Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium

2018 Environmental Education State Symposium

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium! Please see our 2018 Symposium resources website for materials related to the conference. Check back at this address this summer for information about the 2019 symposium.

Symposium Sponsors

Thank you to our 2018 Environmental Education State symposium sponsors:


Symposium Information

Find the event brochure here.

Find an electronic copy of the event program here.

Event Agenda

Friday, February 23
8:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.          Short Course Activities*
5:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.          Registration
6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.          Social Mixer*, Meet the Exhibitors
Saturday, February 24
7:00 a.m. — 8:00 a.m.          Registration/Continental Breakfast*
8:00 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.          Concurrent Sessions
9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.        Concurrent Sessions
10:00 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.      Break & LEEA Meeting
10:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.      Concurrent Sessions
11:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.        Lunch, Keynote & Recognitions*
1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.          Round Table Presentations
2:00– p.m. — 3:00 p.m.        Concurrent Sessions
3:00 p.m.                               Grand Door Prizes
*Meals Included

Presenter Lineup

The conference features five concurrent sessions each during four time slots.

View the complete presenter lineup here.

Short Courses

As always, we will offer optional Friday short courses that present day-long environmental education workshops or tours. This year you may choose one among the following five short courses listed below. Participants will receive additional details in the week prior to the event. 

Diverting Disaster with the Old River Control Structure
This tour will include a visit to the Old River Control Structure, hosted by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The site features a series of massive engineering structures responsible for controlling the flow of the Mississippi – Atchafalaya River system. We will also make a stop at the Point Coupee Parish Museum on False River. Leaders will provide background and science and engineering curriculum connections for the material covered.
Grade Level: 5-12
Location: Van leaves from Marriott
Presenters: Dinah Maygarden and Dr. Ivan Gill, University of New Orleans

Integrate Local Earth and Environmental Science into Your STEM Curriculum
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 deeply across the curriculum and understand their community from multiple scientific perspectives.
Grade Level: K-12
Location: LSU Hilltop Arboretum
Presenters: Dr. Don Duggan-Haas, and Dr. Robert Ross, Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, NY

Keep Louisiana Beautiful Presents the “Hows” and “Whys” of Recycling
Keep Louisiana Beautiful will lead a tour of the Baton Rouge Recycling Center for teachers who are interested in better understanding the recycling process and why it is so important to managing waste.  Teachers 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.
Grade Level: K-12
Location: Van leaves from Marriott
Presenters: Susan Russell and Christy Paulsell, Keep Louisiana Beautiful

National Wildlife Federation - Monarch Heroes and Eco-Schools USA
Help your campus become a community resource center for the monarch butterfly. 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. 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.
Grade Level: K-8
Location: Baton Rouge Marriott
Presenter: Marya Fowler, Senior Education Outreach Manager

BREC Nature Exploration Toolkit
From leaf presses to plant identification guides, bug catchers to pond sampling tools, we’ve got it all!  Join us at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp to explore the site and make easy do-it-yourself investigation tools you can bring back to your classroom.  Let us help you turn your students into Nature Explorers!
Grade Level: K-8
Location: BREC’S Bluebonnet Swamp Education Building
Presenter: Shannon Guidry, Education Curator

Hotel Information

Baton Rouge Marriott 1-800-228-9290
Room rate is $97 per night for single or double occupancy. Reservation link

Lodging Assistance

Lodging assistance is available for educators attending the conference from outside of the Baton Rouge area. Lodging assistance awards will pay for one-half of a double-occupancy suite at the conference hotel. For more information and to apply, download the Lodging Assistance Application form.


The exhibitor hall is full for this year's symposium. Please keep us in mind for next year.