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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Conservation Programs & Events

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+

Feb
4
2023
Bluebonnet Forest Planting Volunteer Project

We are working to eradicate a non-native plant from Bluebonnet Swamp Conservation Area and we need your help to plant native trees and shrubs to keep the invasive plants from coming back. This project will require digging with a shovel and potentially carrying heavy plants around. To register: volunteer.brec.org

Ages: 16+

Feb
4
2023
First Saturdays At Frenchtown

Start your month off on the right foot by spending a little time in nature at Frenchtown Road Conservation Area. Activities will focus on connecting both nature lovers and nature novices alike with the inner workings of the largest conservation area in the BREC Conservation system. And just like the site, activities and topics will change monthly. Pre-registration is required and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Jan. 7 + Feb. 4 + April 1 + May 6 / 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Ages: 6+

Feb
25
2023
Geaux Fish! Catfish Rodeo

Grab your fishing pole and head out with the family to GEAUX Fish! Our Geaux Fish Rodeos are a great opportunity to introduce new anglers to the sport of fishing or for the old veteran to test their skills. We will be stocking the pond with adult channel catfish to ensure you have plenty to catch and prizes galore. Don’t miss this chance to bring home channel catfish for dinner and spend the day outside with the family. This event is weather dependent. Early registration is encouraged to guarantee a spot.

Ages: all ages

Mar
4
2023
Revive Your Mind Nature Hike

Forest bathing, Nature Rx, Ecotherapy…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 breakthrough mindful, purposeful observation. We will be hiking off the beaten path at one of BREC's Conservation Areas 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 people 13 and older are welcome to attend with their parent.

Ages: 13+

Mar
11
2023
BREC Green Force Volunteer Training

BREC is looking to train a dedicated force of volunteers in resource management, education and programming. Learn how to help keep our habitats clean and healthy and earn rewards for doing it. Only 20 volunteer hours a year commitment! Whether you want to learn more about invasive species removal, trail clearing or how to be a program or event aid, this training is for you! The training counts towards your total hours for the year. Lunch provided. Background check required.

Registration Deadline: 02/25/2023

Ages: 16+

Mar
18
2023
Conservation Woods Walk Series: Kendalwood

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+

Apr
1
2023
Flower Fest Volunteer Project

Come help us maintain our beautiful pollinator garden at Howell Community Park. This workshop/project will include weeding, re-mulching and learning about native plants. Come out and give your green thumb some use while learning something new!

Ages: 14+ (under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)

Apr
1
2023
First Saturdays At Frenchtown

Start your month off on the right foot by spending a little time in nature at Frenchtown Road Conservation Area. Activities will focus on connecting both nature lovers and nature novices alike with the inner workings of the largest conservation area in the BREC Conservation system. And just like the site, activities and topics will change monthly. Pre-registration is required and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Jan. 7 + Feb. 4 + April 1 + May 6 / 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Ages: 6+

Apr
25
2023
Urban Nature Hike Series: Zachary

Interested in exploring the nature oasis next door or looking to take your neighborhood walks to the next level? Our Urban Hike series is a great start! Geared toward nature novices of all ages, participants will enjoy a leisurely walk through a BREC park while learning some fun facts about the park’s natural areas and the fundamentals of adventuring in the great outdoors. Preregistration is requested for all attendees and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Ages: 6+

Apr
28
2023
Start of Summer Night Hike and Campfire: Observatory

Join us on a Friday night for a great way to say hello to summer! The program will include a night hike to learn about local ecology and nocturnal animals and will include activities and games. And no Night Hike would we complete without some time around the campfire and a S’more! Come enjoy this great way to get the family out after the daytime heat. Preregistration is required and spaces are limited. Children must be registered and accompanied by a registered adult.Join us on a Friday night for a great way to say hello to summer! The program will include a night hike to learn about local ecology and nocturnal animals and will include activities and games. And no Night Hike would we complete without some time around the campfire and a S’more! Come enjoy this great way to get the family out after the daytime heat. Preregistration is required and spaces are limited. Children must be registered and accompanied by a registered adult.

Ages: 6+

May
6
2023
First Saturdays At Frenchtown

Start your month off on the right foot by spending a little time in nature at Frenchtown Road Conservation Area. Activities will focus on connecting both nature lovers and nature novices alike with the inner workings of the largest conservation area in the BREC Conservation system. And just like the site, activities and topics will change monthly. Pre-registration is required and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Jan. 7 + Feb. 4 + April 1 + May 6 / 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Ages: 6+

May
20
2023
Conservation Woods Walk Series: Manchac

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+

 
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