Episode 53: Exploring Houston’s Biodiversity at the Arboretum

Houstonians are fortunate to have an incredible nature center situated close to downtown. The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is a beautiful gem that sometimes can be missed because of its location, but once you hear what it has to offer, you’ll want to put it on your list of places to visit in the city.

Christine Mansfield, senior manager of marketing and development of the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, joins Blanca to talk about the 155-acre non-profit urban nature sanctuary established in 1967. Christine describes everything visitors can enjoy as they walk the 5 miles of nature trails and, at the same time, learn about what they are seeing, as well as take in the amazing views.

Christine also mentions all the Arboretum’s has to offer, such as diverse educational classes; exhibits; events for children and adults; bird and bat watching; virtual educational programs for kids; and so much more. 

To learn more about the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, visit: https://www.houstonarboretum.org  or call 713-681-8433.

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[00:00:45] Blanca introduces Christine Mansfield, who works in nature surrounded by animals. Christine is the senior marketing and development manager at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.

[00:04:03] The Houston Arboretum focuses on native plants and wildlife, resembling Houston’s historical landscapes. It is a nature center, not a botanical garden, strongly emphasizing plants that thrive naturally in the area. Visitors can observe a variety of native flora and fauna.

[00:09:09] The Houston Arboretum has gardens with many butterflies and a new butterfly house. They teach about plants for butterflies and encourage learning about native wildlife. Cocoon sightings are common, and there is always something interesting to see at the Arboretum.

[00:11:44] Children’s programs include Tike Hikes, the home school program, and Nature journaling. Membership perks include free parking and discounts.

[00:15:18] Two upcoming events: Bat Fest, open to the public on September 23 and Going Baddie talk about bats on September 22. Fun nature learning opportunities.

[00:17:57] The Houston Arboretum has a nature shop, Discovery Room, ambassador animals, classrooms, and a nature playscape.

[00:21:34] Houston Arboretum is working with ecosystems to restore tree canopy lost in Houston, using goats for land management and prescribed burns to maintain ecosystem health and reduce fire risk, contributing to conservation efforts and educational opportunities.

[00:28:02] Houston Arboretum relies on donations, welcomes online donations, and also works with corporations for sponsorship. Multiple ways to support are appreciated.

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