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February  2019

Second Saturday of the month • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Dutch Oven Cooking, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join the Bogue Chitto Dutch Oven Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a Dutch Oven Gathering, as they prepare a variety of dishes in this outdoor cooking method that is growing in popularity.
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Fourth Saturday of the month • Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the LeChien Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
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First Saturday of the month • Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon The park will host the Bartholomew Dutch Oven Society, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
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Fourth Saturday of the month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Latanier Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
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Fourth Saturday of the Month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Bayou Pots, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 318.745.3503 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, Delhi - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Poverty Point Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more. For more information call 800.474.0392 toll free or 318.878.7536 locally.
Third Saturday of the Month • Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the WEGO Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 504.736.7140 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Become a Junior Ranger, 10 a.m. Two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum will be offered allowing those seeking to be a Junior Ranger to complete the course in one weekend. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Site Staff will guide visitors on a tour of the Rosedown Main House. The tour will encompass the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman Family, the restoration and ownership of the property by the Underwoods of Houston, and the purchase and ownership of the property by the State of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin. A traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700´s to mid 1800´s and demonstrates how Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
By appointment • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Exploring the Forts in Detail, A ranger guided tour of both Forts Randolph and Buhlow. The visitors would also be able to enter the winter quarters exhibit to see how the soldiers lived. They can also try on some of the clothing and equipment the troops used. At least a two day´s notice is required to schedule one of these special ranger guided tours. Tour fee is $8 per person. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Otis House Museum Tours, Tues - Thurs: By App.t Only; Friday & Sat: 1-4 pm Visit the c.1885 Otis House to learn more about the Jay sawmill community along the Tchefuncte River and St. Tammany lifestyle during the 1885-1930 time span. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Atlatl Demonstration, Wednesday-Sunday Upon Request Thousands of years ago, the Native Americans who built Poverty Point needed to be able to hunt for their food. The atlatl was the best tool for the job. A ranger will discuss the significance of the atlatl and the techniques for using one. Participants will also have the opportunity to test out their abilities with the atlatl. Available upon request. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Costumed Guided Tours, Hourly 10 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Upon availability of a costumed ranger and/or volunteer, daily hourly tours will be offered - weather permitting. Fee for tours is $8 per person ages four and up. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to bird watching and binocular to use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3rd Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature for Kids, 10 a.m. Join the site naturalist to learn about a different nature topic every month and make a craft to take home. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Tuesdays and Sundays • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Primitive Woodworking, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The Interpretive Ranger will demonstrate the use of a shaving horse, froe, draw knife, hand saw and a pocket knife to make useful wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, tool handles, hiking sticks, canes and slingshot forks. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
Thursdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Thursday´s School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Led by guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian Yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of black powder weapons are typically available upon request. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Friday; Home School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pre-registered home school groups are invited to take a tour on any Friday throughout the school year. Led by guides in period costumes, students will tour Maison Olivier. Students will then continue to the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the Life of an Acadian yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons are typically available upon request. Home school groups must register. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Led by French-speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take a French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Students will view an introductory video to the site in French and will be led throughout the Interpretive enter which houses displays written in French. Led by French speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will then tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, upon request. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist for a guided hike through the Arboretum to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2nd Saturday of the Month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Latanier Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration, 9 a.m. Greetin´, Meetin´, Cookin´ & Eatin´. Join Latanier Cookers for a variety of Dutch Oven side dishes and desserts. Bring your ice chest and lawnchair. Pots go on the coals from 9 a.m.- 10 a.m.; Pots on the table at Noon. No charge for tasting. Donations are always welcome. Entry fee into the park applies. No Pets allowed. For more information call 888.677.0094 toll free or 337.893.3930 locally.
Weekly on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday • 12/14/2018 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Guided Hike, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger on a guided hike through the park on the nature trail and learn about the history and natural features of the park and surrounding area. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays • 1/11/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Afternoon Talks at the Visitors Center, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger for a talk about the history and environment of Fontainebleau State Park. Talks will include a short overview of the park and a more in-depth talk about a rotating series of historical and nature topics. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays • 1/11/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Fontainebleau at the Microscopic Level, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors will get a brief overview on the basics of how to use a microscope and stereoscope, then will get a chance to examine different items found around the park and see what is going on up close. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
2/1/2019 to 2/28/2019 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Black History Month Exhibit, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. In recognition of Black History Month, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site is presenting a special exhibit and program honoring African-Americans. The exhibit is being displayed in various historic outbuildings on the plantation grounds; and through pictures and writings will show how the lives and accomplishments of African-Americans influenced and enriched Louisiana and American history. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
2/1/2019 to 2/28/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - African American Heritage Month, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. In recognition of African American Heritage Month, a display will be set up in the Interpretive Center offering visitors a glimpse into the life of a slave on a sugarcane plantation in South Louisiana in the 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
2/1/2019 to 2/28/2019 • Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Vintage Valentines, Tues. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 1-4 p.m Otis House will have vintage Valentines, post cards and various seasonal greeting cards on display through the month of February in honor of Valentine´s Day. Learn a bit of history about this popular holiday while viewing vintage Valentines, hand embroidered postcards, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas cards as well. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 2/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Bird Watching Basics, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger on a walk to learn about bird watching and to find some of the birds that visit Fontainebleau´s diverse range of habitats. Bring binoculars, water, and good shoes for the trail. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 2/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - 1st Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and join a park ranger on a guided hike of the battlefield area known as Artillery Ridge. The hike will cover about 2 miles and take about 2 hours. Appropriate footwear, clothing, and drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
2/2/2019 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Primitive Fire Starting, 11 a.m. Learn how the Native Americans of Poverty Point may have created fire more than 3,500 years ago. Connect with our shared past in learning about primitive fire starting techniques using a bow drill. Visitors are very welcome to try out the bow drill for themselves as well! For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
2/2/2019 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Primitive Fire Starting, 11 a.m. Learn how the Native Americans of Poverty Point may have created fire more than 3,500 years ago. Connect with our shared past in learning about primitive fire starting techniques using a bow drill. Visitors are very welcome to try out the bow drill for themselves as well! For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
2/8/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Civil War School Day, 9 a.m. - Noon The program includes black powder weapon demonstrations, cannon demonstrations, drilling, life of a soldier, medical and food demonstrations. Preregistration is required. Open to Home Schools, Public and Private schools. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/9/2019 to 2/10/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Fury in the Feliciana´s , 10 a.m. Witness a recreation of the sights and sounds of the Civil War battle for Baton Rouge in 1862. Each day walk through the soldier camps and see living history demonstrations of soldier life by re-enactors in blue and grey. Visitors will see black powder weapon demonstrations of both rifle and cannons. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/9/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Pine Needle Basketry, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Participants will learn all the basic techniques to make a pine needle basket. Materials are provided. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.$10 per person. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/16/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Toad Abodes, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist to learn all about toads and why they are good for your garden. Participants can then paint a toad house to take home with them. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/16/2019 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Artifact Identification, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. A chance for area "collectors" to have their finds identified by the park staff. The program allows staff to learn about the distribution patterns of the Native American culture and help establish a good working relationship with the area people. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
2/16/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Native Guard Battlefield Tour, 10 a.m. In honor of Black History Month, join a park ranger on a guided hike of the Telegraph Road area where the African-American troops of the 1st and 3rd Louisiana Native Guards fought on May 27, 1863. Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear, bring drinking water, appropriate clothing and insect repellent. This hike is across rough, uneven, brushy, and sometimes muddy ground. Reservations recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
2/23/2019 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Enslaved Life at Rosedown, 11 a.m. This program explores the history of African-American slavery and specifically at Rosedown Plantation. Life of the slave will be explained as to duties, accomplishments and treatment. The program will include touring the main house and touring outbuildings on the grounds. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
Fourth Saturday of the Month • 2/23/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles - Bird Walk, 8 a.m. New and experienced bird lovers can enjoy an hour of birding with experienced birder and Master Naturalist David Booth. Participants meet at deck overlooking swamp across from the pavilion. For more information call 888.677.7264 toll free or 337.855.2665 locally.
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Wetlands, 10 a.m. Visitors will examine the different types of wetlands that occur in the state of Louisiana. A 2.5 mile hike through three different types of wetlands is scheduled so visitors can observe why these wetlands are important to the park. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/23/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Geology, 2 p.m. Take a guided hike through the ridges and gullies while learning the geology of Louisiana. Participants will meet at the Caroline Dormon Lodge located on HWY 3042; 1 1/2 miles north of the Chicot State Park entrance gate. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/23/2019 • Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield - Light Artillery at the Battle of Mansfield, 2 p.m. A presentation of the different types of field cannons employed by artillery batteries during the Battle of Mansfield and the various types of ammunition used. Also discussed we will be how artillery batteries were organized and functioned in battle during the American Civil War. For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
2/24/2019 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Bead It, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Learn the craft of 18th century beading. Site Staff will teach participants how to create 18th century style wampum bracelets and belts. All materials will be provided and Participants can take their projects home. Regular park fees apply. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.

