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July  2017

7/1/2017
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Prehistoric Pottery Making, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Attendees can try their hand at creating prehistoric-styled pottery items such as figurines, decorated clay objects, coiled clay pots, and clay pipes All materials will be provided; it is recommended that you wear clothing appropriate for clay-working.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
7/1/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Explore the Civil War, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Explore the Civil War in Louisiana and the life of a soldier through a series of ranger-led demonstrations and activities held on the half hour. These include making your own Civil War cartridge, tasting hardtack, trying on uniforms, building siege items, and more!
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/1/2017
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville
Independence Day Fun-n-Games, 10 a.m.
Join the staff of the Otis House Museum for an Independence Day Celebration. Participate in a watermelon seed spitting contest, sack races, hoola-hoop contest and water balloon toss. The Otis House will be festooned with bunting, and artifacts that reflect patriotism during WWII will be displayed and discussed during the guided tour.
For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
7/1/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Alligators, 2 p.m.
Learn about the apex predator of Chicot Lake and what makes them so important and interesting. Then visit with the nature center alligator and go out to the lake to spot larger alligators.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/2/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Sunday Nature Program, 11 a.m.
Nature activities will feature a particular season through guided hikes, nature videos, crafts and information on featured flora and fauna of the Arboretum.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/2/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
An Enslaved Life Tour, 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.
Take a guided tour of the plantation yard and discover the world of the enslaved at Oakley Plantation. Explore the various outbuildings and slave quarters with a park ranger, as they reveal the lives of the hundreds of people that worked at Oakley. Please be aware this is a 45-minute walking tour over uneven ground.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/8/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A Taste of Tea, Noon - 3 p.m.
Sample a sumptuous selection of carefully-chosen specialty teas from the Colonial and Victorian periods and discover the roots and etiquette of the Afternoon Tea.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/8/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature in the Park, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Nature in the Park – held at the playground in Chicot State Park – encourages our visitors to spend some time out-of-doors exploring nature through programs designed for the entire family. Play games, make a craft or touch a snake!
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/8/2017
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Mansfield Battlefield Walking Tour, 11 a.m.
Enjoy an extensive tour of the park grounds, while learning about troop locations and personal stories associated with the Civil War battle fought at the site. Also discussed will be the importance of battlefield preservation.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
7/9/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Dead of Locust Grove, 1 - 4 p.m.
Learn about the inhabitants of the historic Locust Grove cemetery through figures such as Sarah Knox Taylor, the daughter of President Zachary Taylor and short lived wife of Jefferson Davis, and Eleazar Ripley, Major General and Hero of the War of 1812. This presentation, along with a short class on gravestone rendering, will take place at Locust Grove State Historic Site.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/10/2017 to 7/23/2017
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
History Mythbusters, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., on the hour.
Common historical myths will be examined, looking at the factual information and circumstances behind them as well as the research that later disproved them.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
7/12/2017 to 7/14/2017
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Leap into the Past Summer Camp: Survivor Kids, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Children age 5-12 can learn 18th-century survival skills including creating a temporary shelter, fire starting, identifying edible plants, and telling time and direction based on the sun. Registration for each camp is $50; children attending multiple camps will receive a discount price of $30 after attending one camp at full price. Registration is limited to 20 participants per camp.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
7/15/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Invasive Species, 2 p.m.
Learn about invasive species, one of the threats to the preservation of the Arboretum. Also take a hike and learn how ordinary people can help in solving this problem.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/15/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Oakley ´Young Naturalist´ Program, 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.
Let your young naturalist explore the world of John James Audubon through hands on-activities. There will be opportunities to explore and make their own food chain as well as reproduce both Audubon Birds drawn at Oakley and their own artwork, along the sites nature trails.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/15/2017
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville
Amazing Bats!, 10 a.m.
Learn amazing fun and fascinating facts about these unique flying mammals while dispelling movie myths about them! Preserved bats in acrylic and by taxidermy will be on display to show their special adaptations. After the presentation, learn the steps and materials necessary to build a simple bat house.
