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CWPPRA Announces Public Release of the WaterMarks360 - Caminada Headlands Virtual Field Trip Experience


The CWPPRA Public Outreach Program is pleased to announce the public debut of the WaterMarks360 - Caminada Headlands Virtual Field Trip Experience. This online experience allows individuals to explore Louisiana’s beautiful barrier islands from anywhere in the world. Viewers will learn about the importance of barrier islands, the unique geological and ecological factors contributing to this landscape, and the economic importance of this area.

The WaterMarks360 project highlights the Caminada Headlands, one of Louisiana’s first lines of defense against hurricanes and tropical storms. The Caminada Headlands Back Barrier Marsh Creation (BA-171) project, approved by the CWPPRA Task Force in 2014, is currently under construction and is working to restore over 900 acres of back barrier marsh. The BA-171 project works in partnership with CPRA’s Caminada Headlands Beach and Dune Restoration project, completed in 2015, that created and enhanced 303 acres of beach and dune, reinforcing almost six miles of barrier headland habitat. These projects will help protect thousands of acres of wetland habitat as well as critical infrastructure, including Port Fourchon, LA Highway 1, and the lower Lafourche levee system.

In addition to the virtual field trip experience, the WaterMarks360 project has NSTA/LSTA aligned curriculum to engage middle school students in STEM. In partnership with LaSTEM and Central Creativity, CWPPRA will educate teachers on using the Virtual Field Trip Experience in the Summer of 2022 and provide classroom field trip kits with materials to perform STEM experiments. Space for teacher trainings is limited and interested teachers can sign up for more information at LaCoast.gov.

“This is a great opportunity for students to learn about Louisiana! Getting middle school students engaged and excited about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands will help create future stewards of our unique and beautiful coastal wetland environments. These hands-on STEM experiences will give students the power and confidence to engage in fields to tackle Louisiana’s land loss crisis.”

Lauren Leonpacher, CWPPRA Public Outreach Coordinator

The WaterMarks360 Caminada Headlands Virtual Field Trip Experience was created and funded by the CWPPRA Public Outreach Program, through the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act, in partnership with Fletcher Technical Community College, LaSTEM, Central Creativity, and Delta Discovery Tours.

The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) was enacted in 1990 to bring in federal funds to restore Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. Since its inception, over 230 coastal restoration and protection projects have been approved by the CWPPRA Task Force, building and protecting over 100,000 acres.

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