Learning at the Swamp

Swamp Programs and Education

Celebrating 25+ years of connecting kids to the nature of fun!

The Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center offers many great ways to introduce your little ones to nature! Children 2-10 years old and accompanying adults have the opportunity to learn about nature in a fun, social setting, through hikes, crafts and animal encounters. These programs are offered March through May and September through November.

 

Trail Time for Toddlers

Ages: 2-5 with accompanying adult

Trail Time for Toddlers is a unique playgroup opportunity for children, ages 2-5, and their parents/guardians to make new friends while learning about nature through themed indoor and outdoor activities. Come enjoy the sights and sounds of Bluebonnet Swamp with trail walks, crafts, storytelling, live 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 and can choose to attend the Wednesday or Thursday sessions. Special weekend sessions may be scheduled to accommodate working parents; contact staff for more information. .

Registration for each month begins on the first of the month prior. Check the swamp's calendar for upcoming dates & times.

Prices

$40 per month (four sessions) per child for EBR Parish residents
$48 per month (four sessions) per child for out-of-parish residents
To register visit Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center or register online at webtrac.brec.org

 

Swamp School

Ages: 6-10 with accompanying adult

Picking up where Trail Time for Toddlers leaves off, Swamp School continues nature-based education for children ages 6-10. With more of a focus on science content, we continue hands-on fun through outdoor exploration, arts and crafts, live animal encounters, and healthy snacks. This is a perfect opportunity for homeschool parents to supplement their science education curricula in a natural setting. The program is held twice a month and themes change each class.

Registration for each month begins on the first of the month prior. Check the swamp's calendar for upcoming dates & times.

Prices

$40 per month (four sessions) per child for EBR Parish residents
$48 per month (four sessions) per child for out-of-parish residents
To register visit Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center or register online at webtrac.brec.org

 

Group Tours

Group tours are generally scheduled Tuesday-Friday with both $3 (Exploration Tour) and $5 (Expedition Tour) site tours from which to choose. Exploration tours include staff-conducted live animal encounters and time for groups to explore the trails and exhibits on their own. Expedition tours include the live animal encounters as well as a guided hike where staff will lead groups on the trails pointing out scenic features and discussing the flora and fauna of Bluebonnet Swamp. Weekend group tours may also be scheduled (for Scouts and other groups), pending staff availability. Staff will work with teachers and group leaders to cover many special topics by request. To schedule a group tour, please call 225-757-8905 or email sguidry@brec.org.

 

Swamp on the GEAUX!

Bring the staff and animals of Bluebonnet Swamp to YOU for special presentations when field trips are not an option. Designed for maximum groups of 60 participants per session, in-parish fees are $60 for the first hour, $40 for the second hour, and $20 for each additional hour. An additional 20% is required for all non-parish destinations. Enjoy learning about Bluebonnet Swamp and its creatures’ features from the comfort of your own place! Great for schools, day care centers, assisted living facilities, offices, and special group gatherings. To schedule a visit from Swamp on the Geaux!, please call 225-757-8905 or email sguidry@brec.org.