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.

Register NOW for 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!

Register online or call 281-474-2551 ext13/14.

EcoCamp is partially underwritten by Union Pacific who wants everyone to get outside and enjoy nature!

ABNC Works to Rehab Hiking Trails

Reconstruction of several hiking trail segments will require Armand Bayou Nature Center to close portions of its hiking trail system during May and June.  ABNC expects to reopen all the trails by July.  The popular Martyn Trail, a 1.38 mile loop through forested wetlands and bayou overlooks, will remain open, as will the short Prairie Interpretive Trail.  The accessible Discovery Loop Trail connecting the boardwalks, wildlife observation platforms, Martyn Farm exhibit and animal displays will also remain open.  Scheduled classes, EcoCamps and special programs will not be affected by the temporary trail closures, but visitors should be mindful of the construction activity and use caution when hiking at the nature center.

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This project is partially funded by a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Recreational Trails Program grant and will be completed with a significant material donation from Southern Crushed Concrete and assistance from Harris County Precinct 2.  The project will rehabilitate up to 3 miles of existing hiking trails that introduce visitors to the native habitats and wildlife of ABNC.  Trails will be regraded and resurfaced, drainage culverts will be restored, and interpretative signage will be updated.  “Thousands of guests have walked along the trails since ABNC opened in 1974, and many segments are showing the wear,” according to ABNC president Barry McMahan, “so we are delighted that we can do this restoration as one of our 40th anniversary projects.  It is actually quite amazing that you can still find wilderness hiking trails right here amid all this urban development.”  

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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