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.
ABNC TO OPEN FOR SCHOOL HOLIDAY MONDAY & TUESDAY
Need something special to do with the kids during the Thanksgiving Holiday School Break? ABNC is offering special hours on Monday, November 24, and Tuesday, November 25, for the family to get outdoors for some healthy activity. Cool seasonal weather brings out the wildlife and fall colors are starting to show. Enjoy the five miles of hiking trails or tour the exhibits. The nature center will be open from 9 AM to 5 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during the school break. Last admission is at 4 PM, and ABNC will close on Thanksgiving Day so that staff and volunteers can spend time with their families.
Volunteer Burn Training Class
Stewardship Coordinator Mark Kramer will be conducting a Volunteer Burn Training Class for those that haven't attended previous classes. We will be focusing on the use of prescribed fire at the Nature Center. Fire is perhaps the most dramatic and least understood element of prairie ecology, and an important tool for prairie restoration. If you have never worked on a controlled burn but wish to do so, this is an important class to attend.
We'll be discussing fire ecology, fire behavior, laws and regulations, burning techniques, safety, and equipment use. If you are interested in attending any future burns, please plan to attend this class. To register, email Zach Roper at email@example.com.
The class will be held Saturday, December 6st, from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. Bring water, a lunch, and field clothes and rubber boots.
Attending this class will be required to participate in any future burns.
If you have attended a previous class, attendance is not required. Hope to see you there!
“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