Some Park Sites Closed May 17-18
Staff from throughout the park will be at the Barataria Preserve for BioBlitz May 17-18 (you're invited too!). See how this will effect operations at other sites and learn more about BioBlitz by following the link. More »
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve will offer day camps at five of its six sites in summer 2013. Through games, crafts, mini-workshops with local artisans, hikes, and hands-on activities, campers will explore the cultural diversity that influences life in south Louisiana as well as local land and ecology.
Cultural Camp at the Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette - Through hands-on activities, demonstrations, and programs by master artisans, campers will make old-time toys, take a boat tour of Bayou Vermilion, make coiled clay pots as the American Indians did, explore folklore through storytelling, learn about the Louisiana black bear, experience Cajun and zydeco music, investigate the rich and varied cultures of south Louisiana, become a Junior Ranger, and more! Camp registration is now underway and is limited to 24 campers per session on a first-come, first-served basis. Camper registration is not guaranteed until application and fee are received at the center (501 Fisher Road in Lafayette). Click here for more information and an application or call 337-232-0789 ext. 201.
Junior Ranger/Science & Stewardship Camps at the Barataria Preserve in Marrero - Campers 6-11 can become Junior Rangers while exploring south Louisiana's nature, culture, and history through games, hikes, hands-on activities, experiments, crafts, music, and more. Science and Stewardship Camp, for campers ages 12-14 will work on more advanced science projects, assist park rangers and scientists with marsh and swamp restoration, and design their own service projects to complete during camp. Registration for all camps is now underway; mail or deliver application and payment to the Barataria Preserve Visitor Center, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero 70072. Applications are available here or at the visitor center. For more information, call 504-689-3690 ext. 10. Camps are presented in partnership with the Barataria-Terrbonne National Estuary Program.
Summer Culture Fun Days at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice - Campers will discover the many influences on prairie Acadian life. Activities will include games, films, storytelling, displays, spinning and weaving, music, art, and Sarah Jayde's presentation "Evolution of the Fiddle." Campers will also learn water safety with rangers from the US Army Corps of Engineers. The center is located at 250 West Park Avenue in Eunice. Camp registration is now underway; call the center at 337-457-7700 or stop by Tuesday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. or Saturday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Wetlands Camp at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux - Camps feature outdoor activities, nature crafts, hands-on experiments, music, games, and cultural explorations. Camps are funded in part by the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and the Louisiana Science Teachers Association. Registration is now underway; register in person at the center, located at 314 Saint Mary St. in Thibodaux. Center hours are Monday-Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Friday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (closed Sunday). For more information, call 985-448-1375.
Summer Day in the Vieux Carre History Camp at the French Quarter Visitor Center in New Orleans - Sorry---all camp sessions are full. Hope to see you next year!
Did You Know?
The cottonmouth or water moccasin can warn you of its dangerous bite in many ways. It releases a musky odor and opens its mouth wide to show you its white mouth and fangs. Show respect for snakes and all wildlife and always keep a safe distance away.