All Parks and Historic Sites

July  2018

Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Visitor Center Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Explore the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples that settled along the Bayou Teche including the Acadians and Creoles, Indians and Africans, Frenchman and Spaniards, and slaves and free people of color. A twelve-minute introductory video to the site is available to all guests in either English of French format. Seasonal exhibits and displays occur regularly throughout the year. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
6/1/2018 to 7/31/2018 • Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Geocaching History Museums, By Appointment Only Begin your history geocache at Otis House museum in Madisonville. During the guided tour, learn how Fairview-Riverside State Park became a state park, what the site was originally used for and how it eventually was donated to the state to become what it is today. At the end of the tour pick up a fun activity sheet to test what you learned as you navigated the museum. Maps and contact information on an additional nine museums and historic sites will be available to guide you to your next historical geocache. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
Sundays • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Sunday Nature Program , 11 a.m. Choose your nature activity by being the first to arrive for our Sunday Nature Program. You can choose from a guided hike, a program featuring reptiles, or other programs featuring the unusual plants and animals of the Louisiana State Arboretum. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin. A traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700´s to mid 1800´s and demonstrates how Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/1/2018 to 9/1/2018 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Outdoor Classroom, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday & Saturday Learn about the wildlife, plant life and other aspects of the Park. Various items on display and a variety of program topics offered. Ask questions, make suggestions and enjoy your visit. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 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.
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.
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.
7/4/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Join us for Nature Scavenger Hunt through the Arboretum. See if you can find everything on the list! For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/6/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature at Night, 7:45 p.m. Join the site naturalist to explore the natural world at night. Learn about bats, owls, frogs and many other night creatures. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/7/2018 • Locust Grove State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Dead of Locust Grove Cemetery, 1 - 4 p.m. Learn about the inhabitants of this historic cemetery through figures like Sarah Knox Taylor, the daughter of President Zachary Taylor and short lived wife of Jefferson Davis, and Eleazar Ripley – Major General and Hero of the War of 1812. There will also be a short class on gravestone rendering. For more information call 888.677-2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/7/2018 • Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Skulls, Skins & Scat...What animal is that?, 10 a.m. Join the interpretive ranger to learn about the wildlife encountered in the park. Compare mammals to birds and reptiles with bio-facts to learn characteristics of each species. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
7/7/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - First Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Join a park historian on a trail walk to Fort Babcock discussing the infantry and artillery assault against Port Hudson. The hike is two miles and will last approximately 1 1/2 hours. Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear, bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellent. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
7/7/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Alligators, 2 p.m. Learn about the apex predator of Chicot Lake and also find out why they are important to our lake and our state. Visitors will see the Arboretum´s one-year-old nature center alligator and also drive to a great view of the lake to watch alligators. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/7/2018 • 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. All supplies are provided. Appropriate clothing is recommended. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
7/8/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Surrender of Port Hudson, 1 p.m - 3 p.m. A program to commemorate the July 9, 1863 surrender of the Confederate garrison, park staff and volunteers will fire a reproduction Civil War cannon and lower the park´s replica Confederate garrison flag. The program also includes period weapon demonstrations. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
