PROJECT WILD CONFERENCE IN NEW ORLEANS CELEBRATES ONE MILLION EDUCATORS GONE WILD!

Release Date: 04/25/2006

The 2006 Project WILD International Coordinators' Conference & Business Meeting will take place in New Orleans from May 31 to June 4 and will be highlighting an exciting milestone: Project WILD has trained one million educators. 


The conference will be held at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel and will be attended by over 70 Project WILD coordinators and educators from around the world.  The opening reception and the "One Million Educators Gone WILD!" celebration will take place on Wednesday, May 31 at 7 p.m. and will feature Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Dwight Landreneau and other invited guests.


Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school.  Emphasizing wildlife and habitat conservation, Project WILD addresses the need for students to develop as responsible citizens of our planet.  A network of state wildlife agencies and international sponsors ensures that Project WILD is available nationwide and in six other countries.


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is sponsoring the 2006 Project WILD International Coordinators' Conference & Business Meeting and has planned a wide range of activities for the participants.  Pre-conference field trips include a journey on the Riverboat John James Audubon to the Aquarium of the Americas and the Audubon Zoo, a tour of the National D-Day Museum, and a visit to the Laura Creole Plantation.  Conference attendees will lead a school restoration project and will tour Jean LaFitte National Historic Park and Preserve.  The conference will culminate with a banquet and dance celebrating the Project WILD Coordinator of the Year and honoring the outstanding work of Project WILD coordinators who have dedicated five, 10, 15 or 20 years to wildlife education.


Project WILD is administered nationally by the Council for Environmental Education and is distributed in partnership with state wildlife agencies. The Council for Environmental Education is a nationally recognized leader in environmental education, providing programs and services that promote responsible stewardship of our natural resources. For more information, see www.projectwild.org.


For more information, contact Cheryl Fischer at 504-568-5852 or cfischer@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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