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All Parks and Historic Sites

January  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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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.
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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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.
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.
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 - 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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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.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Self-Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to tour the recreated 19th-century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin, and season permitting, sample vegetables. We have recently created a traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid to late 1800s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Visitor Center Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Explore the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples that settled along the Bayou Teche including the Acadians and Creoles, Indians and Africans, Frenchman and Spaniards, and slaves and free people of color. A twelve-minute introductory video to the site is available to all guests in either English of French format. Seasonal exhibits and displays occur regularly throughout the year. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Maison Olivier Tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour focuses on bayou plantation lifestyle in the early to mid 1800s. Special attention is paid to the mid-1800s, when wealthy Creole sugarcane farmer Charles Olivier and his family inhabited the house. The tour tells of not only the lives of the wealthy Creole plantation owners but also of the enslaved workers on the plantation. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700s to mid-1800s. The tour demonstrates how the Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring the everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1/1/2018 • Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, Delhi - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018 • Lake Claiborne State Park, Homer - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018 • Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018 • Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville - First Day Hike, 1:30 p.m. Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. Enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer on an hour-long hike that will include cardiovascular intervals. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. For more information call 888.677.5200 toll free or 318.368.2086 locally.
1/1/2018 • Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018 • Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018 • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018 • North Toledo Bend State Park, Zwolle - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018 • South Toledo Bend State Park, Anacoco - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018 • Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
Tuesdays-Saturdays • Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Stitches in Time, Tues-Fri: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Sat: 1-4 p.m. Make Otis House your first stop on the Louisiana Quilt Trail, during a special tour offering a bit of history on traditional quilt patterns through the state´s history. As part of the Trail, Otis House features a block from a Mariners Compass quilt on the park´s entrance station. Participants are limited to 15 per tour, groups of 8+ must call to register. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
1/1/2018 • Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - First Day Hike, 10:30 a.m. Experience the nature found at the park, during this hike starting off the new year! Meet at the Sugar Mill ruins for a family hike that can be up to 3 miles long, depending upon the participants. Bring water and a snack, and dress appropriately for the weather. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
1/1/2018 • Grand Isle State Park, Grand Isle - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - First Day Hike, 10 a.m. Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. Enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer while joining a park ranger on a hike along the Gorge Trail. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
1/1/2018 • St. Bernard State Park, Braithwaite - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018 • Tickfaw State Park, Springfield - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
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.
1/6/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Time Travelers – The Thunder of Cannons, 1810, 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. View the smoke and fire of a cannon demonstration or dress in uniform, load, and fire one yourself as you travel back over 200 years in a moment. Program participation is for visitors age 16 and up. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
1/6/2018 • 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.
1/6/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Primitive Fire Starting, 11 a.m. Without electricity, the ability to start fires from scratch would have been an essential part of everyday life at Poverty Point and elsewhere throughout human history. Watch as the ranger demonstrates how ancient people created fires – using both a bow drill and a pump drill – to heat and sustain themselves. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
1/8/2018 to 1/21/2018 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - History Mythbusters, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., on the hour. Common historical myths will be examined, looking at the factual information and circumstances behind them as well as the research that later disproved them. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
1/12/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - St. Denis Day Camp, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The fun and excitement of St Denis Summer Camp is now available during school holidays and parent-teacher conference days! Activities will depend on the season, including period games, nature walks, and more. Fee to attend will be $25 per child per day; campers will need to bring a sack lunch and drink, and dress appropriately for the weather. Preregistration is recommended, due to limited space. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
1/13/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bluebird Basics, 1 - 3 p.m. Discover the tricks to attract nesting bluebirds, from "do´s and don´ts" to a nesting timetable. This is a good starting point for beginners and a refresher for long-time bluebird fans alike. Following the presentation, preregistered participants will build a bluebird house to take home. there is a limit of one box per family and a $15 fee is required. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
