Louisiana State Arboretum

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 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 arenīt 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.