Chicot Park, Arboretum plan activities for May

Children’s Hour set

Children are invited to a fun program Saturday, May 17, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Louisiana State Arboretum in Ville Platte.

Join the site naturalist to learn all about what makes amphibians so special. Participants will also have an opportunity to create a frog craft 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 Kim Hollier, site naturalist.

Canoe tour planned

Visitors are invited to Chicot State Park in Ville Platte Saturday, May 24 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.

Wild edible plant program is May 31st

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 31, from 10 to 11 a.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 eight miles north of Ville Platte on La. 3042, only one and a half miles north of the main entrance of Chicot State Park or two miles south of La. 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 La. 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.

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