Through a partnership with the Capital Area Native Plant Society (CANPS) and the Louisiana Master Naturalist Program of Greater Baton Rouge (LMNGBR) we are proud to offer an exciting series of “Discover Nature” programs featuring local experts that are in touch with nature and are eager to share their experiences. All programs will begin at 6:30pm in the Beverly Brown Coates Auditorium at the arboretum. For members of Hilltop, CANPS and LMNGBR the fee is $5 per program, $10 for non-members, pay at the door.
BUTTERFLY BUFFET: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Loice Kendrick – Lacy
After attending a butterfly festival at Mt. Magazine, Arkansas in August 1998, Loice Kendrick-Lacy decided that Haynesville, Louisiana needed such an event for children of all ages. With support from the city officials the first “Haynesville Butterfly Festival” was held in September 1999. The annual event has been going strong ever since. Join us for an evening with Loice who will share her experiences with butterfly gardening and watching. Published in 2012, her book “Gardening to Attract Butterflies: Beauty and the Beast” will be available for sale and signing.
Loice Kendrick-Lacy is a Master Gardener and acclaimed author.
BUGS: Bird Food in the Native Plant Garden
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Discover a whole new world of insects that provide food for birds that would not survive without a diversity of native plants in our backyard gardens. From grasshoppers to locusts, katydids to walking sticks, plant bugs to seed bugs, our very existence depends on them. This talk will help you understand the importance of our natural world of insects and why you should think twice about squashing a bug, and getting to work on incorporating more native plants in your garden.
Frank Rinkevich is an Entomologist with the LSU AgCenter and native plant enthusiast.
GARDEN GOOD GUYS: Snakes, Toads, Frogs and Bats
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Jeff Bounty and Connie Pope
With all the talk of wildlife gardening nowadays, most of the attention goes to birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects. But an equally compelling case can be made for enticing reptiles, amphibians, and bats into the garden. All are superb pest suppressants. Yet as urbanization advances across the landscape, some of them are threatened. Increasingly, they are creatures in need of sanctuary. Furthermore, we have come to understand that the more elements of a local ecosystem a garden contains, the more it becomes a healthy and desirable place. We may not want to throw the gates open to thieving raccoons or ravenous deer, but for the most part, these four guys will do no harm and an immense amount of good.
Jeff Bounty is Louisiana’s Herpetologist, and Connie Pope is an Animal Technician at BREC’s Zoo with a particular fondness for loveable bats.
Questions? Call Hilltop at 225-767-6916.
GET CONNECTED: Naturalist and “Nature” Apps
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Living in the middle of a city can really wear on a person. Sometimes you need to get out into nature and interact with some wildlife to remember how beautiful our planet is. Of course even a day in the woods can be enhanced by your smartphone and a really good “Nature” App. This informative talk with touch on several Apps that will enable you to interact with other animal lovers, find spots where people are seeing a lot of wildlife, and help identify flora and fauna.
Matthew Heron is a naturalist and member of BREC’s Conservation Department.
THE SWEET LIFE: Bees and Cooking with Honey
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
You won’t want to miss this educational program about the benefits of bees and how to protect them, and a cooking demonstration and tastings that will feature recipes that use honey as their main ingredient. We promise you will not leave hungry! Bon Appetite! The program is limited to 25 at a cost of $20 per person. PROGRAM SOLD OUT!
Katherine Gividen is a Chef and Vice President of the Louisiana Master Naturalist of Greater Baton Rouge.