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Orange County
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
News Release
Wednesday, January 04, 2012

17th Annual Community Trash-Off on February 4, Sign Up Now


ORANGE, Texas -For the 17th consecutive year, the Orange community is invited to work together on beautifying the streets of Orange and the banks of Adams Bayou by picking up litter during the Annual Community Trash-Off. This event, sponsored by Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, will be held Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., at Orange Lions Park, which will serve as headquarters for the Trash-Off.


The Community Trash-Off began in 1995 as an effort to clean Adams Bayou and has expanded to include more than 60 streets throughout Orange, Pinehurst and West Orange. In 2011, this program collected over 16,000 pounds of trash from roadways and waterways. With much of our area ultimately draining directly into Adams Bayou, cleaning the streets helps keep Adams Bayou free of litter.


Individuals, organizations, businesses and families are encouraged to sign up their teams early for the Trash-Off. Teams consist of 3-5 participants and are limited to adults and children age 12 and older. All stations must be supervised by an adult. Volunteers may bring gloves; however, gloves will be provided at the event. Shangri La will provide trash grabbers and garbage bags for all volunteers, and volunteers with small personal boats are needed to help pick up trash out of Adams Bayou. Those working along Adams Bayou in personal boats may receive, if desired, a disposable suit to help them stay clean.


After the trash pick-up, all volunteers will regroup to enjoy complimentary pizza and soft drinks for lunch at Orange Lions Park, where prizes donated by local businesses will be awarded to teams for their efforts. If your business or organization would like to make a donation for this event, contact Christin Hutchison at 409.670.0803 or Items may also be dropped off at the Shangri La Admissions Window.


For more information on participating in the Annual Community Trash-Off, call 409.670.0803 or visit to download a participation form. Forms may be returned via email to, via fax at 409.670.9341 or in person at the Admission Window at Shangri La.


Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information about Shangri La, 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.

Remembering Jim Guidry

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