Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

All Parks | Park & Conservation | Special Use Facility

102.75 Acres

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center is a 103-acre facility dedicated to conservation, education, recreation and tourism. It houses an award-winning, 9500-square-foot building filled with live animal exhibits; photographic presentations of the site's flora and fauna; natural artifact and mineral displays; and a sizeable, vintage waterfowl decoy carving collection. Ecology and art exhibits are featured periodically.

Over a mile of gravel paths and boardwalks link varied habitats such as the cypress-tupelo swamp, beech-magnolia and hardwood forests. Wildlife is plentiful at Bluebonnet Swamp, including hundreds of bird species utilizing the site throughout the year. Birders can view seasonal species during peak migrations, as well as year-round residents. While snakes and turtles are commonly seen from the trails, raccoons, rabbits, opossums, armadillos, squirrels, foxes, coyotes, deer and otter are also known to inhabit the site.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to connect people to nature through environmental education, conservation, recreation, and tourism. By providing positive outdoor experiences and hands-on opportunities for discovery, BSNC fosters awareness and appreciation of natural resources, which promotes the conservation of natural areas, ecological research, and community involvement to cultivate environmental stewardship.

Exhibit Building

The award-winning exhibit building is an impressive structure combining the natural tones of wood and the illuminating effects of light to create an open-air feeling. Young visitors will surely enjoy the live animal displays, as well as the touch tables that are covered with items like snakeskin, feathers, pelts, skulls and other natural artifacts. More mature audiences might enjoy viewing the carving displays and picking up some free educational materials at the information table. Guests can find a variety of nature-related gifts and souvenirs in The Bee Hive, while also observing a real, working beehive and hunting for the marked queen.

Small business groups (up to 40 people) using the center's conference room will find the beautiful surroundings of this site quite inspiring during breaks. Larger groups (up to 150 people) can reserve the entire building for evening events as well.

About the Swamp

Pet Policy

This site has a "no pets" policy except on designated days. Call 225-757-8905 for more information on our Dog Days program, when visitors are allowed to enjoy the Swamp with their pets.

Volunteers Wanted

Interested in Louisiana natural science? Can you donate at least three hours per week to the nature center? Then BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp is for you. Contact BREC's Volunteer Coordinator at 225-272-9200, 446 or volunteer@brec.org for more information.

Field Trip Information

To schedule a field trip, please call the nature center or email our Education Curator at sguidry@brec.org.

Education Building

The recently added Education Building at the Bluebonnet Swamp is located directly adjacent to the already established Bluebonnet Swamp. The physical address for the Education Building is:

10533 N. Glenstone
Baton Rouge,LA 70810

Founding Land Conservation Sponsors 1987-1997

BREC
Vulcan Chemicals
ExxonMobil
Baton Rouge Area Foundation
International Paper
The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana

Contact Us

For more information, contact Claire Coco, Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center Manager - Ccoco@brec.org or 225-757-8905


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For more information about this park, please contact:
225-757-8905

 

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Claire Coco
Facility Manager  |  Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Phone: 225-757-8905
ccoco@brec.org
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BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center Hosts Duck Duck Goose Day BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center Hosts Rockin’ at the Swamp BREC Construction Invests Over $35 Million in the Local Economy in 2016 BREC and the Louisiana State Medical Society Bring New Program to East Baton Rouge Parish BREC Begins Summer Camp Registration BREC Welcomes Ilyasah Shabazz for Black History Month Event: Growing Up X Welcome the Season with BREC’s Family-Friendly Holiday Events BREC Thanksgiving Holiday Operating Hours BREC Receives Fifth National Accreditation BREC Receives Preliminary Notice that it has Earned Fifth National Accreditation BREC Superintendent Proclaims July Parks and Recreation Month in East Baton Rouge BREC Commission Approves Budget for Capital Improvement Program Kids' Leave the Parents at Home and Visit the Swamp! BREC Begins Public Meetings to Create New Strategic Pla BREC to Host Volunteer Appreciation BRECfast on Nov. 22 Louisiana Senate Proclaims Support for Parks and Recreation Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center Celebrates its 10th Annual “Quilt the Swamp” LSU and BREC Take Action to Fight Hunger with CANapalooza Food Drive Whoopers in Wildlife: Discuss the Reintroduction of Whooping Cranes in Louisiana at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center Hike at Night at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center Aug. 26 Pets Join the Trails at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center June 18 Celebrate Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center's 14th Birthday! Art and Nature Mix at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center Hike at Night at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center March 18 Pets Join the Trails at BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center March 19 Experience the Wonders of the Swamp New Showtimes for "Ghost Bird" Documentary BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center and the Baton Rouge Audubon Society Present Ghost Bird Documentary

Programs & Events at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

08.29.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

08.29.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

08.30.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

08.31.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.01.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.02.17 - Swamp Bird Walks

09.02.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.03.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.05.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.06.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.06.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

09.07.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.07.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

09.08.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.09.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.10.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.12.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.12.17 - Swamp School

09.13.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.13.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

09.14.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.14.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

09.15.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.16.17 - Swamp Dog Days

09.16.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.17.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.19.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.20.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.20.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

09.21.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.21.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

09.22.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.23.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.24.17 - Swamp Fine Art Show

09.26.17 - Swamp School

09.27.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

09.28.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

10.04.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

10.05.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

10.07.17 - Swamp Bird Walks

10.10.17 - Swamp School

10.11.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

10.12.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

10.13.17 - Swamp Haunted Hikes

10.18.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

10.19.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

10.20.17 - Swamp Haunted Hikes

10.24.17 - Swamp School

10.25.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

10.26.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

10.27.17 - Swamp Haunted Hikes

11.01.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

11.02.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

11.04.17 - Swamp Volunteer Day – Plant Invaders Pushback

11.08.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

11.09.17 - Trail Time for Toddlers

11.14.17 - Swamp School

11.17.17 - Flashlight Night at the Swamp

11.18.17 - Swamp Art Show Field Day

12.02.17 - Swamp Bird Walks

12.16.17 - Swamp Dog Days

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Bluebonnet Swamp and Nature Center

Bluebonnet Swamp and Nature Center

Bluebonnet Swamp and Nature Center

Bluebonnet Swamp and Nature Center

Bluebonnet Swamp and Nature Center

Location:

10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

225-757-8905

Directions:

BSNC is located one block off of Bluebonnet Blvd. between Perkins and Highland Road. Turn toward the Whitney Bank and follow N. Oak Hills Pkwy into our parking lot.

Hours:

Tues-Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: noon - 5 p.m.
Trails and gate close at 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays, New Year's Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day.

Admission:

Ages 2 and younger: free
Ages 3-17: $2
Ages 18-64: $3
Ages 65 and older: $2.50
Full-time college students with university ID: $2.50

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