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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 activities and let ABNC inspire you to get outdoors!

Armand Bayou Nature Center

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.

There is always something going on at ABNC
National Trails Day

Come join millions of hikers across the nation as we head outside to walk a trail!

ABNC is an official National Trails Day host!  We have self-guided and guided trail hikes available throughout the day.

Begin with an early morning hike, enjoy an ABC hike or attend one of our regular guided hikes.  We have it all!   Plan to experience the outdoors on June 4th with other nature lovers across the nation…….Let’s celebrate National Trails Day at Armand Bayou Nature Center!

6:15 am to 8:15 am                    Early Morning Hike Reservations Required

Come experience the nature center as it wakes up in the early morning!  On our early morning hike, we often find animals moving around as well as dew drying off the plants.  The early morning hike will begin at 6:15 am so we can experience sunrise at the nature center.

This two hour hike includes a walk to the water and a light breakfast at the Bayou.   The cost for this hike is $10.00 and reservations are required.  A door prize will be given to one of our early morning hikers. Ages 12+. Space is limited.

ABC  Hike            This self-guided hike along the boardwalk offers a way for our younger hikers to read and learn all about the nature center as they experience the outdoors.

10:00 am and 2:00 pm            Guided Hike   these hikes will be led by an ABNC Trails volunteer

Door prizes drawn hourly from 10 am to 4 pm

EcoClasses for Kids
EcoClasses for Kids

Our EcoClasses are designed to be hands-on environmental education activities for children. EcoTots are from 18 months to 3 years old; EcoKids are for children 3  to 6 and EcoSchoolers are designed for homeschool children ages 7 to 12.  Please call 713-274-2668 to reserve your spot.  Please click on the education tab to check out our schedule and class dates and times.

Guided Canoe Trip
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 281-474-2551.

Pontoon Boat Adventures
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.

Upcoming Events

Register NOW for Summer EcoCamp!

Mon Feb 08, 2016

EcoCamp provides unique opportunities for children, ages 4-13, to explore the wonders of our Upper Texas Gulf Coast ecosystems 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!

Call 713-274-2668 to register by phone or go to Summer EcoCamp for more information.

Bayou City Eco-Almanac

Wed Apr 13, 2016

ABNC is proud to announce the introduction of a new series of video shorts called the Bayou City Eco-Almanac. Collaborating with our friends and partners at the University of Houston Clear Lake, these videos are designed to encourage community eco-literacy and open our eyes to the richness of life right in our own backyard. Topics will change along with the seasons, but the message that persists is to get outside and reconnect with nature. We hope you enjoy the first installment focusing on the apex predator of the Bayou City - the American Alligator.

Visit the ABNC Video Gallery.

New ABNC Employment Opportunities

Mon May 16, 2016

The Armand Bayou Nature Center is home to a diverse and talented staff. ABNC hires a combination of permanent, temporary and seasonal staff to fill a variety of administrative, educational, and interpretive programming needs.

Seasonal Restoration Technician

Approximately 24 hours per week June to September. Starts May 2016----Ends September 2016. Salary $13/hr

For details follow this link to the ABNC Employment Opportunities page.