Columbus Day Closures
All park sites closed Monday, October 13, for Columbus Day. Follow the link for information about park hours and days and about access to the Barataria Preserve and Chalmette Battlefield/Chalmette National Cemetery on holidays. More »
Getting Ready for 2016
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines 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 locally and get involved!
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
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
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
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
Did You Know?
The opossum is North America's only native marsupial! The female will carry young in her pouch for 2-3 months and then on her back another 1-2 months. A female will usually have 7-8 babies, and each one latches onto one of 13 teats in her pouch.