Schedule a Program

Use the Program Request Form to begin the scheduling a field trip to Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park.

Programs are free of charge. Programs are scheduled by request on a first come, first served basis. You may request a program by submitting a Program Request Form. Picnic facilities are available for snacks or lunch following your program.

Programs are one hour in length and we can accommodate up to two classes at a time. If you wish to extend your stay at the park or bring up to four classes, you can add a one hour guided tour of the park, which includes time in the exhibit hall and visiting the outdoor animal exhibits. 

School and Group Nature Program Catalog

ProgramAge RangeWhen and WhereDescriptionIndoor / Outdoor
Louisiana NativesPre-K-AdultYear Round


Available at the Nature Park or at your site.
Meet and learn about animals and plants that live right here in northwest Louisiana in the classroom and on the trail.

 *Live animals-Owl, Snake
Both
InsectigationPre-K-5thMarch, April, October, November


Available at the Nature Park or at your site.
Students identify features that define an animal as an insect, examine live insects and their relatives to compare similarities, and then hit the trail with nets and jars in search of insects.

*Live animals-Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Darling Beetles

Both
Life Cycles2nd-5thYear Round


Available at the Nature Park or at your site.
Discover that all living things grow and change but can do so many different ways. And see all the stages of an insect life cycle in real life.

*Live animals-Darkling Beetles, Turtle

Indoor
Habitat That1st-5thYear Round


Available at the Nature Park only.
Meet a live turtle, learn about her habitat needs, and hike through a forest habitat.

*Live animals-Turtle

Both
Ancient Alligators2nd-adultYear Round


Available at the Nature Park or at your site.
Naturalist presentation with a live alligator and alligator artifacts. Studentslearn about the adaptations that allow alligators to survive and learn how this species came back from the brink of extinction.

*Live animals-Alligator

?Indoor


*Outdoor possible 
Rock Box3rd-5thYear Round


Available at the Nature Park or at your site.
Get hands-on with rocks, minerals, field guides, and test kits. Students identify three types of rocks, demonstrate ways to classify rocks and minerals, and discover common uses and economic importance of some rocks and minerals.?Indoor
Living Lake1st -adultMarch-November


*Held at Richard Fleming Park only.


*Requires 1 chaperone per 4 students.
Explore life on the edge of Cross lake. Catch and examine minnows, tadpoles, crawfish, dragonfly larva, and much more. Focus can include adaptations, classification, water quality, life cycles, or food webs. Outdoor
Birds of Prey3rd-adultYear Round


Available at the Nature Park or at your site.
Focus can include adaptations, identification, food webs, endangered species and will include one or more live raptors.

*Live animals-(choice of) Owl, Hawk, Eagle, Falcon

Indoor


*Outdoor possible
Snakes of Louisiana2nd-adultYear Round


Available at the Nature Park or at your site.
Naturalist presentation with live snakes native to Louisiana. Learn how identify venomous and non-venomous species, and discover interesting facts about snake biology and ecology.

*Live animals-Snake

Indoor


*Outdoor possible
Reptile Round-upPre-K-adultYear Round Available at the Nature Park or at your site.Get up close and personal with lots of live animals! Learn about the characteristics of reptiles and what makes each type unique.

*Live animals-Snake, Alligator, Turtle


Indoor
*Outdoor possible
Owls of Louisiana2nd-adultYear Round


Available at the Nature Park or at your site.
Naturalist presentation with live owls native to Louisiana. Discover adaptations owls have for being nocturnal predators.

*Live animals-Screech Owl, Barred Owl

Indoor


*Outdoor possible
Guided Nature Hike2nd-adult Year Round


Available at the Nature Park only.
½ mile -1 mile hike on chosen topic. Ex. Tree id, edible plants, wildflowers, birds, spider webs, night hikes.Outdoor
Explore a Vernal Pool 2nd-adult February


Available at the Nature Park only.
Visit a temporary wetland and meet the frogs, salamanders, and fairy shrimp that depend on them. Both
Going Underground3rd-5thYear Round Available at the Nature Park only.Get the dirt on dirt. Kids will become soil scientists and learn about the properties of soil. They will take and analyze their own soil sample.Both.
Forest Food Web4th-8thYear Round


Available at the Nature Park or at your site.
Explore forest food webs through interactive games and activities. Meet a live animal and learn about its place in the food web.

*Live animals-Owl

Indoor


*Outdoor possible
Nature Storytime1st and underYear round


Available at the Nature Park or modified at your site. 
Children will hear stories, meet a live animal, sing songs, and take a short nature walk. Choose from Owls, Turtles, Alligators, Snakes, Insects, Honeybees, Deer, Falcon.

 Live Animals-Any applicable
Both