Cajun Country

April  2018

Fourth Saturday of the month • Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the LeChien Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
www.ladutch.com
Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to birdwatching and binocular use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars are available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Third Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature for Kids, 10 a.m. Children will learn about a new nature topic each month and will make a related craft to take home with them. Topics could include, spring, reptiles, astronomy, insects and many more. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Latanier Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
www.ladutch.com
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Self-Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to tour the recreated 19th-century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin, and season permitting, sample vegetables. We have recently created a traiteurīs 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 to late 1800s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Maison Olivier Tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour focuses on bayou plantation lifestyle in the early to mid 1800s. Special attention is paid to the mid-1800s, when wealthy Creole sugarcane farmer Charles Olivier and his family inhabited the house. The tour tells of not only the lives of the wealthy Creole plantation owners but also of the enslaved workers on the plantation. 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 1700s to mid-1800s. The tour demonstrates how the Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring the everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Fridays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Fridays: Home School Groups, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Led by guides in period costumes, preregistered school groups will tour Maison Olivier, 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, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons will be available upon request. Email longfellow@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Thursdays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Thursdays: School Groups, Led by guides in period costumes, preregistered school groups will tour Maison Olivier, 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, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons will be available upon request. Email longfellow@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesdays: En Francais, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Preregistered school groups will view a French-language introductory video on the site, then view displays with French-language descriptions. Led by French-speaking guides in period costumes, students will then tour Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered according to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons are also available upon request. Email longfellow@crt.la.gov to request the program. 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. Interested in getting started on becoming a Junior Ranger? There will be two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum so future Junior Rangers can complete their program requirements in one weekend. This will also include time to work Junior Ranger workbooks and time to swear in new Junior Rangers who have completed all the steps of the program. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join park staff for a guided walk along the arboretum trails. Visitors will learn about the flora and fauna found in the Arboretum. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/7/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Louisiana Iris, 1 p.m. Louisianaīs state wildflower, the Louisiana iris, is increasingly recognized as a native plant that is exceedingly well-adapted to garden culture. Learn how you can incorporate this native wildflower into your garden, and join the staff horticulturist to view Louisiana iris blooming in the Arboretum. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/14/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Aquatic Critters, 2 p.m. Chicot Lake is known for its great fishing, but what are some of the other creatures that live in the lake? Visitors will help the ranger find and identify some of the frogs, crawfish, and other creatures that call Chicot Lake home. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/21/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Letīs Count the Species, 2 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day a day early by counting the species of the Arboretum. We will conducting a short bio-blitz that everybody can be a part of to see how many plants and animals we can identify in a two-hour span. Field guides and binoculars will be available to participants to use during the program and all data collected will be used for citizen science projects such as eBird and iNaturalist. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/21/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Earth Day, 9 - 11 a.m. Earth Day, first celebrated in 1970, is now recognized worldwide as a day to demonstrate support for the environment. Volunteers and staff will work together on eco-friendly projects that will also enhance the site. Refreshments and a light snack will be provided. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
4/28/2018 • 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.
4/28/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Spring Edibles, 2 p.m. Join us to learn about what plants are edible in the springtime. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