March  2019

Second Saturday of the month • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Dutch Oven Cooking, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join the Bogue Chitto Dutch Oven Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a Dutch Oven Gathering, as they prepare a variety of dishes in this outdoor cooking method that is growing in popularity.
www.ladutch.com
Fourth Saturday of the month • Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the LeChien Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
www.ladutch.com
First Saturday of the month • Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon The park will host the Bartholomew Dutch Oven Society, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
www.ladutch.com
Fourth Saturday of the month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Latanier Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
www.ladutch.com
Fourth Saturday of the Month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Bayou Pots, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 318.745.3503 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, Delhi - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Poverty Point Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more. For more information call 800.474.0392 toll free or 318.878.7536 locally.
Third Saturday of the Month • Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the WEGO Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 504.736.7140 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Become a Junior Ranger, 10 a.m. Two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum will be offered allowing those seeking to be a Junior Ranger to complete the course in one weekend. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Site Staff will guide visitors on a tour of the Rosedown Main House. The tour will encompass the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman Family, the restoration and ownership of the property by the Underwoods of Houston, and the purchase and ownership of the property by the State of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin. A traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700´s to mid 1800´s and demonstrates how Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
By appointment • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Exploring the Forts in Detail, A ranger guided tour of both Forts Randolph and Buhlow. The visitors would also be able to enter the winter quarters exhibit to see how the soldiers lived. They can also try on some of the clothing and equipment the troops used. At least a two day´s notice is required to schedule one of these special ranger guided tours. Tour fee is $8 per person. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Otis House Museum Tours, Tues - Thurs: By App.t Only; Friday & Sat: 1-4 pm Visit the c.1885 Otis House to learn more about the Jay sawmill community along the Tchefuncte River and St. Tammany lifestyle during the 1885-1930 time span. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Atlatl Demonstration, Wednesday-Sunday Upon Request Thousands of years ago, the Native Americans who built Poverty Point needed to be able to hunt for their food. The atlatl was the best tool for the job. A ranger will discuss the significance of the atlatl and the techniques for using one. Participants will also have the opportunity to test out their abilities with the atlatl. Available upon request. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Costumed Guided Tours, Hourly 10 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Upon availability of a costumed ranger and/or volunteer, daily hourly tours will be offered - weather permitting. Fee for tours is $8 per person ages four and up. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to bird watching and binocular to use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3rd Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature for Kids, 10 a.m. Join the site naturalist to learn about a different nature topic every month and make a craft to take home. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Tuesdays and Sundays • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Primitive Woodworking, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The Interpretive Ranger will demonstrate the use of a shaving horse, froe, draw knife, hand saw and a pocket knife to make useful wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, tool handles, hiking sticks, canes and slingshot forks. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
Thursdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Thursday´s School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Led by guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian Yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of black powder weapons are typically available upon request. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Friday; Home School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pre-registered home school groups are invited to take a tour on any Friday throughout the school year. Led by guides in period costumes, students will tour Maison Olivier. Students will then continue to the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the Life of an Acadian yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons are typically available upon request. Home school groups must register. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Led by French-speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take a French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Students will view an introductory video to the site in French and will be led throughout the Interpretive enter which houses displays written in French. Led by French speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will then tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, upon request. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist for a guided hike through the Arboretum to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2nd Saturday of the Month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Latanier Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration, 9 a.m. Greetin´, Meetin´, Cookin´ & Eatin´. Join Latanier Cookers for a variety of Dutch Oven side dishes and desserts. Bring your ice chest and lawnchair. Pots go on the coals from 9 a.m.- 10 a.m.; Pots on the table at Noon. No charge for tasting. Donations are always welcome. Entry fee into the park applies. No Pets allowed. For more information call 888.677.0094 toll free or 337.893.3930 locally.
Weekly on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday • 12/14/2018 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Guided Hike, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger on a guided hike through the park on the nature trail and learn about the history and natural features of the park and surrounding area. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays • 1/11/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Afternoon Talks at the Visitors Center, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger for a talk about the history and environment of Fontainebleau State Park. Talks will include a short overview of the park and a more in-depth talk about a rotating series of historical and nature topics. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays • 1/11/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Fontainebleau at the Microscopic Level, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors will get a brief overview on the basics of how to use a microscope and stereoscope, then will get a chance to examine different items found around the park and see what is going on up close. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 2/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Bird Watching Basics, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger on a walk to learn about bird watching and to find some of the birds that visit Fontainebleau´s diverse range of habitats. Bring binoculars, water, and good shoes for the trail. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 2/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - 1st Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and join a park ranger on a guided hike of the battlefield area known as Artillery Ridge. The hike will cover about 2 miles and take about 2 hours. Appropriate footwear, clothing, and drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
