The ABNC mission is twofold: to preserve the habitats with which we have been entrusted and to provide opportunities for people to experience and understand the local ecosystem. Through preservation and education we strive to reconnect people with nature.
Founded in 1974, ABNC remains one of the largest urban wilderness preserves in the United States, protecting over 2500 acres of rare coastal prairie, forest and bayou, and over 370 species of wildlife once common on the Texas Gulf Coast. ABNC is bordered by NASA Johnson Space Center, University of Houston Clear Lake, and the Pasadena petrochemical Industrial District, demonstrating that collaborative resource management allows nature to remain part of a vibrant economy and robust community quality of life.
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Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC) manages one of the largest urban wilderness preserves in the United States, protecting local native plants and animals threatened by development across the Houston/Galveston region. ABNC is the steward for over 2500 acres of remnant coastal prairie and forest wetlands, and 300 acres of natural bayou waterways, providing a home for over 370 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians once common to the Galveston Bay area of Southeast Texas. ABNC provides rare public access to 'nearby nature' in the fastest growing area of the nation, offering both formal and informal environmental education programs and outdoor family activities.