Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center is a 103-acre facility dedicated to conservation, education, recreation and tourism. It houses an award-winning, 9500-square-foot building filled with live animal exhibits; photographic presentations of the site's flora and fauna; natural artifact and mineral displays; and a sizeable, vintage waterfowl decoy carving collection. Ecology and art exhibits are featured periodically.
Over a mile of gravel paths and boardwalks link varied habitats such as the cypress-tupelo swamp, beech-magnolia and hardwood forests. Wildlife is plentiful at Bluebonnet Swamp, including hundreds of bird species utilizing the site throughout the year. Birders can view seasonal species during peak migrations, as well as year-round residents. While snakes and turtles are commonly seen from the trails, raccoons, rabbits, opossums, armadillos, squirrels, foxes, coyotes, deer and otter are also known to inhabit the site.
Our mission is to connect people to nature through environmental education, conservation, recreation, and tourism. By providing positive outdoor experiences and hands-on opportunities for discovery, BSNC fosters awareness and appreciation of natural resources, which promotes the conservation of natural areas, ecological research, and community involvement to cultivate environmental stewardship.
The award-winning exhibit building is an impressive structure combining the natural tones of wood and the illuminating effects of light to create an open-air feeling. Young visitors will surely enjoy the live animal displays, as well as the touch tables that are covered with items like snakeskin, feathers, pelts, skulls and other natural artifacts. More mature audiences might enjoy viewing the carving displays and picking up some free educational materials at the information table. Guests can find a variety of nature-related gifts and souvenirs in The Bee Hive, while also observing a real, working beehive and hunting for the marked queen.
Small business groups (up to 40 people) using the center's conference room will find the beautiful surroundings of this site quite inspiring during breaks. Larger groups (up to 150 people) can reserve the entire building for evening events as well.
About the Swamp
This site has a "no pets" policy except on designated days. Call 225-757-8905 for more information on our Dog Days program, when visitors are allowed to enjoy the Swamp with their pets.
Interested in Louisiana natural science? Can you donate at least three hours per week to the nature center? Then BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp is for you. Contact BREC's Volunteer Coordinator at 225-272-9200, 446 or email@example.com for more information.
Field Trip Information
To schedule a field trip, please call the nature center or email our Education Curator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 1-July 31, 2021 Community Tours on Sundays at 2 p.m.
Starting August 9, 2021 Community Tours on Tuesday-Friday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Learning at the swamp
Looking for educational opportunities related to Bluebonnet Swamp? Check out our Learning at the Swamp page to learn more about Swamp on the Geaux, Trail Time with Toddlers, and more.
|Pass Price Breakdown||EBR Residents||Out of Parish (+20%)|
|Individual (age: 65+)||$25.00||$30.00|
|Seniors (age: >65)||$20.00||$24.00|
|Family (4 person pass)||$35.00||$42.00|
|Additional person to Family Pass||$ 5.00||$6.00|
If your business is looking for ways to add to employee benefits, increase overall health and wellness, support the environment, expand team building, volunteer and get more involved in the community, then our Swamp Biz Pass is for YOU.
|BIZ PASS||5 PPL||10 PPL||30 PPL|
|1 Year Biz Pass||$250||$475||$1350|
|3 Year Biz Pass||$675||$1285||$3645|
|5 Year Biz Pass||$1000||$1900||$5400|
|20% increase for out-of-parish businesses.|
Individual Pass Holder Benefits:
- Free access to the Swamp during operating hours
- Free admission to Bluebonnet Swamp’s special events
- 10% Discount to the Bluebonnet Swamp’s Beehive Gift Shop
- 50% discount off 8 hours a month of business rentals during operating hours
- A guided swamp experience (3 hours)
-team building exercise
- Free BSNC magnet
Founding Land Conservation Sponsors 1987-1997
Baton Rouge Area Foundation
The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana
Interested in renting a room at the swamp? Visit the special facilities rental page for more info.
For more information, contact email@example.com or 225-757-8905
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Upcoming Programs & Events
Early Bird Extended Hours
Join us for extended morning hours on the first Saturday of every month to check out the feathered friends that call Bluebonnet Swamp home. Due to current protocols, a guide is not provided for this program, but you are welcome to come enjoy the trails on your own before our normal operating hours begin.
Swamp Flashlight Night
We welcome you to enjoy the Swamp at night by visiting us during our Swamp Flashlight Night! Staff will be facilitating live animal encounters througout the event. Enjoy a leisurely night hike with your family and friends. The swamp trails can be really dark at night – so don’t forget to bring a flashlight.
Duck Duck Goose Day
Fly over to Bluebonnet Swamp for some end-of-summer family fun. Explore the cultural, historical and artistic value of waterfowl carvings while viewing vintage and contemporary decoys, wood carvings, boats and paddles displayed by carvers and collectors from throughout the Deep South and beyond!
Trail Time for Toddlers
Trail Time for Toddlers is a unique opportunity for children, ages 2-5, and their parents or guardians to make new friends while learning about nature through trail walks and themed indoor and outdoor activities. Come enjoy the sights and sounds of the swamp, arts and crafts, storytelling, animal encounters and healthy snacks.
10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
BSNC is located one block off of Bluebonnet Blvd. between Perkins and Highland Road. Turn toward the Whitney Bank and follow N. Oak Hills Pkwy into our parking lot.
Tues-Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: noon - 5 p.m.
Last admission to trails at 4:15 p.m.
Site closes and gate is locked at 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays, New Year's Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day.
Ages 2 and younger: free
Ages 3-17: $2
Ages 18-64: $3
Ages 65 and older: $2.50
Full-time college students with university ID: $2.50
Annual passes available