Release Date: 06/19/2007

The Black Bear Conservation Committee and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold the annual Louisiana Black Bear Workshop from July 16-18, 2007. 

The workshop will inform educators about the Louisiana black bear, a threatened subspecies protected under the Endangered Species Act.  The workshop is designed to give teachers information about bears that can be used to stimulate student interest in geography, math, reading and creative thinking. 

The workshop will consist of classroom and field trip presentations conducted by bear biologists and education specialists covering bear ecology, research, human/bear conflict, restoration and forest conservation.  The workshops are specifically intended to encourage teachers to ask questions and get excited about teaching children about bears.  Teachers will come away with an academic workbook, other educational materials, and the excitement about bears that they can pass on to their students. 

The workshop will be held at Lake Fausse Point State Park, located in western Iberia Parish along the West Atchafalaya Protection Levee, with a field trip to Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge.  Registration is $25.00, and workshop space is limited to the first 15 educators that apply.  Applicants are encouraged to register by July 1. 

For more information, please contact Todd Buffington at 318-371-3326 or tbuffington@wlf.louisiana.gov.