Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Coates Bluff Nature (and History) Trail: Past, Present, and Future

Jon Soul will discuss Coates Bluff's past as a pre-European (Caddo Indian) settlement and as a post-European settlement with an important role in the founding of Shreveport and Bossier. He will discuss how the nature trail through this landscape is fulfilling a vision of an educational, recreational, and ecological community resource. With a nod toward April's Earth Day, he will present how this trail can be a model for "urban wilderness."

Coates Bluff is a line of bluffs on what was once a channel of the Red River in southeast Shreveport's Stoner Hill area. Before the river changed course, Coates Bluff was on "the Bossier Side" of the Red River and much of Coates Bluff is still within the legal entity of Bossier Parish.

Jon Soul is founder of the Coates Bluff Nature Trail and is Outdoor Education Program Coordinator for The Montessori School for Shreveport.

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