July 8, 15, 22 and 29 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - An Enslaved Life Tour, 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. Following a guided tour of Oakley House, tour the plantation yard with a park ranger and discover life for the enslaved at Oakley Plantation. Included in the tour are outbuildings and the slave cabins. Please be aware this is a 30-minute walking tour across uneven ground. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/9/2018 to 7/22/2018 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - History Mythbusters, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Interpretive staff will debunk several of the more common myths which are often repeated about Rosedown Plantation as they relate the truth behind these myths, and the research debunking them. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 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.
7/14/2018 • Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield - Union Warships of the Red River Campaign, 2 p.m. This presentation will highlight the Union naval warships that were employed in the Red River Campaign of 1864, the Union´s failed effort to capture Shreveport. Learn about the capabilities and specifications of these 19th century vessels and compare them with the Navy ships used today. For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
7/14/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Bird Feeder Workshop, 1 - 4 p.m. Help provide our feathered friends with food while recycling. Participants will have an opportunity to make their own bird feeder made of empty water bottles. Help the environment in two ways at once! For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/14/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Reptile Day, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. First annual Reptile Day at the Arboretum. Louisiana Amphibian and Reptile Enthusiasts (L.A.R.E.) will be on hand with live native reptiles and amphibians to educate visitors about these interesting animals. They will also lead a guided hike for those wishing to see the animals in the wild. Schoolhouse Reptiles will have an exotic reptile petting zoo. There will also be games and crafts for everyone to enjoy. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/20/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature at Night, 7:45 p.m. Join the site naturalist to explore the natural world at night. Learn about bats, owls, frogs and many other night creatures. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/21/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Invasive Species, 2 p.m. Learn about invasive species, one of the threats to the preservation of the Louisiana State Arboretum. Also take a hike to learn how anyone can help in solving this important problem. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/21/2018 • 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. *Event occurs the 3rd Saturday of each month. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/21/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - In Search of your Civil War Ancestors, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Are you fascinated by a "long-ago" ancestor who may have served in a Civil War military unit? A park staff member will assist visitors in researching Civil War ancestors and become aware of services the site provides and the research material that is available. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
7/27/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature at Night, 7:45 p.m. Join the naturalist to explore the natural world at night. Learn about bats, owls, frogs and many other night creatures. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/28/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Bobbin Weaving Class, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Have you ever seen a beautiful piece of antique lace and thought to yourself ?I wish I knew how to do that!? Well now you can learn! Space is limited to the first 20 people. Register early! Preregistration required. Admission is $5 person which includes the grounds to the park but does not cover the Oakley House tour. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/28/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Ranger-Guided Hike, 9:30 a.m. A ranger-led 2.6 mile hike will of all of the prehistoric mounds and ridges located on the site, as well as the plaza and any other interesting things that might be seen along the way. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
7/28/2018 • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Guided Canoe Tour, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. The site naturalists will guide you through the cypress-tupelo swamp and discuss the flora and fauna that can be found on Chicot Lake. Space is limited so register early. Visitors are welcome to bring their own canoes or kayaks but still need to pre-register. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/28/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature Craft, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist to make a nature related craft to take home. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

