The Wetland Watchers Park
The LaBranche Wetland Watcher service-learning project was started many years ago as a way to utilize our beautiful Louisiana wetlands as an outdoor classroom where students could be fully immersed in science while learning about the many values of our wetlands and the many challenges that they face. We adopted a small tract of land to improve it for our field studies and to attempt to keep it from washing away.The small tract of land we adopted was included in 28 acres of land donated to our project by the Pontchartrain Levee Board in 2004. In April of 2006, this area was dedicated as Wetland Watchers Park by the St. Charles Parish Government. The Wetland Watchers Park today includes nearly a mile of boardwalk nature trails, two outdoor classrooms, a ten-foot marsh overlook, at least five learning pad areas, and benches to rest on along the way. In the past, Governor Jindal dedicated $200,000 toward a pavilion, fishing piers, canoe/kayak launch, and other improvements that can now be found in the front section of the park.
St. Charles Parish has some of the most beautiful wetlands in the state, but there were no nature trails to allow people easy access to enjoy them. Working together we have provided a place for our local families to picnic and fish. Tourists can actually venture deep into the LaBranche wetlands without needing a boat, and schools throughout our region can utilize this natural wonder so that young people can learn to appreciate the incredible resource that has meant so much to Louisiana culture and history. The Wetland Watchers Park area is dedicated to education, recreation, and restoration. As we further advance this project, it is important to realize that we are building a legacy that our kids and their kids will be able to enjoy. Thank you for all that you have done. I hope that in the future we can all enjoy this park together!
Wetland Watchers Service-Learning Project Coordinator
Harry Hurst Middle School