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April  2018

Thursdays - Saturdays • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - Daily Tours, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour will begin at the Professor’s House with an introduction to the site’s history and a tour through the house. The tour will then continue outside and pass by the original locations of the East Wing Dormitory and Main Academic Building on the way to the West Wing Dormitory, to tour the rooms there. An introductory history video also will be available for viewing. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
As Requested • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - Bite the Bullet, Because of Centenary’s use as a Confederate hospital during the Civil War, this program focuses on the methods and instruments used by the Civil War-era doctor. Visitors are invited to the site to take part in a Civil War Medicine discussion/demonstration by a member of the site’s staff, followed by a tour to the Confederate Cemetery located on the grounds. They will also explain the everyday life of a military doctor and their patients while at Centenary. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
As Requested • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - 1800s Children´s Toys and Games, Learn about the history of, then participate in, the many different toys and games played by children in the 1800s. Included will be the Cup and Ball, Bilbo-Catchers, Jacob´s Ladder, Chess and Checkers, Graces, Hoop and Stick, Croquet, Horseshoes, and many, many more. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
Tuesdays - Saturdays • Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Otis House Museum Tours, Tues-Fri: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Sat: 1-4 p.m. 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.
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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Daily • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour of the Main House looks at the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman family, the restoration by the Underwood family, and the acquisition of the site by the state of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Touring the Forts, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Forts Randolph and Buhlow were the last forts that surrendered to the Union in the Civil War. A park staff member will give visitors a brief orientation about the configuration, topography and strategic placement of Fort Randolph on the Red River. Visitors will then be directed to the entrance to the fort where they will proceed with a self guided tour along the elevated boardwalk. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Garden Tour, In partnership with the Rotary Club of Pineville, the site cultivates a Civil War-era vegetable garden. Some of the produce from the garden is used for period cooking demonstrations during the Campfire Cooking programs, while the remainder of the vegetables goes to the Main Street Mission in Pineville. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Guided Museum Tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Visitor Center at Fort Randolph has a number of interesting artifacts, as well as several educational elements. Exhibits are set up so that they can be appreciated and understood unguided, but a guide can often add interesting facts and antidotes to the visit. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
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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Third Saturday of the month • Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the D´Arbonne 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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Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to birdwatching and binocular use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars are available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
As Requested • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Become a Junior Ranger, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Participate in a number of programs at the site, and earn your Junior Ranger badge and certificate! Contact the site for your booklet to get started. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Feeding the Troops: Army Food During the Civil War, Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Smell and taste the rations issued and cooked on both sides of the conflict. As there were two distinctive sides of the Civil War, the Northern version of the army mess was a bit different than the Southern side. Learn about both through cooking demonstrations. Please request at least 24 hours in advance, with number of attendees. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Firing the Musket – A Tutorial, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn the steps a soldier had to take to properly train to use a weapon in the Civil War. Please be aware the gun´s report is loud and you may have to cover your ears. This program is also available upon request. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - It´s All Related: A Southern Soldier´s Genealogy, Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Find out how to search the sources to find out about your relative at Forts Randolph and Buhlow – on both Union and Confederate sides – during the Civil War. Once you´ve determined your ancestor was here, hear about the daily life of a soldier stationed here through diaries and letters of the soldiers stationed here. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Taking Time for Tea, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Contrary to popular culture a "low" tea is actually the proper name for the fancy tea parties that one would see on television or in the movies. Learn about the history of the tea party and discuss "high" vs. "low" tea, then enjoy a historically-accurate tea party. This special program can be reserved for groups between 5 -25 attendees, for $10/person, and will last up to 2 hours. Guests are welcome to dress in period clothing. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - The Turn of the Wheel - Spinning, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn about early spinning techniques, as site staff discuss and demonstrate the use of wool carders, a spinning wheel and spinning with a drop spindle, as well as discuss the use of different fibers in the creation of yarn. The talk will also cover how the fibers spun at home were turned into the fabric used by colonial families. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Third Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature for Kids, 10 a.m. Children will learn about a new nature topic each month and will make a related craft to take home with them. Topics could include, spring, reptiles, astronomy, insects and many more. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Latanier Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
