ARMAND BAYOU NATURE CENTER INC

Rating: 4.86 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: PO Box 58828 Houston TX 77258 USA

Mission: Twofold:

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Rating: 5 stars  

There are many fine nature centers in the Houston area, but what sets Armand Bayou apart is the staff, volunteers and supporters, each of whom are truly committed to giving you the best possible experience. Over the past three decades, these folk have created the best example of what our gulf coast once looked like. Even when its hot, this place is cool.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing nature as it should be.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

supporting their efforts even more.

Rating: 5 stars  

Armand Bayou is the hidden jewel of the Bay Area. To truely enjoy it and understand its importance to the Bay area, you have to visit and tour the bayou and walk the trails. It is a true place of beauty, untouched by developers and community planners.

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The pleasure I recieve in seeing its true beauty. What a way to relieve stress - just a visit does it.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help communicate to people in the Bay Area that armand Bayou depends greatly from personal donations

Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved as a Board member since early 2007 and a patron of Armand Bayou since the late 1980's. Armand Bayou Nature Center is a wonderful gem in the metro Houston area, offering a glimpse of what much of Houston was like prior to extensive urbanization.

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The greater SE Houston community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to inform more people in the metro Houston area about ABNC.

Rating: 5 stars  

If you need a place to go where you can't seea skyscraper or hear a car for an hour or two this is it. Beautiful preserved prarie and bayou habitats teeming with wildlife can help you get away from it all. Try a pontoon boat ride--you won't regret it.

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My quest to escape the din of civilization that constantly surrounds us.

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This is a private, public, government partnership that works well to serve Harris County well as a place to see this area as it used to be.

Rating: 5 stars  

Our family has been enjoying and taking advantage of ABNC for 25 years. Our son loved to go there for nature classes and hikes. I help out now with the computers and stewarding. ABNC is truly a jewel for the area and has lots to offer.

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My family has been rewarded for 25 years with all the activities, experiences and sights at the nature center.

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Help more people discover it.

Rating: 5 stars  

Armand Bayou is a near-wilderness experience just on the edge of Houston. The mix of prairie, forest, and bayou habitats attracts a wide variety of wildlife. There are a variety of interesting exhibits just a short walk from the parking lot, and a 15 minute walk will secure your own piece of solitude.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

experiencing a great outdoor hiking area.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide opportunities to visit the ABNC area across the bayou.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Allow self-subscription to various volunteer email lists.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Learned a variety of skills - plant propagation and identification, habitat management.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Volunteer days are always relaxing and informative.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 4 stars  

Been a visitor since 2000 and a volunteer since 2004. Love this place, it is truely a refuge both for nature and for humans alike. Three great trails that run through the forest down to Armand Bayou or stay on the Ladybird short loop to go through some of the beautiful restored prairie. The discovery short loop takes you through forest and prairie and then follows through the turn of the century farm and upto the Bison enclosure - an opportunity to see these magnificent beasts up close. Exercise outdoors in a truly beautiful environment.

If you have free time, join the volunteer ranks of ABNC, come help in many different areas, just check out the abnc.org website. Highly recommend you make a visit if you haven't already done so.

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My favorite experience is when I get one of those kids who is passionate about nature and wildlife, much the same as I was in my early days. To share my knowledge with those children and their parents and other visitors gives me a great deal of satisfaction. I love it when folks tell me how much they have enjoyed their visit. I

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to find a regular supply of cash to help with the running costs. Currently everything is cut to the bone and the staff at the nature center do a fantastic job with what is available to them. So much more could be achieved, with just a little cash on a regular basis, to preserve this jewel of Houston. A very special place.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

A volunteer coordinator.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, I have learned so much during my 5 years as a regular volunteer and also get the opportunity to handle the reptiles as part of demonstrations.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It gave me great personal satisfaction and makes me feel at peace with the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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