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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.

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