Let BREC connect you with nature and the great outdoors. Visit unique facilities like BREC's Blackwater Conservation Area, Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, Botanic Gardens and much more.

Upcoming Nature & Outdoors Events View All

Filthy Factor Fun Family Fit Event

Family team competition including obstacle course with dirt and mud, running, recreation games, dancing, food competition and more.

Red, White and Zoo

Visit the Zoo July 5 and celebrate our red, white and blue animal friends. This special day will include amphitheatre programs, games and crafts featuring some of our red, white and blue Zoo animals. Call 225.775.3877 or visit brzoo.org for more information.

A Walk with the Birds

Led by a member of the Baton Rouge Audubon Society, visitors will enjoy a morning hike through the forest and swamp while identifying various bird species. Bird-watching tips and techniques will be shared and beginners are welcome. Field guides and binoculars are optional but recommended. Learn more about birding and the Bluebonnet Swamp Bird Monitoring Project at www.braudubon.org.

Frozen Safari

Visit the Zoo on July 19 as we keep it cool this summer. This special day will focus on animal enrichment and teach visitors what the Zoo does to promote animal wellness on a daily basis. Frozen treats will be available for visitors as well as the animals! The first 100 people to the Zoo will receive a coupon for a free frozen treat at the Zoo's Cool Critter Café. Regular Zoo admission applies. Call 225.775.3877 for more information.

Recent Nature & Outdoors News View All

  • BREC to Hold Second Annual “Movie at the Lagoon” Celebration

    Join BREC for the second annual “Movie at the Lagoon” in celebration of National Parks and Recreation month at Liberty Lagoon, 111 Lobdell Ave., on Sat., July 19 from 7-9:30 p.m.

  • BREC Superintendent Proclaims July Parks and Recreation Month in East Baton Rouge

    - A new national study shows that nearly three in 10 U.S. adults do not spend time outdoors on a daily basis. Of those that do, almost half spend less than 30 minutes in the fresh air according to the survey released by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. That’s why this July BREC has joined the national effort to challenge everyone to get out and visit their parks and recreation facilities and get OUTside for national Park and Recreation Month.

  • HRPO Celebrates American Radio Relay League Field Day

    BREC’s Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road, invites you to communicate with outer space Sat., June 28 from 2-10 p.m. for American Radio Relay League Field Day.

  • Dogs Join the Trails at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

    BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway, invites dogs to visit the swamp for Dog Day Sat., June 21 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • BREC Offers a New Splash Pass

    BREC, in cooperation with the YMCA, is proud to offer a new opportunity to the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish to cool off and beat the summer heat. BREC now offers a Splash Pass which offers any pass holder the opportunity to swim at any of the following YMCA facilities from 2-5 p.m. daily from May 24-July 19: Passes may be purchased at BREC's Liberty Lagoon, 111 Lobdell Ave., daily from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Guest Services Window.

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