Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center Houston's neighborhood State Park & Environmental Learning Center...a hidden gem! This state park is FREE to enjoy! No entrance fees required.
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Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center is comprised of two units, Sheldon Lake (access point located at the boat ramp off Pineland Rd.) and the State Park and Environmental Learning Center (main entrance at 14140 Garrett Rd.) The primary activities at the lake unit are fishing and wildlife observation. Sheldon Lake is open every day to public fishing. Boats must not exceed headw

Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center is comprised of two units, Sheldon Lake (access point located at the boat ramp off Pineland Rd.) and the State Park and Environmental Learning Center (main entrance at 14140 Garrett Rd.) The primary activities at the lake unit are fishing and wildlife observation. Sheldon Lake is open every day to public fishing. Boats must not exceed headw

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06/25/2021
Featured Creature: Red Swamp Crayfish

It's time for Friday's Featured Creature!
Taking a rare daytime constitutional, this Red Swamp Crayfish comes face to face with a terrifying threat: a giant holding a cell phone. Instinctively, it raises its claw in defensive posture, flexing it slightly in a vain attempt at intimidation. When that doesn’t work it bids a hasty retreat. Though small in stature, these aquatic arthropods are ecosystem engineers. Their tiny mud towers dot the prairie wetlands. Each tower marks the entrance to a crawfish burrow that goes up to three feet into the earth. The crawfish rely on these burrows for protection from the elements, predators, and as a way to access food. They’re not usually active during the day, preferring to wait in their burrows for dusk, when they emerge to forage.

Did you know Galveston, TX is the site of the Juneteenth proclamation? Check this out below!
06/19/2021

Did you know Galveston, TX is the site of the Juneteenth proclamation? Check this out below!

Today is Juneteenth.

Juneteenth commemorates Union Army General Gordon Granger and the issuance of a proclamation on this day in 1865 in Galveston, TX. This proclamation ordered the freedom of 250,000+ enslaved black people here in Texas. This year, this holiday has not only been established as a Galveston city holiday but is now the first new federal holiday in almost 40 years.

Pictured here is a 5,000-square-foot mural titled "Absolute Equality" by Houston artist Reginald C. Adams on the spot where General Granger issued the order. The Texas Historical Commission also erected a marker at the spot.

We here at Galveston Island State Park celebrate the triumph of the human spirit and inclusion of every person to enjoy the outdoors and be stewards of the environment we all share.

Photo of mural taken by Montinique Monroe (NYT).

Did you know today is National Go Fishing Day?At Sheldon Lake State Park, you don't need a fishing license to try your l...
06/18/2021

Did you know today is National Go Fishing Day?

At Sheldon Lake State Park, you don't need a fishing license to try your luck here! We have two catch-and-release ponds for anglers to cast some lines.

Fishing is a prehistoric practice dating back at least 40,000 years, in the Upper Paleolithic period! There is evidence that Tianyuan man, a 40,000 year old modern human from eastern Asia, regularly fished for and consumed freshwater fish.

Fast forward to the ancient Egyptians, who left tomb carvings and drawings on papyrus scrolls showing Egyptians fishing and preparing fish to be eaten. Scholars have found writings and images on vase painting and mosaics from the ancient Greeks and Romans concerning fishing. Ancient Macedonians used artificial flies to catch trout and ancient Chinese fished with silk line, a hook, and a bamboo rod. We could go on and on.. but we think you get the picture here!

The FAO (Food & Agriculture Org. of the UN) estimates the total number of fisherman and fish farmers to be 38 million worldwide. Are you one of them?

#txstateparks #betteroutside

Did you know today is National Go Fishing Day?

At Sheldon Lake State Park, you don't need a fishing license to try your luck here! We have two catch-and-release ponds for anglers to cast some lines.

Fishing is a prehistoric practice dating back at least 40,000 years, in the Upper Paleolithic period! There is evidence that Tianyuan man, a 40,000 year old modern human from eastern Asia, regularly fished for and consumed freshwater fish.

Fast forward to the ancient Egyptians, who left tomb carvings and drawings on papyrus scrolls showing Egyptians fishing and preparing fish to be eaten. Scholars have found writings and images on vase painting and mosaics from the ancient Greeks and Romans concerning fishing. Ancient Macedonians used artificial flies to catch trout and ancient Chinese fished with silk line, a hook, and a bamboo rod. We could go on and on.. but we think you get the picture here!

