Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center

Display case with guitar, banjo, accordion, and other instruments
Life in Louisiana's wetlands wasn't easy back in the day, but there was almost always time for a song or two.

Great Backyard Bird Count - 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, February 17. Join rangers at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center and citizen scientists s at sites throughout the world to spot birds and record sightings. This information will provide valuable data for scientists and researchers. Commit to birding for at least 15 minutes to join the count. Free but registration required; call 985-448-1375 to sign up. More information about the Great Backyard Bird Count, including last year's count results, is at the link.

Phenology Training - 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, February 26. What's phenology? It's the study of seasonal changes, like when flowers bloom in the spring or when leaves turn in the fall. Bayou Lafourche is part of the Gulf Coast Phenology Trail, and this hands-on training will teach you to watch, note, and share the changes you see with scientists and researchers. Free but registration required; email for information or registration or call the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center at 985-448-1375.

Cajun music jam - 4:00-5:15 p.m. every Monday. No jam on federal holidays when center is closed. On Monday, February 12, enjoy a special Lundi Gras jam with country Cajun Mardi Gras music and costumes. Bring an instrument and play along with local musicians or just enjoy! Free.

Cercle Francophone - 5:30-7:00 p.m. every Tuesday. Come pass a good time speaking French (Cajun or otherwise). Help keep French alive in Louisiana---and if you don't speak French, come on along to watch linguistic history in action. No Cercle on federal holidays or on Mardi Gras when center is closed. Free.

Historic Thibodaux walking tour - 2:00 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Join a ranger for a walk through downtown Thibodaux and hear the stories of its past. No tour on federal holidays or on Mardi Gras when the center is closed. Free.

Summer camp registration is now underway at the center. Details on camp days, times, ages, and fees at the link.

Boat tours on Bayou Lafourche - Cruise into Louisiana's past in fall and spring. Destinations, dates, times, and ticket information at the link. Fall cruising season is over; see you in the spring!

The lives of the Acadians (Cajuns) and others whose travels brought them to Louisiana's bayous are featured at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux. Explore recreation, clothing, home furnishings, religion, cuisine, and fishing through exhibits, artifacts, videos, and films. A 200-seat theater is used for productions by the Thibodaux Playhouse, Inc., and other programs. Kids can earn a badge with the Junior Ranger program. The center's museum store has CDs, craft items, and books from cookbooks to children's stories on sale. Admission to the center and to most programs is free. Follow these links for the park's calendar of events, exhibits, and programs; for directions and transportation options; and for accessibility information.

314 St. Mary Street, Thibodaux
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 and Mardi Gras (Tuesday, February 13, in 2018). Useful information about public transportation, regulations on pets, etc., is available here.

Special programs by reservation:


Last updated: February 16, 2018

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Mailing Address:

419 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130


(504) 589-3882

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