Jean Lafitte National Park schedules January activities

January is a busy month for the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. In addition to observance of the Battle of New Orleans at the Chalmette Battlefield Jan. 13, there are nature activities at the Barataria Preserve all month. To volunteer, call (504) 689-3690 ext. 10.

Emancipation talk

A ranger will speak on “the Emancipation Proclamation and Louisiana: Is it true that the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t free Louisiana’s slaves during the Civil War?”

The talk is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero (near Crown Point). (504) 689-3690 ext. 10 or http://www.nps.gov/jela.

Kids’ nature program

Expanding Horizons kids’ nature program: Learn about “Beaks and Feet” through outdoor activities, crafts, and fun. For kids aged 6-12 (parents welcome).

Free, but space is limited so reservations are required.

Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero (near Crown Point). (504) 689-3690 ext. 10 or http://www.nps.gov/jela.

Hike the wetlands

Explore Louisiana swamp and marsh on a ranger-guided walk at 10 a.m. Fridays through Mondays. Free. Barataria Preserve.

Barataria Bird Count

Join park staff, scientists, birders, and volunteers to inventory the birds of the Barataria Preserve. Teams will identify, count, and record their findings all day (there’ll be an after-hours owl team too!).

Beginning birders are encouraged to join the fun. Participants must register by Friday, Jan. 25; count is on Saturday, Jan. 26. Free. Barataria Preserve.

Ranger perspectives

Discover 1815s Battle of New Orleans with a ranger talk 2:45 p.m. daily. Free. Chalmette Battlefield.

Battle of New Orleans

Battle of New Orleans, Jan. 11, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and Jan. 12, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The 198th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans at Chalmette Battlefield, 8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette.

More than 150 living history experts dressed as civilians and soldiers from 1815 will share their stories, fire cannons and muskets, and explain the importance of the battle in American history.

Skirmish reenactment Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. – Watch British and American troops re-create the night battle of December 23, 1814, at historic de La Ronde Oaks. Free. Hosted by St. Bernard Parish; presented by the Louisiana Living History Foundation. No parking at de La Ronde Oaks. First shuttle leaves public parking area at 6:30 p.m.

Wreath-laying

Tuesday, 10 a.m. – Honor the troops who fought at the Battle of New Orleans. For this event only, all public parking is at battlefield. Free.

Compiled from
Advocate staff reports