September 2021

Even before Hurricane Ida made landfall in our state, BREC was serving the community by providing spaces for sandbags. After the storm, your park system has offered staging sites for utility vehicles and debris collection, provided emergency camps to children not in school and places for Metro Council members to provide food, water and other necessities to storm survivors. Our staff is working quickly to clean up and repair parks so you can take a break from the stress of storm recovery and take time for some much-needed post-Ida fun including opportunities to enjoy nature, play games, learn and even go for a swim with your dogs. It is all 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.

Urban Nature Hike

Greenwood Community Park

Interested in exploring the nature oasis next door or looking to take your neighborhood walks to the next level? Our Urban Hike series is a great start! Geared toward nature novices of all ages, participants will enjoy a leisurely walk through a BREC park while learning some fun facts about the park’s natural areas and the fundamentals of adventuring in the great outdoors. Preregistration is required for all attendees and an adult must accompany all children.
Sept. 7
5:30-7 p.m.

Nature Night Hike & Campfire

Zachary Community Park

Join us on a Friday night for a great way to say hello to the cooler weather of the fall! The program will include a night hike learning about local ecology and nocturnal animals and activities and games. Come enjoy this great way to get the family out after the daytime heat. Preregistration is required and spaces are limited. Children must be registered and accompanied by a registered adult.
Sept. 10
7-9 p.m.

Saturday Morning Studio: Maneki-neko

Milton J. Womack Park

Saturday Morning Studio is TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD! Each month BREC Art will “travel” to a different country to experience history, art, (and snacks!) of a culture different from ours. Join us each month for tips, treats, and creative expression as we pack our art bags and see the world!
Sept. 11: Maneki-neko (Beckoning Cat)! Meneki-neko is beckoning our students to Japan! We will explore the history of this iconic figurine and create our own unique kitty using mixed media.
Sept. 11
10:30 a.m.-noon

Solar Viewing

Highland Road Park Observatory

Weather permitting, personnel presents the Sun projected onto a white surface, directly via safely-filtered optical light and directly with a hydrogen-alpha telescope. Patrons are able to see any sizable sunspots or flares. Protective clothing and sunscreen recommended.
Sept. 11
noon-2 p.m.


Lovett Road Park

Get inspired through games, crafts and activities highlighting our favorite summer camp moments. Campers should bring a lunch and 2 snacks and be dressed for indoor and outdoor activities.
Sept. 11
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Teen Pop Up & Unplug

North Sherwood Forest Community Park

Every second Saturday of the month from Sept.-Dec., teens will have the opportunity to unwind from the week and engage in active activities with BREC on The Geaux, Our Lady of the Lake Health Centers in Schools and ICARE. Activities will include Fitness Bingo, Ninja Course, musical activities, health and wellness information and more!
Sept. 11
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Ride & Roll

Perkins Road Extreme Sports Park

Come on out and celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the Extreme Sports Park with a little bit of friendly competition. We will be hosting a BMX Skate Park Contest, BMX Dirt Jump Contest, and a Skateboarding Contest here in the park. This is a free event so bring your bikes and boards and get ready to roll!
Sept. 12
2-6 p.m.

SUP 101

Milford Wampold Memorial Park

SUP bruh? We’re stoked to be offering this SUP 101 course at Wampold Park and Greenwood Community Park. So come hang with us as we take our stand up paddle boards out on the Greenwood and Milford Wampold waterways. Let us help you get comfortable standing and paddling on the open water. All SUP equipment provided.
Sept. 15
6-7 p.m.

Art unWINEd: Cool Jazz

Milton J. Womack Park

Tired of the same ol’ paint and drink?! If so, then check out BREC’s adult-only, fun and creative grown-up time outs. Each of these classes are designed to encourage and inspire while enjoying beverages and nibbles. All art supplies, nibbles and adult (or not) beverages included. Great for friend get-togethers, bridal parties, corporate team building or just making new friends! Private ART UnWINEd bookings are also available. Must be 21 or older to join the fun.
Cool Jazz! - Hey, you Crazy Cats, it’s time for an evening of cool jazz! This fun art-together will include an abstract painting of jazz musicians, wine and cheese. Time to jam, you dig?! Class taught by local artist, Jeanna Esser.
Sept. 17
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Sunshine Social

Womack Park

Through partnership with Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, BREC is able to offer themed, monthly socials for adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities to invite their friends and family. There will be a dancing, disc jockey, door prizes, fun, refreshments and of course, socialization! Please pre-register by the Wednesday before each dance. Please include the total number of people attending in your party. (Donation supports this program, including supplies and door prizes each month.)
Theme: Back to the Future 80s Night
Sept. 17
6-9 p.m.

Museum Day

Magnolia Mound

Museum Day is a nationwide event where participating museums and cultural institutions across the United States offer free admission. Sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution. #MuseumDay
Sept. 18
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Dog Day at the Swamp

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

With our Dog Days, BSNC drops its “No Pets” policy and opens its doors and trails to pets once per season! All leashed pets are welcome, but vaccinations should be current. In order to help promote physical distancing, additional watering stations will be set up for our four-legged friends.
Sept. 18
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

End of Summer Dog Pool Pawty

Liberty Lagoon

Join us for the End of the Summer Pool Pawty at Liberty Lagoon!
Session 1: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Dogs under 40 pounds)
Session 2: 1 – 3 p.m. (Dogs over 40 pounds)
Session 3: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (All dogs)
Sept. 18
10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Community Walk-a-thon

Highland Road Community Park - Grand Pavilion

Come join us for a fun morning walk promoting health and wellness within our community. Bring your family, friends, and even fur babies to participate and stroll the beautiful walking trail. This event will have food vendors, live entertainment and much more!
Sept. 18
9 a.m.-noon

Chickens 101

Lovett Road Park

Have you ever thought about raising your own chickens? We will go over the basic information you need from start to finish including purchasing eggs, raising chicks, creating a safe chicken coop, feeding and more! You’ll be ready for your own farm fresh eggs by the end of the class.
Sept. 19
2-4 p.m.

Kayaks and Coffee

Milford Wampold Memorial Park

Looking for something more than your average cup of Joe to kickstart your morning routine? Try adding a little spice with Kayaks & Coffee, a fantastic blend of adventure and exercise to get you ready to face the day.
Sept. 21
10 a.m.-noon

Homeschool Day

Zachary Community Park

Welcome back to school. Let BREC help you with ideas for Homeschool fields trips. Bring out your kids or group for a special Homeschool day. The event will be held outdoors showcasing several aspects of BREC's Recreation Department with informational booths and activities
Sept. 23
9 a.m.-noon

Nature Pioneers

Palomino Drive Park

Bring your curious little ones and join Conservation staff to start them down the path of nature exploration. Your Nature Pioneer can come explore with us at Palomino Drive Park and enjoy short hikes, games, storytelling and arts and crafts! Each program will explore a different theme through indoor and outdoor investigation and exploration. Children must be registered and accompanied by an adult.
Sept. 25
9:30-11:30 am

E-Sports Tournament - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Red Oaks Park

Do you have the skills, coordination and training to beat other gamers? Participants ages 10 and older are invited to join BREC for a 4-game series of eSports tournaments beginning at noon on Sept. 25 at our new eSports Lounge located at Red Oaks Park.
Sept. 25

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