The AMS ESG and SEM ESIG are sponsoring three outings in conjunction with the Ecomusicologies 2012 pre-conference and the AMS/SEM/SMT Annual Meeting.

Cancer Alley/River Road Reality Tour, Monday, 29 October 2012, midday-4:30pm ($30, preference given to pre-conference attendees, limited to 10).  This tour is a drive through “Cancer Alley” along River Road, which follows the Mississippi River through a number of communities affected by industrial facilities in the area.  The tour will be led by a Sierra Club New Orleans activist who has been leading such tours for decades.  It’s a unique opportunity to come face-to-face with some of the realities of pollution affecting the people and the natural beauty of the area.

Honey Island Swamp Tour, Wednesday , 31 October 2012, midday-evening ($75, open to anyone attending the pre-conference and/or the AMS/SEM/SMT meeting).  Join us for a visit to the Pearl River Wildlife Refuge (transportation provided) and have a guided boat tour of a river swamp, the 250-square-mile Honey Island Swamp (some of which is a permanently-protected wildlife area). The tour will be lead by a professional company.

Barataria Preserve Hike, Sunday , 4 November 2012, 2-6pm (we will return to the airport by 6pm and then continue back to the conference hotel area; $20, open to anyone attending the pre-conference or the AMS/SEM/SMT meeting). We will hike in the Barataria Preserve of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The Preserve is a short drive outside of New Orleans (transportation provided) and is an oasis of live oaks and bald cypress trees, alligators, and countless bird and plant species. It’s an opportunity to encounter some of natural beauty of the area and experience Louisiana’s disappearing wetlands. This event is currently full; no further registrations will be accepted.

To participate in any of the ESG-ESIG outings, please register either via your preferred professional society — either AMS or SEM or SMT — when you register for the joint meeting or, for those not also attending AMS/SEM/SMT, via the “Ala-carte Ticket Purchasing” on this page.