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.

EcoKids Classes for preschool aged children

"EcoKids" Classes are educational and fun for young learners. Each scheduled class will explore a different topic related to species native to Armand Bayou Nature Center. Classes are for children only and will include a natural history lesson, music, story, craft, demonstrations and an outdoor activity. All children 3 to 6 years old and fully potty trained are welcome. Classes are held twice a month from 9:30-11:30 on Fridays at the Nature Center. Fee per child: $8 non members; $6 members. Reservations are required.

Visit the EcoKids information page for class schedule.

ABNC Art Contest 40 Anaversery

Contest Highlights

  • Open to any school-age child – Elementary to High School 
  • Paint, Draw, or Photograph “What I like the best about Armand Bayou Nature Center” 
  • Contest entries accepted from May 26 – June 1, 2014 in the Admissions Building 
  • Free 1-year membership for each entry (1 membership per family)

Download the contest entery form.

Contest Details

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Dates: Entries will be accepted from May 26 - June 1, 2014. Entries will be exhibited in the Hana Ginzbarg building through the summer. Contest Winners will be announced in September. Entrants will be invited to a showing of the artwork entries and award reception on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Parents, teachers, and school principal will be invited.

Categories: Only original entries of art or photography (using any 2-D media) will be accepted. Objects portrayed in the entries can represent any plant, wildlife, or water feature observed at Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC). A separate entry form will accompany each entry. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Entries will become the property of ABNC.

Theme: “What I like the best about Armand Bayou Nature Center.”

Prizes: Contest winners will be awarded prizes, ranging from a personalized guided tour of the nature center for the winner and immediate family members or an outreach educational reptile demonstration given at the winner’s school. A complimentary membership, not to extend past 1 year, will be given to the family of entrants submitting a valid entry. Only one membership will be given per family and must be in the name of one adult member of the family. Membership benefits include free entry for up to 5 members of the immediate family, discounts in classes and special events, and discounts on gift store purchases.

Judging: Judging will be provided by an impartial panel of judg

Download the contest entery form.

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.

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.

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.

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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
Fees Effective April 1, 2011.
  • 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.

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Call 281-474-2551


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