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Civil War on the Bayou Teche

Local historian Shane K. Bernard will speak about the Civil War on Bayou Teche on Wednesday, February 17, at 5:30 pm, at the Sliman Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown New Iberia. Admission is free, but please call (337) 519-5873 to make reservations.

Bernard’s lecture draws from one of the chapters in his forthcoming book, Teche: A History of Louisiana’s Most Famous Bayou, to be released in November this year by the University Press of Mississippi.

The event is co-sponsored by the Bayou Teche Museum and the Iberia Cultural Resources Association.

Eat at Chick-Fil-A; Support the TECHE Project

 

St. Bernard Catholic School in Breaux Bridge has once again chosen the TECHE Project as their beneficiary of their semi-annual Chick-fil-A night fundraiser on February 25 on Louisiana Avenue in Lafayette.  The school paddle club will host this event.  A portion of the proceeds go to the TECHE Project for anyone who eats dinner at this Chick-fil-A location on February 25, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. The proceeds are intending to go to the Breaux Bridge Trailhead.  We hope to see you all out there.

2016 Annual Banquet

Join us for our annual membership banquet where we will gather to celebrate a great 2015. Together we accomplished so much, from the new floating kayak dock to the National Water Trail designation. We will have live music, food, Bayou Teche beer and wine. We will also have a great talk about the work that the Projet Nouvelle-Acadie/New Acadia Project is doing! We hope to see you all there. Bring a friend or bring the whole family you’re sure to have a great time. If you are not a member you can become one HERE or you can join at the event. Thank you for helping us make the Bayou Teche a cleaner and healthier place for generations to come!

TECHE Project Gains New Council Member from Down the Bayou!

All of us at the TECHE Project are proud to announce the newest member to our council. Magen Smith has lived walking distance to the Teche as she moved from Charenton to Loreauville and finally settled in New Iberia. She fell in love with the waterway as she began kayaking along it’s bank and noticing the variations from town to town. Today she is a CPA and operates her business from home so she can paddle as much as possible. Magen is also a board member of Iberia On Tap and works on the committee for the Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival which is held on the Bayou Teche in New Iberia. You can often find Magen kayaking with her husband and 2 kids. She will be a great asset to all those who live in Iberia and St.Mary Parishes! Welcome aboard!!

Wildlife Management Workshop

The TECHE Project’s Wildlife Management Workshop will take place at the new Lions Club facility (150 VFW St.) in Port Barre, from 9:30 am to Noon on Saturday, January 9, 2016.  It is being held just in time to get your nest boxes installed for the spring wood duck and blue bird nesting seasons!  If you’re interested in obtaining and/or managing your own nest box or if you just want to come learn a little about wood duck and eastern blue bird ecology then this workshop is for you.  The workshop will start with a general ecology discussion of eastern blue birds and wood ducks by Patti Holland, Council Member and retired biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Council Member Brent Miller and daughter, Adeline will discuss their first-hand experiences from many years of rearing wood ducks on the banks of the Teche.  The Miller’s will have some of the ducks they’ve raised so that you can get an up-close, live experience of these beautiful birds.  Additionally, there will be tips on how to manage your property to deter nuisance wildlife such as nutria.  Both wood duck and blue bird boxes will be available for purchase, and if you live along Bayou Teche, you can get a free Paddle Trail Sign for your wood duck box displaying the mileage of your spot on the bayou!  Patti Holland says, “This workshop is a great opportunity for those living near Bayou Teche to be part of the ecological improvement of the watershed while at the same time enjoying the fruits of your labor as young birds emerge from their boxes.”

Bayou Teche property owners are the target audience, but anyone who is interested in raising wood ducks or eastern blue birds will benefit from this workshop.  TECHE Project Members get in free, and for non-members, the charge is $10, but you get a discounted membership to the TECHE Project along with that fee.

Parish Wide Recycle Collection Day

Free of charge; recyclable electronics, prescription drug take back, and document shredding capabilities will be provided to the residents and businesses of St. Martin Parish on Saturday, January 16, 2016. Just in time to get rid of old electronics and set up new ones that Santa dropped off!

Saturday, January 16, 2016 (Day After Arbor Day) from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. recycling collection will take place at St. Martin Parish’s Public Safety Complex Building, located in the middle of St. Martin Parish. Physical address 4870 Main Highway, St. Martinville, corner of Hwy 31 and Cypress Island Extension. Electronics collected will be refurbished by CACRC and given to those who need. Electronic items that will NOT be accepted are; appliances, CRT’s, copiers, televisions, and furniture. For a list of accepted items please contact Holli B. Guilbeau with St. Martin Parish Government.

St. Martin Sheriffs Office will take old prescription drugs to dispose of property. Taking back these prescription drugs support prevention of pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

St. Martin Library, with director Charlar Brew, will run document shredding on site. Shredding will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Paper documents will be shredded in front of you to insure disregarding of important documents.

