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Louisiana State Parks September 2014 Calendar of Events

Louisiana State Parks September 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.

Sept. 6, 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.

Sept. 7, 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.

Sept. 13, 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.

Sept. 13, Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield - A Soldier's Life, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Bring the entire family to learn about the life of the average Union and Confederate soldier. The program will center on the typical uniform and equipment that soldiers would have carried and used. Guest will also see a demonstration of musket firing. For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 872.1474 locally.

Sept. 20, 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.

Sept. 20, Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline - Movie Night, 6 -8 p.m. Grab the popcorn and have a family night out at the park for movie night in the nature center, while watching "Muppets Most Wanted." For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 745.3503 locally.

Sept. 27, Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline - Geocaching 101, 1 p.m. Come learn the basics of geocaching with an interpretive ranger. Geocaching is a treasure hunting game using GPS, a smart phone or map and compass to hide and seek containers with other participants from around the world. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 745.3503 locally.

Sept. 27, Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield - Cane-Pole Fishing, 2 p.m. Looking for a great outdoor event that is both fun and educational? Come learn cane-pole fishing. Soldiers during the Civil War often tried to supplement their rations with food they could get locally. Come see what you can catch with a stick, some string, and a hook. It will require walking over unimproved terrain to reach the pond so please wear appropriate footwear. Pre-registration is required for this program and must be completed by Saturday, Sept. 20, to insure that there is enough supplies for everyone. A fishing license is also required for all participants ages 16 and older. 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.

Upon Request, Forts Randolph & 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 & 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.

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.

Saturdays, Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Workin' in the Garden, 10-11 a.m. Together will the Rotary Club of Pineville, LA, site staff cultivates a vegetable garden on site. Volunteers are welcome to come help out and learn about vegetable gardening then and now. Your labor is always appreciated, as most vegetables produced go to the Main Street Mission of Pineville. For more information call 888.677.7437 toll free or 484.2390 locally.

Sept. 3 & 17, 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.

Sept. 5, Marksville State Historic Site, Marksville- Sounds of the Past, 10 a.m. & noon. Music and its importance has always been an element in the life of every human being. An interesting development was the intervals that dominated the basic Indian scale. This is the best demonstrated in the functional arrangement of the notes of an Indian Flute. Bring the entire family. For more information call 888.253.8954 toll free or 253.8954 locally.

Sept. 6, Fort Jesup State Historic Site, Many- Chalking for Old Man Winter, 10 a.m-3 p.m. As the harvest begins to draw close the Fort begins winter preparations. This program will include talks and demonstrations by costumed interpreters on the art of preparing for the winter, collecting and stacking firewood, making homemade preserves and much more! An interpreter will discuss and demonstrate the different types of plasters and mud packing which were used to insulate buildings in the 1800s. Bring the entire family out for this event. For more information call 888.677.5378 toll free or 256.4117 locally.

Sept. 6, 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.

Sept. 13, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Animal Chatter, 10 a.m.-noon. Bring your children on a safety class while enjoying outdoor activities, focusing on how to identify different animal calls. There is a $5 per person program fee. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 357.3101 locally.

Sept. 13, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Happy Birthday St Denis! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The City of Natchitoches and Fort will recognize St Denis as the founding father of Natchitoches and serving as commander for 43 years. The staff will commemorate his service to Fort St. Jean Baptiste and his family. This event is for the entire family. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 357.3101 locally.

Sept. 13, Rebel State Historic Site, Marthaville - Governor Jimmie Davis Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Come and celebrate the life and history of former Louisiana Governor Jimmie Davis. The program will discuss his life, his history in music and film as well as the creation of the state song "You are My Sunshine" There will also be a performance of the song and hopefully the film "Louisiana" as well. For more information call 888.677.3600 toll free or 472.6255 locally.

Sept. 20, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - The French Marine Carpenter, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Come learn the ways of French marines and French colonist in the 18th century. This workshop will show how carpenters worked. Participants will be able to keep a hands-on project. The fee for this special session a $6 per person; for more information call 888.677.7853 or 357.3101 locally

Sept. 20, 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.

Sept. 20, Rebel State Historic Site, Marthaville - Acoustic Instrument Jam Session, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Bring your acoustic instruments and join other area musicians at Rebel SHS for an afternoon of musical fun and learning. The jam session will be held in the Louisiana Country Music Museum lobby from 1 to 5 p.m. You do not have to play an instrument to attend. Listeners are always welcome. For more information call 888.677.3600 toll free or 472.6255 locally.

Sept. 27, 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.

Sept. 27, Rebel State Historic Site, Marthaville - Annual Gospel Jubilee, 6 p.m. The Rebel's Gospel Music Jubilee brings together three of the area's best gospel groups/singers. For more information call 888.677.3600 toll free or 472.6255 locally.


CAJUN COUNTRY

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.
Daily, Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - National Wilderness Month . In recognition of National Wilderness Month a display will be set up depicting Louisiana's native fauna. Pelts of local mammals, traps and cages used in the 1800's will also be on display. This event is for the entire family. 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.

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.

Sept. 1, 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.

Sept. 3, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville- Food for thoughts, 2 p.m. This program involves presentations on many topics to raise awareness on diverse environmental problems followed by interactive discussion. For more information call 888.677.7200 or 229.4764 locally.

Sept. 5 and 19, 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.

Sept. 6, 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.

Sept. 6, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville - Ex-paint-iment, 11 a.m. Participants will be taken to a scenic overlook where they will be given painting equipment. This program is not intended as a painting class. It is for those already knowing how to paint or beginning to come practice their hobby. Individuals must be 10 and up. For more information call 888.677.7200 or 229.4764 locally.

Sept. 6, Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - 5kWalk, 9 a.m.-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.

Sept. 6, 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.

Sept. 6, Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville - Night Hike, 8 p.m. Grab your flashlight, bug spray and meet at the nature center at 7:30 p.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.

Sept. 7 and 21, 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.

Sept. 7, 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.

Sept. 9, 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. Registrations are now open for this program and will close on Sept 8th at 5 p.m. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 745.3503 locally.

Sept. 12 and 26, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville - Bayou Theater, 8 p.m. Come out and watch different documentaries on wildlife, ecology, culture and history. This program will be held at an outside amphitheater facing the water. The posted time might change if accommodations are needed in case of inclement weather. For more information call 888.677.7200 toll free or 229.4764 locally.

Sept. 13, 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.

Sept. 13, 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.

Sept. 13, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Come 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.

Sept. 13, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Compass Scavenger Hunt, 2 p.m. This event welcomes all age groups to come learn how to navigate in the woods using a compass. Afterwards participants will play a scavenger hunt game to observe features of the Arboretum. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 363.6289 locally.

Sept. 18, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville - Fly an Owl, 11 a.m. Come out and learn about Owls' characteristics and behavior. Participants will make and decorate a kite in shape of the intriguing bird. For more information call 888.677.7200 or 229.4764 locally.

Sept. 19, 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.

Sept. 20, Chicot State Park, Ville Platte - Guided Canoe Tour, 9-11 a.m. Come out for a guided canoe tour around Chicot Lake. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. You may bring your own canoe but still need to register. Canoeing experience is recommended. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 363.6289 locally.

Sept. 20, 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. Registration is required to participate in this program. Now open, registrations will close September 19 at 5 p.m. Places are limited, please book early. For more information call 888.677.7200 or 229.4764 locally.

Sept. 20, 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.

Sept. 20, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature for Kids, 2 p.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.

Sept. 23-27, Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville - Sugar Cane to Cane Sugar, 1:30 p.m. Come watch an informative video and learn how sugar was planted, harvested and granulated in the past and in modern times. Tours will also be given through the Olivier Plantation House, which was part of a sugar plantation in the 1800's. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 394.3754 locally.

