Fall season prime paddling time in Louisiana

Canoe trips through Cane Bayou offered at Big Branch in Lacombe

Fall is a great time to take a leisurely canoe trip.

“Paddling Through Time: People & Louisiana’s Wetlands,” presented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will offer participants a guided paddle on Cane Bayou, located within the Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge centered in Lacombe. Paddlers will learn about the natural and cultural history of the area, and get a basic introduction to proper canoeing techniques. The excursions last two-three hours and pre-registration is required. All equipment and canoes are provided.

Remaining trip dates are 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 5, 19 and 26.

Cost for paddlers is $10, and for children ages 5-9, $5. Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, Inc., will be charged $5.

For more information, call (985) 882-2025 or visit the website.

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Nature pics sought

The Great Nature Project wants your photos.

Three Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve sites have teamed up with National Geographic to celebrate biodiversity with the project. The goal is to collect tens of thousands of pictures taken by people all over the world in an unprecedented attempt to capture and appreciate Earth’s biodiversity.

Great Nature Project participants are asked to take pictures of plants and animals through Sept. 29, and to upload them to social media platforms like Flickr, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #GreatNature. Participants can add #animal to any animal photos as part of an attempt to achieve a Guinness World Records title for the largest online photo album of animals. The uploaded, tagged photos will be collected at the greatnatureproject.org where visitors can view images and explore biodiversity through National Geographic’s online resources.

Photos for the Great Nature Project can be taken anywhere, but Jean Lafitte encourages photography from three of the park’s sites by giving a “See it. Snap it. Share it.” sticker to any visitor who takes a photo at: Acadian Cultural Center, 501 Fisher Road, Lafayette, (337) 232-0789; Barataria Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, (504) 689-3690; and Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, 314 St. Mary St., Thibodaux, (985) 448-1375.

Participation in the Great Nature Project and admission to all Jean Lafitte sites is free.

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  • ationalgeographic.com

Art downtown

The City of Franklin Main Street Program will host its 4th annual “Promenade d’art de Franklin,” art walk, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday along Franklin’s historic Main Street. For more information, call (337) 828-6345.

Lands Day Saturday

Louisiana’s Office of State Parks, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve and the National Environmental Education Foundation will commemorate the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day on Saturday.

Visitors can participate in the annual national event geared toward the appreciation and preservation of local public parks and outdoor recreation.

Several Louisiana sites have scheduled events that include trail and waterway clean-up efforts. Additional activities are scheduled at the following parks:

  • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville, nature-based games and ranger-led ecosystem talks, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop, guided paddle trips on Chemin-A-Haut Creek and Bayou Bartholomew, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte, guided canoe tour of Lake Chicot, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville, ranger-led nature hikes throughout the park, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Hodges Gardens State Park, Florien, ranger-led trail hikes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville, “bushcraft” demonstration focusing on archery practices, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Los Adaes State Historic Site, Robeline, archaeology trail walk, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville, ranger-led hikes focusing on local plants and animals, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Poverty Point State Historic Site, Epps, archery history and hands-on demonstrations, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville, tour focusing on slavery in Louisiana, 11 a.m.-noon
  • Tickfaw State Park, Springfield, arts and crafts demonstrations using recyclable materials, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Barataria Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, cleanup of trails, roads and waterways, ranger-led talk, 2 p.m.
  • Chalmette National Cemetery, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, cleaning of headstones, weeds, and tree and hedge trimming, program noon-3 p.m.

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publiclandsday.org,

LaStateParks.com

  • ps.gov/jela

Information for this column was provided by the National Park Service, Louisiana State Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Louisiana Travels is a column about travel destinations and events in Louisiana. Email items for Louisiana Travels to travel@theadvocate.com or jbergeron@theadvocate.com or mail to Judy Bergeron, The Advocate, 7290 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810.