Summer Camps

A ranger and summer campers look at water from the bayou
What's in the bayou water? Jean Lafitte summer campers explore Louisiana nature, history, and culture through activities, field trips, and hands-on fun!

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve will offer day camps at four of its sites in summer 2019. Through games, crafts, mini-workshops with local artisans, hikes, and hands-on activities, campers will explore the cultural diversity that influences life in south Louisiana as well as local land and ecology.

Wetlands Camp at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux - Campers discover Louisiana's wetlands through outdoor activities, nature crafts, hands-on experiments, music, games, and cultural explorations. Campers may sign up for only one camp session and must be the minimum or maximum age by the first day of their camp session. Registration is now underway; registration is first-come, first-served, and camp fee must be paid when registering. Register in person at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, located at 314 Saint Mary Street in Thibodaux. The center is open Monday-Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Wednesday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (closed on federal holidays). For more information, call the center at 985-448-1375.

  • June 3-7 ages 9-12 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $60 supply and material fee SORRY---THIS CAMP SESSION IS FULL
  • June 10-14 ages 9-12 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $60 supply and material fee SORRY---THIS CAMP SESSION IS FULL
  • June 17-21 ages 7-9 9:00 a.m.-noon $30 supply and material fee SORRY---THIS CAMP SESSION IS FULL
  • June 24-28 ages 7-9 9:00 a.m.-noon. $30 supply and material fee SORRY---THIS CAMP SESSION IS FULL


Culture Camp at the Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette - Through hands-on activities, demonstrations, and programs by master artisans, campers ages 6-8 will explore the National Park Service, become Junior Rangers, learn to make old-time toys, make coiled clay pots as the American Indians did, experience Cajun and zydeco music, explore folklore through storytelling, and investigate south Louisiana's rich and varied cultures. Camp registration is now underway and is limited to 20 campers per session on a first-come, first-served basis. Camper registration is not guaranteed until application and fee are received at the center; fee payment is by check or cash only (no credit cards). Campers may sign up for only one camp session and must be the minimum or maximum age by the first day of their camp session. The Acadian Cultural Center is located at 501 Fisher Road in Lafayette; hours are Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to noon. Follow the link for the camp application; for more information, call 337-232-0789 ext. 201.

  • June 3-7 ages 6-8 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $30.00 supply and material fee
  • June 24-28 ages 6-8 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $30.00 supply and material fee

Nature Camp at the Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette - Campers ages 9-11 will explore the natural wonders of Louisiana by hiking at Indian Bayou, learning about native and non-native plants at the Acadiana Nature Station, touring Bayou Vermilion by boat, checking the water quality of Petit Bayou, and learning about the Mississippi River Delta and the place that they call home. Camp registration is now underway and is limited to 20 campers per session on a first-come, first-served basis. Camper registration is not guaranteed until application and fee are received at the center; fee payment is by check or cash only (no credit cards). Campers may sign up for only one camp session and must be the minimum or maximum age by the first day of their camp session. The Acadian Cultural Center is located at 501 Fisher Road in Lafayette; hours are Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to noon. Follow the link for the camp application; for more information, call 337-232-0789 ext. 201.

  • June 10-14 ages 9-11 Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $60.00 supply and material fee SORRY---THIS CAMP IS FULL
  • June 17-21 ages 9-11 Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $60.00 supply and material fee SORRY---THIS CAMP SESSION IS FULL

Camp de Cuisine at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice - Campers ages 9-12 will take a journey of discovery through Louisiana foodways, sharing recipes and traditions and learning the path that food takes from farm to table. Field trips will visit local farmers and food places. Campers will learn to cook their Cajun favorites and will present their own balanced meal using local ingredients on the last day of class. Camp registration is now underway and is limited to 20 campers on a first-come, first-served basis. Campers registration is not guaranteed until application and fee are received at the center; fee payment is by check or cash only (no credit cards). Campers must be the minimum or maximum age by the first day of their camp session. The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center is located at 250 West Park Avenue in Eunice; hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 337-457-8499.

  • July 15-19 (note that this camp's dates were previously posted as July 8-12, which is incorrect) 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $60.00 supply and material fee

Camp Bonjour at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice - Campers ages 6-8 will explore zydeco music, Cajun dancing, old-fashioned games, storytelling, the National Park Service, hands-on arts and crafts, and presentations on Cajun culture. Camp registration is now underway and is limited to 20 campers on a first-come, first-served basis. Campers registration is not guaranteed until application and fee are received at the center; fee payment is by check or cash only (no credit cards). Campers must be the minimum or maximum age by the first day of their camp session. The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center is located at 250 West Park Avenue in Eunice; hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 337-457-8499.

  • July 8-12 (note that this camp's dates were previously posted both as July 22-26 and as July 15-19; those dates are incorrect) 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $30.00 supply and material fee


Junior Ranger Camp at the Barataria Preserve in Marrero - Through hands-on science experiments, art projects, and trail hikes, campers will explore the wetlands and their plants and animals, learn about the National Park Service, and discover what it means to be a Junior Ranger protecting the outdoors. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, in the Barataria Preserve Visitor Center. Applications will be accepted in-person only on March 30. After March 30, applications and payments will be accepted by mail. You may not bring applications for multiple families. Campers must be the minimum or maximum age by the first day of camp. Campers may sign up for only one camp session. Registration is not guaranteed until application and fee are received; fee payment is by check or cash only (no credit cards). The Barataria Preserve is located at 6588 Barataria Boulevard in Marrero; visitor center hours are Wednesday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (on March 30 only the visitor center will open at 8:00 a.m.). Follow the link for Barataria Preserve Junior Ranger Camp application. For more information, call 504-689-3690 ext. 25. If a camp session is full, you can call to be added to the waiting list.

  • June 3-7 ages 6-8 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $25.00 supply and material fee. SORRY---THIS CAMP SESSION IS FULL.
  • June 10-14 ages 6-8 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $25.00 supply and material fee SORRY---THIS CAMP SESSION IS FULL
  • June 17-21 ages 9-11 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $50.00 supply and material fee SORRY---THIS CAMP SESSION IS FULL
  • June 24-28 ages 9-11 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $50.00 supply and material fee. SORRY---THIS CAMP SESSION IS FULL.
Wetlands Explorers Camp at the Barataria Preserve in Marrero - Campers will focus on weather, climate, and the wetlands and will learn about the variables that determine the health of wetland plants and animals. Activities will include canoeing, trail hikes, and monitoring water quality, invasive species, and phenology (seasonal change in plants). Campers will spend several hours at a time either outside on trails or on a boat, so please note that campers cannot return early from activities and must be able to stay with the larger group for the duraction of each activity. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, in the Barataria Preserve Visitor Center. Applications will be accepted in-person only on March 30. After March 30, applications and payments will be accepted by mail. You may not bring applications for multiple families. Campers must be the minimum or maximum age by the first day of camp. Registration is not guaranteed until application and fee are received; fee payment is by check or cash only (no credit cards). The Barataria Preserve is located at 6588 Barataria Boulevard in Marrero; visitor center hours are Wednesday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (on March 30 only the visitor center will open at 8:00 a.m.). Follow the link for Barataria Preserve Wetlands Explorers Camp application. For more information or to be added to the camp waiting list, call 504-689-3690 ext. 25.
  • July 8-12 ages 12-14 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $75.00 supply and material fee. SORRY---THIS CAMP IS FULL.

Last updated: May 9, 2019

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