L.A.R.E. Educational Events

Upcoming Educational Events


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Past Educational Events

July 27, 2013 - L.A.R.E. gave an hour long multimedia presentation to a group of 20+ Acadiana trail runners on identification and natural history of snakes that they may come across on their runs. They were particularly interested in telling venomous species from nonvenomous ones, though most in attendance seemed to appreciate the place for both types. By the end of the presentation, they were quizzed and did very well on telling venomous species apart from nonvenomous ones. Everyone was very appreciative, and we left it as a possible yearly thing we would do as there are many new faces to the group each year.

April 26, 2014 - L.A.R.E. had a vendor booth at the Stir the Pot Seafood Festival and Cook-off at Palmetto Island State Park. We promoted L.A.R.E. and highlighted our herp inventory efforts at the park. We had over 25 species of native amphibians and reptiles on display for educational purposes. The event was very successful and we were busy for the entire time of the festival.

April 11, 2015 - L.A.R.E. again had a vendor booth at the Stir the Pot Seafood Festival and Cook-off at Palmetto Island State Park. We promoted L.A.R.E. and highlighted our herp inventory efforts at the park. We had over 25 species of native amphibians and reptiles on display for educational purposes. The event was very successful and we were busy for the entire time of the festival. We gave out several of our L.A.R.E. 2015 calendars for free to very enthusiastic kids.

October 17, 2015 - L.A.R.E. had a booth at the 18th Annual Wild Things event in Lacombe, LA, hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, Inc. We were one of over 40 vendors educating the thousands of visitors about native wildlife, conservation, and other nature-related activities. We had live salamanders, turtles and snakes on display along with several age-appropriate activities and quizzes concerning Louisiana’s amphibians and reptiles. It was a busy day for our members working the booth and a huge success!

March 5, 2016 - L.A.R.E. assisted in a workshop and field trip at Sam Houston Jones State Park on amphibians and reptiles given for the Southwest Louisiana Master Naturalists group.

March 12, 2016 - L.A.R.E. had a vendor booth at Arbor Day at Tuten Park in Lake Charles. L.A.R.E. exhibited some native amphibians and reptiles and educated the attendees about this group of fascinating, important animals. 

March 30, 2016 - L.A.R.E. gave a workshop on snakes, lizards, and turtles at the Acadiana Park Nature Station to the Acadiana Louisiana Master Naturalists group.

April 2, 2016 - L.A.R.E. again had a vendor booth at the Stir the Pot Seafood Festival and Cook-off at Palmetto Island State Park. We promoted L.A.R.E. and highlighted our herp inventory efforts at the park that culminated in a full-color pamphlet that was given out. We had many species of native amphibians and reptiles on display for educational purposes. We gave out free L.A.R.E. stickers and bookmarks to anyone who wanted them.

May 21, 2016 - L.A.R.E. was present to educate all those in attendance and participating in the snake rodeo in East Carroll Parish on the importance of snakes in the ecosystem. We had live snakes to show and other educational materials to present and give out. Plenty folks, young and old, visited our tent throughout the event and it was a first step in hoping to change the hearts and minds of folks in the area to appreciate snakes and not persecute them.

October 15, 2016 - L.A.R.E. had a booth at the 19th Annual Wild Things event in Lacombe, LA, hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, Inc. We were one of many vendors educating the thousands of visitors about native wildlife, conservation, and other nature-related activities. We had live frogs, salamanders, turtles and snakes on display along with several age-appropriate activities and quizzes concerning Louisiana’s amphibians and reptiles. Just like last year the event was a huge success!

February 4, 2017 - L.A.R.E. was invited to set up a couple of tables in the swamp exhibit at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, LA, to commemorate World Wetlands Day. Six L.A.R.E. volunteers spent the day educating folks about the importance of conservation of Louisiana’s wild amphibian and reptile populations.

March 11, 2017 - L.A.R.E. was invited to be a vendor at the weekly farmer’s market at the Horse Farm in Lafayette. We brought a few snakes as well as some frogs, turtles and salamanders. The threat of rain put a damper on the crowds but we still had many folks come by the booth and hold the snakes and get educated. We also gave a short presentation on snake myths and misconceptions as well as snake conservation and safety.

March 31, 2017 - L.A.R.E. was invited to give presentations on snakes to kindergarteners at an elementary school near Baton Rouge.

April 22, 2017 - L.A.R.E. again had a vendor booth at the Stir the Pot Seafood Festival and Cook-off at Palmetto Island State Park. We promoted L.A.R.E. and highlighted our herp inventory efforts at the park that culminated in a full-color pamphlet that was given out. We had a few species of native snakes on display for educational purposes. We gave out free L.A.R.E. stickers and bookmarks to anyone who wanted them.

May 13, 2017 - L.A.R.E. was invited to give a field herpetology workshop to Acadiana Master Naturalists in the Indian Bayou area of the Atchafalaya Basin.

