National Geographic: The National Geographic Society is home to rich and diverse resources that have enormous potential to support learning. As the educational outreach arm of National Geographic, National Geographic Education is committed to maximizing the impact of the Society’s rich media, scientific, and exploration programs on the education audience.
CWPPRA Curriculum: The CWPPRA (Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act) Curriculum includes a variety of educational materials focused on coastal restoration in Louisiana.
America’s Wetland: The America’s WETLAND education page offers a variety of lesson plans for “Washing Away,” a documentary produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting about how the loss of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands affects the state nation and world. You can also download a matrix of education materials about the wetlands created by our education partners, play games, color wetland scenes, and much more.
The 4-H Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach Program (4-H YWP) is a statewide LSU AgCenter program sponsored by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), $500,000/year. The program is designed to heighten students’ awareness of Louisiana’s wetland loss through an organized educational program of outreach, empowerment and advocacy.
Program materials – including structured lesson plans and supplies used to teach lessons – are provided at no cost to participating educators. These lessons are implemented throughout the academic year with the program culminating during our promotional week, known as Youth Wetlands Week (YWW). The program curriculum is endorsed by the Louisiana Science Teachers Association (LSTA) and the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC,) and lessons are designed to follow Louisiana’s Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) and the Common Core State Standards. Pre- and post-tests are completed by participating students, and the results reflect increased knowledge of main science concepts. During the summer, students are encouraged to attend three summer camps that use the program curriculum and provide wetland-related, hands-on learning activities: 4-H Camp Grant Walker, Louisiana Outdoor Science and Technology (LOST) Camp and Marsh Maneuvers. Opportunities to participate in wetland service projects are available to students throughout the year in various locations across the state. Students have helped with vegetative plantings and invasive species removals, constructed and installed wood duck boxes, and assisted in trash bashes/beach sweeps.