Paddle with us on Saturday, Oct. 21, to celebrate the beautiful Bayou Teche National Paddle Trail! Our whacky Paddle Parade will start at Poche’s Country Club, and paddlers can travel to either Parc des Ponts in Breaux Bridge or Lil’s on the Teche in Breaux Bridge.
Registration is now open on Eventbrite. All tickets include a Festival Pin with this year’s bird: the Northern Cardinal. There will be a Pre-Paddle Shuttle ($5 cash at the bus) from each location. Two bands on decorated barges will accompany the paddlers down the bayou to set the mood! Starting at noon, there will be lunch trucks, libations, merch sales, kids’ activities and live music by Corey Ledet until 2 p.m. If you choose the longer paddle, you will still have time to play at the park, so plan to have lunch with us and support The TECHE Project.
Registration is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Please note that registration does not include kayak rental, lunch or shuttle. Find more information on our events page.
We have some exciting news just in time for the summer! Our last paddle trail dock has been installed in Poche Bridge at Poche’s Market (3015 Main Hwy., Breaux Bridge). Take advantage of a nice, short paddle (1.5 hours) to Breaux Bridge and stop in at Poche’s to take cracklins and boudin to go.
We’d like to thank St. Martin Parish Government for partnering with us on the Poche Bridge trailhead and Floyd Poche, who has installed a beautiful pavilion and parking area to compliment the Paddle Trail.
Get out on the water this summer and check out one of our 15 docks from Port Barre to Patterson!
Our “Geaux Paddle” recreation program is offering paddling opportunities for kids ages 10-14 on Bayou Teche this summer. The goal of Geaux Paddle is to get kids who have never paddled before comfortable with paddling and then out enjoying Bayou Teche, the first National Water Trail in Louisiana! This program will happen over two days, with the first day including safety, instruction and an experiment on water testing led by water-quality expert Trent Haines. The second day will include paddling with Margaret and Jeff Simon and a Chihuly-inspired art project with local artist Marla Kristicevich made from recycled trash found on the bayou. All activities take place at our official dock in New Iberia. The paddle portion will also teach about wood duck boxes and the importance of providing safe nest sites for reproduction; education on flora and fauna and the importance of native plants; and trash pickup. See the full schedule below.
This program is being offered as the result of a Healthy Communities Grant from Keep Louisiana Beautiful. The two-day workshop is free to attend, but you must register on Eventbrite in advance. Kayaks/canoes, lifejackets, snacks and drinks will be provided.
Friday, June 9
Paddle Safety, Instruction & Water Quality Experiment 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, June 10
Paddle Trip, Bayou Education & Art Project 8:30 a.m.-noon
ALL ACTIVITIES TAKE PLACE AT OUR OFFICIAL DOCK AT 108 DUPERIER AVE. IN NEW IBERIA.
We released our Annual Report for 2022 at our Annual Banquet in Jeanerette on March 11. Members and others interested in finding out more about our accomplishments over the past year and what’s coming in 2023 can download the report here.
Please mark your calendar for our Annual Membership Banquet on Saturday, March 11! We will be celebrating our accomplishments from 2022 at Albania Mansion (21066 Hwy. 182 W) on the bayou in Jeanerette.
Albania was built in 1842 by Charles Grevemberg in the Greek Revival architectural style and sits on eight acres surrounded by hundred-year-old oak trees. It was featured in the movie adaptation of “All The King’s Men,” and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley are both said to have stayed on the property. Inside, a curving staircase rises three stories, and some decor from previous owner artist Hunt Slonem is still evident. Now under new ownership, Albania is open to the public and available for events and private parties.
In addition to house tours, we will be offering paddling in advance of the banquet. If you’d like to paddle, just arrive between 3-4 p.m., and you can launch your own kayak right from the dock at Albania or our official dock at T.J. Viator City Park.
House tours will be offered from 3:30-4:30 p.m. See below for the full banquet schedule.
Registration & mingling: 4:30-5 p.m. Welcome & business meeting: 5-5:30 p.m. Dinner & guest speakers: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Social & silent auction with live music by Drew Simon & Lukas Meaux: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
About the Speakers:
Visual artists Kristie Cornell and Marla Kristicevich strive to create a conversation between people and the environment through the exploration of waterways with their Meander Mindset: Bayou Teche project. Together, they meandered the Teche, collecting organic samples and making photographs, textural rubbings, audio recordings and eco sculptures along the waterway. These collected materials and works create a visual narrative of the artists’ findings and encourage the viewer to reevaluate their connection to the natural world and to take the time to observe and appreciate their surroundings. They have also recently published a book, which will be for sale (and signing) at the banquet.
