Armand Bayou Nature Center

Location: COASTAL, Texas

Established in 1974 by environmental visionaries, Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC) is a 2500-acre nonprofit nature preserve in Pasadena, Texas. ABNC protects three vanishing Gulf Coast habitats: wetland forest, coastal tall grass prairie, and the un-channelized estuarine Armand Bayou and its surrounding wetlands. The survival of these vulnerable ecosystems is vital for the 370 species of wildlife that depend upon them, for people seeking the wonder and comforts of nature, and for the range of ecosystem services they provide, including storm water retention, flood abatement and water quality improvement.

A small staff and large corps of volunteers are dedicated to restoring habitat to pre-settlement conditions, maintaining a historical demonstration farm on the site, and utilizing those resources to provide both natural history and cultural history education resources for families and schools in the Houston-Galveston region. ABNC’s living classroom makes it the perfect place for experiential learning, and ABNC has year-round programs for all ages. The Center’s features include boardwalks through forest and marsh habitats, educational exhibits, gardens, and more than five miles of walking trails. Activities include kayak and pontoon boat tours, guided day and night hikes, birdwatching, educational field trips, summer camp, Scout programs, and more.

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