Buffalo Bayou: A Confluence of History, Nature and Dreams

Co-sponsored by Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Canoe Trip on Buffalo Bayou Saturday, March 23 1:00 - 5:30 p.m. | (Subscribers will receive a map and details) Limited enrollment and/or Illustrated Lecture Monday, March 25, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Drive

Houston is a city of bayous, ponds and parks, but are they easily accessible to Houstonians? Is the quality of life in our city sufficiently enhanced by parks, recreational opportunities, and open spaces? Does Buffalo Bayou have the potential for greatness - a Central Park for Houston?

A Saturday canoe trip becomes a floating classroom with several guides and Don Greene, a naturalist and expert on Texas rivers. The Monday evening presentation will consist of three speakers: Anne Olson, President of Buffalo Bayou Partnership, will relate the bayou's history; Dr. John Crompton, Distinguished Professor at Texas A & M University's Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences Department, will speak on the economic benefits of open space; Jane Thompson, principal of Thompson Design in Boston, will unveil the historic plan for the beautification of Buffalo Bayou.

This course is dedicated to the memory of Jane Howe Gregory (1943-2001).



Fall 2018 brochures are out! Please let us know if you did not receive one and we will be happy to send one to you.

Registration is now open. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course. 


Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!


For additional information about any of our courses, to register offline, or to add your name to our mailing and/or email lists, please contact our adminstrator at  or phone 713.666.9000.