Field Trips

By | July 16, 2015

 

 

  • Ever fed a giraffe?
  • Volunteered in a soup kitchen?

  • Toured a nuclear power plant?

  • Looked behind the scenes at the Alley Theater?

  • Ridden a boat down Buffalo Bayou?

  • Been up close and personal with a friendly alpaca?

  • Taken a “duck” tour of Galveston?

  • Or gone on a dolphin watch?

  • Visited our local Air Coast Guard facility?

 As of June 8, 2022, LEOH offers field trips to its members on a quarterly basis, with transportation provided by a Precinct One bus and driver.  Trips are usually excursions to a site in the greater Houston area plus a stop for lunch.

Costs vary depending upon admission fees, etc.  Watch this page or go to “LEOH Updates” since trips are usually announced one month in advance.      Add your name to LEOH’s email list to receive trip information as it becomes available.

Future Trips Start this Coming Fall:

Contact trip leader Ann Fairchild at fairann@sbcglobal.net for more information.   Additional information about each trip’s itinerary will be posted approximately one month before the scheduled trip. 


View photos from 2022 trips below

Please click on the link below each trip description to find out more, and see photos from our trips!


June 8, 2022 – Houston Forensic Science Lab (HFSC)

The HFSC is primarily located on the 13th floor at 500 Jefferson in downtown Houston, while their Crime Scene Unit (CSU) and Firearms divisions are located in the basement of the same building.  We began our visit with an overview presentation by their Quality Director, followed by a tour of their facility.  We learned that the HFSC was created in 2012 as an independent, local government corporation whose mission is to provide forensic services to the Houston police department.  The tour included a visit to the Firearms section, where we saw numerous rifles, assault rifles, and handguns.  Other divisions consisted of laboratories, such as Toxicology, Latent Prints, and Multimedia, where a variety of testing is performed on items from crime scenes.  We ended our trip with lunch at downtown Finn Hall, a food hall where we had a variety of selections to choose from.

Houston Forensic Science Center 6-8-22 – LEOH


May 19, 2022 – Houston Fire Department Val Jahnke Training Academy

We first enjoyed a classroom refresher course on fire safety, including the use of home smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.  Then we toured the outdoor training sites, including simulated crash scenes, such as a school bus crash, and a train car derailment with hazardous waste material.  We observed trainees practicing with fire axes to chop through building rooftops; and we viewed the “burn” building, along with others, including a building used to (safely) simulate real events that, unfortunately, had resulted in firefighters dying in the line of duty elsewhere.  Some of us had a little fun, along with gaining experience, in using fire extinguishers to put out small fires.  This training facility is very impressive, and was a good reminder of the skills and dedication needed to become and remain a firefighter.   We ended our trip with lunch at Kelly’s Country Cookin’.

Val Jahnke Fire Department Training Academy 5-19-22 – LEOH


April 20, 2022 – Edith Moore Nature Sanctuary, Houston

We arrived by Precinct One bus at this 17.5 acre nature preserve for a walking tour and visit to the log cabin, built in the early 1930’s, which was the home of Edith Moore and her husband.  They eventually gave the land and cabin to the Houston Audubon Society, which is now headquartered there.  We enjoyed a quiet walk led by our nature guide, to view the flora and fauna, as well as a short slide presentation in the cabin, that detailed the Moore’s life there, including Ms. Moore’s great admiration and emulation of avian paintings done by John James Audubon.  Following our tour, we enjoyed lunch at Niko Niko’s restaurant, before heading home.

Edith Moore Sanctuary 4-20-22 – LEOH


March 9, 2022 – Bayou Bend Collection & Gardens

A short bus trip took members to the Bayou Bend Collection & Gardens, the former home of Miss Ima Hogg, Houston civic leader and philanthropist.  Bayou Bend is a MFAH house museum, containing over 2,500 pieces of American decorative art, silver, ceramics, furnishings, and paintings, displayed in 28 period room settings.  It sits on 14 acres of organically maintained gardens.  Upon arrival, we viewed a few short introductory videos; docents then provided a 1-hour tour of the house.  This was followed by a self-guided walk through the gardens.  Navigating a suspension bridge added to the adventure. The trip concluded with lunch at the Black Walnut Cafe. 

Bayou Bend Tour 3-9-22 – LEOH


Please click on the link below each trip description to find out more, and see photos from our trips!

February 14, 2022 – Houston Asiatown Tour

Members traveled by bus to Asiatown to enjoy a Dim Sum lunch at Ocean Palace.  After lunch, everyone enjoyed a stroll through Hong Kong mall for some shopping, followed by a quick stop at Dairy Queen for a tasty dessert, before returning home. 

