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LU, Region 5 10-day Teaching Environmental Science course begins
News Release
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Lamar University’s 23nd annual summer graduate institute for educators begins this week for area science teachers and continues through July 21.

The 10-day field institute is offered in conjunction with the Region 5 Science Collaborative, local industries, state and federal agencies, and environmental non-governmental organizations. 

The “Teaching Environmental Science in the Three Rivers’ Watershed and Wetlands” course, which has been held annually since 1996, promotes strategies for protecting natural resources in Southeast Texas.  

Among the daily experiences, the teachers will visit the Baytown Nature Center, Anahuac National Wildlife Reserve and Cattail Marsh on Wednesday, canoe the Big Thicket on Thursday, learn about estuarine ecosystems on Friday aboard the Ivory Bill and visit Sea Rim State Park on Friday. In the second week, the course will include visits to a number of regional industries, as well as Bolivar Peninsula and High Island, Texas Parks and Wildlife Coastal Fisheries Lab, and on Friday conclude with United States Coast Guard and Texas General Land Office oil spill prevention and response demonstrations and airboat visits to see remediation in the Bessie Heights Marsh.  

Throughout the 10-day field institute, Southeast Texas EC-12 teachers are introduced to local environmental issues through first-hand experiences. The educators turned students tour and discuss a wide range of environmental habitats and industries of the region as they learn about the fragility and resiliency of the environment and ongoing work to monitor, remediate, preserve and protect it by a wide array of NGOs, governmental entities, researchers and industry professionals.

The course is jointly sponsored by 21 partners: Entergy, Westrock, Texas Regional Science Collaborative, Jason Alliance of Southeast Texas, SEMPRA/Pt. Arthur LNG, ChevronPhillips, Texas Energy Museum, Huntsman, DuPont SRW, Valero, National Park Service: Big Thicket National Preserve, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, Big Thicket Association Clean Air & Water, Inc., Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas General Land Office Oil Spill Prevention and Response, Texas Agrilife Extension Service/Sea Grant, Texas State University Texas Stream Team, Texas Parks & Wildlife Coastal Fisheries, U.S. Coast Guard, and Lamar University.

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