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Following is a list of contact names and numbers for scheduling a FREE field trip to one of your beautiful Louisiana State Parks, State Historic Sites and State Preservation Area. We trust your class will have a great time and walk away with a wonderful newfound knowledge and appreciation of Louisiana’s cultural and natural resources. The contacts can help you organize your lesson in conjunction with the site that you plan to visit. The Louisiana Office of State Parks is here to help ensure that your field trip is memorable and educational. If you have a specific request for a program, please do not hesitate to call.

If you have general questions about interpretation in the state of Louisiana, call Ray Berthelot at the Louisiana Office of State Parks at 1-888-677-1400 or 225-342-8111. Thank you for your interest in Louisiana State Parks as your next field trip destination.

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Louisiana State Parks

Instructional concepts offered at Louisiana State Parks include, but are not limited to, Louisiana flora and fauna, ecology, habitats, swamps, observation skills, food webs, animal behavior, adaptation, predation, life cycles, food chains, plant and animal classification, pollution, recycling, regional and global wetland issues, watershed issues, seasons, woodlands, geology, bio-diversity, and environmental studies.

Louisiana State Educational Benchmarks and Standards met utilizing interpretive/educational programs include, but are not limited to the following:

  • K-4th grades: SI-E-A1, 3-5; LS-E-A1-3; LS-E-B1-3; LS-E-C1-2; SE-E-A5; G-1-E1
  • 5th-8th grades: LS-M-A4; LS-M-C3; LS-M-D1; SE-M-A5, 7, 9,10
  • 9th-12th grades: LS-H-C4; LS-H-D4; LS-H-E1, 3; SE-H-A3, 8; SE-H-C1

Bayou Segnette State Park (Westwego) [park's homepage]; 1-888-677-2296 or 504-735-7155. The wetlands habitat adjacent to the park is interpreted at this site. The park includes a picnic area, pavilions, a boardwalk and restrooms. Please call to schedule your group field trip. The maximum number of students that can be accommodated is 80, along with one chaperone for every 10 students.

Bogue Chitto State Park (Franklinton) [park's homepage]; 985-839-5725. Natural, historical and cultural based programs can be adapted or created to accommodate specific educational requirements. Bogue Chitto State Park offers beach access to the Bogue Chitto River for canoeing, tubing, kayaking and day use such as swimming, sun bathing and picnicking... This site also provides 7 miles of hiking trails, 14 miles of equestrian trails, cabins, lodge, group camp, meeting room, upland and bottom land camping sites, fishing ponds, play ground and a spray park.

Chicot State Park (Ville Platte) [park's homepage]; 1-888-677-6100 or 337-363-6289. Educational programs at this site focus on the natural habitat around the 2,000-acre cypress-tupelo lake. Chicot includes a 22-mile hiking trail, 2 pavilions, a picnic area, restrooms and playgrounds. The maximum number of students is 80, with at least one chaperone per 10 students.

Fairview-Riverside State Park (Madisonville) [park's homepage | Lesson Plan]; 985-792-4652. The 1880s through the 1930s is interpreted at the Otis House and includes local history, industry, transportation, household customs, and lifestyle. The Otis House is located within the park and the tour of the house emphasizes advancements in technology during the fifty-year span. In addition to history programs, a guided Nature Walk is offered on site. Picnic tables, playgrounds and restrooms are located near the Otis House. The maximum number that can be accommodated is 60.

Fontainebleau State Park (Mandeville) [park's homepage]; 985-624-4130. Fontainebleau’s staff offers a glimpse of the cultural and natural history of the area through interpretive programs. The remains of an early 19th century sugar mill mark the head of a beautiful self-guided nature trail. The park also offers a large picnic area, restrooms, playground and a beach on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

Hodges Gardens State Park (Florien) [park's homepage]; 318-586-7002. Hodges Gardens was created due to a vast reforestation program initiated in the early 1940s by the late conservationist A.J. Hodges. The site's interpretive programs are nature-based, with emphasis on variety of natural habitats found on the site. There is over 900 acres of natural beauty including formal gardens, a butterfly garden, a 225-acre lake, bird sanctuary and hiking and equestrian trails. Facilities include a picnic area, outdoor classroom, restrooms, fishing piers, paved walking trails and an observation tower. The maximum number of students is 100, with the appropriate number of chaperones.

