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Go See It Places

These are places around the district and council area that you can take the scouts for unforgettable experiences they might not get outside of scouting.  See the bottom of this page for files you can download for more information.

Kleb Woods Nature Preserve

The Kleb Woods Nature Preserve is located in NW Harris County near the historic community of Rose Hill on FM 2920 west of Muschke Road. It is a 131 - acre nature preserve operated by Harris County Precinct 3.

The 20605 FM 2920 tract (about 32 acres) is open from 7:00 A.M. until dusk daily. It has restroom facilities, drinking fountains, a pavilion, picnic and BBQ Facilities, walking and nature trails. In addition, overnight camping is available for scout groups. Reservations are required. 

For more information, please call the Precinct 3 Parks office at 281-496-2177.

The 20301 Mueschke Road tract [about 99 acres] is the former homestead of Elmer Kleb and is bordered on the north by Draper Road. It is open from 7:00 A.M. until dusk daily. It has restroom facilities, drinking fountains, walking and nature trails, a historic farm and a nature center with an auditorium and a classroom. 

The Nature Center and farmhouses are open daily including weekends from 8:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. Tour groups are welcome; classes are offered for school groups and other organizations. The facilities will support groups to 120 students and/or adults. 

Programs offered include weekly Wednesday bird walks, hummingbird festivals the 3rd Saturday in September, bird study and banding classes, journaling, wildlife gardening, vegetable gardening, heritage gardening, native plant study, Chinese Tallow control and research projects. They offer weekly German language classes, heritage and history projects for individuals, classes and groups, oral histories, folklore and cultural heritage related programs. 

Eagle Scout and troop Service projects and badge workshops are also available. These are all free to the public. Volunteer opportunities are also available. 

For information please call the Nature Center at 281-357-5324.

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center

In 1978, Harris County Commissioners Court authorized the Cypress Creek Park Project to provide a greenbelt along Cypress and Spring Creeks as a recreational resource for the citizens of Harris County. This beginning effort laid the foundation for the current Spring Creek Greenway project that encompasses 4,000 acres of land purchased with public and private funds. 

The development of nature trails, a boardwalk, playground, and picnic area began in 1982, and 1984 marked the dedication of the nature center. Development of the Redbud Hill Homestead and Akokisa Indian Village, beginning in 1986, has added a unique historical and educational dimension to the park.

Jones Park is located in northeast Harris County within the boundaries drawn on many old Big Thicket maps, and contains bottomland hardwood-pine forest plants and wildlife. The park has over 300 fenced acres and more than one-half mile of frontage on Spring Creek. Cypress ponds, which are scattered in a west to east drainage pattern that roughly parallels the creek, contain some of the largest bald cypress trees anywhere near Houston. Huge, ancient magnolias give more character to the forest. Loblolly pines, water oaks, and sweet gum trees dominate among the tall trees, and yaupons and ironwoods in the understory.

Jones Park holds several popular programs, events, and festivals annually. All programs and events at Jones are free of charge and theirsuccess depends on volunteers!

Just as American Indians tell stories to preserve and pass on their history, Jones Park also tells stories. Take a stroll through history at the Redbud Hill Homestead and Akokisa Indian Village and experience life in Texas in the early 1800s.

At Homestead Heritage Day, held the second Saturday in February, and Pioneer Day, held the second Saturday in November, visitors can travel back in time by making corn husk dolls, bonnets, lye soap,beeswax candles, and much more. See how the early inhabitants of Texas made and used their tools and weapons. A skirmish provides a living-history look at the authentic weaponry, costumes, and significance of Civil War battles. Volunteers and staff show visitors how early settlers built and protected their homesteads. You might even get to taste some authentic pioneer cooking!

There's nothing like Jones Park's annual Old-Fashioned Christmas to get you in the Yuletide spirit! Held the second Saturday in December, visitors are taken back in time for an evening of food and festive entertainment. Reservations are required for this event. The events mentioned above are just a sampling of the many annual events offered at Jones Park. Other events include:

Arbor Day, Haunted Homestead, NatureFest, and Kids In Action.

