Compendium of Coastal, Wetland, and Restoration Information

Plants of the Coastal Zone

Making Tracks – Videos
Introduce science concepts found in the outdoors. Worksheets included. Length: 3-4 minutes each.

EstuaryLive! – Video Clips (BTNEP)
Investigates the rich bounty of organisms in the Barataria-Terrebonne ecosystem, the delicate balance between the natural environment and human impacts, and the estuary’s importance to the nation.

  • Black mangrove (Clip 5) - The roots of the black mangrove nourish the tree, help prevent erosion of wetland soils, and provide cover for small animals.

EstuaryLive! – Activities (BTNEP)
Investigates the rich bounty of organisms in the Barataria-Terrebonne ecosystem, the delicate balance between the natural environment and human impacts, and the estuary’s importance to the nation.

  • Where Do Black Mangroves Grow Best? - Students use their knowledge of ecology to propose the best sites to plant black mangrove trees.

Haunted Waters – Video Clips (BTNEP)
An award winning documentary on the cultural, geologic, and environmental history of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary System.

  • Cypress Boom (Clip 6) - Explains how the bayou culture was shaped by the cypress industry.
  • Trembling Prairies (Clip 9) - Shows the production techniques for harvesting and the uses of Spanish moss.

Spirit of the Estuary: Using Art to Understand Ecology – Activities (BTNEP)
A multi-disciplinary curriculum that addresses wetland environmental issues through the integration of fine art, language art, science, and social studies. Grades 6-12.

  • Painting in Style: Flowers of the Estuary (Activity 2-4) - Students describe the following styles of art: Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Classical Realism, Impressionism and Pointillism, Surrealism, and Abstract and Cubism; identify paintings from each of the above styles; identify the following flowers of the estuary: Water Hyacinth, Louisiana Iris, Cardinal Flower, White Water Lily, and the Spider Lily; research and identify at least ten flowers of the estuary and their habitats; create artwork using one of the above styles; identify and discuss the elements and principles of design in their paintings.
  • We Walk in Beauty (Activity 2-5) - Students identify a minimum of fifteen plants that live in the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary; research the life cycle and the special characteristics of a plant from the estuary; describe the skills necessary to keep a field journal; use observation, reflection, drawing, and writing during a field trip to; create a field journal.
  • Cherokee Leaf Painting (Activity 2-6) - Students describe how plants can be used as dyes; transfer a leaf’s natural dye to a piece of fabric; practice the craft of leaf painting.

Bridge Ocean Education: Spartina Salt Marshes
Excellent images that can be placed on PowerPoint slides.

Wild Plants of Our Wetlands – Activities (BTNEP)
Introduction to wetland environment with pre-visit, on-site, post-visit and assessment activities that can be coordinated with field trips to the Jean Lafitte National Park Historical Park and Preserve ( Grades 6-12.

Trees Make a Difference – Activities (BTNEP)
Planting native trees in Terrebonne Parish is a great idea! This guide explains the How? Where? What? and Why? of planting native Louisiana trees. Grades K-4.

N. Carolina Estuary Reserve Foundation: The Salt Marsh Players – Lesson Plan
Students are assigned roles in a skit designed to illustrate how a salt marsh works and how the organisms in it interact with each other. Grades 1-8.

Seagrass Scientists – Lesson Plan (NOAA)
Learn about the jobs that estuarine scientists and wildlife biologists perform by simulating a sampling method that measures the health of a seagrass community over time. Grade 5.

International Paper: Life of the Forest – Booklet
Timber company booklet introducing forest life cycles and common trees.

The Brown Marsh Project Responds to Louisiana's Smooth Cordgrass Dieback (CWPPRA/USGS)
Describes a time span during which native plants were observed to be dying in massive numbers and the response to help the habitat recover.

Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes – Activities
Information about plants in the Gulf Coast prairies and marshes, including notes regarding conservation efforts and impacts on wildlife and links to activities and further participation.

Project Learning Tree – Curriculum
Curriculum resources focusing on forestry, tree life, and forest wildlife. Includes teacher workshop details and comprehensive lesson and activity book correlated by subject, standard, grades, and activity. Teachers must participate in daylong workshop to receive materials, but the website includes some lessons and activities.