From acorns to wild violets, the Texas landscape is filled with an abundance of wild edibles. Come learn where to find, how to identify, and proper preparation of the fruits, shoots, roots and salad greens growing all around you. Topics will include: hands on plant identification, responsible harvesting techniques, preparation, dangerous mimics and poisonous plants, and edible landscaping. Bring comfortable walking shoes, water, sack lunch, and bug repellant. A pen/pencil and camera are also recommended. A plant guidesheet will be supplied. The instructor for this course is Mark Vorderbruggen, a research chemist and one of the Houston area’s most intrepid explorers.
Cost is $40 for members and $50 for non-members.
The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, a lush 155-acre nature preserve, is one of the city’s greatest natural treasures. Located in Memorial Park, at 4501 Woodway Drive, the Arboretum is home to more than 75 varieties of native trees, 160 species of birds, 16 species of turtles, 10 species of frogs and 33 kinds of butterflies. Visitors can explore and enjoy five miles of walking trails to experience nature in exquisite detail. The Arboretum grounds are open to the public from dawn to dusk.
The Nature Center building is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Discovery Room is open every day except Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and provides fun, hands-on activities and exhibits to explore nature up close. Admission is free, but donations to support this nonprofit organization are appreciated.
A bustling schedule of year-round activities and courses are available for adults, children and families to create a sense of wonder and appreciation for nature. For more information, call 713-681-8433 or visit www.houstonarboretum.org