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January  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.
1/4/2020
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Beginnerīs Birding , 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Join us for a morning of beginnerīs birding at Port Hudson. The walk is a beginnerīs lesson but all levels welcome. BYOB (Bring Your Own Binoculars). Participants will learn tips on bird vocalizations and share bird ID field marks for common winter and year-round species.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/4/2020
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Beginnerīs Birding , 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Join us for a morning of beginnerīs birding at Port Hudson. The walk is a beginnerīs lesson but all levels welcome. BYOB (Bring Your Own Binoculars). Participants will learn tips on bird vocalizations and share bird ID field marks for common winter and year-round species.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/4/2020
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
New Year Hike, 10 a.m.
This annual event is a ranger-led hike showcasing the mounds, earthworks, and nature found in the park. Participants will meet in the museum for an introductory video; the hike can take up to two hours to complete, depending on the pace of the group. Hikers are encouraged to dress in layered, warm clothing, and wear appropriate footwear for a potentially chilly hike. This event is weather permitting. T
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
1/4/2020
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
New Year Hike, 10 a.m.
This annual event is a ranger-led hike showcasing the mounds, earthworks, and nature found in the park. Participants will meet in the museum for an introductory video; the hike can take up to two hours to complete, depending on the pace of the group. Hikers are encouraged to dress in layered, warm clothing, and wear appropriate footwear for a potentially chilly hike. This event is weather permitting. T
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
1/5/2020
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Fire Power!, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Visitors will experience the sights and sounds of Civil War-Era weapons. Program demonstrations inclulde muskets, rifles, carbines, and pistols - ending with a cannon fire.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/5/2020
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Fire Power!, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Visitors will experience the sights and sounds of Civil War-Era weapons. Program demonstrations inclulde muskets, rifles, carbines, and pistols - ending with a cannon fire.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/6/2020 to 1/19/2020
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
History Mythbusters, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Several of the more common myths associated with Rosedown Plantation will be debunked as interpretive staff relates the truth behind these myths, and the research debunking them.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
1/11/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Bluebird Basics, 1 p.m.
Join us to learn all about the different species of bluebirds found in North America and how to attract the eastern bluebird to your yard.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
1/11/2020
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Boys of ī61, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Civil War Reenactors will be dressed in historically accurate uniforms of 1861 and presenting the daily life of citizens turning soldiers. Visitors will be able to see and experience some aspects of life 158 years ago in the militia.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
1/17/2020
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
St. Denis Day Camp, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
A day camp for students who spend a day with interpretive rangers learning about colonial and military autumn harvest life. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable outdoor clothing and bring water, lunch and snacks. There will be The price per student is $10. Space is limited, registration is required.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
1/18/2020
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Guided Battlefield Tour, 2 p.m.
A ranger-guided program with an in-depth tour of the battlefield, visiting key points on the field where some of the most significant action of the battle occurred. The tour will involve outdoor walking of app. 3/4 mile; appropriate footwear and clothing recommended.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
1/18/2020
Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville
Heigh Ho Heigh Ho Its Off to Woodworking We Go, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Join staff and volunteers as they demonstrate historic techniques in working with wood to form it for your needs. A lot of wood was used in the construction of the forts and you can learn how it was shaped and utilized.
For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
1/18/2020
Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville
Heigh Ho Heigh Ho Its Off to Woodworking We Go, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Join staff and volunteers as they demonstrate historic techniques in working with wood to form it for your needs. A lot of wood was used in the construction of the forts and you can learn how it was shaped and utilized.
For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
1/18/2020
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Breckenridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol, Noon - 1 p.m.
Historian, author and former Park Ranger Chip Landry will give a lunchtime educational and informative talk on former U.S. Vice President and Confederate General John C. Breckinridge. General Breckinridge commanded the Confederate forces in the August 1862 "Battle of Baton Rouge" and became the first commander of the Port Hudson garrison.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/18/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Arbor Day Celebration, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Celebrate the native trees and the role of trees in our lives. Visitors will learn how to plant, prune and care for trees. Hard to find Louisiana native tree saplings will be available to participants throughout the day while supplies last.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
1/25/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Winter Tree Identification, 10 a.m.
