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November  2017

11/4/2017
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.
11/4/2017
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
Service Day, 9 a.m. - noon.
Join our park staff in removing litter from the Chicot Park Road and around Chicot Lake and improving our hiking trails. All volunteers participating in Service Day will be admitted free. Groups wishing to participate should pre-register by calling the Louisiana State Arboretum.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
11/4/2017
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Attakapas Trade Days, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Discover the lifestyle of the coureur de bois or trappers, traders, and hunters who moved from place to place in the early 1800s. A variety of cultures and trades will be represented through period costumes, types of lodges, crafts, trade goods and languages. Demonstrations will include blacksmithing, leatherworking, outdoor cooking and the firing of blackpowder weapons.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
11/4/2017
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.
11/5/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Time Travelers - The 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.
11/11/2017
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
Nature in the Park, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join the site naturalist in Chicot State Park to learn about the plants and animals that can be found in the park. This program will take place at the picnic area of Chicot State Park.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
11/11/2017
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Prehistoric Acorn Cooking, 12:15 p.m.
Acorns, which would have been an important part of the Native American diet at Poverty Point approximately 3,500 years ago, were as plentiful centuries ago as they are today. The ranger will explain how the acorns were processed to make them edible and show visitors how the acorns may have been cooked at the site. Curious guests are welcome to have a taste of the cooked acorn products after they are prepared.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
11/18/2017
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Ranger-Guided Hike, 9:30 a.m.
Accompany the site ranger on a 2.6-mile hike around the prehistoric site. The ranger will discuss the earthworks as well as other interesting things that might be seen along the way.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
11/18/2017
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Guided Museum Tour, 2 p.m.
A special guided tour of the museum will reveal the fascinating and poignant stories behind these rare items. An original painting on pine board by Civil War field artist Conrad Wise Chapman, a baby´s shoe carried as a memento into battle, and the touching last letter of a soldier written in pencil are just a few of the exclusive artifact items that will be featured.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
11/18/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Pine Needle Basketry, 1 - 4 p.m.
Participants, ages 12 to adult, will learn all the basic skills needed to make a pine needle basket. There is a $10 registration fee for this program; all materials are provided and space is limited to 10 participants.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
11/18/2017
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Civil War Medicine and Death of a General, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Watch demonstrations and join in discussions about the Civil War medicine surrounding the "fever" death of South Carolinian Confederate General John B. Villpigue at Port Hudson and thousands of other soldiers during the Civil War.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
11/24/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Stop by the visitor center and get your scavenger hunt sheet to look for nature clues found along the trails and among the exhibits.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
11/25/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Getting Kids Back to Nature, 2 p.m.
Have fun and learn about five different subjects in a very short time. Kids will be dipnetting, learning other languages, using math skills, writing poetry, and learning about the history of the park. This will all be done in an outdoor setting on the trail.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
11/25/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Turkeys, 10 a.m.
Come celebrate and learn more about the most valuable bird of November. We´ll discuss how they live in the wild and why they hold such a valuable place in nature and our culture.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
11/26/2017
Black Bear Golf Club, Delhi
November Scramble, 8 a.m. and noon starts.
Two-person scramble; $60/person entry fee includes greens fee, cart, range, prizes, and meal. Register by Wednesday, Nov. 23.
For more information call toll free or 318.878.2162 locally.

December  2017

12/1/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A Colonial Christmas School Day, 9 a.m. - noon.
Preregistered students will learn about Christmas traditions in early America. Wassailing, hunting for Christmas dinner, and origins of Christmas traditions are just some of the things students will experience.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
12/2/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A Dickens of a Christmas, 6 - 8 p.m.
The plantation comes to life during the holidays, as it shows off its seasonal decorations. Costumed guides accompany the visitor on a trip into the past through the candlelit Oakley House. Take a taste of what´s cooking in the kitchen, or just enjoy the yearly Christmas dance or listen to live period music.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
12/2/2017
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Earth Oven Demonstration, 11 a.m.
The program offers a unique look at prehistoric cooking with an earth oven, showing how the Poverty Point people used earthen cooking balls, or Poverty Point Objects, to cook their food using specially dug pits. Visitors also will be able to sample the food prepared in this ancient way.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays12/6/2017 to 12/17/2017
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Creole Christmas, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Take a tour of the Olivier Plantation, circa 1815, and see the natural Christmas decorations and learn how the holiday was celebrated by the Creoles. A temporary exhibit called Christmas Past will be on display in the visitor center providing information on Christmas traditions and how certain customs evolved. Special demonstrations may include candle making, the making of corn shuck dolls, spinning/weaving and the cooking of holiday sugar wafers. School groups are to register in advance
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
12/9/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Flying Squirrels, 1 p.m.
Learn about the southern flying squirrel by looking at its behavior, habitat, and nesting. Participants will also be building flying squirrel boxes that visitors can take home. There is a limit of one box per family, a total of 10 boxes; pre-registration is required with a $15 fee.
Email arboretumcu@crt.state.la.us to request the program. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
12/9/2017
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.
12/16/2017
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Civil War Artillery, 2 p.m.
Known as the "King of Battle," the artillery arm played a critical role at the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill. By the time of the American Civil War, the types of projectiles and explosive shells fired by field cannon were surprisingly advanced. Come and see – and hold – various types of Civil War field artillery projectiles in the museum´s collection and learn how they functioned.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
12/16/2017
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Ranger-Guided Hike, 10 a.m.
Visitors are invited to accompany a ranger on a 2.6-mile hike around the prehistoric site. The ranger will discuss the earthworks as well as other interesting things that might be seen along the way.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
12/16/2017
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
Chicot Trail Guided Hike, 1 p.m.
Come explore the Chicot State Park Hiking Trail on a guided hike. The hike will focus on the history of the lake, the vegetation of the site, and the many animals that live in the park. The hike will start at the South Trailhead, located between the entrance station and the splash pad area. Hikes typically last two hours but can be shorter if needed.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
12/16/2017
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville
Costumed Christmas Tours, 1 - 3 p.m.
View Otis House all decked out in holiday style, with fresh flowers, fruit and greenery of the Victorian period (courtesy of the Madisonville Garden Club). Volunteers and staff in period clothing also will serve wassail and cookies after each tour.
For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
12/23/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Stop by the visitor center and get your scavenger hunt sheet to look for nature clues found along the trails and among the exhibits.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
12/30/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Guided Hike, 2 p.m.
Join the park ranger for a guided walk along the arboretum trails, learning about the flora and fauna found in the Arboretum.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
12/31/2017
Black Bear Golf Club, Delhi
December Scramble, Noon.
Two-person scramble; $50/person entry fee includes greens fee, cart, range, prizes, and meal. Register by Thursday, Dec. 28.
For more information call toll free or 318.878.2162 locally.