Located on the banks of Bayou Lafourche in Thibodaux, the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center offers students a look at Lousiana life in the swamps and on the bayous.
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 through the parking lot and up to the front sidewalk to let students off. Once all students, chaperones, and teachers are off the bus, the bus will move to the overflow parking lot, a grassy lot next to our parking lot.
A water fountain is available at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, but there are no food or drinks to purchase. Although a lunch break is not normally included in the program, you are welcome to plan to eat your bag lunches outside in our courtyard.
Dispose of Waste Properly. Take all trash with you.
Leave what you find. Leave all natural objects where you find them.
Respect wildlife. Observe wildlife from a distance and never feed them.
Be considerate of other visitors. Avoid loud voices and noises.
Food, drinks, chewing gum, and candy are not allowed in the museum. Food particles attract pests that could be harmful to the exhibits. Please leave lunches and drinks either on the bus or the staff’s designated location for these items.
Remember this is a Cultural Center! People from all over the world come to learn about Cajun culture. Please show respect by being polite and attentive.
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 and walking in the building.
Students must be accompanied by a chaperone in the gift shop. Each of our park sites has a gift shop filled with items specific to the history, nature, and culture of its location. If students enter the gift shop, chaperones must accompany students and monitor them.
Plan early! Jean Lafitte requires a chaperone for every ten students. Extra chaperones are welcome.
If your program takes place inside our facility, consider bringing a light jacket or sweater. If your program takes place outside on our grounds, plan for the weather. Bring insect repellent, sunscreen, a hat, closed toed shoes, and a water bottle.
To schedule your field trip, please either email us or call the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center at (985) 448-1375.
Field Trip Programs
Historical & Cultural StudiesWe empower students to become active, life-long learners in Southern Louisiana’s history and diverse culture. To provide quality engagement, our programs offer students opportunities to actively participate in history and cultural historical events. We align all programs to Louisiana Student Standards (2022).
Grades: Kindergarten - 6th grade
Subjects: Social Studies, Louisiana History
ScienceWe foster student engagement in the sciences through interactive programs aligned to Louisiana Students Standards (2022). We help students learn about the unique physical landscapes and diverse biology, how scientists study the environment and how students can apply these skills to current issues facing Louisiana.
Grades: 1st grade - 12th grade
Subjects: Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Earth Sciences, Environmental Issues
Last updated: August 11, 2022