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.

There will be an additional charge and limited pre-registrations for the program on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Join us for Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Delectable Edibles, as you will be sampling an array of dishes made with edibles plants in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Registration is limited to 25 at $20 per person.

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Featuring: Eric Heber

Hiker in woodsWith over 500 miles of trails in our state it is easy to enjoy a short day hike, or a multi-day backpacking trip. My goal is to provide resources that help people get out on the beautiful trails we have in Louisiana.

Through my website, social media, and the Louisiana Hiking Club, I am working to promote hiking and backpacking in our state. I will be presenting information about local trails, using my resources to help plan a hike, the work of the Louisiana Hiking Club, and more. 

Eric Heber is the owner of Louisiana Hikes, a company he founded in 2015 to promote hiking and backpacking in Louisiana. He also serves as Vice President of the Louisiana Hiking Club.


Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Featuring: Katherine Gividen

Registration is limited to 25 at $20 per person. 

table set for tea partyDid you know that Yaupon Holly is the only Native North American plant that contains caffeine? Or that instead of decking the halls with boughs of American Holly you can make a delicious tea with their leaves? Come join Katherine Gividen as she guides you through this fun, informative, and interactive presentation. Learn how to prepare a dessert with fresh blackberries and elderflower liqueur. Enjoy fresh baked bread with muscadine jelly. Learn how to make appetizing tonics, teas and recipes using ingredients you can find by taking a walk in the woods.

Katherine Gividen is president of the Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater Baton Rouge and an Executive Chef with the American Culinary Federation. She is also past president of the Louisiana Hiking Club.

She suggests the book, Edible Plants of the Gulf South by Charles Allen, Harry Winters, and Andrew Allen as a primer for those who are interested in learning more about edible plants in Louisiana.