Pre-College Programs
Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: New Orleans & Louisiana Gulf Coast

From oil spills to climate change, many stressors affect life in Terrebonne Bay.

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: New Orleans & Louisiana Gulf Coast

Students will explore this marsh by kayak.

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: New Orleans & Louisiana Gulf Coast

Aboard the R/V Acadiana, students will sample the water quality and species diversity of the Terrebonne Bay.

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: New Orleans & Louisiana Gulf Coast

The LUMCON Marine Center, where students will spend the second half of the course.

Life at Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: New Orleans & Louisiana Gulf Coast

Ecology, Culture, and Sustainable Development for High School Students

Observation tower at the
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) W.J.
DeFelice Marine Center

Life Outdoors

We are outside a lot in this program. We have some spectacular places at our fingertips and our goal is to get to know them both through formal study and also by spending time listening, observing, and relaxing in them during down time. 

Several of our projects involve full days in the field and in the marsh, including conducting field experiments; planting beach grass, kayaking through a salt marsh, and riding on a research vessel.

You can expect a moderate level of physical activity every day, and should be ready to get your hands dirty. Students need to come with appropriate sun protection – which means not just sunscreen but long sleeves a broad-brimmed hat, and a reuseable water bottle (see packing list).

Accommodations

We will spend the first three nights at Annunciation Mission, a full-service volunteer center in heart of New Orleans. The Mission began following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and has since housed over 12,000 volunteers. Students will be staying in dormitory –style rooms with 5-9 other students of the same gender. Hot breakfast and dinner are prepared by the on-site chef. We will be using the Mission as a launch pad for our New Orleans activities such as a tour of the cultural history of the city, traveling down the bayou with local fishermen, and meeting with community and state leaders on issues of wetland loss.

We will spend the fourth, fifth, and sixth nights at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) W.J. DeFelice Marine Center. This 75,000 square foot research facility in Cocodrie, 85 miles south of New Orleans, provides unparalleled access to the wetlands of the Mississippi River deltaic plain. Here we will meet with research faculty, observe active experiments, and carry out our own scientific investigations, both in the LUMCON laboratories and in the nearby estuary. Dorm room balconies and a 65 foot observation tower provide panoramic views of the surrounding marsh.

We will spend the final night at a hotel in New Orleans to allow students to depart the following morning.

Tulane University New Orleans

Tulane University in New Orleans

Tentative Schedule Overview

Weather

March in New Orleans is cool and comfortable, with an average high of 72°F and an average low of 54°F.

Meals

Our meals will come from a variety of sources--some will be catered and others will be eaten at restaurants or while on the road—but we always emphasize fresh and healthy food. While we are at LUMCON, our meals will be prepared by the LUMCON kitchen staff. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to sample Louisiana’s delicious Cajun and Creole cuisine. We will work closely with our vendors to accommodate dietary restrictions and food allergies. Students must communicate their dietary needs on the Travel Itinerary and Dietary Restrictions form before the trip. Drinking water will be available throughout the day. 

Staying safe and comfortable in the field

Our goal is to get to know the environments we visit through formal study and hands-on activities and experiments. We believe strongly in experiential education and learning-by-doing.

Students should bring warm clothing that can be layered for cool mornings and evenings or breezy boat rides. Clothes should be comfortable and students should be prepared to get dirty, especially when visiting wetlands. Students should also be prepared to work through light rain by bringing a raincoat. See the full packing list.

Our staff lives on site and is available to the students 24 hours a day for support and supervision.

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