Youth Wetlands Week 2012

Amanda Simmons, Mullens, Ashley  |  7/18/2011 10:21:55 PM

As part of the Wetlands Restoration project, the Lincoln Parish 4-H Junior Leaders planted trees in coastal wetlands in 2010.

The LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth Development Office and Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration (OCPR) have teamed up to once to offer the Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach Program, commonly known as Youth Wetlands Week (YWW). The YWW program develops and distributes wetland education curriculum and teaching materials FREE to any 4th-12th grade teacher who signs up for the program. The overall goal is to enhance students' knowledge about the various types of wetlands found throughout the state and how they can help get involved with wetland conservation. During the last four years, the program has reached more than 200,000 students throughout the state and parish participation has increased each year!

The 2012 Youth Wetlands Week will be held the week of April 23-27, 2012. This week was chosen because it falls after LEAP testing and the Easter Holiday and it coincides with Earth Day, which is April 22, 2012. Although the Youth Wetlands Program is slated for one week during the year, we understand that this schedule may not be conducive to every school schedule. If you have a conflict in schedule, but would like to participate, please do not let this deter your involvement. We encourage educators to utilize the Youth Wetlands curriculum year-round.

Once you are registered for YW, Lincoln Parish 4-H agents, Amanda Simmons and Gary Stockton, will deliver the curriculum binder and resource materials to your schools in before the official week. They will also serve as liaisons between you and the LSU AgCenter and help answer any questions you may have about the program.

Information about wetlands-related field trips and small-scale restoration projects at your school or in various locations across the state is also available to educators throughout the year. Students have helped with vegetative plantings, constructed and installed wood duck boxes, and assisted in trash bashes/beach sweeps. If you are interested in having the YW Program assist you in developing a project, please contact Amanda Simmons or fill out the registration form below and return to us at the address stated on the form by Sept. 30, 2011.

For previous participants of YW, we are continuously improving the program to fit your needs so be sure to sign up again! The program curriculum is updated every year. As always, every lesson developed for the Youth Wetlands Program includes Louisiana Grade-Level Expectations (GLE’s) ranging from science to art to physical education!

Remember to notify Amanda Simmons by Sept. 30, 2011, if you would like to participate in this program so she can enroll your class! This program is provided to participating schools at no cost! We hope you will join us in educating today’s youth about Louisiana’s valuable wetlands.

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