Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
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.
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Field Trip Information
To schedule a field trip, please call the nature center or email our Education Curator at email@example.com.
Learning at the swamp
Looking for educational opportunities related to Bluebonnet Swamp? Check out our Learning at the Swamp page to learn more about Swamp on the Geaux, Trail Time with Toddlers, and more.
Founding Land Conservation Sponsors 1987-1997
Baton Rouge Area Foundation
The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana
Interested in renting a room at the swamp? Visit the special facilities rental page for more info.
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Upcoming Programs & Events
Swamp Bird Walks
Led by a member of the Baton Rouge Audubon Society, on the first Saturday of every month, visitors can enjoy a morning hike through the trails at Bluebonnet Swamp while identifying various bird species.
Trail Time for Toddlers Translated - ASL
Trail Time for Toddlers Translated brings the opportunity for non-English-speaking families with young children to participate in one of our longest-running programs. Children ages 2-5 are invited with their parents or guardians to enjoy learning about nature through themed indoor and outdoor activities.
Swamp Flashlight Night
Take an evening stroll through Bluebonnet Swamp once per season during our Swamp Flashlight Nights!
Everyone is invited to join us in celebrating 23 years of connecting people to nature. We’ll drop our admission fees for the day and offer live animal encounters, crafts, games, and birthday cake – while it lasts!
10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
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.
Tues-Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: noon - 5 p.m.
Last admission to trails at 4:15 p.m.
Site closes and gate is locked at 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays, New Year's Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day.
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