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Louisiana State Parks July 2014 Calendar of Events

Louisiana State Parks July 2014 Calendar of Events


SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE

July 5-6, Black Bear Golf Club, Delhi - Best Ball Benefit Tournament, 8:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Benefitting the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation, Lions Crippled Children's Camp, and Richland Association of Retarded Citizens. For more information call 318.878.2162 or visit www.blackbear-golf.com.

July 6, Poverty Point State Historic Site, Epps-Tool Demonstration, 1-4 p.m. A site ranger will give demonstrations showing the tools the Poverty Point people used. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 926.5492 locally.

July 12, Poverty Point State Historic Site, Epps - Bird House Painting, 1 p.m. Ranger will discuss different types of habitats for birds, followed by an activity from the "Birds Catalysts for Conservation" Activity and Coloring Book. After the discussion, participants can paint miniature bird houses. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 926.5492 locally.

July 12, Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield - Nature's Helping Hand, 2 p.m. Soldiers used nature, and a lot of ingenuity, to overcome severe shortages of food, medicine, and household items during the Civil War. Learn about which substitutes were successful, and which were not, during this program that will be held inside the museum. For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 872.1474 locally.

July 13, Black Bear Golf Club, Delhi - One-Person Scramble, 1 p.m. For more information call 318.878.2162 or visit www.blackbear-golf.com.

July 18 & 19, Lake D'Arbonne State Park, Farmerville - Youth Watermelon Festival Tennis Tournament. With singles and doubles matches going on, this will be great for friends and family to have fun and eat watermelon. For more information call 888.677.5200 toll free or 368.2086 locally.

July 22, Black Bear Golf Club, Delhi - July Scramble, 8 a.m. & 1 p.m. For more information call 318.878.2162 or visit www.blackbear-golf.com.

July 25 & 26, Lake D'Arbonne State Park, Farmerville - Watermelon Festival Tennis Tournament. Doubles will be played on Friday and Saturday and mixed doubles on Sunday. For more information call 888.677.5200 toll free or 368.2086 locally.

July 26, Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield - Civil War Surgery and Medicine, 2 p.m. Learn about the medical treatment that soldiers received during the Civil War. During this program, held inside the museum, see the instruments in the reproduction field kit and discover how surgeons used them to treat battlefield wounds. For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 872.1474 locally.


CROSSROADS

Upon Request, Fort Jesup State Historic Site, Many - Museum Tours. The Fort Jesup museum houses historic displays and artifacts, in a reproduction of the original Officers' Quarters. The tour includes the original kitchen outbuilding, the only structure left of the 82 buildings that were at the fort during 1822-1846. For more information call 888.677.5378 toll free or 256.4117 locally.

Daily, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Living History, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily demonstrations of the life of colonials and soldiers of Post de Natchitoches. Activities include from Black Powder use, fabric dying and sewing, cooking, carpentry, and more. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 357.3101 locally.

Tuesdays-Saturdays, Rebel State Historic Site, Marthaville - Musical Petting Zoo, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors can view the collection of stringed instruments on display to touch, play, and enjoy. For more information call 888.677.3600 toll free or 472.6255 locally.

Tuesdays-Saturdays, Rebel State Historic Site, Marthaville - The Listening Library, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors can listen to country recordings and access the collection of books and films that tell the story of the roots of country music. For more information call 888.677.3600 toll free or 472.6255 locally.

July 2 & 16, Fort Jesup State Historic Site, Many - Wednesday is for Spinning, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Every first and third Wednesday of the month, Fort Jesup State Historic Site staff will provide spinning demonstrations while discussing how fabric was created and used during colonial days. For more information call 888.677.5378 toll free or 256.4117 locally.

July 5, Hodges Gardens State Park, Florien - Butterfly Garden Tour, 9 a.m. Meet in the Butterfly Garden, for a fun and informative session examining the food plants that attract caterpillars and the nectar plants that attract butterflies. For more information call 800.354.3523 toll free or 586.3523 locally.

