Quality

  • Explore water quality, learn about key parameters, and learn how students are helping to monitor the water quality in Louisiana’s coastal and marine systems. 
  • June 22
  • 3 hour virtual workshop
  • 9 a.m - 12 p.m

Deep Dive into Water Quality Issues 

  • Participants will experience an in-depth exploration of the water quality issues facing Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico.
  • June 23
  • 3 hour virtual workshop
  • 9 a.m - 12 p.m

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 or July 14
  • 4 hour virtual workshop
  • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


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

This summer, the Department is launching applications for the Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program, open to certified K-12 educators who currently teach in a key coastal parish. Fellows selected into this program will: 

  • have access to personalized coaching and professional development through participation in virtual community of practice workshops;
  • develop an educational phenomenon resource featuring a Louisiana environmental topic to be published by the Department; and
  • develop a student outdoor experience to accompany the phenomenon.

Although participation is not required, preference will be given to applicants who participate in one or more of the Summer Environmental Education Workshop Series workshops. Selected fellows will receive compensation for successful completion of project deliverables.  Details will be provided during fellowship onboarding. Applications open June 23.



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.

If you have questions or would like more information about LEEC or environmental education initiatives at the Department, email environmentaleducation@la.gov.