Science & Nature

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

Upcoming Events

Choose one of the categories below to see upcoming events or check out the calendar below to see all Science & Nature events.




Outdoor Adventure

Science & Nature Facilities

Want to learn more about our Science & Nature facilities? Follow the links below to learn more and see what programs and events are happening there.

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center





Farr Park Equestrian Center

Lakes and

Highland Road Observatory

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Upcoming Science and Nature Events


Grab your field guides and boots and join BREC naturalists and local scientists as we explore and document the diversity of life, or “biodiversity”, of Manchac Park. You can participate by attending a scheduled hike, helping to document species with local scientists, or signing up for a workshop where we will host special activities to learn through hands on sampling, live animal encounters, and more!

Swamp Bird Walks

Led by a member of the Baton Rouge Audubon Society, on the first Saturday of every month, visitors can enjoy a morning hike through the trails at Bluebonnet Swamp while identifying various bird species.

Plus Nights

Periodically, HRPO gives something extra to visitors in addition to standard viewing: a sky tour, physical science demonstrations, filtered lunar trips, “birth” stars and a marshmallow roast.

Swamp Art Show Field Days

Twice a year, artists are invited to visit Bluebonnet Swamp for inspiration in creating works of art that can be entered in upcoming Swamp Art Shows. Whether your creative gear includes canvases or cameras, fabric or pen, come on out and let the swamp inspire you. Bring your own supplies, and we’ll provide workspace indoors and out for you to create your masterpieces!

Recent Science and Nature News

  • BREC Issues Statement Regarding Small Fish Kill at City Park Lake

    With temperatures remaining above forecasted levels, the BREC Natural Resource Management and maintenance teams are coordinating efforts to respond to a small fish kill in City Park Lake.

  • Baton Rouge Bicentennial Oak Dedication

    In partnership with BREC, The Baton Rouge Bicentennial Commission, The East Baton Rouge Parish Library System, and Baton Rouge Green, a Live Oak will be planted at Expressway Park in honor of Baton Rouge’s 200th birthday.

  • Highland Road Park Observatory Celebrates 20 Years of “Bringing Astronomy to the People”

    This year the Highland Road Park Observatory (HRPO) celebrates its 20th anniversary of “brining astronomy to the people.” The Highland Road Park Observatory is brought to the public by BREC, Louisiana State University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society and held its first public night in the Fall of 1997. The observatory houses a state-of-the-art 20-inch reflecting telescope, which has been used to discover more than 40 asteroids, and an accessible 16-inch reflecting telescope.

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