State parks to celebrate National Public Lands Day

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana’s Office of State Parks is partnering with the National Environmental Education Foundation on Saturday, Sept. 28, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day.

Louisiana state park and historic site visitors can participate in the annual national event geared toward the appreciation and preservation of local public parks and outdoor recreation.

Several Louisiana state parks and historic sites have scheduled events that include trail and waterway clean-up efforts. Additional activities are scheduled at the following parks:

Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville: Nature-based games and ranger-led ecosystem talks (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.);

Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop: Guided paddle trips on Chemin-A-Haut Creek and Bayou Bartholemew (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.);

Chicot State Park, Ville Platte: Guided canoe tour of Lake Chicot (8 a.m. to 11 a.m.);

Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville: Ranger-led nature hikes throughout the park (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.);

Hodges Garden State Park, Florien: Ranger-led trail hikes (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.);

Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville: “Bushcraft” demonstration focusing on archery practices (9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.);

Los Adaes State Historic Site, Robeline: Archaeology Trail Walk (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.);

Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville: Ranger-led hikes focusing on local plants and animals (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.);

Poverty Point State Historic Site, Epps: Archery history and hands-on demonstrations (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.);

Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville: Tour focusing on slavery in Louisiana (11 a.m. to noon); and

Tickfaw State Park, Springfield: Arts and crafts demonstrations using recyclable materials (9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

The National Environmental Education Foundation coordinates National Public Lands Day annually. For more information on NPLD, visit www.publiclandsday.org and clink on “Find a Site.”

For additional details about Louisiana State Parks’ National Public Lands Day activities, click on “News & Activities,” then “Calendar of Events” at www.LaStateParks.com.

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