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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Calendar of Events[9/1-30]


BY Alex Wang [ August 23, 2009 at 02:58:39 ]

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Calendar of Events
September 2009

(photos available on request)

HOUSTON—The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, a lush 155-acre nature preserve, is one of the city’s greatest natural treasures. Located in Memorial Park, at 4501 Woodway Drive, the Arboretum is home to more than 75 varieties of native trees, 160 species of birds, 16 species of turtles, 10 species of frogs and 33 kinds of butterflies. Visitors can explore and enjoy five miles of walking trails to experience nature at its most dramatic and in exquisite detail. The Arboretum grounds are open to the public daily, except major holidays, from dawn to dusk.

The Nature Center building is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Discovery Room is open every day except Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and provides fun, hands-on activities and exhibits to explore nature up close. Admission is free, but donations to support this nonprofit organization are appreciated.

A bustling schedule of year round activities and courses are available for adults, children and families to create a sense of wonder and appreciation for nature. For more information, call 713-681-8433 or visit www.houstonarboretum.org.


Arboretum offers free activities to promote “Take a Child Outside” Week: Sept. 24-30, 2009
Saturday, Sept. 26 & Sunday, Sept. 27
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Weekdays, Sept. 24, 25, 28, 29 & 30
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center will offer free outdoor activities for parents and children to do together as a way to promote “Take a Child Outside” Week, a growing nationwide effort to encourage connecting children to the natural world and enjoying the outdoors in their local community. Each weekday (September 24, 25, 28, 29 & 30) from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. parents and caregivers are invited to bring children to the Arboretum for a simple, fun outdoor activity to do together. On Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27, families can stop by the Arboretum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a family outdoor adventure. Call 713-681-8433 or visit www.houstonarboretum.org for more information.


Tuesday, Sept. 1 & Wednesday, Sept. 2
7 – 9 p.m.
Gardening for Texas Butterflies

Learn the differences between butterflies and moths as well as how to identify some butterflies common to Houston. Design of a butterfly garden of any size (from window box to backyard) will be covered with an emphasis on host and nectar plants that attract butterflies.

Instructor: Glenn Olsen is a member and past president of the Native Plant Society of Texas and a co-founder of the "WildScapes Workshops", a partnership between the Houston Chapter of the Native Plant Society and Texas Parks and Wildlife. Cost is $35 for members, $50 for non-members

Tuesdays, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Saturdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19 & 26
10 – 11 a.m.
Tai Chi

The Arboretum provides a serene, natural backdrop for this graceful and meditative form of exercise. Class is held inside an Arboretum classroom overlooking the forest. Cost is $15 per session; or $40 per month for one weekly session (either Tuesday or Saturday), or $65 per month for all sessions (on Tuesdays and Saturdays).

Thursdays, Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24
5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Yoga on the way Home
Why fight the traffic? Slow down and relax in the peaceful beauty of the Arboretum during a one-hour yoga session in the Arboretum's classroom overlooking the forest. Cost is $10 per session when registering for a month or $15 per session.

Monday, Sept. 7
Building closed. Grounds open regular hours.

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 7 – 9 p.m.
Field Trip: Saturday, Sept. 12
Butterflies of Houston

Dr. Nancy Greig, Director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, will share the fascinating world of butterflies including: how butterflies complete their life cycle, obtain food, avoid predators, and find mates and why some species undertake arduous migrations. The class includes a Saturday field trip at the Arboretum to learn to identify some native butterfly species and tips on attracting them to your garden.

Cost is $40 for members, $55 for non-members.


Saturday, Sept. 12
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fall Volunteer Orientation

Get out and get back to nature by volunteering at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. Learn about the Arboretum's history, mission and programs, take a tour of the building and grounds and find out more about the opportunities available to get involved at this 155-acre non-profit nature sanctuary. Registration is required. For more information call 713-366-0375 or visit www.houstonarboretum.org.


Monday, Sept. 14 & Wednesday, Sept. 16
7 – 9 p.m.
Chinese Brush Painting

Through step by step instruction, students will create their own watercolor painting. Each technique will be demonstrated by the instructor. A focus on illustrating butterflies will be included. Students receive individual attention adapted to their particular skill level and interests. Beginners are welcome.

Instructor: Peihong Dong Endris is one of China's most well-known artists. She is among the artists whose works have been collected in the Famous Paintings and Calligraphies in China. Peihong has taught watercolor painting for over twenty years, including classes at Houston's Glassell School of Art. Cost (includes materials): $65 for members, $85 for non-members.


