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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 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.
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.
8/18/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Native Plants for Butterflies and Moths, 2 p.m. Learn which native plants attract butterflies and moths such as the Giant Swallowtail and the Luna Moth in this introduction to Attracting butterflies and moths with native plants. 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.
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.
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.
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.

October  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.
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.
10/13/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Animal Detectives, 2 p.m. Our resident critters can be great hiders, but with the right practice you can see where they go and what they do when we arenŽt around. Visitors will get a quick training on how to find clues, and then will look for clues of the critters that call the Arboretum home. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
10/20/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - How To Not Get Lost In The Woods, 2 p.m. Learn how to never be scared about being in the woods. We will be using both technology and the environment around us to determine where we are. If you have GPS units or smartphones definitely bring them as this enhances the experience of the program. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

November  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.
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 - Service Day at Chicot State Park & Arboretum, 9 a.m. - noon Show your love for Chicot State Park and Louisiana State Arboretum on Saturday, Nov. 3rd from 9:00 am until Noon. Join our park staff in removing litter from the Chicot Park road and around Chicot Lake and improving our hiking trails. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
11/24/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Turkeys, 2 p.m. Come celebrate and learn more about the most valuable bird of November. WeŽll discuss how they live in the wild and why they hold such a valuable place in nature and our culture. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
11/24/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Getting Kids Back to Nature, 2 p.m. Have fun and learn about five different subjects in a very short time. Kids will be dipnetting, learning other languages, using math skills, writing poetry, and learning about the history of the park. This will all be done in an outdoor setting on the trail. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.