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Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

All Parks | Park & Conservation | Special Use Facility

102.75 Acres

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.

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Mission Statement

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.

Exhibit Building

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

Pet Policy

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.

Volunteers Wanted

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 for more information.

Field Trip Information

To schedule a field trip, please call the nature center or email our Education Curator at

Community Tours

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.

Annual Pass
Pass Price BreakdownEBR ResidentsOut of Parish (+20%)
Individual (age: 65+)$25.00 $30.00
Seniors (age: >65)$20.00 $24.00
Students (College)$20.00 $24.00
Family (4 person pass) $35.00 $42.00
Additional person to Family Pass$ 5.00 $6.00
Biz Pass

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.

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

Business Benefits:

  • 50% discount off 8 hours a month of business rentals during operating hours
  • A guided swamp experience (3 hours)
    -animal presentation
    -trail tour
    -team building exercise
  • Free BSNC magnet

Founding Land Conservation Sponsors 1987-1997

Vulcan Chemicals
Baton Rouge Area Foundation
International Paper
The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana


Interested in renting a room at the swamp? Visit the special facilities rental page for more info.

Contact Us

For more information, contact or 225-757-8905


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Get Directions

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 Eve, & 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

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