LSU Coastal Roots Program
Seedling Nursery Program for Habitat Restoration

Awards, Recognitions, Presentations and
Graduate Student Research Projects

  • Congratulations to teachers Sandy Saye (Upper Pte. Coupee Elem) and Janell Simpson (Patrick Taylor Sci & Tech Acad) for their winning projects in the 2013 LA Enironmental Education Commision's Grant competition!
  • Congratulations to teachers and students of three Terrebonne Parish schools by the Terrebonne Educational Foundation for being awarded a $30,000 grant to study the landloss occurring in Terrebonne Parish. Funding enabled all three schools to join the Coastal Roots Program! These schools are Bourg Elementary, Montegut Middle, and Pointe aux Chenes Elementary. (2013)
  • Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy won $10K for New Orleans City Park Volunteer Department in the 2013 BreesDream Super Service Challenge! They won for their CR restoration planting of over 300 bald cypress and nuttall oak trees in New Orleans City Park. Students tagged trees with QSM codes directing viewers to the Couturie Forest Virtual Field Trip Google site maintained by AP Environmental Science students. Other QSM codes direct viewers to Coastal Roots and Picture Post, a site maintained by the University of New Hampshire, that archives panoramic views and satellite images of the PFTSTA site. Click here to view PFTSTA's Picture Post. A Picture Post "is an 8-sided platform for taking repeat photographs of the entire landscape and an Up picture of the sky." In PFTSTA's case, they are taking pictures of their restoration site every few months and uploading them to the Picture Post website to record how their restoration trees grow and how their site changes over time. (2013)
  • Creekside Junior High School (Pearl River) was awarded a nearly $5,000 EPA Region 6 School Sustainability Grant for their project entitled "Growing in the 21st Century". They were one of six schools in Region 6 to receive an award this year. (2012)
  • Harry Hurst Middle School in Destrehan, La., received the 2012 Keep Louisiana Beautiful award (http://keeplouisianabeautiful.org/?p=497) for studying environmental issues in its science classrooms and implementing two community programs to increase environmental awareness. Its Green Team and Wetland Watcher program focus on increasing recycling and wetland conservation, respectively. During the 2011-2012 school years, the students collected more than 24,000 gallons of materials for recycling and reached more than 75,000 people with their environmental message. (2012)
  • Five of nine Louisiana Wetland Foundation awards for the 2012 Keep Your Eye on the Prize contest when to students at CR-affiliated schools: Episcopal Day School (four, $21,000) and Patrick Taylor Science and Technology Academy (one, $5,000). (2012)
  • 2010-11 Disney Planet Challenge: Winning the Grand Prize and a trip to Disney Land for their class, Zachary Elementary! Check out the YouTube video and the Disney website to pictures from April Fool’s Day – which is when they heard from Mickey himself! Links to their announcement (http://dpcproject.com/winners2010/ElementarySchool.aspx), prizes (http://disney.go.com/planetchallenge/elementary-prizing.html) & YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDnhbSibJIc). We are very proud of the hard work of these teachers, Breigh Rainey and Kristy Gilpin, for their continuing efforts to engage their students on coastal environmental issues that Louisiana. (2011)
  • 2010-11 Disney Planet Challenge: Winning the Disney Planet State Prize for Louisiana was Metairie Academy for Advanced Studies! Check out their announcement (http://dpcproject.com/winners2010/StateWinners.aspx?school=elementary) and their prizes (http://disney.go.com/planetchallenge/elementary-prizing.html). We are very proud of the hard work of these teachers, Mona Herbert and Claudia Suazo, for their continuing efforts to engage their students on coastal environmental issues that Louisiana. (2011)
  • Dr. Pam Blanchard was one of six to receive the Louisiana Coastal Stewardship Award by the Louisiana Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. (2011)
  • Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School received the 2010 Keep Louisiana Beautiful Youth Leadership Award for its school-wide participation in the international “Earth Hour” program, involvement with the LSU Coastal Roots Program and Junior Green Team. (2010)
  • Westdale Heights Academic Elementary Magnet School was one of six winners of the 2010 Intel Schools of Distinction Award (http://download.intel.com/education/schoolsofdistinction/SODA_2010.pdf), a prestigious national award recognizing “extraordinary commitment to instituting 21st century teaching and learning environments” and recognizes schools for “exemplary instruction in math and science.” Mary Legoria, our lead CR teacher at Westdale is highlighted along with the CR Program! (2010)
  • The CR Program was named Conservation Organization of the Year for 2009 in the 46th Annual Governor's Conservation Achievement Recognition Program conducted by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. The award was presented February 27, 2009, at the 71st Annual Convention of the LA Wildlife Federation. (2010)
  • Ed Bush and Pam Blanchard were recognized with the 2009 American Society for Horticultural Science Extension Publication Award for "the most outstanding paper on horticultural extension published by the Society in 2009." Their paper, "Low-Cost Container Yard for School-based Restoration Nurseries," was published in Volume 19 of HortTechnology. (2009)
  • Archbishop Chapelle School was featured in a WWL Public Service Announcement entitled Making the Grade, which featured schools doing outstanding work, in this case Chapelle’s participation in the CR Program. (2009)
  • Dr. Ed Bush, an LSU associate professor of horticulture, has been recognized as Grand Prize winner in the 2008 Gardner’s Supply Company Garden Crusader Awards. (2008)
  • Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Coastal Stewardship Award – John Giambrone & his 8th grade students at Pierre Part Elementary. (2008)
  • Linda Messina, a science teacher at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, was selected as a 2008 American Star of Teaching. The program is a component of the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative. (2008)
  • Lafayette Middle School students were featured in Southern Living Magazine (summer issue, 2007) doing a restoration trip Fifi Island (near Grand Isle, LA). (2007)
  • Montegut Middle School students were filmed as part of the IMAX production of Hurricane on the Bayou! (2005)
  • Coastal Roots students were invited to visit with Christy Todd Whitman, EPA Director, on her visit to Thibodaux, LA. (2003)
  • CR Program was awarded the 2003 Gulf of Mexico Program’s Gulf Guardian Award. (2nd Place; 2003)
  • Grace King High School students were featured in a National Geographic's TV program entitled EarthPulse. (2002)
  • LaBranche Wetland Watchers Partnership Award, Harry Hurst Middle School. (2002)
  • Montegut Middle School students were featured in the EstuaryLIVE video on Elmer’s Island. (2002)
  • David Bourgeois, Coastal Roots Co-director, received the USDA Secretary’s Award for Maintaining and Enhancing the Nation’s Natural Resources and Environment. (2001)
 

