PRESCRIBED BURN NOTICE: Prescribed or controlled burn to take place at Howell Community Park tentatively starting Thursday, January 19, 2023 depending on the weather Please do not report incidents of smoke or fire in Howell Community Park. The burn has been approved by the local fire department. Click here to learn more about prescribed burns

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All Programs & Events

Jan
28
2023
Open Clay Studio

BREC Art is proud to offer scheduled open-wheel use for both seasoned clay artists and beginners. Our new studio has everything you need to throw the perfect piece including tools and our new potter’s wheels. Tuesday + Thursday / 5-6:30 p.m. + 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday / 8:30-10 a.m. + 10:30 a.m.-noon $25 per hour-and-a-half session $30 for out-of-parish residents

Ages: 16+

Jan
28
2023
Guided Trail Rides

BREC's Farr Park Equestrian center is proud to offer guided trail rides on select Saturdays and Sundays. Enjoy a one-hour gentle ride through the park or in the indoor arena on one of the BREC horses. This fun activity is perfect for families, groups, and friends. Trail rides are by appointment only, and all riders must be at least 9 years old. Jan. 7 + 28 + Feb. 4 + 25 + March 4 + 25 + April 1 + 29 Ride times: 9 a.m. + 10:30 a.m. + noon

Ages: 9+

Jan
28
2023
Swamp Art Spectacular

Join us for our 4th Annual Swamp Art Spectacular, featuring work from local artists in the fields of Fabric Arts, Fine Arts and Photography – focusing on the theme “Impressions of Louisiana Nature”. Come visit during the exhibition and vote on your favorite piece in both the youth and adult categories – winners will receive a prize at the end of the show! Jan. 13-Feb. 26 / Normal operating hours

Ages: all ages

Jan
28
2023
Conservation Woods Walk Series: Forest

Explore the natural places throughout the parish just beyond your backyard at BREC Conservation Areas with staff on a Conservation Woods Walk. Further off the beaten path, these walks are geared toward providing an interactive experience at Conservation areas and trails throughout the parish to make these special natural spaces more familiar. Open to both novices and experts alike, these walks are more primitive and more rigorous than your regular walk in the park. Preregistration is required and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Ages: 8+

Jan
28
2023
Science Academy

Cadets are brought into the wonderful world of astronomy and given an exciting chance to explore gravity, simple machines, stars, spacecraft, meteors, the Earth-Moon system, asteroids and comets, and the electromagnetic spectrum. Registration closes the Friday before each class. Jan. 7 + 14 + 28 Feb. 4 + 11 + 25 March 4 + 11 + 25 April 1 + 8 + 15 May 6 + 13 + 27 10 a.m.-noon / Ages 8-12

Ages: 8-12

Jan
28
2023
Saturday Morning Studio

Saturday Morning Studio is drawing outside the lines this spring! Each month BREC Art participants will be introduced to an art that relies on creativity instead of artistic skill. While still exercising the basics of art, we will work with unusual mediums and be introduced to new types of art that students may not have much experience with.

Ages: 8-12

Jan
28
2023
Adult Astronomy Courses

Seasoned skygazers teach you how to focus, magnify and gauge transparency while using binoculars, telescopes and more. Get the most out of your skygazing investment or gift, so that you too can unlock wonderous views of the Heavens. Jan. 7: Learn Your Binoculars Jan. 28: Learn your Telescope 3:30-7:30 p.m. $15 for EBR Parish residents $18 for out-of-parish residents More info: hrpo.lsu.edu Registration deadline: Jan. 4 + Jan. 25

Ages: 18+

Jan
28
2023
Community Bonfire (Rescheduled to Jan. 28)

Let’s light up the night and welcome in the new year! Join us for an evening of fun at BREC’s Community Bonfire. Bring a chair, have a picnic, or dance the night away! There will be s’mores, hot chocolate, fun entertainment, and much more!

