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Guide to Recycling in Houston

Guide to Recycling in Houston

According to Waste Management, every year American’s produce enough plastic film to shrink-wrap Texas! You might be surprised to know that it also takes more than 1.5 million barrels of oil…

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Fascinating Frostweed

Fascinating Frostweed

The Frostweed, Verbesina virginica, is an easy-to-grow native Texas plant with dark green leaves and white, autumn flowers. It prefers dappled shade…

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Operation: Save the Bunnies!

Operation: Save the Bunnies!

Our naturalist Tiffany was leaving our Nature Center building when she saw two out of place fuzzy animals near our parking lot. Upon closer inspection…

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Enchanted by the Full Moon

Enchanted by the Full Moon

Did you see the amazing total lunar eclipse, or Blood Moon, last night? It was a beauty. Speaking of Blood Moon, there are many terms and references used to describe the full moon that you have heard a million times but might not know the origin or meaning. We decided to uncover these mysteries for the October Leaflet Edition and post them here.

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It’s Migratory Bird Season

It’s Migratory Bird Season

Participants to the Arboretum’s HAWK WALK had a night to remember this past Saturday. Upon arrival guest made their way to the meadow about a quarter mile from the main entrance. This time of year the meadow is truly spectacular…

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High-Five for Texas Native Plants

High-Five for Texas Native Plants

Many think that if you garden with native plants, you’ll lose the bright showy flowers and end up with a drab brown and green garden. This could not be further from the truth! Here in Texas we are lucky to have a host of amazing, colorful native plants to choose from like the purple Liatris, Prairie Agalinis, Sunflower, Beautyberry, and Eastern Baccharis.

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HAWK WALK – A Night to Remember

HAWK WALK – A Night to Remember

Participants to the Arboretum’s HAWK WALK had a night to remember this past Saturday. Upon arrival guest made their way to the meadow about a quarter mile from the main entrance. This time of year the meadow is truly spectacular…

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Student Conservation Team Gets Their Hands Dirty!

Student Conservation Team Gets Their Hands Dirty!

Most teenagers probably wouldn’t look forward to spending their highly coveted summer days working outside and digging their hands in the dirt. But the ambitious young people from the Student Conservation Association are not most teens. These students are passionate about…

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Visitors get Batty at Wine, Cheese & Bats!

Visitors get Batty at Wine, Cheese & Bats!

In addition to a whole new appreciation for bats, attendees to Wine, Cheese & Bats discovered that learning is still cool. With wine in hand we loaded our plates with a variety of wonderful cheese, fruits, crackers, cookies and snacks, before entering the classroom. Once seated we were provided a brief and very interesting….

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Museum Takes a Cast of our Post Oak

Museum Takes a Cast of our Post Oak

As you walked west of our Nature Center building on the Alice Brown Loop, the chemical smell of acetone could be detected in the summer air. As you approached one of our tall post oak trees off the trail you saw six or seven members of the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s exhibits team gently patting a thick, white substance on its bark…

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