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August  2018

7/1/2018 to 9/1/2018
Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton
Outdoor Classroom, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Learn about the wildlife, plant life and other aspects of the Park. Various items on display and a variety of program topics offered. Ask questions, make suggestions and enjoy your visit.
For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
8/1/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Junior Ranger Program, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. upon request
Available on request, a visitor can ask for a Jr. Ranger booklet which must be completed in order to receive a Jr. Ranger badge and certificate. Inside the booklet are a number of activities which require knowledge of Poverty Point to complete. The answers can be found while viewing a video in the theatre and examining displays of artifacts in the museum. A self-guided driving or hiking tour will be helpful. Of course, visitors can also join a ranger-guided tram tour around the site to help with the completion of the booklet as well.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
8/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
What People Wore, As Requested
Clothing styles have changed a lot through the years. Some of the most distinctive came from the 1800īs. School groups will get to learn the history about the clothing and get to try on some of the clothes to see what it was like back then.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
8/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Lost Arts Toys and Games, As Requested
The children will be taught some of the games children played back in the 1800īs. They will learn and also get to participate in those games like: Graces, Hoop and Stick, Town Ball.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
8/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Lost Arts Medical Practices, As Requested
Groups will learn about the primitive medical techniques from the 1800īs 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 Requested8/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Women In History, As Requested
Women in History will talk about and show what women accomplished through history, what they had to endure, and also talk about some of the most influential women in American history.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
8/1/2018 to 8/31/2018
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Acadian Day, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
In recognition of National Day of the Acadians (August 15) a display will be set up in the Interpretive Center throughout the month of August showcasing our Acadian heritage.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
8/2/2018
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Are the dog days of summer bringing you down? Donīt let the heat keep you away. In recognition of National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Les Amis de Longfellow=Evangeline SHS will be providing complimentary ice cream sandwiches to visitors throughout the day.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
8/4/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature Apps, 2 p.m.
Smartphone use is expanding in the outdoors and is a wonderful tool to enhance your experience with nature. Visitors will get a short demonstration of some of the interesting and useful outdoor apps followed by a short hike to demonstrate the apps on the trail.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/4/2018
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Teacher Appreciation Day, 10 a.m. - Noon
Teachers are invited to visit Fort St Jean Baptiste SHS as an appreciation day to learn what is offered for upcoming field trips in the 2018-2019 school year.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
8/5/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Forager Hike, 9:30 a.m.
Get a look at some of the plants which would have been eaten and used by the ancient Native Americans. A 1.5 mile ranger-led hike will take visitors through a portion of the earthworks with a focus on useful native plants.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
8/11/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Puppet Show, 2 p.m.
Come to the nature center for one of our puppet shows and meet the cast of the Louisiana State Arboretum. Shows range from topics such as pollution to wildlife habitat. Visitors will also be able to make their own puppet that they can take home with them.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/11/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Secret Lives of Butterflies, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Explore the wonderful world of butterflies. Learn where to find them, how they grow, what they eat, and how to help them. Take home a butterfly craft you make at the program. Great for younger naturalists.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/11/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
2nd Saturday Hike, 10 a.m.
Join a park historian on a guided tour of the battlefield areas known as Fort Babcock and Fort Desperate. The tour will start at 10:00 AM at the museum. Appropriate footwear, sunscreen, and some drinking water is recommended.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
8/18/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
In Search of Your Civil War Ancestors, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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.
8/18/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Civil War Living History Encampment, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Take a trip into the past and into the camp of the 8th Vermont Infantry as they portray soldier life in Louisiana during the Civil War. See how soldiers lived in camp, cooked, drilled and fired their weapons.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/18/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Tiny House ... Of the Feathered Kind, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Build a bird house to be installed at the park. Materials and instructions are provided. Find out what bird will be calling the house its home and why. A great family activity. No additional fee required.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/18/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Native Plants for Butterflies and Moths, 2 p.m.
