ABNC's Environmental Education and Interpretive Programs are designed to open the door to the natural world. Our Bayou, Prairie and Forest are awesome outdoor classrooms where hands-on learning is inspired by nature. Come join us by signing up for one of our many activites and let ABNC inspire you to get outdoors!
Visit this astonishingly beautiful part of the Texas Gulf Coast and "reconnect with nature". Become aware of how Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC), nestled in the Clear Lake Area, is working to preserve the wetlands prairie, forest and marsh habitats surrounding Armand Bayou. Visitors can learn about our plant and animal inhabitants, bird-watch, hike on the Nature Center's trails or view our live animal displays of snakes, alligators, turtles, hawks and bison. A visit to the Center's Martyn Farm will take you back in time to late 1800's farm life in Texas. Before you leave, make reservations to see the beauty of Armand Bayou on the "Bayou Ranger", an electric pontoon boat, or on a guided canoe tour. In order for ABNC to continue to preserve this "Natural Place", please consider becoming a member.
Register NOW for Winter EcoCamp!
The Citizen’s BEST of BAY AREA Winner “Best Kid’s Camp” EcoCamp provides unique opportunities for children, ages 4-13, to explore with outdoor activities from trail hikes and wildlife encounters, to canoeing and fishing. Participants will not only learn about their environment and connect with nature, but will get plenty of exercise too!
Go to the Winter EcoCamp page for camp information and registration or just call me at 281-474-2551 ext.13 and I will be happy to answer any of your questions or take a registration.
Martyn Farm Harvest Festival Nov. 8th & 9th
Come join us down on the Martyn Farm November 8-9, from 10am-4pm, as we travel back in time to the end of the 19th century during our 34th annual Martyn Farm Harvest Festival. Young and old alike will enjoy witnessing a variety of crafts and activities, such as blacksmithing, hoe cake making, sugar cane syrup cooking, and soap making. The kids will enjoy a variety of crafts, games and candle making. Buy freshly made country jams and other goodies in our Martyn's Mercantile country store. Enjoy a variety of demonstrations such as quilting, lace making, butter churning (yummy samples are always provided) and square dancing. Plenty of food and drinks will be available to enjoy at our picnic area. For dessert, why not sign up for the pie eating contest?
Admission is only $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. You won't find a more pleasant, family-friendly way to spend the day.
“EcoTots” (formerly Mommy & Me)
Join our fun class leaders for toddler and adult activities based on a monthly theme. Reserve a place to stroll with your children as guides lead hikes in various parts of the Nature Center, make a nature craft and play a game. What makes this outing great is the opportunity to be with other adults and children in Nature.
Classes are for children ages 18 months to 4 years from 9:30 -11:00 on Fridays
Reservations required. Please call 281 474 2551 ext 10 to reserve your spot!
For Class Schedule visit EcoTots web page for details.
Join our EcoKids classes for outdoor explorations, crafts & stories.
These drop-off EcoKids classes will be held every Wednesday and Friday for children ages 3-6 from 9:30 -11:30. Reservations are required.
Please call 281 474 2551 ext 10 to reserve your spot.
Please visit the EcoKids web page for class schedule and topics.
Guided Photo Hikes
Want to take nature photographs early, before the first guests arrive or late, after the gates close? Guided photo hikes are offered the second Saturday of each month for ages 12 and up. These alternate between early morning and late afternoon. Reservations are required. Please call 281-474-2551x10.
Guided Canoe Trip
Want to see the bayou from a whole new perspective? Come on a guided canoe trip the second Saturday of each month. Ages 12 and up. The trips begin at 8am and go until 11am. Reservations are required. Please call 281-474-2551x10.
Pontoon Boat Adventures
Start your weekend by enjoying a leisurely Saturday morning breakfast drifting down the bayou on our pontoon boat, the "Bayou Ranger". Observe wildlife searching for their breakfast on the bayou. This trip through the heart of the Nature Center presents an uncommon opportunity to watch and learn about bayou life. Enjoy pastries, juice and coffee while underway.
The boat will pick you up at the Bay Area Park boat launch (NOT at the nature center). Reservations required.
Ages: 5 - Adult (an adult must accompany children under 18)
Fee: Members: $20 for adults $15 for children and seniors
Nonmembers: $25 for adults $20 for children and seniors