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Rock N Rowe returns to Perkins Rowe this Spring

Perkins Rowe announced yesterday, Jan. 22, in a press release that popular music series Rock N Rowe will return for the spring. The first event will...

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo welcomes new baby giraffe

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo welcomed its newest addition, a male reticulated giraffe, on Dec. 26, 2019. The calf is the 20th giraffe born at the Baton...

Take a look at BREC’s $20 million master renovation plans for the Baton Rouge Zoo and Greenwood Community Park

BREC unveiled its master plans on Saturday, Aug. 17 for its renovations of the Baton Rouge Zoo and Greenwood Community Park, costing an estimated $20...

Category - Outdoors

What’s SUP?

By Chase Berenson Stand-up paddleboarding—or SUP—is one of the fastest growing watersports these days. Between paddleboarders participating in the Ride the Bull fishing rodeo in Grand Isle last weekend and the Big River...

Outdoors Adventures

By Chase Berenson Trapped in an office or classroom all week? Take your weekend adventure outside and explore the great outdoors at these five locales for a change of pace located in and around the capital city...

In Heat

By Casey Gisclair @Casey_Gisclair The 2015 summer has been one of the hottest in the past decade with high temperatures sometimes getting into triple digits. That’s not necessarily breaking news—that’s the norm in...

Hit the Trails

By Chase Berenson Leave No Trace Arguably the most important thing to remember when spending any time in nature are the principles of “leave no trace,” which can be summed up in the old cliché, “Leave only footprints...

Quack Attack

By Chad Anderson Autumn is almost upon us, and for hunters, that means hunting season is right around the corner. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has released the dates for the upcoming duck season...

Bayou Bass

By Darrell Henson Jr. The Atchafalaya Basin is one of Louisiana’s most notorious bodies of water, filled with winding bayous and shallow backwaters. The “spillway,” as most locals know it, is a key contributor to...

Trees & Trails

By Chase Berenson Everyone knows that arboretums are special places, but did you know that the LSU Hilltop Arboretum here in Baton Rouge is not the only type of arboretum that exists? Only about an hour north of Baton...

BR’s Biggest Garden

By Nick BeJeaux After months of study, planning, and conceptualizing, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, SWA Group, and Jeffrey Carbo and Associates have finally revealed their plan to revive the Baton Rouge Lakes. Also...

Sweating in the Swamp

By Chase Berenson By this time it’s no surprise to anyone that Louisiana’s state budget has taken a beating, and though Louisiana State Parks are an excellent resource for Baton Rouge residents, they have suffered from...

Hiking the Swamp

By Chase Berenson Baton Rouge has a nearby state park that features miles of trails, swampy lowlands, and hardwood forests. Tickfaw State Park, near Springfield, is home to a wide assortment of environments and proves...

Red Rockin’ Heroes

By Tommy Romanach @TRomanach Often times, sports fans use the term “hero” loosely, confusing the stars they see on the field with the men and women in the military who do so much to protect our daily lives. Last Friday...

Ballin’ with BREC

By Felix Cunningham “When school is out, BREC is in,” said Cheryl Michelet, Director of Communications at BREC. Children out of school for the summer with nothing to do are in luck—BREC has a special program for...

Forest Park Fun

By Chase Berenson With all of these summer rains Baton Rouge, it can be difficult to choose an adventure. The capital city often has a limited weather window, and for many, sinking a lot of time and preparation into...

Mississippi Waterfalls

By Chase Berenson Everyone knows that as summer temperatures climb, finding a body of water is the best solution to cool down. Rather than lazing on a beach, it’s possible to work up a sweat on a waterfall hike just a...

Paddle Up!

By Tommy Romanach @TRomanach Once a week, BREC’s Liberty Lagoon is transformed from Water Park to teaching ground, educating Baton Rouge natives to the intrepid world of kayaking. Paddle Up is BREC’s summer program that...

Louisiana Beach Time

By Chase Berenson The hot summer weather means it’s the perfect time to head to the beach to cool off, and, luckily, Baton Rouge residents don’t have to travel far to find some sun and sand. Two hours southwest of the...

Footgolf

  By Andrew Alexander & Chase Berenson @TheOtherAA It’s not often that a new sport starts up in Baton Rouge, especially one with a crazy name like “footgolf.” A cross between soccer and golf, footgolf is the...

American Pharoah

By Morgan Prewitt @kmprewitt_TDR The first Saturday in May always brings the excitement and pageantry of the Kentucky Derby. While the majority of the 170,000 or more fans packed into iconic Churchill Downs sip mint...

