Friday, April 6, 2018 – Sunday, April 8, 2018
“Louisiana: A Naturalist’s Paradise”
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joydeep Bhattacharjee
The Louisiana Master Naturalist Association (LMNA) is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Rendezvous, a statewide meeting of the seven master naturalist chapters in Louisiana, including Acadiana (Lafayette), Greater Baton Rouge, Central Louisiana (Alexandria), Northeast Louisiana (Monroe), Northwest Louisiana (Shreveport/Bossier), Greater New Orleans, and Southwest Louisiana (Lake Charles).
WHAT: Rendezvous 2018 will include talks on a variety of natural history subjects, guided naturalist hikes, volunteer opportunities, a Swap Table, Nature ID Table, a Naturalist Library, book sales, and time to befriend other master naturalists. Our Keynote Speaker is Dr. Joydeep Bhattacharjee, Association Professor of Plant and Restoration Ecology at University of Louisiana at Monroe.
WHEN: Rendezvous 2018 will take place from Friday, April 6, 2018 through Sunday, April 8, 2018. You may register for Rendezvous 2018 beginning on January 8, 2018 by using the Rendezvous 2018 Registration Form found here: Rendezvous 2018 Registration Form
WHY: Rendezvous 2018 should be an exciting, fun, educational, and noteworthy event. Rendezvous 2018 will include many hours of education, fun and fellowship. You can earn 8–10 Continuing Education Hours and many Volunteer Hours for the year in a single weekend. You will also meet other master naturalists from all areas of the State of Louisiana. This is a great opportunity to make new friends while learning about the natural beauty of Louisiana.
WHO: The event is open to Certified Louisiana Master Naturalists, those who have completed or are enrolled in courses, and the board/leadership of developing chapters. Due to space limitations, priority registration will be given to these individuals. After the initial registration periods for master naturalists, and subject to the space limitations of Camp Hardtner, spouses/partners of master naturalists may register for the program. The registrations for spouses/partners will be processed as they are received, until the 160 total available spots are filled. Participants must be 18 years old. While we understand the importance of including our children in master naturalist activities, Rendezvous 2018 is intended for adults only. We are looking at ways to include children in future activities, so please contact us with any suggestions.
WHERE: Camp Hardtner, Pollock, Louisiana. https://www.camphardtner.org/ Pollock is located in Grant Parish, approximately 15 miles north of Alexandria. Registration is limited to the first 160 participants due to space limitations at Camp Hardtner.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Camp Hardtner offers two types of accommodations, including hotel rooms and cottage beds in group cabins.
Hotel Rooms: hotel rooms are private, with two beds in each of the 22 hotel rooms. Most rooms have 2 beds, including a double and a twin or two twins. A few of the rooms have one queen bed. All hotel rooms have private bathrooms.
Group Cabins: There are also 10 cabins with 12 beds per cabin. These are twin-sized beds in a shared room. Each cabin has 3 toilets, 3 showers and 3 sinks. There will be separate cabins based upon gender and preferred bedtimes. Additionally, two cabins will be co-ed.
If you prefer to stay somewhere other than the hotel rooms or group cabins at Camp Hardtner, there are numerous hotels in the Pineville and Alexandria areas, approximately 10-15 miles from Pollock, LA. There is one local motel: MotelMax, 9693 US Highway 165, Pollock, LA 71467 (318) 765-2808, firstname.lastname@example.org. MotelMax has 10 rooms, each with 2 queen beds. The rate is $72.15 per night, possibly lower for 2 nights. MotelMax reports that they frequently have guests attending events at Camp Hardtner.
There are also various locations for tent camping and cabin rental in the area, including Stuart Lake Recreation Complex (318) 473-7160. Stuart Lake is located in Kisatchie National Forest, Pollock La. It is a pretty wilderness site on a small lake with associated hiking trails. This is primarily a tent campground with restroom facilities. The rate is $5 per night and is about a 15-20 min drive from Camp Hardtner. There is no power available for RVs. An RV campground is located in Bentley, LA, approximately 5 miles west of Pollock.
Camp Hardtner does not permit tent camping on its grounds.
