Special Topics

Special Topics

Children’s Literaturelibrary-books

A collection of book lists that focus primarily on issues that face Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico, with a few titles exploring a broader environmental science context. Books are grouped according to age group for Children’s (elementary) and middle and high school youth.


Invasive SpeciesNutria

Nonnative or exotic species come from all over the world. While some nonnative species are not harmful to our community, many species behave like unwelcome intruders, often out-competing beneficial native plants and animals. These are known as invasive species.



Sites that provide background information, lesson plans and activities, research data, images, and other useful facts about hurricanes.




Manatees have been found in many waterways in south Louisiana including the Amite River and Lake Calcasieu. The warm waters and abundance of aquatic vegetation have attracted migrating manatees to Louisiana waters.


On Again, Off Again – The Dead ZoneDead-Zone-LA

The Dead Zone Project offers educational activities for students at the middle/high school level that will explore the science behind the phenomenon. Activities will focus on the concepts such as nutrient enrichment, dissolved oxygen, mechanisms of oxygen depletion, and use data (real or simulated) to plot anoxic zones.



Educational sites that provide information and activities about tsunamis.




Educational facts and links to Web sites that will provide you with more information about wetlands.