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.
We are excited to announce a special new EcoExplorations program for adults which showcases the unique beauty and fragile ecology of this urban wilderness. These are "behind the scenes" adventures led by Stewardship Coordinator Mark Kramer. Each experience begins with a lecture in the Auditorium at ABNC and is followed by a field trip.
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For over forty years ABNC has been a leader in preserving and restoring these vanishing habitats and now we’d like to share some of its most seldom seen areas and rare wildlife treasures with you. These behind the scenes adventures will deepen your appreciation for the richness of life that exists right here in your own backyard. Panoramic viewscapes, iconic apex predators and a spectacular assembly of nesting birds highlight the adventures.
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. Minimum age is 18.
Colonial nesting water birds occur along the length of the Texas coast. Every spring and summer these birds gather to raise their young, typically on nesting islands or within wetlands.
For details visit Preserve Watch
- Feb 28, 3—6pm
- Mar 14, 9am—noon
- Apr 11, 9am—noon
- May 9, 9am—noon
- Price: $30
Gator Basking Days and Gator Nights
The American alligator is the largest reptile in North America and occupies much of the southern United States. These animals have made a slow recovery after being listed on the endangered species list for twenty years. As apex predators they play an important role in Armand Bayou and their return has produced a number of unexpected ecological benefits.
For details visit Preserve Watch
- Mar 14, 3—5:30pm (Gator Basking Days)
- Apr 11, 6:30—9pm (Gator Nights)
- May 9, 7—9:30pm (Gator Nights)
- Price: $40
Armand Bayou is among the best preserved bayous in the city which is known as “the Bayou City”. Join us for an extended paddle trip and an in depth overview of this local treasure.
For details visit Preserve Watch
- May 30, 8am—3pm
- Price: $50
Preserve Watch for Kids
Birds for kids
Children will be intrigued by lifelike bird specimens, fascinated by looking at feathers through a magnifying glass, using binoculars on a birding hike, creating a bird craft and participating in bird-oriented activities.March 14, 2015 9am 12 noon
April 11, 2015 9am – 12 noon
May 9, 2015 9am – 12 noon
$15/child ages 6 -10 year old Advance Registration Required: To register, please call 281 474 2551 ext 10
Register NOW for EcoCamp!
EcoCamp provides unique opportunities for children, ages 4-13, to explore the wonders of our Upper Texas Gulf Coast ecosystems 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 SummerEco Camp for class descriptions and registration form. Register online or call 281 474 2551 ext13/14.
Growing Up WILD Exploring Nature with Young Children
Build a child’s sense of wonder with arts and crafts, music, reading, math and conservation activities. Enhance learning and development in all areas with social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive domains. Correlated to TEKS National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards
3-hour Training Workshop $40 Includes Project WILD Activity Guide/ 3 SBEC hours
May 23, 2015 9am – 12 pm
Pre-register by May 8th, Contact Heather Millar
281-474-2551 X14 or
“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 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