Health & Safety Updates

Last updated July 28 at 6:00 pm

The Arboretum grounds are open daily from 7 am – dusk. The Nature Shop is currently open Friday – Sunday, 9 am – 4 pm. Public bathrooms are open and can be found to the right of the Nature Center building’s entrance. The playground remains closed.

Nature Shop:

Open Friday – Sunday from 9 am – 4 pm.

For your safety, the following protocols will be in place:

  • No more than 5 guests in the Nature Shop at once
  • Cloth face coverings must be worn inside the building
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for staff and guests
  • Credit Card purchases only, please

Park Health & Safety Tips:

  • Stay home and do not use trails if you have symptoms
  • Maintain a 6 foot distance from other visitors
  • Wear a cloth face covering when in public
  • Follow CDC’s personal hygiene guidelines – wash your hands, do not touch your face, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Bring your own water and use the bathroom before you visit
  • Avoid public surfaces such as playground equipment, benches, and water fountains
  • Pay for parking via the ParkMobile or ParkHouston app on your phone
  • Dispose of all trash – please do not litter

Volunteer opportunities have been cancelled for the month of July. Many of our July and August programs have been cancelled, postponed, or will be held virtually.

If you were registered for a class or event that has been cancelled or postponed, please check your email for further instructions. If you are registered for an event that has not been cancelled or postponed and would like to discuss your registration, please email our registrar.

The health and safety of all of our members, visitors, staff, and volunteers is our top priority, and as such we want to keep you all informed of the Arboretum’s current plans surrounding public health as the potential risk for COVID-19 continues to grow.

The Arboretum’s Emergency Preparedness Committee is actively monitoring the situation and working with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Houston Health Department. Increased cleaning measures have been implemented for both public and staff areas, and signs have been posted to communicate CDC recommendations for proper hand washing and hygiene.

For the most current information, please check this page for updates.

As we all work together to keep our community healthy and safe, we want to remind everyone that our trails remain open and available for your continued enjoyment.