Winter Bird Count, Arbor Day, Animal Tracks & Signs, and More!
Winter Bird Count
Saturday, Jan. 4, at 7:45 a.m.
Come out and join Jones Park Assistant Director Matthew Abernathy to document the overwintering birds in the park. Bird watchers and enthusiasts of all skill levels are invited to help document and identify as many birds as possible during this single-day count. Binoculars are recommended. Ages 10 and older.
Wednesdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22, and 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Volunteers are invited to join staff and assist with a variety of conservation projects, such as maintaining the pollinator gardens, plant propagation, and habitat restoration. This program is weather dependent and will not meet on rainy days. Wear closed-toe shoes. Bring garden gloves and a water bottle. Long pants and a hat are recommended. Ages 16 and older or accompanied by an adult.
Wednesdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22, and 29, at 9 a.m.
Interested in trying a healthy new outdoor activity? Tai Chi is a centuries-old activity shown to reduce osteoarthritis pain and improve quality of life, reasoning ability, balance, and stability. John Spencer, the volunteer Tai Chi instructor, leads this class based on the 24-step Yang form of Tai Chi. The one-hour class includes low-impact stretching, breathing, and range of motion exercises held in the outdoor classroom near the Nature Center.
Wednesdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22, & 29, at 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.
This interactive program introduces preschool-aged children to nature with animals, puppets, short walks, crafts, and stories. Ages 3 and 4 only. No younger or older siblings allowed. A parent must accompany children. Reservations required beginning Wednesday, Dec. 4
Living History Workshop
Saturday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon
Visitors can join demonstrators and living historians for an in-depth seminar on presenting Texas history to the public. Classes on Living History Interpretation, by J.R. Thomas of George Ranch Historical Park, and Women in Early Texas, by Jones Park Historical Coordinator Katrina Yordy, will be offered. The morning classes will be followed by live demonstrations throughout the Redbud Hill Pioneer Homestead. Ages 16 and older. Reservations required beginning Wednesday, Dec. 11
Second Saturday Settlers: Fire in the Hole
Saturday, Jan. 11, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Visitors of all ages are invited to the Redbud Hill Homestead for a first-hand look at some of the early Texas black powder weapons. Volunteer muzzleloaders will demonstrate the use of these valuable tools.
Saturday, Jan. 11, at 5:30 p.m.
Spend an evening around the campfire with renowned storyteller Dan Gordon for an interactive journey through “Adventures in Storyland.” Reservations required beginning Thursday, Jan. 2.
Second Sunday Pickers
Sunday, Jan. 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Second Sunday Pickers provide free musical entertainment every second Sunday. Frequently played music includes country-and-western, bluegrass, folk, gospel, Cajun, and blues. Visitors are welcome to bring an instrument and play along.
Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate Arbor Day with Jones Park staff and volunteers. Visitors can take home a free sapling and learn how to plant and care for trees. Webelos Scouts can fulfill the “Into the Woods” adventure through a self-guided activity.
Tree Planting Party
Saturday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m.
Participants will help park staff and volunteers plant a variety of native trees throughout the park. Reservations required beginning Wednesday, Jan. 8.
Animal Tracks & Signs
Saturday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m.
Wildlife tracks, feathers, fur, and calls are all around the park. Participants will learn about a variety of animal tracking techniques and how these tracks and signs tell a story about local wildlife.
Jesse Jones Park Volunteers Monthly Meeting
Monday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m.
The Jesse Jones Park Volunteers (JJPV) invites the public to learn about volunteer opportunities at the park and JJPV. The meeting will start with a guest presentation followed by the meeting.
Homestead Open House
Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Appreciate modern conveniences by taking a step back in time. Enjoy a look around the park’s historically accurate 1830s Redbud Hill Homestead and Akokisa-Ishak Village. Learn about two very different, yet successful, ways of life. Self-guided interpretive brochures are available in the Nature Center for visitors to move at their own pace.
With leadership from Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center is a Harris County Precinct 4 facility located at 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble. Jesse Jones Park Volunteers (JJPV) welcomes applications from interested participants. For more information about the park or any of the activities and programs offered, call 281-446-8588 or visit hcp4.net/jones.