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Armand Bayou Nature Center

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.

Prairie Pandemonium October 17th

Are you looking for a fun way to make a difference in your local environment? Here it is: Prairie Pandemonium! Help Armand Bayou Nature Center restore the tall grass prairie, a critical native habitat. As a part of ongoing restoration work, ABNC volunteers have grown two thousand pots of locally rare native grass at the nature center for transplantation into the prairie preserve.

We need your help to plant them. You will become a part of a team planting effort. This important event will bring the ABNC prairies closer to a climax state of native wildflowers and grasses.

Tall grass prairie once covered at least nine million acres along the coastal plain of south-central Texas and southwestern Louisiana. Today, more than 99% has been lost to agriculture and urbanization. What remains is highly fragmented and severely threatened by development and non-native vegetation. At seven hundred acres, Armand Bayou Nature Center manages one of the most extensive holdings of coastal tallgrass prairie in the lower Galveston Bay watershed.

This event is scheduled for October 17th, 2015.

Sign-in will begin at 8AM and the project will last from 8AM to noon. Lunch and a t-shirt are included, and there will be door prizes too. Volunteers must be 12 years of age or older, and if under 18 to be accompanied by an adult. Participants will need sturdy shoes and clothes that can get muddy. The nature center will provide tools and work gloves.


To register, contact Zach at .

Please downlload and bring this completed release form with you.

Date 10/17/15 from 8:00-12:00

Tools, gloves, water, lunch, and door prizes will be provided.

Come out, learn about, and help restore the Texas Tall Grass Prairie!

EcoSchoolers Home School Classes

“EcoSchoolers” Home School Classes Starting September 9, 2015!

Ist Class: Understanding the Ecology of ABNC

Join our EcoSchoolers classes for hands-on environmental education & activities! These drop-off EcoSchoolers classes will be held every other Wednesday for children ages 7-12 from 9:30 -11:30.

Fee: $10 non-member/$8 member.

A different topic will be addressed in every session. Reservations are required.

Please call 281 474 2551 ext 10 to reserve your spot.

Preserve Watch: Bayou Backwaters with Mark Kramer

Armand Bayou is among the best preserved bayous in the city which is known as “The Bayou City.” The bayou still follows the original meandering streambed and is lined with beautiful tidal marsh, coastal prairie and coastal Flatwoods forest. Wildlife abounds with common sightings of alligator, river otter and bald eagle during paddle trips. Join us for an extended paddle trip and an in depth overview of this local treasure.

The experience will begin with an introduction and lecture in the Auditorium and concludes with a field trip. Most activities last approximately 2-3 hours. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 281-474-2551 ex10. Minimum age is 18.

Saturday, September 5. 8am-3pm. $50.

Introduction to Bird Identification

Are you interested in learning more about the birds that live around us? Join us on Sunday, August 30 or Sunday, September 13, from 1pm to 4 pm for a presentation by Gaye Batiz.

$15 for adults 13 to 59, $10 for age 60+ and children 10 -12, minimum age to attend is 10. Reservations required. Call 281-474-2551 x 10 to save your place.

A classroom session will introduce the concept of bird watching as a hobby including equipment required, reference guides and key points for identification. Class will be followed by a 90 minute walk through all three of the ecosystems at Armand Bayou Nature Center will follow to see how many birds we can spot and identify. Field guides and binoculars will be available for the use of the group. Remember we are a nature center so please wear sturdy shoes and bring sunscreen, water, a hat and bug spray.

Gaye Batiz has been an active volunteer at Armand Bayou Nature Center since Nov 2005. She has been interested in birds for over 40 years and, since retiring, has become an avid birdwatcher. Although not an expert birder, Gaye can provide key information on how to become better at identifying birds and methods of recording spots for personal pleasure.

The Armand Yramategui Conservation Award 2015

Help us celebrate the value of nature in our community when the Armand Yramategui Conservation Award for 2015 is presented to The Galveston Bay Foundation. Join us for the luncheon presentation on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at the Bay Oaks Country Club. The program will feature a keynote address by Scott McClelland, President of HEB Stores. Individual seats and sponsorships for tables for eight (8) are still available; follow this link Armand Yramategui Conservation Award for more information.

Reserve your seat or table today. Seating is limited. Table sponsorships are available. Download the Armand Yramategui Conservation Award registration form.


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!

EcoKids Classes

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.

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 first 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

  • Wed. -- Sat.
  •  9am -- 5pm
  • Sun.
  • 12pm -- 5pm
  • 3 Years & under
  • Free
  • 4 — 12 Years
  • $2.00
  • 13 — 59 Years
  • $4.00
  • 60 Years & above
  • $2.00

Last admission at 4:00pm.
Gates locked at 5:00pm.
ABNC is closed Mon. & Tue.

Important information about Accessibility, Pets, Biking, and Jogging.

Driving Directions

Call 281-474-2551

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