Note: The symposium venue has been changed to Embassy Suites, 4914 Constitution Ave.
The 2017 Environmental Education Symposium will be held February 3rd and 4th at
the Baton Rouge Marriott Embassy Suites, 4914 Constitution Ave. This year's theme will be "Protecting Louisiana's Endangered Species."
Register at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2017-louisiana-environmental-education-state-symposium . If you prefer to pay by check, please print the form and mail your payment to:
5652 Hwy. 182
Opelousas, LA 70570
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Venise Ortego at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Concurrent sessions will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Embassy Suites. Session times will be approximately 50 minutes, with 10-minute breaks between. Visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/presenter-form  to submit a proposal. Proposals are due on or before Monday, December 5, 2016.
If you would like to represent your organization as an exhibitor at the symposium, please register at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/exhibitor-form . Find the exhibitor information sheet at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/document/40711-2017-exhibitor-information/exhibitor_information_2017_0.pdf .
Optional Friday short courses are, for a nominal fee, available to conference attendees. You must register for the Saturday conference to attend a Friday short course. See registration form at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2017-louisiana-environmental-education-state-symposium .
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 - This tour has reached capacity. Registration is closed.
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
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
Room rate is $98 per night. Reserve your room at https://goo.gl/Xsqme1 
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 using this form . The guidelines for lodging assistance follow:
Lodging Assistance Guidelines
1. Recipients must be full-time formal, non-formal, or informal educators.
2. Louisiana Environmental Education Commission members are not eligible for the lodging assistance award.
3. Only applications received/postmarked on or before the deadline will be considered.
4. No more than four lodging assistance awards per school or organization will be awarded. Exceptions may be made only if all other qualified applicants have received funding.
5. 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.
6. If two people receiving the lodging assistance award choose to room together, the total cost of the hotel room will be covered.
7. The number of lodging assistance awards given for each conference will be determined by the amount of funding available.
8. 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
9. Recipients must be registered for the conference and are responsible for the cost of registration.
Applicants will be notified of their status at least one month prior to the conference and at least one week prior to the hotel conference reservation deadline.