Within this playful, highly interactive “end of the bayou” gallery, visitors engage in hands-on water activities; step upon a rocking shrimp boat to harvest the gulf’s produce; experience a working model of an estuary; use lasers to “spy” the abundant wildlife; and become a pirate digging for buried treasure.
overall bayou gallery
The fishing industry is the third largest industry in Louisiana. Feel the rocking motion of the gulf while discovering the life of a fisherman. Bring your catch of oysters, shrimp, and fish to the Farmer’s Market.
estuary water table
Defined as a coastal area where salt water from the ocean mixes with fresh waters from rivers, rainfall, and upland runoff, an estuary is made up of many types of habitats. What has happened to the land in coastal Louisiana? Learn how coastal erosion is affecting the Bayou Region, what happens when a pollutant enters the water stream, and how we can counter these threats. Will sediment diversion be one possible solution to our coastal erosion problems?
Steel Legged Reef
Off the coast of Louisiana lies some of the world’s most unusual reefs. We’re not talking about coral or shell reefs, but the steel-legged kind that the oil companies constructed throughout the waters. As a result of this, many fish gather under and near the leg structures of these oil rigs.
Stop in and see what’s on the menu. The cottage will also be used for story time or duck carving & calling demonstrations.
It’s hunting season at the BCCM. Use laser pointers to find ducks of all varieties, as well as nutria, alligator, turtle, deer, and squirrel to name just a few. How many points can you get?
jean lafitte’s treasure dig
Ahoy there lads and lasses! Arrr ye lookin’ for buried treasure? At the treasure dig you’ll find fossils and pirate treasure.