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NatureFest Welcomes Spring at Jesse Jones Park

Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Join Jones Park staff and volunteers at this fun, family friendly event to learn about nature in the Houston area. Enjoy guided walks, educational booths, pontoon boat tours, live animal exhibits, a catch-and-release fishing booth, and other demonstrations. Guest speakers for the event include Stuart Coombs of the Texas A&M Forest Service, noted birder and author Gary Clark, and monarch butterfly enthusiast and JJPV member Christina McKinney.  

Gardening Daze
Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 22, and 29 beginning 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. Volunteer Doug Ebeling also offers vegetable gardening at 10 a.m. in the heritage garden at the pioneer homestead. Closed-toed shoes, gloves, a hat, sunscreen, and water are recommended. 

Tai Chi
Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 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 hour-long class includes low-impact stretching, breathing, and range of motion exercises held in the outdoor classroom near the Nature Center. 

Tadpoles Club
Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 22, and 29 at 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.
This interactive program helps introduce preschool-aged children to nature through stories, crafts, puppets, short walks, and animals. This staff naturalist-led program provides a great opportunity for parents and children to learn about and enjoy nature together. Ages 3 to 4 only. Parent must accompany child. No younger or older siblings. Reservations required beginning Wed., Feb. 1. 

First Friday Friends
Friday, March 3 from 1 p.m. to 3p.m.
Join staff naturalist Rodger Lee to learn about native bees in Texas. Over 100 species of native bees inhabit Texas. This program will delve into some of the more common native bees and how they benefit the environment. A brief walk will follow the presentation. Ages 55 and up. Comfortable, closed toe shoes required and water is recommended. 

First Saturday Birding
Saturday, March 4 at 9 a.m.
Join expert birder Gary Clark and Jones Park Volunteer Al Barr to kick off NatureFest with a bird walk. This guided bird walk offers participants the chance to observe, identify, and document the different species seen throughout the year. Data from the event is entered into a citizen science database to help track species and population trends in the park. No experience is necessary. Anyone 12 and up can participate. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes. Registration for this event will be at the NatureFest information booth. 

NatureFest
Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Join Jones Park staff and volunteers at this fun, family friendly event to learn about nature in the Houston area. Enjoy guided walks, educational booths, pontoon boat tours, live animal exhibits, a catch-and-release fishing booth, and other demonstrations. Guest speakers for the event include Stuart Coombs of the Texas A&M Forest Service, noted birder and author Gary Clark, and monarch butterfly enthusiast and JJPV member Christina McKinney. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with organizations throughout the Houston area to learn more about plants, animals, recreation and volunteer opportunities, and other ways to get outside and enjoy nature.  This is a free event open to all ages. Some walks and tours require reservations and/or have age restrictions. Visit the information table at the event for complete details. 

Second Saturday Settlers: Hide Tanning
Saturday, March 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
This program for all ages will highlight a variety of uses that early settlers had for animal skins. Visitors can get a firsthand glimpse into early settler life as Jones Park staff and volunteers demonstrate the hide tanning processes used in the 1800s. 

Stargazing
Saturday, March 11 at 7 p.m.
Bring the whole family out for an evening learning about the moon, planets, and stars. Members of the North Houston Astronomy Club will be on hand to teach about the visible celestial bodies. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own telescopes or binoculars. Reservations required beginning Wednesday March 1 

Second Sunday Pickers
Sunday, March 12 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. 

Spring Breakout
Monday through Friday, March 13 to 17
Spring break is a great time to come out and visit Jones Park and the staff and volunteers will be offering a variety of programs throughout the week. Reservations are required beginning on Wednesday, March 1. For more information, please call the park office at 281-446-8588. The programs include:

  • Monday: Signs of Spring Walk at 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday: Build a Bird Feeder at 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday Texas Bound from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. Ages 7 to 12.
  • Thursday: Jr. Angler from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. Ages 8 and up.
  • Friday: Jr. Canoe Training from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. Ages 10 to 15. 

Canoe Spring Creek
Saturday, March 18 at 9 a.m.
Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m.
Join staff and volunteers for an extended canoe trip to Jones Park on Saturday. Beginners are encouraged to sign up for the Sunday trip. Both trips are open to individuals ages 16 and older, and the Sunday trip is also open to visitors ages 10 to 15 with previous Junior Canoe Training experience. Reservations are required and may be made beginning Wednesday, March 8.

Wildlife Babies
Saturday, March 25 at 10 a.m.
Have you ever wondered what you should do if you find injured or orphaned wildlife?  Join a licensed wildlife rehabilitator to learn about what you should do if you find a sick or injured animal and why it is usually better to leave them be.  All Ages. 

Twilight Walk
Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Join a staff naturalist for this dusk to dark walk though Jones Park. Many species of wildlife are active after the sun goes down. This walk is a great opportunity to get out and see the park from a new perspective. Be on the lookout for a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Bring a flashlight and wear closed-toe shoes. Ages 10 and up. Reservations required beginning Wednesday, March 15.  

Jesse Jones Park Volunteers Meeting
Monday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Join Jesse Jones Park staff and volunteers for their monthly volunteer meeting to learn more about what’s new at Jones Park and how to become more involved. Meetings include a social at 6:30 and a meeting and guest presentation at 7 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

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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