NPS Centennial

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. As we lead up to the centennial, we invite you to participate in Find Your Park Experiences to learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun in national parks. Find Your Park Experiences offer unique opportunities to explore national parks both in person and online. Check out the experiences in this park or search all experiences to identify an opportunity that matches your interests. You can also share your national park story at

A Call to Action remains the foundation for our 2016 centennial preparations. It is the National Park Service's blueprint for the future, outlining the innovative work we want to accomplish. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing and get involved!



  • Living History - Students Portray Living History at Jean Lafitte in New Orleans

    Students Portray Men & Women Who Protected New Orleans from the British

    Recognizing Our Roots (ROR) was created at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, and is one of only a handful of Youth Living History Programs in our National Parks System. High school students portray the many diverse groups of men and women, ranging from Baratarian Pirates, to Free People of Color, Native Choctaw Indians, and many more, who united to defend the city of New Orleans from the British in the War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans. Read more

Call to Action Projects 

  • Revitalizing the Safety Culture at Jean Lafitte and New Orleans Jazz

    Image of volunteers scrubbing headstones at a national cemetery

    Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park teamed up to revitalize the parks' safety culture with new safety training, leadership, and a safe and successful three-day volunteer project. Read more

  • Welcome to Your Virtual Park!

    Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is constantly adding new ways to make a "virtual visit" almost as much fun as the real thing. Web pages take users from swamps to battlefields and the ability to "friend us on Facebook" is only a couple of weeks away. Read more

  • Fighting Invasive Species at Jean Lafitte

    Image of research bending down from boardwalk toward plastic squares floating in plant-covered water

    Giant salvinia, a floating aquatic fern native to the Amazon Basin, has invaded Jean Lafitte's Barataria Preserve, and it now covers most preserve waterways for much of the year. Giant salvinia impacts plants and animal life and its thick mats are a severe nuisance to boaters and fishers. Read more

  • Making History Live at Jean Lafitte

    Staff and volunteers of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve made history live for park visitors and French Quarter passers-by through innovative programs about the consequences and meanings of 1815's Battle of New Orleans and the Civil War in the South. Read more

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