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Watch students compete in Western and English riding events. Classes include: equitation over fences and on the flat, barrel racing, pole bending, trail, Western horsemanship and showmanship.
Join us at the University Lakes for an evening paddling under the setting sun. This is a great way to start your weekend and enjoy the beauty and serenity of this water area.
Through partnership with Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, BREC is able to offer themed, monthly socials for adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities and their friends and family. There will be a disc jockey, snacks, door prizes, socialization and fun.
Artists interested in participating in upcoming Swamp Art Show Series opportunities can visit the swamp on this day for inspiration for free.* Whether your creative gear includes canvases or cameras, come out and enjoy this paint-out and field-shoot day. Bring your own supplies, we’ll provide workspace indoors and out for you to create your masterpieces! Children must be accompanied by an adult. *Artists must check-in at the front desk to receive free admission. Artists are asked to provide their contact information and designate in which show(s) they are interested. This information is used to keep contact information current in our growing artist directory.
Join us year-round for a series of art exhibits inspired by Bluebonnet Swamp. Each show features a different medium and theme that changes from year to year.
Led by a member of the Baton Rouge Audubon Society (BRAS), visitors enjoy a morning hike through the forest and swamp while identifying various bird species. Bird-watching techniques and identification tips are also discussed. Beginners are welcome. Field guides and binoculars optional but recommended. For information on other local birding activities and the Louisiana Bird Observatory, visit braudubon.org. Sponsored by the Baton Rouge Audubon Society.
With our Dog Days, BSNC drops its “no pets” policy and opens its doors and trails to pets four days out of the year! All pets are welcome, but they must be on a leash and have their vaccinations current.
Picking up where Trail Time for Toddlers leaves off, Swamp School continues nature-based education for children ages 6-10. With more of a focus on science content, we will explore the outdoors, do arts and crafts, meet interesting animals and have healthy snacks. This is a perfect opportunity for homeschool parents to supplement their science education curricula in a natural setting. The program is held twice a month and themes change each class. Registration for each month begins on the first of the month prior.
This program teaches participants the fundamentals of softball/baseball including fielding, throwing, running bases, and hitting. Children need to wear closed shoes that they can easily run in; no flip-flops, scandals, or clogs.
Table tennis is a great way to stimulate mental alertness, concentration and tactical strategy. This makes it the perfect game for seniors! Table tennis also develops mental acuity, improves reflexes, is easy on the joints, burns calories, offers a social outlet, improves balance, and stimulates various parts of the brain.
Tai Chi is an old Chinese form of exercise that integrates the body and mind to improve health, fitness and relaxation. Clinical studies have shown that the slow circular flowing movement enhance muscular strength, flexibility and stamina while improving balance and posture . Come join us for this interesting and unique form of exercises that can be practiced throughout life.
The Korean martial arts form of the “way of the open hand.”
Enjoy live entertainment, light refreshments and friends to classic ballroom dance music.
It’s not light, it’s not dark. It’s that special time called twilight, and HRPO wants to introduce you to it!
This Mother’s Day Out Program to gets your little one prepared for school. The recreation based curriculum will provide your child with the academic and social tools they'll need for Kindergarten success. It includes organized recreational games, creative art projects, singing and dancing, while socializing with their peers. Staff will promote physical fitness and health through exercise and fun, and healthy snacks are provided. Registration begins on July 9.
Trail Time for Toddlers is a unique opportunity for children ages 2-5 and their parents or guardians to make new friends while learning about nature through trail walks and themed indoor and outdoor activities. Come enjoy the sights and sounds of the swamp, arts and crafts, storytelling, animal encounters, and healthy snacks. Themes change from week to week, and none are repeated within a calendar year. Participants sign up for a month at a time and can choose to attend the Wednesday or Thursday session. Special weekend sessions may be scheduled to accommodate working parents; contact staff for more information. Registration for each month begins on the first of the month prior.
Adults will meet for half hour of “coffee talk” and then ride for one hour. Learn about horses, riding, care of the horse and more in a fun and relaxed environment. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Basic English and Western will be taught in the program.
Instructors will teach basic tumbling skills, flexibility and self-confidence with an emphasis on safety and proper techniques. Children will focus on beginner tumbling skills such as forward and backwards rolls, handstands, bridges, cartwheels and backbends.
Have you ever walked through a BREC park and wondered what type of trees you were looking at or what kind of animals live there? If so, now you can pick the brain of a BREC naturalist while enjoying a hike in one of BREC’s Conservation Areas. These guided hikes cover a different topic in ecology each month while exploring nature at alternating parks. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This program is free but registration is required.
Are you looking for an after-school program that will bring your child from their school to their local recreation center? Youth 360 works with the local school systems to make this happen. This program is designed to provide learning through a recreational curriculum to include 360 degrees of nutritional snacks, homework time, socialization, arts and crafts, guest speakers and activities to include health and wellness. This program does follow the local school schedules and registration begins July 9.