Learn which native plants attract butterflies and moths such as the Giant Swallowtail and the Luna Moth in this introduction to Attracting butterflies and moths with native plants.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/19/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
With Pen and Ink, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Participants can try their hand at pen or quill and ink writing as they discover letter writing in the early 1800s. Discover how quill pens are made and take one home.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/25/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Secret Lives of Frogs, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Explore the world of a frog. Learn where to find them, how they grow, what they eat, and how to help them. Take home a butterfly craft you make at the program. Great for younger naturalists.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/25/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Summer Edible Plants, 2 p.m.
Join us to learn about the wild edible plants of the summer.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/25/2018
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 to cook their food using specially dug pit, using materials that would have been available to the local inhabitants over 3,000 years ago.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
8/25/2018
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
Guided Canoe Tour, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Guided canoe tour of Lake Chicot.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/25/2018
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Civil War Vittles, 2 p.m.
Come and see how soldiers and officers of the American Civil War perfected cooking and eating while on the march and in camp. Learn about hard tack, the origins of canned goods, making coffee without coffee, and campfire delicacies.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
8/25/2018
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Civil War Vittles, 2 p.m.
Come and see how soldiers and officers of the American Civil War perfected cooking and eating while on the march and in camp. Learn about hard tack, the origins of canned goods, making coffee without coffee, and campfire delicacies.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
8/25/2018
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Civil War Vittles, 2 p.m.
Come and see how soldiers and officers of the American Civil War perfected cooking and eating while on the march and in camp. Learn about hard tack, the origins of canned goods, making coffee without coffee, and campfire delicacies.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
8/4/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Hand that Heals, 1 - 4 p.m.
Discover medicine and medical practices used by Lucretia Pierre at Oakley Plantation in 1821. Find out how an herb garden would double as an early medicine cabinet for the apothecary.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/5/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A Taste of Tea and Thee, 1 - 4 p.m.
Sample a sumptuous selection of carefully-chosen specialty teas from the Colonial and Victorian periods and discover the roots and etiquette of the afternoon tea.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/31/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The 1810 West Florida Rebellion Home School Day, 9 - 11:30 a.m.
Home school students are invited to 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. Students also will 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.
8/31/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
1810 West Florida Rebellion Home School Day, 9 - 11:30 a.m.
Home school students are invited to 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. Students also will 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.

September  2018

7/1/2018 to 9/1/2018
Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton
Outdoor Classroom, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Learn about the wildlife, plant life and other aspects of the Park. Various items on display and a variety of program topics offered. Ask questions, make suggestions and enjoy your visit.
For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
8/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
What People Wore, As Requested
Clothing styles have changed a lot through the years. Some of the most distinctive came from the 1800īs. School groups will get to learn the history about the clothing and get to try on some of the clothes to see what it was like back then.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
8/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Lost Arts Toys and Games, As Requested
The children will be taught some of the games children played back in the 1800īs. They will learn and also get to participate in those games like: Graces, Hoop and Stick, Town Ball.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
8/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Lost Arts Medical Practices, As Requested
Groups will learn about the primitive medical techniques from the 1800īs 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 Requested8/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Women In History, As Requested
Women in History will talk about and show what women accomplished through history, what they had to endure, and also talk about some of the most influential women in American history.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
9/1/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Primitive Fire Starting, 11 a.m.
Learn how the Native Americans of Poverty Point would have created fire more than 3,500 years ago. Connect with our shared past in learning about primitive fire starting techniques using a bow drill. Visitors are encouraged to try out the bow drill for themselves as well.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Living History Friday; Home School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pre-registered home school groups are invited to take a tour on any Friday throughout the school year. Led by guides in period costumes, students will tour Maison Olivier. Students will then continue to the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the Life of an Acadian yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons are typically available upon request. Home school groups must register.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/1/2018 to 9/30/2018
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Sugarcane to Cane Sugar, 10 a.m.
