This Fall, join us as we explore opportunities for fun and education at Stark Cultural Venues. Adult workshops about health and wellness will be introduced at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. Second Saturday Specialty Tours at The W.H. Stark House are growing and evolving. Meet and greet local critters at Shangri La Gardens during the Up Close with Nature Program. Let your creativity flow at the Stark Museum of Art Playdate and CREATE! Workshop! Educational opportunities are abundant throughout Stark Cultural Venues this fall, and fun is on tap for family and friends of all ages.
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center:
Adult Workshops at Shangri La Gardens are presented on Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost of each program is $15.00 per person. Please make your reservation by calling 409.670.0803 for the first adult workshop. Details coming soon for more adult workshop opportunities.
September 17, 2016Walk with a Doc, In Collaboration with Neighbors Emergency Center
Dr. Lylieth Mitchell, Medical Director of Neighbors Emergency Center in Orange, will walk through the gardens. Before, during, and after the walk, she will share information about target heart rate, considerations for a regular exercise plan, and more. After the walk, participate in a basic health screening to check blood pressure and vital signs. During this program, we will walk approximately two miles on a flat surface.
Up Close with Nature: Live Animal Programs are presented the last Saturday of each month at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Meet at the admissions window, and come and go as you please. Included with general admission. Stark Cultural Members are free.
September 24, October 29, and November 26, 2016 Up Close with Nature
Join us as Wildlife Curator, Robert Morgan features one or more live animals that call Shangri La Gardens home. During this exciting and informative program, meet local critters, learn about their adaptations, what they eat, and what might eat them.
The W.H. Stark House:
Second Saturday Specialty Tours are presented at The W.H. Stark House with tours offered at10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Included with general admission. Stark Cultural Members are free.
September 10, October 8, and November 12, 2016 – Second Saturday Specialty Tour
Come and enjoy this opportunity to study history and the historical role of the Stark and Lutcher families with a  unique specialty tour. Staff will lead visitors through the house, and provide additional information not available on the standard tour. The exhibition features rarely displayed objects from the Stark House collection and historic photographs and documents.
Stark Museum of Art:
SMA Playdate: Icky Sticky Glue will be at the Stark Museum of Art from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Based on the book: Too Much Glue by Jason Lefebvre.
October 14, 2016 SMA Playdate: Icky Sticky Glue
A little dot will do a lot! Let’s stick together and discover how artists make their own materials, including glue! Stick close as we see the many uses of glue in the Museum and then make glue to use in the studio. This playdate features gallery play, interactive looking experience, and an art studio visit designed to connect children 5 and under with their grown-ups.
CREATE! Workshop: If you Build It…is presented at the Stark Museum of Art and will begin at10:30 a.m. and last approximately two hours. Material fee is $5.oo.
October 22, 2016 CREATE! Workshop: If you Build It…
Partake in a brief thirty minute museum experience and then discuss and interpret a work of art. Hand-build a beautiful clay tray or plate. Works will be fired in a kiln off-site after being clear glazed.Participants can pick up their works of art in time to be used for holiday festivities!
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