March 15th - March 18th
Fontainebleau State Park
The Louisiana Master Naturalist Association (LMNA) is pleased to announce the 4th 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 2019 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.
WHEN: Rendezvous 2018 will take place from Friday, March 15th, 2018 through Sunday, March 17th, 2019. You may register for Rendezvous 2019 beginning in January by using our online registration form. A link will be provided here when registration opens.
WHY: Rendezvous 2019 should be an exciting, fun, educational, and noteworthy event. Rendezvous includes 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 period, and subject to the space limitations, registration will be opened up to guests of master naturalists. Participants must be 18 years old. We hope to have the resources to open Rendezvous up to minors in the future, but that has not been feasible so far.
WHERE: Fontainebleau State Park, located at 62883 LA-1089, Mandeville, LA 70471 (Website)
ACCOMMODATIONS: Find details of what arrangements are available at the venue here, once known.
HOW MUCH/HOW TO PAY:
Registration Cost per Bed Per Person will depend on the cost of the specific venue each year, but registration is typically in the $90-$135 range for overnight guests and $65 for daytime-only guests. Payments can be made by check, money order, or PayPal.
HOW TO REGISTER: Check back to find registration links on this page around New Year's, or ask your chapter leadership to make sure you are on the mailing list to receive information by email.
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!