“In the Yard” column for Dec. 14, 2012

If you’re looking for a science class outing or just a winter’s day outing, there’s something for children and you at the Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane.

Do math problems inspired by vegetables in the new Children’s Garden. Learn to identify vegetables and map their countries of origin. Look for butterfly eggs, caterpillars and chrysalises, pick a piece of broccoli or pull a carrot or radish, said the LSU AgCenter’s Pamela Hodson.

Register online to use backpacks with material developed to meet Louisiana grade level expectations for math, science and social studies for fourth grade.

Call Hodson for information, (225) 763-3990, email phodson@agcenter.lsu.edu or visit http://text.lsuagcenter.com/en/our_offices/research_stations/Burden/.

Call Gigi Gauthier, (225) 763-3990 or go to the Burden website, for information on buying fundraising bricks to build an outdoor classroom to be called the Botanical Garden Pavilion at Burden. The project includes a much-needed restroom.

The Burden Horticulture Society has docent-led activities for grades three through eight on the Burden Center’s Trees and Trails, five miles of meandering paths through woodlands off Essen Lane.

The LSU AgCenter and the Junior League of Baton Rouge offer monthly readings for children in Burden’s Windrush Gardens. The readings were inspired by the Storyteller’s Garden at England’s Grasmere.

Call Becky White at (225) 578-3921, email bwhite@agcenter.lsu.edu or visit http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/our_offices/research_stations/Burden/News/Story-Time-at-Burden.htm.

Ed Cullen

Advocate staff writer