Fourth Saturday of the Month • 2/23/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles - Bird Walk, 8 a.m. New and experienced bird lovers can enjoy an hour of birding with experienced birder and Master Naturalist David Booth. Participants meet at deck overlooking swamp across from the pavilion. For more information call 888.677.7264 toll free or 337.855.2665 locally.
3/1/2019 to 3/31/2019 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Louisiana Proud: The Cajun Experience, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Travelling art exhibition by Darrell Chitty, twice-named "Louisiana Artist of the Year." The exhibit will be in the Rosedown conference room throughout the month of March. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
3/1/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon Scout Experience, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Audubon Scouting Experience gives Scout groups the opportunity to provide a public service project ( park staff provide list) and the park provides two interpretive activities. These activities vary as to age group and may be nature or history oriented. Completion of these activities and project will be rewarded with a special badge. All groups must preregister with the site and have a minimum of 12 participants. Program cost $10.00 each. This includes the program, badge, and admission to the park grounds. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
3/1/2019 to 3/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Women´s History Month , 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. In recognition of Women´s History Month, a display will be set up in the Interpretive Center representing the life of Creole, Acadian, and slave women in the 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 3/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - First Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and join a park ranger on a guided hike of the battlefield area known as Commissary Hill. The hike will cover about 2 miles and take about 2 hours. Appropriate footwear, clothing, and drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
3/3/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Firepower!, 1 p.m. The Port Hudson State Historic Site will conduct demonstrations of Civil War era original and reproduction weapons. The program will start with a cannon demonstration followed by small arms; muskets, rifles, carbines, and pistols. This program will conclude with the firing of the park´s original 42-pounder sea coast cannon. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
3/7/2019 to 3/10/2019 • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Blue and Gray on the Red, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day Experience this annual Civil War re-enactment with re-enactors from five states. The four-day event kicks off on Thursday with an historic food tasting at 6 p.m. and speaker at 7 p.m. The Civil War School Day is set for 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday (contact site for registration). Battle reenactments are Saturday and Sunday along with informative talks ending with a ladies´ tea on Sunday. re-enactments are 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
3/15/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Ghost Ships on the Mississippi, 6:30 p.m. Experience the Anniversary of Battle of Port Hudson by a ranger-led evening walk to Fort Desperate and tell of bizarre and ghostly battlefield stories. After the walk, the staff will conduct a special night-time firing of the always popular 42-pounder cannon, then we move to the pond where the night-time deadly navy assault will be recreated and the destruction of the USS Mississippi will be witnessed using the model gunboat fleet. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
3/15/2019 to 3/17/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Audubon Pilgrimage, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Part of the West Feliciana Historical Societies´ Annual Tour of Historic Homes. From Friday through Sunday costumed interpreters in the look of 1821 take visitors through Oakley House. Outside, the kitchens will be preparing food using period recipes open hearth style. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
3/15/2019 to 3/17/2019 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon Pilgrimage, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Experience the Annual West Feliciana Parish Audubon Pilgrimage at Rosedown Plantation. See the plantation in spring bloom with costumed re-enactors throughout the site. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
3/16/2019 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Morning Hike, 10 a.m. A ranger-led hike showcasing the mounds, earthworks, and nature found in the park. Participants will meet in the museum at 10 a.m. for an introductory video. The hike can take up to two hours to complete, depending on the pace of the group. The hike may be canceled due to weather conditions. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
3/16/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Adaptations, 2 p.m. Learn how birds use features such as bills to thrive best in their environment. Participants will be play a game involving bird bills and also take a short hike to examine bird adaptation in nature itself along Chicot Lake. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/16/2019 • Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield - A Soldier´s Vice: Gambling in the Civil War, 2 p.m. A fascinating look at gambling and games of chance practiced by Civil War soldiers in the field. Soldier life often produced long bouts of boredom allowing games of chance an opportunity to flourish. Visitors will learn more about these games and what the commanders thought of gambling among the ranks. For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
3/17/2019 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Weave It or Leave It, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Participants will learn how to make a draw string change pouch. All materials will be provided, and Participants can take their creations home. Regular Park Fees apply. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
3/20/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - International Day of Francophone, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. In recognition of the International Day of Francophone (March 20) Longfellow-Evangeline will be offering French-infused tours and activities to pre-registered French immersion school students the week of 3/20-3/22. Staff will dress in historic costumes and a hands on area where students can try out chores, toys and games from the period will also be provided. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
3/23/2019 • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Guided Canoe Tour, 10 a.m. - Noon A ranger-led guided tour of Chicot Lake and the surrounding park grounds. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/23/2019 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Night Hike, 7:30 p.m. Ranger will guide visitors along the paths of Poverty Point at dusk to observe the flora and fauna of the area. The hike will also include and "owl prowl" and storytelling and s´mores around the campfire. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
3/30/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature Prints, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. This hands-on class will teach participants how to extract color from natural materials like leaves and flowers. Participants will make nature-printed fabrics to take home. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/30/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Let´s Count the Species!, 10 a.m. The 2nd Annual Species Count. Field guides and binoculars will be available for use to the public during the program and all data collected will be used for citizen science research mainly through eBird and iNaturalist. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/30/2019 to 3/31/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Siege of Port Hudson Reenactment, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The annual reenactment will mark the 156th anniversary of "The Siege of Port Hudson." Visitors will have access to reenactors from both the Union and Confederate armies. Campsites will be open to the public. The battle reenactments are scheduled for 2:00 PM on Saturday, and 1:30 PM on Sunday. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.

