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Cypress Nature Study Center Educator
Contact Kelly Kruithof  Kelly Kruithof Cypress Nature Center Director
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Our Mission

Our mission is to educate and inspire current and future generations to explore, respect and protect nature.

Parish Vision: To be the highest performing school district in the State of Louisiana.

Parish Mission: To learn the best over all the rest. 

Directions to Nature Center

Cypress Nature Study Center

545 Beach Circle

Benton, LA  71006


From I-220 Bossier City head north on Airline Drive for approximately 5 miles, turn right on Linton Road; go East 4.3 miles to Cypress Black Bayou Recreation Area entrance (east or left side of the road). Upon entering the park stop at our gate house and receive further instructions to the nature center.  Hope to see you at our facility in the near future.

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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 - Saturday

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

Closed Sunday

The facility is closed on all major holidays.

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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. The Nature Center's multi-use facility includes a large Interpretive Center, classroom, animal lab, where you will see fish, crawfish, turtles, and our alligators "Claudette and Clovis," and 4.5 miles of trails situated on an 84-acre forest and wetland area. 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, bird feathers, deer antlers, and many different types of rocks. The Center also has 10 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.

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