Louisiana State Arboretum

April  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.
4/7/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Louisiana Iris, 1 p.m. Louisianaīs state wildflower, the Louisiana iris, is increasingly recognized as a native plant that is exceedingly well-adapted to garden culture. Learn how you can incorporate this native wildflower into your garden, and join the staff horticulturist to view Louisiana iris blooming in the Arboretum. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/14/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Aquatic Critters, 2 p.m. Chicot Lake is known for its great fishing, but what are some of the other creatures that live in the lake? Visitors will help the ranger find and identify some of the frogs, crawfish, and other creatures that call Chicot Lake home. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/21/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Letīs Count the Species, 2 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day a day early by counting the species of the Arboretum. We will conducting a short bio-blitz that everybody can be a part of to see how many plants and animals we can identify in a two-hour span. Field guides and binoculars will be available to participants to use during the program and all data collected will be used for citizen science projects such as eBird and iNaturalist. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/28/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Spring Edibles, 2 p.m. Join us to learn about what plants are edible in the springtime. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

May  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.
5/12/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - International Migratory Bird Day, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and support migratory bird conservation at Louisiana State Arboretum. You will have an opportunity to learn more about wild birds and their conservation at this event which will includes crafts, presentations, games and displays. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/12/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Bird Sounds, 2 p.m. Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by learning some of the calls and songs of the birds of the Arboretum, then going outside to practice this new knowledge. Binoculars will be provided so that visitors can confirm what they are hearing. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/26/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Caterpillars, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist to learn all about the many types of caterpillars found in Louisiana and what kinds of butterflies and moths they will become. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/28/2018 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Stop by the visitor center and get your scavenger hunt sheet to look for nature clues found along the trails and among the exhibits. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

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

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.
July 15, 22, 29 • Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte - Nature at Night, 8 p.m. Join the site naturalist to explore nature in the dark. Program topics include owls, night sounds, night hikes, astronomy, spiders, and more. For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.