Please take full advantage of this Parish wide service in disposing of a variety of materials properly. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like a list of electronics that can and cannot be accepted please contact Holli B. Guilbeau, Project Front Yard Leader for St. Martin Parish at 337-394-4798 or email  hguilbeau@stmartinparish.net.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/projectfrontyardstmartinparish  or www.projectfrontyard.com to see more about Project Front Yard.

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Despite Rain, Trash Bash and BOO!gie a Huge Success

Volunteers work to remove 1,500 lbs. from the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail during this years fall Trash Bash and Boogie.

 

This weekend was another home run for the TECHE Project. At this years fall Trash Bash and Boogie, the TECHE Project partnered with Leave No Trace, Keep Louisiana Beautiful, and Bayou Teche Brewing and despite the fear of rain, we were able attract 25 volunteers who helped remove approximately 1,500 pounds of garbage from the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail; including 15 misc. bags of trash, 3 bicycles, 1 motorized dirt bike, 1 kitchen sink, and other large objects that lined the banks of the Bayou Teche in Arnaudville from Myran’s to just south of Bayou Teche Brewery.  After the cleanup volunteers were treated to free live music, food, and drinks. We want to thank everyone who came out and supported the TECHE Project to make the Bayou Teche a cleaner and safer place to live, work, and play. If you are interested in supporting the TECHE Project please visit our website www.techeproject.org or contact Dane Thibodeaux at techeproject@gmail.com

 

Three bikes, a dirt bike, even the kitchen sink was removed from the Bayou Teche during the Trash Bash and Boogie.

We want to send a huge thanks to all of those who supported the TECHE Project’s Trash Bash and Boogie; Bayou Teche Brewery, Leave No Trace, Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Bayou Teche Experience, St. Martin Parish Government, Project Front Yard-St. Martin, Whole Foods, Pack and Paddle, Tractor Supply Co., Aqua-Tech Services, The Silver Slipper, and all the volunteers who gave up their rainy Saturday to come enjoy the beauty of the Bayou Teche.

Thanks for making our Bayou great,

Dane Thibodeaux

Bayou Operations Coordinator

TECHE Project

Bayou BOO!gie STILL On

A little rain never hurt anyone.. The fall Trash Bash and Boogie presented by the TECHE Project is still going on. We have plenty of covered area for you to come and boogie down to live music all day in case of an early rain shower. There is a possibility that we may have to move the trash pick up to a earlier time or later date, but we will still have plenty of food, live music, and beer! We hope that you come out and hang out with  the TECHE Project, Leave No Trace, Keep Louisiana Beautiful and Bayou Teche Brewery!

BAYOU BASH AND BOO!GIE

(ARNAUDVILLE, La)The TECHE Project, Leave No Trace, Keep Louisiana Beautiful and Bayou Teche Brewery are joining to produce the fall Trash Bash and Boogie, Halloween Edition, at the brewery in Arnaudville, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., this Saturday, Oct. 31.
It’s a free event – although donations are welcome – mixing entertainment, refreshments and elbow grease for the purpose of beautifying Bayou Teche.

Volunteers bring a boatload of trash pulled from Bayou Teche into New Iberia’s City Park. Saturday’s Trash Bash and Boogie will concentrate on the bayou near Arnaudville.

The scenic and popular Bayou Teche Paddle Trail has experienced an increase in trail users in recent years. Impacts of excessive trash and invasive species along the waterway are a primary concern for the environment and burgeoning low-impact recreation economy. The TECHE Project volunteer organization has worked to remove over 50 tons of garbage and invasive species since 2009. In January of 2015 the Bayou Teche was designated as a National Water Trail under the U.S. Department of the Interior and National Park Service.

“As the mangers of the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail, we are thrilled to work with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to engage our community about responsible outdoor recreation on Bayou Teche,” said Dane Thibodeaux, Bayou Operations coordinator the TECHE Project.
“Working with the national leader in outdoor ethics and education highlights the importance of a National Water Trail in our community and our economy,” Thibodeaux said.
Operating from Bayou Teche Brewery, 1106 Bushville Hwy, volunteers will clean up the bayou from 9 a.m. to around 12:30 p.m. The first 50 volunteers who show up will receive a free T-shirt and all volunteers will receive a free lunch and two free drinks of choice.
The TECHE Project will provide canoes, gloves, trash pickers, and water. Motorized boats should use the Leonville Boat Launch.

Volunteers will return the brewery at the end of the cleanup to join the kayak demonstrations, paddle workshops 1-3 p.m. Experience multiple kayaks, canoes, and SUPs with Pack and Paddle and learn proper techniques plus paddle safety with Cajun Paddle.
Live music will be provided by Diego Martin-Perez, 10 a.m.-noon; Spencer Nezat, noon-3 p.m.; and Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express, 3-6 p.m.
Prizes will be given for the Spookiest Trash pulled out of the bayou and Most Original Costume.

For more information, contact Dane Thibodeaux (337) 654-3012, techeproject@gmail.com.

