Overview:
Since the publication of the book Lost Horizon in 1933, the term “Shangri La” has represented a place of beauty, peace and enlightenment. In Orange, Texas, a modern Shangri La has been recreated with the best of both nature and gardens. Nestled within 252 acres in the heart of Orange, Texas, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is a program of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, a private foundation whose mission is to improve and enrich the quality of life in Southeast Texas and encourage and assist education. The unique ecosystem of Shangri La presents an ideal opportunity to further that mission as well as carry on the vision of H.J Lutcher Stark, the man who originally developed it more than 60 years ago. The formal Botanical Gardens contain more than 300 plant species in five formal “rooms” as well as four sculpture “rooms.” Adjacent to the Botanical Gardens is a bird blind which allows visitors to observe nesting birds in Shangri La’s heronry. The Nature Center includes a hands-on exhibit called the Nature Discovery Center, a laboratory, and three outdoor classrooms located deep in the cypress swamp. The Orientation Center includes an Exhibit Hall, Discovery Theater, Children’s Garden, Exhibition Greenhouses, Café, and Garden Store. Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is the first project in Texas and the 50th project in the world to earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s Platinum certification for LEED®-NC, which verifies the design and construction of Shangri La reached the highest green building and performance measures. As one of the most earth-friendly projects in the world, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center offers a glimpse of how people can live in harmony with nature. The combination of gardens and nature at Shangri La presents a serene oasis for retreat and renewal, as well as the opportunity to explore, discover and learn. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Ticket window closes at 4:00 pm. Closed Sunday & Monday. Admission: Adults, $6. Seniors (65+), Students (w/valid ID) and Youth (10-17), $5. Children (4-9), $2. Admission is for Botanical Gardens OR Outpost Tour. An All-Entry pass can be bought for a discount.
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Wild Wednesdays at Shangri La

Jul 26, 2017 - Aug 16, 2017

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

$2 - $6

  • Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
  • 2111 W. Park Ave
  • Orange, TX 77630
  • (409) 670-9113
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Every Wednesday, June 21 until August 16, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will be hosting family-friendly educational programs. These programs are ...more

Summer Camp: EcoRangers, Wonderful World of Wings

Jul 26, 2017 - Jul 28, 2017

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

$45 - $60

  • Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
  • 2111 W. Park Ave
  • Orange, TX 77630
  • (409) 670-0803
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It's a bird, it's a bat, it's a butterfly! Discover how and why things in nature use flight for migration, hunting, predator evasion or attracting a mate. Here at Shangri La we have a multitude of ...more

Summer Camp: May the Force of Nature Be with You

Aug 1, 2017 - Aug 4, 2017

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

$45 - $60

  • Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
  • 2111 W. Park Ave
  • Orange, TX 77630
  • (409) 670-0803
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Forces of nature are always moving, from shifting tectonic plates, hot and cold air currents colliding, or the transfer of energy. Students will learn through the design and flight of a hot air ...more

Symphony at Shangri La

Oct 22, 2017

5:00 PM

$10 - $35

  • Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
  • 2111 W. Park Ave
  • Orange, TX 77630
  • (409) 886-5535
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The Symphony of Southeast Texas, directed by Maestro Chelsea Tipton, returns to Shangri La Botanical Gardens at the peak of Scarecrow Festival for a festive evening of seasonal nature and magnificent ...more