January and February are big months for Houston farmers– mid-winter is a great growing season for greens, root veggies, citrus and more. This time of year is also great for getting out of the house and enjoying the cooler weather. Here are our picks for activities to enjoy in the next few weeks:
Family Owl Prowl
Saturday, January 19, 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
$30 members, $40 non-members, children under 16, $10 each
Learn more about Houston’s fascinating owls, including Great Horned and Eastern Screech Owls, during which families can enjoy hot chocolate and cookies (for the kids) and wine and cheese (for the adults!). As a special treat, members of the Wildlife Center of Texas will be on hand with live owls just in case you miss spotting them in the forest. After the presentation, families will enjoy a hike through the woods, looking and listening for owls and other creatures that lurk in the darkness.
Tickets and more info at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center website.
The ICE at Discovery Green
Open daily through January 27, see website for daily operating hours
$12 admission, includes skate rental
Get out of the house and move! The ICE at Discovery Green is a family-friendly activity for the winter time. The ice rink is open until January 27th, and ticket sales support Discovery Green’s year-round educational programming.
Check the ICE at Discovery Green website for more information.
Texas Organic Farmers and Growers Association Conference
$200 conference admission, $110 day pass
Although this conference is in Austin, it will be a hotspot for Houston organic farmers and growers as well. Jim Hightower is featured as the keynote speaker; other programming includes practical advice for organic growing practices and farming.
View the full conference program here.