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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

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National Public Lands Day

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Put on your work gloves and help preserve YOUR public lands on September 28!

Your chance to help preserve YOUR American treasures is Saturday, September 27, on National Public Lands Day. Join volunteers of all ages at the Barataria Preserve or at Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.on this nationwide day of service. You can share a few hours and make a big difference!

Jean Lafitte's projects will include trail maintenance at the Barataria Preserve, cleaning headstones at Chalmette National Cemetery, and picking up litter at both sites. Volunteers of all ages are welcome; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers should be prepared to get dirty: work clothes (long sleeves and pants are best due to poison ivy), closed-toe shoes or boots, work gloves, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a personal water bottle are recommended. The park will provide water for volunteers. The work projects will happen rain or shine (though thunderstorms will force cancellation), so if it looks rainy, bring your raingear.

Volunteers must register by Thursday, September 25. To register for either site, call the preserve at 504-689-3690 ext. 10. The Barataria Preserve is located at 6588 Barataria Boulevard in Marrero near Crown Point. Chalmette Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery are located at 8606 West St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette.

If you'd like, get a jump on the day by printing out the necessary forms, filling them in, and bringing them with you (forms will also be available when you check in). Remember that forms for volunteers under 18 must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Forms are a VIP (volunteer in parks) position description for National Public Lands Day projects, a volunteer services agreement for volunteers 18 and over, a volunteer services agreement for volunteers UNDER 18, and a photo release form for everybody.

The day's schedule is

  • 10:00 a.m. - report to your site for assignments, equipment, and safety information.
  • 10:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. - work on your volunteer project.
  • 12:30 - meet at your site rendezvous point to review accomplishments and give yourself three cheers!

If you want to share this information, here's a downloadable and printable pdf flier about National Public Lands Day at Jean Lafitte.

Image of three young women cleaning headstones at Chalmette National Cemetery
Soap, water, and elbow grease are the best way to clean historic headstones, as these volunteers demonstrate at Chalmette National Cemetery.

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