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Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Maison Olivier Tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour focuses on bayou plantation lifestyle in the early to mid 1800s. Special attention is paid to the mid-1800s, when wealthy Creole sugarcane farmer Charles Olivier and his family inhabited the house. The tour tells of not only the lives of the wealthy Creole plantation owners but also of the enslaved workers on the plantation. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700s to mid-1800s. The tour demonstrates how the Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring the everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Self-Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to tour the recreated 19th-century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin, and season permitting, sample vegetables. We have recently created a traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid to late 1800s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Visitor Center Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Explore the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples that settled along the Bayou Teche including the Acadians and Creoles, Indians and Africans, Frenchman and Spaniards, and slaves and free people of color. A twelve-minute introductory video to the site is available to all guests in either English of French format. Seasonal exhibits and displays occur regularly throughout the year. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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 • 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.
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.
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.
Fridays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Fridays: Home School Groups, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Led by guides in period costumes, preregistered school groups will tour Maison Olivier, then continue to the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons will be available upon request. Email longfellow@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Thursdays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Thursdays: School Groups, Led by guides in period costumes, preregistered school groups will tour Maison Olivier, then continue to the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons will be available upon request. Email longfellow@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesdays: En Francais, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Preregistered school groups will view a French-language introductory video on the site, then view displays with French-language descriptions. Led by French-speaking guides in period costumes, students will then tour Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered according to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons are also available upon request. Email longfellow@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: Fleur de Lis Package, Tours of the visitor center and fort, view a musket demonstration and participate in your choice of a cannon drill, calligraphy, hawk throw or flint-and-steel demonstration. Price for this special package is $10/person. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: Commoner Package, Tour the visitor center, fort, and view a musket demonstration. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: Cross of St. Louis Package, Tours of the visitor center and fort, view a musket demonstration, participate in your choice of a cannon drill, calligraphy, hawk throw or flint-and-steel demonstration, then choose a walking tour, learn to dip candles or make bullets. Price for this special package is $15/person. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: St. Denis Package, Take a tour of the visitor center and fort and view a musket demonstration; then participate in your choice of a cannon drill, calligraphy, hawk throw or flint-and-steel demonstration. Participants can also choose a walking tour, learn to dip candles or make bullets; followed by a session on cooking, weaving or woodworking. Price for this special package is $20/person. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Escape from Fort St. Jean Baptiste, It is May 13, 1732…the Natchitoches colony and Fort are dealing with the aftermath of the Natchez attack; tension is high and conspiracy is all about. Participants are arrested and jailed in the fort under the accusation of conspiring with Fontaine to steal goods and money from the fort. Participants have to solve puzzles and complete tasks, in less than 45 minutes, to get past the guards and escape before St. Denis arrives for their trial. Groups must book in advance; fee to participate is $50.00 per group. Email fortstjean@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
Wednesdays-Sundays • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Daily Living History, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Visitors to the site will see at least one or more demonstrations including: musket firing, molding mini balls, military fort cleaning, carpentry, beading, weaving, and or cooking. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join park staff for a guided walk along the arboretum trails. Visitors will learn about the flora and fauna found in the Arboretum. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Become a Junior Ranger, 10 a.m. Interested in getting started on becoming a Junior Ranger? There will be two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum so future Junior Rangers can complete their program requirements in one weekend. This will also include time to work Junior Ranger workbooks and time to swear in new Junior Rangers who have completed all the steps of the program. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
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.
Saturdays and Sundays • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Guided Museum Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Take a guided tour of the museum, with the site historian, and explore the highlights of the Port Hudson artifact collection. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - "An Enslaved Life" Grounds Tour, A self-guided tour of the plantation grounds, centering on the activities and life of the enslaved at Oakley Plantation. Following the pamphlet, provided with the grounds admission ticket, see the various outbuildings and end the tour at the grave of the only known former slave buried at the plantation. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Daily, through April and May • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Civil War Display, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. A display, featuring Civil War battles and little-known Civil War facts, will be set up in the conference room. Teachers are invited to bring their class to the site for a unique look into this period of American history. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
4/6/2018 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - National Tartan Day, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. National Tartan Day honors and celebrates Scottish culture and the role it has played in the development of the United States. Daniel Turnbull, who built Rosedown Plantation, was of Scottish descent. On this day, the site will fly the Turnbull Clan flag and decorate the house in the Turnbull Clan tartan.The public is invited to come dressed in their family tartans to help celebrate! For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
