Guillot honored for third time

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 1, 2008

Harry Hurst Middle School science teacher Barry J. Guillot of Luling was recently honored as the Louisiana Wildlife Federation Conservation Educator of the Year for his innovations in environmental service-learning with the nationally recognized Hurst Middle LaBranche Wetland Watchers Program participated in by over 1,200  fifth thru eighth grade students each year.

The award, a handsome statuette of a white-tailed deer, was presented at the 44th Conservation Achievement Recognition Banquet held at the Holiday Inn in New Iberia where the Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) convened for its 69th Annual Meeting.  The awards were presented by Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Robert Barham, representing Governor Bobby Jindal, and Dr. Earl Matthew, Region 8 Director of the National Wildlife Federation. Guillot has been honored with the same award in 2000 during Governor Foster’s administration and in 2004 during Governor Blanco’s administration.

According to LWF Executive Director Randy Lanctot, “Barry’s work in bringing the lessons and experience of nature to his students is unparalleled.  He is an outstanding example of education excellence, and the Louisiana Wildlife Federation is proud to recognize him once again as the Conservation Educator of the Year.”

The Louisiana Wildlife Federation is a statewide conservation education and advocacy organization with over 10,000 members and 25 affiliate groups.  Established in 1940, it is affiliated with the National Wildlife Federation and represents a broad constituency of conservationists including hunters, fishers, campers, birders, boaters, and other outdoor enthusiasts.