Shangri La Announces Saturday Adventure Series Programs for Spring 2012
ORANGE, Texas - Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center announces upcoming programs for the Spring Saturday Adventure Series. 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 March, April and May. 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 seat today.
March 3, 2012: Off the Beaten Path at Shangri La - In this adult program, visitors will view historic images of the artist's cottage, old swimming pool, historical ferry crossing and more.
March 10, 2012: Green Cleaning Products - Attendees will learn how to make environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies from items found in the kitchen. This is a hands-on program for adults that will allow participants to make cleaning supplies and take home the finished products.
March 17, 2012: Landmarks of Shangri La - Explore historical aspects of Shangri La in this adult program. Learn about the little-known history of some familiar sights, including the bat house, bells throughout the gardens and greenhouses.
March 24, 2012: Lettuce on Your Patio - Adults will participate in a program about patio gardening to save space and will plant a container lettuce garden that can be taken home.
March 31, 2012: Morning Bird Walk - The whole family is invited to take a leisurely stroll along the pathways of Shangri La to look for migrating birds. Visitors will also visit Shangri La's state-of-the-art heronry to view nesting birds on Ruby Lake.
April 7, 2012: Tree ID - Adults and plant enthusiasts will enjoy a brief discussion on native tree species followed by a tree identification walk.
April 28, 2012: Tracking 101 - During this family-friendly program, visitors will search for animal signs and markings while learning how to track animals using these clues. This program teaches the basics of tracking in a fun, educational way.
May 5, 2012: Wild Edibles - Explore Shangri La and look for wild edibles. This family program educates visitors on the preparation of edible items found in the region. Attendees must also note that children are welcome, but there are potential allergy risks associated with eating wild plants.
The Saturday Adventure Series has programs for the young and young-at-heart. For those interested in attending, please RSVP by calling 409.670.9799. 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 Sunday noon until 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.shangrilagardens.org.
During the Landmarks of Shangri La adult program on March 17, visitors will learn about the history of familiar sights from around the gardens.
The whole family is welcome to a leisurely Morning Bird Walk on March 31 followed by a stop at the Shangri La heronry to see nesting birds.
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, 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.