Things To Do
Visitors to Armand Bayou Nature Center enjoy walking the over 5 miles of hiking trails that take them through the different ecosystems (prairie, forest and bayou). White-tailed deer are commonly sighted at the nature center, as are a wide variety of songbirds, the informative and welcoming interpretive center houses a variety of native reptiles and amphibians. For our garden enthusiasts, we offer an organic vegetable garden, a Watersmart garden, a children's discovery area, a heritage garden at the Hanson House, and a prairie interpretive garden. For those interested in 1890's farm life, the Martyn farm house offers a glimpse into the past. Most weekends someone from our volunteer staff is on site for Q&A. No trip to the Nature Center would be complete without a stop by the Bison observation deck.
On Saturdays experience Armand Bayou at water level via a guided canoe or pontoon boat tour. Full moon Fridays, reserve a spot on one of our Owl Prowls. For a real adventurel, take a Prairie Wildflower Tour.
Join us on our First and Third Sunday in Nature, a Free Admission Day underwritten by DOW Chemical, to celebrate the role ABNC plays in our community through nature related programs.
We encourage all visitors to dress appropriately when visiting ABNC. During the warm months of the year, we suggest visitors bring hats, sun visors, sunglasses, umbrellas, water, insect repellant, and sunscreen. During the cool months please dress in layers as the weather usually changes throughout the day. By following these suggestions, your trip to ABNC will be a more pleasant experience. Children and others requiring assistance must have competent supervision at all times.