This month is going to be a pretty big deal! Not only do we have outdoor exploits with flashlights, meteors, ducks, and water planned for you, we've also got the big reveal of the Master Plan for the Baton Rouge Zoo and Greenwood Community Park. And speaking of the zoo, don't miss your chance to run like a cheetah at the annual Zoo Run Run! All this and more - this month at BREC!
Programs & Events
Check out some of our exciting upcoming events and programs. Click the event name to get more info.
For a full list, visit our events calendar.
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Take an evening stroll through Bluebonnet Swamp once per season during our Swamp Flashlight Nights! Bring your family and friends for a fun group outing or head out on the trails solo to enjoy this BREC park after hours. Before or after your night hike, meet some of our resident educational animals in the nature center. The swamp trails can be really dark at night so don’t forget to bring a flashlight. If you don’t have one, check out our gift shop for some options. Close-toed shoes and insect repellant are recommended.
Highland Road Park Observatory
The Perseids are one of the major meteor showers of the year. Come join us and see if we can catch some “earthgrazers!” It is important that visitors come inside the building to receive instructions before setting up any chairs or blankets. Date may shift by one night.
10 p.m.-2 a.m. .
Baton Rouge Zoo
Native Neighbors- Wild animals are all around us. Learn about the neat animals that live right here. Held the second Tuesday of every month, this program is designed for 3- to 5-year-old children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Programs are 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and will incorporate many exciting activities including a train ride, animal encounters, art projects, "Zooper" snacks and many other hands-on projects that you and your child can enjoy together.
Greenwood Community Park
BREC OUT the PARTY HATS, because we're celebrating the first unveiling of the Master Plan for the Baton Rouge Zoo and Greenwood Community Park! We're partyin' in the park with Live Music, Local food vendors & craft beer, Seafood provided by Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Louisiana Seafood, Guided birding walks & eco-tours through the ExxonMobil Cypress Bayou Lake Trail, Kayaking, Plenty of activities for all ages, A visit from the Baton Rouge Zoo Ambassador Animals, AND SO MUCH MORE!
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
For three days, Liberty Lagoon is proud to offer adaptive patrons one-on-one volunteers to help enable their waterpark experience. We hope this will allow patrons to enjoy the amenities with safe and fun involvement, while keeping sensory issues to a minimum.
National Senior Citizens Day recognizes contributions senior citizens make in communities across the city of Baton Rouge. BREC would like to recognize them by rewarding them with private swim time.
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Fly over to Bluebonnet Swamp for some end-of-summer family fun. Explore the cultural, historical, and artistic value of waterfowl carvings while viewing vintage and contemporary decoys, wood carvings, boats, and paddles displayed by carvers and collectors from throughout the Deep South and beyond. Enjoy hands-on activities like the Waterfowl Identification Hike, the Carving Corner where visitors use soap to carve their own mini duck decoys, the Duck Box inflatable jump house, live baby ducklings in the Duck Pen, waterfowl-themed carnival prize booths, face-painting and more. Need more information about your decoy heirlooms? There will be plenty of experts on hand to assist in evaluating your waterfowl collectibles.
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Highland Road Community Park Tennis Center
This tournament features a singles round robin format with boys and girls divisions: ages 8 and younger on a 36-ft. court with 23-inch racquets; ages 10 and younger on a 60-ft. court with 25-inch racquets. Free snacks and awards for players. Tournament Director: Jeremiah Casson
8:30 a.m. -noon
Baton Rouge Zoo
Run like a cheetah to our 14th annual Zoo Run Run 5K and ½ Mile Kids' Fun Run! At the run, enjoy the scenery as you scamper, trot or gallop your way through BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo. All proceeds from the race support your Baton Rouge Zoo and international cheetah conservation efforts. There will be food & refreshments for the whole family to enjoy after the race. And, anyone in your party who participates in the race or is there to support you, gains free admission to the Zoo as long as they're on site before admission gates open to the public at 9:30am.
Registration- 6:30 a.m. / Kid Fun Run- 7:45 a.m. / 5K- 8:15 a.m.