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Earth Day at Home

Earth Day Virtual Events

Curbside Plant Sale

Image shows a in-focus Mexican sunflower—a bright orange red sunflower—in front of other pollinator plants being sold at the plant sale.

There’s no better way to prepare for the spring gardening season than the Spring Plant Sale. Featuring native pollinator plants not easily acquired at most nurseries, our horticulturalists have curated a selection of butterfly host plants that can fit into any Houston landscaping project. Support the native pollinators in your backyard, like butterflies, bees and hummingbirds by filling your garden with plants, like native milkweed and pipevine.

This year’s plant sale is online with two curbside, no-contact pick-up dates available on April 29 and 30.

Here’s How:

  1. Shop at our online Museum Store from April 22 – 28.
  2. An HMNS team member will contact you via email to schedule your pick up time. Pick up is only available on April 29 and 30 and at the HMNS at Hermann Park location.
  3. Pick up your plants during your designated pick-up time. It’s that easy!

Proceeds benefit our science education programming and the Cockrell Butterfly Center.

The more you buy, the more you save!
Spend $100 to save 20% OFF
$200 to save 30% OFF
$500 to save 40% OFF

Museum Store membership discounts also apply.

iNaturalist Lecture

Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 p.m.

Join the Houston Museum of Natural Science and TNC biologist Jaime González on a (virtual!) journey of discovery as we explore Houston’s rich biodiversity. You’ll also learn how you can participate as a citizen scientist in the 2020 City Nature Challenge, a competition to observe and record biodiversity in over 150 cities across the world! We’ll show you the newest generation of nature-oriented smartphone apps, including the iNaturalist app used for the City Nature Challenge.


Read more about how our team is using iNaturalist!

Earth Day Projects

The Giant Screen on your Screen

Dive into Wild Ocean, an award-winning, action-packed adventure that explores the interplay between man and our endangered ocean ecosystem. The film highlights one of nature’s greatest migration spectacles, plunging viewers into an underwater feeding frenzy, an epic struggle for survival where whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, gannets and billions of fish collide with the most voracious sea predator, mankind. Stream Wild Ocean here.

Virtual Field Trip

No spring semester is complete without a field trip to HMNS! To get a better understanding of the biodiversity of life on Earth, take a trip around to globe on a Virtual Wildlife Safari.

Virtual Wildlife Safari

Learn the history of our country’s national parks and the conservation efforts being made along the Texas coast. See a variety of wildlife found in our diverse biomes feature in our wildlife halls – some even extinct!

A trip to the museum is not complete without a visit to the Museum Store!

Gaia – Earth by Luke Jerram

Large Earth sculpture hangs in an event space.

The awe that comes with seeing the Earth from space is so powerful that the seldom-experienced phenomena has a name: the Overview Effect. Astronauts are some of the only people who have the chance to feel the powerful effect, until now. British artist Luke Jerram, the sculptor behind guest-favorite Moon by Luke Jerram, returns to HMNS with Gaia – Earth by Luke Jerram. Measuring 23 feet in diameter, Gaia features 120 dpi-detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface.

We can wait to reopen, so you can experience the Overview Effect when you see Gaia floating above your head in the Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. Hall.

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HMNS at Hermann Park

5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston,Texas 77030
(713) 639-4629

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HMNS at Sugar Land

13016 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
(281) 313-2277

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George Observatory

21901 FM 762 Rd.
Needville, Texas 77461
(281) 242-3055

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