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Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

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Located on the western edge of Memorial Park, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and the opportunity to experience the natural world. This 155-acre non-profit urban nature sanctuary provides education about the natural environment to Houstonians of all ages. It plays a vital role in protecting native plants and animals in the heart of the city where development threatens their survival.

Visitors can explore nature by walking on trails (totaling 5 miles) free of charge. Each summer children gain in-depth knowledge leading to life-long appreciation of the natural world through week long Discovery Classes. Thousands of school children visit the Arboretum on field trips designed for their age and grade level.

The Nature Center building includes the Discovery Room with interactive exhibits and activities and the Nature Shop filled with items for nature lovers of all ages. It is a unique place for special events such as meetings, weddings and birthday parties.

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See the Real Beauty of Houston

6/2/2010

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"The Arboretum has great programs running throughout their business hours that are quite informative. The nature trails are great for school-aged kids but can be made fun for any walker with a little creativity. Bring your own water and mosquito spray and make some family memories at this beautiful landmark. It's hard to believe you're in the fourth largest city in the US when you're deep in the Arboretum!"

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