August  2018

Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Visitor Center Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Explore the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples that settled along the Bayou Teche including the Acadians and Creoles, Indians and Africans, Frenchman and Spaniards, and slaves and free people of color. A twelve-minute introductory video to the site is available to all guests in either English of French format. Seasonal exhibits and displays occur regularly throughout the year. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin. A traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700´s to mid 1800´s and demonstrates how Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/1/2018 to 9/1/2018 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Outdoor Classroom, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday & Saturday Learn about the wildlife, plant life and other aspects of the Park. Various items on display and a variety of program topics offered. Ask questions, make suggestions and enjoy your visit. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 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.
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.
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.
8/1/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Junior Ranger Program, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. upon request Available on request, a visitor can ask for a Jr. Ranger booklet which must be completed in order to receive a Jr. Ranger badge and certificate. Inside the booklet are a number of activities which require knowledge of Poverty Point to complete. The answers can be found while viewing a video in the theatre and examining displays of artifacts in the museum. A self-guided driving or hiking tour will be helpful. Of course, visitors can also join a ranger-guided tram tour around the site to help with the completion of the booklet as well. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
8/1/2018 to 8/31/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Day, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. In recognition of National Day of the Acadians (August 15) a display will be set up in the Interpretive Center throughout the month of August showcasing our Acadian heritage. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
8/2/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Are the dog days of summer bringing you down? Don´t let the heat keep you away. In recognition of National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Les Amis de Longfellow=Evangeline SHS will be providing complimentary ice cream sandwiches to visitors throughout the day. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
8/4/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature Apps, 2 p.m. Smartphone use is expanding in the outdoors and is a wonderful tool to enhance your experience with nature. Visitors will get a short demonstration of some of the interesting and useful outdoor apps followed by a short hike to demonstrate the apps on the trail. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/4/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Hand that Heals, 1 - 4 p.m. Discover medicine and medical practices used by Lucretia Pierre at Oakley Plantation in 1821. Find out how an herb garden would double as an early medicine cabinet for the apothecary. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/4/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Teacher Appreciation Day, 10 a.m. - Noon Teachers are invited to visit Fort St Jean Baptiste SHS as an appreciation day to learn what is offered for upcoming field trips in the 2018-2019 school year. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
8/5/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Taste of Tea and Thee, 1 - 4 p.m. Sample a sumptuous selection of carefully-chosen specialty teas from the Colonial and Victorian periods and discover the roots and etiquette of the afternoon tea. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/5/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Forager Hike, 9:30 a.m. Get a look at some of the plants which would have been eaten and used by the ancient Native Americans. A 1.5 mile ranger-led hike will take visitors through a portion of the earthworks with a focus on useful native plants. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
8/11/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Secret Lives of Butterflies, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the wonderful world of butterflies. Learn where to find them, how they grow, what they eat, and how to help them. Take home a butterfly craft you make at the program. Great for younger naturalists. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 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.
8/11/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Puppet Show, 2 p.m. Come to the nature center for one of our puppet shows and meet the cast of the Louisiana State Arboretum. Shows range from topics such as pollution to wildlife habitat. Visitors will also be able to make their own puppet that they can take home with them. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/11/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - 2nd Saturday Hike, 10 a.m. Join a park historian on a guided tour of the battlefield areas known as Fort Babcock and Fort Desperate. The tour will start at 10:00 AM at the museum. Appropriate footwear, sunscreen, and some drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
