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East Texas Arboretum extends hours on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society
The Arboretum is open to the public and everyone is invited to enjoy this beautiful oasis. So come on out and experience the unique beauty, learn about the ecological importance of America's native flora and enjoy 2 miles of naturalistic hiking trails, live (enclosed) honeybees and our Historic Wofford House Museum. The Arboretum is dedicated to the preservation of the natural environment and the creation of formal and informal plant collections arranged in formal and informal gardens and a native plant area with nature trails.

ATHENS, TX -- The East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society in Athens, Texas, is announcing new, later business hours on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday -- 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The arboretum is still open Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., offering a safe and tranquil space for DFW and East Texas residents to get outdoors -- and out of the house.

“Visitor and staff safety are important to us during this current COVID-19 health situation,” said arboretum board president Laura Smith. “We hope that by remaining open daily, we can provide a calming sanctuary away from the concerning issues we are facing, but of course we request that visitors practice all CDC/WHO recommended social distancing and hygiene practices.”

Staff and volunteers continue to maintain the site’s expansive gardens. Plenty of soap and hand sanitizer are on hand, but those who are feeling unwell or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms are asked to stay home.

The East Texas Arboretum is a sprawling, 104-acre nonprofit nature preserve located about one hour southeast of DFW. With two miles of natural trails, dozens of cultivated garden areas, historical structures and attractions like a bee hive and bat house, there is really something for the whole family to enjoy. Bring a picnic, a pet (on a leash) or fly solo with a camera or set of binoculars.

The arboretum depends on funding from admissions, memberships, donations and grants. More information about becoming a member can be found online at easttexasarboretum.org/membership. Admission is free for members and children under 3. Adult admission is $4, students and seniors pay $3 and kids 3-5 are just $1. East Texas Arboretum members are also eligible for special admission privileges and discounts at over 300 gardens in the U.S. through the Reciprocal Admissions Program, including the Dallas Arboretum, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Texas Discovery Gardens and more.

The East Texas Arboretum is located at 1601 Patterson Road in Athens, Texas. For more information, call 903-675-5630. Find us online at http://www.easttexasarboretum.org and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/easttexasarboretum/.

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Hi: 87

Tuesday Night

Isolated Thunderstorms

Lo: 71


Partly Sunny

Hi: 89

Wednesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 72


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 92

Thursday Night


Lo: 73


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 94

Friday Night


Lo: 73

Cedar Creek Lake Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 6/2: 321.97 (-0.03)

Cedar Creek Lake Fishing Report from TPWD (May 27)

GOOD. Water stained; 75 degrees, 0.07 high. Largemouth bass are good working plastic frogs, and topwater early then TX rigged craws, crankbaits, and swimbaits along bank edges, drop-offs, and docks in 6-18’. Hybrids and sand bass are off main lake points and humps with slabs, swimbaits, and live bait. Crappie are excellent with jigs and minnows in brush piles and near structure in 12-18’. Catfish are good in 5-15’.