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June  2018

6/1/2018 to 7/31/2018
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville
Geocaching History Museums, By Appointment Only
Begin your history geocache at Otis House museum in Madisonville. During the guided tour, learn how Fairview-Riverside State Park became a state park, what the site was originally used for and how it eventually was donated to the state to become what it is today. At the end of the tour pick up a fun activity sheet to test what you learned as you navigated the museum. Maps and contact information on an additional nine museums and historic sites will be available to guide you to your next historical geocache.
For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
6/2/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
World Atlatl Day, 10:45 a.m.
A ranger will discuss tips and techniques for using an Atlatl - ancient hunting tools used to launch spears. Visitors can try their hand at it and participate in a launch distance contest.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
6/3/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Berdanīs Sharpshooters, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
One-day exhibition of uniforms and equipment used by the 1st United States Sharp Shooters in the American Civil War and discussion of the history of the unit.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/6/2018
Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton
Native Reptiles and Amphibians, 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Join the Park Interpretive Ranger and fellow enthusiast James Beck, to learn about the Native Reptiles and Amphibians of Bogue Chitto State Park. Program will begin at 11 a.m., later followed by a night hike at 8 p.m. to locate and identify the calling frogs of the evening.
For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
6/7/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Textiles and Tea, 10 a.m. - noon
Join us at the park for a two hour refresher class for intermediate level textiles featuring crochet and tatting work.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/9/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Take A Kid Fishing, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
During the Louisiana State Free Fishing weekend, bring the kids to fish on the banks of the pond at Audubon. Expect pan frying size fish and cane poles will do as good as rods and reels. Grounds admission fees still apply and must be paid at the museum.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/9/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Fishing Day, 9 a.m. - noon
Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week at Chicot State Park. Participants will learn about the different fish that can be found in the lake, different types of tackle and try their hand at fishing.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
6/9/2018
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Prince Camille De Polignac, Confederate General , 2 p.m.
A presentation on the fascinating of Prince Camille Armand de Polignac of France who led a brigade of Texas troops in the Battle of Mansfield. A unique personality who would go down in history as "The Lafayette of the South."
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
6/10/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
In the Footsteps of Audubon, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m .
An extended tour by the park Curator offers an audio visual history of the park, a presentation on the prints Audubon created while at Oakley Plantation and a guided house and grounds tour. Extended tour - approximately 1 hour duration.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/15/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Audubon Young Naturalist Program, 10 a.m. - noon
Let your young naturalist explore the world of John James Audubon through hands on activities. Opportunities include explore the grounds 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 younger audiences.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/16/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Art at the Park, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Spend the day creating art in the footsteps of the Artist Naturalist John James Audubon who lived at Oakley House within the park in 1821. To participate, bring your own art supplies for free admission, which applies to artist only and only for grounds of the park. For more information contact the park Wednesday-Sunday from 9 AM-5PM at 1-225-635-3739.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/22/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Itsy Bitsy Spider, 1 p.m - 3 p.m.
Explore the adventures of a garden spider while learning about their lives, webs, where they are, and how to identify them. Attendees will make their own spider hats to take home. For younger audiences.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/24/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Language of the Fan, 1 p.m - 3 p.m.
Learn the subtle motions of a hand fan used to convey messages as from the time of Jane Austen. A short introductory talk in the museum includes a chance to practice, a hand out on the meanings, and a fan to take home. Ages teen and up.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/30/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Snakes, 2 p.m.
Come learn about one of the important but misunderstood animals in the Arboretum. This program will discuss the many types of snakes in Louisiana, their traits and behaviors, and how to tell if a snake is venomous or non-venomous.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
6/6/2018 to 6/22/2018
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Fort St. Jean Baptiste Summer Camp, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesdays - Sundays.