Participants will learn how to identify trees using bark, buds and branches during wintertime when most trees have lost their leaves.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
1/25/2020
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Vigilantes on the Bayou, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The program depicts a violent era in the history of South Louisiana, in which American, Creole, and Acadian landowners struggled against each other over ownership and usage of the land bordering in the Bayou Teche area. Re-enactors in mock campsites will engage in living history enactments, civilian and military demonstrations, and the firing of black powder weapons and cannons with two mock battles at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
1/25/2020
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Soldier Life Living History, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Visitors will learn about the life of the average Civil War soldier in the field as the program will focus on the typical uniform, equipment, food, and shelter soldiers carried and used while on the march. A musket loading and firing demonstration will also be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
1/25/2020
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Artifact Identification, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Visitors are invited to bring their found "treasures" such as arrow heads or pieces of clay pots to the site for staff to determine their authenticity and give an estimated age.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
1/25/2020
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Artifact Identification, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Visitors are invited to bring their found "treasures" such as arrow heads or pieces of clay pots to the site for staff to determine their authenticity and give an estimated age.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
1/31/2020
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Enslaved Life Home School Day, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
An interactive visit for middle school students to learn about the daily life of slaves on a Louisiana cotton plantation. Students will experience woodworking, grinding corn to meal and drawing and carrying water for every day use. Preregistration is required. The program is oriented towards a middle school curriculum. This program also offers an educational handout for teachers.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
1/31/2020
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Enslaved Life Home School Day, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
An interactive visit for middle school students to learn about the daily life of slaves on a Louisiana cotton plantation. Students will experience woodworking, grinding corn to meal and drawing and carrying water for every day use. Preregistration is required. The program is oriented towards a middle school curriculum. This program also offers an educational handout for teachers.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

February  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.
2/1/2020
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Forgotten Lives, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Visitors will explore the lives of the enslaved in Louisiana. This annual program looks at early Louisiana slavery and African American History. Rangers will be on hand to give tours of the slave cabins and discuss family life. The African influence on food ways will be illustrating the ties between the modern day kitchen and the days of slavery. This program is geared towards an adult and young adult audience. The program is weather permitting.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/1/2020 to 2/28/2020
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
African American Heritage Month, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
In recognition of African American Heritage Month, a display will be on view in the Interpretive Center offering a glimpse into the life of an enslaved person who worked and lived on a sugarcane plantation located along the Bayou Teche in the mid to late 1800īs.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
2/1/2020 to 2/29/2020
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville
Stitches in Time, By Appointment Only.
Vintage quilts will be displayed in every room of the museum during the month of February. This special tour, Stitches in Time, will offer a bit of history on each of the patterns shared and/or what was happening in the country that inspired that particular pattern. Otis House is listed on the Louisiana Quilt Trail featuring a painted block from a Mariners Compass quilt displayed on the park?s entrance station. The Mariners Compass quilt is also displayed in the museum. By appointment only for this special event.
For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
2/1/2020
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Prehistoric Pottery, 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. Attendees can try their hand at creating items such as figurines, decorated artistic objects and coiled clay pots inspired by those that have been excavated from the site. All of the clay and other materials will be provided. It is recommended to wear or bring appropriate clothes for working with potentially messy clay.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
2/1/2020
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Prehistoric Pottery, 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. Attendees can try their hand at creating items such as figurines, decorated artistic objects and coiled clay pots inspired by those that have been excavated from the site. All of the clay and other materials will be provided. It is recommended to wear or bring appropriate clothes for working with potentially messy clay.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
2/7/2020
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
War of 1812 Home School Day, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Home School students are invited to discover the world of the War of 1812. Stations to be explored will include loading and firing a cannon of the period, a flintlock musket demonstration and uniform talk, lead bullet and fire making, food of the soldiers, Regency etiquette, and one more special activity. Groups need to be at the park on time or they will miss stations. Limited to the first 60 preregistered students and open only to Home Schools.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/8/2020
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
War of 1812 Living History Encampment, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Experience a rare War of 1812 Living History Encampment. Volunteers and staff dressed as soldiers and civilians will bring those early years to life through various demonstrations, such as spinning, weaving, candle making, or woodworking. Various military demonstrations will include both musket and cannon firing encounters.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/8/2020
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
War of 1812 Living History Encampment, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Experience a rare War of 1812 Living History Encampment. Volunteers and staff dressed as soldiers and civilians will bring those early years to life through various demonstrations, such as spinning, weaving, candle making, or woodworking. Various military demonstrations will include both musket and cannon firing encounters.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/8/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Wetlands, 2 p.m.
Visitors will be able to go on a 2.5 mile hike through three different types of wetlands and observe why these wetlands are important to the park. Smaller organisms will be observed by use of dip nets.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/8/2020
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
The Lawless Free State of Sabine, 2 p.m.
