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November  2018

Second Saturday of the month • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Dutch Oven Cooking, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join the Bogue Chitto Dutch Oven Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a Dutch Oven Gathering, as they prepare a variety of dishes in this outdoor cooking method that is growing in popularity.
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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.
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First Saturday of the month • Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon The park will host the Bartholomew Dutch Oven Society, 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.
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Fourth Saturday of the month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 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
Fourth Saturday of the Month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Bayou Pots, 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. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 318.745.3503 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, Delhi - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Poverty Point 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. For more information call 800.474.0392 toll free or 318.878.7536 locally.
Third Saturday of the Month • Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the WEGO 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. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 504.736.7140 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 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.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 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.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Site Staff will guide visitors on a tour of the Rosedown Main House. The tour will encompass the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman Family, the restoration and ownership of the property by the Underwoods of Houston, and the purchase and ownership of the property by the State of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
By appointment • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Exploring the Forts in Detail, A ranger guided tour of both Forts Randolph and Buhlow. The visitors would also be able to enter the winter quarters exhibit to see how the soldiers lived. They can also try on some of the clothing and equipment the troops used. At least a two day´s notice is required to schedule one of these special ranger guided tours. Tour fee is $8 per person. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Otis House Museum Tours, Tues - Thurs: By App.t Only; Friday & Sat: 1-4 pm Visit the c.1885 Otis House to learn more about the Jay sawmill community along the Tchefuncte River and St. Tammany lifestyle during the 1885-1930 time span. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Atlatl Demonstration, Wednesday-Sunday Upon Request Thousands of years ago, the Native Americans who built Poverty Point needed to be able to hunt for their food. The atlatl was the best tool for the job. A ranger will discuss the significance of the atlatl and the techniques for using one. Participants will also have the opportunity to test out their abilities with the atlatl. Available upon request. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Costumed Guided Tours, Hourly 10 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Upon availability of a costumed ranger and/or volunteer, daily hourly tours will be offered - weather permitting. Fee for tours is $8 per person ages four and up. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 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.
3rd Saturday of the Month • 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. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Weekly • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Primitive Woodworking, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The Interpretive Ranger will demonstrate the use of a shaving horse, froe, draw knife, hand saw and a pocket knife to make useful wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, tool handles, hiking sticks, canes and slingshot forks. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
Saturdays • Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Yoga At The State Park, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Bayou Yoga of Covington is offering donation-based classes every Saturday morning. All donations will be donated to the park. Participants must bring own mat and water. Entrance fees are waived for those attending class. *Weather permitting. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2nd Saturday of the Month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Latanier Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration, 9 a.m. Greetin´, Meetin´, Cookin´ & Eatin´. Join Latanier Cookers for a variety of Dutch Oven side dishes and desserts. Bring your ice chest and lawnchair. Pots go on the coals from 9 a.m.- 10 a.m.; Pots on the table at Noon. No charge for tasting. Donations are always welcome. Entry fee into the park applies. No Pets allowed. For more information call 888.677.0094 toll free or 337.893.3930 locally.
11/1/2018 to 11/30/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - National American Indian Heritage Month, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, a display featuring the Attakapas Indians will be in the Interpretive Center throughout the month of November. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Fri. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m • 11/2/2018 to 11/3/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Gathering of the Tribes, The Natchitoches Tribe of Louisiana will have an education day for local 4th grade students on Friday, Nov. 2. On Saturday, Nov. 3, the general public is invited to dance with visiting tribes. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
11/3/2018 to 11/4/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Scout Weekend, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. All scouts (Girl, Brownie, Boy, and Cub) are invited to to earn either the Port Hudson Historic Trail or the Port Hudson Nature Trail patches, free of charge. Civil War small arms 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.
11/3/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Service Day at Chicot State Park & Arboretum, 9 a.m. - noon Show your love for Chicot State Park and Louisiana State Arboretum on Saturday, Nov. 3rd from 9:00 am until Noon. Join our park staff in removing litter from the Chicot Park road and around Chicot Lake and improving our hiking trails. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
11/8/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Great Sizzling Sausage!, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Visitors will see how salting & preserving meat for winter storage was done in the 1800s. See sausage handmade and prepared for the cold winter mornings by Audubon´s costumed staff. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
11/10/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Tatting Class, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn how to create crocheted lace like that of beautiful antique pieces. Space is limited to the first 20 people. Register early! Preregistration required. Admission is $5 per person which includes entrance to the grounds but does not cover the Oakley House tour. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
11/10/2018 • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Conchon de Lait - Dutch Oven Gathering, Gathering @ 9 a.m.; Tasting @ Noon A Conchon de Lait hosted by the Latanier Cookers chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society. Dutch oven side dishes and desserts will also be served. Music provided by the Wayback Rambers. Park entrance fees - $3. For more information call 888.677.0094 toll free or 337.893.3930 locally.
11/10/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Prehistoric Acorn Cooking, 12:15 p.m. Acorns, which would have been an important part of the Native American diet at Poverty Point approximately 3,500 years ago, were as plentiful centuries ago as they are today. Ranger will demonstrate how acorns are made edible and prepared to eat. Samples will be available to taste. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
11/10/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - The Ultimate Historic Toss, 10 a.m. - Noon No matter what they were called, tossing games have been around for centuries and known by many names. The French called a toss game chuck farthing, but today it is known as backyard toss, baggo, chuck-o, the bags game, beanbags. We just call it corn-hole. Children ages 6-10 can enjoy this toss game with fort staff - weather permitting. $5 fee per child. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
11/10/2018 • Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield - Veterans of the Civil War, 2 p.m. The program examines the fate of soldiers as they returned home from the Civil War especially those of the Red River Campaign. Stories of those who returned home and those who sought a new life in the vastness of the American West. For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
11/11/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Textiles and Tea, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. A two-hour refresher class for intermediate level textiles featuring crochet and tatting work. Having a problem with a project or just can´t remember a technique ? Park volunteers will be on hand to get you and your project back on track as vintage textiles are the conversation of the day around the tea pot. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
11/17/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Ranger-Guided Hike, 9:30 a.m. Visitors are invited to accompany a ranger on a 2.6 mile hike around the prehistoric site. The ranger will discuss the earthworks as well as other interesting things that might be seen along the way. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
11/17/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Pine Needle Basketry, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Participants will learn all the basic techniques to make a pine needle basket. Materials are provided. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.$10 per person. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
11/17/2018 • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Glow Crazy, 4:30 p.m. The Inaugural Glow Crazy Walk/Run at Chicot State Park. Participants will run/walk a 1.6 mile course while wearing glow bracelets/necklaces. Participants are encouraged to bring their own glow-in-the-dark items and/or flashlights to use during the race. Prizes will be awarded to top runners and giveaways will be available for all participants. The cost is $5 per person and normal day use fees apply. Prizes are courtesy of Evangeline Parish Chamber of Commerce. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
11/24/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Turkeys, 2 p.m. Come celebrate and learn more about the most valuable bird of November. We´ll discuss how they live in the wild and why they hold such a valuable place in nature and our culture. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
11/24/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Getting Kids Back to Nature, 2 p.m. Have fun and learn about five different subjects in a very short time. Kids will be dipnetting, learning other languages, using math skills, writing poetry, and learning about the history of the park. This will all be done in an outdoor setting on the trail. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
11/24/2018 • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Pictures with Santa, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Santa will make a visit to Palmetto Island State Park to take photos with guests. He will be at the gazebo deck of the Nature Center. Just before, Santa will make a drive through the park at 11 a.m. Entrance fees - $3 *Must bring own camera/phone for pictures. For more information call 888.677.0094 toll free or 337.893.3930 locally.
11/30/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Colonial Christmas Home School Day, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Start the Holiday season with a trip to the past ! Pre-registered students will learn about Christmas traditions in early America. Wassailing, hunting for Christmas dinner, and origins of Christmas traditions are just some of the things students will experience. Pre-registration is required. Open to Home Schools Only. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

