Mean Green

The Houston Botanic Garden's First Phase is Underway: Here's The Low Down

There will be 120 acres of botanical beauty between downtown and Hobby.

04/18/2018 By Gwendolyn Knapp

Hidden Gem

Huasteca Is Mexico's Best-Kept Secret

Waterfalls, ruins and Surrealist art abound.

01/26/2018 By Bill Wiatrak

Ice House

Winter Is For the Birds. Specifically, Purple Martins.

When they arrive this month, the North American swallow needs to be cared for by Houston "landlords."

12/29/2017 By Morgan Kinney

Add to Calendar

52 Weekends of Family Fun

Your year with the youngsters, planned.

12/29/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

A Tree Grows in Houston

Tribute Trees Are the Gift That Keeps on Growing

Trees for Houston offers a charitable take on the Christmas tradition.

12/12/2017 By Abby Ledoux

Ice House

Out of Catastrophe, a Wild New Opportunity at the Houston Arboretum

In the aftermath of a great tree-mortality event, the Arboretum has created a new master plan.

10/30/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Ice House

Houston’s Creepy, Crawly, Chompy Critters

The surprising species tagged by our local iNaturalist community

08/21/2017 By Morgan Kinney

Wildlife

The Other Best Spot for Bat-Watching on the Bayou

A Garden Oaks bridge boasts its own colony of Mexican free-tails—without the mass of onlookers.

08/04/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Get Out

Explore the Edible Side of the Houston Arboretum This Month

If you've never picked blackberries or foraged for mushrooms, we've got a bushel of delicious reasons to visit the nature sanctuary.

05/10/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Get Out

Spring Creek Needs Your Trailbuilding Help This Summer

Everything is bigger in Texas—including its trails and greenways.

05/02/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Hill Country Guide

Climb to the Sky in Garner State Park

The trails might be challenging, but they're worth it.

04/17/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Obituary

Noted "Force of Nature" Terry Hershey Has Passed Away

The conservationist was one of the great champions of Houston's oft-overlooked natural side.

01/19/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Spotted

There Are Bald Eagles in Houston?

As crazy as it may sound, the majestic bird of prey is fairly common in these parts.

01/14/2017 By Jeff Balke

Get Out

Beachcombing and Birdwatching: This Weekend at Houston's Closest State Parks

Brazos Bend and Galveston Island are offering two very different ways to reacquaint yourself with nature in the new year.

01/04/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Historic Houston

10 Trailblazing Houstonians Are Spotlighted in the Library's Newest Exhibit

We Serve Humanity: Stories of Hope and Commitment highlights the influential lives of past Bayou City dwellers.

10/27/2016 By Greg Fails

The Great Outdoors

Learn to Camp This Weekend—for Free

The Baytown Nature Center and REI are teaming up to offer a Camping 101 course for the whole family.

09/01/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Drink It In

Kids Back in School? Crack Open a Cold One at the Arboretum

Celebrate the return of the school year in a very non-school-night way with Saint Arnold beer.

08/18/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Duck, Duck, Goose

Bird-Watching for Beginners at Brazos Bend

And if you're not into birds, how about bobcats?

05/26/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

It's Only Natural

Need a Break from Your Vegas Vacation? Try a National Park

Four of the country's most scenic national parks are within an easy drive from Sin City.

04/25/2016 By Bill Wiatrak

The Great Outdoors

Get Out: Buffalo Bend Nature Park

The beautiful new 10-acre wetlands conservation area is just the beginning for this previously industrial section of the Ship Channel.

04/08/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt