Every Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will be hosting educational programs from now until August 11. These programs are free with the cost of admissions. Please RSVP by calling 409-670-9113.

Wild Wednesday Programs and Schedule

• June 30 – Bats: Blood-Sucking Pests or Lovable Guests?

Come hear fascinating facts about these amazing, though misunderstood, flying mammals. Learn about Shangri La’s historical bat house, and the Mexican free-tailed bats that inhabit it.  We will discuss how you can help these little critters, and you will leave with plans to make your own bat house. This is a family program.
• July 7 – Survivor
Would you be able to survive alone in the wilderness?  In this family-oriented program, you will learn what to do if you are ever stranded in the wilderness.  Come and see if you have what it takes to survive.
• July 14 – One Earth
We have only one Earth, are you doing your part?  During this family-oriented program, we will discuss famous people who have fought to save the environment and learn about recent incidents, like the Gulf oil spill. We will show you some things you can do today to make our world a better place for future generations.
• July 21 – On the Right Track
Come find out which critters have been skulking around your property. This family-oriented program will help you to identify local animal tracks. We will explore and identify tracks and other clues animals leave behind.
• July 28 – Our Changing World
During this adult-oriented program, we will discuss the complexities of succession and how it changes the world around us. As we explore succession at Shangri La, we will discuss how it affects wildlife management, forestry, and endangered species.
• August 4 – Learning to Love Ladybugs
Are all ladybugs females? Why are ladybugs red? Children will learn fun facts about ladybugs while participating in hands-on activities. We will release ladybugs into our Children’s Garden.
• August 11 – Cooking from the Garden
Running out of ideas for preparing fruits and vegetables?  Add to your recipe collection with some of our favorites.  During this adult-oriented program, we will gather and cook some delicious foods from our Children’s Garden.  While we cook, we will discuss the hows and whys of organic gardening.
Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday. For more information call 409-670-9113 or visit shangrilagardens.org.