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: TBA

Featuring: Melissa Collin

squirrel wrapped in a blanketWildlife rehabilitation requires knowledge of wildlife behavior, habitat, diet, and other species-specific needs. An individual must possess and demonstrate the skills necessary to properly rehabilitate and release native species in Louisiana.  Wildlife rehabilitation requires intensive training and considerable commitment. Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit applicants must consider the amount of time, effort and cost associated with properly caring for wildlife species. In this presentation, we will discuss the wildlife rehabilitation regulations, how to become a wildlife rehabilitator and how you can assist in wildlife rehabilitation efforts.

Melissa Collins is a Wildlife Biologist and the Permits Coordinator at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she works on regulatory issues related to game, non-game and exotic wildlife species.  Melissa actively works with Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators, Game and Non-game Quadruped Breeders and Exhibitors, Wildlife Rehabilitators, Falconers, Farmers, Airports, and other Government Agencies.  Before joining the Department, Melissa worked on flora and avian ecology research projects in Coastal Louisiana as well as mammalian research projects in South and Central Louisiana and Archaeological projects in Mississippi and Louisiana. She has a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Anthropology.  She studied at Louisiana State University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Date: TBA

Featuring: Chef Katherine Gividen, CEC

Registration is limited to 25 at $30 per person!

Lewis, Clark and SacagaweaThe year is 1804 and President Thomas Jefferson charges Captain Meriwether Lewis to explore the lands of the Louisiana Purchase and beyond. Capt. Lewis chooses William Clark to co-lead the expedition and the rest is history. But, as Napoleon once famously said, “An army marches on its stomach”, so as they pioneered the territory, they also embarked on a Culinary Journey of Discovery. From the Brandied Spiced Peaches at Jefferson’s Monticello, to Charbonneau’s Buffalo Boudin Blanc, you will sample the foods the men (and Sacagawea) ate while learning interesting facts about the expedition along the way. Come join us for this historical occasion! $30 per person

Katherine Gividen is a Certified Executive Chef with the American Culinary Federation. She is President of the Louisiana Hiking Club, and immediate past-president of the Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater Baton Rouge. She also received the Louisiana Wildlife Federation's 2018 Governor's Award, recognizing her as Conservationist of the Year.

Chef Katherine presents other historical recreations, including the Titanic Dinner Experience. This event offers each guest the same seven-course meal served onboard the Titanic on that fateful night in 1912, minus the imminent demise.