Teacher workshop on environmental education scheduled
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Biological Sciences and the Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station at Pass Manchac will sponsor a free workshop for teachers and other environmental educators Saturday, Nov. 19.
Designed to improve teachers’ roles as environmental educators, the workshop will start at the Turtle Cove Boatshed and Classroom on Galva Canal in Manchac and will conclude with a tour of Turtle Cove in the Manchac marsh. Boat transportation to and from the research station will be provided.
“Our goal is to provide teachers and other educators with a better understanding of the tools and activities for teaching wetland field science,” said Turtle Cove Director Robert Moreau. “We are hoping to inform area educators about the impacts of coastal wetland loss and field activities in wetland science and education.”
He said educators will be encouraged to return to Turtle Cove with their students for more direct hands-on activities.
The day-long program will include a review of the history of coastal wetland issues in Louisiana by Moreau, Deborah Dardis of the Biological Sciences Department, and Fred Stouder, marsh restoration and environmental education/outreach coordinator for Turtle Cove.
Other presentations will focus on vegetation identification, water quality sampling and measurement, and demonstrations of marsh restoration activities.
The program is expected to conclude at 3 p.m.
“This is a great opportunity for teachers and educators to network with each other and the Turtle Cove staff, as well as sign up their classes for future field trips,” Moreau said.
To register for the workshop, contact Moreau at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dardis at email@example.com or call 985-549-5008. Directions to the Turtle Cove Boatshed/Classroom can be found on the web site www.southeastern.edu/turtlecove.