December  2018

Second Saturday of the month • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Dutch Oven Cooking, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join the Bogue Chitto Dutch Oven Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a Dutch Oven Gathering, as they prepare a variety of dishes in this outdoor cooking method that is growing in popularity.
www.ladutch.com
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
First Saturday of the month • Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon The park will host the Bartholomew Dutch Oven Society, 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
Fourth Saturday of the month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 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
Fourth Saturday of the Month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Bayou Pots, 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. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 318.745.3503 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, Delhi - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Poverty Point 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. For more information call 800.474.0392 toll free or 318.878.7536 locally.
Third Saturday of the Month • Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the WEGO 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. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 504.736.7140 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 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.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 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.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Site Staff will guide visitors on a tour of the Rosedown Main House. The tour will encompass the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman Family, the restoration and ownership of the property by the Underwoods of Houston, and the purchase and ownership of the property by the State of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
By appointment • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Exploring the Forts in Detail, A ranger guided tour of both Forts Randolph and Buhlow. The visitors would also be able to enter the winter quarters exhibit to see how the soldiers lived. They can also try on some of the clothing and equipment the troops used. At least a two day´s notice is required to schedule one of these special ranger guided tours. Tour fee is $8 per person. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Otis House Museum Tours, Tues - Thurs: By App.t Only; Friday & Sat: 1-4 pm Visit the c.1885 Otis House to learn more about the Jay sawmill community along the Tchefuncte River and St. Tammany lifestyle during the 1885-1930 time span. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Atlatl Demonstration, Wednesday-Sunday Upon Request Thousands of years ago, the Native Americans who built Poverty Point needed to be able to hunt for their food. The atlatl was the best tool for the job. A ranger will discuss the significance of the atlatl and the techniques for using one. Participants will also have the opportunity to test out their abilities with the atlatl. Available upon request. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Costumed Guided Tours, Hourly 10 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Upon availability of a costumed ranger and/or volunteer, daily hourly tours will be offered - weather permitting. Fee for tours is $8 per person ages four and up. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 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.
3rd Saturday of the Month • 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. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Weekly • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Primitive Woodworking, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The Interpretive Ranger will demonstrate the use of a shaving horse, froe, draw knife, hand saw and a pocket knife to make useful wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, tool handles, hiking sticks, canes and slingshot forks. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
Saturdays • Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Yoga At The State Park, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Bayou Yoga of Covington is offering donation-based classes every Saturday morning. All donations will be donated to the park. Participants must bring own mat and water. Entrance fees are waived for those attending class. *Weather permitting. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2nd Saturday of the Month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Latanier Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration, 9 a.m. Greetin´, Meetin´, Cookin´ & Eatin´. Join Latanier Cookers for a variety of Dutch Oven side dishes and desserts. Bring your ice chest and lawnchair. Pots go on the coals from 9 a.m.- 10 a.m.; Pots on the table at Noon. No charge for tasting. Donations are always welcome. Entry fee into the park applies. No Pets allowed. For more information call 888.677.0094 toll free or 337.893.3930 locally.
12/1/2018 to 12/31/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Christmas Past, The Christmas Past exhibit provides information on the celebration of Christmas in the past and how certain modern custom associated with the holiday evolved. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Tues. - Thurs. by appt only. Fri. & Sat. 1-4 p.m. • 12/1/2018 to 12/22/2018 • Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Christmas In A Victorian Parlor, Five decades of Christmas celebration will be depicted from the Victorian Christmas through the great depression. Decorations, customs, mood and history of each decade will be discussed. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
12/1/2018 to 12/31/2018 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - 19th Century Christmas Decoration, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Program will consist of historic, early-to-mid-19th century-style Christmas decoration of the Main House interior and exterior, including small tabletop Christmas tree decorated with appropriate 19th century-style ornaments. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
12/1/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Earth Oven Demonstration, 11 a.m. Come and join us around the fire as we cook food as Native Americans did thousands of years ago. A ranger-led cooking demonstration offers a unique look at prehistoric cooking with an earth oven, showing how the Poverty Point people used earthen cooking balls and specially-dug pits to prepare their food. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
12/1/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Christmas On The Cane, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visitors are welcomed to tour the site, watch the morning Christmas parade, and visit with re-enactors as Fort St. Jean Baptiste celebrates Christmas on the Cane. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
12/5/2018 to 12/16/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Creole Christmas, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the Olivier Plantation circa 1815 and see the lovely natural Christmas decorations and learn how the holiday was celebrated by the Creoles. A temporary exhibit called "Christmas Past" will be on display in the Interpretive Center providing information on Christmas traditions and how certain customs evolved. Special demonstrations will be held. School groups are to register in advance. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
12/8/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Dickens of a Christmas, 6 - 8 p.m. The plantation comes to life during the holidays, as it shows off its seasonal decorations. Costumed guides accompany the visitor on a trip into the past through the candlelit Oakley House. Take a taste of what´s cooking in the kitchen, or just enjoy the yearly Christmas dance or listen to live period music. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
12/8/2018 • Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Costumed Christmas Tours, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Costumed interpreters will cover history, superstitions, myths, and legends that have influenced our Christmas celebration of today. Cookies and Wassail will be served. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
12/8/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Flying Squirrels, 1 p.m. Learn about the southern flying squirrel by looking at its behavior, habitat, and nesting features. Visitors can build flying squirrel boxes to take home. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $10; all tools and materials provided. Only 8 boxes available for program. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
12/8/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Animal and Plant Bingo, 10 a.m. - Noon In the 18th century they called it Cavagnole, but today it´s Bingo. An animal and plant bingo spells out a fun time for children 6-10 years of age. Fee for the program is $5.00 per child. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
12/15/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Chicot Trail Guided Hike, The hike will focus on the history of the lake, the vegetation of the site, and the many animals that live in the park. Hikes typically last two hours but can be less if needed. The hike will start at the North Trailhead which is located just south of the North Landing Campground. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
12/15/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Atlatl Demonstration, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. A ranger will discuss tips and techniques for using these ancient hunting tools and participants will have the opportunity to test out their abilities with the atlatl. Participants will also gain an understanding of how and why these tools were used by the ancient inhabitants of the Poverty Point site. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.