HOW MUCH/HOW TO PAY:
Registration Cost per Bed Per Person:
• Hotel Bed $135 per person total for both nights (Friday and Saturday), double occupancy, meals included. Due to the limited number of hotel rooms, if you select this option, you should provide the name of a preferred roommate and ensure that they register promptly. Hotel rooms must be occupied by two people at the rate of $135 per person for both nights.
• Cottage Bed $90 per person total for both nights (Friday and Saturday), meals included
• Day Tripper or Non-Hardtner Accommodations $65 per person, no lodging provided, meals included Payments for Rendezvous 2018 can be made via PayPal or via check or money order.
We do not yet have the PayPal button activated, so you will need to access PayPal via the internet, as follows:
1. Go to www.PayPal.com
2. Select "My PayPal."
3. Select "Pay or Send Money."
4. Select "Pay for Goods or Services."
5. In the box for the email recipient, please enter the following: LaMastNatAssoc@gmail.com.
6. Insert the amount of the payment, $135, $90 or $65, depending upon selected accommodations.
7. Please specify the name of the master naturalist and the amount of the donation, if any, so that we can properly credit the payment, particularly if the account is in a different name than the master naturalist.
Checks/money orders should be made payable to LMNA and mailed to: Joe Baucum, P. O. Box 168, Barataria, LA 70036. Please consider making an additional donation to LMNA, as well. Please indicate Rendezvous 2018 and the name of the master naturalist in the Memo section of your check, so that we can properly credit the payment, particularly if the account is in a different name that the master naturalist.
HOW TO REGISTER: If you would like to register for Rendezvous 2018, please fill out the Rendezvous 2018 Registration Form and pay the fees listed above ($135, $90 or $65, depending on your desired accommodations). Registration requires both a completed Registration Form and the payment of registration costs. Completed Registrations (with Registration Form and payment received by LMNA) are processed as they are received. If you prefer to register manually, rather than online, please contact Maryann Hoskins for assistance at Chip1201@hotmail.com. (Note sure about how this works? Give it a try, it is very easy! Or, just contact Maryann for assistance.)
As the Louisiana Master Naturalist Association has 7 chapters in various stages of development, we want to ensure that all chapters have the opportunity to be fairly represented at Rendezvous 2018. The Board has established three phases of registration to allow priority registration to master naturalists from all chapters while permitting spouses/partners to also attend Rendezvous 2018, if space permits. During Phase 1, we will allocate a proportionate number of spaces for each chapter. During Phase 2, the remaining spaces will be open to members from any chapter. In Phase 3, spouses/partners may register for any remaining spaces. To recap, we will have three phases of registration as set forth below. Don’t worry about figuring out the details, just register as soon as you are able! We encourage you to register promptly to ensure the accommodations of your choice.
Phase 1: January 8 – January 28, 2018
Registration forms will be accepted from master naturalists, subject to an allocation for each chapter, based upon chapter size.
Phase 2: January 29, 2018 – February 28, 2018
Registrations will be accepted from all master naturalists, regardless of home chapter, subject to registration cap of 160 people.
Phase 3: March 1, 2018 – April 6, 2018
Registrations will be accepted from spouses/partners of master naturalists, subject to registration cap of 160 people.
MEALS: Each chapter will coordinate one of the five meals over the weekend: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner, and Sunday breakfast. You will receive additional information about your chapter’s meal in the near future.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Volunteers are needed for many additional tasks, so please indicate your interest on the Registration Form.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING:
• Bedding for a single bed or a sleeping bag
• Journal, binoculars, field guides, flashlight, insect repellant, sunscreen
• Items for the Naturalist Swap Table (Free/Barter with other Naturalists)
• Favorite field guides or nature books for temporary use at the Naturalist Library (write your name/contact info in it)
• Reusable water bottle/coffee mug, etc.
• Your own plate, cup, and utensils, etc.
• Any snacks, beverages, instruments you desire
• Cash or checks for book sales and silent auction
LMNA WILL PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING:
• All meals from Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast
• Continuing education hours
• Volunteer hours available
• A host of excellent programs, speakers, and other natural history activities
WANT MORE INFO? Additional information will be forwarded to chapter representatives as it is obtained. We will also post information here, so check back often!