Spring in the Swamp

White spider lilies in bloom at the Barataria Preserve

Spider lilies are just one of the wildflowers that fill the preserve every spring.

It's spring in the swamp at the Barataria Preserve: wildflowers are in bloom, frogs are calling, migratory birds are returning from their travels, and alligators are looking for romance. Join National Park Service rangers and volunteers for a weekend of free family fun during Spring in the Swamp, Friday-Sunday, March 25-27, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. daily. Here's a pdf to download, print, and share with all of the important information for some springtime fun in the swamp.

There'll be

  • A Touch Table where you can get your hands on furs, skulls, and more.
  • Dipnet discovery activities (Friday and Saturday only).
  • Guided trail walks at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; meet at the Bayou Coquille Trail parking area.
  • The Junior Ranger Zone where kids can do hands-on wetlands activities and earn a Junior Ranger badge.
  • Park rangers and volunteers on the trails to answer questions and steer you toward interesting sights and sounds.

Admission and all activities are free and no reservations are needed. The preserve is located at 6588 Barataria Boulevard in Marrero near Crown Point.

A note about the preserve's famous giant blue irises: We'll keep you posted at this web page when the wild irises start to bloom. To learn more about the preserve's irises, click here. Hundreds of other wildflowers bloom in the preserve every spring; get a list here. Bird lists and information about preserve animals and plants are available here.

Image of giant blue irises blooming in a sunny spot in the swamp

This picture from before 2005's Hurricane Katrina shows a field of giant blue irises in bloom. To find out why there are fewer irises to admire now, follow the link in the paragraph above.


Did You Know?