Environmental Education Symposium Next Week!

2012 ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM
Lafayette Crowne Plaza  •  March 9-10, 2012

SYMPOSIUM UPDATES!

The short course Canoe, Explore… A Watershed Lesson & Tour! is full. The other short courses are nearing capacity so if you are interested in attending one, please contact Venise Ortego (vortego@wlf.la.gov) immediately.

We’ll have some VERY SPECIAL DOOR PRIZES, including the following:
          •  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries will be donating one group trip, a Nature and Birding Tour, in the White Lake Conservation Area as the grand door prize! The lucky winner & 14 of their counterparts/students/family/friends will spend a day with LDWF staff at their beautiful White Lake facility south of Gueydan! Guests will take a pontoon boat to various locations, including the birding trail, whooping crane pens (you might get to see a few!), & the infamous White Lake Lodge. (Value: $300)
          •  The critically endangered Whooping Crane, absent from Louisiana since the 1940s, is now being reintroduced to its native habitat in the White Lake area under the 10J Rule. We at LDWF are incredibly excited about our new Whooping Crane reintroduction program & want to share a very special experience with a few lucky educators. We are therefore offering 2 trips for 2 to see the juvenile Whooping Cranes after they arrive next December. The winners will travel by boat to a duck blind, where they will observe the cranes through scopes. They will have ample opportunity to visit with the biologists who oversee this program, getting the very latest information on the birds! A once in a lifetime opportunity! (Value: Priceless!)

And while you’re in the Lafayette area…
Lafayette is a GREAT place to go for local Cajun music and fabulous food! We hope that you spend a little extra time there, enjoying what this lovely city has to offer. This link may help in your search: http://www.lafayette.travel/visitors/visitdowntown/?gclid=CNKm-rPWwa4CFdCb7QodRxoGTQ.

You may be interested in visiting the nearby Village of River Ranch, a mixed-use community incorporating a self-contained, walk able concept in the design. http://www.riverranchdev.com

If you are traveling from the north down I49, make sure to stop by the new St. Landry Parish Visitor’s Center! You will be enthralled with the building and its green design!
“… it is one of the first visitor information centers in the state and the southern region that has a focus on sustainability and green construction… The landscape design plays an integral part in this project utilizing indigenous plantings and trees from St. Landry Parish, reflecting six of Louisiana’s seven ecosystems.”
http://www.cajuntravel.com/tourist-info.php?page=visitor-center