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Akokisa Indian Village

Early 18th century Spanish, French, and Anglo explorers found about 3,500 Akokisa (or Orcoquisa) Indians living in Chambers, Galveston, Harris, and Liberty counties, and a major Akokisa village was located just across Spring Creek from Jones Park. The Akokisas were skilled at making dugout canoes from cypress logs and used them on nearby waterways for [...]

Rediscovering the Forgotten Akokisa Tribe

By Taelor Smith Of all the activities to experience at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, a trip to the Akokisa Indian Village may be the most memorable. From the moment hikers head down the forested Homestead Trail and cross the threshold to the Redbud Hill Homestead, they’re treated to a hidden world preserved […]

Harris County Commissioners Court Recognizes Indigenous People’s Day

Local Native American groups celebrated a victory last month after Harris County Commissioners Court members unanimously voted to designate the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day. Commissioner R. Jack Cagle also introduced a resolution in November honoring Dave and Maria “Lil” Frakes and their family, an indigenous family dedicated to ensuring that the […]

Jason Naivar Named Jones Park’s New Director

Meet Jones Park’s new director! Jason Naivar started as an education program coordinator at Jones Park in 2016 after a 13-year career working with marine animals. With Naivar leading the park, Jones Park visitors can look forward to new and innovative programs and services in the next few years. Since becoming the Jones Park director […]

Volunteer Spotlight: CHATA

Homeschooling doesn’t always mean learning at home, at least not for the Christian Homeschoolers of the Atascocita Texas Area (CHATA). This outgoing group of students is passionate about giving back to the community and frequently participates in volunteer projects at Jones Park. These students do it all, from removing invasive plants to making repairs in […]

Plant & Wildlife Conservation

BirdwatchingThe diverse habitats along the Spring Creek Greenway (SCG) provide some of the best birdwatching in the region. More than 200 species have been documented along the SCG at such sites as Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, Pundt Park, and Carter Park. The land and water resources protected by the greenway provide important [...]

Educational Recreation

THE CREEK Although the landscape of northeast Harris County has changed dramatically since pioneer times, a trip down Spring Creek reveals the same pristine forests familiar to the Akokisa-Ishak Indians who roamed the land more than 200 years ago. Thanks to the preservation efforts of past generations, Spring Creek boasts tens of thousands of acres [...]

33rd Annual Pioneer Day Transports Park Visitors Into the Past

  Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center brings the past to life with authentically outfitted reenactors, old-fashioned games, interactive experiences, and musical performances during Pioneer Day on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fun kicks off with popular settler-era games and activities in the park’s Redbud Hill Homestead. Visitors are […]

Native American Heritage Day

Join staff and volunteers at the Akokisa-Ishak Village for a celebration of Native American culture. Take part in living history! Hear stories passed down from years of rich, oral traditions. Gain an appreciation of cultural craftwork and observe traditional dancing and demonstrations. Event volunteer opportunities available!

NatureFest, Spring Break-Out, Blacksmithing, Stargazing, and More!

Beginning Birding & First Saturday Birding Saturday, March 2, at 7:45 a.m. Calling all early birds! Join birding expert Al Barr to learn about basic birding equipment, field guides, songs, and bird calls followed by an outing to catch a glimpse of some of the park’s rich bird life. Ages 10 and up. Reservations required. […]