January  2019

Second Saturday of the month • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Dutch Oven Cooking, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join the Bogue Chitto Dutch Oven Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a Dutch Oven Gathering, as they prepare a variety of dishes in this outdoor cooking method that is growing in popularity.
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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.
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First Saturday of the month • Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon The park will host the Bartholomew Dutch Oven Society, 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.
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Fourth Saturday of the month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 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.
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Fourth Saturday of the Month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Bayou Pots, 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. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 318.745.3503 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, Delhi - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Poverty Point 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. For more information call 800.474.0392 toll free or 318.878.7536 locally.
Third Saturday of the Month • Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the WEGO 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. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 504.736.7140 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 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.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 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.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Site Staff will guide visitors on a tour of the Rosedown Main House. The tour will encompass the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman Family, the restoration and ownership of the property by the Underwoods of Houston, and the purchase and ownership of the property by the State of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
By appointment • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Exploring the Forts in Detail, A ranger guided tour of both Forts Randolph and Buhlow. The visitors would also be able to enter the winter quarters exhibit to see how the soldiers lived. They can also try on some of the clothing and equipment the troops used. At least a two day´s notice is required to schedule one of these special ranger guided tours. Tour fee is $8 per person. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Otis House Museum Tours, Tues - Thurs: By App.t Only; Friday & Sat: 1-4 pm Visit the c.1885 Otis House to learn more about the Jay sawmill community along the Tchefuncte River and St. Tammany lifestyle during the 1885-1930 time span. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Atlatl Demonstration, Wednesday-Sunday Upon Request Thousands of years ago, the Native Americans who built Poverty Point needed to be able to hunt for their food. The atlatl was the best tool for the job. A ranger will discuss the significance of the atlatl and the techniques for using one. Participants will also have the opportunity to test out their abilities with the atlatl. Available upon request. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Costumed Guided Tours, Hourly 10 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Upon availability of a costumed ranger and/or volunteer, daily hourly tours will be offered - weather permitting. Fee for tours is $8 per person ages four and up. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 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.
3rd Saturday of the Month • 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. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Weekly • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Primitive Woodworking, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The Interpretive Ranger will demonstrate the use of a shaving horse, froe, draw knife, hand saw and a pocket knife to make useful wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, tool handles, hiking sticks, canes and slingshot forks. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2nd Saturday of the Month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Latanier Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration, 9 a.m. Greetin´, Meetin´, Cookin´ & Eatin´. Join Latanier Cookers for a variety of Dutch Oven side dishes and desserts. Bring your ice chest and lawnchair. Pots go on the coals from 9 a.m.- 10 a.m.; Pots on the table at Noon. No charge for tasting. Donations are always welcome. Entry fee into the park applies. No Pets allowed. For more information call 888.677.0094 toll free or 337.893.3930 locally.
1/5/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - National Bird Day Morning Hike, 9:30 a.m. Nature lovers, bird lovers, and bird watchers, grab a set of binoculars, bring your camera and don´t forget to pick up a Port Hudson Bird list and join a park ranger on a bird watching expedition through the various habitats. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/6/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Firepower!, 1 p.m. The Port Hudson State Historic Site will conduct demonstrations with Civil War era original and reproduction weapons. The program will start with a cannon demonstration followed by small arms; muskets, rifles, carbines, and pistols. This program will conclude with the firing of the park´s original 42-pounder siege cannon. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/12/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Boys of ´61, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Re-enactment of daily life in Louisiana just prior to entering the Civil War. Re-enactors will be on hand dressed in historically accurate uniforms of 157 years ago and presenting the daily life of citizens turning into soldiers. An admission is charged. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
1/12/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Blue Bird Basics, 1 p.m. Join us for information on how to attract nesting bluebirds, including do´s and don´ts and a nesting timetable. This is a good starting point for beginners and a refresher for long-time bluebird fans alike. Following the presentation, participants who pre-register will build a bluebird house to take home. Limit of one box per family; a $15 fee is required. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Arbor Day Celebration, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The day will begin with an opening ceremony honoring the day and the role of trees in our lives. Visit the tree classroom and learn how to plant, prune and care for trees. Hard to find Louisiana native 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.
1/19/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Bird Walks for Beginners, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Birding is a great way to explore Port Hudson State Historic Site. Participants are encouraged to bring water, insect repellent, appropriate footwear, a notebook, some binoculars if you have some and a hat. People of all ages and skill levels are welcomed. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/26/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Vigilantes On The Bayou, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The program depicts a violent era in the history of South Louisiana, in which American, Creole, and Acadian Landowners struggled against each other over ownership and usage of the land bordering the Bayou Teche, and other regions of what is now Acadiana. Re-enactors portraying Vigilantes and Anti-Vigilantes will set up mock campsites, engage in living history reenactments, civilian and military demonstrations, and the firing of black powder weapons and cannons. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
1/26/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Winter Tree Identification, 10 a.m. Visitors will learn how to identify trees during the winter months using twigs, buds, bark and growth habit. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

