• 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. 

Tour of the Shadows-on-the-Teche
Admission: $5.25 per student

Students of all ages receive a guided tour of The Shadows. House tours are tailored for any grade level and can discuss multiple historical topics. Shadows staff will work with the teacher to prepare a tour that aligns with the classes' syllabus. Examples of tours developed in the past with independent teachers include daily work tasks, food preparation, landscape, architecture, and sugar plantation operations. For program standards, click here.

Games and Chores of Long Ago
Admission: $8.50 per student

Elementary students learn about 19th-century life at The Shadows through hands-on activities, such as sugar grinding, butter churning, washing, and playing historic games. Visit includes a tour of the historic house museum. For program standards, click here.

History Day
Admission: $5 per student

Each fall, middle school students are immersed in interactive activities to learn about antebellum life on the Weeks family plantations. Visit occurs in the gardens and does not include a tour of the historic house museum. For program standards, click here.

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. For program standards, click here.

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. For program standards, click here.