Louisiana State Parks, Historic Sites and Preservation Areas August Events

Louisiana State Parks, Historic Sites and Preservation Areas August Events

NOTICE: It is recommended that you always contact any site, prior to attending a program, to confirm that the program is still ongoing.

SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE

Aug. 4, Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop -Monthly Cooking Demonstration, 9:30 a.m. Guests are invited to join the Bayou Bartholomew Dutch Oven Society in their monthly cooking demonstrations. For more information call 888677-2436 toll free or 283-0812 locally.

Aug. 5, Poverty Point State Historic Site, Epps -Tool Demonstration, 1-4 p.m. Join park rangers as they demonstrate the tools used by ancient inhabitants to build, hunt with and create other articles used in their culture. Rangers will also discuss the origins and making of these ancient tools. For more information call 888-926-5492 toll free or 926-5492 locally.

Aug. 11, Lake D'Arbonne State Park, Farmerville -Nature Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m. noon. Guests can work alone or as a group to locate all of the required items to complete the hunt. This will be fun for the whole family! For more information call 318-368-6291.

Aug. 11, Poverty Point State Historic Site, Epps -Raffia Baskets, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Using different colored raffia and the precut oval design, children 8 and up will make an oval basket that looks like the woven or coiled baskets. It should take participants about 2 hours to complete the basket. Space is limited, so please call and reserve your spot for this fun, hands-on activity. For more information call 888-926-5492 toll free or 926-5492 locally.

Aug. 11, Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield -Nature's Helping Hand, 2 p.m. This program will explore how the natural environment was used by soldiers and civilians during the trying times of the Civil War. For more information call 888-677-6267 toll free or 872-1474 locally.

Aug. 18, Lake D'Arbonne State Park, Farmerville -Dutch Oven Cooking, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The D'Arbonne Dutch Ovens Club holds cooking demonstrations for everyone and welcomes new cookers each month. This is a great camping experience for guests and gives great historical and cultural information into this type of cooking. For more information call 888-677-5200 toll free or 368-2086 locally.

Aug. 25, Poverty Point State Historic Site, Epps -Maze Craze, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. All are invited for a little fun by working their way through a maze. To get through the maze, participants will have to answer Poverty Point face based questions and make a choice at each turn in the maze. For more information call 888-926-5492 toll free or 926-5492 locally.

Aug. 25, Poverty Point State Historic Site, Epps -Poverty Point Trade Days, noon. Guests of all ages are invited to this interactive activity on trading. Not only will participants get a chance to do some “pretend” trading of their own, but the trading of various rocks and minerals by the Poverty Point people will also be discussed. For more information call 888-926-5492 toll free or 926-5492 locally.

Aug. 25, Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield -Women Who Donned the Uniform, 2 p.m. This program will take a glimpse into the lives of several documented female Union and Confederate soldier. Discussed will be reasons behind their enlistment and what their lives were like serving as soldiers in the military during the Civil War. For more information call 888-677-6267 toll free or 872-1474 locally.

Aug. 26, Black Bear Golf Club, Delhi -August Scramble, 8 a.m. 1 p.m. For more information call 318-878-2162 or visit www.blackbear-golf.com .

CROSSROADS

Daily, South Toledo Bend State Park, Anacoco -Nature Center Exhibits. An interpreter will be at the Nature Center to discuss exhibits of local wildlife including bald eagles, fish, birds, and alligators. Pictures depicting the building of the Toledo Bend Reservoir are on display as well as antique fishing gear. For more information call 888-398-4770 toll free or 286-9075 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.

Fridays, South Toledo Bend State Park, Anacoco -Nature Walk, 8 a.m. All are invited to join the site ranger in a brisk morning walk to observe the morning birds in the park. For more information call 888-398-4770 toll free or 2869075 locally.

Saturdays, South Toledo Bend State Park, Anacoco -Hippie Point Hike, 8 a.m. Guests are invited to meet at the beach to walk the Hippie Point Trail with the site ranger for information concerning bald eagles, tree identification, as well as local history. For more information call 888-398-4770 toll free or 286-9075 locally.

