Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium

Register Now!

Join us February 19-20, 2016 for a plethora of fun, hands-on, environmentally-based educational opportunities while we show you how to "Explore the Natural World" with your students! Earn CLUs, network with educators and local scientists, and go home with great ideas for your classroom.

Find the online registration form at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2016-louisiana-environmental-education-state-symposium.

View the conference brochure at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/document/39654-2016-environmental-education-state-symposium-brochure/2016eesbrochure.pdf.

Hotel and Lodging Assistance Information

This year's conference hotel is the Baton Rouge Marriott, located at 5500 Hilton Avenue in Baton Rouge. The conference room rate is $95 per night if booked before January 19, 2016. Follow this link to book your room online or call 225-924-5000.

Educators whose travel distance makes overnight stay a requirement are invited to apply for lodging assistance. A limited number of assistance awards are available, so please fill out and mail in this lodging assistance form as soon as possible. It is the recipient’s responsibility to make his or her own hotel reservation prior to the Baton Rouge Marriott’s January 19th deadline. Award recipients must register for the conference and are still responsible for registration fees.

Draft Agenda

Friday, February 19, 2016
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. Social/Mixer* & Meet the Exhibitors
Saturday, February 20, 2016
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. 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 Courses

Energize your classroom through STEM! Capture the natural curiosities of your students through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with an emphasis on environmental science and active learning for young children! Join us for a jam-packed presentation that will provide classroom-ready ideas and activities to bring science and engineering to your Pre-K - 1st grade students!
Grade Levels: Pre-K-1
Location: Hilltop Arboretum
Presenter: Dr. Brenda Nixon, Co-Director of the Gordon A. Cain Center for STEM Literacy, Kathrin McGregor & Kellea LeBlanc
Take a tour of several schools in southeast Louisiana with exemplary environmental education programs and projects. From gardens and campus recycling programs to experimental labs, youÕre sure to get tons of new green initiative ideas for your school and classroom. See what works firsthand and find out what it takes to get a grant to make it happen! Transportation provided from the Marriott.
Grade Levels: Pre-K-12
Location: Van leaves from the Marriott
Presenters: Brian Gautreau, Louisiana Green Ribbon Schools Coordinator & Angela Capello, Louisiana
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Wildlife Educator
The LEEC will launch their new Watershed Experience Tracker (WET) at this workshop! You will learn how to direct your students to collect & analyze data in a stewardship activity. Lead student debris cleanup expeditions, take water samples, and use our WET App to share and analyze data from throughout the Gulf States region. Participants will receive binder of GLE/NGSS correlated lessons, GPS unit, and water analysis equipment.
Grade Levels: 5-12
Location: La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Presenters: Dinah Maygarden, UNOÕs Coastal Education Program & Thomas Gresham,  Assistant Environmental Education Coordinator
Participants in this exciting, dynamic workshop will receive hands-on instruction from experienced educators and biologists, get updates on Louisiana threatened and endangered species management initiatives, and go home with strategies and materials for including biodiversity instruction in the classroom. Attendees will receive a selection of related lessons with materials. 
Grade Levels: K-8
Location: To be determined
Presenter: Carrie Salyers, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Wildlife Threatened and Endangered Species Educator
Participants will be offered presentations and hands-on activities to learn more about the field of oceanography and how ocean exploration is conducted.  Activity and topics will include ocean floor mapping, research cruise simulation, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), ocean climate change, deep sea ecosystems, and much more.  Classroom resources will be provided.
Grade Levels: 5-12
Location: Baton Rouge Marriott
Presenter: Murt Conover, LUMCON Senior Marine Educator


Exhibitors can find the exhibitor information form at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/document/39572-2016-environmental-education-state-symposium-exhibitor-information/exhibitor_information_20161.pdf and can register online at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2016-louisiana-environmental-education-symposium.

Presenter Proposals

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is accepting proposals for hour-long concurrent sessions to be held at the 19th Annual Environmental Education State Symposium. This year’s conference will be held at the Baton Rouge Marriott, February 19-20, 2016.

All concurrent sessions will take place on Saturday, February 20, 2016. The theme for this conference will be “Exploring the Natural World.” It is not necessary for presenters to adhere to the theme, but sessions that complement the theme are encouraged.

The preferred method for submitting proposals is by web form at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/2016-environmental-education-state-symposium-presenter-proposal-form.

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission has a mission to create a comprehensive and balanced environmental education initiative that will result in environmentally literate citizens who will effectively and constructively solve existing environmental problems, prevent new ones, and maintain a sustainable environment for future generations.

Hosted By

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission, The Louisiana Environmental Education Association and The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries 

Hotel Information

Use this link to book a room at the Baton Rouge Marriott.