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.

Mission to Marsh 2014 Gala

Armand Bayou Nature Center will be celebrating its 40th anniversary and honoring its neighbor and partner NASA Johnson Space Center at "Mission to Marsh" with an evening of dining, dancing and fundraising under the stars on Saturday, October 4, 2014 on the nature center grounds. Over 350 community leaders and officials with their families and friends are expected to gather under the giant tent to recall how JSC and ABNC have grown up together as local icons, and to celebrate four decades of contributions to education, health and quality of life in the Clear Lake region.

Guest of honor, Kirk Shireman, Deputy Director, NASA JSC will be joined by auctioneer Judge Louie Ditta and emcee Dayna Steele to offer a program of historical look-backs and future look-forwards, all to the accompaniment of Andy and the Dreamsicles and the culinary talents of Jim Benton of Houston. Both live and silent auction items will be offered to help fund Armand Bayou Nature Center education and habitat restoration programs. The community is invited to join the celebration. Individual tickets and tables for eight can be reserved by contacting the gala coordinator at or 713-532-6907.

Check out the many interesting auction items that are being donated.

Prairie Pandemonium October 18th

Are you looking for a fun way to make a difference in your local environment? Here it is: Prairie Pandemonium! Help Armand Bayou Nature Center restore the tall grass prairie, a critical native habitat. As a part of ongoing restoration work, ABNC volunteers have grown two thousand pots of locally rare native grass at the nature center for transplantation into the prairie preserve.

We need your help to plant them.  You will become a part of a team planting effort.  This important event will bring the ABNC prairies closer to a climax state of native wildflowers and grasses.

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Tall grass prairie once covered at least nine million acres along the coastal plain of south-central Texas and southwestern Louisiana.  Today, more than 99% has been lost to agriculture and urbanization.  What remains is highly fragmented and severely threatened by development and non-native vegetation.  At seven hundred acres, Armand Bayou Nature Center manages one of the most extensive holdings of coastal tallgrass prairie in the lower Galveston Bay watershed.

This event is scheduled for October 18th, 2014.

Sign-in will begin at 8AM and the project will last from 8AM to noonLunch and a t-shirt are included, and there will be door prizes too. Volunteers must be 12 years of age or older, and if under 18 to be accompanied by an adult.  Participants will need sturdy shoes and clothes that can get muddy.  The nature center will provide tools and work gloves.


To register, contact Zach at .

Please downlload and bring this completed release form with you.

Date 10/18/14 from 8:00-12:00

Tools, gloves, water, lunch, and door prizes will be provided.

Come out, learn about, and help restore the Texas Tall Grass Prairie!

“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.

“EcoKids” Classes

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 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.

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
  • 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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