Thursday, January 17, 2013

Texas Natural Resources/ Environmental Literacy Summit


Join education, environmental and natural resource leaders in advancing the Texas Natural Resources/Environmental Literacy Plan.

Join education, environmental, and natural resource leaders in advancing natural resource/environmental literacy as the new Texas Natural Resource / Environmental Literacy Plan is presented at the Summit on January 25, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. This is an exciting time for Texas and we hope you will be part of this effort in advancing natural resource/environmental literacy. 

The purpose of the Natural Resource/ Environmental Literacy Summit is to present the plan to professionals from formal and informal education, natural resources, government, non-profit, and industry interested in natural resource/environmental education and outreach. Through this presentation, the participants of the summit will become familiar with the plan and identify next steps for implementation.

The Natural Resource/Environmental Literacy Summit Committee is proud Mrs. Laura Bush, Former First Lady, will serve as the keynote speaker for the Summit.  Mrs. Bush recently founded Taking Care of Texas (, which aims to spur conservation efforts that benefit communities, build on the success of others, and inspire all Texans to join in.

The program will also feature special guest speakers Carter Smith, Executive Director of Texas Parks and Wildlife; Bora Simmons, Director for the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education and Jose"Pepe" Marcos-Iga, North American Association for Environmental Education Board President.

Endorsement Opportunity - Organizations who agree overall with the content and strategy of the Texas Natural Resource/Environmental Literacy Plan, and its alignment with their mission, please contact: Tom Arsuffi, We will list your organization's endorsement in the frontal piece of the Plan and on the Plan's website.

3233 N. St. Mary's
San Antonio, TX 78212

Online pre-registration for the Summit is now open. Click here to register.

Pre-registration Rate: $35
On-site registration: $50

Hotel Accommodations
A room block has been reserved for summit participants under the name San Antonio River Authority. These rooms are on a first come first serve basis at the rate of $85 per night plus tax for January 24 and 25. The room block rate is guaranteed until December 24, 2012.  Discount will still apply after that time, if rooms remain. Please book your room as soon as possible.

El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel
110 Lexington Avenue

San Antonio, TX 78205

Reservations: 877.214.9768 or

Opening Reception

The opening reception, sponsored by the San Antonio Zoo and Sea World, will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 6:30-8:00 PM at the San Antonio Zoo. Get eye to eye with the Zoo's hippos while enjoying drinks and heavy appetizers inside the Zoo's exclusive indoor African gallery.

SAN ANTONIO ZOO – 3903 N St Mary's – – closest parking will be the small lot to right of the main entrance. The Zoo is located just blocks from the conference site and conference participants may arrange early access into the Zoo on 1/24, by calling 210/734-7184 ext 1501.

Agenda & Draft PlanWill be posted on the following website closer to the event date. To view the plan:

Breakout Sessions
The breakout sessions will consist of the six goals laid out in the NR/ELP and will provide a small group setting for Summit participants to provide immediate feedback to the plan. Panels of experts and NR/ELP writers will provide guidance and structure to these feedback sessions.

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