Both field trips are scheduled for July 31, 2014.
1. Shrimping/Coastal Fishing Field Trip to Jean Lafitte, La.
Limited to 28 individuals. Leave hotel at 9 a.m. sharp in a rented van with driver. The group will meet with the Mayor of Jean Lafitte and other key informants on the state of the fisheries and impacts on coastal communities of all types, including Native-American and African-American, of the BP oil spill. One-half of the group will take a tour of the newly created community museum (http://www.townofjeanlafitte.com/home/whats-new/) to learn about the community, its severe flooding — exacerbated by sea level rise — and BP oil spill risks. A bayou boat tour is included. The other half will take a boat tour of the nearby coastal waters. Then the two halves switch activities. Each activity should last about one hour.
Lunch is on your own and can be purchased at the local grocery store- sandwiches. Van will return to hotel at approximately 3:30pm. Total cost per person is $25.00 and covers transportation, gratuities and the boat tours.
2. New Orleans Botanical Garden (http://www.neworleanscitypark.com/botanical-garden)
Leave hotel at 10 a.m. by air-conditioned trolley car guided by University of New Orleans graduate student or garden docent (unclear at printing). Trolley ride is a slow and leisurely as appropriate for a summer’s day in New Orleans. Walk 5 minutes to gardens. Guided tour of the park followed by lunch on your own. Tour includes a history of the park and its resurgence after Katrina. Cost is $25.00 per person which covers admission to the gardens ($6), transportation to and from ($2.50) and a tip ($16.50) for the graduate student or docent. Attendees bear the cost of lunch and any snacks.