As spring edges ever closer, we want to make sure you have a chance to enjoy outdoor fun in the pleasantly mild weather. Enjoy a Valentine's Day themed outing at the zoo, ride horses, sleep under the stars, explore the swamp in the depths of the dark, or explore nature in a way that resets your state of mind. With so many opportunities to play, discover, and grow, how can you choose? 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.
Baton Rouge Zoo
Join us for a Valentine extravaganza! This action-packed day includes Safari Amphitheater programs featuring the sometimes strange and amazing "birds and bees" facts as they apply to our affectionate animals. Make a valentine for your favorite person or animal! Regular zoo admission applies.
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Farr Park Equestrian Center
Do you enjoy camping in the great outdoors, riding horses, and exploring the world around you? If you answered yes, then we have your next great adventure! Join us as we explore Farr Park overnight by horseback, foot and bike! Activities include horseback riding, archery, bicycling, geocaching, hay rides, camping, and hiking. Dinner and breakfast provided. Tents available for use for the night-$5.
All ages. Riders must be 6+
Feb. 9 + 10
2 p.m. - 10 a.m.
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.
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
We welcome you to enjoy the Swamp at night by visiting us during our Flashlight Nights! Staff will be facilitating live animal encounters and running special nature films. Enjoy a leisurely night hike with your family and friends. Trail access ends at 8:15 p.m. 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.
Frenchtown Rd. Conservation Area
Forest bathing, Nature Rx, Ecotherapy, Green Peace…it’s been called many things but the message is the same, NATURE is good for you! If life has you spinning and you feel out of balance this is the hike for you. We will be using time in nature to slow down and take a break through mindful, purposeful observation. We will be hiking off the beaten path at BREC’s largest Conservation Area using the outdoors as a window to relaxation and a free mind. Join us to get a well-deserved dose of nature at its finest. This program is geared towards adults but children 13 and older are welcome to attend
Womack Park-Upperdeck Batting Cages
Want to explore archery? Learning something alone is never as fun as when doing it with a friend. Bring a friend to this one-day introduction class to the skills of archery. Come enjoy the fun that comes with shooting a bow and arrow, and let us help you get on target! We welcome both adults and youth. BREC will provide all equipment necessary.
Sponsored by Subaru of Baton Rouge
Independence Park Theatre
Celebrate accomplishments and contributions of African Americans that make our lives better today through recitals, skits, music, dance and more.
Burbank Soccer Complex
Periodically Mercury reaches its greatest angular separation in the sky (elongation) from the Sun. This is the safest way to view Mercury by amateurs. Come join us at the Burbank Soccer Complex!
Independence Park Theatre
Independence Park Theatre colorful musical captures the blithe yet touching spirit of Ludwig Bemelmans’ much loved Madeline series. This amusing tale traces the adventures of a young Parisian girl who – despite starting off on the wrong foot with a mischievous new neighbor – eventually learns that first impressions aren’t everything. Told with gentle humor, and featuring a beautiful musical score, this amusing tale of enemies-become-friends will charm and entertain children and adults alike.
Special school performance at 9 a.m.
Recommended for ages 8-12
Purchase tickets online at theparktheatre.com or on-site at Independence Park Theatre