Jimmie Davis State Park (Chatham) [park's homepage]; 1.888.677.2263 or 318.249.9595. This park is situated on the banks of Caney Lake and provides a unique nature experience. The site offers a variety of nature-based educational programs for all age groups. The local flora and fauna are often covered during interpretive programs. Facilities include a scenic walking trail, pavilions, restrooms, a beach, bathhouse, and picnic and playground areas.

Lake Bistineau State Park (Doyline) [park's homepage]; 1-888-677-2478 or 318-745-3503. Northwest Louisiana’s cultural and natural history is presented through educational programs. Facilities include pavilions, playground, picnic areaske front beach, nature and activities center, and observation piers on the water. The maximum number of students that can be accommodated is 125, and this number is dependent on the program offered and the number of chaperones.

Lake Claiborne State Park (Homer) [park's homepage]; 1-888-677-2524 or 318-927-2976. This site offers a variety of nature-based educational programs in the park and around the lake. The local flora and fauna are interpreted in several of the programs. Facilities include a pavilion, picnic area, playground, restrooms, approximately twelve miles of hiking/biking trails, and an outdoor classroom. The maximum number of students is 100, plus chaperones.

Lake D'Arbonne State Park (Farmerville) [park's homepage]; 1-888-677-5200 or 318-368-6291. This site offers a variety of programs interpreting the natural habitat in and around the 15,250-acre lake, from hands-on nature programs to a display of indigenous flora and fauna in the Visitor Center. Cultural history programs are also available. The site offers a picnic area, playground, restrooms and pavilions.

Lake Fausse Pointe State Park (St. Martinville) [park's homepage]; 337-229-4764. This park is located on the edge of the Atchafalaya Basin. Local flora and fauna are discussed during each field trip, and a network of trails is available for exploration. Facilities include pavilions, playground, picnic areas and restrooms.

Palmetto Island State Park (Abbeville) [park's homepage]; 1-888-677-0094 or 337-893-7047. Palmetto Island is located on the Vermilion River south of Abbeville. The park offers school groups many opportunities to study the plants and animals of wetland environments. This site includes a nature center, 4 pavilions, a meeting room, restrooms, hiking trails, picnic areas, campsites, cabins, boat launches and a water playground. Maximum number that can be accommodated is 100 with chaperones.

Poverty Point Reservoir State Park (Delhi) [park's homepage]; 1-800-474-0392 or 318-878-7536. This site focuses on interpreting the natural habitats in and surrounding the 2700 acre reservoir as well as the land surrounding Bayou Macon. The site offers a variety of nature-based educational programs for all age groups. Local flora and fauna are often discussed during interpretive programs/guided hikes on the trail system. Facilities include a visitors' center, playground, pavilion, restrooms, fishing piers, beach and a marina.

Sam Houston Jones State Park (Lake Charles) [park's homepage]; 1-888-677-7264 or 337-855-2665. The local environment of southwest Louisiana is presented at this site through the use of nature trails, a nature center and interpretive programming. Themes for programming can include wetlands, hardwood forest, pine savannahs, and many natural resources related to these environments. Other facilities include picnic areas, a pavilion, restrooms, and playgrounds. Group participation in the programs is limited to 60 students, but larger groups (up to 140 students) can be broken down into smaller groups for multiple sessions of the same program.

South Toledo Bend State Park (Anacoco) [park's homepage]; 337-286-9079. Located only one mile north of Toledo Bend Dam, the park offers beautiful scenery of Toledo Bend Reservoir with activities centered on the history and the natural habitat of the area. The Visitor Center offers interactive programs, educational displays, and various scheduled activities on a number of nature-based topics. A meeting room, restrooms, paved walking trials, hiking trails, picnic area, campsites, tent sites, and cabins are some of the facilities located in the park.

Tickfaw State Park (Springfield) [park's homepage]; 225-294-2218. The natural habitat in and around the Tickfaw River is interpreted at this site. The site includes a nature center, picnic area, three pavilions, a trail system and restrooms. Programs for groups are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only. The maximum number of students that can be accommodated is 80, along with one chaperone for every 10 students.