Publications & Presentations

Refereed Journals

Blanchard, P.B., & Buchanan, T.K. (2011). Environmental Stewardship in the Primary Grades. Childhood Education, 232-238.

Blanchard, P.B., & Sulentic Dowell, M.M. (2010). Science and Literacy as Social Responsibility: A transdiciplinary approach to service, learning and teacher preparation. Literacy and Social Responsibility (International Reading Association SIG eJournal), 3(1), 8-22.

Coker, C.E.H., Bachman, G., Boyd, C., Blanchard, P.B., Bush, E., & Gu, M. (2010). Coastal Roots: Connecting students with sustainability in Mississippi and Louisiana.HortTechnology (American Society of Horticultural Science), 20(3), 499-502.

Blanchard, P. B. (2009). Linking the Geologic with the Biologic: Ecological Stewardship as a Means to Teach Geology Related to Coastal Land Loss. The Earth Scientist (National Earth Science Teachers Association), 25(2), 14-21.

Karsh, K, Bush, E., Hinson, J., & Blanchard, P. B. (2009). Integrating Horticulture Biology and Environmental Coastal Issues into the Middle School Science Curriculum. Horticulture Science, 19(4), 813-817.

Bush, E., & Blanchard, P. B. (2009). Low-Cost Can Yard for School-Based Restoration Nurseries. HortTechnology (American Society of Horticultural Science), 19(4), 818-822.

McHardy, R. J., Blanchard, P. B., & de Wet, C. (2009). Gifted Students and Ecological Stewardship. Gifted Child Today, 32(4), 16-23.

