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June  2018

Second Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Visitors will be given a brief introduction to birdwatching and binocular use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. Binoculars are available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Third Saturday of the month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature for Kids, 10 a.m. Children will learn about a new nature topic each month and will make a related craft to take home with them. Topics could include, spring, reptiles, astronomy, insects and many more. 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 park staff for a guided walk along the arboretum trails. Visitors will learn about the flora and fauna found in the Arboretum. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
First Saturday of the Month • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Become a Junior Ranger, 10 a.m. Interested in getting started on becoming a Junior Ranger? There will be two 30-minute programs covering nature topics about the Arboretum so future Junior Rangers can complete their program requirements in one weekend. This will also include time to work Junior Ranger workbooks and time to swear in new Junior Rangers who have completed all the steps of the program. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
6/9/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Fishing Day, 9 a.m. - noon Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week at Chicot State Park. Participants will learn about the different fish that can be found in the lake, different types of tackle and try their hand at fishing. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
6/16/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Pine Needle Basketry, 1 - 4 p.m. Participants, ages 12 to adult, will learn all the basic skills needed to make a pine needle basket. There is a $10 registration fee for this program; all materials are provided and space is limited to 10 participants. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
6/23/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Native Plants for Pollinators, 2 p.m. Research suggests native plants are four times more attractive to native bees than exotic flowers. They are also usually well adapted to your growing conditions and can thrive with minimum attention. Create a native flowering garden for pollinators and attract not just bees, but hummingbirds, butterflies and many interesting insects. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
6/30/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Snakes, 2 p.m. Come learn about one of the important but misunderstood animals in the Arboretum. This program will discuss the many types of snakes in Louisiana, their traits and behaviors, and how to tell if a snake is venomous or non-venomous. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
6/30/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature Craft, 10 a.m. Join the site naturalist to make a nature-themed craft to take home with you. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

July  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.
Sundays • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Sunday Nature Program , 11 a.m. Choose your nature activity by being the first to arrive for our Sunday Nature Program. You can choose from a guided hike, a program featuring reptiles, or other programs featuring the unusual plants and animals of the Louisiana State Arboretum. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/4/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Join us for Nature Scavenger Hunt through the Arboretum. See if you can find everything on the list! For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/6/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature at Night, 7:45 p.m. Join the site naturalist to explore the natural world at night. Learn about bats, owls, frogs and many other night creatures. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/7/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Alligators, 2 p.m. Learn about the apex predator of Chicot Lake and also find out why they are important to our lake and our state. Visitors will see the Arboretumīs one-year-old nature center alligator and also drive to a great view of the lake to watch alligators. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/14/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Reptile Day, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. First annual Reptile Day at the Arboretum. Louisiana Amphibian and Reptile Enthusiasts (L.A.R.E.) will be on hand with live native reptiles and amphibians to educate visitors about these interesting animals. They will also lead a guided hike for those wishing to see the animals in the wild. Schoolhouse Reptiles will have an exotic reptile petting zoo. There will also be games and crafts for everyone to enjoy. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/20/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature at Night, 7:45 p.m. Join the site naturalist to explore the natural world at night. Learn about bats, owls, frogs and many other night creatures. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/21/2018 • 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. *Event occurs the 3rd Saturday of each month. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/21/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Invasive Species, 2 p.m. Learn about invasive species, one of the threats to the preservation of the Louisiana State Arboretum. Also take a hike to learn how anyone can help in solving this important problem. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/27/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature at Night, 7:45 p.m. Join the naturalist to explore the natural world at night. Learn about bats, owls, frogs and many other night creatures. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/28/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature Craft, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist to make a nature related craft to take home. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

August  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.
8/4/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature Apps, 2 p.m. Smartphone use is expanding in the outdoors and is a wonderful tool to enhance your experience with nature. Visitors will get a short demonstration of some of the interesting and useful outdoor apps followed by a short hike to demonstrate the apps on the trail. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
Second Saturday of each month • 8/11/2018 • 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.
8/11/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Puppet Show, 2 p.m. Come to the nature center for one of our puppet shows and meet the cast of the Louisiana State Arboretum. Shows range from topics such as pollution to wildlife habitat. Visitors will also be able to make their own puppet that they can take home with them. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/25/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Summer Edible Plants, 2 p.m. Join us to learn about the wild edible plants of the summer. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

September  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.
9/15/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Compass Scavenger Hunt, 2 p.m. Visitors will then embark on an adventure through the Arboretum using a map and compass. Along the way visitors will find various features of the Arboretum including plants and animals. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
9/22/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Coyotes, 2 p.m. Coyotes are one of the most valuable and most controversial animals in Louisiana and in the entire United States. This program will discuss their traits, their role in the habitats of Louisiana, and their cultural impact throughout history. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
9/29/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Squirrels, 2 p.m. Come learn about the types of squirrels that reside in the Arboretum, how they live in the wild, and why they are so important to the forest. Then there will be a Ranger-led hike out into the forest to try and find squirrels in their natural habitat. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
9/29/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Is This Tree Going to Hit My House?, 10 a.m. As the title suggests come to see if your tree is going to hit your house or simply come to learn how to measure trees. Program participants will learn how to measure tree height, diameter, and density. Participants will be allowed to try out some of the tools that foresters use to measure trees and will even learn how to measure trees in their own yard. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.