Field Trip Ideas

Field Trips Running out of Field Trip ideas? Not sure what all there is to do and see in Southwest Louisiana? Download this Field Trip Ideas List from the SWLA CHEF president and get busy!  Field trips are a fun way for students to learn.

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If you can manage to spend less on gas, you’ll have more money to spend on the other things that are also becoming more expensive (mostly due to the price of gas).


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The following is from Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site. There’s still time to schedule a class tour of Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site! As you may know, school groups are admitted free of charge at all state historic sites.

The Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War was in 2011. This conflict had a profound and lasting effect on our country, and certainly changed Central Louisiana significantly. Forts Randolph and Buhlow were constructed by the Confederacy after the 1864 Red River Campaign by Union forces. They were intended to repel future campaigns up the Red River. Construction of the forts began in the fall of that year and was completed by early 1865. Lee’s surrender in the spring of 1865 heralded the beginning of the end of the Confederacy, and by June 3 the Union took control of the two forts without a single hostile shot ever being fired.

And so these two Red River forts have lain dormant for a long time, but there are now signs of new life here. Once the product of considerable toil and hardship, they were quickly abandoned after the Civil War. They were eventually reclaimed by nature, as most abandoned human edifices are, and blended back into the landscape. We are now charged with trying to reveal what was once here, without destroying what is now here.

To that end, Louisiana State Parks has done a wonderful job. Little has been disturbed here, yet the planners and builders have been able to provide visitor access to the forts by way of raised boardwalks with interpretive signage. There is also a Visitor’s Center on site with displays pertaining to Civil War Louisiana, as well as a short video about the Red River Campaign and the building of Bailey’s Dam.

A school tour can include a museum tour and video, a tour of Fort Randolph, a walk to Bailey’s Dam overlook, a musket demonstration, and a campfire cooking demonstration.

If you would like to schedule a tour for your group please call 318-484-2390, or toll free 877-677-7437.

Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site is a property of Louisiana State Parks Located at 135 Riverfront Street, Pineville, Louisiana

Don Fontenot
Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site
Phone: (318)484-2390
Fax: (318)484-2391


Chateau des Cocodries

Where: Jennings Oil and Gas Park at 100 Rue de l’Acadie, Jennings, LA 70546 Phone: 337-821-5521 or 1-800-264-5521.

Admission: Free See live alligators in an open-air enclosure. There is an air-conditioned viewing area also available in which several baby alligators are housed. They also have a 31-acre park with replica of LA’s first oil derrick. Picnicking, fishing in the 11-acre lake, duck feeding, and jogging/walking trail are also available.


The 3 places in Jennings make a wonderful field trip if anyone would like to coordinate it. Be sure to allow enough time for the children to play at the Telephone Museum. The Jennings Oil and Gas Park makes a fun addition to this field trip. They have baby alligators that the children can hold. The children can run and play there and if the weather is nice enough, have a picnic lunch.


SunRise Catfish

Open year round for fishing, No fishing license required. Pay by the pound you catch.  Bring the family for a great outdoor family experience.  Amenities include fish cleaning, bait, pole rentals, ice, restroom facilities and homemade ice cream.  Open Monday – Saturday, Closed on Sundays, Located 8 miles south of DeRidder on Mennonite Rd. Follow signs. Phone: 337-462-6990 or 337-463-9326


Historic City Hall: 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles; Free Admission (Art Exhibits)

Henning Cultural Center: 923 Ruth Street, Sulphur; Free Admission (Art Exhibits)


Lutcher Theater in Orange, TX Check here to see what plays are being preformed

The Lutcher Theaher in Orange, Texas has several children productions planned for this year.

Visit their website, for more information, to plan your trip either for our group or just for your family.

The time to order tickets is now!