V: Valley Nature Center

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V: Valley Nature Center

Vvalley nature centeralley Nature Center is a 6-acre park and nature preserve in Weslaco, Texas. Its focus is environmental education about the natural history of the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

The center’s activities include a summer camp, birding trips, natural history classes and lectures. There are programs for individuals, children and adults.

Secret Garden in the Heart of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Mission “To provide educational opportunities and to foster appreciation and understanding of the Lower Rio Grande Valley’s unique natural communities of flora and fauna.”

Link to Valley Nature Center

For the most information and a slew of terrific pictures, check out this web page by Jan Dauphin

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S: South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0S: South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

Venture into the delightful 2600 square-foot screened Butterfly House, and new Bromeliad Conservatory. Experience 2000 orchids, 300 breathtaking roses, quaint Hummingbird Garden, imaginative Sensory Garden with fascinating artscape, Arid Garden and colorful EarthKind Demonstration Trial Gardens. And during our eight warmer months, enjoy the fragrant tropical Plumeria Garden with elevated viewing ramp.

south texas botanicalYour visits to the Botanical Gardens & Nature Center in Corpus Christi will immerse you in serene beauty, followed by an adventurous ‘walk on the wild side’ with 11 uniquely stunning floral exhibits and gardens shouting color, followed by quiet trails and boardwalk through identified native habitat and natural wetlands.

This 180-acre showcase on Oso Creek offers a unique and varied take on botanical gardens– beautiful new Exotic Parrots, or native wildlife in the new Reptiles in Residents exhibit; artistic decorative water features, or vast natural wetlands; majestic Rose Pavilion; or rustic Palapa Grande on scenic Gator Lake– Corpus Christi’s South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center will impress you with its unusual approach to environmental education through creative horticultural design, and fascinating naturescape of natural wetlands and trails through native mesquite forest. Definitely not your grandmother’s botanical garden!

http://stxbot.org/

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R: Riley Fuzzle Road (Peckinpaugh Preserve)

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R: Riley Fuzzle Road (Peckinpaugh Preserve)

riley fuzzyEstablished in 2005, the 25-acre Peckinpaugh Preserve merges 10 acres generously donated by Mrs. Patricia Peckinpaugh Hubbard and 15 acres contributed by the Houston Audubon Society.

The preserve is named in honor of Mrs. Hubbard’s parents. Mrs. Hubbard’s father, William Thomas Peckinpaugh, purchased the land in the 1920’s. The preserve is located adjacent to the new Riley Fuzzel Road bridge. Spring Creek forms the southern boundary of this beautifully wooded preserve, with undeveloped forest land and the Spring Trails subdivision to the north. The preserve is protected by a conservation easement held by Bayou Land Conservancy, formerly known as Legacy Land Trust.

riley fuzzy2A canoe launch has opened at the end of Old Riley Fuzzel Road, adjacent to the Peckinpaugh Preserve, which offers direct access to Spring Creek. The preserve contains 2,385 linear feet or almost one-half of a mile of frontage along the banks of Spring Creek.

http://www.springcreekgreenway.org/naturecenter.htm

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J: John F. Burke Nature Preserve

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J: John F. Burke Nature Preserve

Located only 10 miles from DFW Airport, the John F. Burke Nature Preserve sits waiting to be discovered by someone looking for a Shangri-La spot to relax in the middle of the big city.

Located in Farmers Branch, this 104-acre retreat is an ideal place to escape into nature.

http://visitfarmersbranch.com/Play/JohnBurkeNaturePreserve.aspx

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E: Eaton Hill Nature Center

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E: Eaton Hill Nature Center

eaton1Located in Sonora, Texas Eaton Hill Nature Center boasts a unique 37 acre landscape complete with hiking trails, an educational facility operated out of a 110+ year old historic home, interpretive exhibits and more. Whether you’re after adventure, education or simple outdoor appreciation, we’ve got you covered.

Situated just between the Edwards Plateau and true West Texas, the acreage at Eaton Hill is truly a living classroom in which to study the botany and fauna of both the Texas Hill Country and the Chihauhuan Desert. More than 3 miles of hiking trails meander through the 37 acre property and vary from the rocky outcrops of Agave Ridge to the densely wooded and seemingly secret corridors of Zed’s Cut. Watch as the landscape transforms with each step.

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C: Clark Gardens, Weatherford, Texas

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0It’s April! Time for the A to Z Blog Challenge. Each day through April (except Sundays) we’re writing a blog post to the Letter of the Day. The 1st is ‘A’, the 2nd is ‘B’ … and so on until we get to ‘Z’.

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C: Clark Gardens, Weatherford, Texas

IMG_0569Clark Garden’s proclaims on their web page:

“The breath-taking 50-acre oasis awakens the senses, stirs the spirit and relaxes the mind. From the first spring blossoms to the colorful fall, there is a sense of magic.”

I’ll attest to the fact that they don’t exaggerate. I had the pleasure of attending the Iris Festival there in 2013. It was so lovely I did not want to leave. I didn’t have the time to see a fraction of the beautiful gardens that grace the 50 acres.

If you’re anywhere around Weatherford or Mineral Wells, Texas, you’ll want to stop by and refresh in the lovely surroundings. http://www.clarkgardens.org/

Here’s a link that shows some of the gardens. http://www.clarkgardens.org/images/stories/files/map_of_gardens/clark_gardens_guide_map_feb2015_w.pdf

Business Office Monday-Friday (year-round excluding holidays) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 940-682-4856

OPEN SEASON (No appointment necessary.)

Dates:

  • March 6, 2015 through July 5, 2015 (the first weekend in March through July 4th weekend)
  • September 3, 2015 through November 29, 2015
  • March 4, 2016 through July 4, 2016
  • September 2, 2016 through November 27, 2016SUMMER & WINTER SEASONS – By Appointment Only, Excluding Private Events & Festivals –
  • Times: Monday-Saturday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • July 6, 2015 through September 3, 2015
  • November 30, 2015 through March 3, 2016
  • July 6, 2016 through September 1, 2016

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B: Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve, Southlake Texas

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0It’s April! Time for the A to Z Blog Challenge. Each day through April (except Sundays) we’re writing a blog post to the Letter of the Day. The 1st is ‘A’, the 2nd is ‘B’ … and so on until we get to ‘Z’.

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B: Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve, Southlake Texas

Bob Jones Nature Center is one of my favorite places in Texas to retreat and regroup. Of course, it’s just about in my backyard, which is nice.

Bob JonesI’m also probably a little partial to it because it’s named for a Jones, my mother’s maiden name. Not only that, I admire what Bob Jones accomplished with his life. After the Civil War, he and his mother were freed from slavery. He purchased 60 acres from his father and start about building an empire of almost 1,000 acres. At the time of his death, people thought so highly of him, that his funeral was attended by over 500 people. In 1936. People came from all over to pay their tributes. He’s buried at Medlin Cemetery, one of my three favorite cemeteries in the area, which is how I discovered Bob Jones initially.

When construction began on Lake Grapevine in 1947, many families were displaced. Except for Eugie Jones Thomas, one of Bob Jones’ daughters. She fought the Army Corps of Engineers … and won. She received a letter from Washington telling her she could keep all of her property.

Bob Jones barnBecause of Eugie’s determination and grit, taking on the fight ‘against City Hall’, residents in the area now have a refuge and place of beauty to visit. 758 acres full of natural beauty. Hiking trails through a Cross Timbers ecosystem, birdwatching, children’s classes and more are available here.

http://bjnc.org/default.php

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