1/13/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Tatting Class, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Staff and volunteers will teach participants this old form of lace-making, through both the needle method and by shuttle. Preregistration is required, as space is limited. Call early to reserve your spot! For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/20/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Boys of ´61, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Take a trip to the year 1861 and see Louisiana on the edge of war. Civil War reenactors will be in period dress of 157 years ago and presenting the daily life of citizens becoming soldiers. You may fall in with the militia as they drill, see how a cannon works, or taste a bit of what the soldiers ate. Witness an enlistment, hear a speech for secession, or write a letter home with pen and ink. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
1/20/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Arbor Day, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Celebrate Louisiana´s Arbor Day at the Louisiana State Arboretum. The day will begin with an opening ceremony honoring the day and trees in our lives. Visit the tree classroom and learn how to plant, prune and care for trees. Hard to find native to Louisiana tree saplings will be available to participants throughout the day while supplies last. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
1/20/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Atlatl Competition, 10 a.m. Guests are invited to come and enjoy some friendly atlatl competition, and experience first hand, the way prehistoric people hunted. There will be two events of competition, distance and accuracy. The winner of each event will receive a prize. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
1/20/2018 • Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield - Battle of Mansfield Presentation, 2 p.m. The Battle of Mansfield was one of the largest Civil War battles fought west of the Mississippi, involving almost 30,000 troops. But why was the battle fought? What were its objectives? Join site staff for an in-depth presentation using tactical battlefield maps and informative slides will answer these questions and more. For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
1/20/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Soldier, Militia and Courier de Bois on the Move, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. In this living history program see a camp setting for a soldier or civilian on the move across the Louisiana Territory. Learn how they survived on the frontier, how they dressed, cooked, prepared for the next day´s march and more. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
1/21/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Open Hearth Candle-Making Demonstration, 1 - 3 p.m. Discover lighting methods of the early 1800s as park staff create molded beeswax candles from over the open fire, as was once done by the enslaved people of Oakley Plantation. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
1/27/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Vigilantes on the Bayou, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. During the mid-1800s in South Louisiana, Acadian farmers were being pushed off their lands by bands of vigilantes made up of wealthier Creoles and les Americans. The vigilantes used threats and false accusations against the small farmers to seize their land. See how hostilities reached their peak during a 1 p.m. reenactment at the Acadian Farmstead. There will also be a showing of "Belizaire," which focuses on these events, in the Visitor Center. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
1/27/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Winter Tree Identification, 10 a.m. Visitors will learn techniques for identifying trees during the most difficult time of year. This program will closely examine tree bark, twigs, buds, and location to determine a tree´s species without using leaves. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
1/27/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature Craft, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist to make a nature-themed craft to take home with you. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

February  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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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.
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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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.
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.
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 - 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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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.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Self-Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to tour the recreated 19th-century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin, and season permitting, sample vegetables. We have recently created a traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid to late 1800s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Visitor Center Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Explore the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples that settled along the Bayou Teche including the Acadians and Creoles, Indians and Africans, Frenchman and Spaniards, and slaves and free people of color. A twelve-minute introductory video to the site is available to all guests in either English of French format. Seasonal exhibits and displays occur regularly throughout the year. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Maison Olivier Tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour focuses on bayou plantation lifestyle in the early to mid 1800s. Special attention is paid to the mid-1800s, when wealthy Creole sugarcane farmer Charles Olivier and his family inhabited the house. The tour tells of not only the lives of the wealthy Creole plantation owners but also of the enslaved workers on the plantation. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700s to mid-1800s. The tour demonstrates how the Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring the everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Daily • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Black History Month Display, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Discover the lives of African-Americans who influenced Louisiana and American history. Throughout the month, the site´s conference room will host an exhibit with pictures and brief biographies of these important figures. Period and historic music also will be played at various times throughout each day. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - African American Heritage Month, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. In recognition of African American Heritage Month, a display will be set up in the visitor center offering visitors a glimpse into the life of a slave on a sugarcane plantation in south Louisiana in the 1800s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
2/3/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - An Enslaved Life: Home School Day, 9 a.m. - noon. Preregistered students will learn about the African-American enslaved persons who worked at Oakley Plantation harvesting crops. A tour of the slave cabins will show life for the enslaved on the plantation and how they adapted to their condition. Other demonstrations will include a taste of food, daily tasks, and recreation on a plantation. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/3/2018 • 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.
