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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Education

Mission: Twofold:

Programs: Education: over 8,500 students of all ages participate in abnc educational programs annually. School groups participate in texas achievement and knowledge standards (taks) correlated outdoor classes, field trips, and programs featuring nature or historical subjects. Abnc offers outdoor nature camps each summer and winter, scout programs, and community outreaches and conducts numerous informal educational activities including: guided trail hikes, animal demonstrations, hands-on-history craft demonstrations, and guided canoe and pontoon boat bayou explorations.

stewardship: abnc preserves one of the most extensive holdings of coastal tall-grass prairie in the lower galveston bay watershed. Currently, 900 acres are actively managed within our current boundaries. Prairie lands are being restored through controlled burns and mowing to reduce invasive species and by replanting native grasses. Abnc also manages 300 acres of texas coastal preserve in the armand bayou watershed. Marsh restoration maintains appropriate water depth and supports marsh vegetation, such as smooth cord grass and bulrushes replantings. Today this site is thriving, the largest restored marsh on the bayou.

visitor & member services: over 15,000 guests visit abnc annually; another 2,100 member visits are recorded. Almost 4,000 people travel to abnc for meetings or private events each year. Visitors follow the self-guided discovery trail interpretive loop; some venture out on over 5 miles of developed hiking trails. The education facilities and historical farm site offer 'special places' for family retreats, company meetings or seasonal parties. Several community groups utilize the abnc meeting spaces and abnc regularly hosts small nature-related conferences.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Where can you go in Pasadena or surrounding areas and see wildlife up close and personal. I always enjoy watching the alligator sun himself or the bison entertaining the guests

Board Member

Rating: 5

Armand Bayou Nature Center is a rare treat. It is located on the Southeast side of the forth largest city in America (Houston, Texas) and is one of the best untold stories around. It is larger than Central Park, in New York City. If you are lover of the outdoors or nature, this is the place for you and your family. Entry fees are extremely modest and there are programs and nature walks for almost anyone, include a pontoon boat ride to see alligators, all types of migratory birds and waterfowl, and an occasional bald eagle. Additionally, there are pair of American Bison on site. A great family adventure at a very modest price.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Armand Bayou Nature Center in LaPorte, Texas, is one of the few nature areas left that truly works to keep their hiking trails, buildings and grounds as close to natural animal habitat as possible. They operate on a very small budget to bring educational classes to the community and to raise people's awareness to our dwindling natural animal habitats. I would recommend becoming involved with ABNC through family memberships, volunteering, and sponsorships in a worthy cause.

Tracy103

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have never seen a place that works so hard to do so much to support its neighbors and its natural spaces while educating the public. Three beautiful ecosystems are represented here and there are plenty of ways that you can help out this wonderful treasure. You can simply visit, volunteer or donate, but you shouldn't just drive past.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Clifton G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.