4/7/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Saturdays for Kids, 10 a.m. - noon. Bring the kids out for a special seasonal two-hour program, weather permitting. Registration is $10 per child. Follow the site on Facebook for information about the specific activities. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
4/7/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Country Tea, 1 - 3 p.m. Oakley House continues its ongoing tea series with a light country tea. Take a taste of tea, learn of tea traditions, and even make your own butter for your bread. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
4/7/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Louisiana Iris, 1 p.m. Louisiana´s state wildflower, the Louisiana iris, is increasingly recognized as a native plant that is exceedingly well-adapted to garden culture. Learn how you can incorporate this native wildflower into your garden, and join the staff horticulturist to view Louisiana iris blooming in the Arboretum. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/14/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Aquatic Critters, 2 p.m. Chicot Lake is known for its great fishing, but what are some of the other creatures that live in the lake? Visitors will help the ranger find and identify some of the frogs, crawfish, and other creatures that call Chicot Lake home. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/14/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Brought to Light: "The Horse Soldiers", 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Using Hollywood movie footage and actual photographs, this indoor discussion will follow the timeline and events of Union Colonel Benjamin H. Grierson´s April and May 1863 historic cavalry raids. Starting in Tennessee and ending in Baton Rouge, the raid covered over 600 miles of raiding, riding, fighting, and avoiding capture by thousands of Confederates – ending sixteen days later in triumph and a hero´s welcome. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/14/2018 to 4/15/2018 • Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield - Battle of Pleasant Hill Lecture, 11 a.m. each day.  Involving over 32,000 troops, the battle of Pleasant Hill was the largest Civil War engagement west of the Mississippi. Attendees will learn more about this climatic battle during a large-screen slide show presentation that will feature photos, battlefield maps, and more. For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
4/14/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Bird Hike, 9:30 a.m. Ever find yourself saying, "What kind of bird was that?" Have some of those questions answered while joining Ms. Rosalie Overby, an amateur ornithologist as she walks the site identifying various birds. Bring your binoculars and your curiosity and enjoy a 2-mile hike around the site. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
4/20/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - An Audubon Nature School Day, 9 - 11:30 a.m. Preregistered students are invited out to meet the native life at Audubon State Historic Site. Young explorers are taken through a variety of stations where they will meet the native plants and animals of Louisiana and also take part in various demonstration areas. There is no cost to preregistered school groups. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
4/21/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Let´s Count the Species, 2 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day a day early by counting the species of the Arboretum. We will conducting a short bio-blitz that everybody can be a part of to see how many plants and animals we can identify in a two-hour span. Field guides and binoculars will be available to participants to use during the program and all data collected will be used for citizen science projects such as eBird and iNaturalist. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/21/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Earth Day, 9 - 11 a.m. Earth Day, first celebrated in 1970, is now recognized worldwide as a day to demonstrate support for the environment. Volunteers and staff will work together on eco-friendly projects that will also enhance the site. Refreshments and a light snack will be provided. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
4/21/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon Earth Day, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Hands on activities for the kids and earth friendly demonstrations for the adults. Discover the flora and fauna of the park while walking in the footsteps of the Artist Naturalist John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
4/21/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Earth Oven Demonstration, 11 a.m. The program offers a unique look at prehistoric cooking with an earth oven, showing how the Poverty Point people used earthen cooking balls and specially-dug pits to prepare their food. Come and join us around the fire as we cook food as Native Americans did thousands of years ago. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
4/21/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Earth Oven Demonstration, 11 a.m. The program offers a unique look at prehistoric cooking with an earth oven, showing how the Poverty Point people used earthen cooking balls and specially-dug pits to prepare their food. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
4/27/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Living History School Day, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Participants will explore, see, and hear examples of the daily life of a Civil War soldier. Students will view multiple stations such as artillery, infantry, food, women at war, medicine, etc. Reservations are required; call or email to make your group´s reservation. Email porthudsonint1@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/28/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Spring Edibles, 2 p.m. Join us to learn about what plants are edible in the springtime. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/28/2018 • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Guided Canoe Tour, 9 - 11 a.m. Join the site naturalist for a guided canoe tour of Chicot Lake. Canoeing experience is recommended. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. You may bring your own canoe but still need to register. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/29/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Firepower!, 10 a.m. A Civil War weapons demonstration which includes an artillery loading drill and cannon firing, immediately followed by infantry small arms such as muskets, carbines, and pistols. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/29/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Crochet Class, Noon - 4 p.m. Crocheting has been around – in various forms – for centuries, used in making a wide range of household, clothing and decorative items. Preregistration is required, as spaced is limited. Call early to reserve your spot! For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.

