BTNEP Education Projects Program

The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) created the Education Opportunity Program to support estuary-based environmental educational opportunities to kindergarten-college students and educators.  All projects submitted will be looked at to include in BTNEP’s 2016 budget for education. Our main focus is to implement the Action Plans that were developed from the Comprehensive Plan. All projects submitted will be looked at to include in BTNEP’s 2016 budget for education.

SR-14 Estuarine Curriculum and Development
Classroom materials will be developed to educate students about the basins and the problems facing them, as well as the unique culture of the region. The materials and programs developed through this action will ultimately be integrated into the State curriculum framework.

SR-15 Continuing and Informal Education Programs
Educational programs will be developed and offered for those estuary residents who may or may not be a part of a formal educational program, yet are still interested in learning about the estuary. These programs will be available for people of all ages and backgrounds.

SR-16 Financial Support for Educational Initiatives
This action will help to identify and obtain the financial resources to support the development, distribution, and teaching of educational programs focused on the basins. This effort will go beyond traditional sources of funding to encourage a widespread support of environmental education.

SR-17 Educational Resources Network
A network of educators, scientists, planners, and others interested in the conservation of the estuary will be assembled to provide their expertise and resources in support of the various educational programs developed for the estuary. In addition to providing a broad base of support for the programs, this network will ensure that the programs are factually sound, far-reaching, and up to date.

Eligible Applicants: K-12 public and independent schools and school systems, individuals, non-profits, government agencies, businesses or community groups within the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary System (BTES).
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