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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is there to do at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve? Check out the home page for information about each of the park's six sites or visit the schedule of events for programs by date.

How much does it cost to visit Jean Lafitte? Admission and most programs and events are free.

Why is this park named for Jean Lafitte? Although Jean Lafitte was a pirate/privateer who illegally traded in slaves and generally defied the law, his assistance to the Americans during the British invasion that ended in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 was invaluable. To learn more about Jean Lafitte, click here.

May I bring my dog to the park? No dogs or other pets are allowed in park visitor centers. No pets are allowed on the trails at the Barataria Preserve or at Chalmette National Cemetery. Pets on leashes are welcome in all parking lots, at Chalmette Battlefield, and on the visitor center deck at the Barataria Preserve. Pets may not be left unattended, even in vehicles. Service animals are allowed everywhere.

If I want to volunteer at Jean Lafitte, what should I do? See the volunteer page for volunteer jobs and projects and who to contact. We'd love to have your help!

How do I get a job with the National Park Service? Visit the federal government's job listing website. All federal jobs, including those with the National Park Service, are listed there. Seasonal and temporary jobs with the National Park Service can also be found here. Jobs with the Student Conservation Association working at National Park Service sites can be found here.

How can I arrange a field trip for my school/church/scout group/garden club/etc.? Choose one of the park's six sites from the home page and call the site for information. Information about educational field trips is also available at For Teachers.

May I carry a gun while I'm at any of the park sites? Visit the laws and policies page for the latest information about firearms.

Is there camping in the park? No.

Can I get a Golden Age passport at Jean Lafitte? No. Vist the National Park Service fees and passes website for information on how to obtain a Golden Age passport.

How do I find out about the new America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass? Click here for information on costs and how to buy the new pass.

I'd like to hold a special event or activity at the park. Do I need permission? Maybe. Click here to read about special use permits.

I'd like to make a movie in the park. Do I need permission? Probably. Click here to read about commercial filming and photography.

I'm a commercial photographer and I'd like to take pictures in the park. Do I need permission? Maybe. Click here to read about commercial filming and photography.

I'd like to conduct a research project in the park. Do I need permission? Yes. You can view park research projects and guidelines and submit an application at the National Park Service research website. For more information, e-mail the park to find out if your project requires a permit.

What if I have a question that's not answered here? E-mail the park and we'll write back.

Check out Barataria Preserve frequently asked questions to find out about alligators, fishing, hunting, canoeing, and more.

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