If you haven’t already heard, Discovery Green has requested that Pokémon GO "stops, lures and creatures" be removed from the park, leaving passionate fans wondering, “Where will the next hotspot be?”
Look no further than the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. The grounds are a Pokémon paradise, touting 2 gyms (special points of interest where Pokémon battles occur), one located at the Woodway Drive entrance and another south of the meadow, and more than 20 Pokéstops.
Sightings include the coveted Gyarados, Lickitung, Voltorb, Pikachu and many more. Players can walk the Arboretum’s free scenic trails to catch Pokémon daily from 7 a.m. until gates close at 6:30 p.m.
Not into Pokémon GO? The Arboretum has plenty of summer activities that don't involve your smart phone.
Dr. Cullen Geiselman talks about the beauty, diversity and importance of bats while attendees enjoy a selection of beers, snacks and coffee. After the talk, guests can hit the trails with an ultrasonic bat detector to look and listen for local species before they head out for their nightly insect hunt. Aug 20 from 7–9 p.m. $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers.
After a summer filled with playdates and chauffeuring tots to summer camps, parents can kick back and relax with a Saint Arnold brew in hand and sample fine cheeses from Houston Dairymaids. Aug 27 from 7–9 p.m. $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers.
Pizza, beer and bingo? Count us in! Prizes include pint glasses, brewery tours and tickets to upcoming Wicked Woods events. Be sure to arrive on time before the beer runs out, and don’t forget to bring your bingo daubers. Sept 8 from 6:30–9 p.m. Free for members, $25 for nonmembers.
Take a walk on the wild side with Sky Kings Falconry and get an up-close look at hawks, owls, falcons and vultures in their natural surroundings. Beverages will be provided to keep you hydrated on your walk along the trail, and you'll have an opportunity to get an Instagram-worthy photo. Sept 10 from 2–6:30 p.m. $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers and $15 for kids (5–12).
What exactly is Biomimicry you might ask? (I know I did.) Biomimicry is a new discipline involving the process of learning from nature to create more sustainable solutions to the challenges we face in our modern world. Think: Self-cleaning surfaces inspired by lotus leaves, managing traffic with self-driving cars based on schools of fish, and so much more. You’ll study the Arboretum's flora and fauna to practice deep observation skills and discover solutions to complex design problems. And don’t worry, there will be plenty of brain food provided. Sept 10 from 5–7 p.m. $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers.
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. 4501 Woodway Dr. 713-681-8433. houstonarboretum.org