Purpose of this Compendium
Preservation and restoration of Louisiana's coastal habitats and land are two of the most pressing issues facing our state. Educators have a vital role in bringing to the awareness of young people the urgency of caring for their natural surroundings. By teaching our students using activities that build knowledge and encourage action, educators will increase the environmental literacy of our young citizens and inspire them to become active stewards of our coastal habitats. I am committed to supporting educators interested in teaching about Louisiana's coastal issues by providing them as many high-quality resources as possible. This compendium is an initial effort to offer educators a guide to the best available resources to enhance and support their educational activities.
While I started compiling these materials years ago, many people have had a hand in identifying and annotating the resources in this compendium:
I am thankful to the organizations that provided the funding to initiate this compendium. This volume (Volume 1) was compiled with grant funding from the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program through the LSU Coastal Roots Program (2006-8) and the NOAA Bay-Watershed Education and Training Program (2008-2012).
I intend to periodically update and expand this compendium. I welcome educators to send me information and/or links to resources that should be included in future editions.
Dr. Pam Blanchard