‘Work/Play’ day at Lacombe refuge seeks volunteers _lowres

Advocate file photo -- Majestic homes on St. Charles Avenue, such as the Inn Bed and Breakfast, will be seen on the West Baton Rouge Museum's bus trip to New Orleans Thursday, Oct. 15.

The Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges are looking for group and individual volunteers for the “Work/Play Day” at the Refuge Headquarters in Lacombe.

Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome at the Saturday event.

Lunch will be provided by the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges. The goal of the day is to prepare the Refuge Headquarters site for the Wild Things event on Oct. 17. Wild Things is the largest free environmental education and outreach event in the state.

The “work” portion of the day includes general grounds maintenance, clearing unwanted growth, and tending trails throughout the property. The “play” starts after lunch and consists of a facilitated canoe outing on Bayou Lacombe.

All equipment is provided and new volunteers are always welcomed.

The event starts at 9 a.m. The Refuge Headquarters is at 61389 La. 434.

In order to provide participants lunch, reservations are required by Wednesday. Contact Supervisory Park Ranger David Stoughton at (985) 882-2025 or david_stoughton@fws.gov.

Museum plans N.O. tour

The West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen is offering a bus trip to New Orleans on Thursday, Oct, 15. Participants will view historic houses on Esplanade Avenue and others in the Crescent City’s most historic neighborhoods.

The trip is in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit, “House and Home,” which offers a historical perspective on what makes a house a home.

The group will have a Creole breakfast at Degas House, which was built in 1852 in the Esplanade Ridge Neighborhood. It will then tour the historic house, museum, courtyard, and Degas’ studio, and see the documentary, “Degas in New Orleans, a Creole Sojourn.”

Then, participants will walk down oak tree-lined Esplanade Avenue to discover the story of the French Creoles, including Edgar Degas and his maternal family, hosted by the great-grand nieces of the artist. Next, they’ll take a narrated bus tour presented by Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans.

From the old-world craftsmanship of the Vieux Carré, to the French Colonial architecture along Bayou St. John, to the glamour of St. Charles Avenue, the tour will introduce participants to the variety of New Orleans historic architecture.

A box lunch will be served during the afternoon tour.

Reservations are on a first-come, first-paid basis for the Historic Home and Neighborhood Bus Trip. The bus leaves the museum at 7 a.m. and returns by 5 p.m. The cost for the all-inclusive bus trip is $95.

Spaces are limited and advanced, paid (nonrefundable) reservations are required. For more information, call (225) 336-2422 Ext. 15 or visit westbatonrougemuseum.com.

Seniors trips from BR

Spots are still open on a Nov. 29-Dec. 5 Nashville, Tennessee, show trip. Cost is $609.

An Orlando, Florida, trip (excludes Disney World) is scheduled for Feb.14-20, 2016. Cost is $519.

Costa Rica Treasures is planned for May 2-16, 2016. Land tour with airfare is $2,905.

For more information, call Leslie Tassin at (225) 769-5872 or visits grouptrips.com, and type in LouisianaTravelers (no spaces).

Butterfly watching

See butterflies in all life stages at the annual Butterfly Blast at Allen Acres in Pitkin.

The event is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27. There will be monarch tagging during the day, and hummingbird moth viewing after dark.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, contact Charles or Susan Allen at (337) 328-2252 or native@camtel.net.

Allen Acres, which includes a bed and breakfast, is at 5070 La. 399, west of Oakdale.

Louisiana Travels is a column about travel destinations and events in Louisiana. Email items for Louisiana Travels to travel@theadvocate.com or jbergeron@theadvocate.com.