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September  2017

9/2/2017
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Atlatl Demonstration, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Visitors are invited to come out and see how the Poverty Point people would have used this weapon for hunting. The ranger also will go over some tips and techniques for using this valuable tool, and participants will have the opportunity to test out their abilities.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
9/2/2017
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.
9/2/2017
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville
Predator vs. Prey, 10 a.m.
Learn about wildlife in the park, focusing on predator/prey relationships. One of the several topics for discussion will be how to identify the predator from the prey using their skulls.
For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
9/3/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The 1810 West Florida Rebellion, 1 - 4 p.m.
Visit the camp of a Spanish soldier, as a period-clothed ranger explains about life for colonial soldiers, the revolution, and the role of St. Francisville as the first capital. Visitors will also see what the soldiers wore, learn about their daily lives, and watch a black powder musket demonstration.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/3/2017
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.
9/9/2017
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.
9/9/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
With Pen and Ink, Noon - 4 p.m.
Youth and the young at heart get an opportunity to try their hand at pen or quill and ink as they discover letter writing in the early 1800s. Discover how quill pens were made and take home your own.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/9/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Hummingbirds, 2 p.m.
The hummingbird is a tiny, fascinating bird seen from spring to fall each year. Join the Arboretum staff to learn how to attract hummingbirds to your yard with flowers and feeders.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
9/10/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A Country Tea, 1 - 3 p.m.
Oakley House continues its ongoing tea series with a light country tea. Take a taste of tea, learn of tea traditions, and even make your own butter for your bread.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/16/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Jane Austen School for Young Ladies, 1 - 3 p.m.
Step back into the early 19th century and experience life for young ladies in 1821. Activities will include speaking with the fan, social etiquette, and making bath salts that you can take home.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/16/2017
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville
Animal Cooling Systems, 10 a.m.
Join the site ranger for a hands-on program discussing animal "air conditioning systems." This presentation will highlight how different species cool off during the heat of the day.
For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
9/16/2017
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Tatting Through the Ages, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tatting is an old form of lace making using the knotting method with thread instead of rope. In this class, learn how to both the shuttle and the needle to tat. Supplies will be provided; however, if you already have a shuttle or needle please bring them. Preregistration is required, as there are only 20 spaces available. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
9/16/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Compass Scavenger Hunt, 2 p.m.
Come to the nature center and learn how to use a compass and read a map. Visitors will then embark on an adventure through the Arboretum using a map and compass. Along the way visitors will find various features of the Arboretum, including plants and animals.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
9/16/2017
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
A Honorable Walk - St. Denis´ Birthday, 10 a.m.
Fort St Jean Baptiste State Historic Site´s staff will honor and celebrate St Denis´s birthday with a walking tour, weather permitting. Book your walk with fort staff and find out where St. Denis hung his hat when not on duty at the fort. Bring water and wear your walking shoes. The fee for this special walking tour is $5 per person.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
9/16/2017
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Crossroads Phase - Battle of Mansfield, 2 p.m.
Discover more about one of the longest sustained actions of the Battle of Mansfield, when the Third Division, 13th Army Corps set the stage for a late-evening movement by Confederate troops. These actions led to a Union defeat in northwest Louisiana, extending the Civil War by weeks.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
9/16/2017
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Become a Civil War Living Historian, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
In this introduction to the world of Reenacting and Volunteerism, learn about the uniforms, drill, how to cook over an open flame, and how to fire the weapons of the Civil War era. Training is open to those over the age of 16; 8 slots are available for this program and pre-registration is required by September 9.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
9/17/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
An Enslaved Life Tour, 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.
Take a guided tour of the plantation yard with a park ranger and discover life for the enslaved at Oakley Plantation. Included in the tour are outbuildings and the slave cabins. Please be aware this is a 45-minute walking tour across uneven ground.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/20/2017 to 9/24/2017
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Sugarcane to Cane Sugar, 10 a.m.
Come to Longfellow-Evangeline´s visitor center and watch an informative video about one of Louisiana´s oldest cash crop, sugarcane. Learn how sugar was planted, harvested and granulated in the past and in modern times
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/23/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
King Corn, Noon - 4 p.m.
