Homestead Heritage Day and More at Jones Park

Looking for fun activities in the upcoming month close to home?  Look no further than Jesse Jones Park.  From gardening, to birding, to crafting old fashioned calling cards, Jones Park has activities that the whole family will love.

Gardening Daze 
Wednesdays, Feb, 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Join horticultural coordinator Teri MacArthur for plant identification and weeding in the native flower beds surrounding the Nature Center. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., help tend the demonstration heritage vegetable garden in the pioneer homestead. Participants are encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes and bring gloves, a hat, and sunscreen.

T’ai Chi
Wednesdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18, & 25 at 8:30 a.m.
Join volunteer Doug Ebeling in the outdoor classroom next to the Nature Center for an hour of low-impact stretching, breathing and range of motion exercises based on the 24-step Yang form of T’ai Chi.

First Saturday Birding
Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7:45 a.m.

Early birds get to see the birds! Join staff member Al Barr for a bird walk in Jones Park, located on the Texas Birding Trail, to see and hear local land migratory species. Bring binoculars and comfortable, closed-toed shoes.

Homestead Heritage Day
Saturday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors of all ages are welcome to discover the lifestyle of early Texas settlers in the 1800s during this fun festival showcasing settler skills and skirmishes in a re-created Texas settlement. Enjoy folk music, blacksmithing, black powder weaponry, open fire cooking, skill demonstrations, and more! The 13th U.S. Infantry historical re-enactors will replicate a Civil War era skirmish beginning at 2 p.m.

Second Sunday Pickers
Sunday, Feb. 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For more than 20 years, the Second Sunday Pickers have filled the Nature Center with acoustic music including country-and-western, bluegrass, folk, rock and roll, and blues. Visitors of all ages are welcome to listen, sing along, or bring an instrument to join in the fun.

Second Saturday Settlers: Calling Cards
Saturday, Feb. 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
 Learn to make calling cards for your favorite valentine using a feather quill pen and natural ink at the park’s Redbud Hill Homestead while glimpsing other 19th century skill re-enactments.

Invasives Beware
Sunday, Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Join the JJP Eradicators in recording the locations of invasive plant and animal species and removing those that threaten to crowd out native varieties at Jones Park. Participants ages 16 and older, or those accompanied by an adult, are welcome to attend.

Winter Woods Orienteering
Saturday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon
Enjoy the winter forest without fire ants, mosquitoes or snakes and learn to follow an off-trail course with a compass. Reservations are required and may be made beginning Wednesday, Feb. 11 for ages 10 and older.

Jesse Jones Park Volunteers Meeting
Monday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to join the Jesse Jones Park Volunteers (JJPV) at this month’s meeting in the Nature Center.

Adopt-A-Trail
Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon
Those aged 10 or older may join teams to help maintain the park’s trails by removing invasive plants and litter. Reservations are required and may be made beginning Wednesday, Feb. 18.

 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. All programs are free of charge and open to the public. Harris County Precinct 4 programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, sex, religion, national origin, or physical ability. Jesse Jones Park Volunteers (JJPV) welcomes applications from interested participants.For more information about the park or any of the activities and programs offered, please call 281-446-8588 or visit www.hcp4.net/jones.

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