Campers can report to duty each day at 8:30 a.m. and be prepared to leave post at 5 p.m. This year offers: Nature Craze on June 6-8, Military, Spies, and Survivors OH MY! on June 13-15, and Game Time on June 20-22. The cost to attend camp is $50 per child each week. All activities are weather permitting.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
6/2/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Clinton, LA and the Fight of Pretty Creek, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
"Bigger than a skirmish and smaller than a battle." This indoor presentation will examine the events of Colonel Benjamin H. Griersonīs June 3-7, 1863 Union raid on Clinton, Louisiana, and the crushing Confederate victory which led to the memorable federal troop response to this attack.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
6/2/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Zouaves!, Noon - 4 p.m.
Explore the history of three brightly-clad Aouave units that all either served in Louisiana or were raised in Louisiana during the American Civil War. The activity includes a look at the uniforms and equipment of the men and a discussion on the "Zouave Craze" that swept the nation during the Civil War.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/8/2018 to 6/10/2018
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Day the War Stopped, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., each day
In conjunction with the Town of St. Francisvilleīs annual commemoration of a temporary truce between the Union and the Confederacy to tend to their dead, the site will display information about Civil War medical and burial practices in the Gift Shop Conference Room and in the Plantation Doctorīs Office. More information on community activities can be found on the eventīs Facebook page.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
6/9/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
After the Battle, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Step back in time and discover the world of Civil War battlefield surgery and care of the dead, seeing what a temporary field hospital would have looked like and how disease and illness were treated by the armies of each side of the war.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/16/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Priestcap Battlefield Tour, 9:30 a.m.
Join a park historian on a rare guided tour of the Priest Cap battlefield, which was heavily fought over on the May 27 and June 13, 1863 discouraging and deadly frontal assaults resulting in thousands of casualties among the Union troops. This portion of the battlefield is outside the parkīs property and is privately owned.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
6/16/2018
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.
6/23/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Native Plants for Pollinators, 2 p.m.
Research suggests native plants are four times more attractive to native bees than exotic flowers. They are also usually well adapted to your growing conditions and can thrive with minimum attention. Create a native flowering garden for pollinators and attract not just bees, but hummingbirds, butterflies and many interesting insects.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
6/23/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A Nest for Celeste, 1 - 3 p.m.
Explore the adventures of Celeste the mouse at Oakley House in, "A Nest for Celeste," by Henry Cole. Children and the young at heart can tour through the locations featured in the book, then enjoy a tea on the back gallery of the house. Preregistration is required; the $10/person program fee includes park entrance.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/23/2018
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.
6/30/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature Craft, 10 a.m.
Join the site naturalist to make a nature-themed craft to take home with you.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

July  2018

6/1/2018 to 7/31/2018
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville
Geocaching History Museums, By Appointment Only
Begin your history geocache at Otis House museum in Madisonville. During the guided tour, learn how Fairview-Riverside State Park became a state park, what the site was originally used for and how it eventually was donated to the state to become what it is today. At the end of the tour pick up a fun activity sheet to test what you learned as you navigated the museum. Maps and contact information on an additional nine museums and historic sites will be available to guide you to your next historical geocache.
For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin. A traiteurīs garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800īs.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700īs to mid 1800īs and demonstrates how Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Audubon History Lab, As Requested
This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Daily House Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Site Staff will guide visitors on a tour of the Rosedown Main House. The tour will encompass the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman Family, the restoration and ownership of the property by the Underwoods of Houston, and the purchase and ownership of the property by the State of Louisiana.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
7/3/2018 to 6/30/2019
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville
Otis House Museum Tours, Tues - Thurs: By App.t Only; Friday & Sat: 1-4 pm
Visit the c.1885 Otis House to learn more about the Jay sawmill community along the Tchefuncte River and St. Tammany lifestyle during the 1885-1930 time span.
For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
7/4/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Join us for Nature Scavenger Hunt through the Arboretum. See if you can find everything on the list!
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/6/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature at Night, 7:45 p.m.
Join the site naturalist to explore the natural world at night. Learn about bats, owls, frogs and many other night creatures.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/7/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Alligators, 2 p.m.
