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April  2020

Third Saturday of Each Month5/18/2019 to 6/20/2020
Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville
Dutch Oven Cooking, 9 a.m.
The Louisiana Dutch Oven Society promotes the opportunity for all Dutch oven cooks to gather and improve their skills through friendly Dutch Oven Gatherings. All visitors are invited to attend.
For more information call 888.677.5200 toll free or 318.368.2086 locally.
Tuesdays and Sundays each week7/1/2019 to 6/30/2020
Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville
Primitive Woodworking, 1 p.m.
Volunteers will demonstrate the use of a shaving horse, froe, draw knife, hand saw and a pocket knife to make useful wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, tool handles, hiking sticks, canes and slingshot forks.
For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
As requested1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Lost Arts: Medical Practices, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
School groups will learn about the primitive medical techniques from the 1800s and Civil War. It will be a demonstration with participation from the kids.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
As requested1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Lost Arts: Medical Practices, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
School groups will learn about the primitive medical techniques from the 1800s and Civil War. It will be a demonstration with participation from the kids.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
4/3/2020
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A Birdīs Life, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
This two station program introduces Home School students to the world of birds. They will discover how they live, how they interact with the world, and what they in turn provide for us without our even noticing! Included is a chance to play games of worm hunting, and taking home a bird feeder they make themselves. Program level grades 1-5. Outdoor. Program length approximately 1 hour.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
4/4/2020
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Primitive Fire Starting, 11 a.m.
Visitors will learn how the Native Americans of Poverty Point may have created fire more than 3,500 years ago. Without electricity, the ability to start fires from scratch would have been an essential part of everyday life. Demonstrations will include the use of a bow drill to start a fire.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
4/4/2020
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Battlefield Tour and Living History, Tour at 2 p.m., living history program 10 - 2
To commemorate the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Mansfield, park staff will conduct a special guided tour of the Mansfield battlefield and living history presentation. This will feature the typical uniform and equipment soldiers wore and carried in the field, along with musket loading and firing demonstrations.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
4/4/2020
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Battle of Pleasant Hill Presentation, 11 a.m.
Visitors will learn about this largest Civil War engagement on the Mississippi involving over 30,000 troops. A large-screen presentation by the park historian featuring photos, battlefield maps, will be included.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
4/5/2020
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m.
Easter was an important holiday that was celebrated here at Rosedown. Children will be able to roam the grounds looking for eggs and enjoy 19th century games. Prizes will be awarded for the egg hunt.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
4/6/2020
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
National Tartan Day, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
National Tartan Day honors and celebrates Scottish culture and the role it has played in the development of the United States. Daniel Turnbull, who built Rosedown Plantation, was of Scottish descent. On this day Rosedown will fly the Turnbull Clan flag and decorate the house in the Turnbull Clan tartan. The public is invited to dress in their family tartans to help celebrate National Tartan Day.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
4/6/2020
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
National Tartan Day, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
National Tartan Day honors and celebrates Scottish culture and the role it has played in the development of the United States. Daniel Turnbull, who built Rosedown Plantation, was of Scottish descent. On this day Rosedown will fly the Turnbull Clan flag and decorate the house in the Turnbull Clan tartan. The public is invited to dress in their family tartans to help celebrate National Tartan Day.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
4/11/2020
Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles
Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt for kids 0-12. Games, Food trucks, etc and lots and lots of eggs to find.
For more information call 888.677.7264 toll free or 337.855.2665 locally.
4/11/2020
Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles
Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt for kids 0-12. Games, Food trucks, etc and lots and lots of eggs to find.
For more information call 888.677.7264 toll free or 337.855.2665 locally.
4/11/2020
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m.
The Annual Easter Egg Hunt for children 12 and under.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/18/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Foraging for Wild Edibles, 2 p.m.
Join our site naturalist to explore the trails of the arboretum and learn some basic guidelines that will ensure that foraging remains safe and sustainable. Foraging for wild food is a great way to experience the natural world.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/18/2020
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Civil War Living History , 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
See the Civil War in Louisiana come to life as volunteers from the 10th Brigade of Louisiana State Militia will be on hand showing life for the typical Confederate soldier. See the kitchens of Oakley Plantation in use as prepare the soldiers meal using period recipes and techniques. The program is included with the standard park grounds fee.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
4/18/2020
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Earth Day Hike, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Join park ranger as he leads a nature hike on the Earth Day 2020 Theme - Climate Change. Participants will visit eight environmental niches within the park as the ranger leads dicussions on the six of this yearīs most important issues in environmental and human health. Water, closed-toe shoes, insect repellent, and a hat are recommended. Fee for hike is $4 in addition to entrance fee.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/18/2020
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Battle of Pleasant Hill Presentation, 11 a.m.
