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February  2018

2/3/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
An Enslaved Life: Home School Day, 9 a.m. - noon.
Preregistered students will learn about the African-American enslaved persons who worked at Oakley Plantation harvesting crops. A tour of the slave cabins will show life for the enslaved on the plantation and how they adapted to their condition. Other demonstrations will include a taste of food, daily tasks, and recreation on a plantation.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/3/2018
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.
2/10/2018
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.
2/16/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A War of 1812 School Day, 9 a.m. - noon
Preregistered students will learn about life in the days of Napoleon. Students will see a citizen soldier of West Florida in the Felicianas at the time of the War of 1812. Preregistration is required; open to home school students as as well as public and private school students.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/17/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A War of 1812 Living History Encampment, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
During the War of 1812, a foreign invader burned the White House, the United States invaded Canada, and the sounds of cannon fire and battle could be heard in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Visitors will see the Age of Napoleon come to life though cannon firing drills, black powder musket drills, and camp life talks.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/17/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Native Guard Battlefield Tour, 10 a.m.
To commemorate Black History Month, the site will offer a guided tour to the Louisiana Native Guard battlefield, where the First and Third Louisiana Native Guard regiments fought a historic battle on May 27, 1863. The tour will begin in the Visitor Center´s audio/visual room. Wear appropriate clothing/footwear for walking and bring water and insect repellent.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
2/17/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Toad Abodes, 2 p.m.
Toads are very beneficial to have around our gardens; unfortunately, their numbers are declining. Learn ways to make your garden more toad-friendly, as easily as providing an upside-down clay flower pot. Join us and make a toad house for your garden.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/17/2018
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Soldier, Militia and Courier de Bois on the Move, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
In this living history program see a camp setting for a soldier or civilian on the move across the Louisiana Territory. Learn how they survived on the frontier, how they dressed, cooked, prepared for the next day´s march and more.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
2/17/2018
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Guided Battlefield Tour, 2 p.m.
Park staff will lead guests on a in-depth tour of the battlefield, visiting key points on the field where significant action occurred.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
2/24/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Prehistoric Pottery Making, 10:30 a.m. - noon.
Attendees can try their hand at creating items – figurines, decorated artistic objects, coiled clay pots, and clay pipes – inspired by those that have been excavated from the site. All of the clay and other materials needed for making this primitive pottery 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.
2/24/2018
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.
2/24/2018
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Enslaved Life at Rosedown, 11 a.m.
Learn more about the life of the enslaved people at Rosedown Plantation, through an examination of their duties, accomplishments, and treatment along with an exploration of the hierarchy that existed on the plantation. The program will discuss the historic layout of the plantation including outbuildings, home sites, work areas and fields, followed by a walking tour of the outbuildings on the grounds.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
2/24/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Wetlands, 10 a.m.
Visitors will go on a 2.5 mile hike through 3 unique wetlands and observe why these wetlands are so important to the park. Dip nets will be used on the program so visitors can see some of the smaller organisms that occur in wetlands.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/24/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Louisiana Geology, 2 p.m.
Louisiana is a geologically dynamic state, and its story is in the hills and gullies of the Arboretum. Learn about major geological events of Louisiana and take a hike to see how these processes helped shape the environment of the Arboretum and the surrounding area.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