Asiatown Tour 2-14-22 – LEOH


View photos from 2021 trips below

Please click on the link below each trip description to find out more, and see photos from our trips!

December 16, 2021 – The Woodlands Holiday Tour

Members took a late afternoon bus trip to The Woodlands, where everyone enjoyed a tour of local attractions, including many of the beautiful holiday displays.  Dinner was then enjoyed at the Goose’s Acre Bistro & Irish Pub, situated along the Woodlands Waterway.  The evening ended with additional touring in and around the neighborhoods and Town Center, to see more beautiful lighting displays.

Please click on the link below to find out more, and see photos from our trip!

The Woodlands – Holiday Tour 12-16-21 – LEOH


November 10, 2021 – Van Gogh Immersive Experience, Edwards MarqE, Houston

The Van Gogh exhibition is housed in a 20,000 square foot light and sound venue that features projections of many of Van Gogh’s paintings, many with movement and dazzling colors, from ceiling to floor.  One huge room places visitors in a simulated courtyard, surrounded by two-story projections of his works, quotations, and more, with movement, and all accompanied by beautiful orchestral music.  Some of us enjoyed a Virtual Reality “walk” with Van Gogh, viewing many of the sites that inspired some of his greatest paintings. 

Please click on the link below to find out more, and see photos from our trip!

Van Gogh Immersive Experience 11-10-21 – LEOH


October 12, 2021 – Shangri La Botanical Gardens, Orange

We enjoyed a self-guided tour of these beautiful gardens, the product of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.  The gardens are modeled on Mr. Stark’s devotion to the environment and commitment to make it the “greenest project in Texas”, and provides for the study and enjoyment of art, history, nature and culture.  We were fortunate to visit during their annual Scarecrow Festival.  Environmentally friendly scarecrow displays with a variety of themes were on display, made by community members, churches, and businesses. 

Please click on the link below to find out more, and see photos from our trip!

Shangri La Botanical Gardens in Orange 10-12-21 – LEOH


September 22, 2021 – The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment (formerly Aquarena Springs), San Marcos

The Center is part of Texas State University, and is situated on Spring Lake, a beautiful lake of over 200 springs.  We enjoyed a nature walk on the Wetlands Boardwalk, followed by a glass-bottom boat tour of the lake, and a visit to the Center’s Discovery Hall and Aquarium.

Please click on the link below to find out more, and see photos from our trip!

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment 9-22-21 – LEOH


August 18, 2021 – Houston Murals (and More) – a Driving Tour, Houston

 Our driving tour by county bus began in Memorial Park, where we passed by the impressive Land Bridge under construction.  We then continued on to view numerous murals, architecture, and other artwork throughout Houston.  We stopped by Sawyer Yards to enjoy the impressive art there, then traveled to King’s Bierhaus for lunch.  Our driving tour then continued as we viewed more murals and other types of art.

Please click on the link below to find out more, and see photos from our trip!

Houston Murals ((and More) – a Driving Tour 8-18-21 – LEOH


July 15, 2021 – Farmers Market; National Museum of Funeral History, Houston

We began the day with a 90-minute visit to the newly renovated, largest (18 acres) and oldest Farmers Market in Houston.  We enjoyed seeing (and buying) a multitude of vendor products.  There were many choices throughout of fresh produce, snacks, herbs, household items, etc.  Next, we headed to the National Museum of Funeral History, where a very knowledgeable docent guided us through a large display of funeral service items housed in 16 permanent exhibits.  We learned about hearses, caskets, and coffins, and  heard details on the funerals of Presidents, Popes, and celebrities.  The Museum is very accessible, with benches throughout for resting, and a gift shop with unique selections.  Our day concluded with lunch at Lasagna House III

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Farmers Market, National Museum of Funeral History 7-15-21 – LEOH


June 2, 2021 – Franklin Drive Thru Safari, Franklin

We enjoyed a 90-minute driving safari on a yellow school bus with one of the caretakers, to see and feed some of the over 1,000 animals spread over 100 acres.  We also walked around other areas to view a variety of animals, including monkeys, birds, giraffes, otters, etc.  Other animals were on exhibit in the gift shop.  Our day concluded with a nice lunch at the Cotton Patch Cafe in Bryan.

Please click on the link below to find out more, and see photos from our trip!

