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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 activities and let ABNC inspire you to get outdoors!

Armand Bayou Nature Center

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.

There is always something going on at ABNC
Martyn Farm Harvest Festival
Martyn Farm Harvest Festival

The second weekend in November means it’s time for one of the most anticipated festivals in the Greater Houston area. Each fall since 1981 the Martyn Farm at Armand Bayou Nature Center, 8500 Bay Area Boulevard, has given visitors the opportunity to turn back the clock to circa 1900 to a simpler time on the Texas Gulf Coast. Farm life could be harsh and tiring, but also satisfying. Harvest time was especially hard work, but a time for family and community fun. Join us as we celebrate the past.

Creepy Crawlers
Creepy Crawlers

A family originated Halloween alternative.

Join us at ABNC for fun filled night of Halloween-themed night of games and activities for the entire family.  The fun includes a haunted barn, haystack dive, guided night hike, facepainting, storytelling, games and outdoor activities.

October 29th
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Kids 3 and under are free
$10 Admission

Reservations Required 713-274-2668
Please No Costumes

2016 Armand Yramategui Conservation Award
2016 Armand Yramategui Conservation Award

Please join us in presenting Armand Bayou Nature Center’s Armand Yramategui Conservation Award to Ms. Emmeline Dodd at a special luncheon Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the Bay Oaks Country Club Bay Oaks Boulevard, Houston, TX 77509. The event check in begins at 11:30 and the luncheon program at 12:00. This year's keynote speaker is Will Holder, President, Trendmaker Homes.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 281-474-2551 or download the Armand Yramategui Conservation Award registration form.

All proceeds will support ABNC's conservation, education, and stewardship efforts to preserve our precious green space inside the Houston metropolitan area.

ABNC Executive Director
Tom Kartrude

Winter EcoCamp
Winter EcoCamp

Register NOW!!

Session 1: December 19 - 22, 2016
Session 2: December 27 - 30, 2016

New this Year!

Expedition Apocalypse:

What would you do if the world as you know it ended? Expedition Apocalypse is designed to be a collision course of practical survival skills and traditional living skills. Your teen (Paladin) will be immersed in exciting activities and adventures that will simulate survival situations and add valuable skills like teamwork, critical thinking, and perseverance to their skill sets. This camp will be an all day camp for kids ages 11- 15 years and will be offered each session during our winter EcoCamp.

EcoClasses for Kids
EcoClasses for Kids

Our EcoClasses are designed to be hands-on environmental education activities for children. EcoTots are from 18 months to 3 years old; EcoKids are for children 3  to 6 and EcoSchoolers are designed for homeschool children ages 7 to 12.  Please call 713-274-2668 to reserve your spot.  Please click on the education tab to check out our schedule and class dates and times.

Guided Canoe Trip
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 713-274-2688.

Pontoon Boat Adventures
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.

Upcoming Events

Bayou City Eco-Almanac

Wed Apr 13, 2016

ABNC is proud to announce the introduction of a new series of video shorts called the Bayou City Eco-Almanac. Collaborating with our friends and partners at the University of Houston Clear Lake, these videos are designed to encourage community eco-literacy and open our eyes to the richness of life right in our own backyard. Topics will change along with the seasons, but the message that persists is to get outside and reconnect with nature. We hope you enjoy the first installment focusing on the apex predator of the Bayou City - the American Alligator.

Visit the ABNC Video Gallery.

Be Safe at ABNC!

Wed Sep 28, 2016

While outdoor exploration is key aspect of Armand Bayou Nature Center's mission, we would like to encourage everyone to monitor heat advisories before venturing outside. During this time, ABNC staff & volunteers may be forced to suspend some activities. Please call ahead if you are in doubt. Be safe & enjoy the outdoors!