Guest presenter Michael Mumaugh of the Cane River National Heritage Area will present a fascinating program on the notorious "No Manīs Land" region, created in Western Louisiana during the early 19th century. During this time when the border between the U.S. and Spanish Texas was disputed a defacto Neutral Strip or "No Manīs Land" was established, often likened to the Wild West as it was a haven for outlaws.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
2/15/2020
Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville
Southern Romanticism in the Civil War, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Learn about the proper etiquette and courting rituals used by Southern women during the Civil War. A question and answer program will follow on the views from both Southern men and Union forces about their courtships during wartime.
For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
2/15/2020
Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville
Southern Romanticism in the Civil War, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Learn about the proper etiquette and courting rituals used by Southern women during the Civil War. A question and answer program will follow on the views from both Southern men and Union forces about their courtships during wartime.
For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
2/15/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Pine Needle Basketry, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Participants will learn all the basic techniques to make a pine needle basket in this program. All materials are provided and space is limited. Recommended for ages 12 and up. The program is $10 per person and participants must pre-register.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/15/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Pine Needle Basketry, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Participants will learn all the basic techniques to make a pine needle basket in this program. All materials are provided and space is limited. Recommended for ages 12 and up. The program is $10 per person and participants must pre-register.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/15/2020
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
A Wisconsin Yankee in Confederate Bayou Country, Noon - 1 p.m.
History professor Dr. Sam C. Hyde of Southeastern Louisiana University will present a lunchtime educational and informative talk on General Halbert E. Paine of Wisconsin. General Paine had a most distinguished military career even though he lost a leg in 1863 in one of the assaults upon the Port Hudson defenders.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
2/21/2020
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Slave Cabin Archaeology with Ranger Dan, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
For Home School groups grades 5-8. Students will get a hands on experience with a mock dig based on the original work at Oakley. They will see how what they find helps tell the story of the enslaved of the plantation and tour an original slave cabin and see how their findings match what we present today. Program size limited to 40 students. Preregistration is required. No fee is charged.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/22/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Bird Adaptations, 10 a.m.
Visitors will delve deep into the world of bird behavior and learn how birds use their features to thrive in their environment. Also, visitors will take a short hike to examine the birds along Chico Lake.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/22/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Bird Adaptations, 10 a.m.
Visitors will delve deep into the world of bird behavior and learn how birds use their features to thrive in their environment. Also, visitors will take a short hike to examine the birds along Chico Lake.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/22/2020
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Enslaved Life at Rosedown, 11 a.m.
Visitors will learn of the everyday life of slaves who lived at Rosedown Plantation. The duties, layout of the plantation and the different work areas will be discussed. The program will include touring the main house and touring outbuildings on the grounds.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
2/22/2020
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Enslaved Life at Rosedown, 11 a.m.
Visitors will learn of the everyday life of slaves who lived at Rosedown Plantation. The duties, layout of the plantation and the different work areas will be discussed. The program will include touring the main house and touring outbuildings on the grounds.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
2/22/2020
Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville
Mardi Gras in the Pines, 10 a.m.
Camping participants will hold their own Mardi Gras parade in the campground. Decorate your campground for Mardi Gras for a chance to win a free weekend camping site. Golf carts used in the Mardi Gras parade will be exempt from the $10.00 per day fee normally accessed upon check in.
For more information call 888.677.5200 toll free or 318.368.2086 locally.
2/29/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Geology, 2 p.m.
Visitors will step back in time and learn about the geology of Louisiana by hiking the gullies and ridges in the park. We will be meeting at the Caroline Dormon Lodge which is located on HWY 3042 one and a half miles north of the Chicot State Park entrance gate.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/29/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Geology, 2 p.m.
Visitors will step back in time and learn about the geology of Louisiana by hiking the gullies and ridges in the park. We will be meeting at the Caroline Dormon Lodge which is located on HWY 3042 one and a half miles north of the Chicot State Park entrance gate.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/29/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Toad Abodes, 10 a.m.
Participants will learn all about toads and why they are good for your garden. Participants can then paint a toad house to take home. Supplies are limited so pre-registration is required.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/29/2020
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Earth Oven Demonstration, 11 a.m.
Visitors can experience a prehistoric cooking demonstration, featuring the earth oven method of cooking. The program offers a unique look at prehistoric cooking with an earth oven, showing how the Poverty Point people, more than 3,000 years ago, used earthen cooking balls and specially dug pits to cook their food.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.