Franklin Drive-Thru Safari 6-2-21 – LEOH


May 13, 2021 – Bryan Museum, Galveston

The day began with a late morning bus trip to Galveston.  Once there, we enjoyed a bus tour of the sea turtle art throughout the city. Along the route, we also saw some building murals, and wildflowers everywhere!  We then had a nice lunch at Galveston’s award-winning restaurant Shrimp ‘N Stuff.  Then we enjoyed a guided tour of the museum, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of artifacts, documents, and artwork relating to Texas and the American West.  Following the tour, and directly outside the museum, we enjoyed a wine bar, listened to live music, and perused a variety of offerings from local vendors, such as produce, bread, crafts, etc. 

Please click on the link below to find out more, and see photos from our trip!

Bryan Museum in Galveston 5-13-21 – LEOH


May 6, 2021 – Hana and Arthur Ginzbarg Nature Discovery Center, Bellaire

Technically not a trip; however, members enjoyed an outdoor picnic at the NDC to celebrate a successful Spring Speaker Session.  Fully-vaccinated members enjoyed lunch while visiting with each other, and learning more about the NDC.

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LEOH Party in the Park 5-6-21


April 20, 2021 – St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary, Navasota 

The sanctuary is a charity organization dedicated to the care of wolves and wolfdogs who cannot be released to the wild.   We enjoyed a guided tour to see and “meet” the resident wolves, wolfdogs, and dog (there’s a story there, click on the link to find out about the dog, and of course to find out so much more).

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Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary in Navasota 4-20-21 – LEOH


March 23, 2021 – Houston Arboretum and Nature Center  

We were given an interesting and informative guided tour of a portion of the Arboretum.  We also enjoyed visiting the beautiful Nature Center.  The mission of the Arboretum is to preserve the native plants of our area, and to educate the public on these endeavors.

Please click on the link below to find out more, and see photos from our trip!

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center – LEOH


View photos from 2020 trips below

When the pandemic reached Houston in March, future 2020 trips were cancelled.

Please click on the link below each trip description to find out more, and see photos from our trips!

March 4, 2020
Houston Livestock Show at NRG Park

We enjoyed a guided tour through exhibits and the AGVenture, seeing many beautiful animals, including cattle, goats, and sheep.   The Petting Zoo was fun not only for children, but adults.  Baby goats, alpacas, even a miniature horse were all available for petting and feeding.  At the animal birthing center, we saw chicks, piglets, kids, lambs, and calves, most just a few hours old.  Many other exhibits included a parakeet encounter, bees in action in their hives, and an exhibit of a variety of rabbits.  And of course there was food and drink available, along with lots of shopping, including western wear and bling.  We were also reminded of one of the major aim of the rodeo and livestock show, supporting youth education.

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Trip to Houston Livestock Show – LEOH


February 20, 2020
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park

This is “Where Texas Became Texas”.  The town began as a ferry crossing.  Enterprising citizens of the town determined that their city should be the site for the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence, and become the first capital of Texas.  Fifty-nine delegates arrived and met, and on March 2, 1836, the Declaration was signed.  Delegates knew that the Alamo was under siege, but a message from Lieutenant Colonel William Barret Travis at the Alamo urged the delegates to complete their work, rather than attempt to assist them at the Alamo.  The Alamo fell, but by the time the delegates adjourned days later, they not only had completed the Declaration, but also had a working state Constitution.  The delegates met in an unfinished building (including a dirt floor) owned by a gunsmith.  Temperatures were in the 30’s.  On the day of our group’s visit, in the restored building (now with a wooden floor), we got a real sense of the conditions the delegates worked in, thanks to temperature in the 40’s on a drizzly, damp day!  The museum, operated by Blinn College, contains many interesting and historical artifacts and displays.  The town was also the site of the famous “runaway scrape” on March 20, 1836.  It was rumored that Santa Anna’s forces were coming their way, and townspeople left in a panic.

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Trip to Washington-on-the-Brazos – LEOH


January 23, 2020
Texas Mattress Makers;
Houston Holocaust Museum

Texas Mattress Makers company owner Youval Meicler opened his wholesale bedding company in 1989, and in 2011 began selling his custom-made mattresses directly to the public.  All of their mattresses are made on-site by hand, and we enjoyed touring their business to observe each aspect of assembly.  Many in our tour group also enjoyed trying out different mattresses in their showroom.

Our Houston Holocaust Museum tour was led by two very knowledgeable docents.  The newly renovated museum’s many exhibits included a 1942 rail car like those that carried victims to the concentration camps, the Danish Rescue Boat, recorded interviews with Houston holocaust survivors, and many photos and writings.  This is a museum that is a “must” to visit. 

