Discover Nature Programs | LSU Hilltop Arboretum

Discover Nature Programs

 Through a partnership with the Capital Area Native Plant Society (CANPS) and the Louisiana Master Naturalist 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 Imo Brown Complex in the Beverly Brown Coates Auditorium. For members of Hilltop, CANPS and LMNGBR the fee is $5 per program, $10 for non-members, pay at the door (cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted).

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 6:30pm

Featuring: Thomas Rogers

Car with Leave No Trace logo and saying in desertOutdoor Ethics is a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. The Center accomplishes this mission by delivering cutting-edge education and research to millions of people across the country every year.

Our Strategies

The broad approaches we will take in order to achieve the goal:

1. Make Leave No Trace relevant and accessible for all people who spend time outside (People).

2. Make Leave No Trace prominent, relevant and accessible in the outdoors (Lands).

3. Ensure all outdoor programs/organizations embrace and champion Leave No Trace (Collaboration). 


4. Organizational Sustainability (Sustainability) — an organization that is thriving financially, broadly supported and coupled with strong leadership to ensure our ability to pursue our mission into the future.

Tom Rogers has been hiking, camping and canoeing in the US and Canada for 41 years and decided to become Leave No Trace Master Educator in 2005 to help protect the wilderness he enjoys. He has taught Boy Scout and Girl Scout leaders, eco-tourism guides and the general public how to practice backwoods ethics. Mr. Rogers is also a Risk Manager and loss control representative for insurance companies.

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 6:30 pm

Featuring: Jane Patterson

hummingbird on thistle

Even people who are not otherwise enamored of birds adore hummingbirds.  And how can you not?  They are tiny flying jewels that grace our gardens with their presence and always make us smile.  But they are also incredibly resilient and travel hundreds of miles each year on their migratory journeys.  Come learn about the life history of these fascinating birds and also learn what you can do to attract them to your yard year round!

 Jane Patterson is the current President of Baton Rouge Audubon Society, as well as the Education chair. She started birding in 2005 and has gotten into it in a big way, especially from the educational perspective. Jane started a bird club for kids in Baton Rouge (KidsWhoBird), and also teaches beginning birder classes through the LSU Continuing Ed systems as well as at Hilltop Arboretum. She was honored at the National Audubon national conference in July 2014 with the Dutcher award for outstanding service by an Audubon Chapter leader for her efforts in bird related education. Prior to becoming a birder, gardening was one of Jane's primary hobbies, so combining birding and gardening is one of her passions.  She has also gotten into bird photography; what better subjects than all of our beautiful birds! Jane retired from her career in state government in 2016 as the Director of Telecommunications where she was responsible for overseeing internet and phone services for Louisiana state government.

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 6:30pm

Featuring: Darcy Tatsch

person photographing flowerCitizen science is about creating research collaborations between scientists and volunteers. Citizen science allows people of all ages to participate in sound science, learn, and network with other like-minded individuals in their communities. We will discuss the many forms citizen science can take and how to get involved. Programs highlighted will include FrogWatch USA™, The Great Backyard Bird Count, and Monarch Watch. From birds, butterflies, and frogs there's a citizen science for you!

Darcy Tatsch is the Volunteer Coordinator at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo and has a Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management.