Families who visit Armand Bayou Nature Center Sunday, Feb. 19 will be admitted free, thanks in part to a contribution from The Dow Chemical Company's Houston area manufacturing sites. Dow is underwriting the Sunday in Nature program and free admission every third Sunday throughout 2012 to encourage outdoor family activities and participation in Armand Bayou's unique nature programs.
On the third Sunday of each month throughout 2012, a new program will reconnect visitors to nature with a different educational topic and activities designed to engage and entertain the entire family. Most activities are scheduled between 1-3 p.m. Learn about native plant gardening from ABNC's WaterSmart garden expert, Chris LaChance Feb. 19. Visit the gardens at ABNC and discover how to transform a yard. Take a hike and meet the trees of ABNC. Plant a seed to take home and enjoy.
Future "Free Sunday in Nature" topics will include investigating insects and reptiles, learning about art in nature, exploring the wetlands, bayous and watersheds, and discovering the Native Americans and early settlers of the area. Families can learn about outdoor skills, become better citizen scientists, and experience an amazing urban wilderness area.
Established in 1974, Armand Bayou Nature Center remains one of the largest urban wilderness preserves in the United States, protecting more than 2500 acres of rare coastal prairie, forest and bayou habitats. More than 370 animal species have been reported at the Nature Center, including more than 220 different birds.
Armand Bayou Nature Center is located at 8500 Bay Area Blvd. near Red Bluff Road in Pasadena, TX. The Center is open Wednesday through Saturday at 9 a.m. On Sundays the Center opens at Noon. The last admission is at 4 p.m. The gates and parking lot close at 5 p.m. Admission fees are $2 for seniors 59 and older, $4 for adults, $2 for children 4 to 12, and children under 4 are free. On the third Sunday of every month, admission to the Center is free. Visitors are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for changing weather conditions. More information about Armand Bayou Nature Center is available at www.abnc.org.