Cajun Country

July  2018

Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Visitor Center Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Explore the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples that settled along the Bayou Teche including the Acadians and Creoles, Indians and Africans, Frenchman and Spaniards, and slaves and free people of color. A twelve-minute introductory video to the site is available to all guests in either English of French format. Seasonal exhibits and displays occur regularly throughout the year. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Become a Junior Ranger, 10 a.m. Two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum will be offered allowing those seeking to be a Junior Ranger to complete the course in one weekend. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Sundays • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Sunday Nature Program , 11 a.m. Choose your nature activity by being the first to arrive for our Sunday Nature Program. You can choose from a guided hike, a program featuring reptiles, or other programs featuring the unusual plants and animals of the Louisiana State Arboretum. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
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 traiteur´s 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 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • 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 1700´s to mid 1800´s 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.
7/4/2018 • 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 Arboretum´s 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.
7/14/2018 • 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 - 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 • 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.
7/27/2018 • 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 • 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.

August  2018

Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Visitor Center Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Explore the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples that settled along the Bayou Teche including the Acadians and Creoles, Indians and Africans, Frenchman and Spaniards, and slaves and free people of color. A twelve-minute introductory video to the site is available to all guests in either English of French format. Seasonal exhibits and displays occur regularly throughout the year. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Become a Junior Ranger, 10 a.m. Two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum will be offered allowing those seeking to be a Junior Ranger to complete the course in one weekend. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
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 traiteur´s 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 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • 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 1700´s to mid 1800´s 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.
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? Don´t 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.
Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to bird watching and binocular to use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 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.
8/18/2018 • 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.
8/25/2018 • 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 • 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.

September  2018

First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Become a Junior Ranger, 10 a.m. Two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum will be offered allowing those seeking to be a Junior Ranger to complete the course in one weekend. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
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 traiteur´s 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 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • 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 1700´s to mid 1800´s 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.
Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to bird watching and binocular to use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 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.
Wednesdays • 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 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.
Thursdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Thursday´s 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.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist for a guided hike through the Arboretum to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 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 Louisiana´s 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 1800´s. 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.
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.
9/15/2018 • 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.
9/22/2018 • 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 • 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.
9/29/2018 • 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 • 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 • 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.

October  2018

First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Become a Junior Ranger, 10 a.m. Two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum will be offered allowing those seeking to be a Junior Ranger to complete the course in one weekend. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
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 traiteur´s 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 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • 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 1700´s to mid 1800´s 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.
Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to bird watching and binocular to use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 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.
Wednesdays • 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 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.
Thursdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Thursday´s 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.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist for a guided hike through the Arboretum to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 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.
10/1/2018 to 10/7/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Great Books Week, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 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.
10/1/2018 to 10/31/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Atchafalaya Month, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. In recognition of Atchafalaya Month, a display will be set up in the Interpretive Center showcasing the Atchafalaya Basin as the nation´s largest river swamp, containing almost one million acres of America´s most significant bottomland hardwoods, swamps, bayous, and back water lakes. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
10/13/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Animal Detectives, 2 p.m. Our resident critters can be great hiders, but with the right practice you can see where they go and what they do when we aren´t around. Visitors will get a quick training on how to find clues, and then will look for clues of the critters that call the Arboretum home. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
10/20/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - How To Not Get Lost In The Woods, 2 p.m. Learn how to never be scared about being in the woods. We will be using both technology and the environment around us to determine where we are. If you have GPS units or smartphones definitely bring them as this enhances the experience of the program. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
10/24/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Make A Difference Day, 10 a.m. - Noon 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. Pre-registration is required. Program is subject to change based on weather conditions. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
10/27/2018 • 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.