The Children’s Garden at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden has announced a series of special events this year.

The Children’s Garden Series will feature hands-on activities for youngsters 6 to 12 years old on Saturday mornings in February, May, June, September and November, said AgCenter fruit and vegetable specialist Kiki Fontenot.

Dates and topics are:

Feb. 18 — Vermicomposting or composting with worms. “Composting can be done by humans and creepy crawlies,” Fontenot said. Children will be able to build a mini vermicompost bin for their own homes.

May 20 — Fruit and Vegetable Lab. “What is a fruit and what is a vegetable? Is there really a difference?” Youngsters will find out and have the opportunity to sort, plant, eat and take home edibles for their own yards.

June 24 — Native Trees. Youngsters will take a nature hike and discover which trees are native to Louisiana and the United States and which have traveled many miles to live here.

Sept. 30 — Bees and Plants to Attract Pollinators to Your Yard. Gardens are living spaces with more than just plant life growing. Children will discover the sounds and sights of insects that help us tend to our gardens. They will make a mason bee house to bring home.

November — Date to be determined. Chickens in the Garden. Youngster will learn about chickens and get to pet and feed them, too.

“You may choose one or choose all activities,” Fontenot said. “Just do not forget to reserve your space in advance.”

Each session runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and costs $15 per child. Reservations are required; email Angie Wall at Parents are requested to stay with children during the event. Snacks, as well as take-home crafts, will be provided.

The LSU AgCenter Children’s Garden Series is hosted by the East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners. The Botanic Gardens at Burden is located off Interstate 10 at 4560 Essen Lane in Baton Rouge.

Information about these and other events at the Botanic Gardens at Burden is available at or by calling (225) 763-3990.

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