May  2018

Thursdays - Saturdays • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - Daily Tours, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour will begin at the Professor’s House with an introduction to the site’s history and a tour through the house. The tour will then continue outside and pass by the original locations of the East Wing Dormitory and Main Academic Building on the way to the West Wing Dormitory, to tour the rooms there. An introductory history video also will be available for viewing. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
As Requested • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - Bite the Bullet, Because of Centenary’s use as a Confederate hospital during the Civil War, this program focuses on the methods and instruments used by the Civil War-era doctor. Visitors are invited to the site to take part in a Civil War Medicine discussion/demonstration by a member of the site’s staff, followed by a tour to the Confederate Cemetery located on the grounds. They will also explain the everyday life of a military doctor and their patients while at Centenary. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
As Requested • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - 1800s Children´s Toys and Games, Learn about the history of, then participate in, the many different toys and games played by children in the 1800s. Included will be the Cup and Ball, Bilbo-Catchers, Jacob´s Ladder, Chess and Checkers, Graces, Hoop and Stick, Croquet, Horseshoes, and many, many more. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
Tuesdays - Saturdays • Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Otis House Museum Tours, Tues-Fri: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Sat: 1-4 p.m. 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.
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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Daily • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour of the Main House looks at the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman family, the restoration by the Underwood family, and the acquisition of the site by the state of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Touring the Forts, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Forts Randolph and Buhlow were the last forts that surrendered to the Union in the Civil War. A park staff member will give visitors a brief orientation about the configuration, topography and strategic placement of Fort Randolph on the Red River. Visitors will then be directed to the entrance to the fort where they will proceed with a self guided tour along the elevated boardwalk. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Garden Tour, In partnership with the Rotary Club of Pineville, the site cultivates a Civil War-era vegetable garden. Some of the produce from the garden is used for period cooking demonstrations during the Campfire Cooking programs, while the remainder of the vegetables goes to the Main Street Mission in Pineville. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Guided Museum Tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Visitor Center at Fort Randolph has a number of interesting artifacts, as well as several educational elements. Exhibits are set up so that they can be appreciated and understood unguided, but a guide can often add interesting facts and antidotes to the visit. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
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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Third Saturday of the month • Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the D´Arbonne 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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Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to birdwatching and binocular use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars are available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
As Requested • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Become a Junior Ranger, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Participate in a number of programs at the site, and earn your Junior Ranger badge and certificate! Contact the site for your booklet to get started. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Feeding the Troops: Army Food During the Civil War, Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Smell and taste the rations issued and cooked on both sides of the conflict. As there were two distinctive sides of the Civil War, the Northern version of the army mess was a bit different than the Southern side. Learn about both through cooking demonstrations. Please request at least 24 hours in advance, with number of attendees. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Firing the Musket – A Tutorial, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn the steps a soldier had to take to properly train to use a weapon in the Civil War. Please be aware the gun´s report is loud and you may have to cover your ears. This program is also available upon request. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - It´s All Related: A Southern Soldier´s Genealogy, Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Find out how to search the sources to find out about your relative at Forts Randolph and Buhlow – on both Union and Confederate sides – during the Civil War. Once you´ve determined your ancestor was here, hear about the daily life of a soldier stationed here through diaries and letters of the soldiers stationed here. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Taking Time for Tea, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Contrary to popular culture a "low" tea is actually the proper name for the fancy tea parties that one would see on television or in the movies. Learn about the history of the tea party and discuss "high" vs. "low" tea, then enjoy a historically-accurate tea party. This special program can be reserved for groups between 5 -25 attendees, for $10/person, and will last up to 2 hours. Guests are welcome to dress in period clothing. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - The Turn of the Wheel - Spinning, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn about early spinning techniques, as site staff discuss and demonstrate the use of wool carders, a spinning wheel and spinning with a drop spindle, as well as discuss the use of different fibers in the creation of yarn. The talk will also cover how the fibers spun at home were turned into the fabric used by colonial families. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Third Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature for Kids, 10 a.m. Children will learn about a new nature topic each month and will make a related craft to take home with them. Topics could include, spring, reptiles, astronomy, insects and many more. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Latanier Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
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Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Maison Olivier Tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour focuses on bayou plantation lifestyle in the early to mid 1800s. Special attention is paid to the mid-1800s, when wealthy Creole sugarcane farmer Charles Olivier and his family inhabited the house. The tour tells of not only the lives of the wealthy Creole plantation owners but also of the enslaved workers on the plantation. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700s to mid-1800s. The tour demonstrates how the Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring the everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Self-Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to tour the recreated 19th-century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin, and season permitting, sample vegetables. We have recently created a traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid to late 1800s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Visitor Center Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Explore the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples that settled along the Bayou Teche including the Acadians and Creoles, Indians and Africans, Frenchman and Spaniards, and slaves and free people of color. A twelve-minute introductory video to the site is available to all guests in either English of French format. Seasonal exhibits and displays occur regularly throughout the year. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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 • 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.
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.
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.
Fridays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Fridays: Home School Groups, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Led by guides in period costumes, preregistered school groups will tour Maison Olivier, then continue to the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons will be available upon request. Email longfellow@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Thursdays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Thursdays: School Groups, Led by guides in period costumes, preregistered school groups will tour Maison Olivier, then continue to the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons will be available upon request. Email longfellow@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesdays: En Francais, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Preregistered school groups will view a French-language introductory video on the site, then view displays with French-language descriptions. Led by French-speaking guides in period costumes, students will then tour Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered according to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons are also available upon request. Email longfellow@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: Fleur de Lis Package, Tours of the visitor center and fort, view a musket demonstration and participate in your choice of a cannon drill, calligraphy, hawk throw or flint-and-steel demonstration. Price for this special package is $10/person. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: Commoner Package, Tour the visitor center, fort, and view a musket demonstration. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: Cross of St. Louis Package, Tours of the visitor center and fort, view a musket demonstration, participate in your choice of a cannon drill, calligraphy, hawk throw or flint-and-steel demonstration, then choose a walking tour, learn to dip candles or make bullets. Price for this special package is $15/person. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: St. Denis Package, Take a tour of the visitor center and fort and view a musket demonstration; then participate in your choice of a cannon drill, calligraphy, hawk throw or flint-and-steel demonstration. Participants can also choose a walking tour, learn to dip candles or make bullets; followed by a session on cooking, weaving or woodworking. Price for this special package is $20/person. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Escape from Fort St. Jean Baptiste, It is May 13, 1732…the Natchitoches colony and Fort are dealing with the aftermath of the Natchez attack; tension is high and conspiracy is all about. Participants are arrested and jailed in the fort under the accusation of conspiring with Fontaine to steal goods and money from the fort. Participants have to solve puzzles and complete tasks, in less than 45 minutes, to get past the guards and escape before St. Denis arrives for their trial. Groups must book in advance; fee to participate is $50.00 per group. Email fortstjean@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
