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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!

Bayou Interpretive Guides

The mission for our Bayou Interpretive Guide (BIG) program is to "Reconnecting people to nature by forging emotional and intellectual connections between the interest of our guests and the values of our resources."

The BIG program is optional for anyone of our volunteers that have public interaction. The program is scheduled quarterly and will help us to understand the importance of making the connections with our guests, and focusing on the overall mission statement of Armand Bayou Nature Center. This would include Trail Guides, Farm Life Demos, Natural History Demos, Outreach, Deck Hands, and maybe even Guardians of the Gardens. There will be certain requirements for anyone looking to receive the BIG patch.

Please check your calendar for the next BIG meeting.

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, under the docs tab after you login.

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.

Christmas BYOF Party Dec. 9th

Posted by Elisa ONeal on 3 Dec 2021
Category: News


Our annual December party will be modified to be a Bring Your Own Food (BYOF)
event Thursday, December 9, at 6:30 pm in the Albemarle Garden area and Hana
Ginzbarg building. Please contact Helen Lane if you would like to help with some
basic setup for the party. Her email is helenwlane@comcast.net and her number is
281-794-9959.
Please include your family as we enjoy time with each other. Don't forget your plates
and such to save using paper and plastic.
The entertainment games will be TBD, but be prepared to have some fun and win
some prizes. If you would like to donate an item for the games, please let Helen
know.
The Volunteer Board is considering to join a local toy and food drive. We will send
out an update on this event as son as we have that information for you.
If you have a favorite Christmas or Hanukkah memory, be it ages ago or recently, up
North or at the Nature Center, yours or a family member's; please write it up in a
paragraph or two to be read during dinner. Then we will put them all in a scrapbook
to be added to the Library. The idea being we want to add to a collection of stories
about people who used to live here or in the area, about people who now volunteer
and work here, a rich resource material for the future.
If you cannot make it to the dinner, but wish to add your story, please send it to
elisa@abnc.org.
We will send out an invitation on Dec. 6th and again the same day of the event. This
is an in-person event, so there will not be a zoom link.

Farm Days at ABNC: Volunteers Needed

Posted by Elisa ONeal on 27 Oct 2021
Category: News

In lieu of our annual harvest festival, the center will offer guests a distant-friendly scaled down "Day at the Farm" event. For the price of regular admission, guests will get to take part in their favorite hands-on farm life demonstrations, buy jellies in the outdoor market, and maybe walk away with some sugar cane. Help us bring the farm to life for the community!

All shifts will be from 1pm-4pm both Sat. & Sun. We will need help with set up on Friday and Saturday.

Lead and assistant volunteers needed for the following demonstrations and areas:

  • Butter-making
  • Candle-making
  • Rope-making
  • Yarn Dolls
  • Wood-working
  • Sugar Cane
  • Outdoor General Store
  • Veggie Garden
  • Rag Rug-making
  • Event Setup

If you have never done a farm demo before, this is a good time to learn!

To sign up, log into to Homebase and claim your desired shift or email elisa@abnc.org.

Craft needs for Education

Posted by Elisa ONeal on 27 Jul 2021
Category: News

Message from Heather Millar:

We sure did use lots of materials in camp with a few more weeks to go and fall programs. We can use color magazines with nature pictures to cut up, clear tennis ball containers with lids and larger popsicle sticks/ tongue depressors. Thank you for donating to these important programs.

heather@abnc.org

You can drop off your donations at the front desk.

Latino Conservation Week

Posted by Polly Swerdlin on 24 Jun 2021
Category: Opportunities

Our volunteer organization, and ABNC at large, strives to engage everyone in our community and beyond, to celebrate our local habitats and wildlife, and to deepen understanding of their imperiled nature. In order for us to be a site of positive enriching experiences and welcoming of everyone, we must be proactive in that effort. That is why this year ABNC will be observing Latino Conservation Week. Volunteers and staff have come together to develop a series of events and activities aimed at connecting with Latinos. Our two-fold mission aims to connect them with the outdoors and their role as stewards in conserving our native habitats, as well as connecting people with one another.
 
Latino Conservation Week is an initiative of Hispanic Access, a national nonprofit that works to connect Latinos with partners and opportunities to create a more equitable society. 
 
Here is the line up:
  • July 17th - Dia de Conservaci√≥n Ecologica / Day of Conservation with the Stewardship Dept.
  • July 21st - ¬°Descubre tu bayou! Caminata Nocturna / Discover your Bayou Night Hike with Elisa
  • July 21st - Plantando para nuestra pradera / Planting for our prairie: Seed Balls and Potting with Jim Duran
  • July 24th - Native Plant Discovery with Robin, Meade, and Angelica (Free plants to take home)

 
If you are interested in helping out with any of these events, contact elisa@abnc.org. Learn more at LatinoConservationWeek.com

We need your leaves!

Posted by Elisa ONeal on 27 Nov 2020
Category: News


Don't throw away your leaf bag, compost it with us!For one month only, we are asking that you drop off your leaf bag in the recycling area in our front parking lot. From there Gene Fisseler and Tom Scarscella will move it to a cleared area in the back portion of the sugar cane field. The two have partnered up to help create a compost area there where we hope to eventually recycle our bagasse (pressed cane) after the Harvest Festival. In year's past we have been hauling bagasse off-site to be recycled which is energy intensive and robs potential nutrients from our soil. Let's turn it into compost for our own needs. Your leaf bag contributions will help build the volume needed to get this compost going. So up until the end of December, don't leave it on the curb, bring it to the recycling area! If you have questions, contact Tom Scarscella at frozencat507@gmail.com.

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