Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium

Thanks to all of our attendees, presenters, exhibitors and sponsors for making the 2016 Environmental Education State Symposium a success! Please check back this summer for details about the 2017 symposium.

The solution to this year's crossword scavernger hunt can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/crossword.







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Join us February 19-20, 2016 at the Baton Rouge Marriott for a plethora of fun, hands-on, environmentally-based educational lessons and activities 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. Students LOVE applied science learning and our natural world (even the school yard) awaits exploration!

This conference is not the usual fare. We promise to inspire you with doable ideas for your classroom – even when you are not in sessions! From our science scavenger hunt to our luncheon centerpieces, we work hard to make this event entertaining and very educational. CC Lockwood, international photographer, speaker, and naturalist, will deliver the keynote address. And the fun culminates with a grand door prize consisting of a weekend stay at the state park of your choice!

Regular registration is just $50, which includes meals. Register online here

Registrants who prefer to pay by check may download the registration form here. Send the form and check to: 

Venise Ortego
5652 Hwy. 182
Opelousas, LA 70570

Lodging assistance is available to those traveling a distance.

View the conference brochure.

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 28, 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 28th 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.
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m  LEEC Board Meeting
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 Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Presenters:Kellea LeBlanc, Kathrin McGregor, and Brenda Nixon. Sponsored by the LSU/SU Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching.
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, you're 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, UNO's 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 each receive a selection of related lessons, a Creature Peeper insect viewer, a magnifying glasse, a copy of the National Audubon Society Regional Guide to the Southeastern States, an endangered species poster and more.
Grade Levels: K-8
Location: To Be Determined Waddill Outdoor Education Center 
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 with a credit card online at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2016-louisiana-environmental-education-symposium.

Presenter Proposals

We are no longer accepting session proposals. Please check back soon for a draft program.

Hosted By

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