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Louisiana State Parks October 2014 Calendar of Events

Louisiana State Parks October 2014 Calendar of Events

SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE

Fridays, Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline - Hayride, 6 p.m. Enjoy a tractor pulled hayride around the park while speaking with the site ranger. Participants are encouraged to ask questions. This event is for the entire family. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 745.3503 locally.

October 4, Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline - Apps in the Outdoors, 1 p.m. Learn how to make your smartphone smarter with apps designed with the outdoors in mind! From mapping trails and finding great local hiking spots to identifying the local flora and fauna and geocaching, the interpretive ranger will show you how to turn your phone into the ultimate outdoor companion. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 745.3503 locally.

October 5, Poverty Point State Historic Site, Epps - Tool Demonstration, 1-4 p.m. Come and watch the rangers demonstrate the tools used by early inhabitants to build, hunt with and create other articles used in their culture. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 926.5492 locally.

October 11, Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline - Dutch Oven Cooking Class, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The park will host the Bayou Pots Dutch oven cooking group for cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants will learn unique forms of cooking, about Dutch ovens and much more. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 745.3503 locally.

October 11, Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline- Full Moon/Night Hike, 7 p.m. Guests will be able to take in the unique sights and sounds of the forest at night on a guided hike on one of Lake Bistineau State Park's nature trails. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 745.3503 locally.

October 11, Poverty Point State Historic Site, Epps- Earth Oven Demonstration, noon. Visitors will have a chance to observe how the prehistoric people used earth ovens cooking food. They also will learn about the different shapes of PPOs in regulation of heat, among other interesting details connected to earth oven cooking. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 926.5492 locally.

October 18, Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline- Nature Hike, 1 p.m. Come and hike on one of the beautiful trails of Lake Bistineau State Park and view nature up-close. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes. Water and bug spray are recommended. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 745.3503 locally.

October 18, Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline- Movie Night, 6-8 p.m. Bring the entire family to watch "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," in the Nature Center. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 745.3503 locally.

October 25, Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield- Ghosts of the Past, 7:30-9 p.m. Come and watch costumed performers re-create the tragic and grisly aftermath of a Civil War battlefield. Afterwards guests will be led on a candlelight night tour of the actual battlefield, where almost 30,000 men made war on each other. This event is frightening and educational at the same time. For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 872.1474 locally.

October 25, Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline- Halloween Party with Campfire cooking, 6 -9 p.m. Bring the family for the annual Halloween event. Guest will get to choose from three different programs to form a cohesive 3-4 hour program. This includes hayrides around the park, a campfire cooking clinic to interpret outdoor cooking for traditional campfire foods and the showing of a family friendly Halloween-themed movie. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 745.3503 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.

Upon Request, Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Daily Demonstrations. Daily demonstrations will be conducted to show how cotton fiber was separated from seed. Juxtaposed against hand separation, this will serve to illustrate how such a simple machine had such a great impact on the proliferation of cotton production in the South. We will be using a wheel gin (hand crank roller gin). These types of gins even pre-date the Whitney gin. We will also have mature cotton plants with open bolls as part of the exhibit/demonstration, as well as raw cotton for use in the gin. For more information call 888.677.7437 toll free or 484.2390 locally.

Daily, Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Musket Demonstration. The demonstration includes a brief presentation of infantry weapons used in the Civil War, a discussion of the merits of rifle muskets over smoothbore muskets and of the basic parts of the musket, a loading demonstration, and finally a firing demonstration. The presentation ends with a question and answer session and an invitation to continue the site tour with a visit into Fort Randolph. For more information call 888.677.7437 toll free or 484.2390 locally.

October 1 and 15, 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.

October 4 and 25, Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Campfire Cooking Demonstration, 10 a.m. - noon. Food prepared will parallel camp cuisine common in Federal and Confederate encampments, but will also include seasonal fruits and vegetables that may have been available to foraging soldiers. This program offers opportunities to interpret period history, nature, culture, agriculture, commerce and more. For more information call 888.677.7437 toll free or 484.2390 locally

October 4, 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.

October 10, Marksville State Historic Site, Marksville- American Indians Worshiped, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Come and discuss American Indian religion or worship. Park personnel will offer a dissertation of a variety of worship and religion practices. For more information call 888.253.8954 toll free or 253.8954 locally.

October 11, Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Whittling the Hours Away, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Many hours were spent in camp with little to do so soldiers sought refuge from boredom by devising various diversions. Group songs, games, musical instruments, theatrical productions, practical jokes and more all helped to keep morale up and pass the time. For more information call 888.677.7437 toll free or 484.2390 locally.