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Trip to TX Mattress Makers, Holocaust Museum – LEOH


 View photos from 2019 trips below,

beginning with the most recent.      

Please click on the link below each trip description to find out more, and see photos from our trips!

December 19, 2019

Hemi Hideout in Pattison; Planetarium show “Mystery of the Christmas Star” at the Houston  Museum of Natural Science Planetarium.

Hemi Hideout is a beautiful and large building containing an impressive collection of vintage “muscle” cars from the 1960’s-1970’s, the culmination of the dream of John Hovas.  It also contains many vintage neon signs, and numerous other interesting and unusual historical items.   The planetarium show was very entertaining, providing various celestial explanations for what we know as the Christmas Star.  Afterward, we enjoyed visiting the gift shop and the museum exhibits.  The holiday season was a perfect time to visit both venues.         

Hemi Hideout and HMNS Planetarium 12-19-19


November 26, 2019
Galveston:  Harbor Boat Tour/Dolphin Watch;
Guided bus tour of historic buildings,
tree sculptures from trees killed by Hurricane Ike

Many dolphins were sighted on the boat tour, along with curious pelicans and seagulls.  Following our pleasant time on the water, then lunch, we enjoyed a guided tour by bus of the numerous historical landmarks around town, including tree sculptures and beautifully restored homes.

Galveston 11-26-19


October 18, 2019
Froberg’s Farm in Alvin
Haak Vineyards & Winery in Santa Fe

Froberg’s Farm provides fresh produce, particularly strawberries when in season, and many other products.  Greik’s Smokehouse is right next door.  We then enjoyed a tour of Haak winery, followed by a delicious wine-tasting while viewing their beautiful grounds and vineyard.  The weather was perfect for both adventures!

Froberg’s Farm, Haak Winery 10-18-19


September 17, 2019
Danish Heritage Museum in Danevang, TX,
and the Houston Southwest Police Station

After a brief stop at the Danevang Lutheran Church to learn about the history of the community and church, we visited the museum and also enjoyed a traditional Danish meal.  Danevang is a small farming community founded in the 1890’s by Danish immigrants.  Our last stop of the day was at the new police station in SW Houston; a beautiful facility.

Danish Heritage Museum, SW Police Station


August 21, 2019
Waste Management Recycling Center,
Christ Church Cathedral,
and the Buffalo Bayou Cistern

Learn about the do’s and don’ts of recycling, at the Waste Management Recycling Center on Gasmer.  Examples of creative and artful recycling (below) are a wall mural of corks, and a chair made from a cabinet.  The beautiful Christ Church Cathedral on Texas Ave.was the first church in Houston, founded in 1839.  Enjoy lunch at Treebeards at the Cloister.  The underground Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, supported by 221 25-ft tall concrete columns, was built in 1926 as a water reservoir for drinking and fire suppression.  Nowadays, enjoy a tour, including periodic art installations.

WM Recycling, Christ Church Cathedral, and the Cistern 8-21-19


July 18, 2019
Houston Maritime Museum,
St. Arnold’s Brewing Company,
and Czech Center Museum

At the Maritime Museum, we saw many ship models and navigation instruments, dating from the earliest eras of seafaring.  We then enjoyed lunch and a brewery tour at St. Arnold’s.  The Czech Center Museum contains many beautiful items, including crystal, paintings, and pottery.

Museums and St. Arnolds 7-18-19


June 28, 2019
Miller Outdoor Theater  A Night at the Symphony

Following dinner, it was a perfect night to enjoy an outdoor concert.

Miller Theater 6-28-19


May 22, 2019
George H.W. Bush Library
and Museum

The Library and Museum contain many historical and family memorabilia, giving us a fascinating look at his life and legacy.  The grave site is in a beautiful, secluded garden-like area  behind the main building.

Bush Library at A&M, College Station 5-22-19


April 16, 2019
Port of Houston Boat Tour
and Smither Park

We saw many huge ships as we made our way down the ship channel, as we learned about the variety of cargo the port handles.  Smither Park has many beautiful mosaic art pieces crafted by a variety of artists.

Port of Houston and Smither Park 4-16-19


March 13, 2019
Lone Star Flight Museum
and Butler Longhorn Museum

We saw and heard about many beautiful and innovative aircraft, from previous eras, including wartime, to the present.   Next, we learned about the history of the Texas Longhorn, and saw many examples of horns at the museum.

