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Orange County
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
News Release
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Shangri La Announces Third Thursdays Evening Programs for Spring

 

ORANGE, Texas - Visit Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center for a new series of public programs, "Third Thursdays," to start February 16, 2012, and continue every third Thursday of each month from February through April. The programs begin at 6:30 p.m. and each will last one hour. Seating is limited and a reservation must be made. Walk-up visitors without a reservation may not be able to attend.  To reserve a space, call 409.670.9799.  

 

On February 16, the Third Thursdays programs will debut with "Bring Nature to Your Backyard." Children and adults will discuss how to transform their backyards to attract wildlife. Learn about plants that attract different animals and insects that live and migrate through our area. Information will be presented on how to create food, water, cover and safe haven sources for wildlife around your home. Participants will plant seeds of native plants, make bird feeders and create a bird house out of reused materials. All of these items can be taken home so participants may begin their backyard transformation.

 

On March 15, the "Special Birds of Shangri La" program will discuss the birds that reside at Shangri La year-round, as well as special migratory visitors, with the aid of photographs. Two of the birds highlighted in this program will be the Prothonotary Warbler and Chestnut Sided Warbler, only two of the more than 200 bird species that migrate through Shangri La. Birdwatchers consider these species to be rare and a prize to see. This presentation is appropriate for adults and children over 12 years of age.

 

On April 19, during Earth Week, Shangri La will present "Twilight Hike." Visitors of all ages are invited to participate in a short hike through the forest and swamps of Shangri La. Participants will watch and listen for any active wildlife. Learn to distinguish between animals that are diurnal (active during the day), nocturnal (active at night) and crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk). Participants will also play games to understand how these different animals hunt and communicate.

 

Because of limited seating, all Third Thursdays programs require a reservation.  To make a reservation, please call 409.670.9799.  

 

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 5:00p.m. For more information call 409.670.9113 or visit www.shangrilagardens.org.


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 outpost tours 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.

Photo 1: The program "Bring Nature to Your Backyard" on February 16 will teach visitors how to transform their yard into a safe, attractive wildlife habitat. 

Photo 2: Learn about birds such as the Chestnut Sided Warbler in the Thursday, March 15 program "Special Birds of Shangri La".

Photo 3: During the Thursday, April 19 program "Twilight Hike" visitors will learn about the wildlife inhabitants of Shangri La's habitats.




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