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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

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?

A Water Moccasin swims through the bayou.

The cottonmouth or water moccasin can warn you of its dangerous bite in many ways. It releases a musky odor and opens its mouth wide to show you its white mouth and fangs. Show respect for snakes and all wildlife and always keep a safe distance away.