Chicot Park, Arboretum have several August programs

Bat program

Learn more about flying mammals at Chicot State Park Saturday, August 2, from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m.

The program - Bats - will explore the life cycle and feeding habits of this often misunderstood group of animals. Will they get stuck in your hair? Do they drink blood? Are they blind? These and other questions will be answered as the site naturalist explains more about bats and their life.

“This program will give our visitors a general understanding of these unique mammals that have a vital role in the ecosystem,” said Kim Hollier, site curator.

Birding hike set

Join the site naturalist Saturday, August 9, from 9 to 11 a.m., for a guided bird hike at the Louisiana State Arboretum.

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 the whole family can enjoy,” said Hollier.

Children’s Hour is August 16th

Children are invited to a fun program Saturday, August 16, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Louisiana State Arboretum.

Can you tell a bobcat from a coyote track? How about a raccoon track from a opossum track? Join the site naturalist August 16, to learn about animal tracks. Participants will also have an opportunity to create an art project to take home with them.

“Children’s Hour is devoted to educating our youth about our natural environment and history through fun, hands-on activities,” said Hollier.

Informational park program set

Visitors are invited to Chicot State Park in Ville Platte Saturday, August 30, from 8 to 9 p.m., to learn about all the parks in the state.

The site naturalist will present a power point slide show of all of Louisiana’s varied state parks and historic sites.

“This program will help familiarize visitors with the many recreational and educational opportunities available in Louisiana,” said Hollier.

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.

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 on varying subjects from wildlife gardening to birdwatching are offered throughout the year, 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 eight miles north of Ville Platte 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.

For more information, call 1-888-677-6100 toll free or 363-6289 in the Ville Platte area.

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