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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Calendar of Events February 2010


BY Alex Wang [ January 02, 2010 at 02:19:37 ]

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 activities/events listed below.

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

houarb_tapas_150Stroll under the stars in a nature sanctuary inside the Loop

Enjoy Tapas on the Trails
A Valentine’s Evening at the Arboretum
Saturday, Feb. 13
5 – 8 p.m.

Looking for something different to do with your special someone this Valentine’s Day? Make reservations for an evening of gourmet food and wine on the trails of the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. Enjoy a stroll along a forest path encountering food stations, each with a tapas menu prepared by Chef Adam Paul. A selection of wines will be served to compliment each food selection. The trail will finish at the Arboretum’s Meadow Deck, where guests will enjoy champagne and a romantic dessert.

Chef Adam Paul attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York and currently works for Jackson and Company in Houston.

$60 per person for Arboretum members; $75 per person for non-members. Childcare for ages 5 and up at a fee of $10 per child. Reservations are required; limited spaces are available. For more information, call 713-681-8433 or visit www.houstonarboretum.org

Space limited-Be the first to get your children registered

Registration opens for Spring Break Camp – Mammal Mania!

spring_campMonday, March 15 - Friday, March 19

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (limited half day options are available)

Spring Break Camp – Mammal Mania!

Kids will learn all about mammals - from armadillos to coyotes to mice and whales - during the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center’s Spring Break Camp: Mammal Mania! Arboretum naturalists will lead children through hands-on investigations to explore the characteristics of mammals such as fur and an acute sense of smell, as well as the adaptations of specific mammals in our area.

The Arboretum has a long history of providing quality children’s nature camp programs in a 155-acre nature sanctuary―a living laboratory―to explore nature and science. This week-long camp features both indoor and outdoor adventures. Children are taught by qualified staff naturalists in classes by age (5 & 6, 7 & 8, 9-12). Priority registration is given to Arboretum members by membership level.

Full day camp (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.): $230 members; $270 non-members

Morning only camp (9 am – noon): $120 members; $150 non-members

For more information, call 713-681-8433 or visit www.houstonarboretum.org/springcamp.asp

Wednesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17 & 24
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 in the nature sanctuary except when weather conditions are prohibitive.

$15 per session or $45 per month.

Thursdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25
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.

$15 per session or $10 per session when registering for a month.


Saturday, Feb. 6
Tadpole Troopers: Weird Insects
9 – 10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR 1 – 2:15 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. February’s class will examine, up close, some unusual insects and bugs.

$13 for members; $26 for non-members.

Saturday, Feb. 6
9 – 11 a.m. OR 1 – 3 p.m.
Naturalist Explorers: The Stink on Pollution
Ages 5 to 8

This spring, Naturalist Explorer students will learn to be an Eco Kid! In February, kids will get the down and dirty facts on pollution through hands-on activities in class and discover what simple things they can do to help the environment.

$15 for members; $30 for non-members.

Saturday, Feb. 6
9 – 11 a.m.
EcoTrackers: Pollution Solution
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! February’s class will include how to determine air quality by studying lichen growth on trees and seeing how scientists clean polluted water.

$15 for members, $30 for non-members.
Sunday, Feb. 7
1 – 5 p.m.

Backyard Habitat Builder Series: Spring Nesting Sites for Wildlife

Backyard Habitat Builder Series includes monthly half-day classes taught by Arboretum Conservation Director Joe Blanton, where participants will learn about and create habitat components for birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The majority of each class will be spent outside as students gain practical experience through a hands-on project completed on the Arboretum grounds. Most classes include take-home items assembled in class. In February’s class, students will learn the importance of providing nesting sites for wildlife and make bird nest boxes and solitary bee houses.

Each class is $40 for members or $50 for non-members.

Wednesday, Feb. 10
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Art of Cooking Mexican Food with Hugo Ortega

Renowned Houston chef Hugo Ortega will demonstrate how to prepare his most popular Valentine’s dishes from Backstreet Café and Hugo’s: small vegetable quesadillas, quail with rose petal sauce, and flourless chocolate cake.

$60 for members; $75 for non-members. Limited space available. Registration required.

Friday, Feb. 12
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Tadpole Troopers: Weird Insects

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. February’s class will examine, up close, some unusual insects and bugs.

$13 for members; $26 for non-members.

Saturday, Feb. 13
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Spring 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 about the opportunities available to get involved at this 155-acre non-profit nature sanctuary. Sign up to attend job specific trainings later in February. Free, but registration is required. For more information call 713-366-0375 or visit www.houstonarboretum.org

Thursday, Feb. 18
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Buffalo Bayou History Presentation

Canoe Trip: Saturday, Feb. 20, 1 – 5 p.m. (canoe trip limited to 12)

Learn the history of Buffalo Bayou through an evening presentation by Janet Wagner, current President of the Houston Historical Society. Up to12 participants can register for a half-day canoe trip, Saturday, Feb. 20, down Buffalo Bayou to see important sites firsthand. Be part of an exciting floating classroom of natural, fluvial, historical and geological information in our cities most important natural asset.

Fee for History Presentation only: $40 for members; $50 for non-members.

Fee for History Presentation and Canoe Trip (limited to 12, includes all equipment): $135 for members; $145 for non-members

Saturday, Feb. 20
Tadpole Troopers: Weird Insects
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. February’s class will examine, up close, some unusual insects and bugs.

$13 for members; $26 for non-members.

Saturday, Feb. 20
1 – 5 p.m.
Environmentally Friendly Pest Management

Learn environmentally friendly ways to manage pest problems and control weeds in the garden and landscape through proper plant selection, weed identification, knowledge of phenology, and the use of safe herbicide alternatives as well as “soft” pesticides such as soaps and oils. Class will include a trip to Wabash Antiques & Feed Store.

$30 for members; $40 for non-members.

Friday, Feb. 26
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Appalachian Basket Making

Master basket weaver Kathy Chang will lead this hands-on workshop that will guide students through the process of making a hyacinth basket, with a solid wood base and wooden lid.

Fee includes all materials: $65 for members; $75 for non-members

Friday, Feb. 26
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Home School Class: Turtle Time
Ages 5 to 12

Designed especially for home schoolers, the spring classes will focus on herpetology. In February, students will examine the physical characteristics of turtles and learn how these prehistoric organisms have adapted over time to survive. Class will include a walk outside to look for turtles on the Arboretum grounds.

$15 for members; $25 for non-members.

Saturday, Feb. 27
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The 411 on Ecosystems: An Introduction to the Arboretum

Join Arboretum naturalists Pat Marks and Jenny Herrera to learn about the forest, meadow and wetland ecosystems of our area in a morning at the Arboretum that includes hands-on investigations in the field. Class qualifies for SBEC credit for educators and Advanced Training for Master Naturalists.

$20 for members; $35 for non-members.

Sunday, Feb. 28
3 – 5:30 p.m.
Path to a Healthy, Sustainable Green Home

(Please note: class will take place at New Living, 6111 Kirby Drive, 77005)

Jeff Kaplan, owner of New Living, will demonstrate how to make minor changes to your home that can help save money, and have a positive impact on the environment. Learn about natural building materials and new products for building or remodeling homes on the Texas Gulf coast.

$35 for members; $50 for non-members


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