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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Louisiana Sea Grant are partnering to offer a one-day Volunteer Instructor Program (VIP) workshop to provide education professionals with hands-on classroom activities and lessons. The workshop will prepare you for volunteering at an LDWF event or teaching your students about fisheries science. Topics covered include fish identification, fisheries management, pond ecology and invasive species.
Upon completion, all volunteers receive a binder with lesson plans, activity guides and other educational resources. You will also have access to LDWF loaner kits that will contain the materials needed to teach these difficult topics. The loaner kits range from dissection supplies to fishing poles with tackle.
Lunch and childcare will be provided.
We recognize that finding childcare for professional development opportunities can be challenging. Therefore, we will be providing a simultaneous educational enrichment program for students of participants (ages 5 – 12). This way families can share in this experience. There is a limit to the number of students per teacher.
NAME (Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators) is excited to be the host for the NMEA 2023 annual conference—a special event that brings together hundreds of professional educators dedicated to teaching about our marine, coastal and aquatic environments. NMEA members are a group of inspired, passionate people who promote the conservation, enjoyment, and wise use of our aquatic resources by teaching others. We look forward to showcasing our beautiful region through inspirational speakers, field adventures and excursions, engaging presentations, institutional collaborations, and community partnerships.