Blanchard, P. B., & Bush, E. (2008, January). Horticulture Gone Coastal: The LSU Coastal Roots Program introduces plant-based science service-learning to precollege students. Journal of the Louisiana State Horticulture Society, 3, 66-75.

Blanchard, P. B. (2007). Coastal Roots: A pre-college plant-based stewardship program to connect students with coastal issues. Plant Science Bulletin, 53(4), 138-146.

Messina, L., & Blanchard, P. B. (2004, May). Wetlands stewardship project combines authentic learning and student research. The Science Teacher [National Science Teacher Association], 71(1), 44-45.

Online Publications

Blanchard, P. B., & Lindstedt, D. (2003). EstuaryLIVE Activities for the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program. Retrieved January 8, 2004, from http://www.btnep.org/Libraries/Lessons/Estuary_Live_Activity_Book.sflb.ashx

Blanchard, P. B., (Ed.). (2006). Educator's Guide to the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary. Retrieved January 8, 2006, from http://www.btnep.org/Libraries/Lessons/Educators_Guide_to_the_Barataria-Terrebonne_Estuary_Curriculum.sflb.ashx

Blanchard, P. B., (Ed.). (2009). Compendium of Coastal, Wetland, and Restoration Information for Louisiana Educators, Retrieved May 30, 2009, from http://coastalroots.lsu.edu.

National/International Presentations

Blanchard, P.B. (2013, October). LSU Coastal Roots: School-based Native Plant Nursery for Habitat Restoration. North American Association of Environmental Education Annual Conference, Baltimore Maryland.

Ashley, L.*, Richards, E., Comeaux, J., & Blanchard, P.B.* (2013, July). Shout it from the Rooftops: Using student-driven low frequency radio broadcasts as a means of ocean and coastal stewardship. Paper presented at the National Marine Educators Association Annual Meeting, Mobile, AL. * speakers

LaChenaye, J.*, Buquoi, B., Fisher, S.*, Machtmes, K., Blanchard, P., & Bush, E. (2013, June). One project, multiple voices: The benefits and difficulties of collaborative interdisciplinary qualitative analysis. Paper presented at the Annual Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. * speakers

Egan, G.*, Lartigue, N.*, Richards, L., Ogea, A., Kay, F., Howat, C., Rainey, B., Gilpin, K., and Blanchard, P. (2011, June) Coastal Stewardship Takes to the Airwaves Using Low-Power AM Broadcasts: Low-power AM radio programs by middle school students inform local neighborhoods about environmental stewardship. Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication Annual Meeting, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. * speakers

Blanchard, P.*, Fuller, J., Jones, R.M., & Bush, E.W.* (2010, October). Facilitating School-Based Restoration Projects: Using performance rubrics and an incentive program to increase school nursery production and engagement in the LSU Coastal Roots Program. Restore America’s Estuaries Annual Meeting, Galveston, TX. * speakers.

Blanchard, P., Haydel, J., Koppenol, S., and Dows, M. (2010, September). LSU Coastal Roots Program: Ongoing environmental stewardship in South Louisiana. North American Association of Environmental Education Annual Conference, Niagara Falls, NY. (co-presented with Joann Haydel, Susan Koppenol, and MarLane Dows)

Blanchard, P. (2009, March). LSU Coastal Roots: School seedling nursery program for habitat restoration. Invited presentation for the National Earth Science Teachers Association’s Earth and Space Science Resource Day Breakfast at the 2009 National Science Teacher Association’s National Conference on Science Education, New Orleans, LA.

Blanchard, P., Bush, E., Bourgeois, D., Gray, A., Callahan, G., Lartigue, N., Mouton, W., Dows, M., Adams, P., Boudreaux, D., Howat, C., Herbert, M., Suazo, C., Giambrone, J., Messina, L., Galliano, N., Williams, J., & Marchal, K. (2009, March). LSU Coastal Roots Program: Ecological stewardship + environmental literacy = meaningful science. Paper presented at the National Science Teachers Association Annual Meeting, March 19-22, 2009, New Orleans, LA.

