Lately, Riley and I have been visiting the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center (HANC).  Partly, this is due to the fact that the weather is now only reaching a high of around 90 and the humidity isn't in hyper drive.  To me, summer has finally reached Houston!!  Hurray!!  

We have been participating in a fun new program at HANC called "Tyke Hikes" that we have been enjoying.  Each hike has a theme and they read a story to start out the program.  Then we go on a guided hike to discover various things on the trails that go along with theme.  Occasionally there is an art activity to go with it, such as a leaf rubbing.  

Even though Houston is suffering a severe drought, we have still been able to see many fascinating animals.  I saw my first "in the wild" box turtle!  So cool!  We have also spotted armadillos, dragonflies, titmice, chickadees, hummingbirds, skinks, cardinals, beetles, carpenter ants, and have heard great-horned owls hooting back and forth.  

As the season begins to change, we look forward to seeing what new plants & animals we may see on our excursions to the arboretum.  
 





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