Jones Park is a featured stop in the Houston Wilderness Passport program. While hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Houston, Jones Park is still close enough to visit on the spur of the moment. With over 300 acres of forested grounds, Jones Park is a great place to explore with kids. Some of the Kids in Action programs include:
Summer Nature Camp
The playground was voted as one of the Houston area’s best, and children of all ages can explore the extensive trail system.
The printable Critter Checklist (PDF) can turn an ordinary hike into an exciting scavenger hunt. Many trails take you to the beaches of Spring Creek where white sand banks are an open invitation for fishing.
The turtles at the pond off the Canoe Launch Trail are eager to feed on floating turtle food, which is available at the nature center.
Bring a picnic since there are no concessions at Jones Park, and be sure to wear proper footwear (closed-toed shoes are recommended at all times).
Parents are responsible for supervising their children under the age of 12 at all times.
In addition to being a popular field trip destination for all types of groups, Jones Park offers many weekend and school holiday programs.
Most nature-related programs begin or take place at the nature center, while history-related programs are usually held in Redbud Hill Homestead.
Children between the ages of 10 and 15 can become a Jesse Jones Park Paddler by successfully completing the periodically held Junior Canoe Training workshop.
Earning a paddler card allows kids (accompanied by an adult) to participate in the park’s regularly scheduled canoe trips.