Wednesdays-Sundays • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Daily Living History, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Visitors to the site will see at least one or more demonstrations including: musket firing, molding mini balls, military fort cleaning, carpentry, beading, weaving, and or cooking. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join park staff for a guided walk along the arboretum trails. Visitors will learn about the flora and fauna found in the Arboretum. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Become a Junior Ranger, 10 a.m. Interested in getting started on becoming a Junior Ranger? There will be two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum so future Junior Rangers can complete their program requirements in one weekend. This will also include time to work Junior Ranger workbooks and time to swear in new Junior Rangers who have completed all the steps of the program. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
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.
Saturdays and Sundays • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Guided Museum Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Take a guided tour of the museum, with the site historian, and explore the highlights of the Port Hudson artifact collection. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - "An Enslaved Life" Grounds Tour, A self-guided tour of the plantation grounds, centering on the activities and life of the enslaved at Oakley Plantation. Following the pamphlet, provided with the grounds admission ticket, see the various outbuildings and end the tour at the grave of the only known former slave buried at the plantation. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Daily, through April and May • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Civil War Display, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. A display, featuring Civil War battles and little-known Civil War facts, will be set up in the conference room. Teachers are invited to bring their class to the site for a unique look into this period of American history. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
5/4/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Revolutionary War Home School Day, 9 a.m. - noon. The day will resound with the peal of musket fire, the stirring beat of drums and the thrilling call of orders, as the Militia musters at the plantation. Special activities throughout the day will invite school children to experience the sights and sounds of our colonial ancestors, reacting with hasty alarm to action at Baton Rouge in 1779. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/4/2018 • Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville - FFA Regional Forestry Competition, 8 a.m. FFA (Future Farmers of America) will host would Regional Forestry Competition among the top six high school teams from Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. For more information call 888.677.5200 toll free or 318.368.2086 locally.
5/5/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Saturdays for Kids, 10 a.m. - noon. Bring the kids out for a special seasonal two-hour program, weather permitting. Registration is $10 per child. Follow the site on Facebook for information about the specific activities. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
5/5/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Louisiana Native Guard, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Step back 155 years in time and witness the extraordinary journey of the first African-American regiment formally accepted into the United States Army during the Civil War. Explore how Free Men of Color, escaped plantation slaves from places like Oakley Plantation, and – in many cases – white officers changed the face of the Civil War during battles such as Port Hudson or campaigns such as the Red River. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/12/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - A Day in the Life of the Early Acadian Child, 9 - 11 a.m. In recognition of National Kids to Parks Day, learn about what life would have been like for a child in the 1800s. Children can participate in chores, and then enjoy period games. Staff will be dressed in historic costumes and a limited number of children´s costumes will be available on a first-come, first served basis. As a reward for all of their hard work, refreshment will be provided to all participants. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
5/12/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - International Migratory Bird Day, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and support migratory bird conservation at Louisiana State Arboretum. You will have an opportunity to learn more about wild birds and their conservation at this event which will includes crafts, presentations, games and displays. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/12/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Sounds, 2 p.m. Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by learning some of the calls and songs of the birds of the Arboretum, then going outside to practice this new knowledge. Binoculars will be provided so that visitors can confirm what they are hearing. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/12/2018 • Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield - Guided Museum Tour, 2 p.m. Park staff will reveal little-known facts of the battleground during a special guided tour. Prior to the tour, a presentation of the Battle of Mansfield video will be shown in the museum theater. For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
5/19/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Kids To Park Day Hands-On Demonstration, 10:30 a.m. - Noon A ranger-led demonstration of crafting prehistoric-styled pottery similar to the pieces which the Native Americans fashioned more than 3,500 years ago. Appropriate clothing is recommended for this potentially messy clay demonstration and hands-on activity. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
5/19/2018 • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Nature in the Park, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join the site naturalist in Chicot State Park to learn about the plants and animals that can be found in the park. This program will take place at the picnic area of Chicot State Park. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/19/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Louisiana Gold Rush, 1 - 4 p.m. Did you know in the 1800s, Louisiana had its own mini gold rush? Have you ever panned for gold? Explore both at the park in this ranger-led program and hear how one of Oakley´s own became part of an earlier gold rush in America. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/19/2018 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Astronomy Night, 6:30 p.m. Join the site staff and members of the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society to explore the sky. The Astronomy Society members will provide a variety of telescopes for guests to view close up, what the sky has to offer. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
5/19/2018 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Ponchartrain Astronomy Society, 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Members of the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society will provide a variety of telescopes for guests to explore the skies. Event will be held in the meeting room. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
5/20/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Plantation Apothocary, 1 - 4 p.m. Discover medicine and medical practices used by Lucretia Pierre at Oakley Plantation in 1821. Find out how an herb garden would double as an early medicine cabinet for the circa-1800s apothecary. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/26/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon Young Naturalist Program, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Let your young naturalist explore the world of John James Audubon through hands on activities. Opportunities include explore the grounds and make their own food chain as well as reproduce both Audubon Birds drawn at Oakley and their own artwork along the sites nature trails. For younger audiences. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/26/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Native Guard Battlefield Tour, 10 a.m. Join a park historian during a tour of the Telegraph Road area where black troops of the 1st and 3rd Louisiana Native Guards fought on May 27, 1863. Participants are encouraged to bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellent; reservations are recommended For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
5/26/2018 • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Guided Canoe Tour, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join the site naturalist for a guided canoe tour of Chicot Lake. Canoeing experience is recommended. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. You may bring your own canoe but still need to register. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/26/2018 • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Fiesta De Mayo, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Celebrate "Fiesta de Mayo", a festival heralding the Battle of Puebla, Mexico on May 5, 1862, the beginning of Cinco de Mayo. Events include: Chihuahua beauty contests, cook-offs, music and more. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
5/27/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Time Travelers - The Thunder of Cannons, 1810, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Hands-on history experience. Dress in period uniforms while you load and fire the cannons for your own experience in history of the year 1810. Ages 16 and up only. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/28/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Stop by the visitor center and get your scavenger hunt sheet to look for nature clues found along the trails and among the exhibits. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

