Briarwood Nature Preserve



This episode of Big Blend Radio’s 3rd Tuesday “Go to Natchitoches” Show focuses on Briarwood Nature Preserve, a National Historic Place in Saline, Louisiana, which is just north of Natchitoches. Featured guests include Arlene Gould – Director of Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Bayli Quick – Curator at Briarwood Nature Preserve. Listen here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on PodBean, SoundCloud, or Facebook.

Briarwood is the birthplace and home of Caroline Dormon, a world-renowned naturalist, author, artist, and the first woman to be hired in the United States Forest Service. The Briarwood Nature Preserve carries on the work started by Miss Dormon by preserving wildflowers native to the south and educating the public. Guided tours are available March, April, May, October, and November, and offer visitors the chance to see critically endangered species, native plants, and a variety of wildlife, as well as Caroline’s cabin, Wing’s Rest Pond, Bay Garden, and the popular Grandpappy tree. More:

Natchitoches (pronounced Nack-a-tish) is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase Territory and is part of the Cane River National Heritage Area. More:

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