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Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
News Release
Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Shangri La Wants Your Recyclables on November 15

- Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will partner with Waste Management, Inc. to celebrate America Recycles Day by offering area residents free recycling services on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to bring recyclable products to Shangri La's parking lot, at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas.

Shangri La will be accepting recyclables in their parking lot from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on November 15. Recyclable items must be separated into the following categories: plastics with resin codes 1-7, aluminum, cardboard, newspaper, mixed paper and steel cans. Only these types of items will be accepted for recycling purposes, and all steel cans must be cleaned beforehand.

"This program gives our community the opportunity to recycle without the cost of having to haul their recyclables elsewhere," says Shangri La Director Michael Hoke. "We hope everyone participates in America Recycles Day on November 15 and takes advantage of the opportunity to recycle locally."

Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information call 409.670.9113 or visit

About Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
Nestled within 252 acres in the heart of Orange, Texas, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is a program of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, a private foundation whose mission is to improve and enrich the quality of life in Southeast Texas and encourage and assist education. The unique ecosystem of Shangri La presents an ideal opportunity to further that mission as well as carry on the vision of H.J. Lutcher Stark, the man who originally developed the gardens more than 60 years ago.
Amid nature's pristine ecosystems, the formal gardens at Shangri La reflect a use of more than 300 plant species to paint beautiful landscapes among a series of theme-based garden rooms.  Around every corner a new vista awaits the visitor with exquisite sculptures, a great lawn, serene waterscapes reflecting beautiful colors and a Cypress Gate framing blooming plants and soaring birds. The Nature Center includes Adams Bayou boat excursions to educational outposts, a 15-acre Beaver Pond, a state-of-the-art bird blind, a bat house, and more up-close encounters with nature.
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is the first project in Texas and the 50th project in the world to earn the U.S. Green Building Council's Platinum Certification for LEED®-NC, which verifies that the design and construction of Shangri La reached the highest green building and performance measures.  Shangri La was also named by the American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment as one of the top 10 green projects throughout the world.
Shangri La offers a glimpse of how people can live in harmony with nature, as it strives in its mission to Mentor Children of All Ages to Be Kind to Their World.
Other programs of the Stark Foundation include the Stark Museum of Art, The W.H. Stark House and the Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts.

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