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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Calendar of Events[8/2009]

BY Alex Wang [ July 19, 2009 at 03:31:16 ]

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.

Pre-registration is required for the following:

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Nature Trekkers Summer Camps for kids 5 to 12
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Knot tying, orienteering, bug collecting (and releasing!) and natural arts and crafts are just a few of the activities kids will experience during the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center’s Nature Trekkers Summer Camps. Week-long classes offer hands-on learning experiences for children ages 5 to 12 under the guidance of staff naturalists, and include both indoor and outdoor activities at the 155-acre nature sanctuary. Camp topics in August include "Bug Basics" August 3-7 and "Wild Science" August 10-14. Cost for full-day camp is $230 for members; $270 for non-members. Limited morning-only options are also available.

Monday-Friday, August 3-7
3 – 5 p.m.
Summer Art Camp: Animalia
Ages 5 to 12

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center in partnership with City ArtWorks is offering Summer Art Camp classes for ages 5 to 12. All types of animals, large and small, will be the inspiration for a week of crazy creations.

Instructor: Saida Fagala of City ArtWorks

Cost is $100 per child for week. Pre-registration required.

Saturdays, August 1, 8, 15, and 29 (no class 8/22)
10 – 11 a.m.
Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 18, and 25
5:45 - 6:45 p.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 for one weekly session (either Tuesday or Saturday) per month, or $65 for all sessions (both Tuesday and Saturday) each month.

Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20 and 27
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.

Saturday, August 8
Build Your Own Rain Barrel

In this hands-on class, participants will learn to build their own rain barrel with provided materials. In addition to a finished rain barrel, participants will also take home a detailed instruction sheet for future reference with information on connecting multiple barrels for more water storage.

Instructor Pen Morrison is a local graphic designer, artist, mom and environmentalist who enjoys Houston’s rainy days.

Cost (includes materials): $80 for members, $98 for non-members

Monday-Friday, August 10-14
3 – 5 p.m.
Afternoon Class: Creative Movement Camp
Ages 5 to 12

Creative Movement Camp focuses on locomotor skills with the use of music and games. Children will enjoy dance, yoga, rhythm instruments, tumbling and gardening. Instructors will guide children through non-competitive activities that will stimulate mind and body, and will give participants freedom to imagine and create their own movement material.

Cost is $100 per child for week. Pre-registration required.

Saturday, August 15
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, August 18, 7 – 9 p.m.
Field Trip: Sunday, August 23, 1 – 4 p.m.

Dragonflies & Damselflies of the Upper Texas Coast

Learn the unique characteristics of dragonflies and damselflies, which species are commonly seen in Houston, how to find them for observation and photography, as well as ways to attract them to your yard.

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 $40 for members, $55 for non-members

Sunday, August 23
1:30 – 5 p.m.
Edible Wild Plants

Learn where to find, how to identify and how to properly prepare the fruits, shoots, roots and salad greens growing all around you. Instructor Mark Vorderbruggen is a research chemist and also one of the Houston area's most intrepid explorers.
Cost: $40 for members; $60 for non-members. Pre-registration required. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water and a snack.

Coming in September…

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

Learn the differences between butterflies and moths as well as how to identify some common Houston butterflies. 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

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
4501 Woodway Drive • Houston Texas 77024 • 713-681-8433 • www.HoustonArboretum.org


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