Ages: all ages

Jan
29
2023
Swamp Art Spectacular

Join us for our 4th Annual Swamp Art Spectacular, featuring work from local artists in the fields of Fabric Arts, Fine Arts and Photography – focusing on the theme “Impressions of Louisiana Nature”. Come visit during the exhibition and vote on your favorite piece in both the youth and adult categories – winners will receive a prize at the end of the show! Jan. 13-Feb. 26 / Normal operating hours

Ages: all ages

Jan
30
2023
Sunshine Club

What do you do after graduation? You walk on Sunshine, of course! The Sunshine Club is here to help bridge the gap for adults with Intellectual and developmental disabilities by offering not only recreational experiences but life skills and volunteer opportunities. We learn how to be productive members of the community while exploring and learning new things with a bit of fun thrown in the mix. All incoming participants need an assessment and registration can be done by Recreation staff.

Ages: 18+ with intellectual or developmental disabilities

Jan
30
2023
Busy Bodies

Busy bodies are a program where seniors enjoy doing exercise with an instructor while using chairs, weights, strength bands, and balancing bars. This program addresses some of the major wellness components needed for optimal health. These areas include strength, flexibility, balance, cognition and nutrition.

Ages: 55+

Jan
30
2023
Swamp Art Spectacular

Join us for our 4th Annual Swamp Art Spectacular, featuring work from local artists in the fields of Fabric Arts, Fine Arts and Photography – focusing on the theme “Impressions of Louisiana Nature”. Come visit during the exhibition and vote on your favorite piece in both the youth and adult categories – winners will receive a prize at the end of the show! Jan. 13-Feb. 26 / Normal operating hours

Ages: all ages

Jan
30
2023
BREC Beginnings

BREC offers this part-time program as an opportunity for children ages 3-4 to experience and observe their natural world through observation and play. The curriculum focuses on inspiring curiosity, creativity, and socialization through arts & crafts, songs, physical activity, and more. For more information contact the facility. Monday-Thursday / year-round / 9 a.m.-noon

Ages: 3-4

Jan
30
2023
Warmth of the Earth Pottery Program

Use your hands to get creative while shaping and molding clay into beautiful pieces of artwork. Basic pottery techniques are introduced where participants will be allowed to create, paint, and glaze their individual pieces. The finished product will then be fired by the instructor for you to pick up at a later date. SHARP ROAD PARK ADULT LEISURE CENTER Jan. 10-June 29 Monday + Wednesday + Friday / 9:30-11 a.m.

Jan
30
2023
Commit To Be Fit Aerobics Class: North Sherwood

Come and enjoy a low impact aerobics class with us! Commit to Be Fit works your entire body utilizing great music and purposeful moves that helps you to get in the groove, in and out of class. Register onsite.

Jan
30
2023
Sunshine Interactive Club

Are you looking for an opportunity to have fun and gather with friends during the day? Do you like trying new activities as well as revisiting those we all love? Come have fun with the Sunshine Interactive Group for teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Ages: Adults + teens with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their caregiver

Jan
30
2023
Sharp as a Needle Sewing Class: Webb

Do you have a sewing machine, patterns or fabric lying around? Are you interested in developing a new skill and learning how to sew? No matter what skill level you are starting from, Sharp as a Needle Sewing Class is for you! Our instructor will teach you all you need to know about the sewing machine: parts, function and how to operate. There will be different patterns and materials presented, discussed and utilized to make individual projects.

Ages: 55+

Jan
30
2023
Walking With Joy

Walking with JOY is more than just an exercise program. It is a positive and healthy start to your day. We will reach fitness goals by walking while we visit and conversate in a group setting. Register onsite.

Jan
30
2023
Steps In Motion Line Dancing

Get up, step up and line up to the latest beats and the classics in our Steps in Motion Line Dance Class! Our line dance classes are fun for everyone. The instructor will break down a variety of dances to give you a great workout and prepare you for your next reception or event! Register onsite.

Jan
30
2023
Zumba Gold®

Come party yourself into shape with Zumba classes with a nationally Certified ZUMBA instructor. Zumba is a Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning, and dance-fitness party you do not want to miss. It fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow aerobic moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness programs that is energizing. This class is month-to-month with no contract needed, so sign up and start dancing your way to a healthier, more vibrant you! INDEPENDENCE COMMUNITY PARK Jan. 10-June 27 / Monday / 11 a.m.-noon

Ages: 50+

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