Lone Star Flight Museum and Butler Longhorn Museum 3-13-19


 February 12, 2019
Prairie View A&M University

Senior Project Manager Blaine Kemendo acted as our tour guide.  Part of our tour included the Fabrication Bldg, which included 3-D printers;            a library tour from librarian Kimberly Gay; and a baby goat encounter!

PVAMU 2-12-19


Below are pictures from 2018 trips
beginning with the most recent

Please click on the link below each trip description to find out more, and see photos from our trips!

November 29, 2018
Goya Foods in Brookshire,
Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum

We enjoyed a fascinating and educational tour of the Goya plant.  Suiting up  in sterile coats, masks, and hard hats was worth a picture; however, picture-taking was not allowed! We left with free Goya products – yum!  Following lunch at Carrabbas, we toured the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum, where we saw many beautiful ethnographic art pieces.  The outside wall mural by a local artist was beautiful as well.

Goya Foods, Art Museum 11-29-18


October 6, 2018
The Greek Festival
in Houston

This annual event is always a lot of fun.  We enjoyed touring the newly renovated and beautiful cathedral, having a delicious Greek-style lunch, and clapping for the performers who  entertained everyone with authentic Greek dances.

Greek Festival 10-6-18


September 7, 2018
Tomball, to visit Arbor Gate,
and Three Dimensional Visions

Arbor Gate is a beautifully landscaped treasure trove of plants and yard art to choose from.  Next, we enjoyed lunch at Goodson’s Cafe, which touts the best chicken fried steak in Texas.  Most would agree.  Our last stop was Three Dimensional Visions, where we watched glassblowing artisans at their craft.

Arbor Gate, Three Dimensional Visions 9-7-18


August 14, 2018
The Houston Fire Museum;
The Houston Museum of Natural Science

The Fire Museum in downtown Houston was built in 1899, and was originally Fire Station #7.  We enjoyed a tour as well as views of an original pumper truck and a 1937  Chevy fire engine.  Following lunch at Bodegas Taco Shop, we enjoyed a planetarium film at the Museum of Natural Science.  Afterward, we perused the museum and gift shop, as well as the beautiful landscaping near the museum entrance.

Fire Museum, Planetarium and Museum 8-14-18


June 15, 2018
Galveston:  Duck Boat Tour; Pirates
Exhibit; and Haunted Mayfield Manor

The Duck Boat tour began on the seawall, and took us first on a dry land tour of interesting sites in town,  then a water adventure in Offats Bayou.  After lunch at BLVD Seafood, we visited an exhibit at Pirates!  Legends of the Gulf Coast, where we learned that pirate Jean Lafitte enjoyed spending time in Galveston.  Our guide in pirate garb also told us many interesting things about what life was like for a seafarer and pirate a few centuries ago.  Our last stop was next door at the Haunted Mayfield Manor, so named because  it served as a temporary morgue following the Great Storm of 1900. 

Galveston Duck Boat Tour, Pirate Museum, Haunted Manor 6-15-18


April 1, 2018
Brenham area:
The Monastery of St. Clare Miniature Horse Farm;
Antique Rose Emporium; and Peeka Ranch 

We enjoyed seeing several miniature horses at the monastery.  Then we traveled to the Antique Rose Emporium, where there were many beautiful flowers to admire (and buy).  Following lunch at Must be Heaven, we toured the Peeka Ranch, home to many gentle and friendly alpacas.  They are raised for their wool, and had been shorn prior to our visit.

Miniature Horse Farm, Antique Rose Emporium, Peeka Ranch, Bluebell 4-7-18


March 13, 2018
Houston: 
The Turquoise Turkish Community Center

We enjoyed touring the beautiful building and admiring the artwork, participating in a discussion with the Imam, and seeing a demonstration of water marbling painting called Ebru.

Turquoise Turkish Community Center 3-13-18


February 15, 2018
Brookshire:  The Brookwood Community
Houston:  Karbach Brewery

Our guided tour included viewing one of their impressive greenhouses.  We also observed Brookwood citizens at work on numerous art pieces, which would later be on view and for sale in the wonderful Brookwood gift shop, just as plants grown on site would be for sale in a lovely landscaped area.  We enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Brookwood Cafe, then departed for a tour and taste at the Karbach Brewery.   

Brookwood Community and Karbach Brewery 2-15-18


In a previous year, LEOH members visited several of the famous Painted Churches in Texas as well as stopped at the Shiner Brewery!

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On another trip in a previous year, LEOH members visited Newmans Castle near Bellville, TX, the Blue Heron (Goat) Farm in Field Store, TX  and the outdoor art sculptures at the University of Houston. 

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