February  2019

Second Saturday of the month • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Dutch Oven Cooking, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join the Bogue Chitto Dutch Oven Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a Dutch Oven Gathering, as they prepare a variety of dishes in this outdoor cooking method that is growing in popularity.
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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
First Saturday of the month • Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon The park will host the Bartholomew Dutch Oven Society, 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
Fourth Saturday of the month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 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
Fourth Saturday of the Month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Bayou Pots, 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. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 318.745.3503 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, Delhi - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Poverty Point 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. For more information call 800.474.0392 toll free or 318.878.7536 locally.
Third Saturday of the Month • Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the WEGO 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. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 504.736.7140 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 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.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 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.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Site Staff will guide visitors on a tour of the Rosedown Main House. The tour will encompass the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman Family, the restoration and ownership of the property by the Underwoods of Houston, and the purchase and ownership of the property by the State of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
By appointment • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Exploring the Forts in Detail, A ranger guided tour of both Forts Randolph and Buhlow. The visitors would also be able to enter the winter quarters exhibit to see how the soldiers lived. They can also try on some of the clothing and equipment the troops used. At least a two day´s notice is required to schedule one of these special ranger guided tours. Tour fee is $8 per person. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Otis House Museum Tours, Tues - Thurs: By App.t Only; Friday & Sat: 1-4 pm Visit the c.1885 Otis House to learn more about the Jay sawmill community along the Tchefuncte River and St. Tammany lifestyle during the 1885-1930 time span. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Atlatl Demonstration, Wednesday-Sunday Upon Request Thousands of years ago, the Native Americans who built Poverty Point needed to be able to hunt for their food. The atlatl was the best tool for the job. A ranger will discuss the significance of the atlatl and the techniques for using one. Participants will also have the opportunity to test out their abilities with the atlatl. Available upon request. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Costumed Guided Tours, Hourly 10 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Upon availability of a costumed ranger and/or volunteer, daily hourly tours will be offered - weather permitting. Fee for tours is $8 per person ages four and up. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 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.
3rd Saturday of the Month • 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. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Weekly • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Primitive Woodworking, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The Interpretive Ranger will demonstrate the use of a shaving horse, froe, draw knife, hand saw and a pocket knife to make useful wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, tool handles, hiking sticks, canes and slingshot forks. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2nd Saturday of the Month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Latanier Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration, 9 a.m. Greetin´, Meetin´, Cookin´ & Eatin´. Join Latanier Cookers for a variety of Dutch Oven side dishes and desserts. Bring your ice chest and lawnchair. Pots go on the coals from 9 a.m.- 10 a.m.; Pots on the table at Noon. No charge for tasting. Donations are always welcome. Entry fee into the park applies. No Pets allowed. For more information call 888.677.0094 toll free or 337.893.3930 locally.
2/1/2019 to 2/28/2019 • 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 Interpretive Center offering visitors a glimpse into the life of a slave on a sugarcane plantation in South Louisiana in the 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
2/1/2019 to 2/28/2019 • Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Vintage Valentines, Tues. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 1-4 p.m Otis House will have vintage Valentines, post cards and various seasonal greeting cards on display through the month of February in honor of Valentine´s Day. Learn a bit of history about this popular holiday while viewing vintage Valentines, hand embroidered postcards, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas cards as well. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 2/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - 1st Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and join a park ranger on a guided hike of the battlefield area known as Artillery Ridge. The hike will cover about 2 miles and take about 2 hours. Appropriate footwear, clothing, and drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
2/9/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Pine Needle Basketry, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Participants will learn all the basic techniques to make a pine needle basket. Materials are provided. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.$10 per person. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/15/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A War of 1812 School Day, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Students will learn about life in days of Napoleon and see a citizen soldier in West Florida in the Felicianas at the time of the war of 1812. Preregistration is required. Open to Home School and Public and Private schools. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/16/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A War of 1812 Living History Encampment, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visitors will see the Age of Napoleon come to life though volunteers in reproduction uniforms and clothing of the War of 1812. Activities will include cannon firing drills, black powder musket drills, and camp life talks. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/16/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Native Guard Battlefield Tour, 10 a.m. In honor of Black History Month, join a park ranger on a guided hike of the Telegraph Road area where the African-American troops of the 1st and 3rd Louisiana Native Guards fought on May 27, 1863. Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear, bring drinking water, appropriate clothing and insect repellent. This hike is across rough, uneven, brushy, and sometimes muddy ground. Reservations recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
2/16/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Toad Abodes, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist to learn all about toads and why they are good for your garden. Participants can then paint a toad house to take home with them. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Wetlands, 10 a.m. Visitors will examine the different types of wetlands that occur in the state of Louisiana. A 2.5 mile hike through three different types of wetlands is scheduled so visitors can observe why these wetlands are important to the park. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

