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Orange County
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
News Release
Thursday, September 01, 2011

Shangri La Announces Saturday Adventure Series Programs for Fall
 

ORANGE, Texas – Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center announces upcoming programs for the Saturday Adventure Series this fall. Many of these programs are hands-on activities and explore the natural world through informative natural history lessons from Shangri La educators. Below, you will find upcoming programs for the months of September, October and November. The Saturday Adventure Series programs begin at 9:30 a.m. and last about an hour. Participants will meet at the Admissions Window at the scheduled event time. All programs offered in the series are free of charge, but an RSVP is required as space is limited. Call 409.670.9799 to reserve a spot today.


September 17, 2011: What’s Buggin’? - Bring the whole family to this program and learn all about bugs. Explore tiny creatures that possess great strength and speed, examine different insects that undergo amazing changes as they grow and investigate how insects use their five senses.


September 24, 2011: Owl Puke - Meet Shangri La’s rehabilitated Barred Owl, Maxine. Explore the adaptations of this owl species and learn how Maxine came to live at Shangri La. Attendees will dissect owl pellets to learn about an owl’s diet.


October 1, 2011: All About Orchids - Learn everything you ever wanted to know about orchids in this program that will kick off Orchid Festival, October 1 through 8. Discuss orchid anatomy, reproduction and ecology as this program focuses on orchids native to Texas and those growing in Shangri La.


October 8, 2011: Orchids, Culture & Customs - For centuries, orchids have been adored and used by different cultures around the world. Take part in this program which explores the roles that orchids have played in many societies.
 

October 22, 2011: Vegetable Canning 101 -  During this hands-on adult program, learn the methodology of water bath canning. Visitors will also learn about cold packing, hot packing, pickling and raw packing.
 

October 29, 2011: Atakapas, Pirates & Trappers - Come discover the hidden history of Adams Bayou during this adults-only program. Get a firsthand look at how this waterway has changed through time and those in attendance will learn tales of the interesting people who used the bayou in the past.
 

November 5, 2011: Harvesting Rain Water - Rounding out the Fall Saturday Adventure Series will be a program for attendees to learn how water barrels provide a free source of chemical free water that is ideal for watering gardens and lawns. During this hands-on adult session, make and take home a rain barrel. A materials fee of $25 will be required to reserve a spot.
 

The Saturday Adventure Series has programs for the young and young-at-heart. For those interested in attending, RSVP by calling 409.670.9113. Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sundays, noon until 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit shangrilagardens.org.




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