Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center announces the July 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 the month of July. The Wild Wednesdays programs continue to mid-August with a different 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.

July 6, 2011 – Foraging for Frogs: Attendees will enjoy this friendly frog “fun-anza”. Visitors will catch and release tadpoles, learn about the frog life cycle and make scientific journals.

July 13, 2011 – Hide-N-Seek: Visitors will seek out the local types of birds that are often “hiding” in trees around Shangri La and in area yards. This program will give information about why so many different types of birds nest at Shangri La and how to make an at-home yard an attractive place for birds to visit.

July 20, 2011 – Sensing Nature: Experience Shangri La in a whole new way by using the five human senses to explore the pathways of the gardens. The whole family will enjoy this multi-sensory walk to tune-in to the quiet sounds, interesting smells and exhilarating sights of nature.

July 27, 2011 – Who Polluted the River?: This hands-on adventure gives kids of all ages a chance to see who has been polluting the Sabine River. Participants will take part in an interactive story, test water samples and collect marine life for study. Visitors will learn different ways to “Be Kind To Our World”.

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, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sundays, noon – 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit