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.

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Trail Time for Toddlers

Trail Time for Toddlers is a unique opportunity for children, ages 2-5, and their parents/guardians to learn 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 can choose to attend either the Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday session each week. (Saturday session is NEW for 2014)

Friday Night Lecture Series

"NASA Spinoff Technology" --- HRPO Center Supervisor Tom Northrop gives the audience an overview of the fascinating objects and technology that developed as a direct result of NASA's exploration of space. Many of these devices and materials may be at the doctor's office, the mall--some might even be in your home! [There is no Friday Night Lecture Series on 28 March. The program will resume on 4 April.]

Evening Sky Viewing

Weather permitting, viewing of the night sky through one or more telescopes will take place. [Viewing will not take place on 28 March. Friday night viewing will resume on 4 April.]

Dog Days

With our Dog Days, BSNC drops its “No Pets” policy and opens its doors and trails to pets 4 days out of the year! All pets are welcome, but they must be on a leash and have their vaccinations current.

Recent Nature & Outdoors News View All

  • A Mix of Moonlight and the Red Planet

    Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road, invites everyone to share the view of the planet Mars Closest Approach to Earth and a lunar eclipse on April 14 and 15. This is an opportunity for overnight excitement at the Observatory.

  • BREC Opens Park Splash Pads for the Summer Season

    BREC will open Park Splash Pads at City-Brooks, Forest and Greenwood Community Parks on Monday, March 31 for the 2014 season. Each location will operate splash pads from March-Oct. daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

  • Rock Out at Rockin' at the Swamp!

    BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center (BSNC), 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway, will host its fifth annual Rockin' at the Swamp event Sat., March 8 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • BREC’s 6th Annual Comite Classic Date Postponed

    BREC’s 6th Annual Comite Classic mountain bike race has been postponed until Jan. 11, 2014.

  • BREC Brings National Recycling Celebration to East Baton Rouge Parish

    On Saturday, Nov. 16, BREC will host Geaux Green with BREC, joining thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.

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