Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center announces the schedule for the Summer Wild Wednesdays programs. The Wild Wednesdays programs are hands-on activities and explore the natural world through informative natural history lessons from Shangri La educators. Below, you will find upcoming programs for this month.

The Summer series continues to mid-August with a new program topic each Wednesday. Program participants will meet at the Admissions Window at the scheduled event time, 9:30 a.m., with sessions lasting about an hour. All programs are free of charge, but an RSVP is required as space is limited. Call 409.670.9799 to make a reservation.

?June 15, 2011 – Owl Puke: Attendees will meet Maxine, Shangri La’s rehabilitated Barred Owl. During this family-friendly program, learn Maxine’s story and hear about Barred Owl adaptations. Participants will explore the food chain of an owl by dissecting owl pellets.

June 22, 2011 – Butterfly Gardening: Visitors will learn about choosing the right types of nectar and food plants to turn a garden into a buffet for butterflies and caterpillars. This adult-oriented program will begin with a 15 minute presentation in the Discovery Theater and end with quality time in the Children’s Garden.

June 29, 2011 – Animal Adventures on the Bayou: Take a special Outpost Tour in search of the unique wildlife that surrounds Shangri La. This is a fun adventure for children of all ages.

The Wild Wednesdays Series has programs for the young and young-at-heart. For those interested in attending, please RSVP by calling 409-670-9799. Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit