January 2021

We are all happy that 2020 is over, and we're diving headfirst into 2021. Explore the skies, step away from the screens & enjoy some active fun, dip your toe into the artsy pool, or dominate in a tournament for one of your favorite sports. All this and more - this month at BREC!

Programs & Events

Check out some of our exciting upcoming events and programs. Click the event name to get more info.
For a full list, visit our events calendar.

Amateur Astronomy

Highland Road Park Observatory

These exciting one-day classes are tailor-made to instruct the patron in the use of a personal telescope or binocular for skygazing, or the basics of the unaided-eye Baton Rouge sky. Sign up for one or more!
Jan. 2: "Learn Your Sky"
Jan. 9: "Learn Your Binocular"

3:30-7:30 p.m.

Backpacking 101

Highland Road Park

Have you always wanted to go back packing, but never felt you had to skills or experience to make it happen? Then join us for Backpacking 101. Our Outdoor Adventure staff will take you through the basics of being a successful backpacker and lead you on your first backpacking adventure at the culmination of our program. Learn how to plan your trip, properly use common back packing equipment, and then put your skills to the test on your first overnight backpacking adventure under the leadership of our experienced staff. This class will take place over three meetings during the month of January. Group equipment will be provided by BREC, but individuals will be responsible for some individual equipment. Please contact our outdoor adventure department if you desire more specific information.
Wednesdays Jan 6 + 13 + 20 / 6-7:30pm
Sat & Sun, Jan 23 & 24 / 8:30 am - 3 pm (overnight)

Archery 101 16+

Milton J. Womack Park

Want to explore archery? Then join us for this one-day introduction class to the skills of archery. Come enjoy the fun that comes with shooting a bow and arrow and let us help you get on target! This class is for ages 16 and up only. BREC will provide all equipment necessary.
Thursday, Jan 7

Saturday Morning Studio: On a Roll

Milton J. Womack Park

Saturday Morning Studio is GOING GREEN! These environmentally mindful classes are the perfect combination of art and FUN! Join us each month for tips, treats, and creative expression through green projects designed to enhance art skills while learning the importance of sustainability – all guised under a party atmosphere!
Jan. 9
10:30 a.m.-noon

Teen Pop Up and Unplug

Forest Community Park

Every second Saturday of the month from December to April, teens will get a chance to decompress and engage in fun physical activities while practicing social distancing with BREC on The Geaux & Health and Wellness activities with Our Lady of the Lake Health Centers in schools. Some activities include Fitness Bingo, Ninja Course, musical activities, and more! This is a FREE event. Pre-registration is free, but you must register to secure your spot!
Jan. 9
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Mardi Gras Wreath Making Class

Lovett Road Park

Join us for a few hours of crafting and creating as we make wreaths to celebrate Mardi Gras. Participants will receive guided instruction and all art supplies to complete your masterpiece.
Jan. 10 / 2-4 p.m.
Jan. 14 / 6-8 p.m.

Archery 101 Jr.

Milton J. Womack Park

Want to explore archery? Then join us for this one-day introduction class to the skills of archery. Come enjoy the fun that comes with shooting a bow and arrow, and let us help you get on target! This class is for youth from ages 8-15. BREC will provide all equipment necessary.
Jan. 12

Adaptive Sunshine Social


We are excited to host a virtual prom for teens (age 16+) and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Get dressed up or come as you are! Join us for music and dancing from your home.
Jan. 15
6-8 p.m.

Swamp Art Spectacular

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

If you’re familiar with some of our older Swamp Art Shows, we combined them in 2020 to create an even larger and longer exhibition. Participants working in fiber arts, fine arts and photography are all invited to show and compete for a variety of prizes. The theme for our 2021 exhibition is “Impressions of Louisiana Nature”. While the theme is not limited to swamps, works should reflect subjects found outdoors in Louisiana’s natural landscapes. The exhibition will show from January 15 to February 28.
Artist Entry Deadline: December 28, 2020
Jan. 15-Feb. 28
Operating Hours

Winter’s Nature Night Hike

Zachary Community Park

Come enjoy a crisp January night with us! The program will include a night hike learning about local ecology and nocturnal animals and will include activities and games. End the night warming up with a cup of hot chocolate while learning local folklore. Come enjoy this great way to get the family out in nature! Children must be registered, accompanied by a registered adult, and able to complete a 2.5-mile hike in the dark with minimal light.
Jan 15
6:00-8:00 PM

Art 101 @ Home


As we open our Swamp Art Spectacular, join us on Zoom for presentations by local experts in Fabric Arts, Fine Arts and Photography. Each 30-minute session will focus on the steps you need to take to get started in each field. Afterwards, we hope you will participate in our Art Show Field Days throughout the year and submit a piece of your artwork to next year’s show!
Jan. 16
Time TBD

E-Sports Tournament

North Sherwood Forest Community Park

Do you have the skills, coordination, and training to beat other gamers? Join us for a 5-game series of online and in-person eSports tournaments. Details will be emailed upon registration and can also be found on our Discord server BREC Online Tourny. All champions will receive prize packets. Space is limited!
Jan. 23

Conservation Woods Walk Series

Kendalwood Road Park

Satisfy your curiosity about the trees you see at BREC Parks and your wonder about the animals that call BREC Conservation Areas home. Join a BREC Naturalist for on the Woods Walk Hiking Series and pick their brain about a broad range of topics. Each hike in the series will dive into different topics connected to these unique sites in East Baton Rouge Parish. Come to one or multiple hikes in the series to indulge in the great outdoors. Preregistration is required and all children must be accompanied by an adult
Jan. 23
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Men's Flag Football Tournament

Milton J. Womack Park Fields

7 v 7 Flag Football at BREC can’t be beat for good times and a competitive atmosphere. Join us for BREC Athletics first Adult Flag Football tournament at BREC!
Jan. 23+24

Adult COED Softball Tournament Lower + Upper 5V5

Hartley/Vey Park at Oak Villa

Join BREC Athletics in its first Adult Coed Sunday Softball Tournament. 5v5 Coed for Tournament play. registrations are accepted online ONLY. 5 women 5 guys
Jan. 29-31

Teen Video Game Night

North Sherwood Forest Community Park

Teens will compete in a series of tournament-style video games. Tournament style games will include Madden NFL 21 & NBA 2K21, Etc.
Every Tuesday
4:30-6:30 p.m.

Walking with Ease

North Sherwood Forest Community Park

BREC is proud to partner with The Arthritis Foundation to provide this special six-week walking program. The program includes educational sessions, walking sessions and prizes.
Program begins Jan. 4.
Every Monday + Wednesday

8:30-9:30 a.m. & 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Open House Series for Juniors

City-Brooks Community Park Tennis Center

Come out and learn to play tennis. BREC provides equipment and racquets. Please bring a water bottle and dress to sweat. No registration required.
Program begins Jan. 9
8:30-9:30 a.m. / Ages: 6-10
9:30-10:30 a.m. / Ages: 11-16

Creative Perks!

Virtual Creative Outlet

Tired of the isolation? Miss like-minded conversation? Need a creative spark or outlet? We got you! Join us virtually each Monday and Thursday for an open forum of creative chit-chat. Show us what you’re working on, get advice from others in the group or just sip coffee and soak it all in – this is your time! All creatives 18 and older are encouraged and all mediums are welcome.
Jan. 11 - April 29
Every Monday + Thursday / 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Creative Writing

Independence Park Theatre

Are you one of those people who have thought, “I’d like to write a book someday, but I don’t know where to start”? If yes, then this is the course for you. All you need is to open yourself up and allow your ideas to flow, plus a writing implement to capture those ideas. Many hesitate to start writing their story because of confusion in what to say, where to start writing, and how to shape those ideas into a story. This class can help with that!
Jan. 12-28
Every Tuesday + Thursday / 5:30-7 p.m.

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