The Group Travel Leader

APR 2017

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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E LOUISIANA IS FILLED WITH GREAT EXPERIENCES FOR STU- DENTS AND YOUTH GROUPS THAT ARE BOTH FUN AND EDU- CATIONAL. FROM HANDS-ON SCIENCE CENTERS AND ACRES OF ROAMING AFRICAN WILDLIFE TO CHANCES TO EXPLORE THE STATE'S CAJUN AND BAYOU HERITAGE, THE HARDEST THING FOR GROUP LEADERS MAY BE NARROWING DOWN ALL THE OPTIONS. BELOW ARE FIVE LOUISIANA DESTINATIONS THAT WOULD BE IDEAL FOR YOUR NEXT SCHOOL OR YOUTH GROUP VISIT. ACADIAN VILLAGE L A F A Y E T T E Acadian Village charts the history of the French settlers whose descendants would go on to be modern-day Cajuns. The site is home to a collection of 19th-century buildings that B Y F I O N A Y O U N G - B R O W N A CA JUN CL A SSRO OM Courtesy Global Wildlife Center YOUNG TRAVELERS CAN INTERACT WITH SOME OF THE 4,000 EXOTIC ANIMALS AT THE GLOBAL WILDLIFE CENTER IN FOLSOM. includes not just houses but a blacksmith's workshop, a general store and a doctor's museum. Acadian Village director Thomas Gotte said the attraction provides visitors with "a glimpse into the past." The nonprofit that operates the village also uses the proceeds to benefit the local special- needs community. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the buildings and grounds. Or, a guided tour is available from one of the local volunteer guides. Groups looking for something a little more immersive might be interested in com- bining a guided tour with an educational workshop. The most popular of these explores Cajun music and dance, but other workshops let students try games of the bygone era or making bousillage, the traditional clay and straw material that provided wall insulation in the settlers' homes. WWW.ACADIANVILLAGE.ORG I S S U E A P R I L 2 0 1 7

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