If you are a current member of The TECHE Project, you get in free. Non-members can sign up at the door (starting at $25 for an individual membership).
Dinner is included in the admission price. Beer and wine will be available with the purchase of a $10 commemorative glass.
You’re invited to attend The TECHE Project’s Wildlife Management Workshop in Franklin on January 7, 2023. We will be holding this year’s workshop at the Teche Theatre in Franklin (501 Main St.) from 10 a.m. to noon.
The focus is on the ecology and rearing of wood ducks. You can also learn about how to film nestlings in the box and on Jump Day when they fledge from the box. Nest boxes will be available for sale, and free Bayou Teche Paddle Trail mile marker signs are available for those program participants on Bayou Teche.
Our target audience for this workshop is those living on Bayou Teche, but anyone who is interested in rearing wood ducks is welcome to attend. TECHE Project members and current Wood Duck Box Program participants get in free. For others, the cost is $10. We hope to see you there!
For the second year in a row, the Louisiana Iris Conservation Initiative (LICI) and the TECHE Project are partnering to plant native wetlands plants along a stretch of Bayou Teche shoreline. Concrete rip-rap has been removed from a section of the bayou’s bank for this demonstration project. The purpose of the project is to show landowners along the bayou that native plants can be used to stabilize the shoreline instead of rip-rap. Of course, the project will also beautify this section of City Park and Bayou Teche and eliminate any trash in this area.
I. giganticaerulea irises, a native species of Louisiana iris that grows in the swamps and marshes south of New Iberia, will be used in the project. This will help achieve our goal of introducing to the public this wonderful native plant, which is the state wildflower of Louisiana.
Rubber rain boots are recommended for volunteers. Please bring a long-handled shovel if you have one. Bottled water will be supplied. There are nearby bathrooms in the park.
If you’d like to participate, send an email to email@example.com.
The TECHE Project is proud to announce the 11th Annual “Shake Your Trail Feather” Festival: a celebration of the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail.
The Shake Your Trail Feather event is both a “Paddle Parade” and a “Party in the Parc” with food and live music on Oct. 22, 2022. The Paddle Parade will start at Poche’s Country Club at 10 a.m. and go 6.5 miles to Lil’s on the Teche lounge south of Breaux Bridge. For those wishing to paddle a shorter distance, paddlers can pull out at Parc des Ponts in Breaux Bridge after 4.5 miles. The whacky, feather-clad Paddle Parade (no motorized boats, please) will float down Bayou Teche accompanied by live music with two Cajun bands playing on decorated barges. The TECHE Project also encourages folks living on the bayou to join the fun by watching from the bank.
Click here to register for the paddle on Eventbrite.
After the parade, a celebration will take place at Parc des Ponts in Breaux Bridge. Anyone who is interested can come usher in the paddlers and show their support for the bayou. Starting at 11:30 a.m., there will be food vendors, libations, merchandise and kids’ activities. Live music with Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express will be playing on the stage from noon to 2 p.m. Other event highlights include prizes for those dressed as birds and the ever-popular raffle of a kayak donated by Pack and Paddle at 2 p.m.
We participated in the Community Foundation of Acadiana’s SOLA Giving Day for the first time last year and raised $3,000, so we thought we’d try it again this year. We’re increasing our goal to $5,000 and focusing on youth ecological education, recreation and paddling for 2022.
Our planned “Geaux Paddle” program will provide paddling opportunities and education about littering and water quality on Bayou Teche. The goal of Geaux Paddle is to get kids ages 10-14 who have never paddled comfortable with paddling and then out enjoying Bayou Teche. Our hope is that these kids will take what they learn back to their families, friends and community and, ultimately, help make Bayou Teche a cleaner and healthier waterway.
Our end goal is to get Bayou Teche removed from the state’s impaired waterways list. Trash pickup and youth education about the harmful effects of littering is an important step toward this goal. After the initial launch of Geaux Paddle in New Iberia, we will move the program up and down the bayou to St. Landry, St. Martin and St. Mary parishes to reach more children and make an impact on the entire 135-mile bayou and the 16 Trail Towns we serve.
We are accepting donations now leading up to the BIG DAY OF GIVING on May 5. We’ll take any amount, large or small, and appreciate all of our loyal supporters! Please tell your friends and family about this opportunity to support our mission.