At Barataria Preserve in Marrero near Crown Point, K-12 students can enjoy free field trips on the trails, to the visitor center, to the preserve's Environmental Education Center, or all three!
Ranger-led science education activities and field trips are available for K-12 students on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Various science education activities in wetlands ecology are available for K-5 students. Among others, these activities include Dipnetting and the Big Bug Hunt. For an activity brochure for K-5 or to book a field trip, email the preserve or call 504-689-3690.
6th - 12th
Higher intensity wetlands ecology field trip activities are available for students in grades 6-12. These have a higher scientific intensity than our K-5 activities and include data collection and monitoring. Email or call the preserve at 504-689-3690 for more information or to obtain a grade 6-8 or 9-12 activity brochure.
For environmental science-focused high school students, we offer students the ability to participate in real scientific data collection through our suite of citizen science projects. A list of these projects is available on our citizen science page.
Explore on Your Own:
Please call the preserve at 504-689-3690 about your group's plans whether or not you plan to request a ranger program; this will allow us to alert you to possible other large groups visiting the preserve on the same day you are planning to come.
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Field Trip Information for Teachers
Plan like a Park Ranger! Be prepared for your field trip and learn about our facility and programs below.
Buses may pull up to the front of the Visitor Center to let students off. Once all students, chaperones, and teachers are off the bus, the bus must move and park in the back of the parking lot.
A water fountain is available at the Barataria Preserve Visitor Center. Water, sports drinks, and trail mix are available for purchase in the Visitor Center. Food and drink may be consumed inside the building; however, there are no tables available for eating inside the Visitor Center. There are two picnic tables located outside of the visitor center, and there is a picnic area at the Pecan Grove, which is located across the highway.
Dispose of Waste Properly. Take all trash with you and dispose of trash in the provided trash cans.
Leave what you find. Leave all natural objects (plants, flowers, leaves, etc.) where you find them.
Respect wildlife. Observe wildlife from a distance and never feed them or pick them up.
Be considerate of other visitors. Avoid loud voices and noises.
Stay with your group! Pay close attention, follow directions, and stay together so we may complete your program.
Be aware of your surroundings and don’t run. Keep yourself and others safe by being respectful. Running is not allowed in the building or on trails due to safety concerns.
Plan early! Barataria Preserve requires one chaperone for every ten elementary aged children. One chaperone is required per fifteen middle school/high school aged students. Extra chaperones are always welcome.
A hat, sunscreen, bug spray, closed toed shoes, and a water bottle are strongly recommended for programs at the Barataria Preserve.
Last updated: April 27, 2023