April  2019

Second Saturday of the month • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Dutch Oven Cooking, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join the Bogue Chitto Dutch Oven Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a Dutch Oven Gathering, as they prepare a variety of dishes in this outdoor cooking method that is growing in popularity.
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Fourth Saturday of the month • Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the LeChien Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
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First Saturday of the month • Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon The park will host the Bartholomew Dutch Oven Society, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
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Fourth Saturday of the month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Latanier Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
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Fourth Saturday of the Month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Bayou Pots, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 318.745.3503 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, Delhi - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Poverty Point Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more. For more information call 800.474.0392 toll free or 318.878.7536 locally.
Third Saturday of the Month • Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the WEGO Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 504.736.7140 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Become a Junior Ranger, 10 a.m. Two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum will be offered allowing those seeking to be a Junior Ranger to complete the course in one weekend. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Site Staff will guide visitors on a tour of the Rosedown Main House. The tour will encompass the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman Family, the restoration and ownership of the property by the Underwoods of Houston, and the purchase and ownership of the property by the State of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin. A traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700´s to mid 1800´s and demonstrates how Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
By appointment • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Exploring the Forts in Detail, A ranger guided tour of both Forts Randolph and Buhlow. The visitors would also be able to enter the winter quarters exhibit to see how the soldiers lived. They can also try on some of the clothing and equipment the troops used. At least a two day´s notice is required to schedule one of these special ranger guided tours. Tour fee is $8 per person. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Otis House Museum Tours, Tues - Thurs: By App.t Only; Friday & Sat: 1-4 pm Visit the c.1885 Otis House to learn more about the Jay sawmill community along the Tchefuncte River and St. Tammany lifestyle during the 1885-1930 time span. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Atlatl Demonstration, Wednesday-Sunday Upon Request Thousands of years ago, the Native Americans who built Poverty Point needed to be able to hunt for their food. The atlatl was the best tool for the job. A ranger will discuss the significance of the atlatl and the techniques for using one. Participants will also have the opportunity to test out their abilities with the atlatl. Available upon request. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Costumed Guided Tours, Hourly 10 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Upon availability of a costumed ranger and/or volunteer, daily hourly tours will be offered - weather permitting. Fee for tours is $8 per person ages four and up. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to bird watching and binocular to use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3rd Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature for Kids, 10 a.m. Join the site naturalist to learn about a different nature topic every month and make a craft to take home. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Tuesdays and Sundays • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Primitive Woodworking, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The Interpretive Ranger will demonstrate the use of a shaving horse, froe, draw knife, hand saw and a pocket knife to make useful wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, tool handles, hiking sticks, canes and slingshot forks. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
Thursdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Thursday´s School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Led by guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian Yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of black powder weapons are typically available upon request. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Friday; Home School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pre-registered home school groups are invited to take a tour on any Friday throughout the school year. Led by guides in period costumes, students will tour Maison Olivier. Students will then continue to the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the Life of an Acadian yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons are typically available upon request. Home school groups must register. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Led by French-speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take a French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Students will view an introductory video to the site in French and will be led throughout the Interpretive enter which houses displays written in French. Led by French speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will then tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, upon request. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist for a guided hike through the Arboretum to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2nd Saturday of the Month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Latanier Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration, 9 a.m. Greetin´, Meetin´, Cookin´ & Eatin´. Join Latanier Cookers for a variety of Dutch Oven side dishes and desserts. Bring your ice chest and lawnchair. Pots go on the coals from 9 a.m.- 10 a.m.; Pots on the table at Noon. No charge for tasting. Donations are always welcome. Entry fee into the park applies. No Pets allowed. For more information call 888.677.0094 toll free or 337.893.3930 locally.
Weekly on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday • 12/14/2018 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Guided Hike, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger on a guided hike through the park on the nature trail and learn about the history and natural features of the park and surrounding area. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays • 1/11/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Afternoon Talks at the Visitors Center, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger for a talk about the history and environment of Fontainebleau State Park. Talks will include a short overview of the park and a more in-depth talk about a rotating series of historical and nature topics. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays • 1/11/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Fontainebleau at the Microscopic Level, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors will get a brief overview on the basics of how to use a microscope and stereoscope, then will get a chance to examine different items found around the park and see what is going on up close. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 2/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Bird Watching Basics, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger on a walk to learn about bird watching and to find some of the birds that visit Fontainebleau´s diverse range of habitats. Bring binoculars, water, and good shoes for the trail. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 2/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - 1st Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and join a park ranger on a guided hike of the battlefield area known as Artillery Ridge. The hike will cover about 2 miles and take about 2 hours. Appropriate footwear, clothing, and drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
Fourth Saturday of the Month • 2/23/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles - Bird Walk, 8 a.m. New and experienced bird lovers can enjoy an hour of birding with experienced birder and Master Naturalist David Booth. Participants meet at deck overlooking swamp across from the pavilion. For more information call 888.677.7264 toll free or 337.855.2665 locally.
3/1/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon Scout Experience, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Audubon Scouting Experience gives Scout groups the opportunity to provide a public service project ( park staff provide list) and the park provides two interpretive activities. These activities vary as to age group and may be nature or history oriented. Completion of these activities and project will be rewarded with a special badge. All groups must preregister with the site and have a minimum of 12 participants. Program cost $10.00 each. This includes the program, badge, and admission to the park grounds. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 3/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - First Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and join a park ranger on a guided hike of the battlefield area known as Commissary Hill. The hike will cover about 2 miles and take about 2 hours. Appropriate footwear, clothing, and drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/1/2019 to 5/31/2019 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Civil War Display, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visit a display depicting certain aspects of the Civil War. Specifically featured will be the battles in Louisiana and little known Civil War facts. School groups welcome. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
4/6/2019 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - National Tartan Day, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. National Tartan Day honors and celebrates Scottish culture and the role it has played in the development of the United States. This day is also to honor Daniel Turnbull, a Scot who built Rosedown Plantation. The public is invited to come to Rosedown dressed in their family tartans to help celebrate National Tartan Day. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
4/6/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Civil War Trust Park Day, 9:30 a.m. - Noon Park Day is an excellent opportunity to bring history enthusiasts together to help keep our nation´s heritage preserved and pristine. Great opportunity for volunteers to help with work around the park. A T-shirt will be provided to volunteers through the Civil War Trust. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/7/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Devil´s Elbow Tour, 9:45 a.m. - Noon As part of the Baton Rouge Civil War Round Table Symposium, a Port Hudson SHS ranger will conduct a tour of "The Devil´s Elbow." This portion of the battlefield is privately owned by the Georgia-Pacific Paper Mill. The tour will leave the Port Hudson Visitor Center at 9:45 AM and travel by caravan to the Devil´s Elbow. Devil´s Elbow was defended in 1863 by Boone´s Louisiana Battery and Mile´s Louisiana Legion. Level of difficulty is easy to moderate. Participants need to wear closed-toe shoes, bring insect repellent, and water for drinking. Hiking distance 1 1/2 miles. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/7/2019 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m. Children can enjoy an afternoon of hunting for Easter eggs on the grounds. After the Easter egg hunt, children can play 19th century games. Prizes will be given out to children who find the Rosedown eggs. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
4/12/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Living History Day (School Day), 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The program provides a variety of Civil War interpretive activities. Students will travel to several different stations viewing, participating, and hearing about different activities and facets of Civil War soldiers and sailors. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/12/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A War of 1812 School Day, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. See the Age of Napoleon come to life though volunteers in reproduction uniforms and clothing of the War of 1812. Activities will include cannon firing drills, black powder musket drills, and camp life talks. Preregistration required. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
4/13/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Jane Austen Day, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Step back into the early 19th century and experience life in 1815 during the Regency Period. Activities will include speaking with the fan, etiquette, a tea, and making bath salts that you can take home. There will be period dance lessons, a duel, and a visit to discover soldier life during the War of 1812. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
4/13/2019 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Prehistoric Pottery Making, 10:30 a.m. - Noon A ranger-led demonstration of crafting prehistoric-styled pottery similar to the pieces which the Native Americans fashioned more than 3,500 years ago. Attendees can try their hand at creating items such as figurines, decorated artistic objects, coiled clay pots, and clay pipes inspired by those that have been excavated from the site. All materials will be provided, so no special equipment is required except your hands and creativity. 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.
4/20/2019 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Bird Hike, 9:30 a.m. Ever find yourself saying, "What kind of bird was that?" Join Ms. Roselie Overby, an amateur ornithologist as she walks the site identifying various birds. Attendees are should bring both your binoculars and curiosity for this 2-mile hike. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
4/20/2019 • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m. Grab your baskets and hop along to Chicot State Park for an Easter Egg Hunt. For children 12 and under. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/20/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Earth Day Hike, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. "Protect our Species" - participants will visit eight different ecological habitats within the park. Hiking distance about 2 1/2 miles. Participants are encouraged to bring drinking water, insect repellent, closed-toe shoes, and a hat. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/20/2019 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Easter Event, 10 a.m. Easter egg hunt for overnight and day use guests. Easter crafts and games following egg hunt. Attendees encouraged to bring Easter baskets or containers to collect eggs. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
4/25/2019 • Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - History in Bloom at Otis House Museum, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The Madisonville Garden Club will host its annual flower featuring floral arrangements of all sizes throughout the house to be enjoyed as you take a guided tour learning local history. Tour participants are invited to vote on their favorite of the arrangements as Garden club members offer presentations in several areas of the museum. The arrangements will remain on display through April 28th. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
4/27/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Spring Edible Plants, 2 p.m. Have you ever wondered what wild plants are good to eat? Join us at the Arboretum to learn about and sample some the spring wild edible plants found in our area. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

