POSTED: Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 6:04am
Spend the weekend walking a mile, or two, along the same paths walked by one of the most famous naturalists in American history, during Audubon Arbor Day Program on Saturday, January 19 at Audubon State Historic Site.
On Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., visitors are invited to participate in National Arbor Day with talks on John James Audubon’s bird paintings, guided walks, and children’s and family nature activities such as tree planting or plant discovery. An extended tour takes the visitor through an audio-visual history of the park, a presentation on the prints John James Audubon created while at Oakley, followed by a guided house and grounds tour. Participants should allow for at least 1-1/2 hours for this activity and wear comfortable shoes, as much walking is involved.
“These programs trace the legacy of John James Audubon, in getting people in touch with nature,” says John House, site manager. “We want every visitor to Audubon State Historic Site to experience the site’s rich heritage.”
Audubon State Historic Site is the setting for the 200-year-old Oakley House, temporary home and inspiration to John James Audubon in the 1800s. The park includes a museum, picnic areas, historic buildings, pavilion, and nature trail. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.
The $4 adult admission to Audubon State Historic Site includes the site video history presentation, the plantation house tour and all special programs. Children (12 and under) and senior citizens (62 and older) are admitted free. Audubon SHS is located 30 minutes north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish.
For more information, visit Audubonstatehistoricsite@wordpress.com  or call 888.677.2838 toll free or 635.3739 locally.