March 2012        

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Introducing KELP Class 12
KELP is proud to announce the 16 new students accepted into the Class of 2012. They submitted applications, reference letters, and described their desire to learn about their roles in the Kansas environment. These students represent a variety of perspectives throughout the state of Kansas, such as the Kansas Farmer’s Union, Midwest Energy, and college students. Visit our website to learn more about these individuals.

Session 1 was held February 7 to 9 in Hays. Students discussed many water topics such as hydraulic fracturing, and groundwater contamination. They learned how as citizens they can have a greater influence on wellhead protection. After getting to know each other over the course of two days, they set off with their first homework assignments and left looking forward to the next four sessions.

Session 2 began March 7th in Topeka, where it continued the KELP class in environmental education. Touring the Capitol building and sitting in on a hearing were just a couple of highlights of the session. Brandi Nelson describes the session in more detail on the website.
Here are some chances to exercise your environmental beliefs and display them through actions within your communities.

River Trash Round Up        
April 21, 2012    9 AM - Noon
*Check-in at Lawrence Dumont Stadium, 300 S. Sycamore, Wichita, KS 67213
*FREE T-Shirts - FREE Lunch - Clean River
For more information contact Libby Albers at or visit the website

National Environmental Education Week 
*April 15-21
*Visit the National EE website to find out new ways to educate schools and communities about the environment.

Check out new professional development opportunities with an environmental focus.

Coastal Herpetology Course: Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
14-25 May 2012
The course will provide students with an introduction to herpetology through lectures and associated readings, discussions of original research papers, and a class project. Topics covered will include the ecology, evolution, life history, diversity, behavior, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. There will also be many field excursions highlighting the methods and techniques for capturing and studying herpetofauna. College credit is available through the University of Southern Mississippi or one of many affiliated universities. For more information, visit:

2012 KSU Engagement Seminar on Community Gardens
An afternoon of showcasing engaged work of KSU with community gardens and work with learning gardens, rain gardens, community beautification, and gardening for food.
 April 26 at 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. at the K-State Campus Union
*No enrollment necessary, no fee for participation
*For more details, contact Dan Kahl,
 "A Day Of Learning: Communities Engaging Landscape."
Center for Engagement and Community Development to host symposium
 -Interested in how communities are engaging through landscape and learning? Join the Center for Engagement and Community Development for the 2012 Engagement Symposium
12:30-5 p.m. Thursday, April 26
Room 212 of the K-State Student Union
*For more information contact David Procter at 785-532-6868 or

Interested in a new career path? Check out our website for job listings through KSRE.

Visit our website to see the most current grant and funding opportunities for your environmental project. Deadlines, requirements, grant amount, and resources are all available at our Grant page.

  Sustainable Jersey: Municipalities Go Green in NJ, a webinar through ELP
  Wednesday, March 28, 201212:00 - 1:00pm
Class 12 during Session 2 in Topeka, KS
Browse the KELP website and find postings for current job openings, research topics and resources, KELP information, and other amazing opportunities!
Tell Us What YOU Think
PLEASE send any thoughts, stories, announcements, and/or suggestions to the KELP Coordinator, Brandi Nelson at

We have selected an outstanding individual who has excelled in her career, community, and KELP. Libby Albers graduated in 2010 and has been an environmental role model, as demonstrated by her most recent award, KWF’s 2011 CAP award making her our KELP Spotlight.

Libby Albers, like many young teenage girls who attend a summer camp outdoors, loved it so much she never wanted to leave. Unlike many girls at summer camp, though, Libby began what would be her dream career. “My family often jokes that I never really came home from summer camp,” she says while explaining the beginning of her environmental journey.
  When she was 16 years old, Libby went to a Girl Scout day camp with her sister, where she got the opportunity to probe the camp staff about the perks of their job. As her luck would have it, the camp was in dire need of more staff, which led to her first environmental education job...Continue reading about Libby's journey at our KELP Spotlight webpage.
April 21 River Trash Round up, Wichita
April 26 2012 KSU Engagement Seminar on Community Gardens
April 26 "A Day of Learning: Communities Engaging Landscape"
May 9-11  Session 3,  Wichita
May 14-25 Coastal Herpetology Course Ocean Springs, Mississippi
June 5-6  Rural Grocery Summit III, Manhattan
July 12-13 Session 4, Garden City
Oct 29-31  Session 5, Manhattan
Oct 30-31 Water and the Future of Kansas Conference, Manhattan
What Alumni Said about their KELP experiences
...In five sessions I have improved my leadership skills by identifying my strengths and weaknesses through the different modules. It was extremely interesting to learn about the surface and groundwater issues statewide and come back with some ideas that may benefit my local watershed groups and communities. We also were given an opportunity to experience work at the state capitol that enlightened me to exactly how issues can be resolved….continue at our Alumni testimony page.
                                     -Jenni Carr-KELP ‘10
Class 12 intently listening!

KELP Extras
KELP for Credit
-KELP has an opportunity for participants to recieve college credit
*For more info contact Lori Baker at or visit our KELP for Credit page

May Intersession Course! Environmental Leadership
This course will help develop leadership skills for understanding community water issues and  watershed programs. Flexibility is available on how the 3-credit hours can be used in different fields of study. *For more info please contact Lauri Baker at

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