Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium


The 2017 Environmental Education Symposium will be held February 3rd and 4th at the Baton Rouge Marriott. 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 are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov.



Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. 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.

Short Courses

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
    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 the Marriott
    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: Baton Rouge Zoo
    Presenter: Brenda Walkenhorst, Audubon Institute  

  • Wetlands
    Come join us to find out more about the functions and values of wetlands and why southeast LA is experiencing the fastest land loss in the world. 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 water quality equipment for your classroom.
    Grade Levels: 5-12
    Location: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
    Presenter: Dinah Maygarden, University of New Orleans


Hotel Information

Baton Rouge Marriott, 1-800-228-9290

Room rate is $94 per night, single or double occupancy. Reservation link: https://goo.gl/7L4LZR.