2/10/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Pine Needle Basketry, 1 - 4 p.m. Participants, ages 12 to adult, will learn all the basic skills needed to make a pine needle basket. There is a $10 registration fee for this program; all materials are provided and space is limited to 10 participants. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/16/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A War of 1812 School Day, 9 a.m. - noon Preregistered students will learn about life in the days of Napoleon. Students will see a citizen soldier of West Florida in the Felicianas at the time of the War of 1812. Preregistration is required; open to home school students as as well as public and private school students. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/17/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Native Guard Battlefield Tour, 10 a.m. To commemorate Black History Month, the site will offer a guided tour to the Louisiana Native Guard battlefield, where the First and Third Louisiana Native Guard regiments fought a historic battle on May 27, 1863. The tour will begin in the Visitor Center´s audio/visual room. Wear appropriate clothing/footwear for walking and bring water and insect repellent. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
2/17/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A War of 1812 Living History Encampment, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. During the War of 1812, a foreign invader burned the White House, the United States invaded Canada, and the sounds of cannon fire and battle could be heard in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Visitors will see the Age of Napoleon come to life though cannon firing drills, black powder musket drills, and camp life talks. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/17/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Toad Abodes, 2 p.m. Toads are very beneficial to have around our gardens; unfortunately, their numbers are declining. Learn ways to make your garden more toad-friendly, as easily as providing an upside-down clay flower pot. Join us and make a toad house for your garden. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/17/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Soldier, Militia and Courier de Bois on the Move, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. In this living history program see a camp setting for a soldier or civilian on the move across the Louisiana Territory. Learn how they survived on the frontier, how they dressed, cooked, prepared for the next day´s march and more. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
2/17/2018 • Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield - Guided Battlefield Tour, 2 p.m. Park staff will lead guests on a in-depth tour of the battlefield, visiting key points on the field where significant action occurred. For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
2/24/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Wetlands, 10 a.m. Visitors will go on a 2.5 mile hike through 3 unique wetlands and observe why these wetlands are so important to the park. Dip nets will be used on the program so visitors can see some of the smaller organisms that occur in wetlands. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/24/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Louisiana Geology, 2 p.m. Louisiana is a geologically dynamic state, and its story is in the hills and gullies of the Arboretum. Learn about major geological events of Louisiana and take a hike to see how these processes helped shape the environment of the Arboretum and the surrounding area. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/24/2018 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Enslaved Life at Rosedown, 11 a.m. Learn more about the life of the enslaved people at Rosedown Plantation, through an examination of their duties, accomplishments, and treatment along with an exploration of the hierarchy that existed on the plantation. The program will discuss the historic layout of the plantation including outbuildings, home sites, work areas and fields, followed by a walking tour of the outbuildings on the grounds. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
2/24/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Prehistoric Pottery Making, 10:30 a.m. - noon. Attendees can try their hand at creating items – figurines, decorated artistic objects, coiled clay pots, and clay pipes – inspired by those that have been excavated from the site. All of the clay and other materials needed for making this primitive pottery will be provided. It is recommended to wear or bring appropriate clothes for working with potentially messy clay. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
2/24/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Tool Demonstration, 1 - 4 p.m. Come and watch the rangers demonstrate the tools used by early inhabitants to build, hunt and create other articles used in their culture. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.

March  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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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.
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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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.
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.
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 - 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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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.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Self-Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to tour the recreated 19th-century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin, and season permitting, sample vegetables. We have recently created a traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid to late 1800s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Visitor Center Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Explore the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples that settled along the Bayou Teche including the Acadians and Creoles, Indians and Africans, Frenchman and Spaniards, and slaves and free people of color. A twelve-minute introductory video to the site is available to all guests in either English of French format. Seasonal exhibits and displays occur regularly throughout the year. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Maison Olivier Tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour focuses on bayou plantation lifestyle in the early to mid 1800s. Special attention is paid to the mid-1800s, when wealthy Creole sugarcane farmer Charles Olivier and his family inhabited the house. The tour tells of not only the lives of the wealthy Creole plantation owners but also of the enslaved workers on the plantation. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700s to mid-1800s. The tour demonstrates how the Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring the everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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.
