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Symposium Presenter Lineup

Jan 31, 2018 14:59:14 PST

Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Baton Rouge Marriott


8:00 a.m.

Napoleon Room

STEM Event Planning
General (K-12)
You will easily become the most popular science teacher with these STEM event ideas; hold a STEM night, have a STEM fair, plan an engineer’s week event in your classroom, and so much more! Use a STEM event to connect families with local outreach groups, scientists and engineers. We will walk you through the basic steps of planning and holding a Green-themed STEM event. A sample schedule of each event, timeline for planning, tools for finding community partners, sample email to send to potential community partners, and online resources will be provided.
Presenter: Kristen Robertson Oliveri, Kenner Discovery - Health Sciences Academy

Beauregard Room

Let's Go Fishing
K-4th Grade, 5th-8th Grade
Join us to explore LDWF's updated aquatic education, interactive, student activity guidebook for 4th through 6th grade students. The book is correlated to the new LA Science Standards. Students will learn biodiversity of Louisiana fish species, spawning habits, fish external and internal anatomy, aquatic food webs, invasive species and much more. Teachers can download lesson plans and background information to aid in assisting students with book activities or book-directed research topics. Classroom sets of the Let's Go Fishing book are FREE to all schools while supplies last.
Presenter: Angela Capello, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Azalea Room

Watch the Delta Grow
5th-8th Grade, 8th-12 Grade
Experience Wax Lake Delta, a living laboratory in Louisiana delta formation. Watch the Delta Grow is a unique collaboration between scientists, educators and designers to illustrate physical and biological processes in our state. Lessons focus on how a delta builds and changes over time and space.
Presenter: Dani DiIullo, Louisiana Sea Grant

Magnolia Room

Composting and Aquaponics
5th-8th Grade, 8th-12 Grade
Creating a significant environmental presence in your classroom and school grounds is greatly enhanced with grants from LEEC. A cafeteria composting program was created in 2016 and this was followed by aquaponics in the classroom in 2017. Aquaponics gives students hands-on experience growing food while learning about aquaculture.
Presenter: John Dupuis, St. Thomas More Catholic High School

Camelia Room

Microplastics in our Environment
8th-12 Grade, AP/College
We will filter water and look through soil samples to identify microplastics. Teachers will learn techniques to collect samples and analyze for microplastics in any water or soil around them.
Presenter: Alma Robichaux, BTNEP

9:00 a.m.

Napoleon Room

Dissecting the new LA Science Standards
General (K-12)
New standards can be both overwhelming and confusing to educators, especially multidimensional ones. This session will provide you with a better understanding of them, give you more confidence in using them and resources so that you can effectively use them in your teaching.
Presenter: Lynda Delo, Caddo Parish Schools

Beauregard Room

Turnip the Heat
K-4th Grade, 5th-8th Grade
Compost Production Education. Learn technical information about school based compost production and specific teaching methods for integrating a compost curriculum. Edible Schoolyard New Orleans will explore challenges, lessons learned, and successes from each of our four program sites.
Presenter: Matt Durham, Edible Schoolyard New Orleans
Additional Presenters: Kerrie Partridge, Zach O'Donnell

Azalea Room

Listen, Learn, Lead - Empowering the Next Generation 
5th-8th Grade, 8th-12 Grade
Do you supervise a Green Club, assist with an Environmental Club or just have a student who wants to change the world? Join us as we discuss current environmental issues, conservation initiatives and opportunities for youth to make a difference. You can also join our listserv for updates on upcoming Eco Club workshops to bring chapter advisors together, share ideas and discuss options for collaboration among the clubs.
Presenter: Stephanie Joseph, Audubon Zoo

Magnolia Room

GIS Industry Based Certification and It's FUN!
5th-8th Grade, 8th-12 Grade
For this presentation we will use Esri's Story Map application to present GIS software, Geo Inquiries which are ready to go lesson plans for much of the content currently being taught and information on how to register for the GIS IBC course and credential.
Presenter: Fran Harvey, LA RS and GIS Institute

Camelia Room

Shining Light on Pollution
5th-8th Grade, 8th-12 Grade, AP/College
Are you interested in adding coding or tinkering with electronics into your curriculum but not sure where to start? Come learn how to build your own air pollution detector using an Arduino and basic electronics. No prior experience with code, electrical engineering, or environmental measurements needed! A limited number of tablets will be available but participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops.
Presenter: Jen Irving, Louisiana State University
Additional Presenter: Maud Walsh

10:30 a.m.

