We will explore the swamps outside New Orleans. Get up close to nature in Jean Laffite National Park.
Over 20,000 acres of bayous, swamps, marshes, and forests. Keep an eye out for animals including alligators, racoons, wild hogs, armadillos, possum, 200 species of native and migratory birds including owls, vultures, egrets, great blue herons and wood peckers, plus array of wildflowers and plants .
Learn about the 10,000 years of human history in the area; including the Choctaw and Houma Native Americans, Barataria Pirates, run-a-way enslaved people, and early French, Spanish and Cajun settlers.
See how the Mississippi River built Louisiana's wetlands, how small changes in elevation impact the ecosystems, and Louisiana's current struggle to prevent land loss to the ocean.
A healthy lunch, sandwich, fruit, natural chips, and water are included. At the end of the hike we will stop by the visitors center's museum and book store.
I hope to you can explore the swamps outside New Orleans with me. I am an avid outdoorsman, naturalist, and Park Ranger. The natural lands of this country hold a special place in my heart and I enjoy sharing that with visitors. I have a degree in Environmental Land Use Planning and work seasonally as a National Park Service Ranger. In my spare time I enjoy exploring bayous, rivers, and waterways; including having kayaked all 2,400 miles of The Mississippi River. I am a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and often work as life support during the water section of triathlons Full profile ⋅ Leave a Review
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