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 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.
  • Active bee hive: The bee hive, funded by FoGISP in 2013, is very popular with Park visitors. On any given weekend, you can see see visitors — adults and children alike — buzzing around the hive, trying to identify the queen and admiring the industry of her workers and drones. For more information, see Bees and beekeeping.
  • Nature Center Library: Trying to identify a plant or animal you’ve just seen in the Park? Our newly updated (2013) 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.

To keep all these resources organized and up-to-date, we recruited Lynn Smith to be our librarian. Lynn, a former FoGISP board member, has been also been involved with Camp Wild and other FoGISP outreach activities. She is a retired educator and is active with the American Association of University Women and the Galveston Bay Area Chapter – Texas Master Naturalist.

Lynn will be implementing a new feature in the library, the “Ask the Librarian” hotline. Email your question to Lynn; in addition to an individual response, you may see your question appear in the FoGISP newsletter or on this website.

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.

What’s coming in 2016

Stay tuned to this website for news of updates and additions to the Nature Center.

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