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 benefiting our people and environment.


2021 Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program

Fellows selected into this program will engage in rich professional learning as a cohort of like minded educators who are committed to championing environmental literacy for the students of our state.

Fellows, selected through a competitive process, will have access to the following supports as they engage in rich professional learning communities and the co-design of educational resources that will be used with their students and shared on the Department’s website:

  • exclusive training opportunities to learn from local and national experts in STEM and environmental education 
  • authentic coaching through one-on-one and small group sessions that are designed to reinforce the training content and allow for feedback on resource development
  • a community of peers: fellows will have regular opportunities to collaborate with and learn from each other

Due to the impacts of Hurricane Ida, selection and announcement of 2021 Louisiana Coastal Fellows is delayed. Applicants will be notified of selection status in the coming weeks.



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.