Shangri La to Host Program on American Raptors on Tuesday, February 21
ORANGE, Texas - Visit Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center's Discovery Theater for two showings of the S.O.A.R., Inc. (Saving Our American Raptors) bird program to learn about American raptors. On Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., visitors will get an up-close look at four types of raptors and learn about their habitats. This program will be led by Doris Mager of S.O.A.R., Inc. A $1 donation is requested from each attendee. All donation proceeds go directly to S.O.A.R., Inc. Seating is limited and an RSVP is required. To reserve a seat, call 409.670.9799.
During the show, Mager will discuss the unique adaptations of each bird along with their different habitats and food sources. Attendees will learn how Mager became involved in the important task of American raptor conservation. Families are invited to be part of this delightful evening program and visitors will see a raptor fly over the audience.
"It's always a thrill to watch the interaction between Doris and countless children that watch in amazement as she talks about her care of raptors," says Ellen Dacy, Environmental Educator 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 5:00p.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.