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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

Summer Camps

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Campers at the Barataria Preserve can explore Louisiana's wetlands with park rangers and scientists.

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve will offer day camps at many of its sites in summer 2015. 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. Camp sessions at Jean Lafitte sites will be added below as information becomes available.


Junior Ranger Camps at the Barataria Preserve in Marrero - Campers ages 6-11 can join the park rangers to discover how our wetlands work. The theme for summer 2015 is "Vanishing Vistas: How Can I Help Save Our Wetlands?" Through hands-on science and art projects, trail walks, and games, Junior Rangers will learn how they can help protect our special environments. Registration begins Saturday, March 28, at 9:30 a.m. at the Barataria Preserve Visitor Center, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 504-689-3690 ext. 10. Do not send applications or checks before that date; they will not be accepted. Application for all four Junior Ranger camps is here; applications are also available at the preserve visitor center. Camps are presented in partnership with the Barataria-Terrbonne National Estuary Program.

  • Junior Ranger Camp session #1 sorry---this camp is full!
  • Junior Ranger Camp session #2 June 8-12 ages 6-8 $25.00 supply and material fee
  • Junior Ranger Camp session #3 June 15-19 ages 9-11 $55.00 supply and material fee
  • Junior Ranger Camp session #4 June 22-26 ages 9-11 $55.00 supply and material fee

Wetlands Explorers Camp at the Barataria Preserve in Marrero - Grab your waders and microscopes: it's time for the fourth annual Wetlands Explorers Camp. Campers ages 12-14 will join park rangers and park scientists as they go "off trail" to explore the Barataria Preserve in greater depth. Campers will canoe, participate in hands-on research and service projects, and learn about current challenges facing the preserve and the wetlands across south Louisiana. Registration begins Saturday, March 28, at 9:30 a.m. at the Barataria Preserve Visitor Center, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 504-689-3690 ext. 10. Do not send applications or checks before that date; they will not be accepted. Application for Wetlands Explorers camp is here; applications are also available at the preserve visitor center. Camps are presented in partnership with the Barataria-Terrbonne National Estuary Program.

  • Wetlands Explorers Camp July 6-10 ages 12-14 $55.00 supply and material fee

Summer Day in the Vieux Carré History Camp at the French Quarter Visitor Center in New Orleans - Campers will explore New Orleans history through museum visits, a steamboat cruise or carriage ride, and hands-on activities. The center is located at 419 Decatur Street in New Orleans. Registration begins Tuesday, April 21; applications are here. For more information, call 504-589-3882 ext. 134.

  • July 6-10 ages 9-11 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $75.00 supply and material fee

  • July 13-17 ages 9-11 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $75.00 supply and material fee


Culture 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 20 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). Applications are here; for more information, call 337-232-0789 ext. 201.

  • June 15-19 ages 6-8 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $25.00 supply and material fee
  • June 22-26 ages 9-11 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $50.00 supply and material fee
  • July 13-17 ages 6-8 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $25.00 supply and material fee
  • July 20-24 ages 9-11 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $50.00 supply and material fee

Junior Master Naturalist Camp and 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 Street in Thibodaux. Center hours are open Monday-Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Wednesday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The center is also open 8:00 -11:00 a.m. on Farmers Market Saturdays (call the center for dates). For more information, call the center at 985-448-1375.

  • Junior Master Naturalist Camp June 1-5 ages 13-17 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. $150.00 supply and material fee
  • Wetlands Camp June 8-12 ages 9-12 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $50.00 supply and material fee
  • Wetlands Camp June 15-19 ages 9-12 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $50.00 supply and material fee
  • Wetlands Camp June 22-26 ages 6-9 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. $25.00 supply and material fee

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