Nature Photography Walk - Do your photos never quite capture the beauty of the scenes before you? Local photographer Mike Murphree leads a walk and shares his secrets for memorable pictures, whether you use an expensive camera, a cell phone, or a point-and-shoot for your photos. Free but space limited so reservations required; call the visitor center 504-689-3690 ext. 10. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, December 12.
Winter Camp for Kids - Join the Barataria Camp Team for three days of winter wetlands fun! Explore the stories and art of people who lived in the Barataria area, learn about seasonal winter changes, protect our parks as we observe and play, and discover what wetlands critters do in the winter. Camp for kids ages 6-8 is Monday-Wednesday, December 21-23, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; supply and material fee $15. Camp for ages 9-11 is Monday-Wednesday, December 28-30, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; supply and material fee $30. Click here for camp registration form. Registrations will be accepted in person only at the Barataria Preserve Visitor Center beginning Saturday, November 7; the visitor center is open Wednesday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. but closed on federal holidays.
The Barataria Preserve outside Marrero offers a taste of Louisiana's wild wetlands. The preserve's 23,000 acres include bayous, swamps, marshes, forests, alligators, nutrias, and over 200 species of birds (learn more about preserve wildlife here). Boardwalk and dirt trails wind through the preserve; check out the trail map, enjoy a self-guided tour, or explore with a cell phone tour. Exhibits at the preserve visitor center highlight how the Mississippi River built Louisiana's wetlands, the national importance of the area, and the relation between the land and its people. Kids can earn a badge with the Junior Ranger program. An environmental education center is used for field trips and special programs. The center's museum store has books, music, children's books, insect repellent, field guides, and more on sale. Admission to the preserve is free. Follow these links for the park's calendar of events, exhibits, and programs; for directions and transportation options; and for accessibility information.
6588 Barataria Boulevard, Marrero (near Crown Point) (If you use a GPS system, doublecheck it with the map since not all systems find the preserve successfully)
Wanda Lee Dickey
Follow the link to learn about animals and plants in south Louisiana and remember that you can report all bird and animal sightings at the preserve visitor center to help with park research and management.