Visiting the Lighthouse

The New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center

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Build an Underwater Robot

Make it Rain in 3D

Help Grow Louisiana

Solve Water Mysteries

Lighthouse Tours

Underwater Robotics Program

Learn about Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) and build your very own! Launch your robot in the canal and try your hand at driving it in water.

3D Watershed Sandbox

Build 3D models of land & water bodies, then make it "rain" to see where the stormwater goes! Learn about how coastal restoration can protect New Orleans.

Seed Station

Help us start native flowers and trees from seed, to be planted in our coastal marshes. You can even take a native seed pot and help us grow more Louisiana at home!

Water Sampling

Bring in a water sample from your favorite spots in the Pontchartrain Basin. Solve the mystery of what’s in our water!

Lighthouse Tours

Learn more about the lighthouse, its history, and how PC is working to restore Louisiana’s coast. Docent-guided tours of this historic site are available as well as audio and printed tour guides.

Friday Drop-In Mini Camps

Drop in science mini camps for ages 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14!

$20 per student.

Learn more about each program and register by clicking the corresponding buttons below!

**June 30th and July 14th programs are full. Please contact to be placed on a waitlist.


Bayous, Marshes, and Swamps, OH MY!: Exploring the Lush Ecosystems of Southern Louisiana

A marsh. (Source: RESTORE)

Embark on a journey of discovery, exploration, and conservation in one of the most remarkable natural environments in the United States. This educational experience is designed to introduce students to the seven unique ecosystems found within the Pontchartrain Basin and provide them with hands-on opportunities, including building a model, using Augmented Reality and underwater cameras to explore and understand the importance of this vibrant region.

**June 30th is full. Please contact to be placed on a waitlist.

Rain Garden Discoveries: Exploring Nature's Water Solutions


Join us in exploring our Lighthouse rain garden! Discover how our beautiful native flowers and plants can help manage rainwater runoff and promote water conservation. Learn about green infrastructure techniques like bioswales and rain gardens and how they can help our low lying city. Get ready to embark on a hands-on journey at the enchanting Lighthouse native plant garden, where you'll create a personal plant book to cherish and take home. Together, let's make a difference in adapting to climate change and fostering a greener, more resilient future.

**June 30th is full. Please contact to be placed on a waitlist.

Bugging Out: An Exploration of Bugs Above and Below the Water!

LH butterfly

Join us for a creepy-crawly exploration, "Bugging out: An exploration of bugs above and below the waters!," Embark on a captivating journey through bayous, lakes, and estuaries, as we investigate the hidden world of the insects who live at the water's edge and learn to use them to measure the ecosystem's well-being.

Group Programs

Engaging, educational, and fun mini camps for groups of 10 or more!

We offer 2 or 6 hour programming with per student pricing. Questions, seeking more information, or to sign up contact:

Pontchartrain Conservancy's New Canal Lighthouse is proud to provide hands-on-activities and environmental education programming to all:

  • School groups K-12
  • After school programs
  • Community centers
  • Church groups
  • Scouts
  • Birthday parties
  • And more!

We have over 12 topics to choose from including:

  • Hydrology
  • Coastal Wetlands
  • Coast & Community
  • Water Quality
  • And more!

Each topic includes hands-on-activities such as:

  • Underwater Robots (ROV)
  • Seed Station
  • 3D Watershed Sandbox
  • Water Sampling
  • And more!