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Nature Gets Up Close and Personal at Bluebonnet Swamp

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The Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center invites visitors of all ages to explore the unique ecology of the Baton Rouge region through hands-on learning and close — yet safe — encounters with birds, bats, foxes and other native wildlife. A focal point of the 103-acre preserve is the 9,500-square-foot nature center. Colorful learning stations encourage youngsters to touch items like snakeskins, pelts, leaves and feathers to incorporate a sensory experience into the learning process. There are also live exhibits of snakes, turtles and other creatures and even a working beehive that allow visitors to experience as many aspects of nature as possible.

Outside the center, more than a mile of gravel paths and boardwalks wind through a cypress-tupelo swamp and hardwood forest teeming with birds, squirrels and rabbits. Deer and coyotes are known to visit the site as well.

Programming for children includes weekly hikes for ages 2 to 5, after-dark hikes by flashlight and occasional “dog days” that invite leashed pooches to hit the trail with their owners. Additional children’s events include Halloween- and bat-themed activities, as well as free classes in swamp-centric cultural traditions like carving waterfowl decoys. Popular summer and holiday camps feature crafts, hikes and interactive learning.

Photo Credit: LED