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Communications February 25, 2019
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. Binoculars are recommended.
Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
More than 25 nature organizations, exhibitors, and speakers will be available for family-friendly activities, guided nature walks, pontoon boat tours, live and mounted animal exhibits, touch-and-feel aquatic tanks, bird banding, a children’s catch-and-release fishing tank, nature crafts, and other interactive demonstrations. A live animal demonstration by the Downtown Aquarium and performances by The Chikawa Conroe Aztec Dancers will take place on the Jones Park outdoor stage and several noted speakers will offer presentations.
Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m.
Discover the intricacies of clothing from several decades of the 1800s and how to accurately interpret historical sewing guides in this insightful program with Historical Program Coordinator Katrina Yordy. Learn 19th century sewing techniques and make your own 1830s bonnet to take home. Attendees need to bring a small sewing kit, but all other materials will be provided. Ages 8 and up. Reservations are required and available beginning Feb. 27.
Second Saturday Settlers: Blacksmithing
Saturday, March 9, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Watch authentically dressed blacksmiths transform raw metal into useful items and learn about the daily chores of early Texans at Jones Park’s historic 1830s Redbud Hill Homestead.
Saturday, March 9, at 7 p.m.
Embark on a galactic journey! Spend an enchanting evening exploring the winter night sky while learning about the planets and stars with the North Houston Astronomy Club. Participants are encouraged to bring telescopes or binoculars. Reservations are required and available beginning Feb. 27.
Monday, March 11, through Friday, March 15
Break away from the daily routine of school and work! Spring Break is a great time to get out and enjoy nature’s wonder at Jones Park with a variety of programs throughout the week.
• Snakes of Harris County. Monday at 10 a.m. All ages
• TPWD Jr. Angler*. Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 8 and up.
• Texas Bound*. Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 7 to 12.
• Jr. Canoe Training*. Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 10 to 15.
• Geocaching*. Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 7 and up.
*Reservations are required and available beginning Feb. 27.
Wednesdays, March 6, 20, and 27 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. Reservations required. Ages 3 to 4 only. Parent must accompany children. No younger or older siblings.
Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27, at 9 a.m.
Interested in trying a healthy outdoor activity? Tai Chi is a centuries-old activity shown to reduce osteoarthritis pain and improve quality of life, reasoning ability, balance, and stability. John Spencer, volunteer Tai Chi instructor, leads this class based on the 24-step Yang form of Tai Chi. The one-hour class includes low-impact stretching, breathing, and range of motion exercises held in the outdoor classroom near the Nature Center.
Wednesdays, March 6, 20, 27, at 8:30 a.m.
Join Assistant Director Matt Abernathy Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. to assist with conservation projects around Jones Park. Projects may include the following: pollinator-garden maintenance, vegetation management, habitat restoration, native-plant propagation, biological surveys, and more. Ages 10 and up. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants need to wear closed-toed shoes and bring their own gloves. Long pants, water bottle, and a hat are recommended.
Second Sunday Pickers
Sunday, March 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Join this musical group celebrating more than 30 years of concerts! The Second Sunday Pickers entertain with acoustic music, including country-and-western, bluegrass, folk, gospel, Cajun, and blues. Visitors are welcome to listen to free folk music or bring an instrument to join in the fun.
Planting for Wildlife
Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m.
Learn about how simple vegetation management techniques can benefit wildlife habitats with Education Programmer John Carey.
Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Join Jones Park staff and the Jesse Jones Park Eradicators as they find, document, and remove invasive plant species as well as conduct vital habitat management within Jones Park. Closed-toed shoes required; gloves and long pants are recommended. Ages 16 and up, or children accompanied by an adult.
Canoe Spring Creek
Saturday, March 23, at 9 a.m. or Sunday, March 24, at 1 p.m.
Participate in a leisurely paddle tour along Spring Creek to discover nature and wildlife. Participants will likely see some of the more than 350 wildlife species around the park and develop an appreciation for the creek’s biodiversity and resilience.
Jesse Jones Park Volunteers
Monday, March 25, at 7 p.m.
Featuring a new program every month, volunteer meetings include information about upcoming volunteer opportunities and projects with the Jesse Jones Park Volunteers (JJPV). March’s program, iNaturalist: A Beginner’s Guide, includes user-friendly tips about incorporating this comprehensive platform into everyday life. Ages 16 and up, or children accompanied by an adult.
Pontoon Boat Tours
Saturday, March 30 throughout the day
Think you’ve seen all there is to see? Catch a rare glimpse of Jones Park from the water by hopping aboard a park pontoon boat. This staff-guided leisurely cruise down Spring Creek will provide guests with a unique experience and information about local history, plants, and wildlife as well as great photography opportunities. Ages 8 and up. Reservations are required and available beginning March 20.
Homestead Open House
Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Appreciate modern conveniences by taking a step back in time. Enjoy a look around the park’s historically accurate 1830s Redbud Hill Homestead and Akokisa-Ishak Village. Learn about two very different, yet successful ways of life. Self-guided interpretive brochures are available in the Nature Center, so visitors can move at their own pace.
Nature Photo Contest
Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m.
Share your love of nature with the community by participating in Jones Park’s 2019 Nature Photo Contest! With this year’s new ‘Mobile’ category, anyone with a mobile device or tablet can be a nature photographer — no fancy equipment needed. Categories include: Wildlife, Scenic, Plant/Wildflowers, People in the Park, and Mobile. In addition to last year’s divisions, ‘Adult’ (ages 16 and older) and ‘Junior’ (ages 15 and younger), this year there will be a People’s Choice division (chosen by the public). This contest is open to all amateur photographers except for Harris County Precinct 4 employees. Please note, photographs must be taken inside Jones Park boundaries between April 30, 2018, and May 1, 2019. For updated rules or more information, call 281-446-8588 or visit www.hcp4.net/jones/photocontest.
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. 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/parks/jjp/.