Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium

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Now Accepting Presenter Proposals

Educators who wish to present a session at the 2015 Environmental Education State Symposium, please visit our online proposal form at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/2015-environmental-education-state-symposium-presenter-proposal-form.

Registration is Open

Registration is now open for the 2015 Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium, to be held February 27-28, 2015 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. The registration form can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/symposium-registration.

Draft Agenda

Friday, February 27, 2015

8:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. Short Course Activities* Course times may vary. Descriptions listed below.
5:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. Mixer with hors d’oeuvres* and Audubon Bug Tasting, Meet the Exhibitors

Saturday, February 28, 2015

7:00 a.m. — 8:00 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast*
8:00 a.m. — 9:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m. Keynote & Recognitions
10:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
12:30 p.m. — 1:30 p.m. Lunch* & LEEA Meeting
1:30 p.m. — 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
2:30 p.m. Grand Door Prize

Meals Provided*

Short Course Descriptions (courses are subject to change)

LDWF FISHING IN SCHOOLS: Promoting Education Through Fishing
Come gain resources to engage your students in conservation-based education. Learn to use current wildlife biology techniques to teach science and math skills. Participants will gain knowledge of Louisiana fisheries ecology and management through hands on lessons given by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists. Lesson topics include fish age and growth determination, fish tagging, fish identification, Sport Fish Restoration program information and more. Participants will also get an opportunity to try out fishing techniques. GLE correlated lesson plans and information on the LDWF Fisheries Loaner Kit Program for classroom equipment will be provided.
 
Grade Levels: 5-12
Location: Waddill Refuge
Presenters : Betsy Seals and Alayna McGarry
 
EXPLORE THE BIODIVERSITY IN LOUISIANA’S WETLANDS
Spend time learning about the organisms that inhabit coastal Louisiana. Learn how differences in salinity affect habitat biodiversity. This session will visit the USFWS Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Lacombe, LA. Take an airboat ride to see newly rebuilt wetlands. Get wetlandlessons and learn more about the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act and the efforts to restore coastal Louisiana and the plants and animals of the ecosystem. Attendees receive lessons related to wetlands plants and animals correlated to current GLEs and materials about common organisms and those on the threatened and endangered species list. Transportation provided from hotel.
 
Grade Levels: K-12
Location: Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex, Lacombe
Presenters: Susan Testroet-Bergeron and David Stoughton
 
WETLAND ANIMALS OF LOUISIANA
Spend the day learning about wetland animals of Louisiana! Get outside and dig deep with unique, place-based lesson plans and materials for grades 3-8. In this session, go on an arthropod adventure, investigate insects, hatch into habitats, follow crawfish around the world, probe into pelican history, and more! Lessons are hands-on, interactive, fun, and best of all, tied to state standards!
 
Grade Levels: K-8 Location: Hilltop Arboretum
Presenters: Mindy Brooks, Debbie Dornier and Catherine Myrick
 
BIODIVERSITY CONNECTIONS
Capture your students’ interest and make connections through biodiversity. We will explore how we quantify biodiversity, why it is important to us, how we affect it, and actions we can take for positive change. We will practice student activities throughout the day, and will use Louisiana/Gulf
of Mexico data to compare local diversity to other ecosystems.
 
Grade Levels: 5-12
Location: Bluebonnet Swamp
Presenter: Dianne Lindstedt
 
EXPERIENCE LOUISIANA’S NATURAL HERITAGE
Begin the day with a tour of the LSU veterinary school wildlife rehabilitation facility with the state’s wildlife veterinarian, Jim LaCour, and follow that up with a peek inside the LSU Natural History Museum’s extensive preserved bird collection (including some rare and extinct species). Finally, end the day exploring lesson plans featuring threatened and endangered species presented by LDWF Natural Heritage Program staff. Transportation provided from hotel.
 
Grade Levels: K-12
Location: LSU Campus
Presenters: Jim LaCour, Michael Seymour and
Louisiana Natural Heritage Program Staff

Conference Registration Fees

Early Bird (Before Jan. 23) $35
Regular (After Jan. 23) $50
Pre-Service Teacher $25
Optional Short Course $10

 

View and download the symposium flyer.

 

For questions, please contact Venise Ortego vortego@wlf.la.gov.

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission has a mission to create a comprehensive and balanced environmental education initiative that will result in environmentally literate citizens who will effectively and constructively solve existing environmental problems, prevent new ones, and maintain a sustainable environment for future generations.

Exhibitors: Check back soon for more information.