CRCNHP announces schedule of free programs and events at Oakland and Magnolia Plantations

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Youth Art Show: March 15 – Dec. 31

In partnership with International Fiber Collaborative, this student art exhibit features work completed by 313 student artists representing 15 schools from around the state. The exhibit can be viewed in the Overseer’s Houses at Oakland and Magnolia Plantations. Visitors vote for their favorite pieces for “Best in Show” from March 15 – Nov. 1. The winner will be announced Nov. 2, on the 25th anniversary of the park.

Find Your Park Festival: April 27

The third annual Find Your Park Festival will be from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Oakland Plantation! This kid-friendly event will include craft demonstrators, natural and cultural history displays and a petting zoo. Learn about the local, state and federal parks in the area and all the things you can see and do.

Two Wheels to History Bike Ride: May 4

Visitors can go on a bike ride and learn about the life of sharecropping from park volunteer Elvin Shields from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Shields and his family lived on Oakland Plantation and during Segregation, he attended the African American school at St. Matthews. This six-mile round trip ride will begin at Oakland and visit St. Matthews School. The park provides bikes, helmets and water. Limit 20 adults and young adults. Reservations are required; call (318) 352-0383, ext. 201

Two Wheels to History Bike Ride: June 1

Ranger Tim will present “Juke Joints, Horse Races, and Baseball Games: A Bygone Era of Cane River History” from 9 a.m. – noon. This 14-mile round trip bike ride will begin at Oakland Plantation and will follow the historic Isle Breville down Cane River. During the mid-20th century, this area was the home of several jukejoints and baseball fields. Horse racing was also a popular past time for Cane River Creoles. The park provides bikes, helmets and water. Limit 20 adults and young adults. Reservations are required; call (318) 352-0383, ext. 201.

Hot Yoga: June 22

Under the shade of the oak allee of Oakland Plantation, there will be a free hot yoga class from the instructors at Lotus In the Pines yoga studio from 2-3:15 p.m. This beginner to intermediate ‘easy flow’ class is a great way to learn about yoga in a comfortable setting.

Photography with Annabel: July 20

Join professional photographer Annabel Jones at Magnolia Plantation as she provides tips about outdoor photography from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. A DSLR camera is required.

Kids Painting with Annabel: Aug. 3

Annabel Jones will teach painting for children at Oakland Plantation from 9-11 a.m. Supplies are provided for this event. Limit 20 children ages 8-12; call (318) 352-0383, ext. 316, to register.

Fall Tour of Homes: Oct.12-13

The park will join with other historic sites within the Cane River National Heritage Area for the 65th annual Fall Tour. Oakland Plantation welcomed visitors long before the National Park Service acquired the property in 1997. Oakland has been featured in the Fall Tour since 1954. On a typical day, park rangers provide guided tours but during the Fall Tour, former plantation residents will be giving tours and talking with the public.

Fall Festival: Oct. 26

Celebrate the agricultural heritage of Cane River with kid friendly games and activities from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. There will be birthday cake as park staff and guests celebrate the 25th anniversary of the creation of Cane River Creole National Historical Park and Cane River National Heritage Area.

Build a Cigar Box Guitar: Nov. 30

Children will learn how to build a Cigar Box guitar from professional musician Mike Snowden from 10 a.m. – noon. Guests will build cigar box guitars to take home. Snowden will perform on his personal cigar box guitars from noon – 1 p.m.

Photography with Annabel: Dec. 14

Join professional photographer Annabel Jones as she provides tips about outdoor photography from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. This program will take place at Magnolia Plantation, which provides a rich atmosphere of natural and cultural resources. A DSLR camera is required.

The grounds of Oakland and Magnolia Plantations are open daily from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nearly 80 original buildings remain, many open for self-guided tours including several that are historically furnished. The park also offers a cell phone tour. Park staff conducts tours of the historically furnished rooms in the Oakland Main House. The Magnolia Main House is still privately owned and is not open to the public. For more information, visit the park’s website at, Facebook at or call the park at (318) 352-0383, ext. 316.