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  Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Cohn Arboretum
 Conservation Areas
 BREC On the geaux Mobile Recreation
Facility Information
BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center is a 103-acre
facility dedicated to connecting people with nature through conservation, education, recreation and tourism. More than one mile of gravel paths and boardwalks link varied habitats where visitors might see a variety of wildflowers, insects, birds, small animals, amphibians and reptiles. Programs are offered throughout the year including school field trips, holiday and summer camps, toddler time, birding sessions, special events, facility rentals and more.
This beautifully landscaped, heavily wooded land is used for the preservation and study of native plants and flora from other areas. BREC’s Cohn Arboretum is free and open to the public and features more than 300 species of native and adaptable trees and shrubs, a fruit orchard, butterfly garden and bamboo collection. Amenities include pamphlets, paved walkways, self-guided and guided tours. A one-mile paved trail circles the lake and another lake skirts a wooded area. Both are wheelchair accessible.
10503 N. Oak Hills Pkwy
BREC on the Geaux is a traveling recreation program designed to combat obesity and provide recreational activities in East Baton Rouge Parish’s socioeconomically deprived communi- ties. The program operates year-round from two colorful, 14-foot box trucks loaded with a variety of physically active game equipment for all ages and has capabilities of reaching up to 40 locations per week during school holidays.
BREC on the Geaux is available for school recess, afterschool visits and health related community events with priority given to events held in underserved communities. The mobile units may also be reserved for company events, birthday parties and family reunions held at BREC facilities or approved public locations.
Participants engage in a host of moderate to high cardiovascular endurance and muscle strength activities (to include but not be limited to) funky moves, First Tee Golf, rim basketball, disc golf, mini trampolines, slack lines, jump ropes, stacking buckets, hula hoops, obstacle challenge courses, scooter races, soccer kick, football, and other relay activities.
This program was made possible in 2012 by the funding and support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation’s Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana grant, Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the BREC Foundation.
For more information about BREC on the Geaux services or to download a reservation form: 225-272-9200 EXT 1503
BREC’s Conservation Department is dedicated to complete its mission through the Natural Resource Management Plan in order to better the lives of East Baton Rouge Parish residents. The goals of BREC's Conservation Department are to promote recreation and education activities focusing on appreciation and understanding of the natural environment; protect unique and historically representative habitats within East Baton Rouge Parish; and to reduce the loss of species.
Hours of Operation :
Open sunrise to sunset.
Locations :
BLUEBONNET SWAMP NATURE CENTER (103 acres) 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway, 70810
BLACKWATER CONSERVATION AREA (62 acres) 9385 Blackwater Road, 70814
FRENCHTOWN CONSERVATION AREA (496 acres) 17819 Frenchtown Road, Central, 70739
7801 Port Hudson-Pride Road, Zachary, 70791
SANDY CREEK COMMUNITY PARK (386 acres) Carson Road, Pride, 70770
HOOPER ROAD PARK (150 acres) 6261 Hooper Road, 70811
KENDALWOOD RD. PARK (85 acres) 26501 Kendalwood Rd., 70817
12206 Foster Road

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