The third annual Arbor Day at Burden Center is scheduled for Saturday, January 7, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate Arbor Day in Baton Rouge, La. Visitors will be invited to plant a tree in the Burden woods and participate in a 5-K Fun Hike through the Trees and Trails system.
Individuals participating in the tree planting will be given certificates with GPS coordinates so that they can monitor the growth of the trees they plant. The 5-K Fun Hike will start at the Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie in Burden Center, which is located at 4560 Essen Lane at I-10 in Baton Rouge.
In addition to planting a tree in the Burden woods, each family will receive a cherry bark oak seedling for planting at home. Other activities include a tree scavenger hunt along the trail, a visit with Smokey Bear, tree planting and presentations on trees and the environment along with hot dogs, drinks and trail mix.
Children will be given the opportunity to learn more about trees and leaves with a leaf stamp activity. The educational programs will be conducted by the LSU AgCenter, the Burden Horticulture Society and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
An entry fee of $5 for individuals or $10 for families will be used to support the Project Learning Tree program for school children. Arbor Day at the Burden Center welcomes participants of all ages. For more information contact the Burden Center at 225-763-3990.