March  2018

3/1/2018 to 3/4/2018
Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville
Blue and Gray on the Red, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day.
Join the site as they commemorate the Annual Blue and Gray on the Red Civil War Reenactment. Witness two battle reenactments, or join in a ladies´ tea or a period dance. A special "Rally Round the Flag" session will provide a opportunity for historical and modern day color guards from the local police and fire departments, as well as reenactors and the Louisiana National Guard to show their spirit.
For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
3/3/2018
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.
3/10/2018
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Profiles in Command: Battle Leadership, 2 p.m.
The Red River Campaign of 1864 and the large land battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill involved varying levels of tactical, operational, and strategic leadership and planning. Learn about the officers whose actions and decision-making shaped the outcome of two major Northwest Louisiana battles.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
3/10/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Aquatic Mammals, 2 p.m.
Learn about the aquatic mammals native to the area including river otters, nutria, muskrat, and beaver. The program inside will feature skulls and furs from these creatures while the outside portion will be a hike through their habitat.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/16/2018 to 3/18/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Audubon Pilgrimage, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Audubon State Historic Site, the home of Oakley Plantation, is proud to once more be a part of the West Feliciana Historical Societies yearly tour of Historic Homes. From Friday through Sunday, costumed staff and volunteers – in the look of 1821 – take visitors through Oakley House. Outside the home, the kitchens for the plantation will be preparing food using period recipes in the open-hearth style.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
3/16/2018 to 3/18/2018
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Audubon Pilgrimage, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Visitors will get the opportunity to view the plantation in spring bloom with costumed re-enactors throughout the site. Period music and dancing will be performed at various times during this 3-day program celebrating the artist-naturalist John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation in 1821. The event is held in conjunction with the West Feliciana Historical Societies annual Audubon Pilgrimage each March.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
3/17/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Night Hike/Nature Base, Dusk (approximately 6:30 p.m.)
Hike with the site ranger along the paths of Poverty Point to observe nature at night. Beyond the noises, animals will be discussed and hopefully viewed. Visitors also will have the opportunity to enjoy an "owl prowl." The hike will conclude with spider sniffing, hot chocolate or water, s´mores and storytelling around a campfire.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
3/17/2018
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Soldier, Militia and Courier de Bois on the Move, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
In this living history program see a camp setting for a soldier or civilian on the move across the Louisiana Territory. Learn how they survived on the frontier, how they dressed, cooked, prepared for the next day´s march and more.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
3/17/2018
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.
3/21/2018 to 3/23/2018
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
International Day of Francophone, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
In recognition of the International Day of Francophone on March 20, there will be French infused tours and activities to pre-registered French immersion school students. Staff will dress in historic costumes as they guide students through the hands-on area to try out chores, toys and games from the period.
Email longfellow@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
3/24/2018 to 3/25/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
The Siege of Port Hudson Reenactment, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., each day.
Visitors will have access to volunteer re-enactors in Union and Confederate campsites performing typical activities of the assaults. Soldiers dressed in authentic reproduction uniforms will be on hand to answer questions pertaining to the siege during the summer of 1863. The three branches of the services – artillery, cavalry and infantry will be portrayed as well as cooks, laundresses and sutlers.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
3/24/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Coyotes, 10 a.m.
Coyotes are one of the most valuable and most controversial animals in Louisiana and in the entire United States. This program will discuss their traits, their role in the habitats of Louisiana, and their cultural impact throughout history.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/24/2018
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
Guided Canoe Tour, 2 - 4 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. 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.
3/24/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Morning Hike, 10 a.m.
Take part in a ranger-led hike showcasing the mounds, earthworks, and nature found in the park. The hike will follow an introductory video; and can take up to two hours, depending on the pace of the group.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
3/25/2018
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m.
Easter was an important holiday that was celebrated at Rosedown Plantation. For the Easter Egg Hunt, children can come and find Easter eggs on the grounds. After the Easter egg hunt, children can play 19th-century games. Prizes will be given out to children who find the special Rosedown eggs.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
3/30/2018
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
St. Denis Day Camp, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The fun and excitement of St Denis Summer Camp is now available during school holidays and parent-teacher conference days! Activities will depend on the season, including period games, nature walks, and more. Fee to attend will be $25 per child per day; campers will need to bring a sack lunch and drink, and dress appropriately for the weather. Preregistration is recommended, due to limited space.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
3/30/2018
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.
3/31/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Crawfish, 10 a.m.
Crawfish are a valuable (and tasty) critter to Louisiana and are also an important creature to most Louisiana habitats. This program will cover the basic parts of a crawfish, how they live, and their role in the bayous, lakes and fields of Louisiana.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/31/2018
Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton
Easter Egg Hunt and Arts & Crafts, 10 a.m. - noon.
Families are invited out to enjoy the day, while children search for Easter eggs. Following the egg hunt, join the park ranger for arts and crafts. All supplies for the craft projects will be provided.
For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
3/31/2018
Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles
Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.
Come out and celebrate Easter with an egg hunt at the park. Bring a picnic and enjoy the park, after the fun!
For more information call 888.677.7264 toll free or 337.855.2665 locally.
3/31/2018
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m.
Children 12 and under are invited to our Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Chicot State Park.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.