Wetlands Youth Summit

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Discovery Center to Host Regional Wetlands Youth Summit

The Wetlands Discovery Center will host the 2016 Wetlands Youth Summit on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Century Room, located beneath Nicholls State University’s John L. Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux.

The Wetlands Youth Summit aims to bring young leaders together to discuss the various challenges and potential solutions for gulf coast communities. This program is supported in part by grants from BTNEP, the Gray Foundation, the Nature Conservancy Gulf of Mexico Program and proceeds from the Rougarou Fest.  Registration is free for any high school or college student.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all participants during the summit.

The focus of the 2016 summit will be on Climate Change and Coastal Communities.  Aaron Piña will be the summit’s keynote speaker. Aaron received his Bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Texas A&M University in 2011. He went to Colorado State University (CSU) later that year on a National Science Foundation interdisciplinary fellowship, which focuses on the intersection of water, ecology and society. Aaron completed his Masters of Science degree in Atmospheric Science in 2013 and is currently a Ph.D. student in Ecology. He is expected to graduate in December 2016.

Aaron believes it is the duty of scientists to effectively communicate science impacts with the public as well as policy makers. After graduating, Aaron is interested in working in science policy to bridge the gaps between scientists, policy makers and society. Aaron’s background of growing up in a rural town with a low socio-economic status along with rigorous scientific training has prepared him to work as an advocate for vulnerable communities (coastal, rural, socio-economically disadvantaged, etc.) with the growing threat of weather-related disasters.

Students will also learn from their peers throughout the day.  Students who presented at the CWPPRA task force meeting will be on hand to share their experience of presenting the North Terrebonne Bay Marsh Creation Project. Participants will have the chance to connect with other young conservationists through the Youth Ocean Conservation Team network and will also take part in an action planning session to address a challenge that is identified as a result of the summit.

High school and college students are invited to attend. Please call (985) 580-7289, email apercle@slwdc.org or visit our website at www.slwdc.org/wys for more information.