Release Date: 05/30/2006

About 60 Project WILD coordinators will participate in a Bayou Segnette State Park restoration project on Thursday, June 1.  This project is a part of the 2006 Project WILD International Coordinators' Conference and Business Meeting that will take place in New Orleans from Wednesday, May 31 to Sunday, June 4.

Bayou Segnette State Park, located southwest of New Orleans, has been closed to the public since it lost about 70,000 trees from the hurricanes last year.  The Project WILD participants will help clean up the day-use area and other parts of the park by manually removing debris left from the hurricanes to make the park more accessible.  The park is slated to reopen during late summer or early fall. 

The conference will be held at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel and will be attended by educators from around the world.  The opening reception and the "One Million Educators Gone WILD!" celebration will take place on Wednesday, May 31 at 7 p.m. and will feature Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Dwight Landreneau and other invited guests.

Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school.  Emphasizing wildlife and habitat conservation, Project WILD addresses the need for students to develop as responsible citizens of our planet.  A network of state wildlife agencies and international sponsors ensures that Project WILD is available nationwide and in six other countries.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is sponsoring the 2006 Project WILD International Coordinators' Conference and Business Meeting and has planned a wide range of activities for the participants including the Bayou Segnette State Park restoration project.  Pre-conference field trips also include a journey on the Riverboat John James Audubon to the Aquarium of the Americas and the Audubon Zoo, and tours of the National D-Day Museum, Laura Creole Plantation and Jean LaFitte National Historic Park and Preserve.  The conference will culminate with a banquet and dance celebrating the Project WILD Coordinator of the Year and honoring the outstanding work of Project WILD coordinators who have dedicated five, 10, 15 or 20 years to wildlife education.

Project WILD is administered nationally by the Council for Environmental Education and is distributed in partnership with state wildlife agencies. The Council for Environmental Education is a nationally recognized leader in environmental education, providing programs and services that promote responsible stewardship of our natural resources.  For more information, go to

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or