EXPLORE THE REAL NOUVELLE ORLEANS
Great Delta Tours provides unique ecotourism experiences that inspire people to celebrate, protect, and advocate for a sustainable natural environment in southeast Louisiana. Through our New Orleans educational tours, we share the stories of New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta through unforgettable adventures connecting people to the local wildlife, vegetation and cultures.
THE GREAT DELTA TOUR
Enjoy a four hour adventure of the Great Mississippi River Delta. Retrace the steps of the earliest founders in establishing “Nouvelle Orleans” in the Great River Delta and follow its development as one of the most unique and diverse cultures, ecologies and economies in the world. Take an excursion outside the hurricane levees into the vast marshes of the Delta. Experience the centuries- old harvesting of seafood – enjoyed in New Orleans celebrated restaurants- by fisherman living in stilted homes poised tenuously against storms. Watch pelicans and wading birds in marshes stalked by alligators, a delicate ecosystem imperiled by oil spills, coastal erosion and rising sea levels. See the remains of shoreline forts from the early 1800s, and relive the improbable military victory that catapulted Andrew Jackson to the presidency. Learn how storms and floods have shaped the region, and marvel at the formidable new flood, hurricane and water management innovations in the region.
WHAT IS THE TOUR?
The Great Delta tour invites you to enjoy an exciting and stimulating four hour adventure of the Great Mississippi River Delta. This educational tour will retrace the steps of the earliest founds in establishing “Nouvelle Orleans” in the Great River Delta. The tour will follow the area’s development to becoming one of the most unique and diverse cultures, ecologies, and economies in the world. You will take an excursion outside the hurricane levees, into the vast marshes of the Delta. This will provide you with a hands-on ability to look at the unique makeup of this ecologically rich area, while getting a chance to look at some of the various wildlife species that inhabit the area. You will also experience the centuries-old harvesting of seafood, enjoyed in the celebrated restaurants that are home to New Orleans, by fisherman living in stilted homes poised tenuously against storms. The tour also allows you to see the remains of shoreline forts from the early 1800s, and relive the improbable military victory that catapulted Andrew Jackson to his presidency. You will also learn how storms and floods have shaped the region, while marveling at the formidable new flood, hurricane and water management innovations in the region that have been implemented to protect the degradation of these beautiful wetlands.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE WILDLIFE YOU WILL SEE?
The Great Delta is home to a variety of wildlife species that thrive in this ecosystem. It is a haven for many migratory birds, as well as a variety of marine species. The preservation of the ecosystem is integral to the wildlife species found in the Great Delta, as they play an important and irreplaceable role in the ecosystem here. To learn more about the wildlife you will see on the tour, go here.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
On this tour, you will learn first-hand about the ecological makeup of this diverse area. You will get to see a wide variety of the vegetation and wildlife that make this area rich with life, as well as see how the landscape provides an optimal habitat for these species. You will dive into the environmental makeup of the area, and learn about it’s history. Then, you will learn about some of the problems associated with the areas continuously vanishing wetlands, and why it is important that preservation matters are taken to protect the area from further degradation. This is both a scenic and informative tour, inviting those you are interested in learning more about this area.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT
Learning about the Great Delta and the risks associated with rising waters and vanishing wetlands is an essential aspect in helping its preservation. Knowledge is power. When you are exposed to this beauty firsthand, you will gain a deeper insight into why preservation techniques are imperative, as well as what you can do to help keep this integral environmental area alive for future generations.