Print-Friendly Version
Louisiana State Parks Calendar - click here for full calendar

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.
8/21/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Eclipse Viewing, Noon - 2:30 p.m.
Join the site staff for a viewing of the solar eclipse, which will see about 70-80% coverage in central Louisiana. There will be games, crafts, and educational information about eclipses. Viewing glasses and viewing cards will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups are asked to contact the site in advance, to plan their attendance of this rare event!
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/21/2017
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Eclipse Viewing, Noon - 3 p.m.
Join the site staff for a viewing of the solar eclipse, which will see about 80% coverage in north Louisiana. Viewing glasses and viewing cards will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups are asked to contact the site in advance, to plan their attendance of this rare event!
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 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
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
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 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 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
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.
8/27/2017
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.
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.

September  2017

9/2/2017
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Atlatl Demonstration, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Visitors are invited to come out and see how the Poverty Point people would have used this weapon for hunting. The ranger also will go over some tips and techniques for using this valuable tool, and participants will have the opportunity to test out their abilities.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
9/2/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Time Travelers - The Thunder of Cannons, 1810, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
View the smoke and fire of a cannon demonstration or dress in uniform, load, and fire one yourself 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.
9/2/2017
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville
Predator vs. Prey, 10 a.m.
Learn about wildlife in the park, focusing on predator/prey relationships. One of the several topics for discussion will be how to identify the predator from the prey using their skulls.
For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
9/3/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The 1810 West Florida Rebellion, 1 - 4 p.m.
Visit the camp of a Spanish soldier, as a period-clothed ranger explains about life for colonial soldiers, the revolution, and the role of St. Francisville as the first capital. Visitors will also see what the soldiers wore, learn about their daily lives, and watch a black powder musket demonstration.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/3/2017
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Tool Demonstration, 1 - 4 p.m.
Come and watch the rangers demonstrate the tools used by early inhabitants to build, hunt and create other articles used in their culture.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
9/9/2017
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Saturdays for Kids, 10 a.m. - noon.
Bring the kids out for a special seasonal two-hour program, weather permitting. Registration is $10 per child. Follow the site on Facebook for information about the specific activities.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
9/9/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
With Pen and Ink, Noon - 4 p.m.
Youth and the young at heart get an opportunity to try their hand at pen or quill and ink as they discover letter writing in the early 1800s. Discover how quill pens were made and take home your own.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/9/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Hummingbirds, 2 p.m.
The hummingbird is a tiny, fascinating bird seen from spring to fall each year. Join the Arboretum staff to learn how to attract hummingbirds to your yard with flowers and feeders.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
9/10/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A Country Tea, 1 - 3 p.m.
Oakley House continues its ongoing tea series with a light country tea. Take a taste of tea, learn of tea traditions, and even make your own butter for your bread.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/16/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Jane Austen School for Young Ladies, 1 - 3 p.m.
Step back into the early 19th century and experience life for young ladies in 1821. Activities will include speaking with the fan, social etiquette, and making bath salts that you can take home.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/16/2017
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville
Animal Cooling Systems, 10 a.m.
Join the site ranger for a hands-on program discussing animal "air conditioning systems." This presentation will highlight how different species cool off during the heat of the day.
For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
9/16/2017
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Tatting Through the Ages, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tatting is an old form of lace making using the knotting method with thread instead of rope. In this class, learn how to both the shuttle and the needle to tat. Supplies will be provided; however, if you already have a shuttle or needle please bring them. Preregistration is required, as there are only 20 spaces available. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
9/16/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Compass Scavenger Hunt, 2 p.m.
Come to the nature center and learn how to use a compass and read a map. Visitors will then embark on an adventure through the Arboretum using a map and compass. Along the way visitors will find various features of the Arboretum, including plants and animals.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
9/16/2017
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
A Honorable Walk - St. Denis´ Birthday, 10 a.m.
Fort St Jean Baptiste State Historic Site´s staff will honor and celebrate St Denis´s birthday with a walking tour, weather permitting. Book your walk with fort staff and find out where St. Denis hung his hat when not on duty at the fort. Bring water and wear your walking shoes. The fee for this special walking tour is $5 per person.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
9/16/2017
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Become a Civil War Living Historian, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
In this introduction to the world of Reenacting and Volunteerism, learn about the uniforms, drill, how to cook over an open flame, and how to fire the weapons of the Civil War era. Training is open to those over the age of 16; 8 slots are available for this program and pre-registration is required by September 9.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
9/17/2017
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 with a park ranger and discover life for the enslaved at Oakley Plantation. Included in the tour are outbuildings and the slave cabins. Please be aware this is a 45-minute walking tour across uneven ground.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/20/2017 to 9/24/2017
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Sugarcane to Cane Sugar, 10 a.m.
Come to Longfellow-Evangeline´s visitor center and watch an informative video about one of Louisiana´s oldest cash crop, sugarcane. Learn how sugar was planted, harvested and granulated in the past and in modern times
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/23/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
King Corn, Noon - 4 p.m.
Step back into the early 19th century at Audubon State Historic Site and explore the many uses for corn on a plantation. See grinding demonstrations, try hominy and hoe cakes, or try your hand at shelling and making corn husk dolls.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/23/2017
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.
9/23/2017
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.
9/24/2017
Black Bear Golf Club, Delhi
September 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, Sept. 21.
For more information call toll free or 318.878.2162 locally.
9/30/2017
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Gone But Not Forgotten: Mansfield Cemetery Tour, 3:30 p.m.
Over the span of Mansfield´s history the town has experienced disease, war, and intrigue. All of these events end with someone´s interment in the Mansfield City Cemetery, the focus of this walking tour. Come learn some of the back stories of how those now resting in this cemetery exhausted themselves trying to stay out of it. Participants should meet at Mansfield SHS´ visitor center.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
9/30/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Is this Tree Going to Hit My House?, 10 a.m.
Learn how to measure tree height, diameter, and density. Participants will be allowed to try out some of the tools that foresters use to measure trees and will even learn how to measure trees in their own yard.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
9/30/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Squirrels, 2 p.m.
Come learn about the types of squirrels that live in the Arboretum, how they live in the wild, and why they are so important to the forest. There also will be a ranger-led hike out into the forest to see squirrels in their natural habitat.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
9/30/2017
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Public Lands Day, 9 - 11 a.m.
In recognition of Public Lands Day, volunteers and staff will work together to clean trails, remove liter/debris, and conduct site beautification projects throughout the site.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/30/2017
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
National Public Lands Clean-up Day, 12:30 p.m.
Volunteers with the assistance of park staff will spend the afternoon removing litter and rubbish from the banks of Foster´s Creek. Participants are encouraged to bring rubber boots, water, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Rubber gloves and trash bags will be provided by the site.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.