Applications for hunting permits for the 2016-2017 Barataria Preserve hunting season will be taken Saturday, September 3, through Saturday, October 1. Follow the link for information on how to apply and what to bring with you when you submit your application.
National Public Lands Day Volunteer Event - Give YOUR public lands a helping hand! Join the team for clean-up and fix-up projects 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24. Volunteers of all ages are welcome; those under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Follow the link for more information, including how to sign up (registration deadline is Thursday, September 22).
The Barataria Preserve outside Marrero offers a taste of Louisiana's wild wetlands. The preserve's 23,000 acres include bayous, swamps, marshes, forests, alligators, nutrias, and over 200 species of birds (learn more about preserve wildlife). 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)