Environmental Education


Empowering Louisiana's Next Generation

Why environmental education is important.

America is in the midst of one of the most profound and rapid societal shifts in history. Today’s generation of children is the first to grow up indoors. Their “plugged-in” lives are often devoid of exploring the natural world. As tomorrow’s leaders, they need to be equipped for the challenges the future brings, and it is our responsibility to prepare our children for the future they will inherit. That requires a commitment to providing our children with environmental education.
Environmental literacy is of particular importance in Louisiana. Louisiana’s positioning at the mouth of the Mississippi River makes it extremely vulnerable as over 30 states in the U.S. drain down the river bringing with it toxic runoff, litter, and debris. In July 2017, LSU professor Mark Benfield concluded a study that found the Gulf of Mexico has concentrations of microplastics among the highest reported globally. In 2016, the KLB Board of Directors committed to making environmental education a greater priority for the organization.
KLB’s Environmental Education Program, Rocksey’s Toolbox was developed from that charge. Later that same year, KLB worked with Representative Stuart Bishop to pass legislation requiring litter education in grades K to 5th grades. The desired result of this program is an increase in knowledge and awareness that yields a positive change in perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors related to the environmental issues taught in the lessons for students. Students will become more engaged in their community because the lessons they learn from this program are transferable skills that will empower them to actively work toward resolving community environmental problems. An engaged and caring generation that has a better understanding of the important role they play in the care of their community and state will result long term.

Rocksey’s Environmental Education Workshops: 

These workshops are open to all formal and informal K- 5th educators, including parents, Scout Leaders, Camp Directors, Club Moderators, etc.

Workshop Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Time: 10am – 3pm (Arrive 10 minutes early to check in)
Location: Terrebonne Parish Library151 Library Dr. Houma, LA  70360

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Rocksey’s Toolbox, the name given to Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s environmental education program, is comprised of ten lesson plans, 20 activity sheets, and Student Standards matrix targeting elementary students in K-5th grades.

You will receive training, CEU credits, a $100 stipend, and the Rocksey Toolkit manual. Teachers must attend the entire workshop and fill out an invoice form to qualify for the stipend. Checks will be mailed directly to the teachers within 2 weeks of the workshop.

Space is limited to the first 25 non-formal & formal teachers from K-5th grades who register.

Things to know: 

  • We will follow COVID-19 guidelines.  Masks will be required.  Seating will be 6ft. apart.
  • Bring paper and pen to take notes.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle.
  • Snacks will be provided.
  • Bring a sweater in case the room is cold.
  • You may bring your lunch or leave to pick up lunch. (30 minute lunch break)
  • Parking is available adjacent to the center on Arches Street as well as in the parking lot on Water Street.
  • The workshop is limited to 25 teachers. If your schedule should change after you register and you are unable to attend the workshop please let us know so we can offer your slot to another teacher. Notify Alma Robichaux at education@keeplouisianabeautiful.org.

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In the spring of 2016, Louisiana Act 72 was signed into law, requiring that students in grades K-5 receive education about litter and its vast implications on our environment. Keep Louisiana Beautiful has created a K-5 environmental education lesson plans and activities that focus on litter, pollution, recycling, and environmental stewardship to protect our watershed and the Gulf. This curriculum is available for download below, complete with lesson plans, activity sheets, and student standards for both formal and informal educators (parents, troop leaders, etc.).

 

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