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 Education Director for Bossier Parish- Cypress Nature Study Center: Kelly Kruithof



I had the privilege of working with an AP Environmental Science student this semester. Dylan Hicks wanted to do something to help protect the fish so they could survive and grow. He built us a fish habitat. This is an excellent way for the new eggs to be kept safe from predators so they can survive and grow. This is great for the fish and for the fishing on Cypress Lake.

Dylan Hicks and his habitat
Me and Dylan with his fish habitat

Cypress Nature Study Center

Cypress Nature Study Center - The Environmental Education Experience
Welcome to the Cypress Nature Study Center!

Please use this site to learn more about our facility, it's history, and the importance of wildlife, nature, and the environment.

The center is open

Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Closed  Saturday and Sunday

The facility is closed on all major holidays.


Cypress Nature Study Center was founded in 1977 as a preserve for nature study; the center is devoted to celebrating and exploring life through nature by sharing the excitement and fun of our natural world. Cypress Nature Study Center is situated on an 84-acre forest and wetland area.The Nature Center's multi-use facility includes a large Interpretive Center, classroom and an animal lab where you will see many types of fish, crawfish, and turtles. The Nature Center provides educational programs and services to students, teachers, scouts, and families throughout northwest Louisiana, southwestern Arkansas, and east Texas.

The Nature Center's interpretive stations help you discover nature by looking, touching, feeling and interacting with the exhibits and live animals. On our "touch table" you can see and feel a snake skin, deer antlers, pine cones, nuts from trees and many different types of rocks. The Center also has 12 trails totaling approximately 4.5 miles. There are rustic dirt trails and a quarter mile section of trails designed for wheelchair accessibility. Our 84-acre natural area of bottomland and upland hardwoods, educational inlet, and lake is a sanctuary to a wide variety of songbirds, small mammals, birds of prey, wetland animals, and a variety of plants and fungi.