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).



Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez October 26-29, 2019 you may access the itinerary, trip cost, and registration documents here.

If you are interested in traveling to 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 on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


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