Pond cypress fall color with turk’s cap in the foreground, surrounding trees, water oaks and loblolly pines.

Q: How can I share my love of nature and the outdoors with my grandchildren?

A: Now is the perfect time to get back outdoors and enjoy the cooler weather! We are fortunate to live in an area where opportunities abound for outdoor activities. If you’re looking for a way to enjoy the great outdoors with your family, consider volunteering in a garden or park on the weekend or exploring the Spring Creek Greenway Trail. The trail offers endless chances to relate to nature and learn something new. Enjoy miles and miles of hiking and biking or ride your horse on the equestrian trail. Enjoy the sandy beaches along the creek to launch your kayak or canoe. Don’t forget to stop and check out the magnolias, cypress trees, and other flora growing at Stahl Preserve, a hidden treasure along the greenway!

Did you know you can even plant native trees with Harris County Precinct 4 arborists and volunteers along the trail? Each time you visit, you will be reminded of your contribution to the environment as you watch the trees grow. Trees not only make an attractive statement in the landscape with flowers and fall colors but also give us shade, provide a home and food to wildlife and birds, supply oxygen, and are the simplest solution to sequester carbon naturally to help the environment.

Wear sturdy boots and bring your gardening gloves and shovel to dig in at the upcoming Texas Arbor Day at Mercer Botanic Gardens Saturday, Nov. 2, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., or check out Family Tree and Wildflower Planting on the Spring Creek Greenway Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9:30 a.m.-noon. Visit hcp4.net/legacytrees for more details.

Suzzanne Chapman
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Suzzanne Chapman is the botanical collections curator at Mercer Botanic Gardens and promotes organic gardening, growing native plants, and protecting the environment. Send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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