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Armand Bayou Nature Center



To get started volunteering at Armand Bayou Nature Center contact one of the volunteer committee members or call our office at 281.474.2551!

In addition to the opportunities listed below there are many ongoing activities that could always use some help.

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2nd Planting for Prairie Pandemonium

Posted by Elisa ONeal on October 23, 2020 16:24 CDT

Prairie Pandemonium is a popular event and spots quickly fill up every year. Despite the pandemic, this year is no different.Our 40 spots for Oct. 24th were quickly claimed after we opened registration. We had enough people on our waiting list to organize a 2nd planting on Nov. 14th.
We still have spots open, so be sure to sign up before they fill up.



iNaturalist and Ebird

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on February 19, 2019 14:18 CST

If anyone is proficient in iNaturalist or Ebird please contact Liz at liz@abnc.org.

Education has a short project that need to be done ASAP

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on January 25, 2019 11:40 CST

Our Education Department has some cereal boxes and TP rolls that need to be cut. They are located in the volunteer office behind the front desk. They have supplied the directions and an example of that they need. The project can be done in the office or if you wish to take in home, just remember we do need it back soon.

Thanks for all you help.

New Volunteer Orientation

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on January 16, 2018 12:09 CST

Experience the joy of volunteering and the satisfaction of doing important work by supporting one of this nation's most significant habitat preserves as an Armand Bayou Nature Center volunteer. Join us at ABNC September 8 and 15, 2018 for an overview of Armand Bayou Nature Center and the many volunteer opportunities. A schedule of the advanced training and specialized assignments will be included in the training session. Both days will include classroom and outdoor activities so please come prepared with a sack lunch and sturdy shoes. The orientation will take place in the auditorium at Armand Bayou Nature Center, 8500 Bay Area Blvd, Pasadena, from 9 am to 2 pm. Ages 18+. To sign up, please call or email Liz VanOrstrand, ABNC Volunteer Coordinator, 713-274-2664 or Liz@abnc.org

Trail Guides

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on January 12, 2018 12:01 CST

We are still in need of trail guide leads for the following slots: January 20 at 2 pm and January 27 at 10 am and 2 pm. Please contact the front desk and they can update their calendar if you are available. Thanks.



Used Tennis Balls

Posted by Rebekah Gano on May 25, 2017 14:46 CDT

EcoCamps need used tennis balls - lots! Please deliver to the education department.

Requesting Storage Bins

Posted by Polly Swerdlin on February 10, 2017 21:11 CST

The Birthing Shed in the Martyn Farm area is a storage place for our Harvest Festival supplies.  We have now succeeded in getting everything up off the moist ground, however it is important to eliminate any cardboard boxes and get other items protected.  To do so, we need a few more plastic, see-thru bins with positive closures so insects can’t get at the contents.  If you have a container to donate, please drop it off in classroom 3, the library.  They should be at least shoe-box size (6 quart), and not more than 66 quart.  The see-thru feature makes it easy for inventory.

Thank you – Monday Mob

Education Department Needs

Posted by Rebekah Gano on January 23, 2017 14:57 CST

The EcoTots class needs empty egg cartons with lids, empty water bottles with lids, paper towel tubes, and pants pockets for crafts and activities.  Please drop them off at the education office by February 8th.  Thanks!

Artist Needed

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on March 2, 2016 10:35 CST

Do we have any artists in our ranks?

Part of the design for the revamped McGovern Children’s Discovery Area is to have life size cut outs of different birds. Our Facilities team is more than willing to make the cut outs but we need someone who can help make the templates of the birds. Details of the birds are not required, just the silhouette, so the children compare their size to the birds.

If this is something you have a talent for and are interested in helping us, please contact Kathy Gardener at Kathy@abnc.org, as she has the dimensions needed.


Education Needs

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on February 18, 2016 12:01 CST

Our Education Department is in need of Egg Cartons Cardboard not Styrofoam and Oatmeal Canisters.

Take Home Project

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on February 2, 2016 09:26 CST

Education Department is again needing help cutting out and assembling crafts for our children's nature classes. They have ziploc bags with all the patterns and materials that need to be cut and/or assembled, a template and the date we need to have them back. This is a great take home project for any crafty volunteers. The bags are currently located in the Heiman House. This saves our teachers valuable time getting these crafty ideas prepared.

Martyn Farm Harvest Festival

Posted by Shawn Gano on October 25, 2015 22:26 CDT

Mark your calendars for the 35th annual Martyn Farm Harvest Festival which will take place at ABNC on the 14th and 15th of November (10am to 4pm).   See the November Bayou Foliage for more details.

Volunteers are still needed both days! Sign up sheets for our activities are in the Volunteer Office. For each shift you work, you will get a ticket for a drink at the food booth. When you arrive, please check in at the Information Booth, which is next to the Birthing Shed. This is one of our important events to show off to our visitors, not just for the revenue, but to educate them on what we have to offer, and what life 120 years ago was like to the settlers who made this an important place on the Gulf Coast.

Estuarine Odyssey

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on July 24, 2015 17:46 CDT

Bayou, estuary and tidal stream all describe the most beautifully preserved coastal habitat in Harris County.  The abundance of aquatic life which fuels the fishing industry and supplies local seafood markets and restaurants begins in these aquatic environments.  Unfortunately, the life in these murky waters goes largely unseen and is therefore mostly under appreciated. 

Bring your sense of adventure and a change of clothes as we plan a morning of exploring the life in these shallow water habitats.  After an introductory overview lecture, we’ll pull a seine among the tidal flats and marshes to gain a greater understanding of the richness of life that hides just below the surface.  This is an immersion into estuarine ecology and will enhance the understanding of ecology for teachers, naturalists, paddlers and the young at heart.  The experience may also reawaken the hidden excitement of discovery with every haul of the net.

When:  Sat.  August 8 Time:  9a.m. to Noon

 Where:  Armand Bayou Nature Center Cost:  $25/ person-15 person max

Instructor:  Mark Kramer Age:  Adult – 18 years and older

On October 25 from 10 to noon – Snake demo training – What is for dinner and Skins, Scales and Skeletons. Then on November 15 from 10 to noon – Venomous and Non Venomous and Frogs of ABNC.  These classes will be taught by Margaret Frick.

On 10/11 Saturday at 10am we have an opportunity to provide fire extinguisher training to staff and volunteers that serve on the burn team, fire watch duties, and/or have a station during fall festival that requires a fire extinguisher nearby.  Boardmember and Pasadena Fireman Ed Keenan will do the training and I expect it will be a live fire exercise.

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