2010 Environmental Education Symposium set

The following is a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Educators from throughout the state will convene in Baton Rouge on Feb. 26-27 for the 2010 Environmental Education Symposium.  The symposium provides an opportunity for attendees to acquire professional development on environmental issues and earn valuable continuing learning units (CLUs).

This two-day event, staged at the Baton Rouge Marriott, is designed for environmental and science educators at all levels including supervisors, youth group organizers, informal educators, and anyone else with a vested interest in environmental education.

The symposium kicks off with five Friday short course offerings including:

*       A journey into Turtle Bayou to view Bald Eagles and get a glimpse of a Bald Eagle's nest on the "Eagle Expo Tour" or

*       The "Recycling, Landfills, and More! Tour", a three-stop adventure to the Recycling Foundation of Baton Rouge's Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), the North Baton Rouge Landfill and the LSU Hilltop Arboretum, each presenting state-of-the-art answers to metropolitan waste or

*       "Wonders of the Wetlands" or
*       "Talk About Climate Change" or
*       "Project WET/Healthy Water, Healthy People".

Educators will be treated to a festive Friday evening at the Marriott, enjoying the social mixer, meeting the exhibitors and viewing the exhibits.  State and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, scientific research facilities, etc., will be represented.  Biologists and researchers will be on hand to present information and answer questions.  Exhibitors will also provide free educational materials including lesson plans and materials related to environmental topics.

With 28 concurrent sessions, educators will have no problem finding their particular area of interest on Saturday.  A variety of presenters with strong backgrounds in education, scientific research and government decision-making will attend.  This dynamic event concludes with a multitude of door prizes, the Saturday luncheon and keynote address.

The general registration cost is $50 and includes the Friday evening social, exhibit hall, Saturday continental breakfast, concurrent sessions, Saturday luncheon and the keynote address.  Friday short course sessions are offered at an additional $10 cost.

Lodging assistance is offered on a limited basis.  Visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec for registration forms and additional information.