Most Houstonians can easily recognize the Monarch butterfly, but did you know that over 100 butterfly species live in Southeast Texas? With the recent extremes of winter freezes, prolonged droughts, and large rainstorms, many of the flowering plants that our butterflies use as nectar sources no longer exist. In this hands-on workshop, you will be introduced to over two dozen different native plants whose flowers provide nectar for butterflies, including the Monarch. Plants profiled by your instructor will include several species appropriate for a hanging basket, and every participant will prepare and take home a butterfly feeder hanging basket. This “make and take” workshop is family friends – one child age 10 and up welcome with each paid adult.
Cost is $45 for members; $55 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