For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
7/16/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Bird Feeder Workshop, 1 - 3 p.m.
Help provide our feathered friends with food while recycling. Participants will have an opportunity to make their own bird feeder made of empty water bottles. Help the environment in two ways at once!
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/19/2017 to 7/21/2017
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Leap into the Past Summer Camp: Plants & Animals, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Children age 5-12 will learn to identify plants and flowers, study plants under a microscope, identify animal tracks, bird watch, and fish. Registration for each camp is $50; children attending multiple camps will receive a discount price of $30 after attending one camp at full price. Registration is limited to 20 participants per camp.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
7/22/2017
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Kite Day, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The flying of kites has been a great recreational activity in the United States for over 200 years, so take time to come out to the park and enjoy this great activity! Bring your own kite which you made or bought and come enjoy the open space the site has to offer.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
7/22/2017
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Earth Oven Demonstration, 11 a.m.
Visitors will have a chance to observe how the prehistoric people used earth ovens cooking food. They also will learn about the different shapes of PPOs to regulate heat, among other interesting details connected to earth oven cooking.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
7/22/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Time Travelers - The Roar of Muskets, 1810, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Experience the feel of the woolen coats buttoned tight, the weight of the musket as it kicks back to your shoulder, or the roar of the muzzle blast as you travel back over 200 years in a moment. Program participation is for visitors age 16 and up.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/22/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature Journaling, 10 a.m.
Nature journaling is a great way to learn about and document the world around you. Learn some basic techniques to get started in this class.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/22/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature Craft, 2 p.m.
Join the site naturalists in making a fun nature-themed craft to take home.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/26/2017 to 7/28/2017
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Leap into the Past Summer Camp: Marines and Spies, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Children age 5-12 can become immersed in 18th-century French Marine life – learning to drill, make maps, use a compass, create a flag, tie knots, and make rope. In addition, children will learn about 18th century spy techniques, write letters with invisible ink, decipher codes, and more. Registration for each camp is $50; children attending multiple camps will receive a discount price of $30 after attending one camp at full price. Registration is limited to 20 participants per camp.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
7/29/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature Apps, 2 p.m.
Smartphones are wonderful tools to enhance your experience with nature. Visitors will get a short demonstration of some of the interesting and useful outdoor apps followed by a short hike to demonstrate the apps on the trail.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/29/2017
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
Guided Canoe Tour, 9 - 11 a.m.
Join the site naturalist for a guided canoe tour of Chicot Lake. Canoeing experience is recommended. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. You may bring your own canoe or kayak but still need to register.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/29/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Stories of the Art of Audubon, 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.
Discover the stories behind some of the artwork created by John James Audubon while at Oakley Plantation. Hear the stories behind the creation of many of his more famous pieces such as the rattlesnake and mockingbird, turkey, and red headed woodpecker.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/31/2017
Black Bear Golf Club, Delhi
July Scramble, 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. starts.
Two-person scramble; $60/person entry fee includes greens fee, cart, range, prizes, and meal. Register by Thursday, July 27.
For more information call toll free or 318.878.2162 locally.

August  2017

8/2/2017
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Are the dog days of summer bringing you down? Don´t let the heat keep you away from Longfellow-Evangeline SHS. In recognition of National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Les Amis de Longfellow-Evangeline SHS will be providing complimentary ice cream sandwiches to visitors throughout the day.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
8/5/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Time Travelers - A Roar of Muskets, Civil War, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Experience the feel of the woolen coats buttoned tight, the weight of the musket as it kicks back to your shoulder, or the roar of the muzzle blast as you travel back over 150 years in a moment. Program participation is for age 16 and up.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/5/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Attracting Butterflies & Moths with Native Plants, 2 p.m.
Native plants are essential for hosting the egg laying and larval stages critical to the life cycle of many butterflies and moths. The flowers of native plants provide an abundance of pollen and nectar for adult butterflies and moths. Learn which native plants attract butterflies and moths such as the Giant Swallowtail and the Luna Moth.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/5/2017
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Hunter-Gatherer Plant Hike, 9:30 a.m.
