Release Date: 07/05/2006

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF)  and the Black Bear Conservation Committee (BBCC) will hold the annual Louisiana Black Bear Workshop from Aug. 7-9, 2006.

The workshop will inform educators about the Louisiana black bear, a threatened subspecies protected under the Endangered Species Act.  The workshop is designed to give teachers information about bears that can be used to stimulate student interest in geography, math, reading and creative thinking. 

Lake Fausse Point State Park, located in western Iberia Parish along the West Atchafalaya Protection Levee, will host the workshop with a field trip planned for Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge. 

Applications can be downloaded from LDWF's Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov by highlighting the "Education/Research" tab from the dropdown menu and then select the "Classroom Resources" link, and finally click on the "Black Bear Teacher Workshop" link.  Applications can also be requested by contacting Todd Buffington at 318-371-3326.

The workshop will consist of classroom and field trip presentations conducted by bear biologists and education specialists covering bear ecology, research, human/bear conflict, restoration and forest conservation.  The workshops are specifically intended to encourage teachers to ask questions and get excited about using bears to teach children.  Teachers will come away with an academic workbook, other educational materials, and the excitement about bears that they can pass on to their students. 

Each application should include a $25 check made payable to LDWF and mailed to LDWF, Attn: Todd Buffington, 1401 Talton St., Minden, LA 71055 in early July.  Workshop space is limited to the first 15 educators that apply.

EDITORS: For more information please contact Todd Buffington at 318-371-3326 or at tbuffington@wlf.louisiana.gov.