March  2019

Second Saturday of the month • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Dutch Oven Cooking, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join the Bogue Chitto Dutch Oven Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a Dutch Oven Gathering, as they prepare a variety of dishes in this outdoor cooking method that is growing in popularity.
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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.
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First Saturday of the month • Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon The park will host the Bartholomew Dutch Oven Society, 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.
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Fourth Saturday of the month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 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.
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Fourth Saturday of the Month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Bayou Pots, 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. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 318.745.3503 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, Delhi - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Poverty Point 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. For more information call 800.474.0392 toll free or 318.878.7536 locally.
Third Saturday of the Month • Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the WEGO 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. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 504.736.7140 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 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.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 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.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Site Staff will guide visitors on a tour of the Rosedown Main House. The tour will encompass the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman Family, the restoration and ownership of the property by the Underwoods of Houston, and the purchase and ownership of the property by the State of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
By appointment • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Exploring the Forts in Detail, A ranger guided tour of both Forts Randolph and Buhlow. The visitors would also be able to enter the winter quarters exhibit to see how the soldiers lived. They can also try on some of the clothing and equipment the troops used. At least a two day´s notice is required to schedule one of these special ranger guided tours. Tour fee is $8 per person. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Otis House Museum Tours, Tues - Thurs: By App.t Only; Friday & Sat: 1-4 pm Visit the c.1885 Otis House to learn more about the Jay sawmill community along the Tchefuncte River and St. Tammany lifestyle during the 1885-1930 time span. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Atlatl Demonstration, Wednesday-Sunday Upon Request Thousands of years ago, the Native Americans who built Poverty Point needed to be able to hunt for their food. The atlatl was the best tool for the job. A ranger will discuss the significance of the atlatl and the techniques for using one. Participants will also have the opportunity to test out their abilities with the atlatl. Available upon request. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Costumed Guided Tours, Hourly 10 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Upon availability of a costumed ranger and/or volunteer, daily hourly tours will be offered - weather permitting. Fee for tours is $8 per person ages four and up. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 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.
3rd Saturday of the Month • 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. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Weekly • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Primitive Woodworking, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The Interpretive Ranger will demonstrate the use of a shaving horse, froe, draw knife, hand saw and a pocket knife to make useful wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, tool handles, hiking sticks, canes and slingshot forks. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2nd Saturday of the Month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Latanier Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration, 9 a.m. Greetin´, Meetin´, Cookin´ & Eatin´. Join Latanier Cookers for a variety of Dutch Oven side dishes and desserts. Bring your ice chest and lawnchair. Pots go on the coals from 9 a.m.- 10 a.m.; Pots on the table at Noon. No charge for tasting. Donations are always welcome. Entry fee into the park applies. No Pets allowed. For more information call 888.677.0094 toll free or 337.893.3930 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 2/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - 1st Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and join a park ranger on a guided hike of the battlefield area known as Artillery Ridge. The hike will cover about 2 miles and take about 2 hours. Appropriate footwear, clothing, and drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
3/1/2019 to 3/31/2019 • 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 Interpretive Center representing the life of Creole, Acadian, and slave women in the 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 3/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - First Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and join a park ranger on a guided hike of the battlefield area known as Commissary Hill. The hike will cover about 2 miles and take about 2 hours. Appropriate footwear, clothing, and drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
3/3/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Firepower!, 1 p.m. The Port Hudson State Historic Site will conduct demonstrations of Civil War era original and reproduction weapons. The program will start with a cannon demonstration followed by small arms; muskets, rifles, carbines, and pistols. This program will conclude with the firing of the park´s original 42-pounder sea coast cannon. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
3/15/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Ghost Ships on the Mississippi, 6:30 p.m. Experience the Anniversary of Battle of Port Hudson by a ranger-led evening walk to Fort Desperate and tell of bizarre and ghostly battlefield stories. After the walk, the staff will conduct a special night-time firing of the always popular 42-pounder cannon, then we move to the pond where the night-time deadly navy assault will be recreated and the destruction of the USS Mississippi will be witnessed using the model gunboat fleet. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
3/15/2019 to 3/17/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Audubon Pilgrimage, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Part of the West Feliciana Historical Societies´ Annual Tour of Historic Homes. From Friday through Sunday costumed interpreters in the look of 1821 take visitors through Oakley House. Outside, the kitchens will be preparing food using period recipes open hearth style. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Adaptations, 2 p.m. Learn how birds use features such as bills to thrive best in their environment. Participants will be play a game involving bird bills and also take a short hike to examine bird adaptation in nature itself along Chicot Lake. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/20/2019 • 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 (March 20) Longfellow-Evangeline will be offering French-infused tours and activities to pre-registered French immersion school students the week of 3/20-3/22. Staff will dress in historic costumes and a hands on area where students can try out chores, toys and games from the period will also be provided. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
3/30/2019 to 3/31/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Siege of Port Hudson Reenactment, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The annual reenactment will mark the 156th anniversary of "The Siege of Port Hudson." Visitors will have access to reenactors from both the Union and Confederate armies. Campsites will be open to the public. The battle reenactments are scheduled for 2:00 PM on Saturday, and 1:30 PM on Sunday. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
3/30/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature Prints, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. This hands-on class will teach participants how to extract color from natural materials like leaves and flowers. Participants will make nature-printed fabrics to take home. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Let´s Count the Species!, 10 a.m. The 2nd Annual Species Count. Field guides and binoculars will be available for use to the public during the program and all data collected will be used for citizen science research mainly through eBird and iNaturalist. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

