• The Shadows is the first National Trust for Historic Preservation site in the Gulf South. The home and garden are as breathtaking as the history preserved here.

Educational programs at the Shadows are designed and presented for students from first through twelfth grades.  With grants or financial support from local businesses, civic groups and the Friends of the Shadows, several programs are presented free to Iberia Parish students. 

Field Trips

Other programs sponsored by the Shadows include Civil War Day, History Day Camp and an informative teacher’s guide. In addition to providing informational programs and resources to students of Iberia parish, the Shadows also provides with advance booking interactive educational field trips for students at any grade level and point of origin. The educational experience is developed with the classes’ syllabus and teacher assistance. Some examples developed in the past with independent teachers include daily work tasks, food preparation, landscape, architecture, and sugar plantation operations.

PROGRAMS with Iberia Parish Schools

1st Grade
Growing up at the Shadows – Through the Eyes of a Child

Iberia Parish first graders visit the Shadows in December contrasting nineteenth century lifestyles and their own in preparing for the holiday season. Also involved in this program are over 100 gifted and talented students who enact the roles of children who lived and worked at the Shadows.

3rd Grade
Building a Foundation

Iberia Parish third graders visit in October for a dramatic presentation presenting community history and site analysis of the Shadows. Program covers basic architectural glossary and community history. This program incorporates student interaction through developing visual literacy skills.