Sept. 27, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville - Birds and Breakfast, 8 a.m. Bring your breakfast, and enjoy a discussion on the habits and patterns of the feathered residents of the park. Then, take a morning hike with the park ranger, to identify and observe birds. For more information call 888.677.7200 toll free or 229.4764 locally.

Sept. 27, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Squirrel Day, 9 a.m.-noon. Bring the children to learn about squirrels and hunters safety with Acadiana RC&D. 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, 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. & 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.

Sept. 4 and 18, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Photo Day, 5-8 p.m. The park will remain open until dark on designated days. Each person will pay $15 to take pictures throughout the grounds, but not in the historic buildings, from 5 p.m. until dark, around 8 p.m. Photographers will need to make reservations in advance to take the desirable sunset pictures at Rosedown. Payment will be required before 5 p.m. and a parking pass will be issued. For more information call 888.376.1867 toll free or 635.3110 locally.

Sept. 5, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Garden Tour, 10 a.m. Come enjoy 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.

Sept. 6, Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville- Jane Austen Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Guests are invited for a day in the Ages of Empires. As participants tour the Oakley House each room will explore the last days of Spanish West Florida and social life in the Regency period. Later in the day visitors are invited to a dance in while 1810 music fills the air. This program is free to all paying the park admission fee. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 635.3739 locally.

Sept. 6, Port Hudson State Historic Site, Zachary- FIREPOWER! 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Come out and watch a demonstration of Civil War era weapons. Guest will be able to see how different weapons were loaded, fired and used in battle. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 654.3775 locally.

Sept. 8, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville- Harvest Moon Twilight Tour, 6-7 p.m. Guests are welcomed to a special Harvest Moon twilight tour of the historic gardens. Costumed interpreters will guide the tour discussing gardening practices and tools of the time based on Martha Turnball's garden journal. Special attention will be given to the influence of moon phases on planting. Visitors pay $15 per person for the tour. For more information call 888.376.1867 toll free or 635.3110 locally.

Sept. 12, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration, 6 p.m. In conjunction with the Feliciana Nature Society's promotion of the local hummingbird feeding habitat, the site will host a reception where visitors can stroll through the historic gardens while enjoying refreshments. For more information call 888.376.1867 toll free or 635.3110 locally.

Sept. 27, Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville- Park Day, 2 p.m. Come and lend a hand or two to enhance the historical or natural feature of the park. Guests are welcomed to help with fence building, trail maintenance, sign restoration or other projects. Bring the entire family to help. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 635.3739 locally.

Sept. 27, Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson- Park Cleanup day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The site will host a volunteer clean-up day for certain areas that need extra attention, such as the rose garden, the cemetery trail and the East Wing Dormitory site. For more information call 888.677.2364 toll free or 643.7925 locally.

Sept. 27, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville- Art in the Park, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Artist and aspiring artist are welcomed to come and be inspired by the historic home and gardens for a chalk pastel tutorial. Chalk pastel was a popular medium in the 19th century. Learn techniques and see how messy but fun medium can make you feel like an artist in no time. For more information call 888.376.1867 toll free or 635.3110 locally.

Sept. 27, Port Hudson State Historic Site, Zachary- Nature Walk, 10 a.m. Come join the park ranger on a guided tour along the paths of the historic site and discuss the historic earthworks from the Civil War battle. Participants will get the chance to observe and discuss nature, animals and forest noises. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 654.3775 locally.


