Copy Friday, June 2nd, 2017
Water Trails of the Atchafalaya
June 17 – October 29, 2017
The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to highlight Louisiana’s rich natural diversity with an exhibit dedicated to the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp. The exhibition, Water Trails of the Atchafalaya, will be on display at the West Baton Rouge Museum from June 17 through October 29, 2017.  Come celebrate Louisiana’s greatest natural resource through the art and lifestyle it inspires!
Named “long river” by the Choctaw, the Atchafalaya River stretches 135 miles from where it branches off the Mississippi and Red Rivers to its terminus at the Gulf of Mexico.  The basin of this river, which includes some 1.4 million acres, is the only growing delta in Louisiana.  It boasts the largest contiguous bottomland hardwood forest in North America and is prime wintering habitat for more than half of America’s migratory waterfowl.  The Atchafalaya Basin may be a last refuge for endangered species such as the Peregrine Falcon, Bachman’s Warbler and the Ivory Bill Woodpecker, as well as the endangered Louisiana Black Bear and the Florida Panther.  Overall, the Atchafalaya Basin is home to fifteen Federal and State listed endangered or threatened wildlife species.
White tail deer, bobcat, coyote, alligator, beaver, nutria, mink, otter, musk rat, armadillo, fox and opossum also call the Atchafalaya home. The numerous mammal, reptile and amphibian species attract local hunters; and the nearly 100 species of fish, crawfish, shrimp and crabs support commercial and sport fishing.  Because of its rich diversity, the Atchafalaya is considered the most productive swamp in the world.
Water Trails of the Atchafalaya features photography by C.C. Lockwood, Greg Guirard, and Justin Patin, as well as original artwork by Louisiana native artists including Melissa Bonin, Shane Seneca, and Kenny Greig.  The exhibit will also feature ancient cypress salvaged from the Basin.  Visitors are encouraged to count the rings and guess their age. Visit the West Baton Rouge Museum to experience the beauty and diversity of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, America’s Foreign Country.
West Baton Rouge Museum’s Annual Teachers Institute:
The Academics of the Atchafalaya
July 18, 19, and 20, 2017
The three‐day summer professional development series is designed for in‐service K‐12 teachers across all subject areas. This summer will be the eleventh year the museum is offering this professional development program. Participants will work with museum staff, scholars, and special guests to develop lessons for use in their classrooms. Teachers will be immersed in lectures and presentations from historians, education specialists, and other special guests as well as field trips, and hands‐on activities. Participants will receive classroom resource materials, a certificate of participation, and a $100 stipend upon completion of all institute activities and assignments. Daily lunches are provided along with transportation for field trips. The Teachers Institute is limited to 25 participants. Availability is based on a first‐come‐first‐serve basis. Registration forms may be downloaded from or picked up at the museum. Completed forms may be faxed to (225) 336‐2448 or emailed to For more information, please call Education Curator, Jeannie Luckett at (225) 336‐2422 x14.

This program is sponsored in part by the West Baton Rouge Historical Association and the West Baton Rouge Parish School Board
Consignor of the Month - Greg Guirard
Born in 1937, Greg Guirard moved, with his extended family, to the western edge of the Atchafalaya Basin in St. Martin Parish. Greg was two years old at this time, and he still lives there today.
Greg is the father of four grown children, and for 13 years he made his living teaching English in colleges and high schools, both in the US and in Costa Rica.  He’s also served as an actor and technical advisor to many a film crew and production company.  Now he spends most of his time crawfishing, salvaging ancient cypress logs from the swamp, and writing and publishing books about the people, scenery and wildlife in and around the Atchafalaya Basin.  He is most widely recognized for his photography, images that capture the beauty and mystery of the great Atchafalaya Basin
Greg Guirard has published seven books, four of which are currently being carried by the Museum Store, including:  Inherit the Atchafalaya, Atchafalaya Autumn II, The Land of the Dead Giants, and PsychoTherapy for Cajuns.  These titles would make the perfect Father’s Day gift for the Basin enthusiast in your family.
The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. on Sunday.  Come in and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee while you shop.  For further information about Greg or any of our other talented consignors, call 336-2422 ext. 19 or email Gwenn at
West Baton Rouge Museum to Participate in the Blue Star Museums Program
May 29th - September 4th, 2017
The West Baton Rouge Museum in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts will open their doors to military families, along with 270 other museums from 45 states around the U.S. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, Sunday, May 29th through Labor Day weekend Sunday, September 4th, 2017  military families can visit the museum FREE with ID. What a wonderful moment in NEA and U.S. Museum History to gather together and actively show our appreciation for the U.S. military personned and their families.
For more information, please visit the Blue Star Museums Webpage.
This weekend, June 3rd and 4th, is the last chance to view our exhibit Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior. Don't miss it!

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