Field Trips

By | July 16, 2015

 

 

  • Ever petted a wolf?

  • 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?

Every month, year round, LEOH offers field trips to its members. The trips are usually all-day excursions to two or three sites in the greater Houston area plus a stop for lunch. We have also had one day trips out of town to places such as Austin, San Antonio and Brenham.

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 2020 Trips:

  • April 28:
    Meadows Center for Water and the Environment in San Marcos (CANCELLED)

  • May 13:
    Houston Fire Department Training Academy (CANCELLED)
    McGovern Centennial Gardens (CANCELLED)

  • June 11:
    Burroughs Park in Tomball
    St Francis Wolf Sanctuary

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.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

 Pictures from 2019 Trips are below,

beginning with the most recent.      

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.         

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.

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!

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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

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

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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!

Below are pictures from 2018 trips
beginning with the most recent

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.

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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

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. 

 

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.

In 2018, LEOH Members visited the Raindrop Turkish Center and saw a demonstration of water marbling painting.  

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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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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