WETLAND WATCHERS PARK GRAND OPENING SATURDAY OCTOBER 2!!!! GET DIRECTIONS BELOW!

WETLAND WATCHERS PARK GRAND OPENING SATURDAY OCTOBER 2!!!! GET DIRECTIONS BELOW!

Wetland Watchers Park is located near the Bonnet Carre Spillway located in Norco, Louisiana Directions to our site from Baton Rouge Take I-10 East from Baton Rouge Exit I-10 via ramp at sign reading “Exit  I-310 S to Boutte/Houma” and go Southwest for 3 miles Exit I-310 via ramp at sign reading “Exit 2 US-61 to Kenner/Norco” Continue on Hwy 61 (Airline Hwy) for 5.5 miles to the Bonnet Carre Spillway Do not cross the Spillway Bridge Take a right onto the Bonnet Carre Spillway’s East Guide levee Continue on the levee road for appx. 2.5 miles. This is a shell road, but it will be graded before your arrival. You will be forced to turn off the levee to travel under a railroad trestle and the I-10 overpass. You will see everything once you pass under I-10! Directions from N. Causeway Blvd to the Bonnet Carre Spillway Merge onto I-10 W toward BATON ROUGE.                                      7.7 miles Merge onto I-310 S via EXIT 220 toward BOUTTE/HOUMA.                       2.9 miles Merge onto AIRLINE HWY/US-61 via EXIT 2 toward NORCO                  6.5 miles Pass by the chemical plants and on your left you will see the Spillway Bar and a Shell Station. Directly across the street from the Shell Station is the Spillway’s East Guide Levee. Turn right onto the levee and drive 2.5 miles following the levee road underneath I-10 to Lake Pontchartrain and you will see Wetland Watchers Park on your right!...
Weekly Reader Magazine Visits Louisiana!!!!

Weekly Reader Magazine Visits Louisiana!!!!

Recently, Brooke Ross, editor of Weekly Reader News, took a trip with Destrehan’s Harry Hurst Middle Wetland Watchers Service-Learning group. The purpose of this trip was to explore more about the issues and impacts of the BP Gulf oil spill to the people and wildlife of Louisiana from a kid’s perspective. The trip involved 14 students ranging from fourth grade to ninth grade representing five schools from St. Charles Parish and two schools from Lafourche Parish. The group took a day trip to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain to visit with University of New Orleans – Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences Education Director Dinah Maygarden where they discussed how the oil could impact the Pontchartrain ecosystem and the fragile wetlands along its shoreline. They also discussed the impacts the oil spill is having in the Gulf of Mexico to the ecosystem and the economic effects on the people whose livelihoods and culture surround the healthy gulf fisheries. “I am upset that the people of south Louisiana that have been fishing for generations will be forced to find other income,” said Destrehan ninth-grader Courtney Parker. “This disaster has to be putting a strain on these families. The fisherman’s way of life revolves around the seafood industry which looks like it will be seriously damaged.” “Just think about how the tourism is hurt.” said sixth-grader Ethan Rogers. “It makes me feel sad because we can’t go fishing in certain places or go to the beach for vacation.” The group then traveled to the New Orleans Aquarium of the Americas where aviculturalist Tom Dyer gave students a close-up view of some of...