Thanks to our sponsor, Shell Production and Exploration Company, and all of our exhibitors, presenters and attendees for making the 2014 Environmental Education State Symposium a success. Please check back regularly for follow-up on the 2014 conference and information about next year's event.
Onsite registration will be accepted for the 17th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium to be held February 21-22, 2014 at the Shreveport Convention Center, 400 Caddo St., Shreveport. The theme for this upcoming conference, therefore, is "Watersheds: From My Back Yard to the Ocean."
If you are interested in attending a short course and have not yet registered, contact Venise Ortego immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is presented by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association, sharing the goal of creating a comprehensive and balanced environmental education initiative that results in a literate citizenry who will make informed decisions to effectively solve existing problems, prevent new ones and maintain a sustainable environmental for future generations.
Kevin Neal Baer, PhD is the head of the University of Louisiana Monroe Toxicology Department and an expert on environmental pollution. He is a recognized authority on multiple public safety issues, including: mercury in fish, insecticide and insect repellent toxicity, and water quality.
Special Guest Speaker
Lt. General Russel L. Honoré, U.S. Army (Ret.) will address the attendees of the 17th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Shreveport Convention Center. The subject of General Honoré’s presentation is environmental leadership.
LEEC and Playmakers Partnership
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission has an exciting offer for selected K-5 schools! Playmakers of Baton Rouge has partnered with LEEC to create and present an educational play focusing on watersheds. This play will be offered to selected underserved schools in Louisiana free of charge! Playmakers is staging a sneak preview performance at the Environmental Education State Symposium in Shreveport on the evening of February 21st. Symposium attendees from schools across the state will be given priority to register their schools for a live performance!
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Registration Includes: 1 year membership to Louisiana Environmental Education Association, conference activities, 3 meals. FEES DO NOT INCLUDE LODGING.
|Early Bird Registration (postmarked by January 22, 2014)||$35|
|Regular Registration (postmarked after January 22, 2014)||$50|
|Pre-Service Teacher Registration (university students not teaching)||$25|
OPTIONAL – Friday Short Course sessions
|From A to Chimpanzee TOUR and WORKSHOP at Chimp Haven|
|Bayou Pierre Watershed TOUR on Bayou Pierre|
|The Bear Necessities WORKSHOP at Cypress Black Bayou Nature Center|
|Learning With Nature WORKSHOP at Red River National Wildlife Refuge|
|Friday, February 21, 2014|
|Day-long Short Courses and Tours||Course times vary. See Short Courses and Tours listing below.|
|4:00-5:00 p.m.||LEEC Commission Meeting|
|5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.||Registration|
|6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.||Social/Mixer Meet the Exhibitors|
|7:45 p.m.-8:15 p.m.||Playmakers of Baton Rouge Sneak Preview Performance|
|Saturday, February 22, 2014|
|7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.||Registration/Continental Breakfast|
|7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m.||LA Environmental Education Association Meeting|
|8:00 a.m-9:50 a.m.||Concurrent Sessions|
|9:50 a.m.-10:15 a.m.||Exhibitor Showcase/Refreshments|
|10:15 a.m.-10:55 a.m.||Leadership Presentation by Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré, U.S. Army (Ret.)|
|11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions|
|12:50 p.m.||Lunch/Keynote/Grand Door Prize|
The following optional workshops are being offered on Friday, February 21, 2014 in conjunction with the 2014 Environmental Education State Symposium. Participants must register for the conference & pay conference registration fee, in addition to nominal short course fee. Short Course fee: $10, lunch included. Preregistration is required.
From A to Chimpanzee WORKSHOP & TOUR
Grade Levels:General (K-12)
Presenters: Andrea Falcetto, Education Specialist, Chimp Haven ; Amy Fultz, Chimp Haven Director of Behavior, Research & Education, Chimp Haven
8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Chimp Haven in Keithville, LA; VAN leaves from Shreveport Convention Center lobby promptly at 8:00 a.m.
Visit the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary & learn about the residents that call our Louisiana forests home. During this short course you will tour the facility & learn about chimpanzee diet & behaviors. We will also discuss threats to wild chimpanzee populations & play conservation games which emphasize these threats and possible solutions. www.chimphaven.org
Bayou Pierre Watershed TOUR
Grade Levels:General (K-12)
Presenters: Jon Soul, Outdoor Education Coordinator, Montessori School for Shreveport; Dionne Procell, Caddo Magnet High School; Michele McKee, Programs and Education Grants Manager, Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center
8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
VAN leaves from Shreveport Convention Center lobby promptly at 8:00 a.m.
The tour will explore historically significant Bayou Pierre, one of Shreveport’s largest watersheds and bayous. Following Bayou Pierre from its inner-city “headwaters” (storm drains) to where the concrete ends, teachers can expect to -- use an interactive map while identifying real life examples of key watershed terms; learn the history of Shreveport's storm water management as well as several easy and effective activities for teaching about watersheds; canoe a section of bayou in south Shreveport that serves as a natural sieve for all life downstream; eat lunch at one of Shreveport’s favorite restaurants (on the banks of the bayou) while learning about the 400-mile journey from that spot ("my backyard") to the ocean; participate in a storm drain marking!; and, receive the Bayou to Bay Educator's Guide. No canoeing experience necessary. Please dress for the weather. www.bayoutobay.org
The Bear Necessities WORKSHOP
Presenters: Carrie Salyers, Education Outreach Coordinator, LA Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries
8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Meet at Cypress Black Bayou Nature Center near Benton at 8:15 a.m.
Discover the secrets of our elusive state mammal - the Louisiana black bear. Learn about bear habitat & the challenges bears face from the biologists themselves. Receive training & binder of GLE correlated lesson activities for the classroom, thumb drive, & many other goodies. Educators get a $50 stipend upon proof of lesson implementation in the classroom. www.cypressblackbayou.com/naturectr.html
Learning with Nature WORKSHOP
Grade Levels:General (K-12)
Presenters: Terri Jacobson, Refuge Ranger, Red River National Wildlife Refuge; Chauntal Stricklan
7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Red River National Wildlife Refuge; Meet at Red River National Wildlife Refuge at 8:00 a.m. or VAN leaves from Shreveport Hilton lobby promptly at 7:30 a.m. (please reserve seat with Venise Ortego email@example.com )
Discover Nature! We will explore nature at the Refuge using three different interactive learning models & proven environmental education techniques. Whether you teach language arts or science or just want to reconnect with nature, this hands-on, fun workshop is for you. Participants will practice nature journaling, receive a jeweler’s loupe, lesson plans, & door prizes. Also receive Look-Move-Build-Sketch, The Private Eye Project, & The Nature Connection. We’ll spend a portion of the day outdoors so dress accordingly & wear comfortable, closed toe shoes. www.fws.gov/northlouisiana/RedRiver
104 Market St.
Shreveport, LA 71101
Presenters and Exhibitors
Contact Assistant Environmental Education Coordinator Thomas Gresham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-765-0124 with questions or requests.