October 11, Fort St. Jean Baptiste Sate Historic Site, Natchitoches- Night Lights, Dusk to 9 p.m. Bring the entire family to experience how soldiers of Fort St. Jean had to live their evenings by candle light. Visitors to the site will experience life in the fort by candle light and the thunder and lights of our garrison cannon when staff fire fort cannon. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 357.3101 locally.

October 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. October will focus on the magic of color, and the change of plants under the microscope. The fee for this special program is $5 per person plus regular park admission fees. All outdoor programs are subject to weather permitting. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 357.3101 locally.

October 17-18, 24-25 and 31, Rebel State Historic Site, Marthaville- 13th Annual Haunted Museum Tours, 7-10:30 p.m. Come out to a spectacularly spooky dwelling inhabited by ghost and gobbling of all kinds for the Halloween season at the Louisiana Country Music Museum. For more information call 888.677.3600 toll free or 472.6255 locally.

October 18, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches- Get Your Bake On, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Come learn the ways of French marines and French colonist in the 18th century. This is a hands on workshop. Bring your apron and don't be shy about getting your hands messy. Using an 18th century replica oven, fort staff and participants will be mixing, kneading, and baking French bread. The fee for this special session a $6 per person plus regular fort admission. All outdoor programs are subject to weather permitting. For more information call 888.677.7853 or 357.3101 locally.

October 24, Fort Jesup State Historic Site, Many- Halloween at the Fort, 6:30 - 9 p.m. Bring the entire family to partake in a traditional take on the early 1800s celebration of Halloween. Guests are invited to participate in period games and crafts, such as apples on a string and Halloween decoration. There also will be ghost stories told in the old kitchen by the fire along with homemade popcorn, apple cider and other Halloween treats, as well as hayrides across the park grounds. For more information call 888.677.5378 toll free or 256.4117 locally.

October 25, 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.

October 31, Rebel State Historic Site, Marthaville - Trunk or Treat, 5-7 p.m. For our 13th Annual Haunted Museum, we would like to offer our parking lot, on Halloween night to local sponsors for "trunk or treat". This will allow our community a single area in which to gather and take their children trick or treating. Please come out and join our staff and volunteers in this trunk or treating adventure. For more information call 888.677.3600 toll free or 472.6255 locally.


CAJUN COUNTRY

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.

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. The hike will focus on the many plants and animals that call the park home, while providing 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.

October 3, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville - Moonlight Hike, 8 p.m. Guided by the moonlight and a few flashlights, participants will go on a trail hike with the site ranger. The program will start with a discussion and end with an activity. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 745.3503 locally.

October 4, Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Dutch Oven Gathering, 9 a.m.-noon. Campers and day use visitors are invited to join in the monthly campground Dutch oven cooking demonstrations. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 363.6289 locally.

October 4, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville - Bayou Theater, 7 p.m. Come out and watch different documentaries on wildlife, ecology, culture and history. For more information call 888.677.7200 toll free or 229.4764 locally

October 4, Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville-5kWalk, 9-10 a.m. In 1992, the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports was established to promote physical and wellness activity throughout the state of Louisiana. Bring the entire family to help support the parks' efforts and get fit. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 394.3754 locally.

October 4, Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville-Atchafalaya Month. In recognition of Atchafalaya month, a display will be set up in the Interpretive Center showcasing the wonders of the Atchafalaya Basin. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 394.3754 locally.

October 4, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist for guided tour of the Arboretum. Visitor will learn about the different animals and plants that can be found along the Arboretum trails. For more information call 888.677.6100 or 363.6289 locally.

October 5 and 19, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Yoga and Nature, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Come and relax with a walk along the beautiful Arboretum trails followed by learning beginner level yoga poses. All skill levels are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat and towel. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 363.6289 locally.

October 5, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville - Trivia Time, 3 p.m. Test your knowledge of nature, and discuss a few myths during this family-fun game. For more information call 888.677.7200 toll free or 229.4764 locally.

October 5, 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. Spots are limited, so it is recommended that you pre-register at the nature center or by calling 337-893-7047.

October 8, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville - Moonlight Hike, 7 p.m. Guided by the moonlight and a few flashlights, participants will go on a trail hike with the site ranger. The program will start with a discussion and end with an activity. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 745.3503 locally.

October 10 and 24, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville - Bayou Theater, 8 p.m. Come out and watch different documentaries on wildlife, ecology, culture and history. For more information call 888.677.7200 toll free or 229.4764 locally

October 10, 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.

