The Treasure of Jean Lafitte

In Jean Lafitte's day, silver and gold filled a pirate's treasure chest, but today's treasures are people, places, and memories. Discover New Orleans’ rich cultural mix. Learn Cajun traditions from people who live them. Watch an alligator bask on a bayou’s bank. Walk in the footsteps of the men who fought at 1815’s Battle of New Orleans. Follow the link to discover the treasure of Jean Lafitte. Read More

Alligator floating in water

Barataria Preserve

Explore Louisiana's wild wetlands---swamp, marsh, bayous, alligators, birds---just 17 miles from New Orleans.

Cannons lined up behind wood and mud rampart

Chalmette Battlefield

Follow the footsteps of the troops who fought 1815's Battle of New Orleans and find out how the American victory changed the world.

Exhibit with photos and title Crossroads of Culture

French Quarter Visitor Center

Discover how three centuries of cultural exchange have created one of America's most distinctive cities.

Boys looking at model of old house

Acadian Cultural Center

Old traditions, new homes: through exhibits, programs, and boat tours, discover how Canada's Acadians became Louisiana's Cajuns.

Exhibits showing horse-racing and dancing

Prairie Acadian Cultural Center

Celebrate the Cajun way of life with music,dancing, cooking demonstrations, and more.

Exhibit about hunting and fishing in Louisiana's bayous

Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center

Big fun on the bayou: it's all about music, Cajun French, boat tours, and life in Louisiana's wetlands.

Ballcap with National Park Service arrowhead

Job Opening

Applications for a full-time permanent budget analyst are now being accepted. Job information and how to apply at the link.

Great egret against a background of green plants

Citizen Scientist Training & Projects

Kids and adults can learn, act, and contribute to research at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center and the Barataria Preserve.

Swamp rabbit

Barataria Preserve Hunting Permits

Applications for 2018-2019 hunting permits are now available online and will be accepted through Saturday, September 1.

Map of Barataria Preserve with pink line showing proposed project route

Entergy Project: Public Comment Period

Entergy proposes to rebuild/replace an existing transmission line that crosses the Barataria Preserve. Learn more and share your comments.

Men dressed as 1815-era Choctaw Indians at a living history event

People and the Park

Find stories about Jean Lafitte himself, groups who live in south Louisiana, and useful genealogy resources.

Bicyclists ride by the Barataria Preserve sign

Permits for Events, Filming, & More

Commercial photography or filming? A special event like a wedding or a bike race? Research? Hunting? Learn about special permits.

Last updated: August 19, 2018

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Mailing Address:

419 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130


(504) 589-3882

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