Visitors will learn about this largest Civil War engagement on the Mississippi involving over 30,000 troops. A large-screen presentation by the park historian featuring photos, battlefield maps, will be included.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
4/22/2020
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Be Nice to Bees! - Earth Day, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
This program geared toward Home School Students will be an introduction to bees. Students will discover how they live, how they interact with the world, and what they in turn provide for us without our even noticing! Included is a chance to make a small bees wax candle and taste different kinds of honey. Program level grades 1-5. Outdoor. Program length approximately 1 hour.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
4/25/2020
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Ranger-Guided Hike, 9:30 a.m.
Participants will enjoy the 2.6-mile hiking trail while on a guided tour around the unique prehistoric earthworks located on the site. There will be a discussion on the earthworks and how the mounds were built, along with any other wonders of nature seen along the way. Donīt forget the comfortable clothes and walking shoes; visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/25/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Native Wildflowers, 2 p.m.
Explore which native wildflowers are best for your growing conditions and why planting them can be so rewarding. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native butterflies, insects, birds and other animals.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/25/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Guided Canoe Tour, 9 a.m. - 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. Participants may bring own canoe but must also register. 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.
4/25/2020
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
Guided Canoe Tour, 9 a.m. - 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. Participants may bring own canoe but must also register.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/25/2020
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Park Day, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
In partnership with the American Battlefield Trust, volunteers wishing to donate time and a little labor are needed to help park staff with outdoor tasks such as light trail maintenance and park grounds cleanup. Work gloves and outdoor clothing/footwear recommended. Volunteer space is limited; pre-registration is required by April 19.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
4/25/2020
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Spring on the Frontier, 10 a.m . - 4 p.m.
Visitors to the site are welcomed to tour the site, visit with re-enactors, and enjoy a day in the Spring activities. Weather permitted. Special event pricing, ages 4 and up will be $5 per person.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
4/26/2020
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Dead of Locust Grove Cemetery, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Visit one of the many historic cemetaries in Louisiana and learn about the inhabitants of Locust Grove Plantation. The plantation once owned by Luther Smith and Anna Davis Smith, sister of Jefferson Davis, became the final resting place for many figures important in the early history of Louisiana. Experience history through figures like Sarah Knox Taylor, the daughter of President Zachary Taylor and short lived wife of Jefferson Davis, who died at Locust Grove Plantation.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

May  2020

Third Saturday of Each Month5/18/2019 to 6/20/2020
Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville
Dutch Oven Cooking, 9 a.m.
The Louisiana Dutch Oven Society promotes the opportunity for all Dutch oven cooks to gather and improve their skills through friendly Dutch Oven Gatherings. All visitors are invited to attend.
For more information call 888.677.5200 toll free or 318.368.2086 locally.
Tuesdays and Sundays each week7/1/2019 to 6/30/2020
Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville
Primitive Woodworking, 1 p.m.
Volunteers will demonstrate the use of a shaving horse, froe, draw knife, hand saw and a pocket knife to make useful wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, tool handles, hiking sticks, canes and slingshot forks.
For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
As requested1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Lost Arts: Medical Practices, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
School groups will learn about the primitive medical techniques from the 1800s and Civil War. It will be a demonstration with participation from the kids.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
As requested1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Lost Arts: Medical Practices, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
School groups will learn about the primitive medical techniques from the 1800s and Civil War. It will be a demonstration with participation from the kids.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
5/2/2020
Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville
ULM Trio Educational Talent Search, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Talent Search is a federal Trio program aimed at increasing high school graduation and college enrollment and graduation of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. This is an educational mentoring program.
For more information call 888.677.5200 toll free or 318.368.2086 locally.
5/2/2020
Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville
ULM Trio Educational Talent Search, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Talent Search is a federal Trio program aimed at increasing high school graduation and college enrollment and graduation of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. This is an educational mentoring program.