July 5, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Boule Lyonnaise, 1 - 4:30 p.m. Every first Saturday of the month, visitors can learn to play the French game of Boule Lyonnaise (similar to the Italian) Bocce. All ages are welcome, and the program is held as weather permits. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 357.3101 locally.

July 11, Marksville State Historic Site, Marksville - Pine Needle Basketry, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn how to make a functional item from the same pine needles that are found so abundantly on the ground. Registration is recommended, due to class size; for more information call 888.253.8954 toll free or 253.8954 locally.

July 11, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - The Outdoor Class Room, 10 a.m. - noon. Get an in-depth view of the environment and history surrounding Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, during special monthly programs. July's focus will be on Camo worms, demonstrating how camouflage is used for protection and survival. The fee for this special program is $5 per person; to register or for more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 357.3101 locally.

July 12, Hodges Gardens State Park, Florien - Painting in the Park, 9 a.m. - noon. Find inspiration in the beauty, color and tranquility of the gardens. Join the park ranger for step-by-step instructions on how to paint an owl sitting on a limb. Bring your own canvas; paints and brushes will be provided. For more information call 800.354.3523 toll free or 586.3523 locally.

July 12, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Natchitoches Tricentennial Program, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. In celebration of the City of Natchitoches' Tricentennial, the site will offer a circa-17014 living history program with staff and volunteers dressed in period clothing. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 357.3101 locally.

July 12, Rebel State Historic Site, Marthaville - Folk Arts and Folk Music, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Discover local folk art and music roots, with a jam session and demonstrations of folk crafts. For information call 888.677.3600 toll free or 472.6255 locally.

July 19, Hodges Gardens State Park, Florien - Natural Garden Hike, 9 a.m. Join the site ranger for a guided nature walk in the natural gardens. Dress for the weather and terrain, and bring water. For more information call 800.354.3523 toll free or 586.3523 locally.

July 19, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Colonial Workshop Series: Materials Do Matter-Daub it with Bousillage, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Get hands-on with colonial crafts and daily life activities, during special programs at the site. July's activity will demonstrate how bousillage was made and used in the construction of colonial buildings. The fee for this special program is $6 per person; to register or for more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 357.3101 locally.

July 19, Rebel State Historic Site, Marthaville - Acoustic Instrument Jam Session, 1 - 5 p.m. Bring your acoustic instruments and join other area musicians at Rebel State Historic Site, for an afternoon of musical fun and learning. The jam session will be held in the Louisiana Country Music Museum lobby, and listeners are always welcome. For information call 888.677.3600 toll free or 472.6255 locally.

July 19, Rebel State Historic Site, Marthaville - Karaoke Night, 6 - 9:30 p.m. Channel your inner musical star, with a chance to sing on the site's Country Music Museum stage. For information call 888.677.3600 toll free or 472.6255 locally.

July 26, Rebel State Historic Site, Marthaville - Dulcimer Day, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. If you play the dulcimer and would like to have some fun and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow "dulci-musicians," come out for a day filled with events and workshops. Workshops begin at 9 a.m. with two skill levels being offered; Beginner, and Intermediate, as well as workshops covering other areas of interest for musicians and dulcimer players. At 5:30 p.m., there will be a concert and awards presentation, with an open jam session immediately following. For information call 888.677.3600 toll free or 472.6255 locally.

July 26, Hodges Garden State Park, Florien - Main Garden Tour, 9 a.m. Learn about the history of Hodges Gardens, while strolling through the main garden, that stands on what once was a rock quarry. For more information call 800.354.3523 toll free or 586.3523 locally.

July 26, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Colonial Book Review, 10 a.m. - noon. Meet at the site, every fourth Saturday, to discuss books related to Louisiana colonial history. Check the site's Facebook page, at the beginning of each month, for the highlighted book's title. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 357.3101 locally.

July 26, Fort Jesup State Historic Site, Many - Home Crafts, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Learn about the various crafts that assisted in everyday living during the 1800s. Demonstrations will include candle making, soap making, shingle making, spinning and more. For more information call 888.677.5378 toll free or 256.4117 locally.