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.
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.
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 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Women´s History Month, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. In recognition of Women´s History Month, a display will be set up in the vsitor center representing the life of Creole, Acadian and slave women in the 1800s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
3/3/2018 • 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.
3/10/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Aquatic Mammals, 2 p.m. Learn about the aquatic mammals native to the area including river otters, nutria, muskrat, and beaver. The program inside will feature skulls and furs from these creatures while the outside portion will be a hike through their habitat. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/16/2018 to 3/18/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Audubon Pilgrimage, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Audubon State Historic Site, the home of Oakley Plantation, is proud to once more be a part of the West Feliciana Historical Societies yearly tour of Historic Homes. From Friday through Sunday, costumed staff and volunteers – in the look of 1821 – take visitors through Oakley House. Outside the home, the kitchens for the plantation will be preparing food using period recipes in the open-hearth style. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
3/16/2018 to 3/18/2018 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon Pilgrimage, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors will get the opportunity to view the plantation in spring bloom with costumed re-enactors throughout the site. Period music and dancing will be performed at various times during this 3-day program celebrating the artist-naturalist John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation in 1821. The event is held in conjunction with the West Feliciana Historical Societies annual Audubon Pilgrimage each March. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
3/17/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Attracting Butterflies & Moths with Native Plants, 2 p.m. Native plants are essential for hosting the egg laying and larval stages critical to the life cycle of many butterflies and moths. The flowers of native plants provide an abundance of pollen and nectar for adult butterflies and moths. Learn which native plants attract butterflies and moths such as the Giant Swallowtail and the Luna Moth. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/21/2018 to 3/23/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - International Day of Francophone, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. In recognition of the International Day of Francophone on March 20, there will be French infused tours and activities to pre-registered French immersion school students. Staff will dress in historic costumes as they guide students through the hands-on area to try out chores, toys and games from the period. Email longfellow@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
3/24/2018 to 3/25/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - The Siege of Port Hudson Reenactment, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., each day. Visitors will have access to volunteer re-enactors in Union and Confederate campsites performing typical activities of the assaults. Soldiers dressed in authentic reproduction uniforms will be on hand to answer questions pertaining to the siege during the summer of 1863. The three branches of the services – artillery, cavalry and infantry will be portrayed as well as cooks, laundresses and sutlers. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
3/24/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Coyotes, 10 a.m. Coyotes are one of the most valuable and most controversial animals in Louisiana and in the entire United States. This program will discuss their traits, their role in the habitats of Louisiana, and their cultural impact throughout history. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/24/2018 • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Guided Canoe Tour, 2 - 4 p.m. Join the site naturalist for a guided canoe tour of Chicot Lake. Canoeing experience is recommended. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. You may bring your own canoe but still need to register. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/24/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Morning Hike, 10 a.m. Take part in a ranger-led hike showcasing the mounds, earthworks, and nature found in the park. The hike will follow an introductory video; and can take up to two hours, depending on the pace of the group. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
3/30/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Stop by the visitor center and get your scavenger hunt sheet to look for nature clues found along the trails and among the exhibits. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/30/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - St. Denis Day Camp, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The fun and excitement of St Denis Summer Camp is now available during school holidays and parent-teacher conference days! Activities will depend on the season, including period games, nature walks, and more. Fee to attend will be $25 per child per day; campers will need to bring a sack lunch and drink, and dress appropriately for the weather. Preregistration is recommended, due to limited space. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
3/31/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Crawfish, 10 a.m. Crawfish are a valuable (and tasty) critter to Louisiana and are also an important creature to most Louisiana habitats. This program will cover the basic parts of a crawfish, how they live, and their role in the bayous, lakes and fields of Louisiana. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/31/2018 • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m. Children 12 and under are invited to our Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Chicot State Park. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

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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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.
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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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.
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.
