Compendium of Coastal, Wetland, and Restoration Information

LSU Coastal Roots Program Information and Resources

LSU Coastal Roots Program Information
The Coastal Roots Program began in 2000 as an education outreach project for the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program. In 2006, the Coastal Roots Program was transitioned into the LSU Department of Educational Theory, Policy, & Practice and the LSU Center for Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences.

Putting Down Roots (2002) by E. Coleman & E. Bush
An overview of how to establish a native plant nursery at a school.

Nursery instructions

Coastal Roots Plants

Can Yard and Cold Frame Information

Coastal Roots in the Classroom

  • Coastal Roots Lessons - Visit the LA Sea Grant Education website to check out five lessons you might want to incorporate in your classes centered on your CR school nursery. There is also an information sheet about preparing for your restoration fieldtrip. Click on Coastal Roots!
  • Bloggin' about Coastal Roots - St. Martin Episcopal students are blogging about their experiences working on Coastal Roots. Teachers Kate Marchal and Warren Lind have set up a St. Martin's Coastal Roots Blog to help their students write about and reflect on what they are learning in the CR Program. They are posting pictures as well as comments about their school plant nursery. Contact Dr. Pam Blanchard,, if you would like to know more about this technology-rich classroom activity.
  • Coastal Roots Social Network on NING - Visit the Coastal Roots Social Network on NING to communicate with others about what is happening in Coastal Roots schools. Go to to learn more! Need help? Contact Dr. Pam Blanchard,, or Craig Howat (Luling Elementary). Thank you to Craig Howat for his initiative to get this working for our program!

Teacher Learning Opportunities

  • Louisiana Wetland Education Coalition (LaWEC) - a group of educators interested in teaching about Louisiana wetland and coastal issues. Newsletters are sent out every three to four weeks informing listserve members of upcoming workshops and educational opportunities. Free upon request. Contact Dr. Pam Blanchard (<>), if you would like to join.