Apr 13, 2014 2:16 PM
LAFAYETTE, LA: The Acadian Cultural Center will offer its annual Cultural Camps this summer. Children will explore the cultural diversity that influences life in south Louisiana as well as the land and ecology of the Acadiana area. The Acadian Cultural Center is located off Surrey Street at 501 Fisher Road, Lafayette; more information is available at 337-232-0789 ext. 201 or at www.nps.gov/jela.
Children will learn through hands-on activities, demonstrations, and programs by master artisans. Campers will explore the National Park Service, become a Junior Ranger, learn to make old time toys, take a boat tour of Bayou Vermilion, make coiled clay pots as the American Indians did, experience Cajun and zydeco music, explore folklore through storytelling, learn about the Louisiana black bear, investigate the rich and varied cultures of south Louisiana, and more!
Camp dates, times, and ages, are as follows:
June 9-13 for ages 6-8 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $25.00 supply and material fee
June 23-27, for ages 9-11 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $50.00 supply and material fee
July 7-11, for ages 6-8 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $25.00 supply and material fee
July 21-25 for ages 9-11 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $50.00 supply and material fee
Registration is limited to 24 campers per session on a first-come, first-served basis. Camp spots are not guaranteed until the application and fee are received at the center. Applications are available online at the park website. Go to www.nps.gov/jela/summer-camps.htm.
The Acadian Cultural Center is open 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily (except December 25 and Mardi Gras) and is managed by the National Park Service as part of Jean Lafitte National Historical and Preserve. The film, "The Cajun Way; Echoes of Acadia" is shown hourly beginning at 9:00 a.m., with the last showing at 4:00 p.m. The center also features exhibits and programs on the history and cultures of south Louisiana. Admission to the center and for most center programs is free. Group tours are available by reservation. Call the Acadian Cultural Center at 337-232-0789 ext. 201 or visit www.nps.gov/jela.