Exploring Nature

Featured Gardens & Nature Centers

Amarillo Botanical Gardens

The Amarillo Botanical Gardens feature an indoor exhibit with a variety of plant species including Japanese, fragrance, xeric, and butterfly gardens. Programs focus on topics such as conservation, ecology, water, soils, land use, and local culture/history. 1400 Streit Dr., Amarillo, TX 79106. Tel: 806-352-6513. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Armand Bayou Nature Center

8500 Bay Area Boulevard, Pasadena, Texas, TX 77507. 281-474-2551. A nature center with 2500 acres of land with forests and marshals, animal viewing, and butterfly exhibits. Fee/Suggested Donation.

Austin Nature & Science Center

301 Nature Center Dr., Austin, TX 78746. 512-974-3888. Groups will enjoy unique field trip programs, hands-on exhibits, and interactive nature and science trails. Crawl through a Hill Country cave, learn about space in the StarLab, hike one of the many trails at the Nature Preserve, and more. Fee.

Baytown Nature Center

6213 Bayway Drive, Baytown, TX 77520. 281-424-9198. A nature center encompassing 450 acres of land with a butterfly garden, bird watching, wildflowers and plants. Fee.

Beaumont Botanical Gardens and Warren Loose Conservatory

6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Inside Tyrrell Park off Fannett Rd. (Hwy 124), Beaumont, TX 77705. 409-842-3135. One of the largest conservatories with a 23.5 acre garden with displays of roses, camellias, bromeliads, and more. Fee.

Fort Worth Botanic Gardens

3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107. 817-871-7686. 2,500 displays of plants with exhibits on Japanese and rose gardens, orchid and tree conservatories, and other gardens. Fee/Suggested Donation.

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

There are over 20 miles of trails through a wide variety of habitats. Tour 20 miles of trails. 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, TX 76135. 817-392-7410. Cost: Fee.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center displays 650 native Texas plant species in gardens, meadows and nature trails. 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX 78739. Travis County. Tel: 512-232-0100. Fee.

River Legacy Living Science Center

701 NW Green Oaks Blvd. at the intersection of N. Cooper Street and Green Oaks), Arlington, TX 76006. 817-860-6752. A 12,000 foot nature center with interactive environmental exhibits, aquariums and terrariums. Free/Suggested Donation.

San Antonio Botanical Garden

555 Funston at North New Braunfels Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78209. 210-207-3250. 33 acres of plants in San Antonio with a variety of nature exhibits. Features the Sacred Garden, Shade Garden, Gertie’s Garden, Lucile Halsell Conservatory, and Texas Native Trail. Fee/Suggested Donation.

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center

2111 West Park Ave., Orange, TX 77630. Founded by H.J Lutcher Stark, a center with 300 plants, 5 rooms, and 4 sculpture rooms. Features an interactive exhibits including the Nature Discovery Center, Children’s Garden, Discovery Theater, and more. Fee.

South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

8545 South Staples, Corpus Christi, TX 78413. 361-852-2100. A 180 acre observatory with nine exhibits with over 2,000 orchids and hummingbirds and butterfly gardens. Fee.

Texas Discovery Gardens

3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Fair Park Dallas, TX 75210. 214-428-7476. A 7.5 acre of botanical gardens, located in historic fair park, with plant species from around the world. Fee.