Aug. 1, Hodges Gardens State Park, Florien -Butterflies, 9:30 a.m. Meet in the Butterfly Garden for a fun and informative session to learn about butterflies and the plants that sustain them. For more information call 800-354-3523 toll free or 586-3523 locally.

Aug. 2-3, Hodges Gardens State Park, Florien -Natural Bog Garden/Eagle's Nest, 9 a.m. Come and observe the Eagle's nest and walk through the natural bog garden. Guests will see all the wild ferns and foliage that grow around the bog. For more information call 800-354-3523 toll free or 586-3523 locally.

Aug. 6-10 & 13-17, Hodges Gardens State Park, Florien -Daily Garden Tours, 9 a.m. Learn about the history of Hodges Gardens while strolling though the main gardens. The garden's landscapes are breathtaking along with their colorful history. The old rock quarry that Hodges Gardens once was stands as a majestic masterpiece. For more information call 800-354-3523 toll free or 586-3523 locally.

Aug. 11, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches -Bousillage. This program will introduce participants to bousillage, which was used throughout the construction of the fort. For more information call 888-6777853 toll free or 357-3101 locally.

Aug. 11, Marksville State Historic Site, Marksville -Laws and Customs in Indian Culture, 11 a.m., 1, 2 & 3 p.m. Laws and customs are required in any society for the need of organization, peace, civility, harmony and happiness. The commonly shared provisions of organization are responsible for producing a more perfect community. Park personnel and volunteers will provide a dissertation of local tribe edicts and Indian Culture Laws and Customs. For more information call 888-253-8954 toll free or 253-8954 locally.

Aug. 18, Rebel State Historic Site, Marthaville -Appalachian-Style Instrument Workshops, 10 a.m. noon. Guests are invited for the workshop providing and offering music lessons on the Appalachian-style instruments. For more information call 888-677-3600 toll free or 472-6255 locally.

Aug. 18, South Toledo Bend State Park, Anacoco -Nature's Temperature, 1 p.m. Participants are invited to come find out how nature's temperatures affect animals and how they adjust to the changes. For more information call 888398-4770 toll free or 286-9075 locally.

Aug. 18, Hodges Gardens State Park, Florien -Stargazing, 10 p.m. Guests are invited to meet at the red barn for a night of gazing at the stars. Participants will be able to view the constellations and Saturn. For more information call 800-354-3523 toll free or 586-3523 locally.

Aug. 20-24, Hodges Gardens State Park, Florien -Nature Walk, 9 a.m. Join the park ranger for a tour to view the waterfall cascading down the rocks, the old rock quarry, the gardens and the Look Out Tower. For more information call 800-354-3523 toll free or 586-3523 locally.

Aug. 25, Hodges Gardens State Park, Florien -Water Garden Tour, 9 a.m. Come tour the water gardens and see how pretty the 50 varieties of water lilies are in bloom. For more information call 800-354-3523 toll free or 586-3523 locally.

Aug. 25, Marksville State Historic Site, Marksville -Prehistoric Mounds Tour, 10 & 11:30 a.m. Join the staff and volunteers for a special guided tour and demonstration of the arts and daily tasks done by the area's original residents. For more information call 888-253-8954 toll free or 253-8954 locally.

Aug. 25, South Toledo Bend State Park, Anacoco -Batting at South Toledo Bend, 1 p.m. Guests are invited to learn the importance of bats and how they contribute to the environment. This lecture and illustrations will focus on the life of the bat and the many benefits they provide. For more information call 888-398-4770 toll free or 286-9075 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.

Aug. 1 & 31, Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville -Full Moon Canoe Trip, 7-9 p.m. Participants will enjoy paddling through cypress sloughs and bottomland forests while catching glimpses of the park's nocturnal animals and insects. Space is limited, so sign up at the Interpretive Center or call 337-893-7047.

Aug. 4, Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville -Guided Canoe Tour, 9-11 a.m. All are invited on a guided canoe trip down Palmetto Island's canoe trail. Participants will enjoy paddling through ponds and down bayous while observing diverse plant and animal life. Space is limited, so pre-registration is recommended by visiting the Interpretive Center or calling 337-893-7047.

