Calendar of Events for January 2019 at Louisiana State Parks

 

Sportsman's Paradise

First Saturday of the month • Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop-Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon The park will host the Bartholomew Dutch Oven Society, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
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Second Saturday of the Month • Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, Delhi-Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon.The park will host the Poverty Point Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more. For more information call 800.474.0392 toll free or 318.878.7536 locally.

Second Saturday of the Month • Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline-Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon.The park will host the Bayou Pots, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more. For more information call 888.677.2478 toll free or 318.745.3503 locally.

Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps-Atlatl Demonstration, Wednesday-Sunday Upon RequestThousands of years ago, the Native Americans who built Poverty Point needed to be able to hunt for their food. The atlatl was the best tool for the job. A ranger will discuss the significance of the atlatl and the techniques for using one. Participants will also have the opportunity to test out their abilities with the atlatl. Available upon request. For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.



Crossroads

Fourth Saturday of the month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville-Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.

Fourth Saturday of the Month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville-Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.

By appointment • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville-Exploring the Forts in Detail, A ranger guided tour of both Forts Randolph and Buhlow. The visitors would also be able to enter the winter quarters exhibit to see how the soldiers lived. They can also try on some of the clothing and equipment the troops used. At least a two day´s notice is required to schedule one of these special ranger guided tours. Tour fee is $8 per person. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.

Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches-Costumed Guided Tours, Hourly 10 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m.Upon availability of a costumed ranger and/or volunteer, daily hourly tours will be offered - weather permitting. Fee for tours is $8 per person ages four and up. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.

1/20/2019 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches-Bag It with Leather, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.Participants will learn how to make a draw string change pouch. All materials will be provided, and participants can take their creations home. Regular Park Fees apply. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.

1/20/2019 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches-Bag It with Leather, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.Participants will learn how to make a draw string change pouch. All materials will be provided, and participants can take their creations home. Regular Park Fees apply. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.



Cajun Country

Fourth Saturday of the month • Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles-Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon.The park will host the LeChien Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
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Second Saturday of the month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville-Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon.The park will host the Latanier Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more.
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First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte-Become a Junior Ranger, 10 a.m.Two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum will be offered allowing those seeking to be a Junior Ranger to complete the course in one weekend. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville-Guided Garden Tours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.Tour the recreated 19th century herb and vegetable gardens located at Maison Olivier and the Acadian Cabin. A traiteur´s garden located at the Acadian Cabin. Here visitors can learn about native medicinal plants commonly used by both the Acadians and Creoles in the mid late 1800´s. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.

Wednesdays - Sundays • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville-Acadian Farmstead Tour, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.The tour focuses on the lifestyle of the average Acadian immigrant/settler between the late 1700´s to mid 1800´s and demonstrates how Acadian culture has significantly influenced the region along the Bayou Teche while featuring everyday lifestyle of the typical Acadian family. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.

Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte-Bird Hike, 9 a.m.Visitors will be given a brief introduction to bird watching and binocular to use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

3rd Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte-Nature for Kids, 10 a.m.Join the site naturalist to learn about a different nature topic every month and make a craft to take home. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

Thursdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville-Living History Thursday´s School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.Led by guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian Yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of black powder weapons are typically available upon request. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.

9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville-Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take a French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Students will view an introductory video to the site in French and will be led throughout the Interpretive enter which houses displays written in French. Led by French speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will then tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, upon request. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.

First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte-Guided Hike, 2 p.m.Join the site naturalist for a guided hike through the Arboretum to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

Wednesdays • 9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville-Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Led by French-speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.

9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville-Living History Friday; Home School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.Pre-registered home school groups are invited to take a tour on any Friday throughout the school year. Led by guides in period costumes, students will tour Maison Olivier. Students will then continue to the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the Life of an Acadian yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons are typically available upon request. Home school groups must register. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.