Get a look at some of the plants which would have been eaten and used by the ancient Native Americans as part of their "medicine cabinet" centuries ago. The hike will follow an introductory film in the museum.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
8/6/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Curator´s Tour of the Museum, 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.
Join a curator-led tour of the site´s museum displays, as well as select items from the archives or collections storage that are rarely seen.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/12/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Hand that Heals, Noon - 4 p.m.
Discover medicine and medical practices used by Lucretia Pierre at Oakley Plantation in 1821. Find out how an herb garden would double as an early medicine cabinet for the apothecary.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/12/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Puppet Show, 2 p.m.
Come to the nature center for a puppet show and meet the cast of the Louisiana State Arboretum. Show topics range from pollution to wildlife habitat. Visitors will also be able to make their own puppet to take home.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/12/2017
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Civil War Surgery and Medicine, 2 p.m.
The presentation will be held inside the museum. A reproduction amputation field kit will be on display, and the instruments contained in it will be used to illustrate how surgeons treated battlefield wounds. Also discussed will be the various diseases and illnesses contracted by the soldiers, and how disease ravaged the ranks of both North and South.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
8/13/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A Touch of Color, Noon - 4 p.m.
Discover the world of natural dyes used in early Louisiana with both a ranger-led demonstration and interactive activities.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/19/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Stories of the Art of Audubon, 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.
Discover the stories behind some of the artwork created by John James Audubon while at Oakley Plantation. Hear the stories behind the creation of many of his more famous pieces such as the rattlesnake and mockingbird, turkey, and red headed woodpecker.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/19/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Tips for Ticks, Mosquitoes and Other Biting Bugs, 2 p.m.
Many insects can bite and sting you in the outdoors. Even though they are aggravating, they many times serve important roles in their habitats. Visitors will get an overview of "annoying" insects, how to deal with them, and hopefully come away with a new understanding for their purposes in the wild.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/20/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A Taste of the Past, 1 - 3 p.m.
Discover drinks of the past and have a taste of Spruce Beer, Birch Beer, Ginger Beer, and Sarsaparila. Find out what "give me two bits" meant in the taverns of old Bayou Sara.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/26/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Bird Feeder Workshop, 1 - 4 p.m.
Help provide our feathered friends with food while recycling. Participants will have an opportunity to make their own bird feeder made of empty water bottles. Help the environment in two ways at once!
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/26/2017
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
Guided Canoe Tour, 9-11 a.m.
Join the site naturalist for a guided canoe tour of Chicot Lake. Canoeing experience is recommended. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. You may bring your own canoe but still need to register.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/26/2017
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Basket Weaving Workshop, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Participants, ages 13 and up, can come and learn the basics of basket weaving and even personalize their own basket. The workshop – taught by local basket weaver Robert Odgen – will take place in the Archaeology Lab. Preregistration is required, as only 15 spots are available. It is also recommended to bring a bag lunch and enjoy a picnic on the grounds.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
8/26/2017
Los Adaes State Historic Site, Robeline
Native Edible Plants for Your Landscape, 2 p.m.
Interest has grown in foraging for native edible plants in recent years. Many of the plants commonly seen in the wild have edible berries, leaves, flower and even roots. The nice thing is that you don´t have to go into the wild to find them – many of them will thrive in your yard.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
8/27/2017
Black Bear Golf Club, Delhi
August Scramble, 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. starts.
Two-person scramble; $60/person entry fee includes greens fee, cart, range, prizes, and meal. Register by Thursday, Aug. 24.
For more information call toll free or 318.878.2162 locally.
8/27/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Life in the Shallows, 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.
Explore life for our friends in the pond at Audubon State Historic Site. Take part in your very own ranger-led exploration to see what swims, crawls, slithers, hops, or even flies about the edges of the pond and their place in the ecosystem. This program is designed to allow young explorers basic knowledge of pond life.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.