Field trips and guided tours are offered come rain or shine. Due to other bookings/reservations and the busy schedule at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, cancellations may not be able to be rebooked.

Dress for outdoor activities. Comfortable clothing appropriate for cold, hot, or inclement weather is suggested; closed-toe shoes (sandals and flip-flops are NOT recommended) and insect repellent is recommended year-round.

Groups may print and duplicate the Critter Checklist (PDF) to use as an activity before or after a scheduled talk or tour.

A printable Redbud Hill Homestead Guide (PDF) is helpful for pioneer tour preparations as a follow-up guide.

Groups that are unable to visit the park or nature center can schedule any one of the many programs offered through the Outreach Program, which allows for programs to be held at off-site facilities. Please call the nature center, 281-446-8588, for more information. (Groups do not have to book a field trip or guided tour to visit the park on their own. However, please be aware that the Nature Center and picnic area might be in use by other schools or groups during your visit.)

Preferential reservations are given to Harris County residents. Persons not residing in Harris County may attend Precinct 4 programs; however, some of programs are space-limited and are available to non-residents only when space permits.

Pioneer Tours

Tuesdays & Thursdays during the school year

First Graders – Adults

Includes a video about Jones Park, time to explore Nature Center exhibits, a one-third-mile walk to and from, and a guided tour of the 1830s Redbud Hill Homestead and Akokisa Indian Village.

Pioneer TOTS

Last Monday of each month during the school year mat 10 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Pre-K & Kindergarten (4-6 years old)

With the help of a printed guide, teachers and students take a 45-minute tour of the Homestead and visit up to four stations (which may include a settler life introduction, blacksmithing, hunting skills, gardening, woodworking, women’s handiwork, and more) where staff members dressed in authentic clothing demonstrate settler life. Includes a one-third-mile walk to and from.

Pioneer TYKES

Fridays at 10 a.m. during the school year

First – Seventh Graders

Staff members and Quest Early College High School volunteers, dressed in authentic clothing, guide classes through a 45- minute tour of Homestead stations and structures. Includes a one-third-mile walk to and from.

Nature Tours

Tuesdays & Thursdays during the school year

First Graders – Adults

Includes a video about Jones Park, time to explore Nature Center exhibits, and a half-mile to one-mile guided nature walk with emphasis on plant and animal habitats. Tailored tours for students and adults in middle school or older may be requested. Topics may include water ecology, water quality/pollution, and plant and animal adaptions.