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The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission’s (LEEC) mission is to create a comprehensive and balanced environmental education initiative that results in a literate citizenry who will make informed decisions to effectively solve existing problems, prevent new ones and maintain a sustainable environmental for future generations.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Join Us This Weekend at the Symposium

Please join us this Saturday at the Baton Rouge Marriott for the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium. This annual event brings together formal and non-formal educators from every corner of Louisiana and surrounding states to sharpen our environmental education skills.

 

The theme this year is “Green STEM” and many of the presentations will highlight the exciting possibilities for education where science, technology, engineering and mathematics meet environmental concepts.

 

If you plan on attending and have not yet registered, you have two options. To pay by credit card, use the pre-registration form on the symposium webpage. To pay by check, visit the registration desk on site beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday.

 

For more information visit http://www.wlf.la.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium or contact Thomas Gresham at tgresham@wlf.la.gov.

 

 

Short Course Spotlight: National Wildlife Federation - Monarch Heroes & Eco-Schools USA and BREC Nature Exploration Toolkit

Today is the final day to get the special Early Bird registration rate of $45 when you sign up to attend the Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium, February 23 & 24 at the Baton Rouge Marriott, sponsored by Shell. 
 
Centered arount the theme “Green STEM,” the conference will focus on environmental science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and the exciting career opportunities opening to students in the decades to come. On Saturday, February 24, choose from multiple concurrent sessions to fit your interest and grade level. See the entire lineup at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/symposium-presenter-lineup.
 
You can also choose to attend an optional short course on Friday, February 23. These day-long environmental education workshops or tours focus on a single subject. Today, we're featuring two short courses: National Wildlife Federation - Monarch Heroes & Eco-Schools USA and BREC Nature Exploration Toolkit.
 
The monarch butterfly is known for its uncommon beauty and its annual migration covering thousands of miles from the northern and central portions of the United States and southern Canada to Florida and Mexico. You and your students can learn how to incorporate monarch recovery into the classroom using a project-based learning approach and develop an onsite monarch habitat on your school grounds with National Wildlife Federation - Monarch Heroes & Eco-Schools USA.Turn your campus into a community resource center for this iconic and important pollinator species. Get an introduction to NWF's new Green STEM curriculum, The Monarch Mission, and learn how you can join NWF’s free international Eco-Schools network.
 
BREC is Baton Rouge's outdoor recreation authority, boasting more than 180 parks including a unique mix of facilities, which mirror the history and rich natural resources in the region; including a state-of-the-art observatory, a swamp nature center and conservation areas, a performing arts theatre, an equestrian park, an art gallery, an arboretum, an accredited zoo, seven golf courses and an extreme sports park with a 30,000-foot concrete skate park, rock-climbing wall, BMX track and velodrome.
 
With the BREC Nature Exploration Toolkit, you can join Shannon Guidry, education curator at BREC's unique Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center and recieve hands-on instruction on leaf presses, plant identification, bug catchers and pond sampling tools!  Located at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp - explore the site and make easy do-it-yourself investigation tools you can bring back to your classroom.
 
See all of the short course descriptions at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium#shortcourses. Register at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2018-louisiana-environmental-education-state-symposium by Friday, January 26 to receive the special Early-Bird discount.
 

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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 http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium#shortcourses. Register at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2018-louisiana-environmental-education-state-symposium by Friday, January 26 to receive the special Early-Bird discount.
 
 
 

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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 http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium.... Register at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2018-louisiana-environmental-educat... by Friday, January 26 to receive the special Early-Bird discount.
 

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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.
HANDS-ON WORKSHOP
Grade Level: K-12
Location: LSU Hilltop Arboretum
 
See all of the short course descriptions at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium#shortcourses. Register at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2018-louisiana-environmental-education-state-symposium 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 http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium#shortcourses.

Find more information about the symposium at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium and register at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2018-louisiana-environmental-education-state-symposium.

Hope to see you there!
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LEEC eNews: Presenter Lineup for the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium

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LEEC eNews: Register for 2018 Symposium, Volunteer Opportunities, and More!

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Gear Up for LSSS With Green STEM

Educators: Are you in need of standards-aligned programming for your classroom? Environmental educators are enthusiastic to share their phenomenon-based resources with you at the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium!

Registration is now open for the conference, which will be held at the Baton Rouge Marriott on February 23 and 24, 2018. This year’s theme is “Green STEM.” The conference will focus on environmental science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and the emerging career opportunities available to your students. Don’t miss this exciting chance to join other formal and non-formal environmental educators 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 short courses, sessions, and round-table discussions to fit your interest and grade level.

Find the event brochure here. For more information or to register, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium.

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