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.

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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.


Nature Education Programs
Public Programs

Discover the wonders of nature through a wide variety of nature-based programs and events for all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Year-round programs such as annual events, camps, workshops, classes, and more offer the opportunity to connect with the natural world! Check out all the upcoming public programs in event calendar.

Programs by Request

Nature is a great place to learn, explore, and celebrate! Our programs are designed to bring learning to life with hands-on activities and direct experience with nature.

We offer nature education programs by request in the form of:

  • Field Trips to the nature park for schools, scout troops, or other organized group
  • Schoolyard Programs at your school, camp, or other facility
  • Presentations for classrooms, clubs, or other organizations
  • Naturalist booth with live animals at your event
  • Birthday Parties

Programs are free of charge and are scheduled by request on a first come, first served basis. Use the form linked the button below to get a program scheduled. 

Request a Program

Upcoming Nature Education Events

Canoeing

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

Join Park Naturalist Hulya Onel at Richard Fleming Park to spend a couple of hours on the water. Canoes, life jackets, and paddles are provided or bring your own gear! This program is not intended to teach canoeing skills. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required. Call the park at (318) 929-2806 to register.

Event Series Intro to Archery

Weekend Archery Series

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

In this 2-part program, participants will learn basic archery skills and shoot targets. The first day, Saturday July 6th, will be the basic instruction and shooting at standard targets, while the second day, Sunday July 7th, participants will get fine tuning instruction while shooting at 3 dimensional targets. Only participants that attend the first day will be allowed to attend ...

An Introduction To Acrylic Painting

J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Regional Visitor Center 700 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, LA, United States

Join Park Naturalist, Hulya Onel, and acrylic paint along with her at the park in this nature art program. We will try to use various materials to paint on; such as rock, canvas, slate, and wood, each time capturing something different about this wondrous nature! We will provide all materials for the workshop.   DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 8, 2024, 10:00am-12:00pm. Theme-Fish ...

Event Series Junior Naturalist Workshop

Junior Naturalist Workshop

Red River National Wildlife Refuge 150 Eagle Bend Point, Bossier City, United States

Join Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park-Naturalist, Hulya Onel to study 6 basic biology subjects to become a Certified Junior Naturalist. The classes will be every other month. After completing all 6 courses, you will receive a certificate, a field guide of your choice as a reward and get to keep the course book prepared by the Naturalist, which contains ...

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