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Mission:

The Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park is dedicated to helping the citizens of Northwest Louisiana connect with nature by conserving a pine-oak-hickory forest for interpretation and recreation.

Vision:

The Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park is the recognized center for outdoor interpretation in northwestern Louisiana.

Located three miles west of Blanchard, the 160-acre nature park contains a pine-oak-hickory forest accessible by five miles of nature trails. The park has an interpretive building, a rentable pavilion with restrooms, a handicapped-accessible trail, and several naturalists who provide information and interpretation to park visitors. Nature oriented programs are available on an appointment basis.

Annual Events:

Special events are scheduled on a regular basis and advertised through the local media. An annual environmental day camp, called Earth Camp, is offered each summer in the park.

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Youll dig Archaeology Day, so make plans to attend the 6th annual event at the The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum on Saturday, September 18 from 10:00am-2:00pm.
Lots to do for both kids and adults. 
Learn how pottery was made thousands of years ago and what its like to work in an archaeology lab. Bring your artifacts for identification and hear about the latest news and research from local and state archaeologists. 
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You'll dig Archaeology Day, so make plans to attend the 6th annual event at the The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum on Saturday, September 18 from 10:00am-2:00pm.
Lots to do for both kids and adults.
Learn how pottery was made thousands of years ago and what it's like to work in an archaeology lab. Bring your artifacts for identification and hear about the latest news and research from local and state archaeologists.
Free event!
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ALLIGATOR NICTITATING MEMBRANE
The nictitating membrane is a transparent third eyelid. When the alligator blinks, you will see it moving right to left across the eye. It protects and moistens the eyeball while maintaining vision.
Alligators have fairly poor eyesight. While an alligator is basking or swimming, these inner eyelids protect the alligator's eyes and provide clearer vision in the underwater environment.
Alligators hear with ears that are located behind their eyes and are very sensitive to vibrations in the water.
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3 days ago

THE CHIMNEY CRAWFISH IN OUR PARK
In the video it is eating fish food. It is holding a tiny ball of fish food with its maxillipeds. The tiny green balls landing on its rostum are also fish food.
The crawfish is Official Crustacean of the State of Louisiana. They come in variety of colors: in red, blue, white, green and yellow. But all turn red when cooked. This is because, when it is alive, the red pigment is stored inside a membrane, hidden in the shell. The heat destroys the protein and the red pigment gets separated from the membrane and flows freely, turning the shell into red. Crawfish can regenerate lost limbs. They have extremely good eye sight and can move eyes independently from one another. They reach adult size in 4 years. Crawfish runs away backwards when scared.
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Bugs, Bats, & Bones will be “deconstructed” this year due to Covid-19 precautions. You will find all your favorite Bugs, Bats, & Bones activities offered throughout the month of October. Whether you want to encounter a live vulture, cuddle a snake, or venture out into the deep, dark forest to explore nature at night, we’ve got a great line-up of programs to creep the whole family out all month long!

Registration is required for all events. Space is limited. All programs held outdoors, unless otherwise noted. Find more info and links to register here: https://caddoparks.org/events/category/nature-education/

For more information contact Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park at (318) 929-2806.
4 days ago

Bugs, Bats, & Bones will be “deconstructed” this year due to Covid-19 precautions. You will find all your favorite Bugs, Bats, & Bones activities offered throughout the month of October. Whether you want to encounter a live vulture, cuddle a snake, or venture out into the deep, dark forest to explore nature at night, we’ve got a great line-up of programs to creep the whole family out all month long!

Registration is required for all events. Space is limited. All programs held outdoors, unless otherwise noted. Find more info and links to register here: https://caddoparks.org/events/category/…

For more information contact Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park at (318) 929-2806.
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