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December  2018

First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Become a Junior Ranger, 10 a.m. Two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum will be offered allowing those seeking to be a Junior Ranger to complete the course in one weekend. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to bird watching and binocular to use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3rd Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature for Kids, 10 a.m. Join the site naturalist to learn about a different nature topic every month and make a craft to take home. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist for a guided hike through the Arboretum to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
12/8/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Flying Squirrels, 1 p.m. Learn about the southern flying squirrel by looking at its behavior, habitat, and nesting features. Visitors can build flying squirrel boxes to take home. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $10; all tools and materials provided. Only 8 boxes available for program. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
12/15/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Chicot Trail Guided Hike, The hike will focus on the history of the lake, the vegetation of the site, and the many animals that live in the park. Hikes typically last two hours but can be less if needed. The hike will start at the North Trailhead which is located just south of the North Landing Campground. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

January  2019

First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Become a Junior Ranger, 10 a.m. Two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum will be offered allowing those seeking to be a Junior Ranger to complete the course in one weekend. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to bird watching and binocular to use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3rd Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature for Kids, 10 a.m. Join the site naturalist to learn about a different nature topic every month and make a craft to take home. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist for a guided hike through the Arboretum to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
1/12/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Blue Bird Basics, 1 p.m. Join us for information on how to attract nesting bluebirds, including doīs and donīts and a nesting timetable. This is a good starting point for beginners and a refresher for long-time bluebird fans alike. Following the presentation, participants who pre-register will build a bluebird house to take home. Limit of one box per family; a $15 fee is required. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Arbor Day Celebration, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The day will begin with an opening ceremony honoring the day and the role of trees in our lives. Visit the tree classroom and learn how to plant, prune and care for trees. Hard to find Louisiana native tree saplings will be available to participants throughout the day while supplies last. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
1/26/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Winter Tree Identification, 10 a.m. Visitors will learn how to identify trees during the winter months using twigs, buds, bark and growth habit. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

February  2019

First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Become a Junior Ranger, 10 a.m. Two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum will be offered allowing those seeking to be a Junior Ranger to complete the course in one weekend. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to bird watching and binocular to use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3rd Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature for Kids, 10 a.m. Join the site naturalist to learn about a different nature topic every month and make a craft to take home. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist for a guided hike through the Arboretum to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/9/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Pine Needle Basketry, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Participants will learn all the basic techniques to make a pine needle basket. Materials are provided. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.$10 per person. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/16/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Toad Abodes, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist to learn all about toads and why they are good for your garden. Participants can then paint a toad house to take home with them. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Wetlands, 10 a.m. Visitors will examine the different types of wetlands that occur in the state of Louisiana. A 2.5 mile hike through three different types of wetlands is scheduled so visitors can observe why these wetlands are important to the park. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

March  2019

First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Become a Junior Ranger, 10 a.m. Two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum will be offered allowing those seeking to be a Junior Ranger to complete the course in one weekend. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to bird watching and binocular to use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3rd Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature for Kids, 10 a.m. Join the site naturalist to learn about a different nature topic every month and make a craft to take home. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist for a guided hike through the Arboretum to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Adaptations, 2 p.m. Learn how birds use features such as bills to thrive best in their environment. Participants will be play a game involving bird bills and also take a short hike to examine bird adaptation in nature itself along Chicot Lake. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
3/30/2019 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature Prints, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. This hands-on class will teach participants how to extract color from natural materials like leaves and flowers. Participants will make nature-printed fabrics to take home. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Letīs Count the Species!, 10 a.m. The 2nd Annual Species Count. Field guides and binoculars will be available for use to the public during the program and all data collected will be used for citizen science research mainly through eBird and iNaturalist. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.