8/18/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - In Search of Your Civil War Ancestors, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. A park staff member will assist visitors in researching Civil War ancestors and become aware of services the site provides and the research material that is available. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
8/18/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Native Plants for Butterflies and Moths, 2 p.m. Learn which native plants attract butterflies and moths such as the Giant Swallowtail and the Luna Moth in this introduction to Attracting butterflies and moths with native plants. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/18/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Civil War Living History Encampment, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Take a trip into the past and into the camp of the 8th Vermont Infantry as they portray soldier life in Louisiana during the Civil War. See how soldiers lived in camp, cooked, drilled and fired their weapons. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/18/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Tiny House ... Of the Feathered Kind, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Build a bird house to be installed at the park. Materials and instructions are provided. Find out what bird will be calling the house its home and why. A great family activity. No additional fee required. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/19/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - With Pen and Ink, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Participants can try their hand at pen or quill and ink writing as they discover letter writing in the early 1800s. Discover how quill pens are made and take one home. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/25/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Summer Edible Plants, 2 p.m. Join us to learn about the wild edible plants of the summer. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/25/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Secret Lives of Frogs, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the world of a frog. Learn where to find them, how they grow, what they eat, and how to help them. Take home a butterfly craft you make at the program. Great for younger naturalists. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/25/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Earth Oven Demonstration, 11 a.m. The program offers a unique look at prehistoric cooking with an earth oven, showing how the Poverty Point people used earthen cooking balls to cook their food using specially dug pit, using materials that would have been available to the local inhabitants over 3,000 years ago. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
8/25/2018 • Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield - Civil War Vittles, 2 p.m. Come and see how soldiers and officers of the American Civil War perfected cooking and eating while on the march and in camp. Learn about hard tack, the origins of canned goods, making coffee without coffee, and campfire delicacies. For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
8/25/2018 • Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield - Civil War Vittles, 2 p.m. Come and see how soldiers and officers of the American Civil War perfected cooking and eating while on the march and in camp. Learn about hard tack, the origins of canned goods, making coffee without coffee, and campfire delicacies. For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
8/25/2018 • Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield - Civil War Vittles, 2 p.m. Come and see how soldiers and officers of the American Civil War perfected cooking and eating while on the march and in camp. Learn about hard tack, the origins of canned goods, making coffee without coffee, and campfire delicacies. For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
8/25/2018 • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Guided Canoe Tour, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Guided canoe tour of Lake Chicot. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/31/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - 1810 West Florida Rebellion Home School Day, 9 - 11:30 a.m. Home school students are invited to visit the camp of a Spanish soldier, as a period-clothed ranger explains about life for colonial soldiers, the revolution, and the role of St. Francisville as the first capital. Students also will see what the soldiers wore, learn about their daily lives, and watch a black powder musket demonstration. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/31/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The 1810 West Florida Rebellion Home School Day, 9 - 11:30 a.m. Home school students are invited to visit the camp of a Spanish soldier, as a period-clothed ranger explains about life for colonial soldiers, the revolution, and the role of St. Francisville as the first capital. Students also will see what the soldiers wore, learn about their daily lives, and watch a black powder musket demonstration. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