Napoleon Room

Classifying Classroom Pets
General (K-12)
Which animals make good classroom pets? What constitutes a "good" pet? Pets in the classroom can be a wonderful way to teach students, but how do we do it properly? Join us to discuss if an animal in the classroom is the right option for you, your teaching style, your students, and- most importantly- the animal.
Presenter: Tyler Annarino, Audubon Nature Institute

Beauregard Room

Using Picture Books in Environmental Education
K-4th Grade
For elementary students topics of the environment can be overwhelming and/or uninteresting. Using selected science and nature picture books, THREE LITTLE SHRIMP and THE OAK TREE, this session will assist science teachers, parents and other educators in how to use both books to help elementary children learn about Louisiana's environment. By the end of the session attendees will be able to use these and other books to build a practical interest in our environment.
Presenter: Steve Spires, Honey Island Elementary

Azalea Room

STEM Activities for a Sustainable Planet
5th-8th Grade 
Discover hands-on activities on real-world human ecology concepts (population growth, natural resource use and biodiversity) while building foundational math and science skills. Receive electronic lesson plans matched to state standards.
Presenter: Monica Pasos, Audubon Nature Institute

Magnolia Room

Supporting Student-directed Research on Coastal Topics
8th-12 Grade
We will share lessons learned and best practices for supporting student-centered, place-based, science research at several schools in Greater New Orleans; Students will help guide you through the process of developing a testable question about coastal wetlands topics, developing a research plan, field-based data collection and analysis, and producing the final product.
Presenter: Dinah Maygarden, University of New Orleans
Additional Presenters: Marla Watts

Camelia Room

Engaging High School Students in Future Water Quality Challenges
8th-12 Grade, AP/College
Water quality and quantity are important to global stability, human health, economic development and food supplies. Baylor University and Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi are partnering on a project focused on examining how things we use in our everyday lives can end up in wastewater, and potential impacts to the aquaculture industry. Professional development opportunities for teachers and informal science educators will be shared during this session.
Presenter: Melissa Mullins, Baylor University

2:00 p.m.

Napoleon Room

There's a Marsh in my Backyard?
General (K-12)
Come learn about LPBF's urban marsh located right at the mouth of Bayou St. John. Discover the many opportunities for students to learn about marsh ecosystems, stewardship, and water quality. Find out how LPBF's educators can involve your students in meaningful outdoor education experiences.
Presenter: Joann Haydel, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

Beauregard Room

Alligator Cuisine
5th-8th Grade
Participants will take part in a simulation scenario in which they will be determining food “preferences” of alligators. Teachers will examine alligator specimens! They will also create a food web from alligator food chain cards and experience a LEAP like task-assessment.
Presenter: Brian Fontenot, Calcasieu Parish Middle School Science Consultant

Azalea Room

Journey 2050
5th-8th Grade, 8th-12 Grade
Explore world food sustainability on this virtual simulation that encourages students to make decisions and adjust them as they see their impact of social, economic and environmental factors at a local and global scale. Discover how easily this inquiry based approach to global food issues fits into the curriculum.
Presenter: Tiffany Ballow, Nutrients for Life

Magnolia Room

Climate Change Graphics
5th-8th Grade, 8th-12 Grade
Climate Change graphics focuses on enhancing observation and interpretation skills through climate data, graphs and maps in science, math and geography classrooms. The graphics are directly from published research on climate and climate change and can be examined individually or in groups. Each graphic has focus questions to help students interpret what they see in the graphic. Keys are provided.
Presenter: Dianne Lindstedt, Louisiana State University

Camelia Room

Energy Efficiency: Making a Difference Can Start Early
5th-8th Grade, 8th-12 Grade
The school building is a perfect learning laboratory for students to explore energy consumption & conservation utilizing tools like a Kill-A-Watt meter, Flicker Checker, & light meter. Join in this hands-on session as we investigate and measure energy consumption, determine costs, quantify environmental effects, and devise a plan to reduce energy use.
Presenter: Judy Reeves, National Energy Education Development Project

Short Course Spotlight: Diverting Disaster with the Old River Control Structure

As long as humans have inhabited the area now known as Southeast Louisiana, we’ve depended on the Mississippi River for transportation, food and agriculture. It is at the very center of our business and cultural lives. And as long as we’ve lived near its banks, we’ve struggled to control its waters.
In 1963, the US Army Corps of Engineers completed construction on the Old River Control Structure. Designed to prevent the river from changing its course to the Gulf, the complex system of locks, dams and channels diverts water into the Atchafalaya Basin to prevent flooding in ports and towns from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.
Join Dinah Maygarden and Ivan Gill from the University of New Orleans on this tour, hosted by the Corps. The site visit features a series of massive engineering structures responsible for controlling the flow of the Mississippi – Atchafalaya River system, and a trip to the Point Coupee Parish Museum on False River. Leaders will provide background and science and engineering curriculum connections for the material covered.
This optional short course is presented as a part of the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium, sponsored by Shell. Featuring the theme “Green STEM,” the conference is an 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. 
See all of the short course descriptions at Register at by Friday, January 26 to receive the special Early-Bird discount.


