On the cultural side of our mission, the Bayou Vermilion District opened the Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park as a way to preserve and represent the Acadian, Creole and Native American cultures in the Attakapas region from the time period 1765-1890. Since its opening in 1990, the historic village has become one of Lafayette’s premiere tourist attractions welcoming more than 50,000 visitors each year from around the world. Vermilionville sits on a beautiful tree-covered 23-acre site on the banks of the Bayou Vermilion in the heart of Lafayette, providing a place for history, music, food, cultural exchange, historic architecture and much more.



Environmental Science Field Trips

We pride ourselves in offering a unique, experiential learning opportunity centered on the topic of water. Our Environmental Science Field Trips are specifically geared towards facilitating a comprehensive understanding that connects the quality of water flowing through our local bayous to our daily habits and our cultural traditions, as well as, our interactions with our precious natural resources, especially the Bayou Vermilion.

Demonstration Projects

In 2008 the Bayou Vermilion District was awarded a grant by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) to demonstrate non-point source pollution abatement.

School Presentations

School Presentations are offered as one aspect of our Education Outreach Programming. Demonstrations can be scheduled as classroom visits or presentations for your educational programs.

Field Trip Packages

We are thrilled that you are interested in visiting Vermilionville with your class. We strive to offer an educational and entertaining outing for students referred to as Cultural Excursions.

Watershed Exhibit

The Watershed Exhibit was established through a cooperation of the Lafayette Science Museum and the Bayou Vermilion District.