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Fishing, Tadpoles, and Texas History at Jones Park Bookmark

First Saturday Birding. Saturday, Sept. 2 at 7:45 a.m. What birds do you encounter in your daily life? Find out the first Saturday each month with Jones Park volunteer Al Barr. This guided bird walk offers participants the chance to observe, identify, and document the different species seen throughout the year. Information from the bird counts is entered into a citizen science database to help track species and population trends in the park. No experience is necessary. Anyone 10 and up can participate. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes.

Scavenger Hunt. Saturday, Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. Start the holiday weekend off with a scavenger hunt at Jones Park. Young nature lovers, scout groups, and families are invited to get outside and discover the park. Ages 5 to 15. Reservations required beginning Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Invasives Beware Sunday. Sept. 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Join Jones Park staff and the Jesse Jones Park (JJP) Eradicator’s to assist in finding, documenting, and removing invasive plant and animal species in Jones Park. Ages 16 and up or accompanied by adult.

Gardening Daze. Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 8:30 a.m. Join Horticultural Coordinator Matt Abernathy Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. for native plant landscaping and habitat restoration in the park. Volunteers assist with gardening outside the Nature Center, tending plants in the greenhouse, removing invasive plants, assisting with habitat restoration, and other horticulture projects. Park staff and volunteers also work in the heritage garden at the pioneer homestead after 10 a.m. Closed-toed shoes, gloves, a hat, sunscreen, and water are recommended.

Tai Chi Wednesdays. Sept. 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 9 a.m. Interested in trying a new healthy outdoor activity? Doug Ebeling, volunteer Tai Chi instructor, leads this class based on the 24-step Yang form of T’ai Chi. The one-hour class includes low-impact stretching, breathing, and range of motion exercises held in the outdoor classroom near the Nature Center.

Tadpoles Club. Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. This interactive program introduces preschool-aged children to nature with animals, puppets, short walks, crafts, and stories. Ages 3 and 4 only! Parent must accompany child. Sorry, no younger or older siblings. Reservations required for respective dates beginning Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Volunteer Meet and Greet. Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jones Park staff lead an open forum discussing volunteer needs and opportunities at the park. Volunteer opportunities include leading tours, presenting programs, assisting with outreach presentations, helping to maintain the park, and many others. Ages 16 and up.

Second Saturday Settlers: Powder & Steel. Saturday, Sept. 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Join Jones Park staff and volunteers for an opportunity to learn about 18th and 19th century firearms. Volunteer re-enactors and demonstrators will provide a glimpse into early Texas militia life during this outdoor event.

Second Sunday Pickers. Sunday, Aug. 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sing or strum along with the Second Sunday Pickers as they bring the Nature Center to life with acoustic music, including country-and-western, bluegrass, folk, gospel, Cajun, and blues. Visitors of all ages are welcome to listen, sing along, or bring an instrument to join in the fun.

Tree T’s. Saturday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. Visitors will use fallen leaves and fabric paints to create their own artistic autumn T-shirts. Participants must provide their own plain white or light colored T-shirt. All Ages. Reservations required beginning Wednesday Sept. 6.

Hunter Education. Tuesday, Sept. 19 and Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This two-day course covers the requirements for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Hunter Education certificate, which is required of every hunter born on or after Sept. 2, 1971. Materials fee: $15 cash. Students must attend both days. Registration required: https://tpwd.elementlms.com/course/hunter-education-classroom-course-296/

Brownie Hiker. Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. Brownies are invited for a fun-filled morning of activities and nature walks to earn their Hiker badge. Reservations required beginning Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Jesse Jones Park Volunteers Meeting. Monday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Join Jones Park staff and volunteers for their monthly volunteer meeting to learn more about what’s new at Jones Park, upcoming events and programs, and volunteer opportunities. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. with a guest presentation.

Junior Angler Workshop. Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This class teaches the basics of fishing, including knot-tying, what to bring, fish identification, fishing laws, and how to cast. Workshop attendees are encouraged to bring their own bait and tackle for an opportunity to go fishing after lunch. Ages 8 and up. Reservations required beginning Wednesday., Sept. 20.

With leadership from Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center is a Harris County Precinct 4 facility located at 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble. All programs are free of charge and open to the public. Harris County Precinct 4 programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, sex, religion, national origin, or physical ability. Jesse Jones Park Volunteers (JJPV) welcomes applications from interested participants. For more information about the park or any of the activities and programs offered, please call 281-446-8588 or visit www.hcp4.net/community/parks/jones. <.p>



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