Jeff Davis Parish Tourist Commission offers field trips and group tours to prospective tourists and seekers. The crawfish tour begins with a visit to the Tietje Crawfish Farm, where the crawfish’s habitat and harvesting process are showcased. Participants will stand on a dock, over a pond, while Burt Tietje instructs the process. Viewers will also hear about the biology of the species such as dietary information, pond ecology, and harvesting equipment.
After visitors finish their lesson in harvesting crawfish, a trip to the I-10 Crawfish Cooperative begins the explanation of the marketing sector. The I-10 Cooperative will demonstrate the cleaning, grading, and distribution process. Visitors will attain an appreciation of the labor required to supply contents for famous crawfish boils.
Finish your tour with a visit to our Gator Chateau, When your group arrives at the Gator Chateau, the students will line the fence on the outside of the outdoor exhibit. One of our alligator handlers will then enter the gator pit inside the exhibit and give a lesson on the gators- everything from their habitat, what they eat, how they grow, to how we care for them at our rescue facility.
After the lesson, we will split your group up into smaller groups. Forming a circle around one of our handlers, the students are allowed to hold one of our baby gators and take a pic with them.