INSECT DAY SCHEDULED FOR JULY 14 AT THE LOUISIANA STATE ARBORETUM
VILLE PLATTE - Everyone is invited to a fun day of programs all about
insects on Saturday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the Louisiana
State Arboretum in Ville Platte.
Join some of the top entomologists and insect enthusiasts from all over
the state to learn about the many different species of insects that can
be found in Louisiana. During the day, view displays of live and
preserved insect specimens and get up-close with hands-on, live insect
exhibits. Visit presentation tables by: The Louisiana State Arthropod
Museum, SLU Forensic Entomology, Barber Laboratories, USDA Forest Health
Protection and The Beetle-Experience. Hike the wonderful trail system
maintained by the Arboretum and see if you can spot any insects
yourself. There will also be a flint knapping demonstration by primitive
tool expert Andrew Barron (BTNEP). Evening activities will include a
screening of the award winning film Queen of the Sun sponsored by LSU at
Eunice Continuing Education. After the movie, gather around various
insect collecting light stations to see what flies in.
The Louisiana State Arboretum is a 601-acre preservation area providing
six miles of hiking trails amid some of Louisiana's most magnificent
trees. Nature programs on varying subjects from plants and animals to
astronomy are offered throughout the year. The Arboretum Visitor Center
is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $1 per person to enter
Chicot State Park. Once inside Chicot, the Arboretum is free.
The Arboretum Visitor Center is located six miles north of Ville Platte
on La. 3042, within Chicot State Park or three miles south of La. 106.
For more information, call 1-888-677-6100 toll free or 363-6289 in the
Ville Platte area.