Support the LEEC by purchasing an Environmental Education specialty plate at



Short Course Spotlight: Keep Louisiana Beautiful Presents the “Hows” and “Whys” of Recycling

The Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium, sponsored by Shell, will take place  February 23-24 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. Early-Bird registration is still open for attendees.
The theme this year is “Green STEM.” 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.
To help you get the most out of the symposium, we're offering a selection of five optional Friday short courses. These 7-hour workshops spend the whole day focused on one subject.
Today's spotlight is on "Keep Louisiana Beautiful Presents the 'Hows' and 'Whys' of Recycling." Join  Susan Russell and Christy Paulsell from Keep Louisiana Beautiful as they lead a tour of the Baton Rouge Recycling Center. Attendees will gain a better understanding the recycling process and why it is so important to managing waste.  Attendees 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.
Event type: Tour & Hands-on Workshop
Grade Level: K-12
Location: Baton Rouge Recycling Center and Baton Rouge Marriott
See all of the short course descriptions at Register at by Friday, January 26 to receive the special Early-Bird discount.


Support the LEEC by purchasing an Environmental Education specialty plate at



Short Course Spotlight: Integrate Local Earth and Environmental Science into Your STEM Curriculum

You still have a few more days to take advantage of the $45 Early-Bird registration fee for the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium, February 23-24 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. You’ll spend the day with seasoned environmental educators sharing their hands-on activities, exemplary programs and lesson demonstrations. The theme this year is “Green STEM.”
To maximize the experience, sign up for an optional Friday short course. These 7-hour workshops spend the whole day focused on one subject. We have five to choose from. Today, we’re spotlighting “Integrate Local Earth and Environmental Science into Your STEM Curriculum,” brought to you by Dr. Don Duggan-Haas and Dr. Rob Ross of the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, NY.
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 across the curriculum and understand their community from multiple scientific perspectives.
Grade Level: K-12
Location: LSU Hilltop Arboretum
See all of the short course descriptions at Register at by Friday, January 26 to receive the special Early-Bird discount.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Early Bird Registration Extended

Environmental Educators,

Winter weather put us and most everyone else in the state out of commission all last week. We know there were more than a few of you who had planned to register for the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium and take advantage of the $45 Early Bird registration fee, but were unable to do so. So we've extended the deadline through Friday, January 26.

There are still some spots available for the optional Friday short courses, too, so be sure to take a look at this year's offerings at

Find more information about the symposium at and register at

Hope to see you there!
Louisiana Environmental Education Commission

LDWF Agent Cites Two Alabama Men in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 01/19/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested one Alabama man and cited another for alleged wildlife and criminal violations in Plaquemines Parish on Jan. 3.

Agents arrested Walter Holloway, 57, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting an officer and hunting without a non-resident hunting license.  Agents also cited James Bailey, 40, possessing over the daily limit of rabbits.

On Jan. 3 an LDWF agent observed a group of hunters off of Hwy. 23 near Point a la Hache.  The agent approached the subjects in order to conduct a license, equipment and limit check.

When the agent approached the subjects, one man fled the scene.  The agent made contact with three additional men including Bailey who was found in possession of 18 rabbits.  The daily possession limit for rabbits is eight.  The agent seized the 18 rabbits.

The agent then searched the surrounding area and located Holloway who had fled from the agent earlier.  During questioning, Holloway admitted to using a shotgun to hunt with the group and fleeing the scene.  Holloway also admitted to being a convicted felon, which would prohibit him from possessing a firearm.

The agent placed Holloway under arrest and booked him into the Plaquemines Parish Prison.

Possessing over the daily limit of rabbits brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Bailey may also face civil restitution totaling $317 for the rabbits over the daily limit.

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and five to 20 years in jail.  Resisting an officer carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Hunting without a non-resident hunting license brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

LEEC eNews: Presenter Lineup for the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium

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LEEC eNews: Presenter Lineup for the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium


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Agents Cite Two Subjects for Violating Calcasieu Lake Oyster Regulations

Release Date: 01/12/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two subjects for alleged oyster violations in Cameron Parish on Jan. 11.

Agents cited Ira J. Rodrigue Jr., 31, and Lerlene D. Rodrigue, 52, both of Cameron, for violating Calcasieu Lake oyster regulations.

Agents received complaints of subjects using a dredge in a tonging only area near West Cove on Calcasieu Lake.  Agents setup surveillance in the area and observed Ira and Lerlene actively dredging for oysters in West Cove.

Agents made contact with the subjects and found them in possession of three sacks of oysters that they admitted were caught with the illegal dredge.

Agents seized the dredge and returned three sacks of oysters to the water.

Violating Calcasieu Lake oyster regulations brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized.  The offenders may also be forced to forfeit any permit to harvest oysters on Calcasieu Lake and shall be barred from obtaining a permit for the remainder of the period for which it was issued plus one year, during which time the offender shall be barred from participating in any oyster harvesting activity on Calcasieu Lake.

Symposium Presenter Short Course Fee

If you have been selected as a lead presenter for the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium, you are exempt from paying the regular registration fee. However, if you wish to attend a Friday short course, the $20 fee still applies.

Before you click the payment button below, please be sure that you are registered to attend the conference and that you have selected a short course you wish to attend. The registration form can be found at . Ignore the payment prompt after you submit your registration information. Short course descriptions can be found at

If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Gresham at

$20 Optional Short Course Fee for Presenters


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