Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation: 2020 ‘Bugs, bats and bones’ goes virtual

Noble Horvath

CADDO PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Despite the pandemic, Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation has found a way to hold the award-winning ‘Bugs, Bata and Bones’ event and keep participants safe. This year’s 10th annual ever-popular event will be held virtually using a series of videos that will premiere at 3 […]

CADDO PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Despite the pandemic, Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation has found a way to hold the award-winning ‘Bugs, Bata and Bones’ event and keep participants safe.

This year’s 10th annual ever-popular event will be held virtually using a series of videos that will premiere at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2nd on the CPPR’s Facebook page, and run at the same time each Friday in October through Oct. 30.

“This year’s event will look different due to public health guidelines pertaining to Covid-19, but park patrons will still get to meet Halloween’s creepiest creatures and discover they’re not so scary after all,” said Caddo Parks Education Coordinator Stacy Gray.

The weekly videos will cover a variety of Halloween themed nature topics, including live animal encounters with snakes, spiders, vultures, and more.

“As we continue to navigate COVID-19 in our community, creating virtual opportunities for our citizens to engage and continue to learn about nature continues to be a top priority,” said Parks and Recreation Director Patrick Wesley.

“Bugs, Bats and Bones is one of the Parish’s premier and engaging events that we host at Walter B. Jacobs, attracting hundreds of participants each year.  We are delighted to be able to offer programming that allows our citizens to safely enjoy this annual event,” Wesley said.

According to the parish, the decision to go virtual was out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of citizens and staff.

“As we continue to navigate COVID-19 in our community, creating virtual opportunities for our citizens to engage and continue to learn about nature continues to be a top priority,” said Parks and Recreation Director Patrick Wesley.

Bugs, Bats and Bones has been recognized at the national level.  The event was officially selected by the National Association of Interpretation as the Outstanding Event of 2019 for Region 6, which encompasses Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas.

To participate in this year’s Bugs, Bats and Bones, visit the Parks and Recreation Facebook page (facebook.com/caddoparks).

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