Learn how Louisianaīs oldest cash crops, sugarcane was planted, harvested and granulated in the past and in modern times. Join an interpretive ranger for a walk through the home of Charles Olivier du Clozel and see what life was like on a sugar plantation in the mid 1800īs. A display an informative video of how sugar has been planted, harvested and granulated in both past and present times will be available for viewing in the interpretive center.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Led by French-speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take a French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Students will view an introductory video to the site in French and will be led throughout the Interpretive enter which houses displays written in French. Led by French speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will then tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, upon request.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Thursdays9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Living History Thursdayīs School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Led by guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian Yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of black powder weapons are typically available upon request. Pre-registration is required.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/1/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
1st Saturday Hike, 10 a.m.
Join a park historian on a guided tour of the battlefield sites known as Bennettīs Lunette and Mississippi Redoubt. The tour will start at 10:00 AM at the museum. Appropriate footwear, sunscreen, and some drinking water is recommended.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
9/2/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Firepower!, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
The Port Hudson State Historic Site will conduct demonstrations with Civil War ear reproduction weapons. The program will start with a cannon demonstration followed by small arms; muskets, rifles, carbine, pistols. The program will conclude with the firing of the parkīs 42-pounder siege cannon.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
9/2/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
LIfe in the Shallows, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Explore pond life at Audubon. Young participants take part Park Ranger led exploration to see what swims, crawls, slithers, hops, or even flies about the edges of the pond and their place in the ecosystem.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/8/2018
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Hummingbirds, 2 p.m.
The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is a tiny, fascinating bird that joins us from spring to fall each year. Join us for this informative program if you would like to learn how to attract hummingbirds to your yard with flowers and feeders.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/8/2018 to 9/9/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Scout Weekend, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
All scouts (Girl, Brownie, Boy, and Cub) are invited to come to the park this weekend to earn either the Port Hudson Historic Trail or the Port Hudson Nature Trail patches. Civil War small arm demonstrations will be given during the day. A Civil War campsite will be set up to allow scouts to see what camp life was like for the soldier in the 1860s.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
9/8/2018
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Stick and Ball (Croquet), 10 a.m. - Noon
A two-hour Kids Day at the Park for children 6-10 years old to play croquet. The fee for this activity is $5.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
9/15/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Plantation Blacksmith, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
The plantation blacksmith turned iron stock into everything from hooks, to hinges to repairs on farm equipment. See a demonstration of blacksmithing in the parks recreated blacksmith shop.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/15/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Compass Scavenger Hunt, 2 p.m.
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.
9/16/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Laundry Day, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Have a hands-on experience in doing the laundry by hand. Participants may be surprised to discover how different laundry day was 200 years ago.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/22/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Secret Lives of Birds, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Explore the wonderful world of birds. Learn where to find them, how they grow, what they eat, and how to help them. Take home a bird craft you make at the program. Great for younger naturalists.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/22/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Coyotes, 2 p.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.
9/22/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Tool Demonstration, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Go back in time and learn about the Poverty Point inhabitants that once lived in Northeast Louisiana more than 3,500 years ago and how they developed and created tools used in their everyday lives.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
9/22/2018
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
Guided Canoe Tour, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Guided canoe tour of Lake Chicot.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
9/23/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
From Sheep to Shawl, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Follow the trail of early 1800s textiles from the field to the clothes and items made from them. A hands-on experience carding wool, spinning wool, dying wool and the loom in action to create the cloth.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/29/2018
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Public Lands Day, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
In recognition of Public Lands Day, volunteers and staff will work together to clean trails, remove liter/debris, and conduct site beautification projects throughout the site. Program is subject to change depending on weather conditions. RSVP to attend.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/29/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Squirrels, 2 p.m.
Come learn about the types of squirrels that reside in the Arboretum, how they live in the wild, and why they are so important to the forest. Then there will be a Ranger-led hike out into the forest to try and find squirrels in their natural habitat.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
9/29/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Is This Tree Going to Hit My House?, 10 a.m.
As the title suggests come to see if your tree is going to hit your house or simply come to learn how to measure trees. Program participants will 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.
9/29/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
National Public Lands Celebration, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
National Public Lands Day is a celebration of the work, play, and learning that takes place on public lands every day. Volunteer and lend a hand in clearing and removing woody invasive species on our historic battlefield earthworks.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
9/1/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The 1810 West Florida Rebellion, 10 a.m. - 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.