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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?

St. Louis Cathedral and a statue of Andrew Jackson on his horse in New Orleans' Jackson Square

Tourism has been big business in New Orleans for decades. Before the Civil War, the top must-see site on everyone's New Orleans list was its port, one of the world's busiest at the time. (Early 1800s guides for travelers actually used the term "must-see!")