Arboretum, Chicot Park has several events in May
Canoe tour set
Visitors are invited to Chicot State Park in Ville Platte Saturday, May 2 from 9 to 11 a.m., for a guided canoe tour of Chicot Lake.
The site naturalist will take participants through the cypress-tupelo lake to learn more about the plants and animals that can be found in it. Space for this event is limited so register early to reserve your canoe. Visitors with their own canoes are welcome, but still need to call and register for the event.
Guided hike planned May 2nd
If you would like to go for a relaxing yet informative walk through the woods, the Louisiana State Arboretum is the place to be Saturday, May 2, from 2 to 3 p.m.
The program will introduce participants to the beauty of our mature beech-magnolia forest, focusing on the prominent features of the season. Join us for a walk along the Arboretum trails.
“Programs like this give visitors the opportunity to learn about nature through, enlightening first-hand experiences “ said Kim Hollier, site curator.
Birding hike is May 9th
Join the site naturalist Saturday, May 9, from 9 to 11 a.m., for a guided bird hike at the Louisiana State Arboretum in Ville Platte.
During the program, the site naturalist will offer participants a brief introduction to birdwatching. Visitors can then participate in a hike through a mature beech-magnolia forest and be taught to identify a variety of birds that can be found in the area. Participants may bring their own binoculars or borrow ones supplied by the site on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Birdwatching is a captivating outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy,” said Hollier.
Turtles to be featured May 23
Visitors are invited to Chicot State Park in Ville Platte Saturday, May 23, from 8 to 9 p.m., to learn more about turtles.
Visitors will learn about the many species of turtles that live in Louisiana and what makes them special. Live specimens will be available for viewing.
Wild edible plants to be discussed May 30th
If you are interested in learning about what wild plants are good to eat, the Louisiana State Arboretum is the place to be Saturday, May 30, from 2 to 3 p.m.
The program will introduce participants to the bounty of native edible plants that can be found in our area. A short walk to search for plants will follow the program.
“Programs like this give visitors the opportunity to learn about nature through, enlightening first-hand experiences “ said Hollier.
The Louisiana State Arboretum is a 301-acre preservation area providing three miles of hiking trails amid some of Louisiana’s most magnificent trees. Nature programs are offered throughout the year on varying subjects from wildlife gardening to birdwatching, and for groups of 10 or more by request. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
The site is located on state Highway 3042, only one-and-a-half miles north of the main entrance of Chicot State Park or two miles south of state Highway 106.
Chicot State Park is the largest state park in Louisiana. Situated around a 2,000-acre, man-made lake, the park offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for visitors such as camping, fishing, hiking and picnicking. The park is located in the heart of Louisiana, six miles north of Ville Platte in Evangeline Parish on state Highway 3042.
Day-use admission to the park is $1 per person. All programs are free with paid admission to the park. Groups of 10 or more can make reservations for special programs.
For more information, call 1-888-677-6100 toll free or 363-6289 in the Ville Platte area.