Fontainebleau State Park is well known for its popular water-side cabins and camping, sandy beach, loads of hiking trails among giant live oaks and, as a former plantation, the ruins of a former sugar mill. The park also offers monthly educational programs, year-round, including guided hikes and seminars with park rangers, botanists and more. Following is the current programming.
Tuesdays, Fridays & Sundays (thru June 2020), 10 a.m.
Join the Interpretive Ranger on a guided hike on the nature trail and learn about the history and natural features of the park and surrounding area.
Fontainebleau at the Microscopic Level
Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays (thru Dec 2019)
Visitors will get a brief overview on the basics of how to use a microscope and stereoscope, then will get a chance to examine different items found around the park and see what is going on, up-close.
Tuesdays & Sundays (thru June 2020), 1 p.m.
Volunteers will demonstrate the use of a shaving horse, froe, draw knife, hand saw and a pocket knife to make useful wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, tool handles, hiking sticks, canes and slingshot forks.
Afternoon Talks at the Visitors Center
Fridays & Saturdays (thru June 2020), 1 p.m.
Join the Interpretive Ranger at the Visitor Center for a talk on the history and environment of the park. Talks include a short overview of its history and specific details that make the park what it is today.
1st Saturdays (thru Dec 2019), 10 a.m.
Ranger-led walk teaching birdwatching basics and where to find birds that visit the park´s diverse range of habitats. Bring binoculars if you have them and good shoes for the trail.
A Walk Through Fontainebleau´s Oaks
2nd Saturdays (thru Dec 2019), 10 a.m.
Join the Ranger on a walk through the remnants of Bernard de Marigny´s Northshore plantation, Fontainebleau. Learn about the history, day-to-day life of the plantation, and how the plantation still impacts the park today.
3rd Saturdays (thru Dec 2019), 10 a.m.
Learn about the plants and animals that call the park home. Subjects will change monthly and will cover a topic about what is happening with the plants and animals in the park at that time of year.
Life on the Northshore
4th Saturdays (thru Dec 2019), 10 a.m.
Ranger-led discussion on the different peoples and cultures who have inhabited the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain and how each has made a lasting impact on the park.
For more information about these programs, call (888) 677-3668 toll free or (985) 624-4443 locally.
The Visitor Center is currently open between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday.
Educational programs are free, but entrance fee to the park is $3.00 person for persons 4-62 years old (free for ages 3 and under).