Step back into the early 19th century at Audubon State Historic Site and explore the many uses for corn on a plantation. See grinding demonstrations, try hominy and hoe cakes, or try your hand at shelling and making corn husk dolls.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/23/2017
Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton
Astronomy Night, 6 - 10 p.m.
Join us for some solar observations in the late afternoon, followed by an evening under the stars. You will be able to view many wonders of the universe through telescopes operated by members of the New Orleans-based Pontchartrain Astronomy Society.
For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
9/23/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature Craft, 2 p.m.
Join the site naturalists in making a fun nature-themed craft to take home.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
9/23/2017
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.
9/24/2017
Black Bear Golf Club, Delhi
September Scramble, 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. starts.
Two-person scramble; $60/person entry fee includes greens fee, cart, range, prizes, and meal. Register by Thursday, Sept. 21.
For more information call toll free or 318.878.2162 locally.
9/30/2017
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Public Lands Day Hike, 10 a.m.
Weather permitting, take part in a ranger-led hike to celebrate Public Lands Day. The ranger leading the hike will showcase the mounds, earthworks, and nature found in the park. The program will begin with an introductory video in the museum, followed by the approximately 2-hour hike.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
9/30/2017
Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville
Cleaning up our Past - Pierson Lake, 1 - 4 p.m.
Come join members of the Civil War Round Table of Central Louisiana as they clean up around Pierson Lake, our gateway to Pineville´s recreational history. This will be the first concerted effort to clean up the area surrounding the lake so future generations can enjoy this focal point of the community. Please bring gloves and rubber boots as we will be cleaning up around the edges of the lake.
For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
9/30/2017
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Ellis & Moore´s One-of-a-Kind Cannon, 2 p.m.
Learn why the site´s 1861 Ellis & Moore 6-Pounder cannon is one of the rarest Civil War field pieces in existence today. Also discussed will be the full-scale reproduction artillery ammunition chest.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
9/30/2017
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Gone But Not Forgotten: Mansfield Cemetery Tour, 3:30 p.m.
Over the span of Mansfield´s history the town has experienced disease, war, and intrigue. All of these events end with someone´s interment in the Mansfield City Cemetery, the focus of this walking tour. Come learn some of the back stories of how those now resting in this cemetery exhausted themselves trying to stay out of it. Participants should meet at Mansfield SHS´ visitor center.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
9/30/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Is this Tree Going to Hit My House?, 10 a.m.
Learn how to measure tree height, diameter, and density. Participants will be allowed to try out some of the tools that foresters use to measure trees and will even learn how to measure trees in their own yard.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
9/30/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Squirrels, 2 p.m.
Come learn about the types of squirrels that live in the Arboretum, how they live in the wild, and why they are so important to the forest. There also will be a ranger-led hike out into the forest to see squirrels in their natural habitat.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
9/30/2017
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
National Public Lands Clean-up Day, 12:30 p.m.
Volunteers with the assistance of park staff will spend the afternoon removing litter and rubbish from the banks of Foster´s Creek. Participants are encouraged to bring rubber boots, water, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Rubber gloves and trash bags will be provided by the site.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
9/30/2017
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Public Lands Day, 9 - 11 a.m.
In recognition of Public Lands Day, volunteers and staff will work together to clean trails, remove litter and debris, and conduct site beautification projects throughout the site.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.

October  2017

10/4/2017 to 10/7/2017
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Great Books Week, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Little Free Libraries play an important role in encouraging a love of reading. In recognition of Great Books Week, the staff of Longfellow-Evangeline invites visitors to check out what great books are available in our newly established Little Free Library.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
10/6/2017 to 10/8/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Fury in the Streets: The Battle of Baton Rouge.
Friday: 9 a.m.–noon; Saturday: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Journey back into history to 1862, to the sights and sounds of the Civil War battle for Baton Rouge in 1862. Living history demonstrations and soldier camps can be seen all weekend long, highlighted by a reenactment of the August 1862 battle on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
10/6/2017
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A Civil War School Day, 9 a.m. - noon.