September  2018

Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin. A traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700´s to mid 1800´s and demonstrates how Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/1/2018 to 9/1/2018 • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Outdoor Classroom, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday & Saturday Learn about the wildlife, plant life and other aspects of the Park. Various items on display and a variety of program topics offered. Ask questions, make suggestions and enjoy your visit. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 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.
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.
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.
9/1/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The 1810 West Florida Rebellion, Noon - 4 p.m. Visit the camp of a Spanish soldier, as a period-clothed ranger explains about life for colonial soldiers, the revolution, and the role of St. Francisville as the first capital. Visitors will also see what the soldiers wore, learn about their daily lives, and watch a black powder musket demonstration. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
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.
9/1/2018 to 9/30/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Sugarcane to Cane Sugar, 10 a.m. Learn how Louisiana´s oldest cash crops, sugarcane was planted, harvested and granulated in the past and in modern times. Join an interpretive ranger for a walk through the home of Charles Olivier du Clozel and see what life was like on a sugar plantation in the mid 1800´s. A display an informative video of how sugar has been planted, harvested and granulated in both past and present times will be available for viewing in the interpretive center. 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.
Thursdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Thursday´s School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Led by guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian Yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of black powder weapons are typically available upon request. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Led by French-speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/1/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - 1st Saturday Hike, 10 a.m. Join a park historian on a guided tour of the battlefield sites known as Bennett´s Lunette and Mississippi Redoubt. The tour will start at 10:00 AM at the museum. Appropriate footwear, sunscreen, and some drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 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.
9/1/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Primitive Fire Starting, 11 a.m. Learn how the Native Americans of Poverty Point would 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 encouraged to try out the bow drill for themselves as well. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
9/2/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Firepower!, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The Port Hudson State Historic Site will conduct demonstrations with Civil War ear reproduction weapons. The program will start with a cannon demonstration followed by small arms; muskets, rifles, carbine, pistols. The program will conclude with the firing of the park´s 42-pounder siege cannon. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
9/2/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - LIfe in the Shallows, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Explore pond life at Audubon. Young participants take part Park Ranger led exploration to see what swims, crawls, slithers, hops, or even flies about the edges of the pond and their place in the ecosystem. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/8/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Hummingbirds, 2 p.m. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is a tiny, fascinating bird that joins us from spring to fall each year. Join us for this informative program if you would like to learn how to attract hummingbirds to your yard with flowers and feeders. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/8/2018 to 9/9/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Scout Weekend, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. All scouts (Girl, Brownie, Boy, and Cub) are invited to come to the park this weekend to earn either the Port Hudson Historic Trail or the Port Hudson Nature Trail patches, free of charge. Civil War small arm demonstrations will be given during the day. A Civil War campsite will be set up to allow scouts to see what camp life was like for the soldier in the 1860s. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
9/8/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Stick and Ball (Croquet), 10 a.m. - Noon A two-hour Kids Day at the Park for children 6-10 years old to play croquet. The fee for this activity is $5. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
9/13/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Using Modern Objects to Learn About Archaeology, 10 a.m. - Noon If your children are 6-10 years old and like to dig in the dirt, piece things together, figure out clues and learn about the past, this will be a fun two hours for them as fort staff offer an archaeology learning experience. Fee is $5 per child - weather permitting. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
9/15/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Plantation Blacksmith, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. The plantation blacksmith turned iron stock into everything from hooks, to hinges to repairs on farm equipment. See a demonstration of blacksmithing in the parks recreated blacksmith shop. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/15/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Compass Scavenger Hunt, 2 p.m. Visitors will then embark on an adventure through the Arboretum using a map and compass. Along the way visitors will find various features of the Arboretum including plants and animals. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
9/16/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Laundry Day, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Have a hands-on experience in doing the laundry by hand. Participants may be surprised to discover how different laundry day was 200 years ago. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/22/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Secret Lives of Birds, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the wonderful world of birds. Learn where to find them, how they grow, what they eat, and how to help them. Take home a bird craft you make at the program. Great for younger naturalists. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/22/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Coyotes, 2 p.m. Coyotes are one of the most valuable and most controversial animals in Louisiana and in the entire United States. This program will discuss their traits, their role in the habitats of Louisiana, and their cultural impact throughout history. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
9/22/2018 • Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Tool Demonstration, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Go back in time and learn about the Poverty Point inhabitants that once lived in Northeast Louisiana more than 3,500 years ago and how they developed and created tools used in their everyday lives. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
9/22/2018 • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Guided Canoe Tour, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Guided canoe tour of Lake Chicot. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
9/23/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - From Sheep to Shawl, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Follow the trail of early 1800s textiles from the field to the clothes and items made from them. A hands-on experience carding wool, spinning wool, dying wool and the loom in action to create the cloth. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/29/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Squirrels, 2 p.m. Come learn about the types of squirrels that reside in the Arboretum, how they live in the wild, and why they are so important to the forest. Then there will be a Ranger-led hike out into the forest to try and find squirrels in their natural habitat. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
9/29/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Is This Tree Going to Hit My House?, 10 a.m. As the title suggests come to see if your tree is going to hit your house or simply come to learn how to measure trees. Program participants will learn how to measure tree height, diameter, and density. Participants will be allowed to try out some of the tools that foresters use to measure trees and will even learn how to measure trees in their own yard. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
9/29/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Public Lands Day, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. In recognition of Public Lands Day, volunteers and staff will work together to clean trails, remove liter/debris, and conduct site beautification projects throughout the site. Program is subject to change depending on weather conditions. RSVP to attend. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/29/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - National Public Lands Celebration, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. National Public Lands Day is a celebration of the work, play, and learning that takes place on public lands every day. Volunteer and lend a hand in clearing and removing woody invasive species on our historic battlefield earthworks. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.

