INSPIRING LOUISIANA’S NEXT GENERATION OF COASTAL WARRIORS
Through an exciting new educational initiative called “The 300,” the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana – Louisiana’s largest and oldest coastal advocacy organization - engaged high school juniors and seniors, and teachers from throughout Louisiana in a series of coastal experiential learning opportunities.
“The 300” inspired our next generation of coastal warriors and encouraged some participating students to pursue the coastal sciences in their post-secondary education. Others were inspired to seek professional opportunities to protect and restore our coast. At a minimum, the effort created a more informed and inspired coastal citizenry committed to stabilizing and preserving our coastal cultures and communities.
Each participant took part in four coastal learning events throughout Spring 2018. Each event included an initial orientation with presentations from coastal experts and leaders, followed by hands-on experiential learning events in March, April and May, including a visit to the Louisiana Legislature in Baton Rouge, a marsh planting at Freshwater Bayou in Vermilion parish, and a trip to the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lake Borgne Surge Barrier in New Orleans.