September 2019

No matter what you're into, we've got something for you this September. Hiking outdoors with our Conservation team, catching a movie at a park, or getting your favorite girl scout her art badge are just a few chances you have to spend your leisure time 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.

First Free Sundays

Magnolia Mound

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. Free guided tours at 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Sept. 1
1-4 p.m.

Summer's End Night Hike and Campfire

Manchac Park

Join us for a night in September for a great way to say goodbye to summer and kick-off the school year. Program will include a night hike learning about local ecology and nocturnal animals and will include activities and games. End the night around a campfire roasting marshmallows and learning local folk lore. Come enjoy this great way to get the family out in nature as the summer heat subsides. Children must be accompanied by an adult and able to complete a 2.5 mile hike in the dark without a light. Scout troops should email in advance of online registration to ensure spaces available.
Sept. 6
7-9 p.m.

Hearts & Hooves Volunteer Orientation and Fun Day!

Farr Park Equestrian Center

Interested in volunteering for Hearts and Hooves but are nervous about the tasks or don’t fully understand the program? Come learn and have fun 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. Refreshments and snacks provided.
Sept. 7
9a.m.-noon

Hearts & Hooves Orientation Day Participant Ride

Farr Park Equestrian Center

New and old members of the Hearts and Hooves riding program are welcome to participate in Volunteer Orientation Day by coming out for a class before regular session begins! This is a great way for any prospective students to sample the program and meet the program horses. New students welcome.
Sept. 7
10:30 a.m.-noon

Zoo & Me Morning

Baton Rouge Zoo

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.
Sept. 10
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Hairspray, Jr. Auditions

Independence Park Theatre

Independence Park Theatre will be holding auditions for our first all kids’ production of Hairspray, Jr.! Hairspray Jr. is filled with a host of roles for a wide cross-section of students and an abundance of energetic production numbers. You can't stop the beat in this big and bold adaptation of the Tony Award- winning musical about one girl's inspiring dream to dance and change the world is coming to our stage!
Sept. 12
5:30-7 p.m.

Movie in the Park

Independence Community Park

All movies begin at dusk, and in the event of inclement weather will be moved inside the gym. Popcorn and punch will be available, so bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the movie in the park under the stars. Open to all ages. Participants under the age of 13 must have parental consent and be accompanied by an adult. Movie will be moved inside the gym in the event of inclement weather.
Sept. 13
6 p.m.

Summer's End Night Hike and Campfire

Zachary Community Park

Join us for a night in September for a great way to say goodbye to summer and kick-off the school year. Program will include a night hike learning about local ecology and nocturnal animals and will include activities and games. End the night around a campfire roasting marshmallows and learning local folk lore. Come enjoy this great way to get the family out in nature as the summer heat subsides. Children must be accompanied by an adult and able to complete a 2.5 mile hike in the dark without a light. Scout troops should email in advance of online registration to ensure spaces available.
Sept. 13
7-9 p.m.

Geaux Velodrome Day!

Perkins Road Extreme Sports Park

Geaux Velo Day is a day dedicated to velodrome! Have you ever wondered what it’s like to ride a bike on the velodrome or even what the velodrome is? Our friends at the Baton Rouge Velodrome Association will be here to help answer all your questions and show you how the velodrome works! This event is geared to everyone! Even if you have never ridden a velodrome bike, are scared of the idea of riding in the velodrome, or have never had the chance we are here to help! There will be 10 bikes available to use free of charge and there will be friendly, experienced velodrome riders there to help you through every step of the process. This event is free of charge so come on out and learn about our velodrome and give it a try!
Sept. 14
6-9 p.m.

Kayaking 101

Greenwood Community Park

A beginner to intermediate paddling class on local BREC ponds. You will be given the opportunity to explore paddling skills on dry land, before moving on to water to get a true feel for how kayaks handle in their natural environment. Instructors will coach participants on basic kayak handling, strokes, and techniques, and maneuvering skills to help you feel comfortable on the water in the kayak. This prepares you for the other BREC Paddling Programs.
Sept. 17
6-7 p.m.

Adaptive Sunshine Social - Swing in Septemeber

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.
Sept. 20
6-9 p.m.

Girl Scout Painting Badge – Louisiana Style

Milton J. Womack Park

Girl Scouts will paint and create a moody wetland mural using unexpected techniques – no brushes allowed – culminating in the creation of a three-dimensional alligator.
Sept. 21
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Ride N' Roll

Perkins Road Extreme Sports Park

Ride in roll is the annual commemoration of the grand opening of the Extreme Sports Park! Ride N’ Roll is celebrated in the form of a skatepark competition! This event will include a BMX skatepark competition, skateboard competition, and BMX Dirt Jump competition. At the end of the competition the best rider/skater overall (highest cumulative score across all events) will be crowned King of the Park for the year! The top three competitors from each individual competition will receive awards.
Spet. 21
2-6 p.m.

Dog Day at the Swamp

Bluebonnet Swamp & Nature Center

With our Dog Days, BSNC drops its “No Pets” policy and opens its doors and trails to pets once per season! All leashed pets are welcome, but vaccinations should be current.
Sept. 21
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Multicultural Bash

Saia Park

Do you want to experience more than Cajun culture here in South Louisiana? Come enjoy the this opportunity to explore various cultures through song, dance, and arts. Families will also participate in active games such 9 Square, volleyball, and kickball, as well as arts and crafts prior to the start of the program. Light refreshments will also be served. Partners: MECA + Red Stick Project
Sept. 21
5 p.m.

Swamp Fine Art Show Artist Reception

Bluebonnet Swamp & Nature Center

Through Sept. 22, stop by Bluebonnet Swamp to view nature-inspired works of art. An artist reception will be held when visitors can meet participating artists, enjoy some light refreshments, and stick around for announcement of the show’s winners after 4 p.m. Prizes are awarded for Visitors’ Choice and Best in Theme in both youth and adult categories. There is no fee to enter artwork and we encourage participation by artists of all ages and skill levels and children too! Interested in entering your artwork? Please submit an Intent to Enter form no later than Aug. 20. Sponsored by BREC Foundation.
Sept. 22
2:30-4:30 p.m.

BRECFlix Teen Movie Night

North Sherwood Forest Community Park (Inside Theatre)

Come out and enjoy the 2018 movie hit, “Black Panther”! Come early for fun, food, music, and games where you can win prizes for movie trivia and more! Then stick around and join us for a movie in the North Sherwood Forest Community Park Theatre. It’s a movie night you won’t forget! Please be advised that this movie has content appropriate for children ages 13 and older.
Sept. 28
6 p.m.

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