Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium



The Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium is a two-day professional development event hosted each year by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and our partner the Louisiana Environmental Education Association. Day one of the conference consists of day-long short courses packed with information, lesson plans or tours of environmentally important areas of the host city. Day two features hour-long concurrent sessions geared to grade level and presented by environmental educators from around Louisiana and neighboring states. The last event was held at the Baton Rouge Marriott on February 27 and 28, 2015.

Sponsored By



Shell Exploration and Production Company, Louisiana Environmental Education Association, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, and Friends of Black Bayou, Inc.

View the 2015 Environmental Education State Symposium Program

The symposium program is available in pdf format here.


Friday, February 27, 2015

8:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. Short Course Activities* Course times may vary. Descriptions listed below.

5:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. Mixer with hors d’oeuvres* and Audubon Bug Tasting, Meet the Exhibitors

Saturday, February 28, 2015

7:00 a.m. — 8:00 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast*
7:30 a.m. — 2 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open 
8:00 a.m. — 9:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m. Keynote & Recognitions
10:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
12:30 p.m. — 1:30 p.m. Lunch* & LEEA Meeting
1:30 p.m. — 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
2:30 p.m. Grand Door Prize

Meals Provided*

Short Course Descriptions

LDWF FISHING IN SCHOOLS: Promoting Education Through Fishing
Come gain resources to engage your students in conservation-based education. Learn to use current wildlife biology techniques to teach science and math skills. Participants will gain knowledge of Louisiana fisheries ecology and management through hands on lessons given by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists. Lesson topics include fish age and growth determination, fish tagging, fish identification, Sport Fish Restoration program information and more. Participants will also get an opportunity to try out fishing techniques. GLE correlated lesson plans and information on the LDWF Fisheries Loaner Kit Program for classroom equipment will be provided.
Grade Levels: 5-12
Location: Waddill Refuge
Presenters : Betsy Seals and Alayna McGarry
Spend time learning about the organisms that inhabit coastal Louisiana. Learn how differences in salinity affect habitat biodiversity. This session will visit the USFWS Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Lacombe, LA. Take an airboat ride to see newly rebuilt wetlands. Get wetlandlessons and learn more about the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act and the efforts to restore coastal Louisiana and the plants and animals of the ecosystem. Attendees receive lessons related to wetlands plants and animals correlated to current GLEs and materials about common organisms and those on the threatened and endangered species list. Transportation provided from hotel.
Grade Levels: K-12
Location: Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex, Lacombe
Presenters: MattiLynn Delatte and David Stoughton
Spend the day learning about wetland animals of Louisiana! Get outside and dig deep with unique, place-based lesson plans and materials for grades 3-8. In this session, go on an arthropod adventure, investigate insects, hatch into habitats, follow crawfish around the world, probe into pelican history, and more! Lessons are hands-on, interactive, fun, and best of all, tied to state standards!
Grade Levels: K-8 Location: Hilltop Arboretum
Presenters: Mindy Brooks, Debbie Dornier and Catherine Myrick
Capture your students’ interest and make connections through biodiversity. We will explore how we quantify biodiversity, why it is important to us, how we affect it, and actions we can take for positive change. We will practice student activities throughout the day, and will use Louisiana/Gulf
of Mexico data to compare local diversity to other ecosystems.
Grade Levels: 5-12
Location: Bluebonnet Swamp
Presenter: Dianne Lindstedt
Begin the day with a tour of the LSU veterinary school wildlife rehabilitation facility with the state’s wildlife veterinarian, Jim LaCour, and follow that up with a peek inside the LSU Natural History Museum’s extensive preserved bird collection (including some rare and extinct species). Finally, end the day exploring lesson plans featuring threatened and endangered species presented by LDWF Natural Heritage Program staff. Transportation provided from hotel.
Grade Levels: K-12
Location: LSU Campus
Presenters: Jim LaCour, Michael Seymour and
Louisiana Natural Heritage Program Staff