Calling all summer sleuths! Go on a summer scavenger hunt through the gardens at Bayou Bend.
Self-guided outdoor detective adventures feature educational themes ranging from plants and trees to sculpture and architecture. Every Bayou Bend detective receives an Investigator’s Kit as well as a bottle of water for keeping cool during the hunt. (Please note: Water must be checked prior to entering the house for indoor hunts; no food or drink permitted in the house.)

Detective Days are designed for ages 6 and up. Adventures take place Tuesday through Sunday. No reservations required. Admission is free for ages 12 and younger, and $5 for everyone else. An adult admission must accompany children 12 and younger. For more information, call 713.639.7759.

June Program Themes

“The Case of the Missing Trees”       
Learn about the various tree species in the gardens as you hunt for clues!
(Recommended ages: 6–10)
“On the Trail of the Evolving Plant”
Trace the evolution of flora from simple lichen to complex flowering shrubs.
(Recommended ages: 10–12)

Education programs at Bayou Bend receive generous funding from Mrs. Evelyn Houstoun Chew; The Hamill Foundation; Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock; Mr. William J. Hill; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; The Susan Vaughan Foundation; The Americana Foundation; Mary and Michael Epps in memory of Ralph E. Wallingford; the Ralph H. and Ruth J. McCullough Foundation; Denise Monteleone; The John M. O'Quinn Foundation; the William A. and Madeline W. Smith Foundation; Humanities Texas; Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell; the Strake Foundation; Toni Wallingford; Mrs. Daniel R. Japhet; Polly and Murry Bowden; Nancy and James Gordon; Mrs. Sara E. White.

The education programs also receive endowment income from funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard and Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate.