The Visitor’s Center uses static displays and replicas to educate visitors on the local wildlife and plant life at the refuge. They also display the annual winners of the nature photo contest here for all to see. In 2005, they opened the Conservation Learning Center to make room for more classroom-style and group educational programs. The Learning Center was designed to look like the original barn that went with the planter’s home. It includes live animal displays with native fish, baby alligators, turtles, and snakes.
One of the projects included in the restoration of the refuge was the improvement to the pier. What started out as a 400-foot-long straight pier, was extended to triple the length, and joined into the nature trail. When the refuge experienced a flood in 2016, all the walking trails and boardwalks were completely underwater and when the water finally went down, the pier was left in a rough shape. With funding from the Louisiana Highway Department, Friends of Black Bayou was able to restore the pier with better features than before.