2nd Saturday of the Month • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville-Latanier Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration, 9 a.m.Greetin´, Meetin´, Cookin´ & Eatin´. Join Latanier Cookers for a variety of Dutch Oven side dishes and desserts. Bring your ice chest and lawnchair. Pots go on the coals from 9 a.m.- 10 a.m.; Pots on the table at Noon. No charge for tasting. Donations are always welcome. Entry fee into the park applies. No Pets allowed. For more information call 888.677.0094 toll free or 337.893.3930 locally.

1/12/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte-Blue Bird Basics, 1 p.m.Join us for information on how to attract nesting bluebirds, including do´s and don´ts and a nesting timetable. This is a good starting point for beginners and a refresher for long-time bluebird fans alike. Following the presentation, participants who pre-register will build a bluebird house to take home. Limit of one box per family; a $15 fee is required. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte-Arbor Day Celebration, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.The day will begin with an opening ceremony honoring the day and the role of trees in our lives. Visit the tree classroom and learn how to plant, prune and care for trees. Hard to find Louisiana native tree saplings will be available to participants throughout the day while supplies last. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

1/26/2019 • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville-Vigilantes On The Bayou, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.The program depicts a violent era in the history of South Louisiana, in which American, Creole, and Acadian Landowners struggled against each other over ownership and usage of the land bordering the Bayou Teche, and other regions of what is now Acadiana. Re-enactors portraying Vigilantes and Anti-Vigilantes will set up mock campsites, engage in living history reenactments, civilian and military demonstrations, and the firing of black powder weapons and cannons. For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.

1/26/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte-Winter Tree Identification, 10 a.m.Visitors will learn how to identify trees during the winter months using twigs, buds, bark and growth habit. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.


Plantation Country

Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville-Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville-Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville-Audubon History Lab, As RequestedThis program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville-Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville-Daily House Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.Site Staff will guide visitors on a tour of the Rosedown Main House. The tour will encompass the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman Family, the restoration and ownership of the property by the Underwoods of Houston, and the purchase and ownership of the property by the State of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.

1/5/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson-National Bird Day Morning Hike, 9:30 a.m.Nature lovers, bird lovers, and bird watchers, grab a set of binoculars, bring your camera and don´t forget to pick up a Port Hudson Bird list and join a park ranger on a bird watching expedition through the various habitats. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.

1/6/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson-Firepower!, 1 p.m.The Port Hudson State Historic Site will conduct demonstrations with Civil War era original and reproduction weapons. The program will start with a cannon demonstration followed by small arms; muskets, rifles, carbines, and pistols. This program will conclude with the firing of the park´s original 42-pounder siege cannon. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.

1/12/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville-The Boys of ´61, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.Re-enactment of daily life in Louisiana just prior to entering the Civil War. Re-enactors will be on hand dressed in historically accurate uniforms of 157 years ago and presenting the daily life of citizens turning into soldiers. An admission is charged. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

1/19/2019 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson-Bird Walks for Beginners, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.Birding is a great way to explore Port Hudson State Historic Site. Participants are encouraged to bring water, insect repellent, appropriate footwear, a notebook, some binoculars if you have some and a hat. People of all ages and skill levels are welcomed. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.

1/19/2019 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville-Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.A day of open hearth cooking using the original fireplace of Oakley Plantation. See original recipe dishes cooked before your eyes and try a taste of the past ! For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.


Greater New Orleans

Second Saturday of the month • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton-Dutch Oven Cooking, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.Join the Bogue Chitto Dutch Oven Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a Dutch Oven Gathering, as they prepare a variety of dishes in this outdoor cooking method that is growing in popularity.
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Third Saturday of the Month • Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego-Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. - noon.The park will host the WEGO Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more. For more information call 888.677.2296 toll free or 504.736.7140 locally.

Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville-Otis House Museum Tours, Tues - Thurs: By App.t Only; Friday & Sat: 1-4 pmVisit the c.1885 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 call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.

Weekly • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville-Primitive Woodworking, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.The Interpretive Ranger will demonstrate the use of a shaving horse, froe, draw knife, hand saw and a pocket knife to make useful wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, tool handles, hiking sticks, canes and slingshot forks. For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.