For thousands of years, humans have studied trees to learn how they too can provide suitable housing for squirrels and grow lemons from their fingertips. Branch out with this Groupon.
$35 for an Annual Membership for a Family of Four ($70 Value)
A family membership entitles families of four to free admission to special events such as the autumn Pumpkin Patch and "ArBOOretum"; additionally, memberships provide discounted registration for classes, as well as deals at local businesses.
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
At the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, you might spy a group of yogis meditating in a forest clearing or budding photographers snapping shots of herons in the wetlands. Daily programs such as these are part of the Center’s mission to connect Houstonians with the natural world. Situated on the western edge of Memorial Park, the 155-acre nature preserve acts as a sanctuary from the busy city that surrounds it. Visitors can walk along 5 miles of trails, which wind past forest, meadows, wetlands, and ponds.
The nature advocates at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center hope the Center serves not only as refuge from the urban bustle, but also as a constantly changing outdoor classroom. In the Discovery Room, for instance, interactive exhibits help young explorers learn about the Center’s diverse ecosystems. Classes and workshops range from home composting to breaking into the birdhouse-real-estate market. The Center also offers nature camps for kids, as well as other special events year-round.