May  2018

Fourth Saturday of the month • Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the LeChien Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
www.ladutch.com
Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to birdwatching and binocular use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars are available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Third Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature for Kids, 10 a.m. Children will learn about a new nature topic each month and will make a related craft to take home with them. Topics could include, spring, reptiles, astronomy, insects and many more. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Latanier Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
www.ladutch.com
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Self-Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to tour the recreated 19th-century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin, and season permitting, sample vegetables. We have recently created a traiteurīs 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 to late 1800s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Maison Olivier Tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour focuses on bayou plantation lifestyle in the early to mid 1800s. Special attention is paid to the mid-1800s, when wealthy Creole sugarcane farmer Charles Olivier and his family inhabited the house. The tour tells of not only the lives of the wealthy Creole plantation owners but also of the enslaved workers on the plantation. 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 1700s to mid-1800s. The tour demonstrates how the Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring the everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Fridays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Fridays: Home School Groups, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Led by guides in period costumes, preregistered school groups will tour Maison Olivier, 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, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons will be available upon request. Email longfellow@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Thursdays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Thursdays: School Groups, Led by guides in period costumes, preregistered school groups will tour Maison Olivier, 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, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons will be available upon request. Email longfellow@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesdays: En Francais, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Preregistered school groups will view a French-language introductory video on the site, then view displays with French-language descriptions. Led by French-speaking guides in period costumes, students will then tour Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered according to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons are also available upon request. Email longfellow@crt.la.gov to request the program. 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. Interested in getting started on becoming a Junior Ranger? There will be two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum so future Junior Rangers can complete their program requirements in one weekend. This will also include time to work Junior Ranger workbooks and time to swear in new Junior Rangers who have completed all the steps of the program. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join park staff for a guided walk along the arboretum trails. Visitors will learn about the flora and fauna found in the Arboretum. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/12/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - International Migratory Bird Day, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and support migratory bird conservation at Louisiana State Arboretum. You will have an opportunity to learn more about wild birds and their conservation at this event which will includes crafts, presentations, games and displays. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/12/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Sounds, 2 p.m. Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by learning some of the calls and songs of the birds of the Arboretum, then going outside to practice this new knowledge. Binoculars will be provided so that visitors can confirm what they are hearing. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/12/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - A Day in the Life of the Early Acadian Child, 9 - 11 a.m. In recognition of National Kids to Parks Day, learn about what life would have been like for a child in the 1800s. Children can participate in chores, and then enjoy period games. Staff will be dressed in historic costumes and a limited number of childrenīs costumes will be available on a first-come, first served basis. As a reward for all of their hard work, refreshment will be provided to all participants. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
5/19/2018 • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Nature in the Park, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join the site naturalist in Chicot State Park to learn about the plants and animals that can be found in the park. This program will take place at the picnic area of Chicot State Park. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/26/2018 • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Guided Canoe Tour, 10 a.m. - 1 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.
5/28/2018 • 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.

June  2018

Fourth Saturday of the month • Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the LeChien Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
www.ladutch.com
Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to birdwatching and binocular use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars are available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Third Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature for Kids, 10 a.m. Children will learn about a new nature topic each month and will make a related craft to take home with them. Topics could include, spring, reptiles, astronomy, insects and many more. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Latanier Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
www.ladutch.com
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Self-Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to tour the recreated 19th-century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin, and season permitting, sample vegetables. We have recently created a traiteurīs 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 to late 1800s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Maison Olivier Tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour focuses on bayou plantation lifestyle in the early to mid 1800s. Special attention is paid to the mid-1800s, when wealthy Creole sugarcane farmer Charles Olivier and his family inhabited the house. The tour tells of not only the lives of the wealthy Creole plantation owners but also of the enslaved workers on the plantation. 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 1700s to mid-1800s. The tour demonstrates how the Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring the everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. 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. Interested in getting started on becoming a Junior Ranger? There will be two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum so future Junior Rangers can complete their program requirements in one weekend. This will also include time to work Junior Ranger workbooks and time to swear in new Junior Rangers who have completed all the steps of the program. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join park staff for a guided walk along the arboretum trails. Visitors will learn about the flora and fauna found in the Arboretum. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
6/16/2018 • 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.
6/23/2018 • 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.
6/23/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Native Plants for Pollinators, 2 p.m. Research suggests native plants are four times more attractive to native bees than exotic flowers. They are also usually well adapted to your growing conditions and can thrive with minimum attention. Create a native flowering garden for pollinators and attract not just bees, but hummingbirds, butterflies and many interesting insects. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
6/30/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature Craft, 10 a.m. Join the site naturalist to make a nature-themed craft to take home with you. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

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.
July 15, 22, 29 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature at Night, 8 p.m. Join the site naturalist to explore nature in the dark. Program topics include owls, night sounds, night hikes, astronomy, spiders, and more. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.