Story Time at the Pond

This program is geared towards preschool age children. Once a month we gather together at Bluegill to read a great nature-themed story. Afterward we will venture into the nature center for an animal encounter activity. 

Critter Chat

Our Animal Care staff chats with visitors about one of our animal ambassadors!

Beginners Birding Hike

Join our resident aviculturist for an early morning birding hike around the preserve! Suitable for the whole family. Don’t forget your binoculars! 

The Great Outdoor Classroom- Public School Field Trips

The Nature Center offers field trips for public schools in Montgomery County at no charge! The Great Outdoor Classroom’s curriculum is based on the science TEKS requirements for each grade level. Our goal is to help students grasp environmental science concepts in a fun, hands-on way. The Nature Center staff has developed an energetic outdoor experience that will enrich the students knowledge and skills. Contact the Nature Center for information on how to schedule a field trip for your students! 

Homeschool Program

This program is intended for 1st through 5th grade level students. The classes will consist of a lecture followed by an outdoor, hands-on activity. We offer a morning and afternoon session on the days the classes are held to allow more families to participate in the program. Registration is required for the classes in this program. 

Homeschool Field Trip

Gather up your homeschool group for a fun adventure at the Nature Center! The field trip will consist of a guided hike through the preserve followed by an animal encounter activity inside. Contact the Nature Center for information on how to sign up your homeschool group for a field trip! 

Women in the Outdoors Fishing Camp

Mothers & daughters, aunts & nieces, grandmothers & granddaughters, sisters, cousins, & friends are all welcome to join us for this special family fishing camp. Come learn all of the basic skills you’ll need to fish in a safe, encouraging environment. Learn about setting up fishing poles, tying fishing knots, fish identification, habitat, casting, and more! Then, test your skills at Bluegill Pond!

Junior Explorers

This program is designed for preschool and younger school age children. These classes are all about teaching young children about native flora and fauna while having fun! Each class will have a hands-on activity and they will take place outside (weather permitting).

Foraging Class

Join foraging expert Dr. Mark “Merriwether” Vordebruggen as he wanders the preserve in search of wild edible plants. Not only will you learn how to properly identify these useful plants, Dr. Vordebruggen will also share how he incorporates them into his daily diet.

For more information on Dr. Vordebruggen and his class, you can visit

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Address: 1300 Riley Fuzzel Rd. Spring, TX 77386
Phone: 281-364-4225
Hours: Tue-Sat, 9am to 4pm

Closed on county holidays.

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