The Camp Salmen Nature Park in Slidell, Louisiana will present "Nature Celebration" on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
A Monarch Waystation Garden will be installed next to the pavilion by volunteers from Louisiana Master Gardeners, Louisiana Master Naturalists, Louisiana Native Plant Society, and school teachers from "Project MONARCH." On March 18, the groups will prepare flower beds, install specially-selected plants on April 22, and on May 13, present the completed garden with an opening event from 10am to 3pm.
"Nature Celebration" is an opportunity for local nature and plant enthusiastsis to chat with nature experts, nature clubs, societies and organizations who will answer questions and hand out information. Bring a picnic lunch and hear presentations by a variety of experts, including: Nancy Newfield, on banding hummingbirds, Zack Lemann on the bugs of the Audubon Insectarium, Greg Henderson, on termites and ants, "The Bug Lady" Linda Auld, on caterpillars, Emily Taylor, on the Monarch Watch milkweed market, fern specialist Mary Elliott McCormick, and more.
Organizations represented include Crosby Arboretum, Baton Rouge Audbon Society, Monarch Watch, North American Butterfly Association, and more. Special events include a butterfly release at 1:30pm and Bio Blitz, a hike documenting species to create a "scavenger hunt" map of wildlife and insects on the 130-acre site. More events and speakers will be announced.
The event is free and open to the public.
ABOUT CAMP SALMEN NATURE PARK
Within its 130-acre bounds, Camp Salmen Nature Park in Slidell offers visitors an outdoor observatory rich in natural flora, fauna and birding habitats, as well as a glimpse into its rich history—even legend. Folklore suggests that in the early 1920’s, a young Boy Scout shared his umbrella with Fritz Salmen of the Salmen Brick and Lumber Company, which was once housed at the park. Because the young scout refused to accept a tip, Fritz was inclined to donate a generous tract of land to the Boy Scouts of America, which they used for several decades.
Today, Camp Salmen is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, year-round. Within miles of nature trails visitors can observe animals such as deer, migratory and residential birds, and numerous reptiles. Lush and abundant plant life offers the curious, budding ecologist, an outdoor classroom. In February of 2013, numerous volunteers partnered with Camp Salmen to help construct the handicap accessible, playground at the park, with playground equipment generously donated by Kids Unlimited.
The park is open Wednesday - Sunday. In spring/summer (April through September), hours are 9am to 7pm. In fall/winter (November through February), hours are 9am to 5pm and in March and October only, 9am to 6pm.