July 26, Marksville State Historic Site, Marksville - Prehistoric Mounds Tour, 10 a.m. and noon. Join the staff and volunteers for special guided tours and demonstrations of the area and daily tasks, as performed by the area's original residents. For more information call 888.253.8954 toll free or 253.8954 locally.


CAJUN COUNTRY

Daily, Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Parks and Recreation Month, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. In recognition of Parks and Recreation Month, visitors can see a display promoting local state parks and recreational areas. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 394.3754 locally.

Daily, Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Beat the Summer Heat, 1:30 p.m. Evangeline, the movie, the classic silent film, will be shown followed by a discussion on the actual historical events during a tour though the Acadian Homestead. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 394.3754 locally.

Sundays, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Sunday Nature Program, 11 a.m. Nature activities chosen to feature a particular season, event or day including guided hikes, nature videos, and programs on featured flora and fauna of the Arboretum. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 363.6289 locally.

Fridays, Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - French Fridays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Students, age 10 and up, can keep their Francophone skills sharp during this immersive program by participating in a number of activities, all the while speaking only in French. Activities will include animal care, woodworking, gardening, and many other tasks of daily life on an early Acadian or Creole homestead. The fee for this special program is $20 per person, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. Sessions are limited to 20 participants, so preregistration is required; to register or for more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 394.3754 locally.

Saturdays, Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Ranger-led Park Hike, 11 a.m. Guests are welcome to join a ranger led hike which will introduce them to Palmetto Island State Park. Hike will focus on the many plants and animals that call the park home. Hike will also provide information on the facilities and park itself. Guests will meet in the nature center. For more information call 888.677.0094 toll free or 893.3930 locally.

Saturdays, Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Nature Center Fun Hour, 2 p.m. Park guests of all ages are welcome to enjoy a fun filled activity in the nature center. Programs will vary each week and will include an activity such as wildlife bingo or arts and crafts. Call the nature center at 337-893-7047 for more information on the program of the week. For more information call 888.677.0094 toll free or 893.3930 locally.

July 4, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Participants are invited to search the Arboretum trails and exhibits for nature clues. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 363.6289 locally.

July 5, Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Dutch Oven Gathering, 9 a.m. - noon. All are invited to join the monthly Dutch oven cooking demonstrations. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 363.6289 locally.

July 5, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Wetlands, 2 p.m. Learn what a wetland is, the different types are found within the park, and why they are important. Then, take a hike through the trails to observe, firsthand, the creatures that live in these amazing ecosystems. For more information call 888.677.2442 toll free or 363.2403 locally.

July 6, Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Guided Canoe Tour, 10 a.m. Come join a ranger led guided canoe tour through Palmetto Island. Tour will include an introductory lesson on paddling, followed by a tour through the park's three ponds. Guests will also learn about common animals found along the park's ponds, including the park's many alligators. It is free, but guests must pre-register at the nature center or by calling 337-893-7047.

July 12, Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Conversations around the Coffee Pot, 8:30-9:30 a.m. This program provides Cajun French speakers an opportunity to gather and converse monthly to reconnect with their culture, as well as provide visitors with firsthand experiences of traditional Acadian activities. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 394.3754 locally.

July 12, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Insect Day at the Arboretum, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. During the day, view displays of live and preserved insect specimens and get up close and hands-on with live insect exhibits. Hike the wonderful trail system and see if you can spot any insects yourself. Once the sun goes down, gather around various insect collecting light stations to see what critters fly in. Experts will be on hand to help identify and discuss any insects attracted to the lights. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 363.6289 locally.

July 12, Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Night Hike, 8 p.m. Grab your flashlight, bug spray and meet at the nature center at 7:30p.m. Hike will take approximately one hour. Most of the park's mammals, such as deer, are more active during the night at the park, so who knows what we may run into! For more information call 888.677.0094 toll free or 893.3930 locally.

July 18 & 25, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature at Night, 7:30 p.m. Join the site naturalist to explore nature in the dark. Program topics include owls, night sounds, night hikes, astronomy, spiders, and more. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 363.6289 locally.

