Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve will offer day camps at most of its sites in summer 2014. 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.
Summer Day in the Vieux Carre History Camp at the French Quarter Visitor Center in New Orleans- Campers will explore New Orleans history through museum visits, a steamboat cruise, a carriage ride, and hands-on activities. The center is located at 419 Decatur Street in New Orleans. Registration begins Tuesday, April 22; camp applications will be posted here soon. For more information call 504-589-3882 ext. 134.
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 & 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 begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 29; mail or deliver application and payment to the Barataria Preserve Visitor Center, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero 70072. Applications for Junior Ranger Camps (ages 6-8 or 9-11) are here; applications for Science and Stewardship Camp (ages 12-14) are here. Applications are also available at the preserve visitor center. Camps are presented in partnership with the Barataria-Terrbonne National Estuary Program. For more information, call 504-689-3690 ext. 10.
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 an application or call 337-232-0789 ext. 201.
· June 9-13 for ages 6-8 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $25.00 supply and material fee
· June 23-27 for ages 9-11 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $50.00 supply and material fee
· July 7-11 for ages 6-8 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $25.00 supply and material fee
· July 21-25 for ages 9-11 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $50.00 supply and material fee
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 Wednesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Junior Master Naturalist/Wetlands Camps 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. 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 985-448-1375.
· June 2-6 Junior Master Naturalist Camp for ages 13-17 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. $100.00 supply and material fee
· June 9-13 Wetlands Camp for ages 9-12 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $50.00 supply and material fee
· June 16-20 Wetlands Camp for ages 9-12 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $50.00 supply and material fee
· June 23-27 Wetlands Camp for ages 6-9 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. $25.00 supply and material fee
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.