The fall season doesn’t get any better than the Autumn Fair to be held on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. Start a new tradition with relatives or friends and make it a day to remember. Beginning at 10 a.m and lasting until 4 p.m., festivities will provide a fun family atmosphere and allow area residents to celebrate Shangri La’s ongoing Scarecrow Festival. Come cheer for a favorite scarecrow as prizes are awarded to the winning scarecrow designs starting at 2 p.m.

Other exciting events will happen all around Shangri La. This year’s schedule of activities includes a presentation of bats from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. in the Shangri La Nature Discovery Lab. There will be pumpkin decorating, a pumpkin head toss competition, corn hull doll crafts and a vegetable print craft project instructed by The Stark Museum of Art.

Meet Maxine, the barred owl, at the Nature Discovery Center or even participate in a corn husk toss. Boat tours to the Shangri La outposts and a winding fall labyrinth ensure that there is something for everyone at this year’s Autumn Fair.

Many games, such as pumpkin bowling and the scarecrow scavenger hunt, will be available for attendees of all ages. A Guess the Seeds contest allows entrants to polish their guessing skills to see how many seeds are in a jar at the volunteer center station. The closest guess wins a prize.In addition, at 11:45 a.m., the Great Lawn will be the prime place for the whole family. A storytelling of The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia promises to be a grand time. Dress the part with a pumpkin face painting or choose from several other artistic options.

Regular admission entry fee to Shangri La gives guests access to all entertainment for a whole day of excitement. Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information call 409.670.9113 or visit .

About Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center

Nestled within 252 acres in the heart of Orange, Texas, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is a program of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, a private foundation whose mission is to improve and enrich the quality of life in Southeast Texas and encourage and assist education. The unique ecosystem of Shangri La presents an ideal opportunity to further that mission as well as carry on the vision of H.J. Lutcher Stark, the man who originally developed the gardens more than 60 years ago.

Amid nature’s pristine ecosystems, the formal gardens at Shangri La reflect a use of more than 300 plant species to paint beautiful landscapes among a series of theme-based garden rooms. Around every corner a new vista awaits the visitor with exquisite sculptures, a great lawn, serene waterscapes reflecting beautiful colors and a Cypress Gate framing blooming plants and soaring birds. The Nature Center includes Adams Bayou boat excursions to educational outposts, a 15-acre Beaver Pond, a state-of-the-art bird blind, a bat house, and more up-close encounters with nature.

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is the first project in Texas and the 50th project in the world to earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s Platinum Certification for LEED®-NC, which verifies that the design and construction of Shangri La reached the highest green building and performance measures. Shangri La was also named by the American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment as one of the top 10 green projects throughout the world.

Shangri La offers a glimpse of how people can live in harmony with nature, as it strives in its mission to Mentor Children of All Ages to Be Kind to Their World.

Other programs of the Stark Foundation include the Stark Museum of Art, The W.H. Stark House and the Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts.

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