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Winter Birds, Volunteering, and Arbor Day at Jones Park Bookmark

Gardening Daze. Wednesdays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 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, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 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.

Winter Bird Count. Saturday, Jan. 6 at 7:45 a.m. Join Jones Park staff and volunteers for the first bird count of 2018. Interested visitors will view a variety of over-wintering and resident birds throughout the park. The information from this count is documented online through eBird and the data collected helps park conservation managers plan for future habitat management projects. Ages 10 and up.

Invasives Beware.
Sunday, Jan. 7 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 as well as conducting other habitat management tasks in Jones Park. Closed-toe shoes required, gloves and long pants are recommended. Ages 16 and up or accompanied by adult.

Volunteer Meet and Greet. Saturday, Jan. 13 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Have you ever wondered how Jones Park plans all its fun activities? Come and find out! Jones Park staff and volunteers will be on hand for an open forum highlighting volunteer needs and opportunities at the park. These opportunities include leading nature and historical tours, presenting programs, as well as assisting with outreach presentations and park maintenance. Ages 16 and up.

Second Saturday Settlers: Flint to Fire. Saturday, Jan. 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Join Jones Park staff and volunteers to learn how to start a campfire using only flint and steel in this hands-on, interactive program at the Redbud Hill Homestead. Other demonstrations of early Texas settler life and the opportunity to explore the homestead buildings will be ongoing during this event.

Pioneer Campfire.
Saturday, Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m. Spend an evening around the campfire while acclaimed actress and storyteller Jean Donatto leads an interactive journey on This Train is Bound for Story! Reservations required beginning Wed., Jan. 3.

Second Sunday Pickers. Sunday, Jan. 14 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.

Arbor Day Celebration. Saturday, Jan. 20 and Sunday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate Arbor Day at Jones Park with a variety of programs and demonstrations from Jones Park staff, volunteers, and guest presenters. Visitors can take home a sapling and learn about local tree identification, planting, and care. Webelos scouts can complete the Into the Woods adventure with a self-guided activity. Staff naturalists will also lead a Winter Forest Walk with Texas A&M Forest Service on site Saturday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Animal Tracks and Signs. Saturday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. Join a staff naturalist to learn about the various tracks and signs left behind by local wildlife. While many animals in the park remain unseen, they leave signs that observers can use to identify them and learn about their activities.

Jesse Jones Park Volunteers Meeting. Monday, Jan. 29 at 7 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 in the green space at the front of the park.

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

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