Coates Bluff Nature Trail: A Community Resource of History, Ecology and Recreation
by Andrea Gilmer, Community Engagement Librarian
Did you know that just on the other side of the Red River (technically still in Bossier Parish) there is a nature trail? I was unaware of this myself having only enjoyed the jogging trails either side of the Red in the past; but then our History Center asked me to write up a column about their upcoming program, The Coates Bluff Nature and History Trail – Past, Present, and Future, and suddenly I had a bit of research to do!
Now, I won’t give away too much because our History Center has their program on Tuesday, April 16 at 6:00pm which will be presented by Jon Soul, Founder of the Coates Bluff Trail and Outdoor Educator. During this evening event, Mr. Soul will discuss the history of the Coates Bluff area and trail, which started as a Caddo Indian settlement, and then it’s importance in the founding of Shreveport and Bossier. He will highlight how the nature trail through this landscape is fulfilling a vision of an educational, recreational, and ecological community resource. With a nod towards April’s Earth Day (Monday, April 22), he will present how this trail can be a model for “urban wildernesses.”
Coates Bluff takes part of its name from the bluffs on what was once a channel of the Red River in southeast Shreveport’s Stoner Hill area. Before the river changed course, Coates Bluff was on the “Bossier side” which is why much of Coates Bluff is still within the legal entity of Bossier Parish.
For those of you who may miss out on Mr. Soul’s presentation but are still interested int the trail, it is located near the Montessori School for Shreveport (MSS) and Caddo Magnet High School. The Coates Bluff Nature Trail can be entered through two access points. One is on Sevier Street near MSS and the other can be found on Viking Drive behind Valencia Park Community Center. Enjoy your rambles!
All locations will be closed on Friday, April 19 and Sunday, April 21 for Good Friday and Easter.
Wednesday, Apr. 10 @ 1:00pm – Chair Exercise Class, ages 18 and up
Thursday, Apr. 11 @ 6:00pm – Game Night Café, all ages
Bossier Central 746-1693
Wednesday, Apr. 10 @ 2:00pm – Game Masters Series, all ages
Saturday, Apr. 13 @ 11:00am – Family Storytime, all ages
Monday, Apr. 15 @ 6:00pm – Chess Club, ages 18 and up
East 80 949-2665
Saturday, Apr. 13 @ 11:00am – Brunch & Books Book Club, ages 18 and up
Thursday, Apr. 11 @ 4:30pm – Creative Minds, all ages
History Center 746-7717
Saturday, Apr. 13 @ 1:00pm – Second Saturday Screenings: Deepwater Horizon, rated PG-13
Plain Dealing 326-4233
Saturday, Apr. 13 @ 11:00am – Garden Club, ages 18 and up
Saturday, Apr. 13 @ 12:00pm – Easter Egg Hunt, all ages
Saturday, Apr. 27 @ 11:00am – Gingerbread House Food Truck Rally @ Flying Heart Brewery, all ages
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- Don’t Let Me Down: A Memoir by Erin Hosier (Biography; Book)
- How High the Moon by Karyn Parsons (Children’s Fiction; Book)
- Instant Family starring Mark Wahlberg & Rose Byrne (DVD)
- A Lethal Legacy by Heather Graham (Fiction; Book)
- A Little Bit of Auras: An Introduction to Energy Fields by Cassandra Eason (Non-Fiction; Book)
- A Little Bit of Reiki: An Introduction to Energy Medicine by Valerie Oula (Non-Fiction; Book)
- A Little Bit of Wicca: An Introduction to Witchcraft by Cassandra Eason (Non-Fiction; Book)
- Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier’s First Gunfighter by Tom Clavin (Biography; Book)
- Wolf Pack: A Joe Pickett Novel by C.J. Box (Fiction; Book)