caring for this ecosystem
A central part of the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center’s mission is to protect and enhance the Arboretum as a sanctuary for native plants and animals in the middle of America’s fourth largest city. Houston is naturally rich in plants and wildlife due to its location. The city sits at the intersection of three ecoregions: Post Oak Savanna, Piney Woods, and Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes.
While much of Houston’s landscape has been urbanized, the Arboretum offers a glimpse of the area’s diverse historic ecosystems. The site’s urban location creates unique challenges, but also presents an opportunity to document restoration and stewardship techniques that can be shared across the region. Conservation staff and volunteers work together to preserve the Arboretum as a natural space for humans and wildlife to enjoy.