July 19, Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Bushman Crafts, 9-10 a.m. Participants will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Native Americans and Pioneers who called Louisiana home. Through hands on demonstrations of bush craft skills such as fire building, tanning, camp cooking, and primitive tool usage, participants will learn practical skills while learning about the early settlers. Crafts will vary by month. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 394.3754 locally.

July 19, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature for Kids, 10 a.m. Children will learn about a new nature topic each month and will make a related craft to take home. Topics include spring, reptiles, astronomy, insects, and more. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 363.6289 locally.

July 19, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Invasive Species, 2 p.m. Learn about invasive species, which can threaten the preservation of the Arboretum. During a hike along the trails, guests can learn about ways to help solve the problem of existing invasive species and to prevent new ones from coming into an ecosystem. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 363.6289 locally.

July 26, Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Guided Canoe Tour, 9-11 a.m. Join the site naturalist for a guided canoe tour of Chicot Lake. Canoeing experience is recommended, and participants are permitted to bring their own canoe. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 363.6289 locally.

July 26, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Taking Technology Outside, 2 p.m. Smartphones and other technology can be useful tools in enhancing and outdoor experience. Join site staff for a demonstration of interesting outdoors-related apps and other nature-based devices, followed by a short hike to practice using them. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 363.6289 locally.


PLANTATION COUNTRY

Daily, Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Oakley House was home to John James Audubon for a few months in 1821, and prints of many of his famous illustrations can be seen there. Join a guided tour, offered on the hour, and see what life was like during the Federal Period of the country. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 635.3739 locally.

Daily, Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - Daily Site Tour, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour will begin at the Professor's House with an introduction to the site's history and a tour through the house. The tour will then continue outside and pass by the original locations of the East Wing Dormitory and Main Academic Building on the way to the West Wing Dormitory. Once at the West Wing, the Exhibit Room, Dorm Room, Hospital Room, and Classroom will be toured. The new introductory history video will also be offered to the visitors for viewing. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 634.7925 locally.

Daily, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The tour of the Main House looks at the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman family, the restoration by the Underwood family, and the acquisition of the site by the state of Louisiana. For more information call 888.376.1867 toll free or 635.3110 locally.

Fridays and Saturdays, Port Hudson State Historic Site, Zachary - Musket Demonstration, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Watch demonstrations of various Civil War Small Arm weapons and hear about the experiences of the riflemen from either the Union or Confederate armies. Firing times are subject to change depending on weather conditions and staff availability. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 654.3775 locally.

Saturdays, Tickfaw State Park, Springfield - Wild Crafts for Kids, 11 a.m. This program is for children ages 5 to 12. The craft usually begins with a short talk or demonstration followed by a take-home craft project. Topics relate to things naturally occurring outdoors: emergence of butterflies or wildflowers, caterpillar season, insects, snakes, birds/migration, etc. For more information call 888.981.2020 toll free or 294.5020 locally.

Saturdays, Tickfaw State Park, Springfield - Nature, Naturally, 1:30 p.m. This program is for all ages. Its main focus is to get visitors outdoors while focusing on a specific topic found in nature. When weather permits, participants will go outside on a nature scavenger hunt, create take home field guides, play a nature themed game or even learn and play Native American sports. During inclement weather, visitors may participate in an indoor nature game or have a brief discussion followed by a video. For more information call 888.981.2020 toll free or 294.5020 locally.

Saturdays, Tickfaw State Park, Springfield - Wildlife Theatre, 3 p.m. Wildlife Theatre can be one of several types of theatre based games such as animal/wetlands charades, animal sounds energy ball, or Tickfaw Idol/Karaoke. This program is great for families, large groups or individuals. All ages can participate, but children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Large groups must call in advance and may also request specific types of theatre programming. For more information call 888.981.2020 toll free or 294.5020 locally.

July 5, Port Hudson State Historic Site, Zachary - Surrender of Port Hudson, 10 a.m. This commemorative event will re-enact the July 9, 1963 surrender ceremony of Confederate General Franklin Gardner's garrison to the forces of Federal General Nathaniel P. Banks' Nineteenth Army Corps. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 654.3775 locally.

