Scouting Programs at Barataria Preserve

Bring your scout group to the Barataria Preserve and have fun while learning about nature. Scout programs are available at the preserve on the first and third Saturday of every month at 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-2:00 p.m. Reservations are required and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups must have at least five scouts participating in the field trip in order to book a program. For more information or to make program reservations, call 504-689-3690 ext. 25.

The following programs include a 90-minute ranger-led program and suggestions for pre-visit and post-visit activities to complete the requirements for the badges and awards.

Please note: Through guided walks and other ranger-led programs, scouts can partially fulfill the requirements for many other badges. Please call 504-689-3690 ext. 25 for more information.

Girl Scout Programs

  • Brownie Scouts - Bugs - Insects and archnids have an important job to do. Visit the Barataria Preserve and, with a ranger, discover many kinds of insects and spiders and the work they do to keep the preserve ecosystem healthy. Scouts will participate in art projects, guided hikes, and discovery activities.
  • Brownie Scouts - Hiker - The Barataria Preserve offers nine different trails and over eight miles of hiking. With a ranger, explore some preserve trails and learn how to identify the best places to see some of the preserve's most popular critters: alligators, snakes, owls, and more. Scouts will also discuss trail safety and basic hiking tips.
  • Junior Girl Scouts - Animal Habitats - Explore the Barataria Preserve and discover the great diversity of plants and animals in the area. Learn what a habitat is and what animals need in their homes to help them survive. Work with a park ranger to create a habitat for an animal that calls the swamp home.

Boy Scout Programs

  • Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award - Through a two-hourprogram, scouts will learn about wetlands ecology, trail safety, the buddy system, and the roles they and the National Park Service play in protecting special places.With a little bit of work at a den meeting and through this program, scouts will have completed the necessary requirements for this award.
  • Hiking Belt Loop for Tigers, Cubs, and Webelos - Explore the swamps, marshes, and forests of the Barataria Preserve and learn about the plants, animals, and history that make this place special. Scouts will hike one to two miles with a ranger, learn about trail safety, and help create a safety plan to use on future hikes.
  • Wildlife Conservation Loop and Pin for Tigers, Cubs, and Webelos - Learn what natural resources are and why it's important to protect them. Make a food chain, learn about endangered species, and find out how animals use camouflage to protect themselves.
  • Boy Scouts - Nature Merit Badge - Explore the Barataria Preserve and learn about the different classifications of plants and animals. Learn about food chains, connections between plants and animals, and the calls and markings of various animal species.
  • Boy Scouts - Bird Study Merit Badge - Through a special guided tour, scouts will learn about the many bird species in the Barataria Preserve. Scouts will learn and demonstrate how to use binoculars and how to identify various birds by sight and by calls.

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