Trees & Trails
Field Trip Program
Trees and Trails offers learning opportunities for teachers, schools and other organizations. Outdoor classrooms are designed to put students in touch with the natural world to learn about the cultural heritage of our region as well as the importance of maintaining ecosystems in an urban environment. We welcome and encourage schools and organizations for all ages to enjoy the Trees and Trails as an educational experience.
We are currently registering schools for field trips for the 2019-2020 school year! Reserve your spot to explore Trees and Trails at Burden. Contact our Youth Education Coordinator Sarah Rayner at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your class for a field trip or to sign up as a volunteer.
Visit our Educator’s Corner to view and download learning objectives for each of our field trips offered through Trees and Trails, and lesson plans that include National Standards that are introduced or reinforced, and pre trip and post trip activities.
Trees and Trails is designed for hiking and interpretive, educational activities that encourage adventure and discovery for youth and adults. The trail system provides a framework for nature experiences with educational areas in a safe, outdoor environment. The trails are open from 8:00 a.m. to dusk every day of the year except Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
How to Get Involved
Story Time at Burden is a creative way of mixing storytelling, reading and imaginative, hands-on craft activities. Parents with children ages 3 through 8 are invited to join in the fun from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Go to our events page to see when the next session is scheduled.
For more information call Becky White at 225-763-3990 extension 3, or email email@example.com.
Corn Maze Fridays
Corn Maze Fridays are coming soon! LSU AgCenter Corn Maze will be open to schools Fridays in October for grades K-4. The activities will include the corn maze, the haystack mountain, an animal petting farm, a hayride, a giant slingshot game and much more! Download the corn maze registration form. Contact our Youth Education Coordinator Sarah Rayner at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Geocaching at the Gardens
Come to the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens for a Geocaching experience! Geocaching at the LSU Botanic Gardens is an outdoor recreational and educational activity, in which individuals use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device to find containers, called "geocaches" or "caches," at specific locations marked by precise geographic coordinates.
The geocaching experience at our Botanic Gardens, was developed in the Spring 2019 by a student intern in the LSU’s AgCenter”s Botanic Garden Learning by LeadingTM Internship program.
For more information about Geocaching, please follow link to the Geocaching website at: https://www.geocaching.com/play/search.
StoryWalk in the Garden
StoryWalk, an innovative and delightful way for children and adults to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time! Pages from a children’s book are displayed throughout the outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you’re directed to the next page in the story. Interactive signs located along the path include author and illustrator information. The StoryWalk project was made possible through a generous donation from the Junior League.
Project Learning Tree Workshop for Educators
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is a comprehensive education program that can be integrated in all subject areas and within various grade levels. It incorporates many teaching styles such as constructivism, problem-solving, and differentiated instruction. LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens hosts field trips within its Trees and Trails program that is centered around the PLT curriculum. We also host a Project Learning Tree Workshop and Certification, lead by Louisiana PLT State Coordinators, for local teachers and volunteers. We cover how PLT relates to critical and creative thinking skills in the schools and how it uses the forest as a window into the real world. Attendees are able to experience various PLT activities that can be used in the classroom and gain some great teaching resources and a certificate for professional development. Please contact Sarah Rayner at email@example.com if you are interested in attending a PLT Workshop and Certification.
Self-guided Children’s Garden Backpack Adventure
Twelve backpacks are available for use and include materials needed to complete a free one hour-long, hands-on activity in the garden. The Butterfly Life Cycle adventure is designed for fourth grade students, however, younger students can complete the activity with the help of an adult. The activity focuses on the butterfly’s life cycle. This activity is offered March to November from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact Sarah Rayner at 225-763-3990 ext. 3, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in reserving the backpacks for your students.
Sarah Rayner, Youth Education Coordinator
The butterflies in this are common to the Pollinator Garden at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and throughout the surrounding areas. The butterflies are attracted to the nectar in flowers that they use as an energy source. If host plant(s) specific to the butterflies are available in the gardens, the butterflies may deposit eggs on the leaves of their host plants. The caterpillars, also known as larvae, can feed on the leaves and at some point pupate, and emerge as an adult butterfly.
Dr. Chrissy Mogren
Landscaping trees into your yard provides numerous benefits such as
shade, improving drainage, and habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.
While bees are adapted to life in prairies as opposed to forests, they can
still utilize resources provided by flowering trees when incorporated into
a pollinator-oriented landscape. In addition to providing floral food
resources, native trees are also host plants to a number of beautiful
native butterflies and moths. As you walk through Trees & Trails, keep
an eye out for signs indicating which trees provide important resources
for Louisiana native bees, butterflies, and moths!
Children's Garden Resources
Frog Pond Garden
This video and Caring For Your Water Garden Plants handout will help to teach the importance of frogs and provide guidance on building ponds.