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 - 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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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.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Self-Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to tour the recreated 19th-century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin, and season permitting, sample vegetables. We have recently created a traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid to late 1800s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Visitor Center Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Explore the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples that settled along the Bayou Teche including the Acadians and Creoles, Indians and Africans, Frenchman and Spaniards, and slaves and free people of color. A twelve-minute introductory video to the site is available to all guests in either English of French format. Seasonal exhibits and displays occur regularly throughout the year. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Maison Olivier Tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour focuses on bayou plantation lifestyle in the early to mid 1800s. Special attention is paid to the mid-1800s, when wealthy Creole sugarcane farmer Charles Olivier and his family inhabited the house. The tour tells of not only the lives of the wealthy Creole plantation owners but also of the enslaved workers on the plantation. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700s to mid-1800s. The tour demonstrates how the Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring the everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4/7/2018 • 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.
4/14/2018 • 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.
4/20/2018 • 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 • 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 • 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 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Let´s Count the Species, 2 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day a day early by counting the species of the Arboretum. We will conducting a short bio-blitz that everybody can be a part of to see how many plants and animals we can identify in a two-hour span. Field guides and binoculars will be available to participants to use during the program and all data collected will be used for citizen science projects such as eBird and iNaturalist. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/21/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Aquatic Critters, 2 p.m. Chicot Lake is known for its great fishing, but what are some of the other creatures that live in the lake? Visitors will help the ranger find and identify some of the frogs, crawfish, and other creatures that call Chicot Lake home. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/27/2018 • 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 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Crochet Class, 10 a.m. - 2 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.
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.

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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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.
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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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.
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.
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 - 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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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.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Self-Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to tour the recreated 19th-century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin, and season permitting, sample vegetables. We have recently created a traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid to late 1800s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Visitor Center Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Explore the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples that settled along the Bayou Teche including the Acadians and Creoles, Indians and Africans, Frenchman and Spaniards, and slaves and free people of color. A twelve-minute introductory video to the site is available to all guests in either English of French format. Seasonal exhibits and displays occur regularly throughout the year. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Maison Olivier Tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour focuses on bayou plantation lifestyle in the early to mid 1800s. Special attention is paid to the mid-1800s, when wealthy Creole sugarcane farmer Charles Olivier and his family inhabited the house. The tour tells of not only the lives of the wealthy Creole plantation owners but also of the enslaved workers on the plantation. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700s to mid-1800s. The tour demonstrates how the Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring the everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5/5/2018 • 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.
5/5/2018 • 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.
5/12/2018 • 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 • 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 - 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.
5/19/2018 • 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 • 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.
5/20/2018 • 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 • 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.
5/28/2018 • 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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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.
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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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.
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.
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 - 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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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.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Self-Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to tour the recreated 19th-century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin, and season permitting, sample vegetables. We have recently created a traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid to late 1800s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Visitor Center Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Explore the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples that settled along the Bayou Teche including the Acadians and Creoles, Indians and Africans, Frenchman and Spaniards, and slaves and free people of color. A twelve-minute introductory video to the site is available to all guests in either English of French format. Seasonal exhibits and displays occur regularly throughout the year. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Maison Olivier Tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour focuses on bayou plantation lifestyle in the early to mid 1800s. Special attention is paid to the mid-1800s, when wealthy Creole sugarcane farmer Charles Olivier and his family inhabited the house. The tour tells of not only the lives of the wealthy Creole plantation owners but also of the enslaved workers on the plantation. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700s to mid-1800s. The tour demonstrates how the Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring the everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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.
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 • 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.
6/9/2018 • 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.
6/16/2018 • 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 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Pine Needle Basketry, 1 - 4 p.m. Participants, ages 12 to adult, will learn all the basic skills needed to make a pine needle basket. There is a $10 registration fee for this program; all materials are provided and space is limited to 10 participants. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
6/23/2018 • 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.
6/23/2018 • 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.
6/30/2018 • 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

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.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Visitor Center Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Explore the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples that settled along the Bayou Teche including the Acadians and Creoles, Indians and Africans, Frenchman and Spaniards, and slaves and free people of color. A twelve-minute introductory video to the site is available to all guests in either English of French format. Seasonal exhibits and displays occur regularly throughout the year. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
July 15, 22, 29 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature at Night, 8 p.m. Join the site naturalist to explore nature in the dark. Program topics include owls, night sounds, night hikes, astronomy, spiders, and more. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

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.