Play & Grow Pros Refresh

During this difficult time for East Baton Rouge parish, BREC is here for you! Refresh your mind online and outdoors with our Play & Grow Pros Refresh. Check out virtual versions of some of your favorite BREC activities and adventures. See which of parks still open and safe to visit as well as some ideas for you and your family to do that will revive and refresh your mind in a positive and safe way. Play, discover and grow safely with BREC today!

Visiting Parks

BREC parks are the perfect place to go for fresh air, sunshine and calming green spaces that can help us all get through this uncertain time. While we have had to close down high-touch areas of our parks, we invite you to use the walking paths, trails and green spaces that allow people to receive the health benefits, both physical and mental, of nature while allowing you to follow the CDC guideline of staying 6-feet away from other people.

Want to be extra cautious during your visit? Our partners at the National Recreation and Park Association have prepared this handy guide to make sure your visit to BREC parks doesn’t put you, or anyone else, at a higher risk of spreading the virus. Click here to view the guide on Keeping a Safe Physical Distance in Parks and on Trails During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Full List of BREC Parks

For information about any closures, cancellations and suspensions, please visit BREC.ORG/COVID19

New to Hiking?
If you are new to hiking, we have a blog post just for you! It has some great tips from one of our own BREC team members new to the hiking game. Click here to join her as she takes you through three perfect places for beginners.

Hiking & Nature Trails

BREC Parks that are open and have hiking/trails:

State Parks & Trails near East Baton Rouge Parish


Looking for things to keep yourself and your family entertained during the quarantine? Try some of our activities available for download below! We have them in both English and Spanish

Play & Grow Pro Video Series

Activities & Education
Building a Fort: Beginners
Frenchtown Road Conservation Tour
Magnolia Mound - Historical Introduction
Astronomy Chats at Highland Road Park Observatory - Nim
Art-at-Home: Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars
Arborist Chats: Trees 101
EBR Mountain Biking - Trail Safety at Comite River Park
Astronomy Chats at Highland Road Park Observatory - The Telescope
Art-at-Home: Mother's Day Craft
Kayaking 101
Art-at-Home: Paper Bag Monster
Park Bench Exercise
Magnolia Mound - The Pigeonnier & Privy
Astronomy Chats at Highland Road Park Observatory - Gravity
Kendalwood Conservation Area Tour
Art-at-Home: Toilet Paper Roll Monster
EBR Mountain Biking - Comite Trail 101
EBR Mountain Biking - Hooper Trail 101
Extreme Sports Park Etiquette
Building a Trail at Forest Community Park
Arborist Chats - The Bald Cypress
Manchac Park Tour
Building a Fort: Advanced
Magnolia Mound - The Kitchen
Astronomy Chats at Highland Road Park Observatory - Stars
Art-at-Home: Disc-O-Turtle
Blackwater Conservation Area Tour
EBR Mountain Biking - Trail Etiquette at Comite River Park
Beginner Tennis Drills
Forest Community Park Tour
Feeding Farr Park Residents
Art-at-Home - Lavender Painting
Animal Encounters
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center: American Alligator
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center: Gopher Tortoise
Baton Rouge Zoo: Spectacled Bear
Baton Rouge Zoo: Black Rhino
Baton Rouge Zoo: Siamang
Baton Rouge Zoo: Red River Hogs
Baton Rouge Zoo: Lion-tailed Macaque
Baton Rouge Zoo: Indian Runner Duck
Baton Rouge Zoo: Jaguars
Equestrian Encounters: Horse Anatomy
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center: Corn Snake
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center: Norway Rats
Baton Rouge Zoo: North American River Otter
Baton Rouge Zoo: American Alligator
Baton Rouge Zoo: Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo
Baton Rouge Zoo: Cheetahs
Baton Rouge Zoo: Black-handed Spider Monkeys
Baton Rouge Zoo: Tortoises
Baton Rouge Zoo: Chilean Flamingos
Baton Rouge Zoo: White-Tailed Deer
Baton Rouge Zoo: Pelicans
Baton Rouge Zoo: Giraffes
Baton Rouge Zoo: Tigers
Baton Rouge Zoo: Elk
Baton Rouge Zoo: Dik Diks
Baton Rouge Zoo: Maned Wolf
Baton Rouge Zoo: Emus
Farr Park: Horse Farrier
Virtual Nature Experiences
Outdoor Meditation at Blackwater Conservation Area

Our Partners

Flat Tire Repair with Front Yard Bikes
Baton Roots Urban Farm at Howell Community Park
Riding Your Bike Safely on the Road with Front Yard Bikes
Baton Roots Backyard Garden

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