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.
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.
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.
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.