Poverty Point Adventure! - Delta Chapter Spring Retreat

Poverty Point Artistic Aerial view

Join Delta Chapter Sierra Club members at our Spring Retreat - Friday, April 7, 2017 through Sunday, April 9, 2017. We'll be staying in cabins at the Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, a neighbor of the Poverty Point World Heritage Site near Delhi, Louisiana - "the largest and most complex Late Archaic earthwork occupation and ceremonial site yet found in North America.
Retreat members will spend much of the day on Saturday at the nearby 910 acre archeological park; this is an internationally recognized U.S. National Monument and World Heritage Site. Poverty Point was named after a nearby plantation when archaeologists began excavations in the early 1900s. Poverty Point comprises several earthworks and mounds built between 1650 and 700 BC by a group of Native Americans now called the Poverty Point culture.

There will be tram tours and other guided and self-guided walks during the day and the site hosts a museum displaying many of the artifacts found there.

The Reservoir park, where we’ll be staying is a gem in its own right. The 2,700-acre lake that is the center piece for Poverty Point Reservoir State Park offers visitors an outlet for a variety of water sports and a scenic backdrop for waterfowl migration each spring and fall. Birders should bring their binoculars and check lists as the lake is part of the Mississippi Flyway. There is also a nature trail along an off-shoot of Bayou Macon. Additionally, we may be lucky enough to spot a Louisiana Black Bear! The eastern edge of the park, along Bayou Macon, is known bear habitat.

This trip is suitable for children old enough to understand the history and culture of the Poverty Point complex. Check in is 4:00 pm Friday; checkout 11:00 am Sunday.

Pricing: $60 per person includes Fri/Sat night stay with meals (vegan options will be provided if requested). Children sleeping with parent - $30 (anyone taking a sleeping space is full price). There is no camping available at the cabins, but the park has campsites starting at $18/night. Meals (if camping, or staying elsewhere) are $30 for all five (Fri eve, Sat - Bkfast/Lunch/Dinner, Sunday - Bkfast), or $6 each.

Interested? Email margie.vicknair-pray@sierraclub.org for more information.

Map to the State Park: https://goo.gl/maps/zE8tkMEtmxF2
Map to the World Heritage Site: https://goo.gl/maps/jv7fwCvfefT2

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