October 10, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville - Trivia Time, 3 p.m. Test your knowledge of wildlife, and discuss a few myths about nature, during this family-fun game. For more information call 888.677.7200 toll free or 229.4764 locally.

October 11, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville - Sunrise Meditation, 7 a.m. Reflect and relax, while listening to the voice of nature from a scenic overlook. For more information call 888.677.7200 toll free or 229.4764 locally.

October 11 and 20, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville - Story Time, 8 p.m. Gather around the campfire, and join in on storytelling and discussion of the area's history, culture, and natural beauty. For more information call 888.677.7200 toll free or 229.4764 locally.

October 11, 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.

October 11, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Come out and explore the beautiful trails and search for birds. Participants will be given a brief introduction on bird watching and binocular use on the trail. Binoculars will be offered, on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 or 363.6289 locally.

October 11, Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Bald Eagle Bike Ride, 2 p.m. Come and enjoy a unique experience when we take a short bike ride on Chicot Lake to one of the primitive campsites. Once there we will observe the many bird species that inhabit the lake this time of the year possibly including the bald eagle. Canoeing experience is recommended. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 363.6289 locally.

October 17, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville- Swamp bound, 11 a.m. Guest will go on a guided canoe ride tour and learn about the surrounding and the history of the park. For more information call 888.677.7200 or 229.4764 locally.

October 17, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville- Food for thoughts, 2 p.m. This program involves interactive discussion on many topics to raise awareness on diverse environmental problems. For more information call 888.677.7200 toll free or 229.4764 locally.

October 17, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville- Music around the fire, 8 p.m. If you are a music lover, this event is for you! This program is open to anyone on site at the time of the event. Participants are asked to bring their musical instruments to play at the bayou. For more information call 888.677.7200 toll free or 229.4764 locally.

October 18, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville - Sunrise Meditation, 7 a.m. Reflect and relax, while listening to the voice of nature from a scenic overlook. For more information call 888.677.7200 toll free or 229.4764 locally.

October 18, Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Guided Canoe Tour, 2-4 p.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.

October 18, Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Bushcraft, 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 hand- 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.

October 18, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte-Nature for Kids, 10 a.m. Children will learn a new nature topic each month and will make related craft to take home. Topics could include spring, reptiles, astronomy, insects and more. For more information call 888.677.6100 or 363.6289 locally.

October 19, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville- Swamp bound, 11 a.m. Guests will go on a guided canoe ride tour and learn about the surrounding and the history of the park. Register by 5:00 p.m. on October 18th for space is limited. For more information call 888.677.7200 or 229.4764 locally.

October 24 and 25, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St- Martinville- Halloween Celebration. Come celebrate Halloween with us! On the menu: Halloween critters presentation, Halloween mural, special Halloween story time, pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, jambalaya cook-off, Halloween craft activities, hayride, and haunted trail. For information regarding activity times, please call 888.677.7200 toll free or 229.4764 locally.

October 25, Chicot State Park, Ville Platte- Campground Trick or Treat, 2-5 p.m. Trick or treaters are invited to walk through the campground for treats. Campers are encouraged to decorate their campsites. For more information call 888.677.2442 toll free or 363.2403 locally.

October 25, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville - Birds and Breakfast, 8 a.m. Take a morning hike with the park ranger, to identify and observe birds. Bring your breakfast, and enjoy a discussion on the habits and patterns of the feathered residents of the park. For more information call 888.677.7200 toll free or 229.4764 locally.

October 25, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Animal Detectives, 10 a.m. Our resident critters are great hiders, but with the right practice, you can see where they go and what they do when you aren't around. Visitors will get a quick "training" on how to find clues, and then will take a short hike to find clues of the critters that call the Arboretum home. For more information call 888.677.6100 or 363.6289 locally.

October 26, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville - Birds and Breakfast, 8 a.m. Take a morning hike with the park ranger, to identify and observe birds. Bring your breakfast, and enjoy a discussion on the habits and patterns of the feathered residents of the park. For more information call 888.677.7200 toll free or 229.4764 locally.

October 30, Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville- Noises in the Night, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Come out and join the staff for an evening hike through the park and listen for different animals, birds and insects that inhabit the park and other things that go bump in the night. Pre-registration is required. To register for this event or for more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 394.3754 locally.


PLANTATION COUNTRY

Daily, Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville- Volunteer Program. This program provides an opportunity for resident to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. There are living history volunteers, gardening volunteers and more. Training and equipment will be provided. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 635.3739 locally

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, Daily Site Tour Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson - Centenary's Daily Site Tour. The tour will begin at the Professor's House and consist of 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 1-888-677-2364 toll free or 634-7925 locally.

