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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.

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.

Prairie Pandemonium

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on 12 Oct 2017
Category: Opportunities

Volunteer needed Saturday, October 21, 8 am to noon to help restore one of the last remaining stands of Texas coastal tall grass prairies. Not only do we need people to help plant but we also need help with sign in and serving lunch. 

Pre-registration is required to participate. You may register by going to http://signup.com/go/UnnTqZN

MFHF T-Shirt Sales

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on 10 Oct 2017
Category: News

Help support Armand Bayou Nature Center as we celebrate our 37th annual Martyn Farm Harvest Festival, November 11 and 12, 2017, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.


We are running a T-shirt campaign, they are available in 5 colors and in toddlers and adult sizes. Please visit


Martyn Farm Harvest Festival

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on 10 Oct 2017
Category: Opportunities

We will be using SignUp.com for our Martyn Farm Harvest Festival this year. It is our desire to make signup as easy as possible, we hope this new system is the answer.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/prWVnnc

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Thank you for again for you time, please call me if you have any issues.

Liz VanOrstrand

Creepy Crawlers

Posted by Polly Swerdlin on 22 Sep 2017
Category: Opportunities

We still need a few volunteers to help for our October 28 event.  The signup is on a clipboard in the Volunteer Office.  It is going to be from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. this year.  Our visitors can register online this year - check out ABNC's home page!  

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