Blanchard, P. B., Lindstedt, D. M.,& Bush, E. (2007, July). Coastal Roots: Engaging students on wetland loss and coastal restoration in Louisiana. Poster presented at the National Marine Educators Association Annual Meeting, Portland, ME.

Blanchard, P. B., Bush, E., & Lindstedt, D. (2006, December). Shared characteristics of pre-college ecological stewardship projects. Paper presented at the Restore America’s Estuaries’ 3rd National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration, New Orleans, LA.

Lindstedt, D., Bush, E., Somers, R., Karsh, K., & Blanchard, P. B. (2004, September). Coastal Roots: Engaging students on wetland loss and coastal restoration in Louisiana. Poster presented at the Restore America’s Estuaries Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Regional Presentations

Messina, L. (2011, November). Learning Through Doing: Science in the Community. National Catholic Educational Association Region 10 Annual Meeting. Nov. 6-7, 2011, St. Mary's University San Antonio

Blanchard, P. B. (2011, April). LSU Coastal Roots Program: Overview with a focus on development of attitude survey. Gulf of Mexico Bay-Watershed Education & Training Grant - Regional Principal Investigator Meeting, Navarre, FL.

Blanchard, P. B. (2010). LSU Coastal Roots Program: Development and Directions. Southern Association of Marine Educators Annual Meeting, Golden Meadow, LA.

Bush, E., Blanchard, P. B., Lindstedt, D., & Warny, S. (2004). Coastal Roots - A community outreach program. Paper presented at the Southern Region - American Society for Horticultural Science Meeting, Tulsa, OK.

State/Local Presentations

Blanchard, P. B. (2009, May 1). LSU Coastal Roots: Recognizing the value and beauty of stewardship. LASM Making Connections Teacher Workshop: Exploring our Coastal Environment, Louisiana Arts and Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA.

Blanchard, P. B., Bush, E., Bourgeois, D., & Marchal, K. (2007, July). Louisiana Coastal Roots Program. Workshop presented at the 2007 Mathematics and Science Institute for Promoting Education for Lifelong Learning, Metairie, LA.

Lindstedt, D., Bush, E., Somers, R., Karsh, K., & Blanchard, P. B. (2005, February). Coastal Roots: Engaging students on wetland loss and coastal restoration in Louisiana. Paper presented at the LA Chapter of the American Fisheries Society 26th Annual Meeting, Baton Rouge, LA.

Karsh, K., Bush, E., Blanchard, P. B., Hinson, J., & Lindstedt, D. (2005, February). Integrating horticulture, biology and coastal environmental issues into middle school science curriculas. Paper presented at the LA Chapter of the American Fisheries Society 26th Annual Meeting, Baton Rouge, LA.

Blanchard, P. B., Somers, R., Gauthier, L., Savoie, T., Bush, E., & Bourgeois, D. (2002, October). Coastal Roots: School seedling nursery program for wetland restoration. Workshop presented at the Louisiana Science Teachers Association Annual Meeting, Lafayette, LA.

Three LSU Master's theses, one in horticulture (Karsh, 2004) and two in education (Somers, 2004, and Jones, 2011), have been based on the CR Program.
Ongoing research is being conducted on the nature and value of stewardship projects.

Jones, R.M. (2011). Development of Attitudes of Children Towards Coastal Environmental Themes Survey: Examining attitudes of Louisiana middle school students. Unpublished master’s thesis. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. Retrieved May 18, 2011 at http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-04212011-135340/

Karsh, K.L. (2004). Integrating horticulture biology and coastal environmental issues into the Middle School Science Curriculum. Unpublished master's thesis. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. Retrieved June 11, 2007 at http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-03282005-124326/

Somers, R.L. (2004) Putting down roots in environmental literacy: a study of middle school students' participation in Louisiana Sea Grant's Coastal Roots Project. Unpublished master's thesis. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. Retrieved June 11, 2007 at http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-04142005-104733/


To learn more, contact:

Dr. Pam Blanchard
LSU School of Education
225.578.2297

 

Dr. Ed Bush
LSU School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences
225.578.1044