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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