Nature Learning Center

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Checking out the Shell and Sea Bean table

Open on weekends in March – November between 10:00am – 2:00pm and staffed by FoGISP volunteers, the Nature Learning Center is the ideal place to learn more about the park’s environment, flora and fauna.

Where to pay the park's day-use fees


The Nature Center offers a range of attractions, including the following:

  • Shell and Sea Bean Table: This table displays a variety of treasures found in the Park’s beach and bay areas, providing a hands-on experience for Park visitors. Each item is identified via a label.
  • Library: Trying to identify a plant or animal you’ve just seen in the Park? Our Library can help you do just that. With more than 2,000 nature-related publications, the Library can help answer most of your questions.

More on the library

Shirley Foster, a valued former FoGISP president, wanted to have a way for Park visitors to stay informed on all things natural. Shirley’s vision included books, online database access, and other material. As a result, FoGISP put out the call for volunteers and members of our Galveston Bay Area Chapter – Texas Master Naturalist family to donate publications — and they responded in a big way.

Next, with help from our own Frank Bowser, FoGISP purchased a computer system with Wi-Fi access for the Nature Center.

Volunteering in the Nature Center

The Nature Center is staffed by trained FoGISP volunteers whose mission is to help visitors better appreciate the joys and treasures of the Park.

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