Aug. 4, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte -Tree ID, 9:30 a.m. The Arboretum has an amazing diversity of native trees. Join the site naturalist to learn how to identify some of these beautiful organisms. For more information call 888-677-6100 toll free or 363-6289 locally.

Aug. 5, Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville -Attracting Birds to Your Yard, 9-10 a.m. Join the site staff for informative talks about bird food, feeders, houses, bird baths and birding tools. After the presentation, a short walk will take place to view birds on the nature trail. For more information call 888-677-0094 toll free or 893-3930 locally.

Aug. 11, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte -Bird Hike, 9-11 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to bird watching and binoculars use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. For more information call 888-677-6100 toll free or 363-6289 locally.

Aug. 12, Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville -Guided Trail Tour, 10-11 a.m. Guests will enjoy this walk with informative talks on a variety of plants. For more information call 888-677-0094 toll free or 893-3930 locally.

Aug. 18, 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. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. For more information call 888-677-2442 toll free or 363-2403 locally.

Aug. 18, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte -Nature for Kids, 2 p.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.

Aug. 18, Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville -Night Hike, 7-9 p.m. Join the site staff on a nighttime hike on the trails to locate some of the animals and insects that make Palmetto Island their home. For more information call 888677-0094 toll free or 893-3930 locally.

Aug. 25, 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 888-677-2442 toll free or 363-2403 locally.

Aug. 25, Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville -Animal Tracks, 1-2 p.m. Participants 12 and under are invited to the Interpretive Center to create an animal tracks field guide. After the project, participants will join the ranger for a hike to discover who has left their tracks in the park. For more information call 888-677-0094 toll free or 893-3930 locally.

Aug. 25, Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte -Toad Abodes, 2 p.m. Toads are very beneficial to have around the gardens. Unfortunately, their numbers are declining. Join in to learn ways to make your garden more toad-friendly. For more information call 888-677-6100 toll free or 363-6289 locally.

PLANTATION COUNTRY

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.

Aug. 3, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville -Garden Tour Friday, 10 a.m. A guided tour of the historic Rosedown Gardens and Outbuildings focusing on the historic plants and methods of 19th century landscape gardens will take place. For more information call 888-376-1867 toll free or 635-3110 locally.

Aug. 4, Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville -Life in the Garden, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. A ranger-led, hands-on exploration of the Oakley Plantation vegetable and herb garden will take place. The use of herbs for medicinal purposes in early America will also be discussed. For more information call 888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 locally.

Aug. 5, Locust Grove State Historic Site, St. Francisville -The Dead of Locust Grove, 1-4 p.m. Come hear stories of the lives of the residents of Locust Grove Cemetery. Participants may take home a gravestone rendering they make themselves following a short workshop. For more information call 888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 locally.

Aug. 11, Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville -In the Footsteps of Audubon, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Follow the paths where John James Audubon once walked in 1821. An extended tour takes guests through an audio visual on the history of the park, a presentation on the prints Audubon created while at Oakley Plantation, followed by a guided house and grounds tour. For more information call 888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 locally.

Aug. 18, Centenary State Historic Site, Jackson -Volunteer Clean-Up Day, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. There are always areas of the site, such as the rose garden, the cemetery trail, and the East Wing Dormitory site, which could use the attention of caring volunteers and this date will be designated for that. For more information call 888-677-2364 toll free or 6347925 locally.

GREATER NEW ORLEANS

Sundays, Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville - Primitive Woodworking, 11a.m. - 3p.m. This demonstration program features the use of a froe for splitting wood and the use of a shaving horse and drawknives to make wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, canes and tool handles. For more information call 888-677-3668 toll free or 6244130 locally.

Mondays, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego -Morning Birding, 8 a.m. Join the park ranger in observing the morning birds in the park. This program is open for all ages and experience levels. For more information call 888-6772296 toll free or 736-7140 locally.

Wednesday-Sunday, Otis House-Fairview-Riverside State Park, Madisonville -Guided Tours. Tours of the Otis House c.1885 cover local history during the 1880s-1930s time span. The tour reveals architectural features, home life, and details of the sawmill industry during the timber boom years. Tours on the hour 9 a.m.-5 p.m. except noon. For more information call 888-667-3247 toll free or 985-792-4652-Otis House locally.

