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Volunteers play an essential role in successfully operating Armand Bayou Nature Center's unique wildlife refuge and wilderness preserve. If you want to help preserve the environment by sharing the wonders of Armand Bayou's habitats with others, the Nature Center offers a multitude of opportunities to volunteer. Lead a night-time Owl Prowl or a morning trail hike. Participate in farm demonstrations at our Fall Festival or help raise funds through the Silent Auction at Bayou Boil. Or learn more about our habitats through outstanding educational programs. There is a place for you at Armand Bayou.

And it's fun! You'll meet people like you from all walks of life--people interested in helping to preserve the habitats with which we have been entrusted.

Join our over 200 volunteers who keep our Nature Center up and running! If you'd like to get started right away, you can receive specialized training through our mentor program. Not sure where you'd like to begin? Give us a call at 281-474-2551 and we will be happy to explain your many diverse and life enhancing opportunities. Complete the volunteer enrollment form and come by the office today!

For individuals desiring a deeper educational or stewardship experience, the Nature Center offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Volunteers are trained on how to utilize their skills in nature education, interpretation, conservation and operations, and how to share their interest and experience s with others. Their talents and enthusiasm make the volunteer corps an integral part of ABNC, without which many programs or tasks could not be accomplished.

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How to Log Your Volunteer Hours

It is important for all volunteers to log their hours. Here are five great reasons why you should log your hours and the steps it takes to sign up and start logging them today!

Plants of Armand Bayou

Lyman Brown has put together an excellent compendium of plants that grow at the nature center in four volumes: cultivars, wild plants, trees and shrubs, as well as grasses and sedges. He has made these available as PDF downloads for all volunteers or other people who may be interested. If you happen to notice any errors please let Lyman know (lymanbr@comcast.net).

Latest Newsletter

Check out the latest Bayou Foliage, our volunteer newsletter. For more newsletters check out the news page or view other past issues.

Monthly Volunteer Meetings

Monthly meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month excluding June and July. These meetings are a great opportunity to meet fellow volunteers for networking and socializing.

We meet at 6.30 pm for a 30 minute social with snacks and drinks donated by individual volunteers on a monthly sign up basis. At 7pm we give out notices of upcoming events and then introduce our speaker for the Month. Topics are varied and are usually announced in the week preceding the meeting, check the calendar for more information. We take a short break at 8pm and then wrap up with any business that needs to be discussed and voted on.

Please accept this invitation to come along and join our growing ranks of volunteers. Suggestions for speakers are greatly appreciated! If you have a suggestion for a speaker contact the chair or another member of the volunteer committee.

New Volunteer Orientation

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on 16 Jan 2018
Category: Opportunities

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 February 10 or 17, 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 12 Jan 2018
Category: Opportunities

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.

 

 

Needs for the Lab

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on 20 Nov 2017
Category: News

If you have any old beach towels, large towels, hand towels or wash clothes you are looking to get rid of, please bring them to Kristin Hill, in the lab. Most of the towels in the lab are nearing the end of their life. Thanks you.

Attention Quilters

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on 15 Nov 2017
Category: News

Beth Kartrude has past issues of quilters magazines that she would love to share. If anyone in interested in these magazines please let Liz VanOrstrand at liz@abnc.org know and she will put you in touch with Beth.

Volunteers Needed

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on 18 Aug 2017
Category: News

We have two volunteer opportunities come up in the next week.

On Friday, August 25 from 9 to 1 pm Raquel Lewis will be the Mistress of Ceremonies as she takes on the project of getting the Pole Barn back in shape. She could use 2 to 4 people to help her out.

Then on Tuesday, August 29 from 9 to noon, we will be giving the auditorium lobby a good cleaning and could use a few extra hands.

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