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, 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.

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.

October 3, Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson- Archaeology Site Tour, 3 p.m. In commemoration of Louisiana National Archaeology Month guided tours focusing on archaeological features and include a brief overview of prior excavations at the site. Guest will tour the Professor's House, the East Wing Dormitory, the Main Academic Building and more. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 634.7925 locally.

October 3, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Garden Tour, 10 a.m. A guided walking tour of the historic Rosedown Gardens and Outbuildings. Program occurs every first Friday of each month. For more information call 888.376.1867 toll free or 635.3110 locally.

October 17-18, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville- Southern Garden Symposium, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bring the entire family to view a display of Rosedown's historic garden for the annual West Feliciana Parish Southern Garden Symposium. Visitors will receive a handout for activities occurring on the grounds. For more information call 888.376.1867 toll free or 635.3110 locally.

October 10, Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville- A Revolutionary War School Day 235th Anniversary, 9 a.m. Preregistered students will learn about life in British West Florida in the Felicianas during the American Revolution. There will be Black powder weapon demonstrations, open hearth cooking, life of a soldier and more. There is no fee for preregistered participants. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 635.3739 locally.

October 11 and 12, Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville- The Battle of Baton Rouge 1779, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring the entire family and step into the American Revolutionary War. Explore Louisiana's role in the revolution and the 235th Anniversary of the siege and battle of Baton Rouge through living history demonstrations. The program is free to all paying the park admission fee. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 635.3739 locally.

October 11, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville- Behind the Scenes Tour, 10:30 a.m. This is a guided tour of rarely seen aspects of Rosedown, consisting of the working side of a high visitation historic site. Visitors will get to view the attic of the main house and production greenhouse, learning the "nuts and bolts" of what makes Rosedown tick. For more information call 888.376.1867 toll free or 635.3110 locally.

October 11, Port Hudson State Historic Site, Zachary- Brought to Light: The True Story of "The Horse Soldiers" 11 a.m. "Smack dab inta reb country!" This program will take John Ford's 1958 film, "The Horse Soldiers," and discuss the actual events of Colonel Benjamin Grierson's raid through Tennessee, western Mississippi and ending in Baton Rouge during April and May 1863. For more information call 888.3677.3400 toll free or 654.3775 locally.

October 17-19, Centenary Site Historic Site, Jackson- 151st Battle of Jackson Re-enactment, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bring the entire family and watch demonstrations of the re-enactment of the Civil War skirmish. The event will commence with artillery and infantry drills. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 634.7925 locally.

October 25, Port Hudson State Historic Site, Zachary-Port Hudson Ghost Stories, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. In conjunction with Halloween, a site ranger will regale site visitors with a plethora of ghost and ‘things that go bump in the night' stories associated with the Port Hudson battlefield. For more information call 888.3677.3400 toll free or 654.3775 locally.

October 27-31, Rosedown Planation State Historic Site, St. Francisville- Rosedown Funeral and Soul Stories, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Rosedown Main House will be in mourning as Rosedown Interpretive Staff honors the memory of Daniel Turnbull. Throughout the week, the plantation house will be decorated according to 19th century mourning customs and site staff will discuss mourning practices and superstitions of the time. On October 31 at 4 p.m., staff will be dressed in 19th century-style mourning costumes and will present a first-person interpretation of Turnbull-Bowman family members as they speak about their lives and share reminiscences from their pasts. For more information call 888.376.1867 toll free or 635.3110 locally.

October 31, Centenary Site Historic Site, Jackson- Halloween at Centenary, 6 - 8 p.m. Visitors are invited to the Professor's House for goodies which will be handed out by costumed guides during the Town of Jackson's Trick of Treating and also learn history of the site at the same time by touring the historic Professor's House. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 634.7925 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, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Exploring Biodiversity. The students will work in teams to discover the biodiversity of the park and share their observations with the rest of the class. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 736.7140 locally.

Upon Request, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Fallen Trees. Students will learn about tree decomposition and the different animals that are involved by examining different fallen logs in the natural environment. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 736.7140 locally.

Upon Request, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - I Spy Nature. The students will play a game of I spy centered on the natural environment while exploring one of the park's nature trails. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 736.7140 locally.

Upon Request, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - In the Tree. The students will engage in a fun activity to learn all the parts that make up a tree. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 736.7140 locally.

Upon Request, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Round the Water Goes. Students will learn about the water cycle through an interactive game and how each part is important. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 736.7140 locally.