October  2018

Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin. A traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700´s to mid 1800´s and demonstrates how Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take a French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Students will view an introductory video to the site in French and will be led throughout the Interpretive enter which houses displays written in French. Led by French speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will then tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, upon request. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Thursdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Thursday´s School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Led by guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian Yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of black powder weapons are typically available upon request. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Led by French-speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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.
10/1/2018 to 10/31/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Atchafalaya Month, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. In recognition of Atchafalaya Month, a display will be set up in the Interpretive Center showcasing the Atchafalaya Basin as the nation´s largest river swamp, containing almost one million acres of America´s most significant bottomland hardwoods, swamps, bayous, and back water lakes. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
10/1/2018 to 10/7/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Great Books Week, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. In recognition of Great Books Week, the staff of Longfellow-Evangeline invites visitors to check out what great books are available in our newly established Little Free Library. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Tues. - Thurs. appt. only, Fri. & Sat. 1-4 p.m. • 10/2/2018 to 10/31/2018 • Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Victorian Mourning Customs, Visit Otis House during the month of October to learn about mourning etiquette practiced in the Victorian Era. During this time, elaborate customs for honoring the deceased were strictly followed covering rules of dress, social engagements and symbolism. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
10/5/2018 • 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 interpretive activities. Students will travel to several different stations viewing different activities and facets of Civil War soldiers and sailors. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
10/5/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Civil War School Day, 9 - 11:30 a.m. Students can learn about the Civil War, as it impacted the Felicianas, through Black powder weapon demonstrations, cannon demonstrations, drilling, life of a soldier, medical and food demonstrations. The program is open to home schooled students, and public and private schools; preregistration is required. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
10/6/2018 to 10/7/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Civil War Battle at Oakley Plantation, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sun Journey back in history to October 5, 1864, during a recreation of the sights and sounds of the Civil War skirmish that took place at Oakley Plantation. Walk through the soldier camps and see living history demonstrations of soldier life. You will hear black powder weapon demonstrations of both rifle and cannons. Visitors can also get a taste of what happened after the battle, during a special nighttime tour from 7 - 7:30 p.m. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
10/12/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Living History Day (Home School Day), 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The program will present to school groups a greater variety of Civil War interpretive activities. Students will travel to several different stations viewing different activities and facets of Civil War soldiers and sailors. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
10/12/2018 to 10/13/2018 • Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville - 8th Annual Dia De La Familia: Family Fun Day 2018, This annual event introduces Latino families to the State Park system and brings people of different cultures and backgrounds together for a fun and educational day. For more information call 888.677.5200 toll free or 318.368.2086 locally.
10/13/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Animal Detectives, 2 p.m. Our resident critters can be great hiders, but with the right practice you can see where they go and what they do when we aren´t around. Visitors will get a quick training on how to find clues, and then will look for clues of the critters that call the Arboretum home. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
10/13/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Fort St. Jean Baptiste at Dusk, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Visitors can walk through the fort and see the glow of dim lit barracks rooms and as an added treat see the lighted explosion of an 18th century garrison cannon. This is a weather permitted event. Fee for this special event is $5 for persons 4 yrs of age and up. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
10/19/2018 to 10/20/2018 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Southern Garden Symposium, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The annual event has become well-known throughout the South for its outstanding lectures and gardening workshops, held within various historic plantation settings throughout the West Feliciana Parish community. Each lecture session will be followed by a walking tour of Rosedown´s gardens. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
10/20/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - How To Not Get Lost In The Woods, 2 p.m. Learn how to never be scared about being in the woods. We will be using both technology and the environment around us to determine where we are. If you have GPS units or smartphones definitely bring them as this enhances the experience of the program. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
10/20/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Superstitions, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. This park ranger led talk and display in the museum introduces visitors to the many superstitions and folklores found in our past. Learn ways to avoid bad luck, breaking your mothers back, or seeing the dead...or so they say ! For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
10/20/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - International Archaeology Day, 2 p.m. A park staff member will discuss the archaeology projects that has been done at the Port Hudson SHS and some of the artifacts recovered from Steadman and Rist sites along with the Native Guard battlefield site will be on display. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
10/21/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Dig That History, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Visitors can learn about the importance of archaeology in history. Find out the basic principles of archaeology, how archaeology and historical documents help us retell the history of slave life at Oakley Plantation. A mock dig will be held for kids. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
10/24/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Make A Difference Day, 10 a.m. - Noon Make a Difference Day is the largest national day of community service and is the celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Participants will assist in a variety of site beautification projects. Pre-registration is required. Program is subject to change based on weather conditions. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
10/27/2018 • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Guided Canoe Tour, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Guided canoe tour of Lake Chicot. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
10/28/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Thy Soldier Brave is Sleeping, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. In conjunction with Halloween, a park staff member will give a presentation on American Civil War burial practices. This presentation and demonstration will cover the various ways both Union and Confederate soldiers were laid to rest from organized formal burials to very quick internment´s on battlefields For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.

November  2018

Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin. A traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700´s to mid 1800´s and demonstrates how Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take a French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Students will view an introductory video to the site in French and will be led throughout the Interpretive enter which houses displays written in French. Led by French speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will then tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, upon request. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Thursdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Thursday´s School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Led by guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian Yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of black powder weapons are typically available upon request. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Led by French-speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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.
11/1/2018 to 11/30/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - National American Indian Heritage Month, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, a display featuring the Attakapas Indians will be in the Interpretive Center throughout the month of November. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Fri. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m • 11/2/2018 to 11/3/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Gathering of the Tribes, The Natchitoches Tribe of Louisiana will have an education day for local 4th grade students on Friday, Nov. 2. On Saturday, Nov. 3, the general public is invited to dance with visiting tribes. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
11/3/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Attakapas Trade Day, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. A living history encampment will depict the lifestyle of the coureur de bois or trappers, traders, and hunters who moved from place to place in the early 1800´s. A variety of cultures and trades will be represented through period costumes, types of lodges, crafts, trade goods and languages. Demonstrations will include blacksmithing, leather working, outdoor cooking and the firing of black powder weapons, as well as other period correct demonstrations. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
11/3/2018 to 11/4/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Scout Weekend, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. All scouts (Girl, Brownie, Boy, and Cub) are invited to to earn either the Port Hudson Historic Trail or the Port Hudson Nature Trail patches, free of charge. Civil War small arms will be given during the day. A Civil War campsite will be set up to allow scouts to see what camp life was like for the soldier in the 1860s. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
11/8/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Great Sizzling Sausage!, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Visitors will see how salting & preserving meat for winter storage was done in the 1800s. See sausage handmade and prepared for the cold winter mornings by Audubon´s costumed staff. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
11/10/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Tatting Class, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn how to create crocheted lace like that of beautiful antique pieces. Space is limited to the first 20 people. Register early! Preregistration required. Admission is $5 per person which includes entrance to the grounds but does not cover the Oakley House tour. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
11/10/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - The Ultimate Historic Toss, 10 a.m. - Noon No matter what they were called, tossing games have been around for centuries and known by many names. The French called a toss game chuck farthing, but today it is known as backyard toss, baggo, chuck-o, the bags game, beanbags. We just call it corn-hole. Children ages 6-10 can enjoy this toss game with fort staff - weather permitting. $5 fee per child. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
11/24/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Turkeys, 2 p.m. Come celebrate and learn more about the most valuable bird of November. We´ll discuss how they live in the wild and why they hold such a valuable place in nature and our culture. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
11/24/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Getting Kids Back to Nature, 2 p.m. Have fun and learn about five different subjects in a very short time. Kids will be dipnetting, learning other languages, using math skills, writing poetry, and learning about the history of the park. This will all be done in an outdoor setting on the trail. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
11/30/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Colonial Christmas School Day, 9 - 11:30 a.m. Preregistered students will learn about Christmas traditions in early America. Wassailing, hunting for Christmas dinner, and origins of Christmas traditions are just some of the things students will experience. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

December  2018

Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin. A traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700´s to mid 1800´s and demonstrates how Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take a French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Students will view an introductory video to the site in French and will be led throughout the Interpretive enter which houses displays written in French. Led by French speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will then tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, upon request. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Thursdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Thursday´s School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Led by guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian Yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of black powder weapons are typically available upon request. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Led by French-speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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.
12/1/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Dickens of a Christmas, 6 - 8 p.m. The plantation comes to life during the holidays, as it shows off its seasonal decorations. Costumed guides accompany the visitor on a trip into the past through the candlelit Oakley House. Take a taste of what´s cooking in the kitchen, or just enjoy the yearly Christmas dance or listen to live period music. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
12/1/2018 to 12/31/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Christmas Past, The Christmas Past exhibit provides information on the celebration of Christmas in the past and how certain modern custom associated with the holiday evolved. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Tues. - Thurs. by appt only. Fri. & Sat. 1-4 p.m. • 12/1/2018 to 12/22/2018 • Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Christmas In A Victorian Parlor, Five decades of Christmas celebration will be depicted from the Victorian Christmas through the great depression. Decorations, customs, mood and history of each decade will be discussed. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
12/1/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Christmas On The Cane, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visitors are welcomed to tour the site, watch the morning Christmas parade, and visit with re-enactors as Fort St. Jean Baptiste celebrates Christmas on the Cane. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
12/5/2018 to 12/16/2018 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Creole Christmas, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the Olivier Plantation circa 1815 and see the lovely natural Christmas decorations and learn how the holiday was celebrated by the Creoles. A temporary exhibit called "Christmas Past" will be on display in the Interpretive Center providing information on Christmas traditions and how certain customs evolved. Special demonstrations will be held. School groups are to register in advance. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
12/8/2018 • Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Costumed Christmas Tours, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Costumed interpreters will cover history, superstitions, myths, and legends that have influenced our Christmas celebration of today. Cookies and Wassail will be served. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
12/8/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Animal and Plant Bingo, 10 a.m. - Noon In the 18th century they called it Cavagnole, but today it´s Bingo. An animal and plant bingo spells out a fun time for children 6-10 years of age. Fee for the program is $5.00 per child. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
12/15/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Chicot Trail Guided Hike, The hike will focus on the history of the lake, the vegetation of the site, and the many animals that live in the park. Hikes typically last two hours but can be less if needed. The hike will start at the North Trailhead which is located just south of the North Landing Campground. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

January  2019

Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin. A traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700´s to mid 1800´s and demonstrates how Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take a French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Students will view an introductory video to the site in French and will be led throughout the Interpretive enter which houses displays written in French. Led by French speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will then tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, upon request. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Thursdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Thursday´s School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Led by guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian Yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of black powder weapons are typically available upon request. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Led by French-speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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.
1/12/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Blue Bird Basics, 1 p.m. Join us for information on how to attract nesting bluebirds, including do´s and don´ts and a nesting timetable. This is a good starting point for beginners and a refresher for long-time bluebird fans alike. Following the presentation, participants who pre-register will build a bluebird house to take home. Limit of one box per family; a $15 fee is required. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
1/12/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Boys of ´61, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Re-enactment of daily life in Louisiana just prior to entering the Civil War. Re-enactors will be on hand dressed in historically accurate uniforms of 157 years ago and presenting the daily life of citizens turning into soldiers. An admission is charged. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
1/26/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Vigilantes On The Bayou, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The program depicts a violent era in the history of South Louisiana, in which American, Creole, and Acadian Landowners struggled against each other over ownership and usage of the land bordering the Bayou Teche, and other regions of what is now Acadiana. Re-enactors portraying Vigilantes and Anti-Vigilantes will set up mock campsites, engage in living history reenactments, civilian and military demonstrations, and the firing of black powder weapons and cannons. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.

February  2019

Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin. A traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700´s to mid 1800´s and demonstrates how Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take a French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Students will view an introductory video to the site in French and will be led throughout the Interpretive enter which houses displays written in French. Led by French speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will then tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, upon request. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Thursdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Thursday´s School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Led by guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian Yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of black powder weapons are typically available upon request. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Led by French-speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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.
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.
2/15/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A War of 1812 School Day, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Students will learn about life in days of Napoleon and see a citizen soldier in West Florida in the Felicianas at the time of the war of 1812. Preregistration is required. Open to Home School and Public and Private schools. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/16/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A War of 1812 Living History Encampment, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visitors will see the Age of Napoleon come to life though volunteers in reproduction uniforms and clothing of the War of 1812. Activities will include cannon firing drills, black powder musket drills, and camp life talks. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

March  2019

Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin. A traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700´s to mid 1800´s and demonstrates how Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take a French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Students will view an introductory video to the site in French and will be led throughout the Interpretive enter which houses displays written in French. Led by French speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will then tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, upon request. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Thursdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Thursday´s School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Led by guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian Yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of black powder weapons are typically available upon request. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Led by French-speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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.
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.
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.
3/20/2019 • 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.

April  2019

Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin. A traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700´s to mid 1800´s and demonstrates how Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take a French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Students will view an introductory video to the site in French and will be led throughout the Interpretive enter which houses displays written in French. Led by French speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will then tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, upon request. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Thursdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Thursday´s School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Led by guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian Yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of black powder weapons are typically available upon request. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Led by French-speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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.
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.

May  2019

Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin. A traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700´s to mid 1800´s and demonstrates how Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take a French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Students will view an introductory video to the site in French and will be led throughout the Interpretive enter which houses displays written in French. Led by French speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will then tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, upon request. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Thursdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Thursday´s School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Led by guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian Yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of black powder weapons are typically available upon request. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Led by French-speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
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.
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.
5/17/2019 • 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.

June  2019

Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin. A traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700´s to mid 1800´s and demonstrates how Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
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.
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.
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.
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.