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New Canal Lighthouse open for visitors 6 days/week
Monday-Saturday
10:00am-4:00pm Guided tours

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Volunteer

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation's success depends on the dedication and talents of thousands of volunteers. People often volunteer with us because they feel a personal commitment to protecting and restoring our basin, so that all of us can enjoy it. Motivated by this valuable feeling of ownership, volunteers get involved in a variety of fun, interesting events that we hold throughout the year. Learn more

Many of these events are annual, including our Back to the Beach Festival, Beach Sweep, Fishing Rodeo, Golf Classic, and Northshore "Let's Make Waves" Party.

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation staff also welcomes those who wish to volunteer in our office. Office volunteers regularly offer their time and talents throughout the year. Their assistance is invaluable. Learn more

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Education Resources

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Brochure
Find out who we are and what are doing to preserve and restore the Pontchartrain Basin. This brochure explains how we are addressing the issues affecting our watershed.
Adobe PDF version.

Pontchartrain Coastal Lines of Defense Program
Hurricane Katrina brought the gulf waters closer to us than ever before. Stronger levees are not enough, we must also restore our coast. This resource outlines a strategy to secure the region's future.
Click here for more info.

Louisiana Coastal Lines of Defense
Coastal protection cannot stop at the boundary lines of the Pontchartrain Basin. This resource outlines the Multiple Lines of Defense for coastal Louisiana.
Click here for more info.

Lessons on the Lake: An Educator's Guide to the Pontchartrain Basin (2nd edition)
Lessons on the Lake is the activity guide you've been waiting for! A variety of educational strategies based on "multiple intelligences" were developed to challenge the creative and higher level thinking skills of students. These include Verbal/Linguistic, Visual/Spatial, Logical/Mathematical, Musical, Bodily/Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, and Naturalist.

This resource is full of activities that provide students with hands-on opportunities to experience and appreciate the wonders of the Basin. It also teaches skills to identify environmental concerns, make decisions, solve problems, and acquire a strong sense of stewardship. The second edition of Lessons on the Lake was released in Spring 2002 and is available to teachers in the Pontchartrain Basin free of charge.

Adobe PDF Version: Table of Contents | Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3 | Ch 4 | Ch 5 | Ch 6 | Ch 7 | Ch 8 | Ch 9 | Ch 10 | Ch11 | Appendix A | Appendix B | Appendix C | Appendix D

Interactive Version: www.selu.edu/lessonsonthelake

A Guide to the Wetlands of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin
Finally, a guide to tour your own area of Lake Pontchartrain Basin in easy to read and understand terms! This booklet allows you to learn about the Basin's wetlands, and gives detailed directions and information to hike, bike, canoe, and explore the Basin's natural areas.

Adobe PDF Version:
A Guide to the Wetlands of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin (Part 1)
A Guide to the Wetlands of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin (Part 2)

For a paper version please Contact Us. The guide is free to our members. There is a $5.00 charge to non-members to cover shipping and handling costs.

Testing the Waters: Water Quality Monitoring in Lake Pontchartrain
Why do we test, where do we test and what do we test? These questions are answered in this bright colorful brochure written for all ages. It is truly a useful tool to anyone learning about water quality.

To receive a copy, Contact Us.

Not in My Backyard! Sewage Uncovering the Dirty Secrets of Your Home Sewage System
No one wants to spend time thinking about sewage. But on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, citizens who ignore what goes down their drains may end up breaking both the law and their pocketbooks. They may also be shocked to discover raw sewage in the ditches around their homes. Click here for brochure.

Environmental Atlas of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin
What's under the Lake? Where are redfish found? Answers to these and many other questions are now available in a multidisciplinary source of information on the Lake and its surrounding 4,700 square-mile Basin. The Atlas covers geology, land use, habitat, biological resources, and water quality. This book is available in public and university libraries, and is out on CD for private citizens. You can view the Atlas by clicking here, or Contact Us for a copy on CD.

Pontchartrain Stories Video
Take your students to Bayou Lacombe, Manchac Swamp and New Orleans in one afternoon! "Pontchartrain Stories" is the Foundation's most recent video production. It takes viewers on a 20-minute trip around our very own Pontchartrain Basin and introduces students to ordinary people whose lives have been touched and changed by Lake Pontchartrain and its rivers and bayous. Contact Us for a copy.

Lagniappe
We've got the goods! The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation distributes a wide variety of Pontchartrain-related educational literature including newsletters, brochures, maps, fact sheets, bumper stickers, window decals, and curriculum suggestions for Basin schools.

More Children Resources
LPBF has worked along with other organizations to produce children activitiy books to help them learn about our basin and its wetlands. We offer them here.

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