Along with providing unparalleled educational opportunities at our 2019 Annual Conference, we would also like to help you explore the great city of Houston, Texas. We encourage you to register for one (or more than one!) of the following side trips taking place throughout NODAC 2019.
You must register for these side trips while registering to attend the conference.
Taste of Houston Food Tour - full
Monday, October 21st: 6:00pm-10:00pm
Combining Downtown Houston culture, history, and architecture with local food and drink, our food tour will intergrate historic and cultural sites with visits to local establishments including La Fisheria and Hearsay. At each stop, we will enjoy specially created dishes, meet chefs, brew masters, proprietors, farmers, and bakers and learn how their story enhances the area's history. Our goal is to open your mind and palette, show you the architectural highlights, and recount the rich history Houston has to offer. Meet in the Hilton Americas lobby at 6pm (213 Milam St. Houston, TX 77002) at 6:30pm. Bring your appetites!
$55 per person,30 people (max capacity)
Service Project: Houston Food Bank
Sunday, October 20th: 8:30am-12:30pm
Join the NODA community in giving back to the city of Houston by volunteering at the Houston Food Bank. On any given day, 66,000 people in southeast Texas experience the pain of hunger; 5,000 of which are children. Hunger results from prolonged food insecurity resulting in illness, discomfort, and weakness. As a group, we will help inspect and sort donations that will then serve the Houston Food Bank's network of hunger relief charities that provide 800,000 individuals with food assistance each year. To learn more about the Houston Food Bank's mission, please visit:
$5 per person (for round-trip transportation), 52 people (max capacity)
Space Center Visit
Sunday, October 20th: 9:30am-3:30pm
Space Center Houston is a leading science and space exploration learning center. It is one of Houston's top attractions, the area's No. 1 attraction for international visitors, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center and a Smithsonian Affiliate. This year, Space Center Houston celebrates the historic Apollo lunar landing on July 20, 1969. The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission symbolizes how anything is possible. We are all explorers who can do our part to expand knowledge and be apart of the NASA mission. Experience the legacy of the first lunar landing and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing among an array of significant Apollo artifacts under one roof in addition to 400 space artifacts, permanent and traveling exhibits, experiences, and theaters related to the exciting future and remarkable past of America's human space-flight program.
$40 per person (includes round-trip transportation and lunch ticket for on-site food), 52 people (max capacity)
University of Houston Art and Architecture Tour
Sunday, October 20: 12:00-2:00pm
An exploration of art, architecture and campus design on the University of Houston's main campus. Participants will see works by Frank Stella, Jim Love, William King and the Art Guys are found within the context of a campus and buildings designed by notable architects such as Phillip Johnson, Alfred C. Finn, Gensler, Lake|Flato, BNIM and Cesar Pelli.
$10 per person, 100 people (max capacity)