June  2018

Thursdays - Saturdays • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - Daily Tours, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour will begin at the Professor’s House with an introduction to the site’s history and a tour through the house. The tour will then continue outside and pass by the original locations of the East Wing Dormitory and Main Academic Building on the way to the West Wing Dormitory, to tour the rooms there. An introductory history video also will be available for viewing. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
As Requested • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - Bite the Bullet, Because of Centenary’s use as a Confederate hospital during the Civil War, this program focuses on the methods and instruments used by the Civil War-era doctor. Visitors are invited to the site to take part in a Civil War Medicine discussion/demonstration by a member of the site’s staff, followed by a tour to the Confederate Cemetery located on the grounds. They will also explain the everyday life of a military doctor and their patients while at Centenary. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
As Requested • Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - 1800s Children´s Toys and Games, Learn about the history of, then participate in, the many different toys and games played by children in the 1800s. Included will be the Cup and Ball, Bilbo-Catchers, Jacob´s Ladder, Chess and Checkers, Graces, Hoop and Stick, Croquet, Horseshoes, and many, many more. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 225.634.7925 locally.
Tuesdays - Saturdays • Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Otis House Museum Tours, Tues-Fri: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Sat: 1-4 p.m. 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.
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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Daily • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour of the Main House looks at the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman family, the restoration by the Underwood family, and the acquisition of the site by the state of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Touring the Forts, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Forts Randolph and Buhlow were the last forts that surrendered to the Union in the Civil War. A park staff member will give visitors a brief orientation about the configuration, topography and strategic placement of Fort Randolph on the Red River. Visitors will then be directed to the entrance to the fort where they will proceed with a self guided tour along the elevated boardwalk. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Garden Tour, In partnership with the Rotary Club of Pineville, the site cultivates a Civil War-era vegetable garden. Some of the produce from the garden is used for period cooking demonstrations during the Campfire Cooking programs, while the remainder of the vegetables goes to the Main Street Mission in Pineville. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Guided Museum Tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Visitor Center at Fort Randolph has a number of interesting artifacts, as well as several educational elements. Exhibits are set up so that they can be appreciated and understood unguided, but a guide can often add interesting facts and antidotes to the visit. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
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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Third Saturday of the month • Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the D´Arbonne 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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Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to birdwatching and binocular use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars are available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
As Requested • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Become a Junior Ranger, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Participate in a number of programs at the site, and earn your Junior Ranger badge and certificate! Contact the site for your booklet to get started. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Feeding the Troops: Army Food During the Civil War, Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Smell and taste the rations issued and cooked on both sides of the conflict. As there were two distinctive sides of the Civil War, the Northern version of the army mess was a bit different than the Southern side. Learn about both through cooking demonstrations. Please request at least 24 hours in advance, with number of attendees. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Firing the Musket – A Tutorial, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn the steps a soldier had to take to properly train to use a weapon in the Civil War. Please be aware the gun´s report is loud and you may have to cover your ears. This program is also available upon request. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - It´s All Related: A Southern Soldier´s Genealogy, Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Find out how to search the sources to find out about your relative at Forts Randolph and Buhlow – on both Union and Confederate sides – during the Civil War. Once you´ve determined your ancestor was here, hear about the daily life of a soldier stationed here through diaries and letters of the soldiers stationed here. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Taking Time for Tea, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Contrary to popular culture a "low" tea is actually the proper name for the fancy tea parties that one would see on television or in the movies. Learn about the history of the tea party and discuss "high" vs. "low" tea, then enjoy a historically-accurate tea party. This special program can be reserved for groups between 5 -25 attendees, for $10/person, and will last up to 2 hours. Guests are welcome to dress in period clothing. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - The Turn of the Wheel - Spinning, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn about early spinning techniques, as site staff discuss and demonstrate the use of wool carders, a spinning wheel and spinning with a drop spindle, as well as discuss the use of different fibers in the creation of yarn. The talk will also cover how the fibers spun at home were turned into the fabric used by colonial families. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Third Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature for Kids, 10 a.m. Children will learn about a new nature topic each month and will make a related craft to take home with them. Topics could include, spring, reptiles, astronomy, insects and many more. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Latanier Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
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Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Maison Olivier Tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour focuses on bayou plantation lifestyle in the early to mid 1800s. Special attention is paid to the mid-1800s, when wealthy Creole sugarcane farmer Charles Olivier and his family inhabited the house. The tour tells of not only the lives of the wealthy Creole plantation owners but also of the enslaved workers on the plantation. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700s to mid-1800s. The tour demonstrates how the Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring the everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Self-Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to tour the recreated 19th-century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin, and season permitting, sample vegetables. We have recently created a traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid to late 1800s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Visitor Center Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Explore the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples that settled along the Bayou Teche including the Acadians and Creoles, Indians and Africans, Frenchman and Spaniards, and slaves and free people of color. A twelve-minute introductory video to the site is available to all guests in either English of French format. Seasonal exhibits and displays occur regularly throughout the year. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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 • 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.
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.
