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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

Learning About Louisiana - Wetlands

A duck floats in a bayou with big trees on its banks

Louisiana's wetlands are one of the state's most valuable resources as well as places of great beauty.

The activities and curriculum materials on this page are tailored to teaching about Louisiana's wetlands. They can be used for schools, home schools, scouts, or other groups. Some are most effective when combined with a field trip to the Barataria Preserve or other wetlands area, but most could be modified to fit the needs of your class or group.

Curriculum materials address state curriculum requirements and include components that can be used alone or as pre- and post-field trip activities. Curriculum materials may be reproduced as needed. For more ideas, go to the For Teachers page or check out the wetlands lessons plans developed by Louisiana State University pre-service teachers.

Did You Know?

Two big red, black, and yellow lubber grasshoppers sit on a leaf

Lubber grasshoppers are sometimes known as devil's horses in south Louisiana. They lay their eggs in the fall and prefer loose dirt, so they often lay their eggs in cemeteries. These enormous flightless grasshoppers hatch in spring and spend the summer munching their way through vegetation.