Precinct 4 offers launches at Collins Park, Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, and Pundt Park for those interested in canoeing/kayaking Spring or Cypress Creeks and associated waterways. Learn more about Precinct 4 canoeing/kayaking opportunities..
Become a Volunteer
Volunteers fill a number of roles at Jones Park, from giving children a fun learning experience about nature or Texas history to sharing their talents behind the scenes. If you enjoy the outdoors, like working with people, or have a special skill, consider becoming a Jesse Jones Park Volunteer (JJPV)! Training is provided as needed and no previous experience is necessary. View our Volunteer opportunities.
Hours of Operation
Open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk. Entrance gate closes 30 minutes prior to park closing time.
Park & Nature Center Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Nature Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
*Reservations required. Please call 281-446-8588.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the park hours?
Daily from 8 a.m. to dusk
The entrance gate closes 30 minutes before closing time, and the nature center closes at 4:30 p.m.
The park and nature center are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Can I reserve the picnic area?
The barbecue pavilion seating 80 is by reservation only; reservations can be made by contacting the nature center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The picnic tables along the picnic loop trail and the smaller picnic pavilion that seats 20, are on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. There are grills, restrooms, water fountains, and 30 picnic tables.
Are pets allowed?
Pets on leashes are allowed on the Jones-Bender Trail, Judy Bell Trail, and the Spring Creek Greenway only. Kennels are available for patrons with dogs wishing to visit other areas of the park.
Can I canoe on Spring Creek?
Point-to-point canoeing is allowed from various Precinct 4 launch sites to Jones Park or from Jones Park to the Highway 59 bridge.
Jones Park does not rent or have canoes available for use on a general basis; people must provide their own canoes or kayaks.
Canoeists must make reservations to use Precinct 4 launch sites by going online at www.hcp4.net/community/parks/canoekayak. If paddling from Mercer to Jones Park, leave no later than noon.
Can I ride my bicycle on the trails?
Bicycling is allowed daily on the Jones-Bender Trail, Judy Overby Bell Trail, and Spring Creek Greenway only.
What if I find injured or orphaned wildlife?
If you find an injured or orphaned wild animal outside the park, contact the Wildlife Center of Texas at 713-861-9453 and their wildlife experts will provide further instructions. Please DO NOT bring injured or orphaned animals to Jones Park. If you find an injured or orphaned wild animal inside the park, do not attempt to touch or move the animal. Alert staff immediately or call the park office at 281-446-8588.
How do I make reservations for programs and tours?
Program reservations: Ask a park staff member or check the program schedule for sign-up dates for programs that require reservations.
Reservations for guided tours: Contact a park staff member during the nature center’s business hours (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) for dates and times.
Where can I find the park rules?
Park rules are listed on the back of the park map, online, or at the nature center.
Also, none of the following is allowed in the park:
Can I bring my recycling to the park?
Jones Park recycles paper, cardboard, fishing line and spools, and inkjet printer cartridges only. Please drop these items off during park hours. View Recycling Policies.
What amenities require reservations?
The activities and amenities listed below require advance reservations:
Reservations must be made no later than 10 days prior to the event date.
For more information on buildings/pavilions policies, please visit the link here.
Canoeists must make reservations to use Precinct 4 Launch sites. Jones park does not rent or have canoes available for use on a general basis; you must provide your own canoes and kayaks. If paddling form Mercer to Jones Park, leave no later than noon. Jones Park also has scheduled canoe trips by reservation. Please check the program schedule for dates and times of upcoming trips.
For more information on canoeing/kayaking policies, please visit the link here.
All groups are asked to make reservations in advance. Self-guided group tours may be scheduled at any time. Allow three weeks notice for guided tours.
*There is no charge for tours; however, contributions to offset program costs are appreciated.
To register for current park programs, please call the nature center at 281-446-8588.
Summer Nature Camp
Reservations/registration must be made in person at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. Reservations are not taken over the phone and preference is given to Harris County residents. Non-Harris County residents will be confirmed based on seating availability.
Cancellations should be made as soon as possible by calling the Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center office at 281-446-8588 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A group failing to inform the Jones Park office of a canceled function/event is subject to forfeiture of future bookings.
Confirmation of reservations for a barbecue pavilion will be received 10 days after Jones Park receives the reservation request.
Incomplete forms can cause a delay in the process and confirmation of reservation requests.
Reservations must be made by residents 21 years of age and older.
Jones Park recommends that reservations are made as soon as possible. All reservations are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Preferential reservations are given to Harris County residents. Persons not residing in Harris County may attend Precinct 4 programs; however, some programs are space-limited and are only available to non-residents when space permits.
How to make reservations
To make reservations for park amenities or group tours, or to register for activities and programs, please call the Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center park office.
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Can I fish in the park?
Yes, but fishing is allowed ONLY in Spring Creek, and not in any of the park’s ponds. Texas state laws/regulations must be followed, and fishing licenses are required for those 17 years or older. View Fishing Policies.