Louisiana Sea Grant is involved in the development and
support of several educational projects.
Students from 4th grade through high school in south Louisiana
are taking part in this project by establishing nurseries
at their schools. Students are growing native restoration
seedlings that they will plant in the fall in a coastal
wetland restoration project in south Louisiana.
Marsh Maneuvers is a four-day camp held for high school
4-H Club and Junior Leadership members each summer at the
Lyle S. St. Amant Marine Biological Laboratory on Grand
Terre Island. Since the program’s inception more than
15 years ago, it has become well-known for its hands-on
educational activities related to coastal ecology, wetland
loss, and key social issues affecting the health and economic
well-being of Louisiana’s coastal communities. This
project is run by the Louisiana Sea Grant Extension program
at the LSU AgCenter.
Native Fish in
Native Fish in the Classroom is a multi-disciplinary classroom-based
project for intermediate and middle school students. Classes
involved in this project will rear paddlefish from eggs
to fingerlings during the spring semester. The fingerlings
will be returned to state personnel for tagging and release.
This is a pilot project in partnership with the Louisiana
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Ocean Commotion is a free educational experience for K-8
students and teachers. Invited exhibitors present interactive
and/or hands-on exhibits that give students the chance to
learn about our coast and sea. The primary goal of the event
is for students to take home an expanded appreciation for
Louisiana’s aquatic and coastal environments and an
understanding of the need to conserve its resources. This
annual event draws around 3,000 students, 400 teachers and
parents, and 65 exhibitors. It is a joint project between
LA Sea Grant and the LSU Office of University Relations.
Oral History Project
This education/outreach project is designed to engage high school students to document cultural, environmental and historical knowledge of south Louisiana communities and changes its people have experienced, preserving that knowledge for future generations. It also offers a learning opportunity for the communities, providing a focused lens where they can identify and distinguish the impacts of climatic changes and its symptoms – such as sea level rise.
Using Scalar’s Scope-On-A-Rope as a magnification
tool, activity workshops for students have been offered
through city libraries. Investigation topics include sand
and pond organisms and are based on activities contained
in the SeaScope Folios.