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 »
Stay informed about what's happening at Jean Lafitte sites and beyond during the Battle of New Orleans bicentennial. Events and programs begin in summer 2014 and carry through to the battle's bicentennial in January 2015.
The park's mission to preserve and share cultural traditions, historical sites, and natural landscapes means that there's always something interesting going on at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The links to the left provide information about what's happening throughout the park.
Most Jean Lafitte images are in the public domain. Click here for images you can download and use for free.
The Call to Action Report 2012 for Jean Lafitte and for New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park is available here. If you wish to download the report, please note that it is a 984kb document. You can learn more about the National Park Service Call to Action here.
To learn about all National Park Service projects in Louisiana, from historic places to community conservation and recreation, visit the NPS Louisiana page.
Information about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill is available here.
Information about hurricanes and their impacts on the park is here.
Did You Know?
Lubber grasshoppers are sometimes known as devil's horses in south Louisiana. They lay their eggs in the fall and prefer loose dirt, so they often lay their eggs in cemeteries. These enormous flightless grasshoppers hatch in spring and spend the summer munching their way through vegetation.