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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Field Trip Information
To schedule a field trip, please call the nature center or email our Education Curator at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-757-8905
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Upcoming Programs & Events
Wonders of Wildlife
Join us at Bluebonnet Swamp as we explore the wonders of our urban wildlife and learn how we can all get along. Did you find a baby bird or injured animal? Worried about the snakes in your backyard and how to keep raccoons out of your garbage can? Need some tips on how your pets and the wildlife in your backyard can coexist? Find out the answers to these questions and more! We will have educational presentations, games, live animals, trail activities, crafts and more so come on out for a great time at the Swamp!
Swamp Bird Walks
Join us for extended morning hours on the first Saturday of every month to check out the feathered friends that call Bluebonnet Swamp home. Led by a member of the Baton Rouge Audubon Society, visitors can enjoy a morning hike through the trails while identifying various bird species. Bird-watching techniques and identification tips are also discussed. Beginners are welcome. Field guides and binoculars are optional but recommended. Want a more hands-on experience with birds? Contact LABO for more information or visit http://www.braudubon.org/labo for more details on their activity schedule. Aug. 6 + Sept. 3 + Oct. 1 + Nov. 5 + Dec. 3 / 7-9 a.m. General admission fees apply / Free to pass holders Registration not required
Picking up where Trail Time for Toddlers leaves off, Swamp School continues nature-based education for kids ages 6-10. With more of a focus on science content, we will explore the outdoors, do arts and crafts, meet interesting animals and have healthy snacks. This is a perfect opportunity for homeschool parents to supplement their science education curricula in a natural setting. The program is held four times a month and themes change each class. The child must be accompanied by an adult. Registration for each month begins on the 1st of the month prior. Tuesdays / Sept. 6-Nov. 8 / 2-4 p.m. $40 per month (4 classes) per child EBR Parish residents November is $20 (2 classes) $48 per month (4 classes) per child out-of-parish residents - November is $24 (2 classes)
Trail Time For Toddlers
Trail Time for Toddlers is a unique opportunity for children, ages 2-5, and their parents/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. Themes change from week to week, and none are repeated within a calendar year. Participants sign up for a month at a time (4 weekly classes) and can choose to attend the Wednesday or Thursday session. Special weekend sessions may be scheduled to accommodate working parents; contact staff for more information. The child must be accompanied by an adult. Registration for each month begins on the 1st of the month prior. Sept. 7-Nov. 10 / 9:30-11:30 a.m. $40 per month (4 classes) per child EBR Parish residents November is $20 (2 classes) $48 per month (4 classes) per child out-of-parish residents - November is $24 (2 classes)
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