Up to date trail and Visitor Center access can be found on the Current Conditions page.
The Barataria Preserve outside Marrero offers a taste of Louisiana's wild wetlands. The preserve's 26,000 acres include bayous, swamps, marshes, and forests. Walk along boardwalks and dirt trails to spot animals including alligators and over 200 species of birds plus an ever-changing array of wildflowers and plants . See 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 visitor center's park 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 (be sure to see important information about using ride share services to reach the preserve); and for accessibility information.
Links to useful information like maps, public transportation, pets, permits for special uses, etc., are available on the basic information page; there's also information about the preserve at the Barataria Preserve Frequently Asked Questions page.
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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve is pleased to partner with A Studio in the Woods to recognize the power of art to address the planet’s environmental concerns. This video features park ecologist Dr. Julie Whitbeck and A Studio in the Woods artist in residence Sidiki Conde. Mr. Conde is a world-renowned musician from Guinea, West Africa and in this video, he performs with New Orleans musicians Dr. Michael White, Mitchell Player, Gregory Stafford, and Detroit Brooks.
Last updated: February 17, 2024