May  2019

Second Saturday of the month • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Dutch Oven Cooking, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join the Bogue Chitto Dutch Oven Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a Dutch Oven Gathering, as they prepare a variety of dishes in this outdoor cooking method that is growing in popularity.
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Fourth Saturday of the month • Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the LeChien Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
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First Saturday of the month • Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon The park will host the Bartholomew Dutch Oven Society, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
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Fourth Saturday of the month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Latanier Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
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Fourth Saturday of the Month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Bayou Pots, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 318.745.3503 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, Delhi - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Poverty Point Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more. For more information call 800.474.0392 toll free or 318.878.7536 locally.
Third Saturday of the Month • Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the WEGO Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 504.736.7140 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Become a Junior Ranger, 10 a.m. Two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum will be offered allowing those seeking to be a Junior Ranger to complete the course in one weekend. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Site Staff will guide visitors on a tour of the Rosedown Main House. The tour will encompass the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman Family, the restoration and ownership of the property by the Underwoods of Houston, and the purchase and ownership of the property by the State of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin. A traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700´s to mid 1800´s and demonstrates how Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
By appointment • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Exploring the Forts in Detail, A ranger guided tour of both Forts Randolph and Buhlow. The visitors would also be able to enter the winter quarters exhibit to see how the soldiers lived. They can also try on some of the clothing and equipment the troops used. At least a two day´s notice is required to schedule one of these special ranger guided tours. Tour fee is $8 per person. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Otis House Museum Tours, Tues - Thurs: By App.t Only; Friday & Sat: 1-4 pm Visit the c.1885 Otis House to learn more about the Jay sawmill community along the Tchefuncte River and St. Tammany lifestyle during the 1885-1930 time span. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Atlatl Demonstration, Wednesday-Sunday Upon Request Thousands of years ago, the Native Americans who built Poverty Point needed to be able to hunt for their food. The atlatl was the best tool for the job. A ranger will discuss the significance of the atlatl and the techniques for using one. Participants will also have the opportunity to test out their abilities with the atlatl. Available upon request. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Costumed Guided Tours, Hourly 10 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Upon availability of a costumed ranger and/or volunteer, daily hourly tours will be offered - weather permitting. Fee for tours is $8 per person ages four and up. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to bird watching and binocular to use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3rd Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature for Kids, 10 a.m. Join the site naturalist to learn about a different nature topic every month and make a craft to take home. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Tuesdays and Sundays • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Primitive Woodworking, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The Interpretive Ranger will demonstrate the use of a shaving horse, froe, draw knife, hand saw and a pocket knife to make useful wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, tool handles, hiking sticks, canes and slingshot forks. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
Thursdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Thursday´s School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Led by guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian Yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of black powder weapons are typically available upon request. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Friday; Home School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pre-registered home school groups are invited to take a tour on any Friday throughout the school year. Led by guides in period costumes, students will tour Maison Olivier. Students will then continue to the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the Life of an Acadian yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons are typically available upon request. Home school groups must register. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Led by French-speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take a French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Students will view an introductory video to the site in French and will be led throughout the Interpretive enter which houses displays written in French. Led by French speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will then tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, upon request. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist for a guided hike through the Arboretum to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2nd Saturday of the Month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Latanier Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration, 9 a.m. Greetin´, Meetin´, Cookin´ & Eatin´. Join Latanier Cookers for a variety of Dutch Oven side dishes and desserts. Bring your ice chest and lawnchair. Pots go on the coals from 9 a.m.- 10 a.m.; Pots on the table at Noon. No charge for tasting. Donations are always welcome. Entry fee into the park applies. No Pets allowed. For more information call 888.677.0094 toll free or 337.893.3930 locally.
Weekly on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday • 12/14/2018 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Guided Hike, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger on a guided hike through the park on the nature trail and learn about the history and natural features of the park and surrounding area. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays • 1/11/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Afternoon Talks at the Visitors Center, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger for a talk about the history and environment of Fontainebleau State Park. Talks will include a short overview of the park and a more in-depth talk about a rotating series of historical and nature topics. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays • 1/11/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Fontainebleau at the Microscopic Level, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors will get a brief overview on the basics of how to use a microscope and stereoscope, then will get a chance to examine different items found around the park and see what is going on up close. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 2/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Bird Watching Basics, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger on a walk to learn about bird watching and to find some of the birds that visit Fontainebleau´s diverse range of habitats. Bring binoculars, water, and good shoes for the trail. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 2/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - 1st Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and join a park ranger on a guided hike of the battlefield area known as Artillery Ridge. The hike will cover about 2 miles and take about 2 hours. Appropriate footwear, clothing, and drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
