Discover the Louisiana Oyster

Discover the Louisiana Oyster

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Oysters are an important part of Louisiana’s culture, economy, and ecology. They build reefs that slow storm surge, filter nutrients helping with water quality, and their reefs provide habitat for many species. And we also love to eat them! However, oysters face new, unprecedented threats in the form of increased temperature, more freshwater flooding, and planned restoration projects.

In this workshop, we will explore elements of an oyster’s biology and its history in Louisiana. Then we’ll learn about threats to the oyster—both old and new. Lastly, we’ll investigate some of the proposed solutions to address concerns of oyster decline. This hands-on workshop will have address state standards in both science and social studies.

Dates: December 16-17, 2023

Where: Grand Isle, LA

Program Highlights:

  • Learn about the cultural and ecological importance of oysters
  • Discover new educational activities on coastal phenomena
  • Explore Louisiana barrier island habitats
  • Receive continuing education credits
  • All lodging, meals, and activities are included at no cost to the participant

To apply: Registration is closed. All spots have been filled.

Program Contact: Dani DiIullo, [email protected] 

We recognize that finding childcare for weekend professional development opportunities can be a challenge. Therefore, we will be providing a simultaneous educational enrichment program for students of teachers (ages 5 – 12). This way families can share in this experience. There is a limit to the number of students per teacher. Contact Louisiana Sea Grant with any questions.