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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Calendar of Events September 2010[2010/9]


BY Alex Wang [ August 01, 2010 at 22:10:40 ]

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.

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Arboretum is looking for nature lovers to get involved

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is looking for nature lovers to help carry out the organization’s dual mission of education and conservation. On Saturday, September 11, the Arboretum starts fall volunteer training with a general orientation session from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The session will include a brief history and overview of the Arboretum’s programs, a guided tour and opportunities to learn more about specific volunteer jobs and sign up for training sessions scheduled later in September.

As a non-profit organization, the Arboretum depends on volunteers to help share the wonders of nature with schoolchildren on field trips, assist visitors of all ages with interactive exhibits in the Discovery Room, or to work with conservation staff to improve the Arboretum’s trails and grounds. Opportunities are available both weekdays and weekends with a minimum commitment of three hours per month. The minimum age to volunteer is 16 years. Applications are now being accepted. 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

Wednesdays, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
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, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
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.


Monday, Sept. 6
Building closed.

Saturday, Sept. 11
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 how to get involved as a volunteer. Weekday and weekend opportunities are available and include guiding school tours, assisting visitors in the Discovery Room, and working on trail projects. Sign up to attend job specific trainings later in September. Free, but registration is required. For more information call 713-366-0375.


Saturday, Sept. 11
1 – 4 p.m.
Herbal Teas

Dr. Mark Vorderbruggen will be teaching the recipes and techniques of brewing numerous beneficial teas from herbs that are easy to grow, purchase, or find. By the end of the class you'll know which herbs to use for refreshment, nutrition and health, energy, serenity, medicinals and more. Learn how to save money by growing and storing your own herbs here in Houston. Assorted teas will be available for tasting and a handout covering everything taught will be given to each student.
Cost is $25 for members; $40 for non-members


Sunday, Sept. 12
4 – 7:30 p.m.
Cooking & Music of Bluegrass Country―An Evening with Two Chefs

Culinary Institute of America graduates Adam Paul and Dan Budd come to the Arboretum to combine the art of cooking and music in a unique hands-on workshop. Chef Paul will show the process of pickling and jarring as well as ways to cure meat and fish by preparing smoked trout salad with pickled baby carrots and beets. Chef Budd will demonstrate the delicate skill of preparing desserts from fresh ingredients by having Wild Berry Tart with sweet honey ice cream and Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Cost is $185 for members; $225 for non-members


HouArb_Hum1_Photo_Credit_Greg_Lavaty_TNWednesday, Sept. 15
7 – 9 p.m.
Field Trip: Saturday, September 18 from 9 – 11 a.m.

All About Hummingbirds

Learn about the hummingbird species which occur on the Upper Texas Coast and discover why and how hummingbirds migrate. Examine some of the unusual characteristics of hummingbirds including their ability to hover in mid-air and to fly backwards. Get tips on how to attract hummingbirds to your landscape in every season. Arboretum naturalist Bill Eley, who has over 30 years of experience birding on the Gulf Coast as well as Mexico and South America, will be teaching this class and leading a Saturday morning field trip on Sept. 18. Cost is $30 for Arboretum members; $40 for non-members. Photo by Greg Lavaty.


Friday, Sept. 17 or Saturday, Sept. 18
9 – 10:15 a.m. OR 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tadpole Troopers: Wiggly Worms

Ages 3 – 5 with an adult

Tadpole Troopers is a nature class for 3, 4 and 5 year olds with an adult. This fall classes will take a close up look at the slimy, scaly, mushy, or creepy animals of the Arboretum. Join us in September and come wiggle like a worm as we learn how important they are for soil and plants.

Cost is $15 for members; $28 for non-members


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Saturday, Sept. 18
9 – 11 a.m. OR 1 – 3 p.m.
Naturalist Explorers: Tremendous Travelers

Ages 5 to 8

This fall, Naturalist Explorers learn what it’s like to be a bird. In September some species of birds move households twice a year, traveling thousands of miles in some cases. Come discover how these birds accomplish such an incredible trip.

Cost is $18 for members; $33 for non-members

Saturday, Sept. 18
9 – 11 a.m.
EcoTrackers: Frequent Flyers

Ages 9 to 12

EcoTracker classes inspire young naturalists with hands-on, engaging activities about a nature topic each month. This fall, EcoTrackers students will learn what it’s like to be a bird! In September students will learn how and why birds migrate twice a year, the challenges they face and how scientists track these birds.

Cost is $18 for members; $33 for non-members


Saturday, Sept. 18
9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Edible Wild Plants

The Texas landscape is filled with an abundance of wild edibles. Learn where to find, how to identify and proper preparation of the fruits, shoots, roots, and salad greens growing all around you. Please bring comfortable walking shoes, water, sack lunch, and bug repellent. A pen/pencil and a camera are also recommended. A plant guidesheet will be supplied. Cost is $40 for members; $60 for non-members


Monarch150Sunday, Sept. 19
2 – 5 p.m.
Certify Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat

In this informative and interactive workshop learn how to evaluate your existing yard to see if you qualify for certification by Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat. Bring along a sketch, diagram or photographs of your backyard and a current plant inventory for critique by the instructor and fellow participants. Discover helpful resources to convert your non-native landscape to colorful wildscape.

Note: Cost of workshop includes Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife, Texas A&M Nature Guides Edition. The $15 certification fee required by TPWD is not included and this workshop is not endorsed by TPWD.

Cost is $75 for members; $95 for non-members


Friday, Sept. 24
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Home School Class: Way Out Worms

Ages 5 to 10

Designed especially for home schoolers, the fall classes will focus on the wild world of invertebrates. In September students will get down and dirty with the working worm. Learn about the amazing job they do as compost makers, and how leeches have creepy reputations but are important in the world of medicine.

Cost is $15 for members; $25 for non-members


Saturday, Sept. 25
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
2010 Harvest Moon―A Celebration with Food, Drink & the Night Sky

Come celebrate the harvest moon on the Houston Arboretum’s meadow deck. There will be tacos from Fusion Tacos, drinks and sweets to enjoy while the Houston Astronomical Society shows the moon up-close with their telescopes.
Note: Ages 21 and over only. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Indoors in case of rain.

Cost is $50 for members; $65 for non-members


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Sunday, Sept. 26
2 – 5 p.m.
Build Your Own Compost Barrel

Learn how to reduce your amount of garbage and compost your own yard and kitchen wastes in this intensive workshop where each participant will build their own 55-gallon composting barrel.
Note: Cost of workshop includes materials to make one 55-gallon composting barrel. All tools will be supplied. Additional barrels and conversion kits will be available for sale at the end of class for $55.

Cost is $75 for members; $95 for non-members


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