Thank you Ken Grissom and The Teche News for always being there for us to spread the word.

http://www.techetoday.com/news-local/bayou-bash-and-boogie

Special Week Long Education Events around Bayou Teche with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to Help Preserve and Protect Natural Resources for Generations to Come

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Leave No Trace Selected Bayou Teche as a ‘Hot Spot’ in the Nation and are Hosting Events to Help Raise Awareness about Outdoor Recreation Ethics in Recreation and Natural Areas Around the Country

October 20, 2015 (Boulder, Colo.) The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers team are partnering with The Teche Ecology Culture History Education (TECHE) Project to host community events and educational activities October 26-November 2. The scenic and popular Bayou Teche Paddle Trail has experienced an increase in trail users in recent years.  Impacts of excessive trash and invasive species along the waterway are a primary concern for the environment and burgeoning low-impact recreation economy. The TECHE Project volunteer organization has worked to remove over 50 tons of garbage and invasive species since 2009. In January of 2015 the Bayou Teche was designated as a National Water Trail under the U.S. Department of the Interior and National Park Service.

The Hot Spot Program, a key component of the Leave No Trace In Every Park initiative, raises community awareness and brings solutions and prevention measures to popular natural areas around the country facing heavy recreational use and consequently, the misuse of trails, parks and open space areas. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers travel throughout the country providing public education about how to reduce impacts in the outdoors and improve the trail user experience.

“The cumulative impact of so many people enjoying a great and historic waterway such as the Bayou Teche can negatively effect that place,” according to Blake Jackson, Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer. “In most cases, the land impact isn’t due to a malicious intent to harm nature and wildlife. Instead, it’s simply lack of Leave No Trace education and practices.”

The following is a list of events happening on and around the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are free and open to the public:

Monday, October 26:Ribbon Cutting and Unveiling of New Floating Dock in Breaux Bridge: 4 pm: Kick-off the week with the TECHE Project, Subaru/Leave No Trace traveling trainers and parish and state officials for the ribbon cutting on the new floating dock in Breaux Bridge and the unveiling of the new Keep It Clean signs that were created through the Keep Louisiana Beautiful Healthy Communities Grant. Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux. For more information contact Conni Castille 337-277-5292.

Tuesday, October 27: Overview of Leave No Trace Programs for all Patrons and Volunteers of Bayou Paddle Trail : 3 pm-5 pm: Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers and the TECHE Project for an interactive presentation where they’ll talk about the how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Participants also will be provided with information on how to easily and effectively integrate Leave No Trace into their daily lives. University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Campus Library. For more information contact:  Conni Castille 337-277-5292.

Saturday, October 31: Trash Bash and Boogie Halloween Edition: Clean Up, Paddle Demos and Live Music: 9 am-6 pm at Bayou Teche Brewery:  

9 am-12:30 pm Help clean up the Bayou Teche by participating in the Trash Bash and Boogie and learn the principles of how to ‘Leave No Trace’. The first 50 volunteers who show up will receive a free T-shirt and all volunteers will receive a free volunteer lunch and two free drinks of choice. The TECHE Project will provide canoes, gloves, trash pickers, and water. Volunteers will return the brewery at the end of the cleanup to join the kayak demonstrations, paddle workshops,  and live music. Prizes will be given for the Spookiest Trash pulled out of the bayou and Most Original Costume.

1 pm – 3 pm Paddle with a Pro & Kayak Demo: Experience multiple kayaks, canoes, and SUPs with Pack & Paddle and learn proper techniques plus paddle safety with Cajun Paddle.

10 am-6 pm Live Music and Brew: After cleaning up and paddling. Join us at Bayou Teche Brewery for the live music and food throughout the day.  The Music is FREE so come out and Boogie to:

10 am – 12pm: Diego Martin-Perez

12pm – 3pm: Spencer Nezat

3pm – 6pm: Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express

Bayou Teche Brewery, 1106 Bushville Hwy., Arnaudville, LA. For more information contact Dane Thibodeaux 337-654-3012.

“As the mangers of the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail, we are thrilled to work with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to engage our community about responsible outdoor recreation on Bayou Teche.” says Dane Thibodeaux, Bayou Operations Coordinator the TECHE Project.  “Working with the national leader in outdoor ethics and education highlights the importance of a National Water Trail in our community and our economy.”

About Leave No Trace
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in a national nonprofit organization that protects the outdoors by teaching people how to enjoy it responsibly. Their Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are mobile teams of educators that visit 48 states every year delivering Leave No Trace programs such as Hot Spots to over 15 million people. For more information, visit: www.LNT.org.

About the TECHE Project:

The Teche Ecology, Culture and History Education Project started in 2009. We are a non-profit organization made up of individuals, businesses and civic leaders passionate about making Bayou Teche a healthier waterway for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, boating, tubing and even swimming.  We manage the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail, a National Water Trail in the U.S. Department of Interior.  Along with aesthetics and recreation, we advocate for improved water quality in the Bayou Teche watershed through the reduction of non-point source pollution.

Media Contact:

Dane Thibodeaux or Conni Castille, TECHE Project, techeproject@gmail.com, (337)654-3012

Kate Lessman, Kathleen Lessman Communications/ Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, kathleen@kathleenlessmancommunications.com , (970)333-3395