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A Great Place for a Fun Family Outing

As you explore the Discovery Loop boardwalk you may catch a glimpse of an armadillo or any number of other critters who inhabit the forest and marshes along the trail.   We also have live animal displays, a bison viewing platform, and John P. McGovern Children's Discovery Area.  Your family will be transported back to pioneer times with a visit to our 1800's Farm Site.   And don't miss Sundays in Nature. Or get outside your box and explore nature with our Family Activities.

Sunset on the Bayou

Sunset on the Bayou

Explore Our Urban Wilderness

We offer over 5 miles of well maintained Hiking Trails for your enjoyment.  Take advantage of a guided tour and register for a Preserve Watch Nature Tours. Make reservations to see the beauty of Armand Bayou on one of our Pontoon Cruises, or on a Guided Canoe Tour.  Or register for a Night Hike, whether you join us for an Owl Prowl, Bat Hike or Firefly Friday, you will discover this magical place at dusk.

ABNC's Annual Fall Festival

ABNC's Annual Fall Festival

ABNC Offers Many Exciting Events

You’re invited to Party for the Planet, Join us for Prairie Pandemonium when we restore the tallgrass prairies, a critical native habitat.  Creepy Crawlers is a fun family night with Halloween themed games and activities.  Our Christmas Bird Count is the largest avian census and a must do for any bird enthusiast.  Don't miss ABNC's Annual Fall Festival when Martyn Farm comes to life. Check out World Migratory Bird Day!


 Animals to see, trails to hike and fun to be had! 

Visitors to Armand Bayou Nature Center can enjoy walking the over 5 miles of well maintained hiking trails

The Discovery Trail Loop is a family friendly boardwalk and is a great way to explore our forest and wetlands

Our John P. McGovern Children’s Discovery Area gives kids a much needed opportunity to explore and discover nature

While exploring you may catch a glimpse of one of the 370 creatures that call ABNC home

The Martyn Farm Site offers a glimpse into 1890's Texas

And no trip to the Nature Center would be complete without a stop at the Bison Observation Deck 



Year round, there are many ways to celebrate and reconnect with nature at Armand Bayou Nature Center.  Annual Events: World Migratory Bird Day, protect birds. Prairie Pandemonium, a community based prairie restoration project. Halloween brings Creepy Crawlers. Celebrate the harvest season at the Martyn Farm Harvest Festival. Don’t miss the largest bird census the Christmas Bird Count. Celebrate and support our Nature Center at ABNC's Fundraising Dinner and Auction.



Visit this astonishingly beautiful part of the Texas Gulf Coast and "reconnect with nature"

ABNC is the largest urban wilderness preserve in the U.S. with 2500 acres of the natural wetlands, forest, and prairies. We are home to over 370 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Join us on one of our many Adventurous EcoExploration Activities:

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Our EcoEducation Programs are an Outdoor Adventure in learning!

ABNC's EcoEducation Programs are exciting and designed to be interactive and hands on.  Serving students from preschool through college, these TEKS correlated STEM programs are conducted in the outdoor classroom of unspoiled nature along Armand Bayou, allowing the student to explore and connect with science and nature.  Working with an experienced and caring naturalist, your students will be making discoveries in the forest, prairie, pond, bayou and/or our 1895 farm.

Come explore the wonders of nature at ABNC!

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Kids Programs

During the school year ABNC offers four levels of EcoPrograms: EcoTots, EcoKids, EcoSchoolers, and EcoAdventurers .  EcoCamps are offered during Winter and Summer Break.  We also offer Scouting Programs for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts.


For Teachers

ABNC offers a wide variety of engaging hands on STEM educational activities, demonstrations, and tours as Group Field Trips.  We also offer SBEC Credit for teachers that participate in our EcoExploration programs.


EcoInformation Programs

Worried about the "hazardous beasties" in your backyard and beyond? Take our Hazardous Beasties Safety Training.  ABNC also offers an outreach program where we bring our hands-on interactive demonstrations to you.



ARMAND BAYOU NATURE CENTER relies on YOU to assist in the preservation of this Hidden Treasure!

Ways you can support ABNC are:

Purchase an Individual or Family Membership

Make an online donation through PayPal

Volunteer, It takes more than 200 volunteers to maintain ABNC 

Support us when shopping at Amazon SmileKroger Community Rewards

Create a Legacy though Planned Giving


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