Students can learn about the Civil War, as it impacted the Felicianas, through Black powder weapon demonstrations, cannon demonstrations, drilling, life of a soldier, medical and food demonstrations. The program is open to home schooled students, and public and private schools; preregistration is required.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
10/7/2017
Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton
Seasonal Crafts, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Join site staff in creating a variety of crafts, decorations, or gifts for the fall holiday season.
For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
10/7/2017
Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville
Fall In! School of the Soldier in the War, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Learn how soldiers were taught to drill with their weapons, with the re-enactors of the 19th Louisiana Infantry, CSA and see how they worked in unison on the field. The demonstration is open to the public and visitors are encouraged to grab a wooden training rifle and fall in the ranks with the soldiers.
Email fortrandolphint@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
10/7/2017
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.
10/14/2017
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Prehistoric Pottery Making, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Attendees can try their hand at creating prehistoric-styled pottery items such as figurines, decorated clay objects, coiled clay pots, and clay pipes All materials will be provided; it is recommended that you wear clothing appropriate for clay-working.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
10/14/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Animal Detectives, 2 p.m.
Our resident critters can be great hiders; but with the right practice, you can really see where they go and what they do when we aren´t around. Visitors will get a quick "training" on how to find clues, then look for those clues of the critters that call the Arboretum home.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
10/20/2017 to 10/21/2017
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Southern Garden Symposium
The site´s historic gardens will be on display during the 28th Annual West Feliciana Parish Southern Garden Symposium. The annual event has become well-known throughout the South for its outstanding lectures and gardening workshops, held within various historic plantation settings throughout the West Feliciana Parish community. Registration information can be found at www.southerngardensymposium.org.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
10/20/2017
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Living History School Day, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Participants will explore, see, and hear examples of the daily life of a Civil War soldier. Students will view multiple stations such as artillery, infantry, food, women at war, medicine, etc. Reservations are required; call or email to make your group´s reservation.
Email porthudsonint1@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
10/21/2017
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
How Not to Get Lost in the Woods, 2 p.m.
Learn how to never be scared about being in the woods, using both technology and an awareness of your surroundings. By the end of the program you should feel more comfortable walking through the woods anywhere. If you have GPS units or smartphones, bring them as this enhances the experience of the program.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
10/21/2017 to 10/22/2017
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Overnight at Fort St. Jean Baptiste, 3 p.m. - noon, the next day
Imagine being garrisoned at an 18th-century site overnight. Tour the facility, then reassemble at the Fort to get your assigned rooms, or set up tents on the grounds outside the fort wall. Learn how to start and cook meals over an open fire, and how to heat the site´s working bread oven. This overnight program is for children ages 8-12 plus an adult chaperone; fee for this overnight program is $50 per person and registration is due by 5 p.m. on Sept. 14.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
10/28/2017
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
"Ghosts of the Past" Nighttime Battlefield Tour, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Come and watch costumed performers re-create the tragic and grisly aftermath of a Civil War battlefield. Afterwards guests will be led on a candlelight night tour of the actual battlefield, where almost 30,000 men made war on each other. This event is frightening and educational at the same time; entrance fee for this special event will be $5 per person.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
10/28/2017
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Night Hike, Dusk (approximately 6:45 p.m.)
Walk along the paths of Poverty Point at dusk to observe nature. Beyond the noises, animals will be discussed and hopefully viewed. Also, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy an "owl prowl." The hike will conclude with "spider sniffing" and hot chocolate, s´mores and storytelling around a campfire.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
10/28/2017
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.
10/28/2017
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
Hallowe´en Trick-or-Treat, 2 - 5 p.m.
Campers are encouraged to decorate their campsites for Hallowe´en, as Trick-or-Treaters visit the campground for treats and fun.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
10/28/2017
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Make a Difference Day, 9 - 11 a.m.
Make a Difference Day is the largest national day of community service and is the celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Participants will assist in a variety of Site beautification projects.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
10/29/2017
Black Bear Golf Club, Delhi
October Scramble, 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. starts.
Two-person scramble; $60/person entry fee includes greens fee, cart, range, prizes, and meal. Register by Thursday, Oct. 26.
For more information call toll free or 318.878.2162 locally.