Short Course Spotlight: National Wildlife Federation - Monarch Heroes & Eco-Schools USA and BREC Nature Exploration Toolkit

Today is the final day to get the special Early Bird registration rate of $45 when you sign up to attend the Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium, February 23 & 24 at the Baton Rouge Marriott, sponsored by Shell. 
Centered arount the theme “Green STEM,” the conference will focus on environmental science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and the exciting career opportunities opening to students in the decades to come. On Saturday, February 24, choose from multiple concurrent sessions to fit your interest and grade level. See the entire lineup at
You can also choose to attend an optional short course on Friday, February 23. These day-long environmental education workshops or tours focus on a single subject. Today, we're featuring two short courses: National Wildlife Federation - Monarch Heroes & Eco-Schools USA and BREC Nature Exploration Toolkit.
The monarch butterfly is known for its uncommon beauty and its annual migration covering thousands of miles from the northern and central portions of the United States and southern Canada to Florida and Mexico. You and your students can learn how to incorporate monarch recovery into the classroom using a project-based learning approach and develop an onsite monarch habitat on your school grounds with National Wildlife Federation - Monarch Heroes & Eco-Schools USA.Turn your campus into a community resource center for this iconic and important pollinator species. Get an introduction to NWF's new Green STEM curriculum, The Monarch Mission, and learn how you can join NWF’s free international Eco-Schools network.
BREC is Baton Rouge's outdoor recreation authority, boasting more than 180 parks including a unique mix of facilities, which mirror the history and rich natural resources in the region; including a state-of-the-art observatory, a swamp nature center and conservation areas, a performing arts theatre, an equestrian park, an art gallery, an arboretum, an accredited zoo, seven golf courses and an extreme sports park with a 30,000-foot concrete skate park, rock-climbing wall, BMX track and velodrome.
With the BREC Nature Exploration Toolkit, you can join Shannon Guidry, education curator at BREC's unique Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center and recieve hands-on instruction on leaf presses, plant identification, bug catchers and pond sampling tools!  Located at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp - explore the site and make easy do-it-yourself investigation tools you can bring back to your classroom.
See all of the short course descriptions at Register at by Friday, January 26 to receive the special Early-Bird discount.


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