Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium


Note:Thank you for making the 2017 Environmental Education State Symposium a great success. Please check back this summer for information about the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium.

The 2017 Environmental Education Symposium will be held February 3rd and 4th at Embassy Suites, 4914 Constitution Ave. This year's theme will be "Protecting Louisiana's Endangered Species." See the symposium brochure.

View the symposium program, including the speakers and session descriptions.



Venise Ortego
5652 Hwy. 182
Opelousas, LA 70570

Thanks to our sponsor

Conference Agenda

Friday, February 3, 2017
8:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. Optional Short Courses
6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. Registration, Social/Mixer*, Meet the Exhibitors
Saturday, February 4, 2017
7:00 a.m. — 8:00 a.m. Registration/Breakfast*
8:00 a.m. — 8:50 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m. Pleneray Session on Endangered Species
10:05 a.m. — 10:30 a.m. LEEA Meeting & Exhibit Hall
10:30 a.m. — 11:20 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
11:30 a.m. — 12:20 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
12:30 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. Lunch*, Keynote & Recognitions
Grand Door Prize will be awarded at the conclusion of the conference.
*Meals Provided

Concurrent Sessions

We are no longer accepting concurrent session proposals. Please check back soon for session lineups.  


If you would like to represent your organization as an exhibitor at the symposium, please register online. View the exhibitor information sheet for details.

Short Courses

Optional Friday short courses are available to conference attendees for a nominal fee. You must register for the Saturday conference to attend a Friday short course. See registration form for details.

  • Growing Up WILD 
    Connect your early childhood students to the natural world! Children explore wildlife and the world around them! This short course is based on the “Growing Up WILD” program targeting 3-7 year-olds. Receive the activity guide, “Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children,” and leave with ideas on how to include the new Science Practices in your science lessons! Door Prizes!
    Grade Levels: Pre-K-4
    Location: LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden
    Presenter: Dr. Brenda Nixon, Gordon A. Cain Center for STEM Literacy

  • Eagle Tour
    The Atchafalaya Basin, the largest overflow swamp in the country, is home to an abundance of wildlife, including rare and endangered species such as the American bald eagle. Our Eagle Tour includes a boat tour into various waterways to view eagle’s nests, wildlife, flora, fauna and the culture of the area. Birding experts will be on board to help with the identification of other birds sighted.
    Grade Levels: Pre-K-12
    Location: Van leaves from Embassy Suites
    Presenter: Alma Robichaux, Barataria Terrebone National Estuary Program  

  • Endangered Species and Zoos
    Tour the Baton Rouge Zoo, focusing on both local and global endangered species. What causes a species to become endangered and what are the conservation actions your students can do to save species? Find out from those who know firsthand! Interesting animal facts and tales are sure to be included!
    Grade Levels: 5-16
    Location: Embassy Suites and Baton Rouge Zoo
    Presenter: Brenda Walkenhorst, Audubon Institute  

  • Wetlands
    Join us to learn about our wetlands, their functions and values and why southeast Louisiana is experiencing the most rapid land loss in the world. We will discuss wetland biodiversity and threats facing Louisiana including invasive species. Educators will participate in wetlands activities that can be adapted to any grade level.
    Grade Levels: K-12
    Location: BREC Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
    Presenter: Angela Capello, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Dianne Lindstedt, Louisiana Sea Grant  

  • Young Environmental Science Stewards Project (YESS)
    Explore with mapping tools the rivers of the Pontchartrain Watershed and its estuarine and groundwater systems. Interpret data on the August floods. Practice hands on water data collection on Dawson Creek, following GLOBE Program (www.Globe.gov) hydrology protocols. Investigate ways to bring these methods to your students. You will receive more than $100 worth of water quality equipment for your classroom.
    Grade Levels: 5-12
    Location: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
    Presenter: Dinah Maygarden, University of New Orleans

Hotel Information

Embassy Suites, 4914 Constitution Ave., Baton Rouge, LA. Phone (225) 924-6566.

Room rate is $98 per night. All rooms are suites. Reserve your room by January 12, 2017.

Lodging Assistance

If you are attending the 2017 Environmental Education State Symposium and live outside the Baton Rouge area, you are welcome to apply for lodging assistance. The guidelines for lodging assistance are below:

Lodging Assistance Guidelines

1.     Recipients must be full-time formal, non-formal, or informal educators.

2.     Only applications received on or before January 12, 2017 will be considered.

3.     Lodging assistance awards will pay for one half of the cost of a room at the conference hotel. The award cannot be applied to other hotels.

4.     If two people receiving the lodging assistance award choose to room together, the total cost of the hotel room will be covered.

5.     The number of lodging assistance awards given for each conference will be determined by the amount of funding available.

6.     Lodging assistance awards will be granted based the following criteria:

a.    Distance required to travel to attend the conference

b.    Order in which application is received

7.     Recipients must be registered for the conference and are responsible for the cost of registration.


If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov.