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.
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.
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