Backyard Habitat Gardener | LSU Hilltop Arboretum

Backyard Habitat Gardener

It’s a garden full of native plants and life — a fun place to be!

Who Can Participate?

Children Ages 7-10

Why You Should?

  • Interact and bond with nature
  • Learn about the habitat basics all creatures need
  • Habitat gardens are 100% pesticide free
  • Learn about native plants and communities through horticulture activities
  • Learn more about habitat specific gardens for butterflies, birds, hummingbirds, and bees
  • Explore the world through horticultural and environmental science activities
  • Encourage children to take action beyond their own backyards

Louisiana Master Gardeners of East Baton Rouge Parish

Thank you to our local Master Gardeners for sponsoring and providing volunteers for the program.

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Your children will be the Hummingbird expert in your family at the end of this two-day camp on Monday and Tuesday of the Thanksgiving Holiday, 9am-1pm. Who does not enjoy watching Hummingbirds in a garden! Unfortunately, due to land development and climate change, hummingbird-friendly habitat may be changing across many hummingbird migration routes. Hummingbirds are likely to be present year-round in Baton Rouge, even in the winter! The children will learn how they can help Hummingbirds by creating a backyard habitat in which they can live and by becoming a Citizen Scientist.

Local Hummingbird enthusiasts will inspire the children and share their knowledge as they participate in hands-on activities. They will learn how to identify Hummingbirds, how they fly, what they need to eat, how they build their nests, how they raise their young, and ways to observe them in a garden.

Each child will receive a “Hummingbird To Go” kit with information and supplies they will need to attract Hummingbirds to their garden. The kit includes a list of the best plants to attract and support Hummingbirds in our area, nectar plants, Hummingbird feeder, basket for hanging fruit, hummingbird Identification guide, and instructions on how to participate in the Audubon Society Citizen Scientist Project “Hummingbirds at Home.”

For 2 Days: $50 Members; $85 Non-Members (Includes one year membership).

A Backyard Bird Garden is a place where our feathered friends can find food, water, cover, and a place to raise their young.  A young gardener will learn that the right native plants, arranged to mimic nature, will provide birds all the food they need to be happy in your backyard or in a patio garden.  Instead of just visiting your garden to snack, birds will call it home! 

Each child will receive a “Bird Garden To Go” kit that will include plants to attract hummingbirds and other birds, seeds, bird feeders for different types of birds, a birdbath, and a variety of snacks to hang in the garden as cold-season snacks. A great benefit of creating a bird-friendly garden is enjoying your garden while watching a bluebird dropping in for a worm in a freshly dug patch, a warbler snapping at insects, or a hummingbird probing nectar-rich flowers while robins sing in the trees.

Easter Break

For 2 Days: $50 Members; $85 Non-Members (Includes one year membership)

A Backyard Habitat Garden is a place where birds, butterflies, bees, toads, and other little creatures can find food, water, cover, and a place to raise their young; a place where there are no pesticides or herbicides used that would be unhealthy for these creatures or for you. Native plants provide unmatched habitat value because these plants and critters depend on each other for food, water and shelter. It’s a place that’s full of life from hummingbirds to bees and lizards to toads —a very exciting place to be!

Hilltop’s week long camp will focus on the basic of creating, growing and maintain a natural garden that will provide children with a healthy outdoor experience where they can play, learn, and develop a genuine respect for nature. Pollinators are significant to habitat gardening because they often have wings! Winged pollinators can and will travel long distances to seek out reliable nectar sources, so gardening to attract hummingbirds and other pollinators is particularly rewarding. If you build it, they will come! Each child will receive a “A Habitat Garden To Go” which will include Louisiana meadow plants and seeds, a recycled water garden and shelters for birds, toads and frogs.

For 5 Days: $125 Members; $160 Non-Members (Includes one year membership)

Camp Details

Registration for Spring and Summer Camps will be up in early 2020.

Questions? Call 225-767-6916.