Botanical Gardens Extends Hours, Benefiting Birders, Photographers, Nature Buffs

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The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center will extend its open hours beginning January 1, 2010, to accommodate birders, photographers and nature buffs in general. Open 9 am to 5 pm daily now, the new hours will be 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.

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With our local and global focus on Nature Tourism now, meeting more needs of our Nature Tourists is paramount. This change by the Botanical Gardens can bring longer hotel stays, as well as accommodate our Coastal Bend residents.

The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center will extend its open hours beginning January 1, 2010, to accommodate birders, photographers and nature buffs in general. Open 9 am to 5 pm daily now, the new hours will be 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.

“Birders long have been telling us early mornings bring out the best in birds and birders,” said Executive Director Dr. Michael Womack. “And of course, we want to attract more birders to “America’s Birdiest City’,” he added. Many professional as well as excellent amateur photographers also requested the earlier and later hours, both for best lighting and lighter winds.

Gardens & Nature Center staff also has noticed more and more people coming at 4 pm thinking the facility was open later, and not having enough time for an in-depth tour. Marketing Director MaryJane Crull explained the Botanical Gardens has wanted to lengthen its hours for quite awhile, but just recently reached the employee and volunteer mass to do it.

Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Keith Arnold says he and his staff are happy to see the expanded hours. “With our local and global focus on Nature Tourism now, meeting more needs of our Nature Tourists is paramount,” he explained. “This change by the Botanical Gardens can bring longer hotel stays, as well as accommodate our Coastal Bend residents.”

With the new Butterfly House and Anderson Bromeliad Conservatory now open, general admission prices also will increase $1 in all categories. Adults (13-59) will be $6; seniors (60), active military (ID) and college students (ID) will be $5; children (5-12) will be $3. Children ages 5 and younger and members will continue to be admitted free.

The Botanical Gardens & Nature Center is located at 8545 S. Staples St. For more information, call 361.852.2100.

The 180-acre South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, at 8545 S. Staples St., now offers 11 major floral exhibits, plus trails, birding overlooks and boardwalk through vast areas of protected natural wetland and native habitat. The new Bromeliad Conservatory and Butterfly House exhibits opened in 2009. Open daily, the non-profit Botanical Gardens & Nature Center is one of Corpus Christi’s major visitor attractions and a leading South Texas nature tourism destination, providing horticultural and environmental conservation education for residents and visitors. It is a member of the American Public Gardens Association, American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Gardens Program, Texas Travel Industry Association, Greater Corpus Christi Hospitality Association. A Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail site. Look for more information on http://www.stxbot.org. For membership or visitor information, please call 361/852-2100.

Take a walk on the wild side,
You’ll love every bloomin’ thing!

Contact:
MaryJane Crull, Director of Marketing
Michael Womack, Executive Director    
361-852-2100

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