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 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Daily Living History, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Visitors to the site will see at least one or more demonstrations including: musket firing, molding mini balls, military fort cleaning, carpentry, beading, weaving, and or cooking. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join park staff for a guided walk along the arboretum trails. Visitors will learn about the flora and fauna found in the Arboretum. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Become a Junior Ranger, 10 a.m. Interested in getting started on becoming a Junior Ranger? There will be two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum so future Junior Rangers can complete their program requirements in one weekend. This will also include time to work Junior Ranger workbooks and time to swear in new Junior Rangers who have completed all the steps of the program. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
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.
Saturdays and Sundays • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Guided Museum Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Take a guided tour of the museum, with the site historian, and explore the highlights of the Port Hudson artifact collection. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - "An Enslaved Life" Grounds Tour, A self-guided tour of the plantation grounds, centering on the activities and life of the enslaved at Oakley Plantation. Following the pamphlet, provided with the grounds admission ticket, see the various outbuildings and end the tour at the grave of the only known former slave buried at the plantation. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/2/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Zouaves!, Noon - 4 p.m. Explore the history of three brightly-clad Aouave units that all either served in Louisiana or were raised in Louisiana during the American Civil War. The activity includes a look at the uniforms and equipment of the men and a discussion on the "Zouave Craze" that swept the nation during the Civil War. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/2/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Clinton, LA and the Fight of Pretty Creek, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. "Bigger than a skirmish and smaller than a battle." This indoor presentation will examine the events of Colonel Benjamin H. Grierson´s June 3-7, 1863 Union raid on Clinton, Louisiana, and the crushing Confederate victory which led to the memorable federal troop response to this attack. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
6/2/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - World Atlatl Day, 10:45 a.m. A ranger will discuss tips and techniques for using an Atlatl - ancient hunting tools used to launch spears. Visitors can try their hand at it and participate in a launch distance contest. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
6/3/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Berdan´s Sharpshooters, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. One-day exhibition of uniforms and equipment used by the 1st United States Sharp Shooters in the American Civil War and discussion of the history of the unit. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/6/2018 to 6/22/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Fort St. Jean Baptiste Summer Camp, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesdays - Sundays. Campers can report to duty each day at 8:30 a.m. and be prepared to leave post at 5 p.m. This year offers: Nature Craze on June 6-8, Military, Spies, and Survivors OH MY! on June 13-15, and Game Time on June 20-22. The cost to attend camp is $50 per child each week. All activities are weather permitting. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
6/8/2018 to 6/10/2018 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Day the War Stopped, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., each day In conjunction with the Town of St. Francisville´s annual commemoration of a temporary truce between the Union and the Confederacy to tend to their dead, the site will display information about Civil War medical and burial practices in the Gift Shop Conference Room and in the Plantation Doctor´s Office. More information on community activities can be found on the event´s Facebook page. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
6/9/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - After the Battle, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Step back in time and discover the world of Civil War battlefield surgery and care of the dead, seeing what a temporary field hospital would have looked like and how disease and illness were treated by the armies of each side of the war. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/10/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - In the Footsteps of Audubon, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m . An extended tour by the park Curator offers an audio visual history of the park, a presentation on the prints Audubon created while at Oakley Plantation and a guided house and grounds tour. Extended tour - approximately 1 hour duration. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/16/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Priestcap Battlefield Tour, 9:30 a.m. Join a park historian on a rare guided tour of the Priest Cap battlefield, which was heavily fought over on the May 27 and June 13, 1863 discouraging and deadly frontal assaults resulting in thousands of casualties among the Union troops. This portion of the battlefield is outside the park´s property and is privately owned. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
6/16/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Art at the Park, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Spend the day creating art in the footsteps of the Artist Naturalist John James Audubon who lived at Oakley House within the park in 1821. To participate, bring your own art supplies for free admission, which applies to artist only and only for grounds of the park. For more information contact the park Wednesday-Sunday from 9 AM-5PM at 1-225-635-3739. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/16/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Pine Needle Basketry, 1 - 4 p.m. Participants, ages 12 to adult, will learn all the basic skills needed to make a pine needle basket. There is a $10 registration fee for this program; all materials are provided and space is limited to 10 participants. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
6/22/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Itsy Bitsy Spider, 1 p.m - 3 p.m. Explore the adventures of a garden spider while learning about their lives, webs, where they are, and how to identify them. Attendees will make their own spider hats to take home. For younger audiences. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/23/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Nest for Celeste, 1 - 3 p.m. Explore the adventures of Celeste the mouse at Oakley House in, "A Nest for Celeste," by Henry Cole. Children and the young at heart can tour through the locations featured in the book, then enjoy a tea on the back gallery of the house. Preregistration is required; the $10/person program fee includes park entrance. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/23/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Native Plants for Pollinators, 2 p.m. Research suggests native plants are four times more attractive to native bees than exotic flowers. They are also usually well adapted to your growing conditions and can thrive with minimum attention. Create a native flowering garden for pollinators and attract not just bees, but hummingbirds, butterflies and many interesting insects. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
6/23/2018 • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Guided Canoe Tour, 9 - 11 a.m. Join the site naturalist for a guided canoe tour of Chicot Lake. Canoeing experience is recommended. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. You may bring your own canoe but still need to register. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
6/24/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Language of the Fan, 1 p.m - 3 p.m. Learn the subtle motions of a hand fan used to convey messages as from the time of Jane Austen. A short introductory talk in the museum includes a chance to practice, a hand out on the meanings, and a fan to take home. Ages teen and up. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/30/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature Craft, 10 a.m. Join the site naturalist to make a nature-themed craft to take home with you. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

