It's the spookiest time of the year and we're getting into the spirit! No matter what kind of scary good fun you're looking for, we've got you covered. Check out the kid-friendly fun at Swamp Haunted Hikes, Boo at the Zoo or BREC-A-Boo. Get hauntingly creative with a decorative boat at Pumpkin Paddle Parade or take a trip down our haunted trail for BREC-A-Boo. If Halloween isn't your thing, we've also got chances to catch some fish, learn watercolors, camp with us! All this and more - this month at BREC!
Programs & Events
Check out some of our exciting upcoming events and programs. Click the event name to get more info.
For a full list, visit our events calendar.
North Sherwood Forest Community Park
Grab a blanket or a lawn chair and join BREC for a movie under the stars, while celebrating the Day of Dead, family style. Prior to the start of the movie active games with our First Responders such as soccer, 9 Square, and pin-the-tail on the donkey will take place, as well as themed arts and crafts.
Frenchtown Road Conservation Area
Forest bathing, Nature Rx, Ecotherapy, Green Peace…it’s been called many things, but the message is the same, NATURE is good for you! If life has you spinning, and you feel out of balance this is the hike for you. We will be using time in nature to slow down and take a break through mindful, purposeful observation. We will be hiking off the beaten path at BREC’s largest Conservation Area using the outdoors as a window to relaxation and a free mind. Join us to get a well-deserved dose of nature at its finest. This program is geared towards adults but children 13 and older are welcome to attend. Registration is required by Nov. 1 at noon.
A fun-filled event where teens will get a chance to enjoy a silent party in their own space! Each teen will be able to listen to their music of choice on wireless headphones.
Bring family and friends to enjoy history during Magnolia Mound’s First Free Sundays. Guided tours present a special insight into early Louisiana history and culture.
Farr Park Equestrian Center
Do you enjoy camping in the great outdoors, riding horses, and exploring the world around you? If you answered yes, then we have your next great adventure! Join us as we explore Farr Park overnight by horseback, foot and bike! Activities include horseback riding, archery, bicycling, geocaching, hay rides, camping, and hiking. Dinner and breakfast provided. All ages. Riders must be 6+
Greenwood Community Park
Looking for something more than your average cup of Joe to kickstart your morning routine? Try adding a little spice with Kayaks & Coffee, a fantastic blend of adventure and exercise to get you ready to face the day. Join us on the water at Greenwood Community Park, followed by coffee in the Waterfront Cafe after.
Baton Rouge Zoo
Join us as we recognize and honor both those actively serving and those who have served in the armed forces, as well as a special bald eagle chat.
Military veterans and active military: Complimentary admission for you and up to five guests when presenting a valid military ID on 11/9.
Non-military: Regular zoo admission applies
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Kendalwood Conservation Area
Have you ever walked through a BREC park and wondered what type of trees you were looking at or what kind of animals live there? If so, now you can pick the brain of a BREC naturalist while enjoying a hike in one of BREC’s Conservation Areas. These guided hikes cover a different topic in ecology each hike while exploring nature at alternating parks. Children must be accompanied by an adult and able to complete a 2-mile hike without a stroller.
Baton Rouge Zoo
Flamingo Fandango- Come learn why these amazing birds are pretty in pink!
Held the second Tuesday of every month, this program is designed for 3- to 5-year-old children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Programs are 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and will incorporate many exciting activities including a train ride, animal encounters, art projects, "Zooper" snacks and many other hands-on projects that you and your child can enjoy together.
Milton. J Womack Park
Through partnership with Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, BREC is able to offer themed, monthly socials for adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities and their friends and family. There will be a disc jockey, snacks, door prizes, socialization and fun.
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Take an evening stroll through Bluebonnet Swamp once per season during our Swamp Flashlight Nights! Bring your family and friends for a fun group outing or head out on the trails solo to enjoy this BREC park after hours. Before or after your night hike, meet some of our resident educational animals in the nature center. The swamp trails can be really dark at night so don’t forget to bring a flashlight. If you don’t have one, check out our gift shop for some options. Close-toed shoes and insect repellant are recommended
Plank Road Park
Bring your kids to see Ralph break the internet! It’s a fun time for families to enjoy crazy recreational fun, with a STEAM themed. Come get your mind energized, the recreational way!
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Twice a year, artists are invited to visit Bluebonnet Swamp for inspiration in creating works of art that can be entered in upcoming Swamp Art Shows. Whether your creative gear includes canvases or cameras, fabric or pen, come on out and let the swamp inspire you. Bring your own supplies, and we’ll provide workspace indoors and out for you to create your masterpieces! This creative opportunity will also be offered in the spring. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free for artists. For artists to receive free admission, you must provide contact information at check-in to keep our growing artist directory current. Advanced registration not required
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Baton Rouge Gallery
In this workshop students will learn the basic art of calligraphy and artful lettering. No art experience required and all levels are welcome.
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Milton J. Womack Park
Want to explore archery? Then join us for this one-day introduction class to the skills of archery. Come enjoy the fun that comes with shooting a bow and arrow, and let us help you get on target! We welcome both adults and youth. BREC will provide all equipment necessary.
Highland Road Park Observatory
We inadvertently block our view of the sky, using a curtain of dust particles illuminated by badly designed streetlamps and other nighttime fixtures. This conference will be aimed at those individuals and organizations in town that have a direct ability to quench the light pollution in the area. Invitees will answer questions (seen beforehand) about what they will be actively doing within the next 12 months to lessen the light pollution in the area.
Baton Rouge Zoo
A mile-long trail through the Zoo. More than 50 illuminated display sculptures of animals and traditional holiday displays. A festive family activity, adding to the quality of life for residents throughout the region
Nov. 29-Dec. 30