Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium

2018 Environmental Education State Symposium

Attendee Information
Registration is now open for the 21st Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium, which will be held at the Baton Rouge Marriott on February 23 and 24, 2018. This year’s theme is “Green STEM.” The conference will focus on environmental science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and the exciting career opportunities opening to students in the decades to come. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to join other formal and non-formal environmental educators from every corner of Louisiana and surrounding states as we meet to share EE teaching techniques and practices, new research and information, and spend time discussing our experiences as educators. Choose from multiple concurrent sessions to fit your interest and grade level.

You can find the electronic registration form at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2018-louisiana-environmental-education-state-symposium. A prompt for electronic payment will follow immediately.

Find the event brochure here.

If you wish to pay by check, please register at the above address, then send your check, paid to the order of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, to the following address:

Venise Ortego
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
5652 Hwy. 182
Opelousas, LA 70570

Short Courses

As always, we will offer optional Friday short courses that present day-long environmental education workshops or tours. This year you may choose one among the following five short courses: 

Diverting Disaster with the Old River Control Structure
This tour will include a visit to the Old River Control Structure, hosted by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The site features a series of massive engineering structures responsible for controlling the flow of the Mississippi – Atchafalaya River system. We will also make a stop at the Point Coupee Parish Museum on False River. Leaders will provide background and science and engineering curriculum connections for the material covered.
Grade Level: 5-12
Location: Van leaves from Marriott
Presenters: Dinah Maygarden and Dr. Ivan Gill, University of New Orleans

Integrate Local Earth and Environmental Science into Your STEM Curriculum
This is the one that you’ve been waiting for! Learn how to create “virtual fieldwork experiences” (VFEs) that you can use to help ensure that students are in contact with their outdoor environment even when logistically they can’t get outdoors. Through VFEs, you can tie your curriculum to outdoor sites throughout the school year. Students will learn about local sites deeply across the curriculum and understand their community from multiple scientific perspectives.
Grade Level: K-12
Location: LSU Hilltop Arboretum
Presenters: Dr. Don Duggan-Haas, and Dr. Robert Ross, Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, NY

Keep Louisiana Beautiful Presents the “Hows” and “Whys” of Recycling
Keep Louisiana Beautiful will lead a tour of the Baton Rouge Recycling Center for teachers who are interested in better understanding the recycling process and why it is so important to managing waste.  Teachers will return to the Marriott for the second half of the day which will include hands-on activities and lessons focused on teaching students how and why they should reduce, reuse and recycle.  KLB will provide teachers with lesson plans, activity sheets, resources and hands-on activities.
Grade Level: K-12
Location: Van leaves from Marriott
Presenters: Susan Russell and Christy Paulsell, Keep Louisiana Beautiful

National Wildlife Federation - Monarch Heroes and Eco-Schools USA
Help your campus become a community resource center for the monarch butterfly. Learn how to incorporate monarch recovery into the classroom using a project-based learning approach and develop an onsite monarch habitat on your school grounds. Get an introduction to NWF's new Green STEM curriculum, The Monarch Mission, and learn how you can join NWF’s free international Eco-Schools network.
Grade Level: K-8
Location: Baton Rouge Marriott
Presenter: Marya Fowler, Senior Education Outreach Manager

BREC Nature Exploration Toolkit
From leaf presses to plant identification guides, bug catchers to pond sampling tools, we’ve got it all!  Join us at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp to explore the site and make easy do-it-yourself investigation tools you can bring back to your classroom.  Let us help you turn your students into Nature Explorers!
Grade Level: K-8
Location: BREC’S Bluebonnet Swamp Education Building
Presenter: Shannon Guidry, Education Curator

Hotel Information

Baton Rouge Marriott 1-800-228-9290
Room rate is $97 per night for single or double occupancy. Reservation link

Lodging Assistance

Lodging assistance is available for educators attending the conference from outside of the Baton Rouge area. Lodging assistance awards will pay for one-half of a double-occupancy suite at the conference hotel. For more information and to apply, download the Lodging Assistance Application form.

Exhibitors and Presenters

On February 23-24, 2018, the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission will host the Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium at the Baton Rouge Marriott, 5500 Hilton Ave in Baton Rouge. This year's theme is "Green STEM," which aims to teach students about environmentally-focused science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Exhibitors: Our target audience will include classroom teachers, pre-service teachers, and non-formal educators and our emphasis this year will be placed on engaging teachers and students in science-based careers. The deadline for exhibitor registrations is Friday, January 19, 2018. Please find the exhibitor information letter and the registration form at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2018-exhibitor-registration
Presenters: Do you have a hands-on workshop, lesson activities, or exemplary program that you would like to share with environmental educators? Particularly one that incorporates the outdoor learning experience? Consider presenting at the upcoming 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium. Help teachers by giving them the tools necessary to conduct quality environmental lessons. We find that teachers love presentations made by fellow teachers, so if you are a classroom teacher with an innovative lesson, please consider using the symposium as a way to reach a larger audience of students and inform your peers about the great things you're doing in your classroom. The deadline for proposals is Friday, December 8, 2017. Visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/2018-presenter-form to submit a session proposal. 
For more information: Thomas Gresham, Asst. Environmental Education Coordinator at tgresham@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0124.