For more information call 888.677.5200 toll free or 318.368.2086 locally.
5/7/2020
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
What Tree Is That? Audubon Discovery Series, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Home School groups are invited to explore the world of trees in this hands-on Audubon Discovery program. Students will learn how to identify a tree, how trees grow, and introduced to the many sorts of pine. They will also plant trees and take home their own. Preregistration required and class limit for students is 30. Class material oriented towards elementary school age.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/9/2020
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
To Weave or Not To Weave?, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Follow the journey from sheep or cotton bowl to the loom in early Louisiana. Discover what a spinning ginny is or try your hand at carding wool. See demonstrations of spinning and see weaving on an original plantation loom. The program will be ongoing from 1 PM-3 PM and is covered in your site admission fee.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/9/2020
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Migratory Bird Day Morning Hike, 8 a.m. - Noon
Meet at the visitor center and join a ranger led birdwatching hike through the grounds of Port Hudson State Historic Site. Early summer is a great time to view the returning migrants. Learn and use bird identification and field mark skills. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
5/9/2020
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Migratory Bird Day Morning Hike, 8 a.m. - Noon
Meet at the visitor center and join a ranger led birdwatching hike through the grounds of Port Hudson State Historic Site. Early summer is a great time to view the returning migrants. Learn and use bird identification and field mark skills. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
5/9/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Bird Calls and Songs, 2 p.m.
Visitors can participate in the International Migratory Bird Day and celebrate birds through song. Learn the calls and songs of the birds of the Arboretum and then practice those calls outside. Binoculars will be provided so that visitors can confirm what they are hearing.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/16/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Lodge Hike, 2 p.m.
Visitors will experience the other side of the Arboretumīs rolling topography and beech-magnolia climax forest. Meet at the old entrance which is located a mile and half north of the Chicot State Park entrance gate on Highway 3042.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/16/2020
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
A Day in the Life of the Early Acadian Child, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
An opportunity for kids to experience life in the early 1800s as an Acadian child. Children will be encouraged to participate in chores (such as working in the garden, seeding cotton, making butter, etc.) as well as have the opportunity to play games the Acadian children enjoyed. Staff will be dressed in historic costumes and a limited number of childrenīs costumes will be available on a first come, first saved basis. Refreshments will be served. Preregistration is required.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
5/16/2020
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Kids to Parks Day, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Young visitors are welcome to join in different activities throughout the day. Activities include sock moccasins at 10 a.m. and atlatl demonstratons at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Regularly scheduled, ranger-guided tram tours of the earthworks will be available throughout the day at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Self-guided hiking or driving tours in your own vehicle are also available. All outdoor events will be weather permitting.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
5/23/2020
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Fort Footprints: Commandant Anthanase Demezieres, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Visitors will be hosted to a discussion on the life of Commandant Anthanase DeMezieres; his life and impact on Natchitochesī history. Regular admission fees apply. Contact Fort St. Jean Baptiste for more details.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
5/23/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Turtles, 2:30 p.m.
Join the site naturalist to learn all about turtles. The program will include information on the different types of turtles in Louisiana and what makes them unique.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/23/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Guided Canoe Tour, 10 a.m. - 1 p.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. Participants may bring own canoe but must also register. 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.
5/23/2020
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
Guided Canoe Tour, 10 a.m. - 1 p.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. Participants may bring own canoe but must also register.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/30/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Armadillos, 2 p.m.
Visitors will learn about one of the most unique mammals, the nine-banded armadillo. While learning about this armadillo and also other armadillo species that occur in the Americas, visitors will hike to search for armadillos and their tracks.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/30/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Armadillos, 2 p.m.
Visitors will learn about one of the most unique mammals, the nine-banded armadillo. While learning about this armadillo and also other armadillo species that occur in the Americas, visitors will hike to search for armadillos and their tracks.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/30/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Aquatic Critters, 10 a.m.
Participants will learn about all the tiny organisms that live in the lake and other wetlands. The program includes using dip nets to catch some of our resident fish and aquatic invertebrate species and then try to identify them using microscopes and magnifiers.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/30/2020
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Feel the Furs, 11 a.m.
Participants will learn what features the animals would have had to help them survive in or near the bayous of the area. Program for children age 6-12. Take advantage of this family day at Poverty Point World Heritage Site and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while visiting the site.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.