Arbor Day events scheduled at Burden

(01/11/24) BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden and Baton Rouge Green are planning their biggest Arbor Day celebration ever on Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This year, Baton Rouge Green and other local organizations will provide fun, education and food for the entire family.

Arbor Day will feature tree climbing with Bofinger's Tree Service. There will also be a scavenger hunt and ax throwing with the Timber Tigers.

There will be shopping with local artisans, and the young ones will get a chance to meet Smokey Bear — but don't worry, he's not a real bear.

You can make a lasting contribution to the community by planting your very own tree in the Burden Woods and tracking its growth using GPS coordinates.

The trees that you plant will help to reforest the Burden Woods after previous hurricane seasons and drought damage.

Baton Rouge Green will host its annual tree giveaway in conjunction with Arbor Day. Most of the 1,000 free trees will be in 1-gallon pots for easy transport and planting. A variety of species will be offered.

The limit for the giveaway is one tree per household and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Baton Rouge Green and Bofinger’s tree experts will be providing information to help tree recipients choose the right tree for the right place in their home landscape.

Two local food trucks, Ole Mississippi Smokehouse and Petit Rouge, will be present with food throughout the day.

Arbor Day activities are free and open to the public.

The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden is located at 4560 Essen Lane in Baton Rouge.

For additional information, email

Arbor Day Cub Scouts.

Cub Scouts begin digging holes for planting trees in the Burden Woods. LSU AgCenter file photo

Arbor Day Smokey Bear.

Young visitors pose for a photo with Smokey Bear at Arbor Day at Burden. LSU AgCenter file photo

Arbor Day Family.

Visitors enjoy planting a family tree at Arbor Day at Burden. LSU AgCenter file photo

1/11/2024 6:15:52 PM
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