Iberia

Nov 14, 2012 11:28 AM by Melissa Canone

Ancient Tree Bike Hike with Jim Foret

Trees have a history too. The ancient oaks that are in the community all have a story to
tell. Join Iberia Parish Library for a leisurely bicycle ride through New Iberia and learn more
about the history of the oaks from horticulturist Jim Foret.

At this free event, participants will see oak trees that are 100 years and over. One example is the New Iberia oak that is estimated to be over 250 years old. Other trees include the Mount Carmel Oaks, Glen Conrad Oak, the Duperier Grove oaks and many more.

You will learn about their history including that of the citizens who watched the Yankee troops march into New Iberia during the Civil War. The history of the oaks was carefully documented by Dr. Glenn
Conrad who studied young trees growing on the natural levee of Bayou Teche.

This event will include a short stop for light refreshments. Helmets are required for the
bike hike and children must be accompanied by an adult. The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 17 beginning at the Main Library, 445 E. Main St., New Iberia. To register for this program, please call 364-7024. This event is sponsored by Iberia Parish Library and the Friends of the Library.

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