April  2019

Second Saturday of the month • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Dutch Oven Cooking, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join the Bogue Chitto Dutch Oven Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a Dutch Oven Gathering, as they prepare a variety of dishes in this outdoor cooking method that is growing in popularity.
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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
First Saturday of the month • Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon The park will host the Bartholomew Dutch Oven Society, 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
Fourth Saturday of the month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 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
Fourth Saturday of the Month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Bayou Pots, 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. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 318.745.3503 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, Delhi - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Poverty Point 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. For more information call 800.474.0392 toll free or 318.878.7536 locally.
Third Saturday of the Month • Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the WEGO 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. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 504.736.7140 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 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.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 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.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Site Staff will guide visitors on a tour of the Rosedown Main House. The tour will encompass the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman Family, the restoration and ownership of the property by the Underwoods of Houston, and the purchase and ownership of the property by the State of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
By appointment • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Exploring the Forts in Detail, A ranger guided tour of both Forts Randolph and Buhlow. The visitors would also be able to enter the winter quarters exhibit to see how the soldiers lived. They can also try on some of the clothing and equipment the troops used. At least a two day´s notice is required to schedule one of these special ranger guided tours. Tour fee is $8 per person. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Otis House Museum Tours, Tues - Thurs: By App.t Only; Friday & Sat: 1-4 pm Visit the c.1885 Otis House to learn more about the Jay sawmill community along the Tchefuncte River and St. Tammany lifestyle during the 1885-1930 time span. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Atlatl Demonstration, Wednesday-Sunday Upon Request Thousands of years ago, the Native Americans who built Poverty Point needed to be able to hunt for their food. The atlatl was the best tool for the job. A ranger will discuss the significance of the atlatl and the techniques for using one. Participants will also have the opportunity to test out their abilities with the atlatl. Available upon request. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Costumed Guided Tours, Hourly 10 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Upon availability of a costumed ranger and/or volunteer, daily hourly tours will be offered - weather permitting. Fee for tours is $8 per person ages four and up. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 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.
3rd Saturday of the Month • 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. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Weekly • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Primitive Woodworking, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The Interpretive Ranger will demonstrate the use of a shaving horse, froe, draw knife, hand saw and a pocket knife to make useful wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, tool handles, hiking sticks, canes and slingshot forks. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2nd Saturday of the Month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Latanier Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration, 9 a.m. Greetin´, Meetin´, Cookin´ & Eatin´. Join Latanier Cookers for a variety of Dutch Oven side dishes and desserts. Bring your ice chest and lawnchair. Pots go on the coals from 9 a.m.- 10 a.m.; Pots on the table at Noon. No charge for tasting. Donations are always welcome. Entry fee into the park applies. No Pets allowed. For more information call 888.677.0094 toll free or 337.893.3930 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 2/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - 1st Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and join a park ranger on a guided hike of the battlefield area known as Artillery Ridge. The hike will cover about 2 miles and take about 2 hours. Appropriate footwear, clothing, and drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 3/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - First Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and join a park ranger on a guided hike of the battlefield area known as Commissary Hill. The hike will cover about 2 miles and take about 2 hours. Appropriate footwear, clothing, and drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/6/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Civil War Trust Park Day, 9:30 a.m. - Noon Park Day is an excellent opportunity to bring history enthusiasts together to help keep our nation´s heritage preserved and pristine. Great opportunity for volunteers to help with work around the park. A T-shirt will be provided to volunteers through the Civil War Trust. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/7/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Devil´s Elbow Tour, 9:45 a.m. - Noon As part of the Baton Rouge Civil War Round Table Symposium, a Port Hudson SHS ranger will conduct a tour of "The Devil´s Elbow." This portion of the battlefield is privately owned by the Georgia-Pacific Paper Mill. The tour will leave the Port Hudson Visitor Center at 9:45 AM and travel by caravan to the Devil´s Elbow. Devil´s Elbow was defended in 1863 by Boone´s Louisiana Battery and Mile´s Louisiana Legion. Level of difficulty is easy to moderate. Participants need to wear closed-toe shoes, bring insect repellent, and water for drinking. Hiking distance 1 1/2 miles. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/12/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Living History Day (School Day), 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The program provides a variety of Civil War interpretive activities. Students will travel to several different stations viewing, participating, and hearing about different activities and facets of Civil War soldiers and sailors. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/20/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Earth Day Hike, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. "Protect our Species" - participants will visit eight different ecological habitats within the park. Hiking distance about 2 1/2 miles. Participants are encouraged to bring drinking water, insect repellent, closed-toe shoes, and a hat. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/20/2019 • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m. Grab your baskets and hop along to Chicot State Park for an Easter Egg Hunt. For children 12 and under. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/25/2019 • Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - History in Bloom at Otis House Museum, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The Madisonville Garden Club will host its annual flower featuring floral arrangements of all sizes throughout the house to be enjoyed as you take a guided tour learning local history. Tour participants are invited to vote on their favorite of the arrangements as Garden club members offer presentations in several areas of the museum. The arrangements will remain on display through April 28th. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
4/27/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Spring Edible Plants, 2 p.m. Have you ever wondered what wild plants are good to eat? Join us at the Arboretum to learn about and sample some the spring wild edible plants found in our area. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

