Cajun Country

January  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 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 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.
1/1/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018 • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018 • Grand Isle State Park, Grand Isle - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018 • Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/13/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bluebird Basics, 1 - 3 p.m. Discover the tricks to attract nesting bluebirds, from "do´s and don´ts" to a nesting timetable. This is a good starting point for beginners and a refresher for long-time bluebird fans alike. Following the presentation, preregistered participants will build a bluebird house to take home. there is a limit of one box per family and a $15 fee is required. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
1/20/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Arbor Day, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Celebrate Louisiana´s Arbor Day at the Louisiana State Arboretum. The day will begin with an opening ceremony honoring the day and trees in our lives. Visit the tree classroom and learn how to plant, prune and care for trees. Hard to find native to Louisiana tree saplings will be available to participants throughout the day while supplies last. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
1/27/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Winter Tree Identification, 10 a.m. Visitors will learn techniques for identifying trees during the most difficult time of year. This program will closely examine tree bark, twigs, buds, and location to determine a tree´s species without using leaves. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
1/27/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature Craft, 2 p.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.
1/27/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Vigilantes on the Bayou, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. During the mid-1800s in South Louisiana, Acadian farmers were being pushed off their lands by bands of vigilantes made up of wealthier Creoles and les Americans. The vigilantes used threats and false accusations against the small farmers to seize their land. See how hostilities reached their peak during a 1 p.m. reenactment at the Acadian Farmstead. There will also be a showing of "Belizaire," which focuses on these events, in the Visitor Center. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.

February  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 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 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.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - African American Heritage Month, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. In recognition of African American Heritage Month, a display will be set up in the visitor center offering visitors a glimpse into the life of a slave on a sugarcane plantation in south Louisiana in the 1800s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
2/10/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Pine Needle Basketry, 1 - 4 p.m. Participants, ages 12 to adult, will learn all the basic skills needed to make a pine needle basket. There is a $10 registration fee for this program; all materials are provided and space is limited to 10 participants. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/17/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Toad Abodes, 2 p.m. Toads are very beneficial to have around our gardens; unfortunately, their numbers are declining. Learn ways to make your garden more toad-friendly, as easily as providing an upside-down clay flower pot. Join us and make a toad house for your garden. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/24/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Wetlands, 10 a.m. Visitors will go on a 2.5 mile hike through 3 unique wetlands and observe why these wetlands are so important to the park. Dip nets will be used on the program so visitors can see some of the smaller organisms that occur in wetlands. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/24/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Louisiana Geology, 2 p.m. Louisiana is a geologically dynamic state, and its story is in the hills and gullies of the Arboretum. Learn about major geological events of Louisiana and take a hike to see how these processes helped shape the environment of the Arboretum and the surrounding area. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

March  2018

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 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 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.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Women´s History Month, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. In recognition of Women´s History Month, a display will be set up in the vsitor center representing the life of Creole, Acadian and slave women in the 1800s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
3/10/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Aquatic Mammals, 2 p.m. Learn about the aquatic mammals native to the area including river otters, nutria, muskrat, and beaver. The program inside will feature skulls and furs from these creatures while the outside portion will be a hike through their habitat. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/17/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Attracting Butterflies & Moths with Native Plants, 2 p.m. Native plants are essential for hosting the egg laying and larval stages critical to the life cycle of many butterflies and moths. The flowers of native plants provide an abundance of pollen and nectar for adult butterflies and moths. Learn which native plants attract butterflies and moths such as the Giant Swallowtail and the Luna Moth. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/21/2018 to 3/23/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - International Day of Francophone, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. In recognition of the International Day of Francophone on March 20, there will be French infused tours and activities to pre-registered French immersion school students. Staff will dress in historic costumes as they guide students through the hands-on area to try out chores, toys and games from the period. Email longfellow@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
3/24/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Coyotes, 10 a.m. Coyotes are one of the most valuable and most controversial animals in Louisiana and in the entire United States. This program will discuss their traits, their role in the habitats of Louisiana, and their cultural impact throughout history. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/24/2018 • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Guided Canoe Tour, 2 - 4 p.m. Join the site naturalist for a guided canoe tour of Chicot Lake. Canoeing experience is recommended. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. You may bring your own canoe but still need to register. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/30/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Stop by the visitor center and get your scavenger hunt sheet to look for nature clues found along the trails and among the exhibits. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/31/2018 • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m. Children 12 and under are invited to our Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Chicot State Park. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/31/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Crawfish, 10 a.m. Crawfish are a valuable (and tasty) critter to Louisiana and are also an important creature to most Louisiana habitats. This program will cover the basic parts of a crawfish, how they live, and their role in the bayous, lakes and fields of Louisiana. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

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 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 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. Louisiana´s 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.
4/21/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Let´s 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 • 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 • 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.