July 11, Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - 1810 Colonial Militia Boys Day, 9 a.m. - noon. Boys, age 8-12, will be mustered into the Colonial Militia to experience life as a soldier. They'll relive the War of 1812 through drills, open hearth cooking, fire making, and other aspects of 19th-century life. The fee for this special program is $20 per person; a minimum of 10 people must be registered by 5 p.m. on July 5 for the program to be held. Class size is limited to 20 participants; to preregister or for more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 635.3739 locally.

July 11, Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - Bite the Bullet: A Look at Civil War Medicine, 3 p.m. Because of Centenary's use as a Confederate hospital during the Civil War, this program focuses on the methods and instruments used by the Civil War-era doctor. Visitors are invited to the site to take part in a Civil War Medicine discussion/demonstration by a member of the site's staff, followed by a tour to the Confederate Cemetery located on the grounds. They will also explain the everyday life of a military doctor and their patients while at Centenary. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 634.7925 locally.

July 12 & 26, Port Hudson State Historic Site, Zachary - Artillery 101, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Ever wonder how Civil War soldiers loaded their cannons? Members of the Port Hudson State Historic Site staff will give instructions and demonstrate how to safely load a cannon. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 654.3775 locally.

July 12, Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Unvexed to the Sea, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. A living history encampment of Civil War re-enacted Marines and Sailors in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. The program includes black powder weapon demonstrations, uniform talks, and camp life. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 635.3739 locally.

July 14-27, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - History Mythbusters, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Common historical myths will be examined, looking at the factual information and circumstances behind them as well as the research that later disproved them. For more information call 888.376.1867 toll free or 635.3110 locally.

July 18, Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - 1810 Colonial Girls Day, 9 a.m. - noon. Girls, age 8-12, can see what life was like for women in the early 19th century. Hands-on activities include laundry, butter churning, quilting, and other aspects of the 19th-century household. The fee for this special program is $20 per person; a minimum of 10 people must be registered by 5 p.m. on July 5 for the program to be held. Class size is limited to 20 participants; to preregister or for more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 635.3739 locally.

July 25, Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - History Day Camp, 9 a.m. - noon. Children, age 9-12, can learn about early 19th-century life, from the animals found on farms, to food growing and preparation, to how cloth was made and dyed. The fee for this special program is $20 per person; a minimum of 10 people must be registered by 5 p.m. on July 5 for the program to be held. Class size is limited to 20 participants; to preregister or for more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 635.3739 locally.


GREATER NEW ORLEANS

Upon Request, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Color Crazy. Explore the wide range of colors found in wildlife, through a demonstration, wildlife hike and fun craft activity. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 736.7140 locally.

Upon Request, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Birding. Visitors can make a bird feeder, using recycled materials, and learn about birds' eating habits. Weather permitting, site staff will take participants on a short hike for birdwatching. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Upon Request, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Choctaw Customs. Learn about the different Choctaw burial customs, specifically during the pre-Colonial era of North America. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Upon Request, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Composting. Help the environment and create less waste, by learning how to build and maintain a composting pile and bin. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Upon Request, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Every Tree for Itself. Get a better understanding of how trees compete for light, water and nutrients during their life cycle. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Upon Request, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Fallen Log. While a fallen log often just looks like a dead tree, it continues to contribute to the environment. Discover how decomposition takes place, and what this process provides to animals and to microorganisms. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Upon Request, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Ice Cream. Join site staff in making ice cream from scratch, and learning about the various states of matter in the process. Also discussed will be the food pyramid, and how to make healthy food choices. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Upon Request, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Making Paper. In this hands-on activity, learn about the process of paper-making, from tree to sheet.. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Upon Request, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Native Plants. See how early settlers learned, through trial and error, which native plants could be useful. Also covered will be ways to create a low-care, sustainable home landscape. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Upon Request, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Pine Needle Basketry. Create your own basket, using pine needles, and learn methods for creating other items with this abundant item. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Upon Request, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Shake-and-Make Butter. Following a presentation on the history, production, and uses of butter, try your hand at producing butter and comparing it to the store-bought result. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Daily, Fort Pike State Historic Site, New Orleans - Historic Weapons Exhibit, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Stop by the Visitor Information Center for a look at an exhibit showcasing historic weapons, including artifacts found on-site. For more information call 888.662.5703 toll free or 255.9171 locally.