May  2019

Second Saturday of the month • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Dutch Oven Cooking, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join the Bogue Chitto Dutch Oven Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a Dutch Oven Gathering, as they prepare a variety of dishes in this outdoor cooking method that is growing in popularity.
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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
First Saturday of the month • Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon The park will host the Bartholomew Dutch Oven Society, 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
Fourth Saturday of the month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 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
Fourth Saturday of the Month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Bayou Pots, 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. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 318.745.3503 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, Delhi - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Poverty Point 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. For more information call 800.474.0392 toll free or 318.878.7536 locally.
Third Saturday of the Month • Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the WEGO 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. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 504.736.7140 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 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.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 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.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Site Staff will guide visitors on a tour of the Rosedown Main House. The tour will encompass the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman Family, the restoration and ownership of the property by the Underwoods of Houston, and the purchase and ownership of the property by the State of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
By appointment • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Exploring the Forts in Detail, A ranger guided tour of both Forts Randolph and Buhlow. The visitors would also be able to enter the winter quarters exhibit to see how the soldiers lived. They can also try on some of the clothing and equipment the troops used. At least a two day´s notice is required to schedule one of these special ranger guided tours. Tour fee is $8 per person. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Otis House Museum Tours, Tues - Thurs: By App.t Only; Friday & Sat: 1-4 pm Visit the c.1885 Otis House to learn more about the Jay sawmill community along the Tchefuncte River and St. Tammany lifestyle during the 1885-1930 time span. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Atlatl Demonstration, Wednesday-Sunday Upon Request Thousands of years ago, the Native Americans who built Poverty Point needed to be able to hunt for their food. The atlatl was the best tool for the job. A ranger will discuss the significance of the atlatl and the techniques for using one. Participants will also have the opportunity to test out their abilities with the atlatl. Available upon request. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Costumed Guided Tours, Hourly 10 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Upon availability of a costumed ranger and/or volunteer, daily hourly tours will be offered - weather permitting. Fee for tours is $8 per person ages four and up. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 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.
3rd Saturday of the Month • 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. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Weekly • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Primitive Woodworking, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The Interpretive Ranger will demonstrate the use of a shaving horse, froe, draw knife, hand saw and a pocket knife to make useful wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, tool handles, hiking sticks, canes and slingshot forks. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2nd Saturday of the Month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Latanier Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration, 9 a.m. Greetin´, Meetin´, Cookin´ & Eatin´. Join Latanier Cookers for a variety of Dutch Oven side dishes and desserts. Bring your ice chest and lawnchair. Pots go on the coals from 9 a.m.- 10 a.m.; Pots on the table at Noon. No charge for tasting. Donations are always welcome. Entry fee into the park applies. No Pets allowed. For more information call 888.677.0094 toll free or 337.893.3930 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 2/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - 1st Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and join a park ranger on a guided hike of the battlefield area known as Artillery Ridge. The hike will cover about 2 miles and take about 2 hours. Appropriate footwear, clothing, and drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 3/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - First Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and join a park ranger on a guided hike of the battlefield area known as Commissary Hill. The hike will cover about 2 miles and take about 2 hours. Appropriate footwear, clothing, and drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
5/5/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Firepower!, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. The program is demonstrations of Civil War-era weapons beginning with a cannon demonstration followed by small arms; muskets, rifles, carbines, and pistols. The program will conclude with the firing of the park´s always popular 42-pounder siege cannon. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
5/10/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Living History Day (School Day), 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. This program will present to school groups a great variety of Civil War era interpretive activities. Students and parents will travel to several different stations viewing and participating in different activities and facets of Civil War soldiers and sailors. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
5/10/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - A Day in the Life of the Early Acadian Child, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. In recognition of National Kids to Parks Day, children will be able to experience what life would have been like in the early 1800´s as an Acadian child. Children will be encouraged to participate in chores ( such as working in the garden, seeding cotton, making butter, etc.) as well as have the opportunity to play games the Acadian children enjoyed. Staff will be dressed in historic costumes and a limited number of children´s costumes will be available on a first come, first served basis. Refreshments will be provided to all participants. This program is subject to change based upon weather conditions. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
5/11/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Bird Walk for Beginners, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. A ranger-led bird hike through the grounds of Port Hudson State Historic Site. This event includes a brief introduction to birding and bird-watching. Participants are encouraged to bring water, insect repellent, closed-toe shoes, sun screen and a hat. People of all ages and skill levels are welcomed. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Calls and Songs, 2 p.m. Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day while learning some of the calls and songs of the birds of the Arboretum. 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.
5/17/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Revolutionary War School Day, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Students will learn about life in British West Florida in the Felicianas during the American Revolution 240 years ago. There will be black powder weapon demonstrations, open hearth cooking, life of a soldier and more. The event is free; Preregistration is required. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/18/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Revolutionary War Battle of Baton Rouge, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore Louisiana´s role in the revolution and the 240th Anniversary of the siege and Battle for Baton Rouge through Living History Demonstrations. Special activities include militia drills throughout the day and musket ball-making demonstrations and more. Visitors are invited to learn how to drill and march with muskets. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/18/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Kids to Parks Day, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bring your children out to connect with the outdoors and nature. Take a nature hike, do nature scavenger hunt and pickup an Endangered Species Activity Book. Port Hudson offers two different Nature Trail and a Civil War Historical Trail patches. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
5/25/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Fort Desperate Guided Tour and Hike, 9 a.m. Take a guided tour to the exposed ridge of Fort Desperate. Find out why the 292 men of the 15th Arkansas refused to give up their ground or be relieved during their bloody struggle against numerous brigades of the blue-clad warriors from the north. Participants are encouraged to bring water, insect repellent, wear closed-toe shoes, sun screen an a hat. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
5/25/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Fort Desperate Guided Tour and Hike, 9 a.m. Take a guided tour to the exposed ridge of Fort Desperate. Find out why the 292 men of the 15th Arkansas refused to give up their ground or be relieved during their bloody struggle against numerous brigades of the blue-clad warriors from the north. Participants are encouraged to bring water, insect repellent, wear closed-toe shoes, sun screen an a hat. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.

