January 2012        


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KELP 2012
KELP 2012 recruitment is underway! Anyone interested in making an environmental difference in their community, career, or simply wanting to join is encouraged to apply. KELP has developed new and exciting ways of teaching water quality and environmental issues by spreading the knowledge of these underestimated topics. The deadline for applications is quickly approaching; January 13, 2012. Don’t lose out on your chance to become part of this outstanding program! We hope you will take this opportunity as it applies to you and send your applicationtoday!

Remember KELP is also available for credit! Check out the KELP for Credit page on our website to see how you can complete KELP with this advantage.
2012 Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education Award!
If you know an individual, group, agency, or school that’s making a difference in environmental and conservation education, nominate them today for this prestigious award.
· Deadline for nominations:January 13, 2012
· For more information: visit KACEE

CONGRATULATIONS to the Graduates of KELP Class 2011! These scholars completed the program October 25, 2011. If you would like to contact these alumni please log onto the KELP website.

 2012 Kansas Natural Resources Conference
·   January 26-27, 2012
·   Airport Hilton Wichita, KS.
*Discussion and presentations by six professional societies will be presented about the advancements and research of natural resources.
*Registration is now open until Jan 13, 2012

Smithsonian-Mason Global Conservation Studies Program: Graduate and Professional Course
  • 26 March to 6 April 2012
  • Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal, Virginia
  • Application deadline:January 17, 2012
  • Payments due January 30, 2012
*This course introduces students to techniques applicable to amphibian monitoring, research, and conservation practice, through lectures, laboratory and field exercises.


  • We're proud to announce the program has an opportunity for participants to recieve college credit.
  • For more information please contact Lauri Baker at lmbaker@ksu.edu
Class 11
“Go into the class with an open mind and you will come out with a world full of resources, education, and great friends.” -Tonya Richards, KELP grad 2011
Tell Us What YOU Think
PLEASE send any thoughts, stories, announcements, and/or suggestions to the KELP Coordinator, Brandi Nelson at nelsonbm@ksu.edu.
Tonya Richards
With KELP’s new and exciting changes underway, we will reflect on our past successes and see how that has developed the KELP training. What better way to do this than by hearing from KELP graduates?  We will proudly display the story of a different KELP graduate each month. The KELP Spotlight will shine on all of the success these grads have accomplished and where in that success KELP played a role. This month’s shines bright on KELP Class 11 grad Tonya Richards!

“My spirituality is renewed through nature and the Earth on a daily basis,” says Tonya Richards, a 2011 KELP program graduate. “My place of worship is found boating down the river setting fish lines, feeding our garden with beneficial nutrients from our home-grown compost, collecting farm-fresh eggs from our hens, or just cooling off under a shade tree.” Richards says she feels best connected to nature when she steps outside her door. She realized this when she was a young child. Growing up a distance away from the nearest town, Tonya learned to reduce, reuse, and recycle at home.
“My parents were always resourceful and never wasted,” Tonya says. “We ate wild game my father hunted or fresh fish from the creek a stone’s throw away. My mother wrapped presents in newspaper, and washed and rewashed Ziploc bags.” To continue reading Tonya's spotlight visit our website.

Jan 10  KELP 2012 application deadline 
Jan 17  Smithsonian-Mason Global Conservation Studies Program application deadline
Jan 26-27 2012 Kansas Natural Resources Conference

Class 2012 Sessions
Feb 8-10    Session 1 Hays, KS
March 7-9 Session 2 Topeka, KS
May 9-11   Session 3  Wichita, KS
July 11-13 Session 4 Manhattan, KS
Oct 24-25  Session 5 Topeka, KS

Oct 25  Water and the Future of Kansas Conference

Check out What Alumni Had to Say about their experiences within the program and how it can be YOUR experience in the Class of 2012!

In my opinion, KELP enabled me to work collaboratively with individuals from different agencies to solve a real-world problem. Our Applied Leadership Project forced members to work outside of comfort zones to help a community that didn’t have the resources necessary to improve water quality. The professional relationships and friendships gained were immeasurable. Great program!
-Christopher Lavergne, KELP Class 7 Graduate

Browse the KELP website and find postings for current job openings, research topics and resources, KELP information, and other amazing opportunities! www.ksre.ksu.edu/KELP/
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