Shangri La Botanicals Garden and Nature Center

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Being with nature can provide a great deal of relaxation especially for the stressed mind and body. You can either go to an oceanarium, talk a walk in the seashores, swim, or bask in the sun, or dawdle in a botanical garden to meet the best of both worlds, nature-wise.

What better place to be one with nature at its best than to be at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. This 252-acre green center is located in the heart of Orange, Texas and is a program of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, which aims to improve the quality of life in Southeast Texas and likewise assist and encourage education, that's why they offer free education tours for students from Tuesday to Friday.

Included in the Nature Center are the Nature Discovery Center (a hands-on exhibit), a laboratory, and three classrooms located outdoors deep in the cypress swamp. There is an Exhibit Hall, Exhibition Greenhouses, Children's Garden, Discovery Theater, Garden Store, and Café.

The Botanical Garden mainly features five formal “rooms” and four sculpture “rooms”, both of which contain more than 300 plant species. There is also a bird blind near the Botanical Gardens so visitors can witness and observe characteristics of nesting birds in it's heronry.

The Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center has the U.S. Green Building Council's Platinum certification for LEED®-NC. It is the first project in Texas and 50th project in the world to have earned that.

The idea of this nature facility arose from H.J. Lutcher Stark's inspiration by the mystical retreat confined within the book “Lost Horizon” and from then he wanted to create a place of truly amazing and indescribable beauty.

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will not only provide a place to relax but also to raise awareness to everyone of different ages about the ever degrading status of our present world environment and to increase campaigns on how to protect, save, and most of all love our Mother Nature.

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