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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

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    All park sites closed Monday, October 13, for Columbus Day. Follow the link for information about park hours and days and about access to the Barataria Preserve and Chalmette Battlefield/Chalmette National Cemetery on holidays. More »

For Teachers

Field trips to the Battle of New Orleans bicentennial in January 2015: The bicentennial will be commemorated at Chalmette Battlefield January 8-10. Follow this link for information. Note that registration for school field trips on Friday, January 9, will begin in early November and that registration forms and other information will be posted online in mid-October. Space for school field trips on Friday will be limited and registration will be first-come, first-served. No early registrations will be accepted.

The six sites of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve offer learning opportunities from a to z, including architecture, botany, culture, geography, history, music, and zoology. On-site and on-line programs encourage analytical thinking, creativity, information gathering, and just plain fun.

Group programs by reservation are also available for home school groups, scout groups, and others.

Click on the "Plan a Field Trip" link in the column to the left to find out what's offered at each park site.

Click on the "Curriculum Materials" link in the column to the left to get materials you can use in your classroom or in conjunction with a field trip.

Click on the "Traveling Trunks" link in the column to the left to find out about traveling trunks you can borrow from the park.

To see what other schools and groups are doing, check out the community creations page.

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Visit the virtual museums of the National Park Service to discover American history, nature, and more.


Did You Know?

Young alligator crawls through vegetation.

Alligators have two eyelids! The second inner eyelid is clear and used like goggles while the alligator is under water. These amazing reptiles have been around since before the dinosaurs, and they are designed for life in the water.