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Louisiana State Historic Sites


Instructional concepts offered at Louisiana State Historic Sites include, but are not limited to, Louisiana history and culture, cultural studies, Louisiana Native-American, French and Spanish colonial, antebellum, Civil War, and early 20th century history, African-American history, geography, ethnic studies, commerce, and westward expansion.

Louisiana State Educational Benchmarks and Standards met utilizing interpretive/educational programs include, but are not limited to the following:

  • K-4th grades: G-1A-E1-3; G-1B-E1-4; H-1A-E1-3; H-1B-E2; H-1C-E1-4; SI-EA1, 6; LS-E-C1, 2; AP-2VA-E3; HP-3VA-E1; CA-4VA-E1-2, 4-5
  • 5th-8th grades: G-1A-M1-3; G-1B-M2-4; H-1A-M1-6; H-1B-H1-10-13; H-1DM1-6; SE-M-A1; AP-2VA-M2-3, 5; HP-3VA-M1, 3; CA-4VA-M1-2, 5
  • 9th-12th grades: G-1A-H1-2; G-1B-H1-2, 4; H-1A-H1-6; H-1B-H5; AP-2VA-H2-3; HP-3VA-H5; CA-44A-H2

Audubon State Historic Site (St. Francisville) [historic site's homepage]; 1-888-677-2838 or 225-635-3739. This site is dedicated to preserving the beautiful Oakley Plantation where John James Audubon worked and completed paintings that are included in his Birds of America. Tours of the house are given, as well as special scheduled programs. Available on site are a picnic area, pavilion, restrooms, a nature trail and beautiful gardens.

Centenary State Historic Site (Jackson) [historic site's homepage]; 1-888-677-2364 or 225-634-7925. The themes covered at this historic college campus are civil war medicine, early education and archaeology. The site tours consist of a restored professor’s cottage and the West Wing Dormitory; also available is a small Confederate cemetery. A picnic area is found under the towering pines. The maximum number of students is 75.

Fort Jesup State Historic Site (Many) [historic site's homepage]; 1-888-677-5378 or 318-256-4117. The programs offered on this site are centered around frontier and military life in Louisiana in the early 1800s. A museum, a picnic area and pavilion, and restrooms are located on the site. The maximum number of students per group is 100; please make reservations at least one week in advance.

Fort Pike State Historic Site (New Orleans [historic site's homepage | Lesson Plan]; 1-888-662-5703 or 504-255-9171. Programs at the site focus on the fort's role as a military stronghold in the early 1800s through its use as a staging area during the Civil War.

Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site (Natchitoches) [historic site's homepage]; 1-888-677-7853 or 318-357-3101. Fort St. Jean Baptiste is a replica of the fort that was constructed in French Colonial Natchitoches in the mid-1700s. Several special events are held each year that focus on the history and culture in and around the fort during the 18th century. Guided tours are available; a two week advanced notice is requested when scheduling group tours.

Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site (Pineville) [historic site's homepage]; 1-888-677-7853 or 318-357-3101. Learn about the Civil War-era earthwork forts located on the Red River. Living History events occur year-round, and offer a look into the day-to-day life of soldiers stationed at the fort toward the end of the war. Guided tours are available; a two week advanced notice is requested when scheduling group tours.

Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site (St. Martinville) [historic site's homepage]; 1-888-677-2900 or 337-394-3754. This site interprets the culture of the Creole and Acadian settlers in Louisiana. Tours of the Olivier Planation, Acadian Farmstead and Museum are offered daily. Videos and demonstrations are available for groups upon request; groups are required to schedule their visit. Grade-specific teacher packets can be obtained by contacting the site. Picnic grounds are available for public use.

Los Adaes State Historic Site (Robeline) [historic site's homepage]; contact Fort St. Jean Baptiste SHS at 1-888-677-7853 or 318-357-3101. The themes for interpretation found at this site consist of life in Spanish Louisiana in the early 1700s, with a focus on archaeology. Though not fully operational, a visitor center allows for full interpretation. Please call in advance to schedule a tour.

Mansfield State Historic Site (Mansfield) [historic site's homepage]; 1-888-677-6267 or 318-872-1474. The theme of this site is the American Civil War in Louisiana, with living history programs geared specifically toward students. The site also offers an interpretive center, battlefield trail and picnic area. The maximum number for a group booking is 100; however, 2 special school programs in the Fall and Spring are designed to accommodate larger numbers. Teachers are asked to book their groups in advance.

