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Westbatonrougemuseum.com Friday, September 1st, 2017
Lunchtime Lecture
“The Atchafalaya River Basin, An Ecological and Personal Perspective”
Friday, September 15th at Noon, Free
In conjunction with its current "Water Trails of the Atchafalaya" exhibit, West Baton Rouge Museum is hosting a lunchtime lecture featuring Dr. Bryan Piazza from the Nature Conservancy. Dr. Piazza will speak on “The Atchafalaya River Basin, An Ecological and Personal Perspective” on Friday, September 15 at Noon.
Dr. Bryan Piazza, director of freshwater and marine science for The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana, provides scientific support and strategic guidance for freshwater and coastal conservation and restoration projects in Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico coast and the Mississippi River basin. He has published on a number of conservation and restoration topics and is the author of a book titled The Atchafalaya River Basin – History and Ecology of an American Wetland.
Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Dr. Piazza applied research in aquatic systems across the Louisiana coast, particularly focused on the effects of re-connecting the Mississippi River to its coastal wetlands and restoring oyster reefs. He has developed ecological metrics to measure restoration success and has experience developing coastal policy, managing habitat restoration projects, developing monitoring protocols, and installing scientific monitoring instrumentation. One of Dr. Piazza’s current projects includes the Atchafalaya River Basin Initiative – conservation and restoration of America’s largest river swamp.
Admission for this program is FREE. Audience members are welcome to bring a bag lunch. 
Lunchtime Lecture
“Atchafalaya Basin: The River of Trees”
Thursday, September 21st at Noon, Free
In conjunction with its current "Water Trails of the Atchafalaya" exhibit, West Baton Rouge Museum is hosting a lunchtime lecture featuring Dean Wilson who will discuss “Atchafalaya Basin: The River of Trees” on Thursday, September 21 at Noon. Dean Wilson is the Executive Director of Atchafalaya Basin Keeper, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the ecosystems within the Atchafalaya Basin.
 Admission for this program is FREE. Audience members are welcome to bring a bag lunch. 
Announcing “Enrichment Mondays” at the West Baton Rouge Museum
Beginning in September, the West Baton Rouge Museum will be offering monthly training on various topics on “Enrichment  Mondays” the 3rd Monday of each month. Current volunteers, staffers, and interested community members are invited to attend. Each month will feature a different topic that highlights a particular skill or activity the museum wishes to explore. In preparation for SugarFest, the Monday, September 18th topic will focus on permanent exhibits and various interpretative stations.
Sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. Interested participants should contact Gwenn LaViolette, Museum Educator, for more details at (225) 336-2422 ext. 16 or email gwenn.laviolette@gmail.com. There is no fee for participation.

Call for Volunteers for West Baton Rouge Museum’s SugarFest
A volunteer orientation meeting will be held at the West Baton Rouge Museum on Tuesday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m. where interested parties can sign up for shifts and positions. There are many opportunities to get involved. Volunteer positions needed include serving as greeters, setting up and taking down, serving as tour guides for exhibits or one of the historic buildings on the museum’s campus, decorating, serving as a runner for the artist demonstrators, and more. Requirements for becoming a SugarFest volunteer include enjoying serving the public, being committed to fulfilling assigned shifts, and if at all possible attending orientation.
The sweet success of SugarFest is dependent upon the support of a large volunteer force each year. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, build a resume and give back the local community! Individuals and organizations are welcome to sign up. Volunteer positions are available for adults and youth. Anyone interested in volunteering should call 225-336-2422 x 14.
845 N. Jefferson Avenue, Port Allen, LA 70767 225-336-2422 Ext.15
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