Whether you’re a native Houstonian or a new arrival, exploring the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is a must! This wildlife sanctuary nestled in Memorial Park is devoted to the preservation of the area’s natural habitat and wildlife. The Arboretum offers free admission, seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to dusk so it’s easy to become a regular. Five miles of trails allow for plenty of wildlife-watching opportunities ranging from bunnies to armadillos. Leashed dogs are also welcome to hit the trails. One of my favorite features is the sensory garden where fragrant plants attract hummingbirds.
The Arboretum has a calendar of events and programs designed to bring out the Houston nature-lover in you!
Here are some highlights to inspire a visit.
- Fall Plant Sale: Add native grasses, flowers, shrubs, and trees to your new home. This annual event benefits the Arboretum’s conservation and education efforts. (Fri-Sat 10/5-10/6, 9 am-4 pm)
- ArBOOretum!: Costume with the kids who will enjoy Houston’s only Trick-or-Treat Nature Trail along with live animals and pumpkin decorating. Tickets required. (Sat 10/20, 10 am-4 pm)
- Hawk Walk: Meet hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures on this guided walk with photo ops with the wildlife. Tickets required. (Sat 11/24)
- Edible Wild Plants: Learn the art of foraging in the wild with an expert. Tickets required. (Sat 12/15, 1 pm-5 pm)
See you on the trails!