Educator 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.

Pontchartrain Estuary Atlas 2017

Click here to view the 36 maps included in the Pontchartrain Estuary Atlas.  Some maps included are Wetland Land Change for 2006-2016, Wetland Vegetation Change, and Swamp Restoration Suitability.

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 information.

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 information.

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 were developed to challenge the creative and higher level thinking skills of students.

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.  Keep an eye out in 2020 for our new and updated third edition!

Interactive Version:

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)

Testing the Waters: Water Quality Monitoring in Lake Pontchartrain

Why do we test, where do we test, and for what are we testing? 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.

Looking for more water quality information?  The Water Quality Weekly Data Report is available here.  You can also find LPBF's water quality data on the Swim Guide App.

Not in My Backyard! 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. You can view the Atlas by clicking here.

Hydrocoast Maps

Updated biweekly, LPBF's Coastal Sustainability Program produces these Hydrocoast maps for the Pontchartrain and Barataria Basins.  Use them to track salinity, habitat, weather, water quality, and the biology of the basins.  Archived maps are also available.  Click here.


The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation distributes a wide variety of Pontchartrain-related educational literature including newsletters, brochures, fact sheets, and curriculum suggestions for Basin schools.