Lunch, transportation, and a contribution to The Great Delta Tours are included in the cost of admission. Tour buses load from New Orleans Morial Convention Center - Halls H/I at 8:45 am; bus departs promptly at 9:00 am. Please anticipate 4.5 hours total onsite. Bus will arrive back at Convention Center by 1:30 pm.

Security Clearance Requirements: none.

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The Great Delta Tours will provide a unique, first- hand experience of the natural history, ecology, culture and economic forces of the Mississippi River delta. Enjoy a memorable excursion that follows the dynamic changes of the river as it developed one of the most distinctive and important American cities and coastal environments in the world. Our tour is an invigorating mix of adventure, human connection, and education.

The Tour highlights “off the beaten path” places that visitors rarely get to experience guided by local experts with an insider’s perspective. Experience “living history” as you travel through the original colonial city of La Nouvelle Orleans, as we discuss the ecological processes and constraints that governed the city’s colonial placement and expansion into surrounding cypress swamps. Explore the quaint “Islenos” fishing villages of Ycloskey and Shell Beach where seafood, served in the area’s celebrated restaurants, has been harvested for centuries. Immerse yourself in the majestic beauty and wildlife of the most expansive wetlands in the 48 states. See ghost forests created by coastal land loss, and witness first-hand the landscape changes that are exposing coastal inhabitants to increasing storm risks. Visit sediment diversions and shoreline reinforcements that are the key component of Louisiana’s strategy to restore its coastal wetlands. View the formidable new surge protection barriers put in place since Katrina. Understand the paradigm shift that has the area now embracing storm water in its future development.