Arbor Day at Burden is presented by the LSU AgCenter, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the Burden Horticulture Society, which welcomes participants of all ages.
“Visitors are invited to plant a tree in the Burden woods and participate in a 5-K Fun Hike through the Trees and Trails system,” said LSU AgCenter resident coordinator Jeff Kuehny.
“Individuals participating in the tree planting will be given a card with the tree name and GPS coordinates so they can monitor the growth of trees they plant,” Kuehny said.
The 5-K Fun Hike will start at the Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie in Burden, which is located at 4560 Essen Lane at 1-10 in Baton Rouge. Admission is $5 for individuals, and proceeds will be used to support the Project Learning Tree program for children conducted by the Burden Horticulture Society.
In addition to planting a tree in the Burden woods, each family will receive a tree seedling to plant at home. The seedlings are being provided by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
Other activities will include a tree scavenger hunt along the trail, a visit with Smokey Bear, and presentations on trees and the environment.
Children also will have the opportunity to make decorations for wildlife friendly edible trees and learn more about trees and leaves with a leaf stamp activity.
Trail mix and water will be provided for those who work up an appetite planting trees or walking the trails.