Sundays, Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Primitive Woodworking, 1-3 p.m. This demonstration features the use of a froe for splitting wood and the use of a shaving horse, draw knives, pocket knives, hand saws and other basic 19th century tools to make wooden objects. Pieces such as spoons, paddles, canes, hiking sticks and tool handles can be observed as they are being made. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 624.4443 locally.

Tuesdays-Saturdays, Fairview-Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Daily Tours of Otis House c.1885, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visit the Otis House to learn more about the Jay sawmill community along the Tchefuncte River and St. Tammany lifestyle during the 1885-1930 time span. For more information or to register group tours, call 888.677.3247 toll free or 792.4652 locally.

Fridays, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Campground Walk, 9 a.m. Guests are encouraged to join the park ranger in a walk around the campground and ask any questions they may have about the park or the local area. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 736.7140 locally.

Fridays, Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Explore the Shore, 9 a.m. Join the site ranger in an exploration of the lakefront to discover the bio-diversity of plant and animal life found there. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 624.4443 locally.

Fridays, Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Nature: A Closer Look, 5 p.m. Participants can take a more observant, intense look at nature by studying the details of leaf structure, bark patterns, and growth patterns of trees. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 624.4443 locally.

Saturdays, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Nature Crafts, 1 p.m. Meet at the park's nature center to learn about the natural world, through hands-on crafting activities. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 736.7140 locally.

July 2, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Dip Netting, 11 a.m. Discover and examine the tiny organisms that can be found in the ponds and streams around the park. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 736.7140 locally.

July 5, Fort Pike State Historic Site, New Orleans - The 4th at the Fort, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Join site staff for historical and outdoor activities. The Slidell Boy Scouts will be on-site, to perform a Flag Retirement Ceremony. For more information call 888.662.5703 toll free or 255.9171 locally.

July 5, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Fourth of July, 2 - 9:30 p.m. Celebrated Independence Day at the park, with a beach bonfire and live music. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

July 9, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Dip Netting, 9 a.m. Take a morning walk through the park and observe some of the feathered residents. Binoculars will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 736.7140 locally.

July 12, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Signs of Life, 1 p.m. A casual walk to find and identify the signs of wildlife throughout the park. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5710 locally.

July 12, Fairview-Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Eyes at Night, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Join the site ranger for a journey into the dark, exploring nocturnal animals and their adaptations for survival after the sun goes down. Then compare their eyes to human eyes...are we adapted for night life? Program is appropriate for ages 8 and older. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 792.4652 locally.

July 17, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Nature Detectives, 11 a.m. See how naturalists and other students of flora and fauna find some of the more difficult-to-find creatures. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 736.7140 locally.

July 19, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Water Treatment, 10 a.m. Clean drinking water is essential to health; and this program will show methods of finding clean drinking water and how to make a take-home water filtration kit. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5710 locally.

July 23, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Tree ID, 11 a.m. Join the park ranger, in learning how to identify common trees in the park. Included in the program will be creating a take-home field guide. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 736.7140 locally.

July 26, Fairview-Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Bait- N-Wait Fishing Derby for Kids, 8 a.m. - noon. Kids ages 15 and younger are invited to bring a fishing pole and join the fun. Wildlife educators will award prizes for several categories at noon. Bring your own bait. There will also be a casting for competition for accuracy in 2 age categories with prizes. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 792.4652 locally.

July 26, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton - Outdoor Cooking, 10 a.m. Enjoy a demonstration of open-fire cooking, in the style of the pioneer days. After a discussion of the recipe and history of the dish being prepared, participants can sample the finished product. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5710 locally.

July 26, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Nature Movies, 11 a.m. Cool off in the nature center, while watching an educational and fun video about wildlife. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 736.7140 locally.

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