Link to homepage:   http://www.hcp4.net/jones/index.htm       

City of Houston WaterWorks Education Center

Promoting Water Education, Conservation and Stewardship

The City of Houston’s WaterWorks Education Center welcomes all educational groups to explore the wonders of water during a field trip designed to imbue them with a sense of wonderment and discovery about one of earth’s most precious resources. We will work with you to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience for your group. Our field trips consist of a combination of guided tours, self-guided visits, scavenger hunts and hands-on activities depending on the age and size of your group. In order to make the most of your visit, it is helpful to prepare students for their trip.

12121 N. Sam Houston Parkway E., Humble, Texas  77396
At the City of Houston’s North East Water Purification Plant
Phone:  832-395-3791

Visitor Information 

Admission is free and by appointment only.  Monday through Friday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm (last appointment – 3:00 pm)  Closed:  Saturday and Sundays and all City of Houston holidays

All adults will need to provide a driver’s license/photo identification to the security guard at the plant entrance. We request a minimum of 15 persons per field trip visit.  Due to space constraints, we can accommodate a maximum of 35 people at a time.  The WaterWorks Education Center is ADA compliant. Please let us know if you have any special needs.

 Reservations

CALL 832-395-3791 or emailwaterworks@houstontx.gov .

The WaterWorks Education Center requires advance reservations for all visiting groups.  Reservations may be made by phone or by downloading the field trip reservation form and faxing or e-mailing the completed form to Susan Smyer.  Phone #:  832-395-3791, FAX #:  832-395-3788, email:  waterworks@houstontx.gov 

Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Field trips can be scheduled Monday – Friday. 

For an established field trip, the person who booked the trip should call 832-395-3791 at any time during the business day prior to the day of arrival to add or subtract people from the reservation.  

Have the Following Information Ready When Calling to Book Your Visit

  • Contact person name, name and mailing address, phone and fax number and email address
  • Best time to reach during the day
  • Number of youth and grade level
  • Number of chaperones
  • Requested dates and time—be prepared with 2-3 alternate dates and times, in case you first choice is not available.

How Long You Should Allow For Your Visit

Generally visits are scheduled in approximately 2 hour blocks. To insure that you receive your full time, plan to arrive at the WaterWorks approximately 15 or 20 minutes early.  Allow sufficient time in your schedule for traffic delays, unloading at the museum, rest room breaks, educational presentations and activities, and reloading your group.

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site

The 293-acre state historic site, maintained by Texas Parks and Wildlife, is located on the original townsite of Washington, a major political and commercial center in early Texas.

The site is comprised of three main attractions; Independence Hall, Barrington Living History Farm, administered by Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Star of the Republic Museum, administered by Blinn College.

Visitors are encouraged to begin at the state-of-the-art Visitors Center where the congenial and knowledgeable Texas Parks and Wildlife staff can help you plan your visit and a variety of tour options can be purchased. The visitor center is free to the public and is the best place to gather information on the park amenities.

Barrington Living History Farm

Barrington Living History Farm is a representation of the farm founded by Dr. Anson Jones, last President of the Republic of Texas. With Jones' daybook and accounts as their guide, the interpreters at Barrington Living History Farm conduct themselves much as did the earliest residents of the original farmstead, raising cotton, corn, cattle and hogs. Visitors take a step into the lives of Barrington's earliest residents and participate in daily activities to better understand what life was like over 150 years ago.

Anson Jones called Barrington home from 1845 until his death in 1858. Jones arrived in Texas in 1833, settling first in Brazoria where he practiced medicine and became involved in politics. He actively served the Republic of Texas as a congressman, Minister to the United States, Senator, and Secretary of State. In 1844, at the height of his political career, Dr. Jones became president of the Republic. Barrington is named after his birthplace, Great Barrington Massachusetts. The Farm's occupants included Jones, his wife Mary, their four children, his sister, Mary's half-siblings, and six slaves.

The Anson Jones Home is an original structure built in 1844, near Washington. It was moved to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Site as part of the Texas Centennial Celebration in 1936.

The outbuildings were recreated based on typical Texas architecture of the mid nineteenth century, and information found in Dr. Jones' diaries and account books. The reconstructed farmstead opened as Barrington Living History Farm in March of 2000. It represents the lifestyle of the Jones family and the slaves who lived and worked here.

