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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E SCI-PORT DISCOVERY CENTER S H R E V E P O R T Whether it's a shark dissection for high- school seniors or an introduction to the planetarium for younger kids, the Sci-Port Discovery Center can create the perfect program of activities for every group. Tara Burton, the center's community engage- ment manager, said the on-site registrar can work directly with teachers and group lead- ers, helping to tailor each visit to a specific interest and age. Sci-Port prides itself in offering a memo- rable experience. "Unlike most museums where you can't touch anything, what makes Sci-Port so cool is that it's very hands-on," said Burton. She noted that there are so many events and dem- onstrations taking place that the schedule changes daily, constantly offering something new and different. The center features an Imax Dome theater, screening a selection of two or three films at any one time. Groups have the option of selecting any film from the center's extensive catalog for viewing. The exhibit "BodyWorks" is dedicated to the study of the human body, and the Red River Gallery showcases the river's natural and cultural history. Groups typically range in size from 10 to 100, and the busiest time for student visits is April and May. WWW.SCIPORT.ORG AVERY ISLAND AND JUNGLE GARDENS Students who have always wanted to try hot sauce ice cream can fulfill their dreams with a tour of Avery Island, home of Tabasco. The self-guided tour traces the history of Louisiana's favorite spicy condiment and allows visitors to view the modern brewing and bottling processes. LOUISIANA IS BRIMMING WITH GREAT EXPERIENCES FOR STUDENT GROUPS After touring the factory and historic plant, there is also the opportunity to explore Avery Island itself. Jungle Gardens is home to a multitude of wildlife that is indigenous to this unusual salt dome within the swamps. The three-mile nature trail is open to vehi- cles and pedestrians. Points of interest along the way include alligator and turtle ponds; a Buddha statue believed to be more than 900 years old; and Bird City, a protected colony of an estimated 100,000 snowy egrets. The factory tour lasts approximately one hour, with an additional 90 minutes sug - gested to tour the gardens. WWW.TABASCO.COM/AVERY-ISLAND WWW.JUNGLEGARDENS.ORG Courtesy McIlhenny Co. Courtesy Sci-Port Discovery Center SCI-PORT DISCOVERY CENTER IN SHREVEPORT A TABASCO PEPPER MASH BARREL ON AVERY ISLAND Celebrate • Discover • Explore 800-259-1714 • www.Natchitoches.com Insta Discover Your New Group Travel Destination! Come Celebrate, Discover & Explore our historic sites, naƟonal parks and plantaƟons. Visit our NaƟonal Historic Landmark District where you can shop and dine. Discover the Cane River NaƟonal Heritage Area. Explore the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum and the Cane River Creole NaƟonal Historic Park. Louisiana's Oldest City N atchitoches "Nack-A-Tish"

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