April 2019

The first official day of spring was March 20 and we are excited for the consistently warmer days. That means we're spending even more time outdoors! Explore waterways on a paddle with us, put on your citizen scientist hat to discover & identify species, and have some cake with our zoo crew in honor of the zoo's birthday. And if you're eager to get in a photoshoot with a certain egg-loving bunny, we've got TWO egg hunts with planned appearances. 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.

Sunset Paddle

Milford Wampold Memorial Park

Join us as we paddle into the beautiful south Louisiana sunset. Enjoy the fading warm colors as we explore this time at sunset. This experience is perfect for youth and adults with little or abundant watercraft skills. Kayaks and paddle boards are available to rent, but these spots go quickly so make sure to register in advance before the event is full. Registration Deadline is 2 days before each event.
April 3
6:30-8 p.m.

BioBlitz

Hooper Road Park

Grab your field guides and boots and join BREC naturalists and local scientists as we document the diversity of life, or "biodiversity", at Hooper Rd. Park! This is a full 24 hours event starting on Friday and ending Saturday afternoon where experts and citizen scientists will search on land and water to find and identify as many species as humanly possible.
April 5-6

Zippity Zoo Fest

Baton Rouge Zoo

Join the Zoo as we celebrate our 49th birthday with our annual Zippity Zoo Fest! Guest will enjoy a Children's Village, face painting, EdZooCation station, photo contest winners gallery, partner activity booths throughout the Zoo, animal enrichments and chats, family entertainment stage and of course, birthday cake! Regular Zoo admission applies.
April 6-7
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Community Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

Zachary Community Park

Gather up the family for BREC’s community egg hunts packed with fun and exciting activities for everyone. This will include themed recreational games, arts and crafts, visits from the Easter Bunny and much more. The amenities at each event may vary pending sponsorship funds/supplies provided from local organizations or partnerships.
April 6
10 a.m.-noon

Paddle Up 2

Milford Wampold Memorial Park

A beginner to intermediate paddling class on local BREC ponds. You will be given the opportunity to explore paddling skills on dry land, before moving on to water to get a true fell for how kayaks handle in their natural environment. Instructors will coach participants on basic kayak handling, strokes, techniques and maneuvering skills to help you feel comfortable on the water in the kayak. This prepares you for the other BREC Paddle UP Programs.
April 10
6-7 p.m.

Community Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

Forest Community Park

Gather up the family for BREC’s community egg hunts packed with fun and exciting activities for everyone. This will include themed recreational games, arts and crafts, visits from the Easter Bunny and much more. The amenities at each event may vary pending sponsorship funds/supplies provided from local organizations or partnerships.
April 13
10 a.m.-noon

Farr Park Student Horse Show

Farr Park Equestrian Center

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.
April 13 + 14
9 a.m.- 3 p.m

Sunshine Social: Bunny Hop

Milton J. Womack Park

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. Donation is used to support this program, including supplies and door prizes each month.
$5 donation
Ages 16+
April 18
6-9 p.m.

Solar Viewing

Highland Road Park Observatory

Weather permitting on selected Saturdays, HRPO staff shows the Sun in three manners—projected onto a white surface, directly via safely-filtered optical light and directly with a hydrogen-alpha telescope. With these techniques visitors can see any sizable sunspots or flares occurring. Protective clothing and sunscreen recommended.
April 20
noon-2 p.m.

Sunset Paddle

Milford Wampold Memorial Park

Join us as we paddle into the beautiful south Louisiana sunset. Enjoy the fading warm colors as we explore this time at sunset. This experience is perfect for youth and adults with little or abundant watercraft skills. Kayaks and paddle boards are available to rent, but these spots go quickly so make sure to register in advance before the event is full. Registration Deadline is 2 days before each event.
April 25
6:30-8 p.m.

Paddle Up 3

Highland Road Boat Launch

A paddling program for intermediate to experienced paddlers. Come revive your mind and test the waters with us at the beautiful Bayou Fountain while enjoying a morning out on the water with BREC staff and Paddle BR. Sponsored by Paddle BR
April 28
7:30 a.m.- noon

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