Brown Environmental Leadership Lab:
New Orleans & Louisiana Gulf Coast
Ecology, Culture, and Sustainable Development for High School Students
2015 Program Dates
Saturday, April 11 – Saturday, April 18, 2015
Minimum age of 15 at the time of the program.
Residential: There is no commuter option for this program.
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This spring, Brown University offers outstanding high school students an opportunity to study wetland ecology, human geography, bayou cultures, and leadership skills in the nation’s largest coastal wetlands laboratory: the Mississippi River Delta. The program begins in the heart of New Orleans where we explore the natural and social forces that shaped the history of city. For the second half of the week, we travel down the bayou to Cocodrie to investigate the surrounding salt marshes and bay ecosystems. Leadership content is integrated into this immersive course, enabling students to develop and practice socially responsible leadership both during the program and beyond.
Did you know?
- Louisiana is losing the equivalent of more than a football field of land every hour.
- Over 75% of Louisiana’s commercially harvested fish and shellfish species are dependent on wetlands that provide valuable breeding, spawning, feeding and nursery grounds for many of these species.
- Louisiana’s Gulf Coast fisheries provide roughly 30% of US seafood.
- 4,000 oil rigs in the Gulf Coast produce 80% of the nation’s offshore oil and gas
- Every 2.5 miles of wetlands absorbs one foot of storm surge.
Travel from New Orleans to rural communities of the delta and explore how Louisiana can protect its wetlands, its economy, and the well-being of its citizens.