Marksville State Historic Site (Marksville) [historic site's homepage]; 1-888-253-8954 or 318-253-8954. This ancient Native American mound site offers daily tours as well as many special programs to visiting groups. An interpretive center and nature trails add to the educational experience. A picnic area with tables and a pavilion is also available. Groups are limited to 40, but arrangements can be made for up to 150 with advanced notice.

Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site (Plaquemine) [historic site's homepage]; 1-877-987-7158 or 225-687-7158. Tours of the Lockhouse, located right on the Mississippi River, and historic boat collection are offered on a daily basis. Themes covered by the site staff are river navigation, life on the river, historic boats of Louisiana and lock operation. Group tours are limited to 40, but special arrangements can be made for groups up to 100.

Port Hudson State Historic Site (Zachary) [historic site's homepage]; 1-888-677-3400 or 225-654-3775. Walk the grounds where the longest siege of the Civil War occured. A site tour begins with a 15-minute audio-visual program, followed by a museum tour where visitors can view displays varying from 225-pound cannon balls to an interactive genealogy computer. A staff member in period uniform will demonstrate the firing of an authentic Civil War-era weapon, before a guided one-mile trail walk to Fort Desperate. A shaded picnic area with restrooms is available.

Poverty Point State Historic Site (Epps) [historic site's homepage]; 1-888-926-5492 or 318-926-5492. With a prehistoric archaeological theme, the staff gives daily tours on a tram that encircles the mound complex found on the site. An interpretive center and museum are located on site, along with a picnic area and observation tower. Groups are limited to 40, but special arrangements may be made for up to 150.

Rebel State Historic Site (Marthaville) [historic site's homepage]; 1-888-677-3600 or 318-472-6255. This site is dedicated to Louisiana country music, with a wonderful museum available for tours. The site also provides a quiet setting for picnics, complete with a pavilion and picnic tables. Groups should be limited to 40, and advance notice is suggested.

Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site (St. Francisville) [historic site's homepage]; 225-635-3332. Field trip must be arranged in advance with park staff. Free admission to Rosedown Plantation for school groups is limited to grounds and garden tours only. Field trip tours of the main plantation house require a $4 per student charge. Teachers/chaperones are admitted free to the main plantation house while accompanying a scheduled field trip group touring the house. The theme represented here is early 19th century plantation life, highlighting the lives of the original family and of the slaves at Rosedown. Rosedown offers study of the historic main house with much of its original furnishings, many original outbuildings, and 28 acres of formal gardens. A picnic area is available on site. The maximum number for a group is 60, with 1 chaperone for every 7 students.


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Louisiana State Preservation Area


Instructional concepts offered at Louisiana State preservation Areas include, but are not limited to, Louisiana flora and fauna, ecology, habitats, swamps, observation skills, food webs, animal behavior, adaptation, predation, life cycles, food chains, plant and animal classification, pollution, recycling, regional and global wetland issues, watershed issues, seasons, woodlands, geology, bio-diversity, and environmental studies.

Louisiana State Educational Benchmarks and Standards met utilizing interpretive/educational programs include, but are not limited to the following:

  • K-4th grades: SI-E-A1, 3-5; LS-E-A1-3; LS-E-B1-3; LS-E-C1-2; SE-E-A5; G-1-E1
  • 5th-8th grades: LS-M-A4; LS-M-C3; LS-M-D1; SE-M-A5, 7, 9,10
  • 9th-12th grades: LS-H-C4; LS-H-D4; LS-H-E1, 3; SE-H-A3, 8; SE-H-C1

Louisiana State Arboretum State Preservation Area, located inside Chicot State Park (Ville Platte) [site's homepage]; 1-888-677-6100 or 337-363-6289. Central Louisiana’s natural habitat is represented at this site. Nature trails and the Caroline Dormon Lodge assist the staff in telling the story of this beech-magnolia forest. Restrooms and two outdoor classrooms are also available. Picnic areas and playgrounds are located nearby within Chicot State Park. The maximum number of children is 70, with at least one chaperone per 10 students.