History of the Land Tour
Who has “owned” this land? How have people changed this land? How has that affected the ecosystem? How should the land be used? This lesson looks at social and environmental history of New Orleans by telling the story of our section of City Park. Students visit four sites around the farm, using images, text, and clues in the environment to consider the land in four time periods: a cypress swamp inhabited by indigenous people, Allard Plantation, a public park, and now, a sustainable farm. The lesson concludes by asking students to consider questions of ownership, access, and environmental impact as they redesign City Park for the future.