For thousands of years, humans have studied plants to learn how they too can provide suitable housing for squirrels and grow lemons from their fingertips. Branch out with this Groupon.
- $19 for a family partner membership for up to two parents and unlimited children (a $50 value)
Visits to the herbarium are always free. The membership helps support the institute's ecological work and grants members access to special publications and discounts on classes and lectures, among other benefits. See the full list of perks here.
Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Can plants help save the planet? That's a question the researchers at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas ask themselves every day. The institute has been around since 1987, and since that time it has become a center that uses conservation ideas and plant research for the greater good. Whether researchers are discovering new plant species or coming up with solutions to pollution using botanics, they stay curious about the plant world and then share their findings with the public. Visitors to the campus can also tour the super-efficient facility—built in 2011—and explore its herbarium, libraries, and expansive grounds.