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Armand Bayou Nature Center

 

Opportunities

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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Prairie Pandemonium

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on October 12, 2017 10:19 CDT

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

Martyn Farm Harvest Festival

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on October 10, 2017 12:35 CDT

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 September 22, 2017 16:14 CDT

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!  

Used Tennis Balls

Posted by Rebekah Gano on May 25, 2017 13:46 CDT

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

Requesting Storage Bins

Posted by Polly Swerdlin on February 10, 2017 20:11 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 13:57 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!

At Home Craft Work Needed

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on November 15, 2016 09:50 CST

Thanks to all the staff and volunteers for 2 recent events, Creepy Crawlers and MFHF. From all reports this weekend went well.


If you have any "crafty" volunteers, we need to get some crafts prepped for Winter Camp and the Spring children's Nature classes once everyone has a rest. If you are interested, let me know and I will pass the info along to Raquel.Heather

Martyn Farm Harvest Festival

Posted by Polly Swerdlin on November 2, 2016 19:46 CDT

Mark your calendar for the 36th annual Martyn Farm Harvest Festival, which will take place at ABNC on November 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.  See ABNC's home page for more details.  In fact, when you click "Read More", there is a good video of the 2013 Festival.

Volunteers are needed both days!  Sign-up sheets for our activities are in the Volunteer Office, or email Liz.  For each two-hour 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. 


If you arrive early on Saturday, there will be a pot luck breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Classroom 2.  Coffee will be provided by Starbucks.  Bring a dish to share!

If you arrive after 10 a.m., please park at UHCL and take the shuttle bus to ABNC.

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.  Moreover, what life was like 120 years ago to the settlers who made this an important place on the Gulf Coast.

Artist Needed

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on March 2, 2016 09:35 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 11:01 CST

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

Take Home Project

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on February 2, 2016 08:26 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 21:26 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 16:46 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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