Things To Do

October at Jean Lafitte

There is plenty to do at Jean Lafitte in October....

Battle of New Orleans Talk
Discover 1815’s Battle of New Orleans with a ranger talk 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. daily. No talk Monday, October 8; battlefield visitor center closed for Columbus Day holiday. Free. Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. 281-0510 or www.nps.gov/jela.

1815 Alive
Join the Baratarian cannon crew for artillery demonstrations and discussions of gunnery skills and strategies during the Battle of New Orleans era. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Sunday, October 28. Free. Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. 281-0510 or www.nps.gov/jela.

Walk the Wetlands
Explore Louisiana swamp and marsh on a ranger-guided walk 10:00 a.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Free. Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero (near Crown Point). 689-3690 ext 10 or www.nps.gov/jela.

Swamp Science Fest 
Learn from a frog, check waterway health, track bird migrations, and enjoy hands-on activities, walks, and talks with local nature and science organizations. 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 20. Free. Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero (near Crown Point). 689-3690 ext 10 or www.nps.gov/jela.

Creatures of the Night Bat Program
Get to know Barataria’s bats with research Dr. Craig Hood of Loyola University. Talk by Dr. Hood (children’s bat craft available during talk) followed by bat-spotting with special bat detection equipment. Free but space limited so call for required reservations. Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero (near Crown Point). 689-3690 ext 10 or www.nps.gov/jela.

Ranger Talk
Discover New Orleans history and culture with a ranger talk in the visitor center courtyard. 9:30 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Free. French Quarter Visitor Center of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 419 Decatur Street, New Orleans. 504-589-3882 ext 221 or www.nps.gov/jela.

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