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Discover Nature Programs

Through a partnership with the Louisiana Master Naturalist of Greater Baton Rouge (LMNGBR) we are proud to offer exciting new Discover Nature programs featuring local and national experts who are in touch with nature and are eager to share their experiences. All programs will be held in the Imo Brown Complex in the Beverly Brown Coates Auditorium at Hilltop Arboretum.

For Hilltop, LMNGBR members, and students registration is $10, $15 for non-members. Discover Nature programs are free for Members Magnolia Level ($250) and above. 

Purple Martin Conservation Initiative
Featuring Krista Adams
Tuesday, February 27, 6:30-8pm

purple martin initiative with bird on wireKrista Adams is the founder of the Purple Martin Conservation Initiative who has a special love for one of America’s most well-loved songbirds, the Purple Martin. Come learn about Purple Martin biology, identification, attraction, management, and protection of this avian population as well as Krista’s conservation efforts that reach far beyond her backyard into the local community. Krista will also share insights from her 2023 trip to Manaus, Brazil, where she joined other Purple Martin enthusiasts and visited a migratory roost on the Rio Negro River. 

Krista Adams, a New Orleans native, has lived in the Baton Rouge area since 1997. While passionate about all things nature, Krista is especially fond of Purple Martins and other native birds. She enjoys providing educational programs for schools and the local community. Krista manages several Purple Martin conservation sites in Louisiana and is the founder of a nonprofit organization, Purple Martin Conservation Initiative (PMCI). Krista is also a member of Purple Martin Conservation Association, Baton Rouge Audubon Society, Louisiana Ornithological Society, and Terrebonne Bird Club. 

Krista works at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. She has a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. Krista is a Louisiana Certified Master Naturalist and serves on the Baton Rouge chapter's board of directors. To learn more about the Purple Martin Conservation Initiative, visit

Native Plants for Birds
Featuring Jane Patterson
Tuesday, March 26, 6:30-8pm 

bird with magnolia seedFor some time now, the Audubon Society has been promoting the use of native plants when landscaping our homeplaces and gardens to attract and support bird life. In this program, Jane Patterson, President of Baton Rouge çhapter of the Audubon Society, will talk about the importance of using native plants and discuss native plants that will attract birds to your yard. She will break it down into types of plants: trees, shrubs, and perennials, that you may want to use in your home landscape and discuss what kinds of birds may be attracted to your yard if you use these plants.

Jane Patterson is an avid birder and amateur photographer who loves to share her love of birds with others. She Is currently president and education chair for the Baton Rouge chapter of The National Audubon Society. She has been teaching birdwatching classes since 2007 and has introduced hundreds of people to the pastime. Jane also earned her certification as a Louisiana Master Naturalist in 2018. She is especially fond of gardening with native plants to support birds, butterflies and insects and other wildlife. Jane retired from her career in state government in 2017 as the Director of Telecommunications where she was responsible for overseeing internet and phone services for Louisiana state government. 

For more information about this event, please contact us at LSU Hilltop Arboretum at 225-767-6916, visit, or email

Program Details

Hilltop, LMNGBR members and students $10
Non-members $15
Free for Hilltop Members Magnolia Level ($250) and above.

Purple Martin Conservation Initiative
Tuesday, February 27

Native Plants for Birds
Tuesday, March 26
Plants for Birds Registration

Questions? Contact Hilltop by email or call 225-767-6916.