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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Calendar of Events [January 2010]


BY Alex Wang [ December 09, 2009 at 03:33:54 ]

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.

johnny_appleseedCelebrate Arbor Day at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Saturday, Jan. 16
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Bring the whole family to celebrate Arbor Day at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center on Saturday, Jan.16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pine tree seedlings will be given away while supplies last and native trees will be available for sale. Arboretum memberships will be discounted, and those joining will receive a free gift and enjoy special members-only activities at the event. Outside activities will include a kid’s zip line, puzzle hike on a forest trail, and tours highlighting native trees. Families will be able to make a piece of paper to take home, recycle newspaper into hats, hear a tree story and make a craft, and get their faces painted. Arboretum staff will demonstrate proper tree planting and experts will be on site to answer tree care questions. Johnny Appleseed (pictured) and HANC the Owl will also be on hand. Admission is free; selected activities require a small fee. Arbor Day is sponsored by Waste Management. For more information, call 713-681-8433 or visit www.houstonarboretum.org

Saturday, January 1 Building closed.

Pre-registration is required for the activities/events listed below.

Call 713-366-0421 or visit www.houstonarboretum.org for more information.

Wednesdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20 & 27
5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
Introductory Tai Chi

The Arboretum provides a serene, natural backdrop for this graceful and meditative form of exercise. Class will be held outside except when weather conditions are prohibitive. Cost is $15 per session or $45 per month.

HouArb_yogaThursdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28
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 $15 per session or $10 per session when registering for a month.

Saturday, Jan. 9
Tadpole Troopers: Weird Reptiles
9 – 10:15 a.m. OR 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ages 3 to 5 with an adult

Tadpole Troopers is a nature class for 3, 4 and 5 year olds with an adult. This spring classes will explore the weird and wild side of nature. In January, children will learn about reptiles and some of their unusual characteristics. Kids will even get to touch a bearded dragon. Cost is $13 for members; $26 for non-members. Register for the spring class series (Jan.–May) and save: $56 (for all 5 classes) for members; $112 for non-members.

Saturday, Jan. 9
9 – 11 a.m. OR 1 – 3 p.m.
Naturalist Explorers: Go Green
Ages 5 to 8

This spring, Naturalist Explorer students will learn to be an Eco Kid! In January’s class, kids will learn things they can do to “go green” at home or school to help the environment. Cost: $15 for members; $30 for non-members. Register for the spring series (5 classes, Jan. – May) and save! $65 for members; $130 for non-members.

Saturday, Jan. 9
9 – 11 a.m.
EcoTrackers: It’s Easy Being Green
Ages 9 to 12

EcoTracker classes inspire young naturalists with hands-on, engaging activities about a nature topic each month. This spring, EcoTrackers students will learn to become Eco Kids! January’s class will include simple actions that kids can do to “green” up their life and help the planet. Cost: $15 for members, $30 for non-members. Register for the spring series (5 classes, Jan. – May) and save! $65 for members; $130 for non-members.

Sunday, Jan. 17
Special hours – Arboretum building will open at 1 p.m. due to Houston Marathon.

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Wednesday, Jan. 20
Class: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 23
Field Trip: 8:30 – 11 a.m.
Beginning Bird Watching

This introductory class will acquaint participants with the basics of bird watching, including how to find and identify birds, how to select and use binoculars, what homeowners can do to attract birds to their yard and which birds are found in the different habitats of southeast Texas. Class is open to anyone over the age of 10 and family participation is encouraged. The field trip will be a birding walk at the Arboretum to practice identification skills. Instructor and Arboretum staff member Bill Eley has 30 years of birding experience on the Gulf Coast and all over the world. Cost is $40 for members; $50 for non-members.

Friday, Jan. 22
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Tadpole Troopers: Weird Reptiles
Ages 3 to 5 with an adult

Tadpole Troopers is a nature class for 3, 4 and 5 year olds with an adult.

This spring classes will explore the weird and wild side of nature. In January, children will learn about reptiles and some of their unusual characteristics. Kids will even get to touch a bearded dragon. Cost is $13 for members; $26 for non-members. Register for the spring class series (Jan.–May) and save: $56 (for all 5 classes) for members; $112 for non-members.

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Saturday, Jan. 23
9 – 10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR 1 – 2:15 p.m.
Tadpole Troopers: Weird Reptiles

Ages 3 to 5 with an adult

Tadpole Troopers is a nature class for 3, 4 and 5 year olds with an adult. This spring, classes will explore the weird and wild side of nature. In January, children will learn about reptiles and some of their unusual characteristics. Kids will even get to touch a bearded dragon. Cost is $13 for members; $26 for non-members. Register for the spring class series (Jan.–May) and save: $56 (for all 5 classes) for members; $112 for non-members.

Friday, Jan. 29
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Home School Class: Leapin’ Lizards
Ages 5 to 12

Designed especially for home schoolers, this spring classes will focus on herpetology. In January, students will learn about lizards, including how they use camouflage to find food and hide from predators. Class will include a walk outside to look for skinks, anoles and other lizards of the Arboretum. Cost is $15 for members; $25 for non-members. Register for the spring class series (Jan.-May) and save. $65 (for all 5 classes) for members; $112 for non-members.

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


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