Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Tour

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June 4, 2021
2:00 PM
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
4501 Woodway Drive
Houston, TX 77024

Brought to you by the Committee On The Environment


Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Join Alex Ramirez, PLA, ASLA and Conners Ladner, PLA, (Design Workshop) for a tour of the award-winning Houston Arboretum on Friday at 2pm.

From DEVASTATION to RESILIENCE on the Gulf Coast

Houston and the adjacent Gulf Coast area were hit with two extreme weather events over 36 months. In 2008, the area was struck by Hurricane Ike, and in 2011, Texas recorded its worst drought on record. The 155-acre Houston Arboretum and Nature Center (HANC) was hit hard and lost many mature trees. The Design Workshop team discovered that the underlying soil was much more conducive to supporting native prairie than woodland, so the new master plan called for restoring indigenous grasses more tolerant of weather extremes. HANC is now a resilient landscape, a refuge for native plants and animals, and a model for other regions facing similar environmental threats.


Registration is required and space is limited. 

  • AIA Member or AIA Assoc Member - $5
  • AIAH Affiliate Member - $5
  • Non-Member - $15

A minimum of 3 days’ notice is required to receive a full refund if you need to cancel your reservation.

DATE: June 4, 2021, 2:00pm CST



The safety of AIA Houston's visitors, volunteers and staff is our top priority. For the safety of our guests, this tour is limited to a maximum of 14 attendees to allow for appropriate social distancing. We will break into 2 groups of 7 each plus the docent.  All tour attendees are required to wear face coverings over both their mouth and nose at all times. BE ADVISED: Docents may choose not to wear a mask while speaking.

To ensure a touchless experience, advance registration is required. Unfortunately, walk-up attendees without reservations cannot be accommodated at this time.  Tour attendees may carry their own hand sanitizer to further adhere to the guidelines of public health officials regarding frequent hand sanitizing and thorough hand washing.

If you suspect that you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or may be experiencing symptoms of an infection, please err on the side of caution and DO NOT attend the tour. We will happily offer you a raincheck for a future tour.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and can lead to severe illness or death. Tour attendees personally and voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. By confirming your reservation for any AIA Houston walking tour you acknowledge and accept that risk and agree to the following Safety Protocols:

  • Tickets must be purchased online in advance of the tour.‚Äč
  • Social distancing must be respected at all times.
  • Visitors are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer.
  • Attendees may be asked to leave the tour at any time if staff or docents suspect that they are ill or have been exposed to the virus.
  • By purchasing a ticket, you agree to all of the precautions listed above.