Fourth Saturday of the Month • 2/23/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles - Bird Walk, 8 a.m. New and experienced bird lovers can enjoy an hour of birding with experienced birder and Master Naturalist David Booth. Participants meet at deck overlooking swamp across from the pavilion. For more information call 888.677.7264 toll free or 337.855.2665 locally.
3/1/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon Scout Experience, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Audubon Scouting Experience gives Scout groups the opportunity to provide a public service project ( park staff provide list) and the park provides two interpretive activities. These activities vary as to age group and may be nature or history oriented. Completion of these activities and project will be rewarded with a special badge. All groups must preregister with the site and have a minimum of 12 participants. Program cost $10.00 each. This includes the program, badge, and admission to the park grounds. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 3/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - First Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and join a park ranger on a guided hike of the battlefield area known as Commissary Hill. The hike will cover about 2 miles and take about 2 hours. Appropriate footwear, clothing, and drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/1/2019 to 5/31/2019 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Civil War Display, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visit a display depicting certain aspects of the Civil War. Specifically featured will be the battles in Louisiana and little known Civil War facts. School groups welcome. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
First Friday of Month May thru October • 5/3/2019 to 10/4/2019 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Evening Hike, 7:30 p.m. Experience and learn about the sights and sounds of the evening on this ranger-led hike through the park. Join the Interpretive Ranger for a leisurely evening hike. Attendees are encouraged to bring insect repellent, a flashlight and water for the hike. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
Every Saturday of Month May thru October • 5/4/2019 to 9/28/2019 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Morning Hike, 8 a.m. Join the park Interpretive Ranger for an educational morning hike. Enjoy the sights and sounds on the park hiking trail while discovering what nature has to offer. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
5/4/2019 to 5/5/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Night at the Plantation, 4 p.m. - 10 a.m. Bring your tents and camp out on the Oakley Plantation grounds in this annual program. Visit the slave cabins under the stars and hear stories of life for the enslaved on a plantation. A fee is charged and preregistration is a must! For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/5/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Firepower!, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. The program is demonstrations of Civil War-era weapons beginning with a cannon demonstration followed by small arms; muskets, rifles, carbines, and pistols. The program will conclude with the firing of the park´s always popular 42-pounder siege cannon. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
5/10/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Living History Day (School Day), 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. This program will present to school groups a great variety of Civil War era interpretive activities. Students and parents will travel to several different stations viewing and participating in different activities and facets of Civil War soldiers and sailors. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
5/10/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - A Day in the Life of the Early Acadian Child, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. In recognition of National Kids to Parks Day, children will be able to experience what life would have been like in the early 1800´s as an Acadian child. Children will be encouraged to participate in chores ( such as working in the garden, seeding cotton, making butter, etc.) as well as have the opportunity to play games the Acadian children enjoyed. Staff will be dressed in historic costumes and a limited number of children´s costumes will be available on a first come, first served basis. Refreshments will be provided to all participants. This program is subject to change based upon weather conditions. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
5/11/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Bird Walk for Beginners, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. A ranger-led bird hike through the grounds of Port Hudson State Historic Site. This event includes a brief introduction to birding and bird-watching. Participants are encouraged to bring water, insect repellent, closed-toe shoes, sun screen and a hat. People of all ages and skill levels are welcomed. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
5/11/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Calls and Songs, 2 p.m. Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day while learning some of the calls and songs of the birds of the Arboretum. Binoculars will be provided so that visitors can confirm what they are hearing. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/17/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Revolutionary War School Day, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Students will learn about life in British West Florida in the Felicianas during the American Revolution 240 years ago. There will be black powder weapon demonstrations, open hearth cooking, life of a soldier and more. The event is free; Preregistration is required. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/18/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Revolutionary War Battle of Baton Rouge, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore Louisiana´s role in the revolution and the 240th Anniversary of the siege and Battle for Baton Rouge through Living History Demonstrations. Special activities include militia drills throughout the day and musket ball-making demonstrations and more. Visitors are invited to learn how to drill and march with muskets. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/18/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Costumed demonstrators will be using period techniques, equipment, and recipes to show the visitors just how much effort it took to create the meals of yesterday. The program is included in the standard grounds charge for the park. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/18/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Kids to Parks Day, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bring your children out to connect with the outdoors and nature. Take a nature hike, do nature scavenger hunt and pickup an Endangered Species Activity Book. Port Hudson offers two different Nature Trail and a Civil War Historical Trail patches. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
5/25/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Fort Desperate Guided Tour and Hike, 9 a.m. Take a guided tour to the exposed ridge of Fort Desperate. Find out why the 292 men of the 15th Arkansas refused to give up their ground or be relieved during their bloody struggle against numerous brigades of the blue-clad warriors from the north. Participants are encouraged to bring water, insect repellent, wear closed-toe shoes, sun screen an a hat. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
5/25/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Fort Desperate Guided Tour and Hike, 9 a.m. Take a guided tour to the exposed ridge of Fort Desperate. Find out why the 292 men of the 15th Arkansas refused to give up their ground or be relieved during their bloody struggle against numerous brigades of the blue-clad warriors from the north. Participants are encouraged to bring water, insect repellent, wear closed-toe shoes, sun screen an a hat. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.

June  2019

Second Saturday of the month • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Dutch Oven Cooking, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join the Bogue Chitto Dutch Oven Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a Dutch Oven Gathering, as they prepare a variety of dishes in this outdoor cooking method that is growing in popularity.
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Fourth Saturday of the month • Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the LeChien Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
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First Saturday of the month • Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon The park will host the Bartholomew Dutch Oven Society, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
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Fourth Saturday of the month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Latanier Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
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Fourth Saturday of the Month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Bayou Pots, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 318.745.3503 locally.
Second Saturday of the Month • Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, Delhi - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the Poverty Point Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more. For more information call 800.474.0392 toll free or 318.878.7536 locally.
Third Saturday of the Month • Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon. The park will host the WEGO Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 504.736.7140 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Become a Junior Ranger, 10 a.m. Two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum will be offered allowing those seeking to be a Junior Ranger to complete the course in one weekend. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Site Staff will guide visitors on a tour of the Rosedown Main House. The tour will encompass the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman Family, the restoration and ownership of the property by the Underwoods of Houston, and the purchase and ownership of the property by the State of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin. A traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700´s to mid 1800´s and demonstrates how Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
By appointment • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Exploring the Forts in Detail, A ranger guided tour of both Forts Randolph and Buhlow. The visitors would also be able to enter the winter quarters exhibit to see how the soldiers lived. They can also try on some of the clothing and equipment the troops used. At least a two day´s notice is required to schedule one of these special ranger guided tours. Tour fee is $8 per person. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Otis House Museum Tours, Tues - Thurs: By App.t Only; Friday & Sat: 1-4 pm Visit the c.1885 Otis House to learn more about the Jay sawmill community along the Tchefuncte River and St. Tammany lifestyle during the 1885-1930 time span. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Atlatl Demonstration, Wednesday-Sunday Upon Request Thousands of years ago, the Native Americans who built Poverty Point needed to be able to hunt for their food. The atlatl was the best tool for the job. A ranger will discuss the significance of the atlatl and the techniques for using one. Participants will also have the opportunity to test out their abilities with the atlatl. Available upon request. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Costumed Guided Tours, Hourly 10 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Upon availability of a costumed ranger and/or volunteer, daily hourly tours will be offered - weather permitting. Fee for tours is $8 per person ages four and up. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to bird watching and binocular to use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3rd Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature for Kids, 10 a.m. Join the site naturalist to learn about a different nature topic every month and make a craft to take home. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Tuesdays and Sundays • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Primitive Woodworking, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The Interpretive Ranger will demonstrate the use of a shaving horse, froe, draw knife, hand saw and a pocket knife to make useful wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, tool handles, hiking sticks, canes and slingshot forks. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist for a guided hike through the Arboretum to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2nd Saturday of the Month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Latanier Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration, 9 a.m. Greetin´, Meetin´, Cookin´ & Eatin´. Join Latanier Cookers for a variety of Dutch Oven side dishes and desserts. Bring your ice chest and lawnchair. Pots go on the coals from 9 a.m.- 10 a.m.; Pots on the table at Noon. No charge for tasting. Donations are always welcome. Entry fee into the park applies. No Pets allowed. For more information call 888.677.0094 toll free or 337.893.3930 locally.
Weekly on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday • 12/14/2018 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Guided Hike, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger on a guided hike through the park on the nature trail and learn about the history and natural features of the park and surrounding area. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays • 1/11/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Afternoon Talks at the Visitors Center, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger for a talk about the history and environment of Fontainebleau State Park. Talks will include a short overview of the park and a more in-depth talk about a rotating series of historical and nature topics. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays • 1/11/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Fontainebleau at the Microscopic Level, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors will get a brief overview on the basics of how to use a microscope and stereoscope, then will get a chance to examine different items found around the park and see what is going on up close. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 2/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Bird Watching Basics, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger on a walk to learn about bird watching and to find some of the birds that visit Fontainebleau´s diverse range of habitats. Bring binoculars, water, and good shoes for the trail. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 2/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - 1st Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and join a park ranger on a guided hike of the battlefield area known as Artillery Ridge. The hike will cover about 2 miles and take about 2 hours. Appropriate footwear, clothing, and drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
Fourth Saturday of the Month • 2/23/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles - Bird Walk, 8 a.m. New and experienced bird lovers can enjoy an hour of birding with experienced birder and Master Naturalist David Booth. Participants meet at deck overlooking swamp across from the pavilion. For more information call 888.677.7264 toll free or 337.855.2665 locally.
3/1/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon Scout Experience, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Audubon Scouting Experience gives Scout groups the opportunity to provide a public service project ( park staff provide list) and the park provides two interpretive activities. These activities vary as to age group and may be nature or history oriented. Completion of these activities and project will be rewarded with a special badge. All groups must preregister with the site and have a minimum of 12 participants. Program cost $10.00 each. This includes the program, badge, and admission to the park grounds. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • 3/2/2019 to 6/30/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - First Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and join a park ranger on a guided hike of the battlefield area known as Commissary Hill. The hike will cover about 2 miles and take about 2 hours. Appropriate footwear, clothing, and drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
First Friday of Month May thru October • 5/3/2019 to 10/4/2019 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Evening Hike, 7:30 p.m. Experience and learn about the sights and sounds of the evening on this ranger-led hike through the park. Join the Interpretive Ranger for a leisurely evening hike. Attendees are encouraged to bring insect repellent, a flashlight and water for the hike. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
Every Saturday of Month May thru October • 5/4/2019 to 9/28/2019 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Morning Hike, 8 a.m. Join the park Interpretive Ranger for an educational morning hike. Enjoy the sights and sounds on the park hiking trail while discovering what nature has to offer. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
6/1/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Drinks of An Early America, Noon - 3 p.m. Come take a taste of what those in the early 19th Century America were drinking for refreshment. Try a shrub, birch beer, or even a Switchel among many other drinks. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/5/2019 to 6/9/2019 • Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville - Battle of D´Arbonne Landing 2019, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Experience a Civil War reenactment/camp. A Cotillion Ball/Period Dance will be held at Pavilion 2, as well as reenactment battles, war camps and weapons demonstrations with artillery powder. For more information call 888.677.5200 toll free or 318.368.2086 locally.
6/8/2019 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Astronomy Night, 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger and the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society for an Educational evening of Discovery. A variety of telescopes set up for guests to view the evening sky. Come early and view the sun, visit later to view and learn about stars, planets and the constellations. Pontchartrain Astronomy Society members and park Interpretive staff will be available for questions and assistance. Weather permitting! For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
6/15/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Pine Needle Basketry, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Participants will learn all the basic techniques to make a pine needle basket. Materials are provided. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.$10 per person. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

July  2019

First Friday of Month May thru October • 5/3/2019 to 10/4/2019 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Evening Hike, 7:30 p.m. Experience and learn about the sights and sounds of the evening on this ranger-led hike through the park. Join the Interpretive Ranger for a leisurely evening hike. Attendees are encouraged to bring insect repellent, a flashlight and water for the hike. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
Every Saturday of Month May thru October • 5/4/2019 to 9/28/2019 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Morning Hike, 8 a.m. Join the park Interpretive Ranger for an educational morning hike. Enjoy the sights and sounds on the park hiking trail while discovering what nature has to offer. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
7/6/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Plantation Apothocary, Noon - 3 p.m. Explore the world of medicine in the early 19th Century. Visitors will be introduced to Lucretia Pierre of Oakley Plantation who learned the skills of an apothecary at the Ursuline Convent in New Orleans. The program includes demonstration on how many of the treatments were made. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

August  2019

First Friday of Month May thru October • 5/3/2019 to 10/4/2019 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Evening Hike, 7:30 p.m. Experience and learn about the sights and sounds of the evening on this ranger-led hike through the park. Join the Interpretive Ranger for a leisurely evening hike. Attendees are encouraged to bring insect repellent, a flashlight and water for the hike. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
Every Saturday of Month May thru October • 5/4/2019 to 9/28/2019 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Morning Hike, 8 a.m. Join the park Interpretive Ranger for an educational morning hike. Enjoy the sights and sounds on the park hiking trail while discovering what nature has to offer. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
8/3/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Life on the Plantation, Noon - 4 p.m. A program that gives a glimpse at the lives of those who worked and lived at Oakley Plantation. From visiting slave quarters and hands-on demonstrations of trades or crafts, to a taste of rations and an exploration of food ways, the program serves as an introduction to the reality of life on plantations in the early 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

September  2019

First Friday of Month May thru October • 5/3/2019 to 10/4/2019 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Evening Hike, 7:30 p.m. Experience and learn about the sights and sounds of the evening on this ranger-led hike through the park. Join the Interpretive Ranger for a leisurely evening hike. Attendees are encouraged to bring insect repellent, a flashlight and water for the hike. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
Every Saturday of Month May thru October • 5/4/2019 to 9/28/2019 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Morning Hike, 8 a.m. Join the park Interpretive Ranger for an educational morning hike. Enjoy the sights and sounds on the park hiking trail while discovering what nature has to offer. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
9/20/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon Nature School Day, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Area schools and home schools are invited to explore nature at the plantation John James Audubon made famous. Various hands on activities as well as demonstrations will be available for children to see or take part in while walking in the footsteps of Audubon at Oakley Plantation in 1821. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/20/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon Nature School Day, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Area schools and home schools are invited to explore nature at the plantation John James Audubon made famous. Various hands on activities as well as demonstrations will be available for children to see or take part in while walking in the footsteps of Audubon at Oakley Plantation in 1821. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/21/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon at Oakley Plantation, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Celebrate the time of John James Audubon at Oakley Plantation in 1821. Guests speakers, a birding talk, along with hands on activities are just some of the happenings on this day. Any age will find something of interest ! For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/21/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon at Oakley Plantation, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Celebrate the time of John James Audubon at Oakley Plantation in 1821. Guests speakers, a birding talk, along with hands on activities are just some of the happenings on this day. Any age will find something of interest ! For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

October  2019

First Friday of Month May thru October • 5/3/2019 to 10/4/2019 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Evening Hike, 7:30 p.m. Experience and learn about the sights and sounds of the evening on this ranger-led hike through the park. Join the Interpretive Ranger for a leisurely evening hike. Attendees are encouraged to bring insect repellent, a flashlight and water for the hike. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
10/12/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Costumed demonstrators will be using period techniques, equipment, and recipes to show the visitors just how much effort it took to create the meals of yesterday. The program is included in the standard grounds charge for the park. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
10/25/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - All Hallow´s Eve, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Celebrate a traditional 1800´s fall festival or All Hallows Eve at the park. Included will be story telling, pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, superstitions, divination, and games for the whole family ! For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

November  2019

11/2/2019 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Astronomy Night, 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger and the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society for an Educational evening of Discovery. A variety of telescopes will be available to view the evening sky. Come early and view the sun; visit later to view and learn about stars, planets and the constellations. Weather permitting! For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
11/2/2019 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Astronomy Night, 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger and the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society for an Educational evening of Discovery. A variety of telescopes will be available to view the evening sky. Come early and view the sun; visit later to view and learn about stars, planets and the constellations. Weather permitting! For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
11/9/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Taste of the Plantation, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. See the food prepared in the original hearth for Oakley Plantation as you sample the sumptuous selection of open hearth recipes from both the original Oakley Plantation cookbook and other historic cookbooks from the 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
11/9/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Taste of the Plantation, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. See the food prepared in the original hearth for Oakley Plantation as you sample the sumptuous selection of open hearth recipes from both the original Oakley Plantation cookbook and other historic cookbooks from the 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

December  2019

12/6/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Colonial Christmas School Day, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Step back into a morning in Colonial Louisiana during the holidays. Learn about Christmas traditions, hear period Christmas Carols, or take a taste of wassail while watching our many crafts people make candles, woodworking, or show how they hunted for Christmas dinner. Pre-registration required. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
12/7/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Dickens of a Christmas, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. The plantation comes to life during the holidays, as it shows off its seasonal decorations. Costumed guides accompany the visitor on a trip into the past through the candlelit Oakley House. Take a taste of what´s cooking in the kitchen, or just enjoy the yearly Christmas dance or listen to live period music. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
12/13/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Colonial Christmas Home School Day, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Step back into a morning in Colonial Louisiana during the holidays. Learn about Christmas traditions, hear period Christmas Carols, or take a taste of wassail while watching our many crafts people make candles, woodworking, or show how they hunted for Christmas dinner. Pre-registration required. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.