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, September 24, 6:30pm

Featuring:  Nathaniel Klumb

people kayaking in the bayouFive years ago Paddle BR turned Bayou Fountain into Baton Rouge's first paddle trail.  Two years ago, BREC's improved paddle launch at Highland Road Park made it easily accessible to everyone.  This year, public access to Bayou Manchac and Alligator Bayou finally became available, and another BREC paddle launch is coming soon.  It's time for a "State of the Bayou" presentation.

What wonderful waterways do we have for paddlers to enjoy?  What are the current (and upcoming) launches and access points?  What does it take to maintain the blueways?  What would we do if we ever ran out of litter?  Stories, photos, videos, maps, "souvenirs"... We'll have it all.

Nathaniel Klumb in "Chief Doer of Stuff" for PaddleBR (an unofficial title but better than his "real" one).  His day job is as a bike-commuting programmer for the EBR School System, and when not there or on the bayous he is also a scuba instructor, hot air balloon crew person, CNC woodworker, and occasionally commercial drone pilot and photographer, among other things.

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.