July  2018

Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Visitor Center Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Explore the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples that settled along the Bayou Teche including the Acadians and Creoles, Indians and Africans, Frenchman and Spaniards, and slaves and free people of color. A twelve-minute introductory video to the site is available to all guests in either English of French format. Seasonal exhibits and displays occur regularly throughout the year. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.
7/7/2018 • Locust Grove State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Dead of Locust Grove Cemetery, 1 - 4 p.m. Learn about the inhabitants of this historic cemetery through figures like Sarah Knox Taylor, the daughter of President Zachary Taylor and short lived wife of Jefferson Davis, and Eleazar Ripley – Major General and Hero of the War of 1812. There will also be a short class on gravestone rendering. For more information call 888.677-2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
July 8, 15, 22 and 29 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - An Enslaved Life Tour, 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. Following a guided tour of Oakley House, tour the plantation yard with a park ranger and discover life for the enslaved at Oakley Plantation. Included in the tour are outbuildings and the slave cabins. Please be aware this is a 30-minute walking tour across uneven ground. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/14/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Bird Feeder Workshop, 1 - 4 p.m. Help provide our feathered friends with food while recycling. Participants will have an opportunity to make their own bird feeder made of empty water bottles. Help the environment in two ways at once! For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
July 15, 22, 29 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature at Night, 8 p.m. Join the site naturalist to explore nature in the dark. Program topics include owls, night sounds, night hikes, astronomy, spiders, and more. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

August  2018

Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Visitor Center Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Explore the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples that settled along the Bayou Teche including the Acadians and Creoles, Indians and Africans, Frenchman and Spaniards, and slaves and free people of color. A twelve-minute introductory video to the site is available to all guests in either English of French format. Seasonal exhibits and displays occur regularly throughout the year. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.
8/4/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Hand that Heals, 1 - 4 p.m. Discover medicine and medical practices used by Lucretia Pierre at Oakley Plantation in 1821. Find out how an herb garden would double as an early medicine cabinet for the apothecary. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/5/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Taste of Tea and Thee, 1 - 4 p.m. Sample a sumptuous selection of carefully-chosen specialty teas from the Colonial and Victorian periods and discover the roots and etiquette of the afternoon tea. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/18/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Tiny House ... Of the Feathered Kind, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Build a bird house to be installed at the park. Materials and instructions are provided. Find out what bird will be calling the house its home and why. A great family activity. No additional fee required. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/19/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - With Pen and Ink, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Participants can try their hand at pen or quill and ink writing as they discover letter writing in the early 1800s. Discover how quill pens are made and take one home. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/31/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The 1810 West Florida Rebellion Home School Day, 9 - 11:30 a.m. Home school students are invited to visit the camp of a Spanish soldier, as a period-clothed ranger explains about life for colonial soldiers, the revolution, and the role of St. Francisville as the first capital. Students also will see what the soldiers wore, learn about their daily lives, and watch a black powder musket demonstration. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/31/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - 1810 West Florida Rebellion Home School Day, 9 - 11:30 a.m. Home school students are invited to visit the camp of a Spanish soldier, as a period-clothed ranger explains about life for colonial soldiers, the revolution, and the role of St. Francisville as the first capital. Students also will see what the soldiers wore, learn about their daily lives, and watch a black powder musket demonstration. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

September  2018

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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.
9/1/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The 1810 West Florida Rebellion, Noon - 4 p.m. Visit the camp of a Spanish soldier, as a period-clothed ranger explains about life for colonial soldiers, the revolution, and the role of St. Francisville as the first capital. Visitors will also see what the soldiers wore, learn about their daily lives, and watch a black powder musket demonstration. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

October  2018

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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.
10/5/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Civil War School Day, 9 - 11:30 a.m. Students can learn about the Civil War, as it impacted the Felicianas, through Black powder weapon demonstrations, cannon demonstrations, drilling, life of a soldier, medical and food demonstrations. The program is open to home schooled students, and public and private schools; preregistration is required. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
10/6/2018 to 10/7/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Civil War Battle at Oakley Plantation, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sun Journey back in history to October 5, 1864, during a recreation of the sights and sounds of the Civil War skirmish that took place at Oakley Plantation. Walk through the soldier camps and see living history demonstrations of soldier life. You will hear black powder weapon demonstrations of both rifle and cannons. Visitors can also get a taste of what happened after the battle, during a special nighttime tour from 7 - 7:30 p.m. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

November  2018

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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.
11/30/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Colonial Christmas School Day, 9 - 11:30 a.m. Preregistered 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. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

December  2018

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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.
12/1/2018 • 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.

January  2019

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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.
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.

February  2019

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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.

March  2019

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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.

April  2019

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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.
7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 • 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.