You are encouraged to participate in the work of the farm and become a part of the exhibit. Learn how to drive oxen, help plant and harvest crops, and try your hand at spinning or making soap. Explore the farm and experience the daily lives of those who came before.

www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/barrington_farm

Fanthorp Inn

Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site is located approximately 30 miles southeast of Bryan/College Station. It consists of 1.4 acres in Anderson, county seat of Grimes County. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department acquired the property by purchase in 1977 from a Fanthorp descendant, and it was opened to the public October 4, 1987, to demonstrate nineteenth-century life as an early Texas stagecoach stop and family home. Ten years were spent researching and restoring the Inn to its 1850 use as both a family home and travelers' stop.

The double-pen, cedar log dogtrot house was built by an English immigrant, Henry Fanthorp, when Texas was part of Mexico. Fanthorp petitioned Stephen F. Austin in 1832 for permission to settle in this Original Austin Colony. He bought 1100 acres and built his house in 1834 on the road that crossed his land, thus bringing travelers to his door immediately. Henry Fanthorp was appointed Postmaster by the Provisional Texas Government in 1835 and saw the advantage of offering other services and goods to his frequent visitors. Within time, Fanthorp's became a well-known stopping place for both travelers and the community.

Activities: Attractions include tours of the historic Fanthorp Inn and seeing an authentic replica of an 1850 Concord stagecoach.

Tours: Fanthorp Inn is open for public tours Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The park is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for group tours (by reservation) and school events. Contact the park for details.


http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/fanthorp_inn/

San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site

The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site holds a significant responsibility to preserve the proud history of the State of Texas and the United States. The famous Battle of San Jacinto that brought TEXAS its independence was fought on this site. Because of the great importance of the Battle to the course of history, the Battleground is of state, national and international significance, a fact that is attested to by the site's National Historic Landmark status.

The primary purpose of the 1,200-acre site is to commemorate the Battle and to preserve the Battleground on which Texian troops under General Sam Houston achieved the independence of Texas by defeating a Mexican Army led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna on April 21, 1836.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site consists of the Battleground, Monument and Battleship TEXAS. It is located within minutes of downtown Houston and a short distance to the beaches of Galveston Island. Millions of visitors come to this area each year to enjoy the mild coastal climate and cultural and sports activities. Students and visitors alike are most fortunate to be able to experience history first hand through living history at the San Jacinto Battleground and Battleship TEXAS State Historic Sites.

Complete the San Jacinto Battleground Hike and earn the Sam Houston Area Council's San Jacinto Battleground Award while learning some Texas History.

Better yet, contact Tim and schedule a tour, where this Silver Palm Eagle scout will dress one of your scouts in a Mexican Army Uniform, demonstrate the long arms used by both our Texas volunteers and the Mexican soldiers, and bring history to life!  The tour costs of all $1.00 per person and is well worth the cost.

Timothy Reeves  Park Interpreter/Historian

San Jacinto Battleground/Battleship TEXAS SHS

3523 Independence Parkway South  La Porte, Texas  77571

Phone: 281-479-2431 ext. 232 Fax: 281-479-5618

Email: tim.reeves@tpwd.state.tx.us

Battleship TEXAS State Historic Site

In 1948, the Battleship TEXAS became the first battleship memorial museum in the U.S. That same year, on the anniversary of Texas Independence, the Texas was presented to the State of Texas and commissioned as the flagship of the Texas Navy. In 1983, the TEXAS was placed under the stewardship of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is permanently anchored on the Buffalo Bayou and the busy Houston Ship Channel. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's 1,200-acre San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site consists of the BattlegroundMonument and Battleship TEXAS. These sites are located within minutes of downtown Houston and a short distance to the beaches of Galveston Island. Millions of visitors come to this area each year to enjoy the mild coastal climate and cultural and sports activities. Students and visitors alike are most fortunate to be able to experience history first hand through living history at the San Jacinto Battleground and Battleship TEXAS.

Scheduling an Overnight Visit Aboard The Battleship TEXAS!

Program Manager: Jerry Irwin
Program Assistant: Paul McCann

If you would like to arrange an overnight visit, please call 281-542-0684 or e-mail us at overnight@battleshiptexas.org