January 2020

Looking to enjoy art or games as you dive right into 2020? BREC is the perfect place to do it this month! If you've got an interest in archery - casual or more - our Outdoor Adventure team can get a bow in your hands. And don't miss a chance to bring the whole family closer to nature with our Woods Walk Hiking Series. 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.

Events

COLOR WAR GAME MANIA

Baker Park

Come out and experience an exciting game night just for our Teens. There is guaranteed fun waiting for you at Color War Game Mania. Show up in your favorite color to be divided into teams and make new friends. Games include everything from video games, bingo, monopoly, uno, twister, scrabble, jenga and more!
Jan. 3
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

FIRST FREE SUNDAYS

Magnolia Mound

Free guided tours will be offered on the first Sunday of each month. Special programs of traditional crafts, informative lectures, and family activities are planned for each “First Free Sunday.”
Jan. 5
1 - 4 p.m.

SATURDAY MORNING STUDIOS: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MLK!

Milton J. Womack Park

These classes are the perfect combination of art and FUN! Join us each month for tips, treats, and creative expression through projects designed to enhance art skills guised under a party atmosphere.
Jan. 11
10:30 a.m. - noon

WREATH MAKING CLASS: MARDI GRAS

Palomino Drive Park

Join us for a few hours of fun crafting and creating wreath to celebrate Mardi Gras! You will be provided guided instruction and all supplies to create your own masterpiece.
Jan. 9
6-8 p.m. Jan. 12
2-4 p.m.

SUNSHINE SOCIAL

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.
Jan. 17
6-9 p.m.

STUDENT HORSE SHOW

Farr Park Equestrian Center

Watch students compete in Western and English riding events. Classes include equitation over fences and on the flat, barrel racing, pole bending, trail, Western horsemanship, and showmanship.
Jan. 18 + 19
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

HEARTS AND HOOVES VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

Farr Park Equestrain Center

Interested in volunteering for Hearts and Hooves, but are nervous about the tasks or don’t fully understand the program? Come learn at Volunteer Orientation! All tasks and duties will be taught. Interact with our therapeutic horses, instructors, other volunteers, and some of the Hearts and Hooves students. Snacks and refreshments provided.
Jan. 20
10 a.m. - noon

Archery 101

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.
Jan. 23
6-7:30p.m.

Swamp Art Spectacular Soiree

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

Join us for the inaugural Swamp Art Spectacular at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. We are welcoming artists from every skill level and background – fiber arts, fine arts and photography – to explore Louisiana’s beautiful and unique environment. During this time, our Visitor Exhibit Building will be filled with works from local youth and adult artists and their interpretation of Louisiana nature. We ask patrons to come enjoy the artwork and vote for their favorites! The exhibition features an opening reception to celebrate the launch of the show as well as a closing reception held on its last day to give visitors an opportunity to meet the participating artists. At the closing, all are welcome to enjoy some light refreshments and be with us as we announcements the awards to the show’s winners. Interested in entering your artwork? Please submit an Intent to Enter form no later than Dec. 30. Sponsored by BREC Foundation.
Jan. 16
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Woods Walks Hiking Series

Blackwater 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.
Jan. 25
9-11 a.m.

BMX Beginner Dirt Track Clinic

Perkins Road Extreme Sports Park

BMX Skatepark and Dirt Track clinics are designed to help improve BMX bike riding control, skill, and technique for beginners who have no to minimal riding experience to intermediate riders who have already established the basics of bike control and are looking to make it to the next level.
Jan. 4
9-10 a.m.

Brunch + Bows

Milton J. Womack Park

Looking for something to help you get focused for the day? Join us for Brunch and Bows! We'll help you get your morning on target with some relaxing archery followed by a light brunch.
Jan. 15
10 a.m.- noon

COLOR WAR GAME MANIA

North Sherwood Forest Community Park

Come out and experience an exciting game night just for our Teens. There is guaranteed fun waiting for you at Color War Game Mania. Show up in your favorite color to be divided into teams and make new friends. Games include everything from video games, bingo, monopoly, uno, twister, scrabble, jenga and more! Jan. 21
6-8 p.m.

Archery Rental Day

Milton J. Womack Park

Come enjoy archery! We will have bows and arrows available for rent. No instruction provided.
Jan. 23
3-6 p.m.

Featured Programs

Guided Trail Rides

Farr Park Equestrian Center

Guided trail rides are available on select Saturdays and Sundays. Enjoy a one-hour gentle ride through the park on one of our horses. No experience required. Trail rides are by appointment only, and all riders must be at least 6 years old. Rides will be held rain or shine. Inclement weather trail rides will be held in the indoor arena.
Jan. 12
9 a.m. + 10:30 a.m + noon

Amateur Astronomy Courses

Highland Road Park Observatory

These annual favorites are brief inroads into the hobby of skygazing, tailor-made for the Baton Rouge location.
Jan. 4: Learn Your Telescope
Jan. 18: Learn Your Sky
Feb. 1: Learn Your Binocular
Jan. 4 + 18
3:30-7:30 p.m.

Guitar

Jefferson Hwy. Park

This course is designed for students in a group setting with no previous guitar experience. Students will receive guidance and direction in solving problems related to playing the guitar at a beginning level and will learn many of the different styles, skills and techniques required to become a successful guitarist. Weekly, one-on-one instruction.
Thursday
2:30-3:30 p.m. / Ages: 6+

Piano

Jefferson Hwy. Park

Participants will learn techniques and skills in hand-eye coordination, concentration, music appreciation, and self- confidence. This program offers one-on-one instruction and can cater to each individual’s skill level. Each session is 30 minutes. Weekly, one on one instruction.
Wednesday
3-5:30 p.m. / Ages: 6+

BMX Clinics

Perkins Road Extreme Sports Park

BMX Skatepark and Dirt Track clinics are designed to help improve BMX bike riding control, skill, and technique for beginners who have no to minimal riding experience to intermediate riders who have already established the basics of bike control and are looking to make it to the next level.
Jan. 4 + 18 /9-10 a.m.
Ages 8+

Adult Tennis

Highland Road Community Park Tennis Center

This four-week program for beginners introduces and reinforces fundamental tennis techniques. Walk-ins accepted.
Monday / 6-7p.m.
Ages 18+

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