May 20, 2017 - L.A.R.E. was invited to assist at the Audubon Nature Center Bioblitz in New Orleans East. Several LARE members were present to help with herps and other species.

September 16, 2017 - L.A.R.E. was invited to participate in the 1st Annual Feliciana Wildlife Expo. We had a booth with plenty of our native live animals and educational materials and freebies.

September 23, 2017 - L.A.R.E. was invited to participate in the Pearl River Clean Sweep 2017. We had a booth with plenty of our native live animals and educational materials and freebies.

October 13, 2017 - L.A.R.E. was invited to give presentations on snakes to kindergarteners at an elementary school near Baton Rouge.

October 14, 2017 - L.A.R.E. had a booth at the 20th Annual Wild Things event in Lacombe, LA, hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, Inc. We were one of many vendors educating the thousands of visitors about native wildlife, conservation, and other nature-related activities. We had live frogs, salamanders, and snakes on display along with several age-appropriate activities and quizzes concerning Louisiana’s amphibians and reptiles.

October 28, 2017 - L.A.R.E. was invited to participate in the Halloween Art and Nature Festival at Atelier de la Nature near Arnaudville. We had several snakes, salamanders, and frogs on display along with other educational activities, freebies, and candy for the kids.

November 4, 2017 - L.A.R.E. was invited to participate in an event at the main branch of the Iberville Parish Library. We brought our usual educational materials and freebies along with several snakes, frogs and salamanders.

January 27, 2018 - L.A.R.E. had a vendor booth at Arbor Day at Tuten Park in Lake Charles. L.A.R.E. exhibited some native amphibians and reptiles and educated the attendees about this group of fascinating, important animals.

February 17, 2018 - L.A.R.E. was invited to set up a few tables in the swamp exhibit at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, LA, to commemorate World Wetlands Day. Six L.A.R.E. volunteers spent the day educating folks about the importance of conservation of Louisiana’s wild amphibian and reptile populations.

March 3, 2018 - L.A.R.E. was invited to speak to gardeners at All Seasons Nursery in Lafayette about some of the amphibians and reptiles that they may encounter. We spoke about the importance of amphibian and reptiles in the environment and gave out a bunch of freebies to interested attendees.

March 17, 2018 - L.A.R.E. was invited to co-lead a field trip for LA Soar Outdoor Adventure Kids at Acadiana Park and Nature Center in Lafayette. There were about 10 young kids and their parents on the hike. We had a great time showing the kids the various critters we came upon and talking about their identification and natural history.

March 24, 2018 - L.A.R.E. was invited to speak to the Central LA Master Naturalists class about amphibians and reptiles at Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery. After the morning lectures and lunch, the class was led on a short field trip aimed at finding amphibians and reptiles.

April 7, 2018 - L.A.R.E. again had a vendor booth at the Stir the Pot Seafood Festival and Cook-off at Palmetto Island State Park. We promoted L.A.R.E. and had a few species of native snakes on display for educational purposes along with a few native turtles and salamanders. We had coloring sheets for the kids to color and we gave out free L.A.R.E. stickers, magnets and bookmarks.

May 4, 2018 - L.A.R.E. educated about 70 3rd graders at a Lafayette school about amphibians and reptiles, particularly snakes. The kids were very attentive and asked great questions and the vast majority held both our kingsnake and cornsnake around their necks!

June 9, 2018 - L.A.R.E. was invited to participate in an event at the main branch of the Iberville Parish Library. We brought our usual educational materials and freebies along with several snakes, turtles and salamanders.

July 14, 2018 - L.A.R.E. was invited to participate at Reptile Day at the Louisiana State Arboretum at Chicot State Park. We brought our usual educational materials and freebies along with several snakes, turtles and salamanders. It was a first time event that we will try to make each year!

September 15, 2018 - L.A.R.E. was invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Feliciana Wildlife Expo. We had a booth with plenty of our native live animals, our invasive exotic Cuban Treefrog for awareness, turtle shells and other educational materials and freebies.

September 22, 2018 - L.A.R.E. was again invited to participate in the Pearl River Clean Sweep. We had a booth with plenty of our native live animals and educational materials and freebies.

October 13, 2018 - L.A.R.E. had a booth at the 21st Annual Wild Things event in Lacombe, LA, hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, Inc. We were one of many vendors educating the 6,000+ of visitors about native wildlife, conservation, and other nature-related activities. We had several live snakes, turtles, salamanders, and a frog on display along with several age-appropriate activities and quizzes concerning Louisiana’s amphibians and reptiles.

October 27, 2018 - L.A.R.E. was invited to participate in the Halloween Art and Nature Festival at Atelier de la Nature near Arnaudville. We had several snakes, turtles, salamanders, and a frog on display. We had a coloring table replete with our very own LARE-illustrated native herps to color along with other educational activities and freebies.

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