Fridays, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego - Campground Walk, 9 a.m. Guests are invited 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.

Saturdays, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton -Knot Tying, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. A site ranger will instruct participants on several varieties of knots and their uses. The program can be conducted as a series similar to the Boy Scouts “Knot Master,” or as a one-time overview of effective and common knots. For more information call 888-6777312 toll free or 839-5710 locally.

Saturdays, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego -Canoeing, 1 p.m. Join the park ranger in a canoe trek around the pond. For more information call 888-677-2296 toll free or 736-7140 locally.

Aug. 4, Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville -Can I Eat That? 10:30 a.m. Join the site ranger for a hike focusing on the edibility of plants that can be found along the nature trail. For more information call 888-677-3668 toll free or 624-4130 locally.

Aug. 4, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton -Signs of Life, 1 p.m. Join the site ranger for a casual walk to find and identify the signs of wildlife in the park. For more information call 888-677-7312 toll free or 839-5710 locally.

Aug. 4, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego -Astronomy Night, 7:30-9 p.m. Guests are invited to learn about sights in the night sky. Telescopes will be provided to view the constellations and planets visible at night. For more information call 888-677-2296 toll free or 736-7140 locally.

Aug. 11, Fairview-Riverside State Park, Madisonville -Basket Weaving Demonstrations, 9-11 a.m. This demonstration will illustrate basket weaving and cover the uses of baskets by numerous cultures throughout history. Visitors will learn how to select and prepare materials and receive instructions to complete a basket at home. For more information call 888-677-3247 toll free or 985-792-4652 locally.

Aug. 11, Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville -Wonder of Wetlands, 1 p.m. Participants will meet the Interpretive Ranger on the lakefront where they will learn about erosion and what is being done to preserve the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. They will then use scoop nets to collect aquatic wildlife. The ranger will then help in the identification of specimens caught. For more information call 888-677-3668 toll free or 624-4130 locally.

Aug. 11, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego -Frog Night, 6 p.m. Join the park ranger in trying to locate and identify various frog species. For more information call 888-677-2296 toll free or 736-7140 locally.

Aug. 18, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego -Nature Detectives, 10:30 a.m. Kids will be introduced to the way that naturalists use clues to determine what types of animals may be in the area but difficult to see. Participants will then be given a chance to put their skills to the test. For more information call 888-677-2296 toll free or 736-7140 locally.

Aug. 18, Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville -Fish Prints, 1 p.m. Visitors will make a fish print from a rubber mold with paint onto paper. For more information call 888-677-3668 toll free or 624-4130 locally.

Aug. 18, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego -Bat Night, 6 p.m. All are invited to learn about bats and join the park ranger in a quest to locate these nocturnal flying mammals in the park. For more information call 888-677-2296 toll free or 736-7140 locally.

Aug. 19, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego -Guided Nature Hike, 1 p.m. Accompany the park ranger for a walk along the park's nature trails and learn about the flora and fauna found in the park. For more information call 888-6772296 toll free or 736-7140 locally.

Aug. 25, Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton -Animal Adaptations, 10 a.m. Explore the differences in the various wildlife that live in the park and discuss the adaptations each animal possesses in order to survive in the wild. For more information call 888-677-7312 toll free or 839-5710 locally.

Aug. 25, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego -Guided Nature Hike, 11 a.m. Accompany the park ranger for a walk along the park's nature trails and learn about the flora and fauna found in the park. For more information call 888677-2296 toll free or 736-7140 locally.

Aug. 25, Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville -Pond Life, 1 p.m. Participants will meet at the pond to use scoop nets to collect as many different kinds of aquatic wildlife as they can to learn about the biodiversity. For more information call 888-677-3668 toll free or 624-4130 locally.

Aug. 25, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego -S'mores and Stories, 6-8 p.m. Bring your favorite stories and come enjoy a campfire with treats and stories. For more information call 888-677-2296 toll free or 736-7140 locally.

Aug. 26, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego -Dip Netting, 10 a.m. Kids and adults will enjoy examining many of the tiny organisms found in the ponds and streams of Bayou Segnette State Park. For more information call 888-6772296 toll free or 736-7140 locally.

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