Aquarium Diving

By Chase Berenson The last time you visited an aquarium, did you wonder how the employees cleaned the inside windows on the giant glass tanks? Did you ask yourself how they fed the animals, or how they retrieved an...

Unite the Clans!

By Andrew Alexander @TheOtherAA The shrill of bagpipes filled the air as the procession of plaid kilted pipers and drummers marched alongside several clan banners as part of the opening ceremonies of the 10th...

Nature on the Northshore

By Chase Berenson The Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain is filled with nice views, small towns, and day-trippers from New Orleans. It also features the Northlake Nature Center along Bayou Castine, with over five miles of...

Camping on the Cajun Riveriera

By Chase Berenson Nestled in the southwestern corner of the state, the Cajun Riviera is a perfect overnight getaway to escape Baton Rouge and get your toes in the sand of Louisiana’s longest beach. Driving and camping...

BR by Bike

By Chase Berenson At first glance, Baton Rouge only seems like a bicycle-friendly city in a couple of distinct areas, such as University Lake and downtown. These biking oases also feel disconnected from each other...

Historic Waterways

By Chase Berenson On a beautifully sunny spring day, sometimes the best course of action is to have a slow and relaxing morning riding the ferry across the Mississippi and exploring the outdoors history in Plaquemine on...

More Than a Beach

By Chase Berenson Pensacola is known as the home of spring break and the Blue Angels, but this beautiful Florida treasure also features excellent camping and hiking along the world’s whitest beaches. The Gulf Islands...

The Musical Forest

By Chase Berenson Spring is always a great time to get out of Baton Rouge and take a trip to St. Francisville. The flowers are in bloom at Afton Villa Gardens, the historic houses downtown look great, and the...

A State-Run Refuge

By Chase Berenson Normally when fishermen, hunters, and hikers are looking for perfect spots to practice their craft, they imagine that they have to make a trip out of town. Sometimes it’s nice to be proven wrong; the...

Swimming in the Blackwater

By Chase Berenson When it gets hot in Baton Rouge people often wish for a beautiful beach with cool water. Luckily, we have one right here in East Baton Rouge Parish. The Blackwater Conservation Area is located out just...

A Breath of Fresh Air

By Chase Berenson When most people think of the LSU Agricultural Center and the Burden complex located at the intersection of I-10 and Essen Lane, they think of either plant research or the Rural Life Museum. However...

A Few Hours to the Beach

By Chase Berenson We are rapidly approaching the brief window of time in the year where it is no longer too cold but not yet too hot to go to the beach. Louisiana isn’t known for our beaches, but luckily our neighboring...

Backyard Camping

By Chase Berenson Most Louisianans slept in their beds buried under a mountain of blankets last Thursday as the forecasted low overnight temperature in Baton Rouge was exactly 32 degrees. I, on the other hand, had set...

Pollution at the Parks

By Chase Berenson While some Baton Rouge parks have something for everyone, there are other parks that were mainly designed for a single use. BREC’s Farr Park Equestrian Center along the Mississippi River is one of...

Escape in the City

By Chase Berenson Split into two pieces by its namesake road, the Highland Road Community Park is definitely a spot worth checking out. The park comprises nearly 150 acres situated on Highland Road in between Siegen and...

LSU’s Forest in the City

By Chase Berenson As carnival season is picking up steam, sometimes it’s nice to escape the stress and commotion of family gatherings. If you don’t have the time to get out of Baton Rouge, you can still get outside to...

Bird Songs and Treetops

By Chase Berenson When I once asked a BREC employee about the Burbank Conservation Area, her only answer was a confused look. She checked her computer and confirmed that it existed, but even her monitor gave her only...

Time on the River

By Chase Berenson I had often noticed a little dotted line on the map across the Mississippi River south of Baton Rouge, connecting a spot of unremarkable farmland to the town of Plaquemine across the river. Finally, my...

Swamp in the City

By Chase Berenson We all know that Louisiana is a traditionally swampy environment, but after too long in the city of Baton Rouge it’s easy to lose our connection with the swamps that surround us. Even when we want to...

Outdoors Gift Guide

By Jonathan Olivier  Sportsman’s Paradise is a gift unto itself. Louisiana is full of beautiful swamps, forests, and waterways to keep us entertained all year round, and around the holiday season, there are plenty of...

Leave No Trace

By Jonathan Olivier Fall is a pleasurable time of year for recreating outdoors around Baton Rouge, with usually mild temperatures and the occasional tree sporting bright foliage. As hunters, hikers and fisherman make...

Winning Under Weiner

By Andrew Alexander The LHSAA football playoffs kicked off last weekend with teams all over the state battling to advance one step closer to the state championship game in New Orleans. Coming off of a bye week in the...

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