Upon Request, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Trees as Habitats. The students will explore a tree to discover how many plants and animals need it to survive. 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 bird watching. 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 - Hurricanes and the Rigolets, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The fort and the Rigolets have seen significant damage from hurricanes over the past decade. Learn about these extreme forces of nature during a month-long exhibit. For more information call 888.662.5703 toll free and 255.9171 locally.

Daily, Fort Pike State Historic Site, New Orleans- Louisiana Native Guards, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. An exhibit showcasing the Louisiana Native Guards stationed at Fort Pike, Macomb and Massachusetts. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the Visitor Information Center for viewing. 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.

Tuesday - Saturday, Fairview-Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Victorian Mourning Customs, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visit Otis House Museum for a glimpse of how Victorians mourned their deceased. Program is included within the Otis House tour. For more information or to register group tours, call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985-792.4652 locally.

Thursdays, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego- Morning Birding, 9 a.m. Join the interpretive ranger and observe the morning birds in the park. This event welcomes all guest and experience levels. The park has a limited number of binoculars for guests who do not have any. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 736.7140 locally.

Fridays, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego-Campground walk, 9 a.m. Meet by site 96 in the campground. Guest are encouraged to join the ranger in a walk around the campground and ask questions about the park and 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. Get the entire family involved with crafting, while learning about the natural world. Supplies will be provided. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 736.7140 locally.

October 1, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego-Tree ID, 11 a.m. Come and create your own filed guide for identifying common trees in the park and later take a walk and see what you can identify. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5710 locally.

October 4, 11, 18 and 22, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego- Guided Nature Hike, 11 a.m. Meet at the trail head on the main road. Come take a relaxing morning walk and see what critters are up and about on the trails. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5710 locally.

October 4, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton- Sand Art, 10 - 11 a.m. An interpretive ranger will instruct participants in the history and uses of Native American sand art. After the discussion, participants will be able to produce their own sand art in either the traditional fashion or in the form of bottle art. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

October 4, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton- Signs of Life, 1-2 p.m. Come out for a casual walk in the park to find and identify the signs of wildlife in the park. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

October 4, Fairview-Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Who is Flying Thru? 8 a.m. Join the interpretive ranger for an introduction to birding with bio-facts followed by a hike through the park to identify native and migrating species. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985-792.4652 locally.

October 8 and 29, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego- Nature Detectives, 11 a.m. Bring the kids out to learn how naturalist use clues to determine what type of animal might be in the area that might be difficult to see and get to put their skills to the test. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5710 locally.

October 11, 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.

October 11, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton- What's up after Dark?, 8 -9 p.m. Come out for an evening walk to locate and identify the nocturnal life in the park. Participants will first get a brief introduction of what they will see and rules to follow on the walk. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5710 locally.

October 15, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego- Buggin' out, 11 a.m. Come to the nature center and learn about bugs, their life cycles and bodies first hand. This event is for the entire family. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 736.7140 locally.
October 18, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego- Star Gazing, 8 p.m. Bring the entire family to enjoy the night sky and try to find constellations. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5710 locally.

October 18, 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.

October 18, Fairview-Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Bat Conservation Program, 1 p.m. Join the Interpretive ranger for a program to dispel myths about bats and learn steps to assemble a bat house. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985-792.4652 locally.

October 24, Fort Pike State Historic Site, New Orleans- Fall Folk Fest, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Join the Fort Pike Interpretive Ranger in the Citadel to hear Louisiana Folktales at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. An historical seek and find will be available for children. For more information call 888.662.5703 toll free or 255.9171 locally.

October 25, Bogue Chitto, Franklinton- Skulls and Furs, 10 a.m. Come out and learn more about the wildlife of the park by exploring the skulls and furs of many native species. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free and 839.5710 locally.

October 25, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton- Nature Craft, 1 -2 p.m. Come out and join the Interpretive Ranger in creating a nature themed craft to bring home. This event is for the entire family. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free and 839.5710 locally.

October 25, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego- Halloween Haunted Swamp Trail, 6-8 p.m. Bring the entire family out for the annual Halloween Hayride and Haunted Swamp Trail. Participants will go on a hayride, a haunted trail through the swamp and trick-or-treating through the Bayou Segnette camp ground. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 736.7140 locally.

October 25, Fairview-Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Halloween Heyday, 5 p.m. Registered campers are challenged to decorate their campsite and participate in traditional Halloween fun and games with the park staff. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985-792.4652 locally.

October 31, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton- Halloween Event, 6 -9 p.m. Bring the entire family and decorate a designated site. Participants will enjoy a hayride and later trick-or-treat the upland/bottomland camp grounds before voting on the best decorated site. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will win a prize. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5710 locally.


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