GREATER NEW ORLEANS

Upon Request, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton- Bird Watching, 7 a.m.-9 a.m. Guest will familiarize with binoculars, the guide book and what to look for when trying to identify birds in the wild. Guest will also walk through the park and trails using the guidelines demonstrated. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 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- Candle Making. The interpretive ranger will demonstrate the history and process of candle making. Demonstrations will include the evolution of candles, dipping verse the pouring method and more. Guest will also learn the interaction candles had on society from settlement Louisiana to modern day. 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-Fishing. Come out and learn the basics of fishing with the interpretive ranger. Participants will be provided with necessary equipment. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Upon Request, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton- Flint Knapping. Come out and learn the ancient art of flint knapping. Demonstrations will include the use of traditional and modern tools. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Upon Request, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton- Geocaching & Orienteering. In this technology connected program the interpretive ranger will help participants analyze and examine maps and their parts to discover basic principles of geography. Participants will also navigate using maps, handheld GPS units and more. 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, productions, 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- In the Movies 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Guest will view an exhibit showcasing the filming done at Fort Pike and Fort Macomb. This exhibit will include the props used in the film. This event is for the entire family. For more information call 888.662.5703 or 255.9171 locally.

Daily, 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.

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.

Thursdays & Saturdays, 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.

Fridays, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego-Campground walk, 9 a.m. Meet by site 96 in the campground. Guests 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.

Sept. 3, 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.

Sept. 5, Fort Pike State Historic Site, New Orleans-Memory Collecting 10 a.m.-2 p. m. Come ready to tell us your perspective of Fort Pike of the past. This oral history collection will be used for historic interpretation of the fort. Video and/or sound recording will be set up. For more information call 888.662.5703 or 255.9171 locally.
Sept. 6, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton- Candle Making 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Interpretive ranger will demonstrate the history and processes of making candles. Demonstration will include, the evolution of candles, dipping vs. pouring method, as well as the interaction of candles on society from settlement Louisiana to modern day. All programs free with paid park admission of $2.00 per person. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Sept. 6, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton- Bird Watching, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. The interpretive ranger will familiarize guests with binocular and guidebook use while looking for and trying to identify birds in the wild. All programs free with paid park admission of $2.00 per person. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Sept. 6, Fairview-Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Nature Hike, 9 a.m., Join the site ranger to learn about the flora and fauna of the park. Identify and compare species of trees and wildlife. Guided hike is approximately 1 mile, dress accordingly. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 792.4652 locally.

Sept. 9 & 23, 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.

Sept. 10, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego- Dip netting 11 a.m. This event welcomes kids and adults to examine many the tiny organisms found in ponds and streams. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5710 locally.

Sept. 13, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton-Flint Knapping, 10 a.m.- 11 a.m. Interpretive ranger will guide participants in learning the ancient art of flint knapping through a demonstration using both traditional and modern tools. All programs are free with paid park admission of $2.00 per person. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Sept. 13, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton -Signs of Life, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Casual walk in the park to find and identify the signs of wildlife in the park. All programs free with paid park admission of $2.00 per person. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Sept. 17, 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.

Sept. 20, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton- Orienteering, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. In this technology connected program, the interpretive Ranger will help participants analyze and examine maps and their parts to discover basic principles of geography. Participants will navigate using maps, handheld GPS units and more. All programs are free with paid park admission of $2.00 per person. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Sept. 20, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton- Nature Craft, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger in creating a nature themed craft to bring home. All programs are free with paid park admission of $2.00 per person. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Sept. 20, Fairview-Riverside State Park, Madisonville - Predator/Prey, 2 p.m., Join the interpretive ranger for an educational program about the park's wildlife. Learn adaptations for hunting and surviving the hunt with bio-facts. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 792.4652 locally.

Sept. 24, 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.

Sept. 27, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego,-National Public Lands Day, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Come out and join the ranger for a morning trail hike or spend the afternoon in the nature center building your very own bird feeder. This event welcomes all ages. . For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 736.7140 locally.

Sept. 27, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton -Fishing, 10 a.m. Interpretive Ranger will instruct participants in the basics of fishing. Participants will be provided with necessary equipment to partake in the program that day. All programs are free with paid park admission of $2.00 per person. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Sept. 27, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton- Signs of Life, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Casual walk in the park to find and identify the signs of wildlife in the park. All programs are free with paid park admission of $2.00 per person. For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 839.5707 locally.

Sept. 27, 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.

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