Get Centered

by | Jan 11, 2018 | Center News, Feature

Sunrising on the Texas Arboretum Trail, PHOTO Bruce Leander

Sun rising on the Arboretum Trail. PHOTO Wildflower Center


It’s undeniably 2018, and chances are you have some resolutions penned in your planner or floating around your mind. January is chugging right along, and it’s time to start moving on those promises to ourselves. The Wildflower Center firmly resolves to keep inspiring the conservation of native plants, and we’ve compiled a list of ways you can get inspired too. Got goals? Get to the Center!

Move More

Get all your steps on our trails, work those climbing muscles at Winter Tree Fest, or cycle through the no-impact exercise equipment in the Family Garden’s outdoor gym. Pro tip: Hike out to the Texas Arboretum and activate those stabilizer and abdominal muscles on the swings under the live oaks!

Learn Something New

Keep your mind growing through every season with Wildflower Center classes, workshops and walks covering native plant gardening, nature art and photography, wildlife of Texas, and more. We always have programs for adults, kids and families, and even weekly drop-in garden tours that are free with admission.

Be Mindful

“Forest bathing” may be a current trend, but humans have known for ages that time spent mindfully moving through or sitting still with nature is good for the brain. Take a break from your screen or indoor scenery to find gentle movement or stillness in the gardens any time. Want a guide on your outdoor journey into mindfulness? In spring we’ll bring Tai Chi, Qigong and aerial yoga classes to the Center. Be mindful of your inbox — schedules are coming soon.


For those looking for ways to give back to the native plants and landscapes that give us so much, this is your calling! The Wildflower Center offers volunteer opportunities in the gardens, natural areas, educational programs, gift store, and for tours, special events and initiatives. Opportunities are available for all ability levels. If you want to make 2018 “The Year of the Volunteer,” our comprehensive docent training program begins in February!

Spend Time Outdoors

See all of the above! Nature holds a world of wonders, and not a week goes by that even our most educated staff members don’t learn or observe something new by spending time in the gardens and natural areas. The Center is open seven days a week; put us on your bucket list! Pro-tip: Members get free admission all year long.