Nature Education

Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park is your place to connect with nature, featuring a visitor center with hands-on activities, live animal exhibits both indoors and out, and almost 5 miles of nature trails.

Trained staff and Volunteer Naturalists offer year-round programming that engage all ages in outdoor learning to create awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of the natural world. Offerings include a wide-variety of public programs, special events, and camps. We also offer field trips, presentations, and birthday parties by request.

Self-Guided Nature ExplorationDownload our free educational mobile game for families that uses augmented reality and location-based challenges to get people active and outdoors.
Field Trips, Presentations, or Birthday Parties by Request

Staff at Walter B Jacobs Memorial Nature Park offer nature education programs by request. You can schedule field trips, birthday parties, and other programs for your group at the park or invite us to your site or event. Programs are free of charge and are scheduled by request on a first come, first served basis.

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Upcoming Nature Education Events

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Morning Nature Photography Hike

Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park 8012 Blanchard Furrh Road, Shreveport, LA

Do you have an interest in photography but don’t know where to start? Maybe you are a pro and have all the gear you could hope to have but want new places to check out. Or do you just want to look for wildlife and enjoy nature early in the morning? Join Park Naturalist Dillon Soderstrom, nature enthusiasts, shutterbugs and ...

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Nature Storytime

Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park 8012 Blanchard Furrh Road, Shreveport, LA

Join Park Naturalists for nature storytime on the second Thursday of each month. Children will explore a different nature topic through stories, songs, games, crafts, nature walks, and close encounters with live animals. Geared toward ages 5 and under. Program held both indoors and out, dress for the weather. September 8: Flutter By Butterfly October 13: All About Owls November ...

Movie Night in the Park “Jurassic Park: The Lost World”

Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park 8012 Blanchard Furrh Road, Shreveport, LA

Bring the family out to enjoy the second installment of the Jurassic Park series The Lost World. The Nature around you with the big screen will surely help you feel like you are a part of the action. The Movie will be set up in the main parking lot, so bring your folding chairs or blanket to sit on. The ...

Intro to Archery

Richard Fleming Park 7919 W Lakeshore Dr., Shreveport, LA

Participants will learn basic archery skills and shoot targets. Equipment provided. Ages 8-16. Program held at Richard Fleming Park, 7919 W Lakeshore Dr, Shreveport, LA 71107. You must call (318) 929-2806 to register. Space is limited.

Recent Nature Education Posts

July is Parks and Recreation Month

July 8, 2022

The Caddo Parish Commission officially proclaims July as Parks and Recreation Month! Since 1985, people in the United States have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote building...

2022 Summer Programs & Activities Announced

May 17, 2022

Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation is excited to announce another summer of quality, low-cost programs and services to the citizens of Caddo Parish. From youth football camps and sport clinics, to...

2022 Spring Programs Announced

March 14, 2022

Spring is right around the corner and the Caddo Parish Parks & Recreation department is pleased to announce the Spring 2022 Program Guide is available. Citizens will find lots of new...

Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation 2021 Annual Report

January 25, 2022

Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that the “2021 End of Year Final Report” is now available. This report provides a high-level overview of many of the department’s...

Call for Artists at Owl Night

December 7, 2021

Call for Artists at Owl Night on February 12, 2022 Owl Night invites visitors to meet live owls and explore their night world! Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation Department announces a call for...

Winter Program Guide 2021-2022

December 2, 2021

From fun and festive events to health and wellness programs, the Winter Program Guide has something for everyone. Offerings include athletic, fitness, arthritis intervention, and nature education...

2021 Fall Programs Guide

August 25, 2021

Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation has announced an array of Fall programs/activities, and social distancing fitness activities for youth, adults, and families. You will find a variety of...

Call for Artists at Art in the Park

August 4, 2021

Call for Artists at Art in the Park to be held on Saturday, November 6,, 2021 Art in the Park is an annual nature and wildlife art show and sale featuring all local artists from the...

Self-Guided Nature Exploration

July 16, 2021

New to Caddo Parish Parks: Agents of Discovery! Try out this fun and unique way of learning about and exploring nature. Agents of Discovery is a free educational mobile game for families that...

2021 Summer Programs Guide

June 17, 2021

We are excited to finally welcome back summer! We have been very busy planning a diverse slate of programs and events that will be held over the upcoming months, and are proud to share them with...