June  2019

Second Saturday of the month • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Dutch Oven Cooking, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join the Bogue Chitto Dutch Oven Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a Dutch Oven Gathering, as they prepare a variety of dishes in this outdoor cooking method that is growing in popularity.
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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.
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First Saturday of the month • Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon The park will host the Bartholomew Dutch Oven Society, 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.
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Fourth Saturday of the month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 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.
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Fourth Saturday of the Month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Bayou Pots, 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. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 318.745.3503 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, Delhi - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Poverty Point 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. For more information call 800.474.0392 toll free or 318.878.7536 locally.
Third Saturday of the Month • Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the WEGO 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. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 504.736.7140 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 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.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 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.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Site Staff will guide visitors on a tour of the Rosedown Main House. The tour will encompass the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman Family, the restoration and ownership of the property by the Underwoods of Houston, and the purchase and ownership of the property by the State of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
By appointment • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Exploring the Forts in Detail, A ranger guided tour of both Forts Randolph and Buhlow. The visitors would also be able to enter the winter quarters exhibit to see how the soldiers lived. They can also try on some of the clothing and equipment the troops used. At least a two day´s notice is required to schedule one of these special ranger guided tours. Tour fee is $8 per person. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Otis House Museum Tours, Tues - Thurs: By App.t Only; Friday & Sat: 1-4 pm Visit the c.1885 Otis House to learn more about the Jay sawmill community along the Tchefuncte River and St. Tammany lifestyle during the 1885-1930 time span. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Atlatl Demonstration, Wednesday-Sunday Upon Request Thousands of years ago, the Native Americans who built Poverty Point needed to be able to hunt for their food. The atlatl was the best tool for the job. A ranger will discuss the significance of the atlatl and the techniques for using one. Participants will also have the opportunity to test out their abilities with the atlatl. Available upon request. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Costumed Guided Tours, Hourly 10 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Upon availability of a costumed ranger and/or volunteer, daily hourly tours will be offered - weather permitting. Fee for tours is $8 per person ages four and up. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 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.
3rd Saturday of the Month • 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. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Weekly • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Primitive Woodworking, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The Interpretive Ranger will demonstrate the use of a shaving horse, froe, draw knife, hand saw and a pocket knife to make useful wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, tool handles, hiking sticks, canes and slingshot forks. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 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.
2nd Saturday of the Month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Latanier Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration, 9 a.m. Greetin´, Meetin´, Cookin´ & Eatin´. Join Latanier Cookers for a variety of Dutch Oven side dishes and desserts. Bring your ice chest and lawnchair. Pots go on the coals from 9 a.m.- 10 a.m.; Pots on the table at Noon. No charge for tasting. Donations are always welcome. Entry fee into the park applies. No Pets allowed. For more information call 888.677.0094 toll free or 337.893.3930 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 2/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - 1st Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and join a park ranger on a guided hike of the battlefield area known as Artillery Ridge. The hike will cover about 2 miles and take about 2 hours. Appropriate footwear, clothing, and drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 3/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - First Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and join a park ranger on a guided hike of the battlefield area known as Commissary Hill. The hike will cover about 2 miles and take about 2 hours. Appropriate footwear, clothing, and drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
6/15/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Pine Needle Basketry, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Participants will learn all the basic techniques to make a pine needle basket. Materials are provided. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.$10 per person. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.