Visitors to Tickfaw State Park get up close and personal with nature

Many visitors to Tickfaw State Park spent Saturday enjoying a variety of activities with their children.

On Saturday, the park, 27225 Patterson Road, Springfield, featured Wild Crafts for Kids, Nature Naturally and Wildlife Theatre. The nature center features an 800-gallon aquarium stocked with fish found in the Tickfaw River and displays featuring the animals, history and culture of the area and the state.

Visitors to the park also can stroll through four ecosystems over a mile of boardwalks through Tickfaw State Park and experience the sights and sounds of a cypress/tupelo swamp, a bottomland hardwood forest, a mixed pine/hardwood forest and the Tickfaw River.

Periodically, the park site serves the region by detaining floodwaters when winter and spring rains overflow the steep banks of the Tickfaw River, its website states. These periods of occasional flooding offer a unique opportunity to educate visitors on the importance of periodic flooding in the cycle of life that makes wetlands an invaluable habitat and breeding ground for wildlife and fisheries, the site says.

At Tickfaw State park, visitors can go night hiking or listen to the swamp nightlife from the porch of their vacation cabin.

For information about Tickfaw State Park, call (225) 294-5020, or visit www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/parks/tickfaw-state-park.

To view a photo gallery from the Nature Center events, click here.