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Gardening Daze
Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 8:30 a.m.

Join Horticultural Coordinator Matt Abernathy Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. for native plant landscaping and habitat restoration in the park. Volunteers assist with gardening outside the Nature Center, tending to plants in the greenhouse, removing invasive species, assisting with habitat restoration, and other horticulture projects. Park staff and volunteers also work in the heritage garden at the pioneer homestead after 10 a.m. Closed-toed shoes, gloves, a hat, sunscreen, and water are recommended.

Tai Chi
Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 9 a.m.

Interested in trying a new healthy outdoor activity? Doug Ebeling, volunteer Tai Chi instructor, leads this class based on the 24-step Yang form of T’ai Chi. The one-hour class includes low-impact stretching, breathing, and range of motion exercises held in the outdoor classroom near the Nature Center.

Tadpoles Club
Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.

This interactive program helps introduce preschool-aged children to nature through stories, crafts, puppets, short walks, and animals. This staff naturalist-led program provides a great opportunity for parents and children to learn about and enjoy nature together. Reservations required beginning Wednesday, April 5. Ages 3 to 4 only. Parent must accompany child. No younger or older siblings. 

Summer Nature Camp Registration
Saturday, May 5 at 8 a.m. 

Children ages 5 to 12 take part in The Forces of Nature, a four-day educational summer program. A parent or legal guardian must bring identification and their child’s birth certificate to register. Registration for non-Harris County residents opens Sunday, May 6 at 8 a.m. Online registration opens Monday, May 7 at For camp dates and times, visit

Nature Photo Contest Ribbon Presentation
Saturday, May 5 at 1 p.m.

Park visitors and photo contest entrants will have the opportunity to view all the entries for the year and this year’s judges will be on hand to discuss the winners of the contest. Contest entries are due to the park office no later than Tuesday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m.  

Mother’s Day Nature Craft
Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m.

Kids can come out and make a handmade nature craft to give as a Mother’s Day gift in this hands-on program. Reservations required, beginning Wednesday, May 2. Ages 5 and up. 

Second Saturday Settlers: Lye Soap
Saturday, May 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

       Join Jones Park volunteers and staff to see how early Texas settlers made soap and learn about this all-purpose cleaner. Additional demonstrations will occur during the program to illustrate other aspects of early Texas settler life.    

Second Sunday Pickers
Sunday, May 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Sing or strum along with the Second Sunday Pickers as they bring the Nature Center to life with acoustic music, including country-and-western, bluegrass, folk, gospel, Cajun, and blues. Visitors of all ages are welcome to listen, sing along, or bring an instrument to join in the fun.

Dragonfly Workshop
Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to noon

Workshop attendees will learn about and participate in a citizen science project to help monitor migratory butterflies in our area.  Identification characteristics and reporting methods will be covered first, followed by a walk into the park to practice photographing and identifying them.  

Jesse Jones Park Volunteer Meeting
Monday, May 21 at 7 p.m.

Join Jones Park staff and volunteers for their monthly volunteer meeting to learn more about what’s new at Jones Park, upcoming events and programs, and volunteer opportunities. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. with a guest presentation.  

Invasives Beware
Saturday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Join Jones Park staff and the Jesse Jones Park (JJP) Eradicator’s to assist in finding, documenting, and removing invasive plant and animal species as well as conducting other habitat management tasks in Jones Park. Closed-toe shoes required, gloves and long pants are recommended. Ages 16 and up or accompanied by adult.


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