Wednesday, Sept. 16
7 – 9 p.m.
Southern Cooking and Wine Pairing 101 with Whole Foods
Ages 21 and over

Join Whole Foods Market at the Houston Arboretum for a live demonstration on how to make a complete 3-course meal using fresh and local ingredients. Each guest will enjoy a full meal with wine (graciously donated by wine vendors), as well as learn the simplicity of making a fun and delicious restaurant-style meal at home. Recipes and grocery lists will be provided. Cost: $35 per person for members, $50 for non-members.


Friday, Sept. 18
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19 or 26
9 – 10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m., or 2 – 3:15 p.m.
Tadpole Troopers: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Ages 3 to 5 with an adult

Children will learn about the amazing transformation from caterpillar to butterfly with hands-on investigations, a guided nature walk, and reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Cost: $13 for members; $26 for non-members. Pre-registration required.


Friday, Sept. 18
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Home School Class: Feathers, Feathers, Everywhere
Ages 5 to 12

Designed especially for home schoolers, this class will study how birds’ feathers aid in flight, help attract a mate, and are not that different, in some ways, to human hair.

Cost is $15 for members; $25 for non-members. Pre-registration is required by the Wednesday prior to class.


Saturday, Sept. 19
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Photographing Butterflies with Kathy Adams Clark

Join professional nature photographer Kathy Adams Clark in this class to learn the techniques needed to capture great photos of butterflies. Class begins with an hour inside where students will learn how to use the light meter, how the shutter speed and aperture work, tips on making the photo look better and a little on butterfly behavior.

The remainder of the class will be outside on the Arboretum grounds photographing butterflies.

Instructor: Kathy Adams Clark is a professional nature photographer whose work has been published in a variety of national and regional publications including National Geographic Books, The New York Times, and Sierra.

Cost: $50 for members, $75 for non-members

Saturday, Sept. 19
1 p.m.
Canoe Trip on Buffalo Bayou

Enjoy a half-day trip down Buffalo Bayou and learn about the history of Houston's most unique natural asset. This stretch of bayou flows between I-610 and Shepherd Drive, one of the wildest portions of the bayou, and includes the Arboretum and Memorial Park. The focus of the trip is education and conservation, and will include a discussion of important conservation issues currently facing the Bayou. The trip leader will be Don Greene, an award-winning conservationist and educator. The trip starts at 1 p.m. and will conclude between 5 and 7 p.m. A mandatory orientation at the Arboretum is held on Thursday evening prior to the trip. Cost (includes all equipment): $85 for members; $105 for non-members.


Tuesday, Sept. 22
7 – 9 p.m.
Attracting Bees to Your Garden

Find out how to attract bees to a garden with the proper plants and placement. Get tips on some of the best plants for bees in the Houston area. Learn more about the essential role bees play in pollination and see how a beehive works by looking inside a demonstration hive (no bees)

Instructor: Donald Burger is a long-time beekeeper who keeps two beehives in the middle of the city. He is past president of the Houston Beekeepers Association.

Cost: $30 for members, $45 for non-members


Saturday, Sept. 26
9 – 10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m., or 2 – 3:15 p.m.
Tadpole Troopers: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Ages 3 to 5 with an adult

Children will learn about the amazing transformation from caterpillar to butterfly with hands-on investigations, a guided nature walk and reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Cost: $13 for members; $26 for non-members. Pre-registration required.


Saturday, Sept. 26
9 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 3 p.m.
Naturalist Explorers: Faster Than a Swamp Rabbit
Ages 5 to 8

This fall, Naturalist Explorer classes will study mammals found in Houston. In September, children will learn about swamp rabbits, including how they can swim to flee from danger.

Cost: $15 for members; $30 for non-members. Pre-registration required by noon on Friday prior to class.

Saturday, Sept. 26
9 – 11 a.m.
EcoTrackers: Swimming Swamp Rabbits
Ages 9 to 12

EcoTracker classes inspire young naturalists with hands-on, engaging activities about a nature topic each month. In September, students will learn about swamp rabbits, including their ability to escape predators by swimming.

Cost: $15 for members, $30 for non-members. Pre-registration required by noon on Friday prior to class.

4501 Woodway Drive Houston Texas 77024 713-681-8433 www.HoustonArboretum.org .


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