The City of Lake Charles Recreation and Parks Department invites everyone in the Lake Area to plant sunflowers as part of the new Sun Up for Lake Chuck program. 

“The ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency has put a halt to many festivals, events and other activities that we all enjoy, but Sun Up for Lake Chuck is offers a ray of sunshine during these challenging times,” said Mayor Nic Hunter. “Our Recreation and Parks Department staff have worked hard to develop this Nature in Focus Program in order to provide a free educational activity that will encourage families to get out into their yards together.”

To go along with your growing sunflowers, City of Lake Charles Nature in Focus staff has prepared lessons that will teach participants of all ages about sunflowers, native plants, insects, and how a person can build an ecosystem by planting even just one sunflower seed!  The lessons are downloadable by clicking here. Sign up to participate by clicking here

All participants are encouraged to plant their own sunflowers, but if you don’t have any, sunflower seeds and packets will be available from 10 am to 12 pm from Riverside Park, Drew Park, Bellard Park, and Tuten Park starting Thursday, June 25.

Residents and businesses are invited to share photos of their sunflowers by posting them to social media with the hashtag #sunupforlakechuck. Sunflowers will be showcased through the Lake Charles City Hall and Nature in Focus at Riverside and Tuten Parks Facebook pages.

Nature in Focus is an experiential environmental education and conservation program devoted to connecting the public of all ages to the nature that’s so abundant in Southwest Louisiana, particularly through programs based at Tuten Park and Riverside Park. Programs are offered for schools, homeschool groups, families, adults, and seniors to learn about and experience the natural world.  Nature in Focus is a partnership between the City of Lake Charles and Sasol and is a part of the Partners in Parks Initiative.

For more information, contact Irvin Louque, Nature in Focus Program Manager for the City of Lake Charles’ Recreation and Parks Department, by calling 491-8770 or emailing

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