Explore & Restore family fun - 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturdays February 17 and March 17. Join a park ranger for a guided "inspiration walk" or outdoor activity, then create a craft from recycled materials. Children 4 and up are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. Program is free but space is limited so reservations are required; call the visitor center at 504-689-3690 ext. 10 to sign up. Reservations for each program open on first day of program month. Here's an Explore and Restore Family Fun flier pdf to download, print, and share.
The Barataria Preserve outside Marrero offers a taste of Louisiana's wild wetlands. The preserve's 23,000 acres include bayous, swamps, marshes, and forests. Animals including alligators and over 200 species of birds and an ever-changing array of wildflowers and plants . Boardwalk and dirt trails wind through the preserve; check out the trail map, enjoy a self-guided tour, or explore with a cell phone tour. Exhibits at the preserve visitor center highlight how the Mississippi River built Louisiana's wetlands, the national importance of the area, and the relation between the land and its people. Kids can earn a badge with the Junior Ranger program. An environmental education center is used for field trips and special programs. The center's museum store has books, music, children's books, insect repellent, field guides, and more on sale. Admission to the preserve is free. Follow these links for the park's calendar of events, exhibits, and programs; for directions and transportation options; and for accessibility information.
6588 Barataria Boulevard, Marrero (near Crown Point) (If you use a GPS system, doublecheck it with the map since not all systems find the preserve successfully)