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Nature Series


HMNS at Sugar Land is excited to offer educational and fun nature programs with our in-house nature experts, for people of all ages.  Check our calendar often to see what’s in store.

Family Programs: Visiting us with your family? Get in touch with nature with our family programs, perfect for all ages. You’ll discover something new together and participate in a fun activity or craft.

Lectures, Hikes, and Workshops: Spend some of your day or evening with us and learn a new skill, get in touch with your creative side, and discover things you never knew about nature. These beginner-level experiences are designed for the urban dweller who is looking to re-connect with nature. Experiences are for ages 12 and up.

Nature Story Time: Have kids at home during the week? Bring them to HMNS at Sugar Land for a fun and educational nature story time with Ms. Erin the Entomologist. We’ll read a story, meet some cool live animals, and complete an exciting hands-on activity. Nature Story Time is for children of all ages. Morning sessions suggested for children ages 2-5.  Afternoon sessions suggested for children ages 6-12

Friday Fun: Meet nature expert Erin Mills on Fridays in September in the garden or by the Bug Zoo.  You’ll get to explore up close, and learn new ways to connect with nature.   If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Fridays 10:00-4:00


Wednesday, September 22
10:00 and 1:00
Workshop: Monarch Tagging
The great monarch migration is almost here! Learn about the migration and how to identify, safely catch, and tag monarchs. Tagging monarchs contributes to one of the world’s largest citizen science projects and helps us understand more about this amazing migration.

Thursday September 23
10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00
Nature Story Time: Monarch Migration
Every year, the magical monarch butterfly travels a very long way to Mexico for the winter. We’ll learn their story, and then step into the garden to see if we can spot and catch (and release!) some real monarchs! Tickets available at the box office when you visit.

Friday, September 24
10:00-4:00
Friday Fun
September theme: Butterfly Watching – Meet nature expert Erin Mills on Fridays in September in the garden to explore and spot butterflies, caterpillars, and other beneficial garden residents. If you have questions about pollinator gardening, this is a great time to visit.  Included with general admission.

Saturday, September 25
10:00 and 1:00
Family Program: Brazos Bend Butterfly Survey
Texas is home to the largest diversity of butterflies than anywhere in the US. The fall is a wonderful time to view these butterflies. Join us as we sample areas of Brazos Bend State Park and see how many species we can spot.

Wednesday, September 29
10:00 and 1:00 
Lecture: Bugs of Pokemon
The creator of Pokémon, Satoshi Tajiri, spent his childhood collecting bugs in the Japanese countryside. His love of bugs can be seen throughout Pokémon from the creatures that were inspired by real insects and arachnids, to the Pokémon attacks and abilities that actually exist in the real world.  Come learn about the bugs that inspired Pokémon and how the game of Pokémon and the science of Entomology are alike! Tickets coming soon

Saturday, October 2nd
10:00 and 1:00
Family Program: Pokémon Go Bugs
The creator of Pokémon, Satoshi Tajiri, spent his childhood collecting bugs in the Japanese countryside. His love of bugs can be seen throughout Pokémon from the creatures that were inspired by real insects and arachnids. We’ll meet in Brazos Bend, form teams and see how many different bug types we can find. Can you catch them all? Tickets coming soon

Wednesday, October 5th
10:00 and 1:00
Lecture: Cockroaches: Why do we love to hate them?

Cockroaches – They have been on earth for 100’s of millions of years. How long have we hated them and why the hard feelings? Learn the history, biology, and ecological importance of cockroaches and how we can start to change our perspective. Tickets coming soon.

Thursday, October 6th
10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00
Nature Story Time: Decomposers
Cockroaches, worms, millipedes, oh my! Come learn all about decomposers – Earth’s clean-up crew! Tickets available at the box office when you visit.

Friday, October 7th
10:00-4:00
Friday Fun
October theme: Creepy Crawlers – – Join us on Fridays in October to get up-close and personal with some creepy residents of our bug zoo. You might even decide they’re not so creepy after all!  Included with general admission.

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HMNS at Sugar Land

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


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