First Saturday Birding
Saturday, Feb. 3 at 7:45 a.m.
Join birding expert Al Barr for this monthly bird walk through Jesse Jones Park. This guided walk provides visitors with a firsthand look at some of the overwintering and resident birds in the park. Birders ages 10 and up.
PROJECT WILD WORKSHOP
Saturday, Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Learn about ecology and wildlife education during this course accredited by the Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC) and The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). Participants receive a (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) TEKS curriculum and activity guide. Bring a lunch and wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Please note: Program will be held at an offsite location. Click the registration link for details. All formal and non-formal educators welcome. A $30 materials fee is required. Registration required by Monday, Jan. 15 at https://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/education/project-wild-workshop-33
Sunday, Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Join Jones Park staff and the Jesse Jones Park (JJP) Eradicators 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.
Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28 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, and 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.
Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28 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.
Homestead Heritage Day
Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bring the family for a look at 19th century Texas settler life as the skills of the past are demonstrated by authentically outfitted reenactors. Enjoy a Civil War reenactment at 2 p.m. and demonstrations in blacksmithing, black powder weaponry, open fire cooking, and more. Performances will take place throughout the day by groups including the Celtaire String Band and Laughing Lizards.
Second Sunday Pickers
Sunday, Feb. 11 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.
Saturday, Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join a staff naturalist and fishing instructor certified by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) for an introduction to fishing. The TPWD Jr. Angler course includes instruction on the different types of tackle, rods and reels, knot tying, and more . Afterwards, participants can test their newly learned skills fishing Spring Creek. Participants provide their own tackle, bait, and sack lunch. Ages 6 and up. Reservations required beginning Wednesday, Feb. 7.
Winter Woods Orienteering
Saturday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon
Enjoy the winter forest without fire ants, mosquitoes, or snakes and learn to follow an off-trail course using a compass. Participants need to provide their own compass. Ages 8 and up. Reservations required beginning Wednesday, Feb. 14.
Jesse Jones Park Volunteers Meeting
Monday, Feb. 26 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.
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.
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