Learn about the apex predator of Chicot Lake and also find out why they are important to our lake and our state. Visitors will see the Arboretumīs one-year-old nature center alligator and also drive to a great view of the lake to watch alligators.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/7/2018
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville
Skulls, Skins & Scat...What animal is that?, 10 a.m.
Join the interpretive ranger to learn about the wildlife encountered in the park. Compare mammals to birds and reptiles with bio-facts to learn characteristics of each species.
For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
7/7/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
First Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m.
Join a park historian on a trail walk to Fort Babcock discussing the infantry and artillery assault against Port Hudson. The hike is two miles and will last approximately 1 1/2 hours. Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear, bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
7/7/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Prehistoric Pottery Making, 10:30 a.m. - Noon
A ranger-led demonstration of crafting prehistoric-styled pottery similar to the pieces which the Native Americans fashioned more than 3,500 years ago. All supplies are provided. Appropriate clothing is recommended.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
7/8/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Surrender of Port Hudson, 1 p.m - 3 p.m.
A program to commemorate the July 9, 1863 surrender of the Confederate garrison, park staff and volunteers will fire a reproduction Civil War cannon and lower the parkīs replica Confederate garrison flag. The program also includes period weapon demonstrations.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
7/9/2018 to 7/22/2018
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
History Mythbusters, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Interpretive staff will debunk several of the more common myths which are often repeated about Rosedown Plantation as they relate the truth behind these myths, and the research debunking them.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
7/14/2018
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Union Warships of the Red River Campaign, 2 p.m.
This presentation will highlight the Union naval warships that were employed in the Red River Campaign of 1864, the Unionīs failed effort to capture Shreveport. Learn about the capabilities and specifications of these 19th century vessels and compare them with the Navy ships used today.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
7/14/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Reptile Day, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
First annual Reptile Day at the Arboretum. Louisiana Amphibian and Reptile Enthusiasts (L.A.R.E.) will be on hand with live native reptiles and amphibians to educate visitors about these interesting animals. They will also lead a guided hike for those wishing to see the animals in the wild. Schoolhouse Reptiles will have an exotic reptile petting zoo. There will also be games and crafts for everyone to enjoy.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/20/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature at Night, 7:45 p.m.
Join the site naturalist to explore the natural world at night. Learn about bats, owls, frogs and many other night creatures.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/21/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Invasive Species, 2 p.m.
Learn about invasive species, one of the threats to the preservation of the Louisiana State Arboretum. Also take a hike to learn how anyone can help in solving this important problem.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/21/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature for Kids, 10 a.m.
Join the site naturalist to learn about a different nature topic every month and make a craft to take home. *Event occurs the 3rd Saturday of each month.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/21/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
In Search of your Civil War Ancestors, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Are you fascinated by a "long-ago" ancestor who may have served in a Civil War military unit? A park staff member will assist visitors in researching Civil War ancestors and become aware of services the site provides and the research material that is available.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
7/27/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature at Night, 7:45 p.m.
Join the naturalist to explore the natural world at night. Learn about bats, owls, frogs and many other night creatures.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/28/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature Craft, 2 p.m.
Join the site naturalist to make a nature related craft to take home.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/28/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Bobbin Weaving Class, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Have you ever seen a beautiful piece of antique lace and thought to yourself ?I wish I knew how to do that!? Well now you can learn! Space is limited to the first 20 people. Register early! Preregistration required. Admission is $5 person which includes the grounds to the park but does not cover the Oakley House tour.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/28/2018
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
Guided Canoe Tour, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
The site naturalists will guide you through the cypress-tupelo swamp and discuss the flora and fauna that can be found on Chicot Lake. Space is limited so register early. Visitors are welcome to bring their own canoes or kayaks but still need to pre-register.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/7/2018
Locust Grove State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Dead of Locust Grove Cemetery, 1 - 4 p.m.
Learn about the inhabitants of this historic cemetery through figures like 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. There will also be a short class on gravestone rendering.
For more information call 888.677-2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/14/2018
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.