The FAO (Food & Agriculture Org. of the UN) estimates the total number of fisherman and fish farmers to be 38 million worldwide. Are you one of them?

#txstateparks #betteroutside

It’s time for Friday’s Featured Creature!The brilliant plumage of the Painted Bunting flashes in the morning light. As h...
06/18/2021

It’s time for Friday’s Featured Creature!
The brilliant plumage of the Painted Bunting flashes in the morning light. As he weaves through the thicket his eyes lock onto his target: a dew-covered spiderweb still holding the previous night’s catch. Picking up speed, the bunting dives, ripping through the spider silk and flying off with the stolen meal clasped firmly in his beak. The protein derived from this invertebrate diet will come in handy when he needs to defend his territory from other males. During the breeding season, the male buntings engaged in vicious battles for dominance, filled with pecking, grappling, and striking each other with their wings. These fights end with lost feathers, damaged eyes, and even death. The hostilities will continue until the end of the breeding season, after which they tend to form small flocks and switch to a seed-based diet.
Thanks Stephanie Trice for the great photo!

It’s time for Friday’s Featured Creature!
The brilliant plumage of the Painted Bunting flashes in the morning light. As he weaves through the thicket his eyes lock onto his target: a dew-covered spiderweb still holding the previous night’s catch. Picking up speed, the bunting dives, ripping through the spider silk and flying off with the stolen meal clasped firmly in his beak. The protein derived from this invertebrate diet will come in handy when he needs to defend his territory from other males. During the breeding season, the male buntings engaged in vicious battles for dominance, filled with pecking, grappling, and striking each other with their wings. These fights end with lost feathers, damaged eyes, and even death. The hostilities will continue until the end of the breeding season, after which they tend to form small flocks and switch to a seed-based diet.
Thanks Stephanie Trice for the great photo!

06/13/2021
Sheldon, Park Investi-Gator

Sheldon, Park Investi-Gator, was mowing the grass along the roadside when he noticed these weird pink flowers that looked like little truffula trees. When he brushed the leaves with his snout, the strangest thing happened. The leaves moved! Can anyone give him a clue to what this plant is or what just happened?

It’s time for Friday’s Featured Creature!Hidden in the low-growing prairie vegetation, the Green Lynx Spider watches and...
06/11/2021

It’s time for Friday’s Featured Creature!
Hidden in the low-growing prairie vegetation, the Green Lynx Spider watches and waits. Eventually, its large, forward facing eyes spot movement: a small leaf-beetle feeding only a few leaves away. The spider begins its slow approach, its green body blending in perfectly with the surrounding foliage as it stalks its oblivious prey. The beetle now in range, it dashes forward, pouncing with the catlike reflexes that give these spiders their name. Soon the beetle is no more, and the huntress returns to her hiding place to finish digesting this meal and to wait for the next one.

It’s time for Friday’s Featured Creature!
Hidden in the low-growing prairie vegetation, the Green Lynx Spider watches and waits. Eventually, its large, forward facing eyes spot movement: a small leaf-beetle feeding only a few leaves away. The spider begins its slow approach, its green body blending in perfectly with the surrounding foliage as it stalks its oblivious prey. The beetle now in range, it dashes forward, pouncing with the catlike reflexes that give these spiders their name. Soon the beetle is no more, and the huntress returns to her hiding place to finish digesting this meal and to wait for the next one.

Check it out! Sheldon Lake SP is apart of this year's Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt.For more information, visit here - ht...
06/09/2021

Check it out! Sheldon Lake SP is apart of this year's Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt.

For more information, visit here - https://tpwmagazine.com/gosh2021/

Can you complete every activity listed? Happy trails!

Check it out! Sheldon Lake SP is apart of this year's Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt.

For more information, visit here - https://tpwmagazine.com/gosh2021/

Can you complete every activity listed? Happy trails!

06/05/2021

Today is National Prairie Day 🌾

Did you know Sheldon Lake State Park didn't always look this way? Just 150 years ago, this land was farmed for crops such as figs, which were used to make soda!
From 1995 to current day, Sheldon Lake State Park has been undergoing the process of restoration to restore this land back into coastal prairie. Volunteers have been at the heart of this restoration for many, many years!

Enjoy this educational clip on our wonderful prairie and wetland habitats and learn about the wildlife they can sustain.

#txstateparks #betteroutside

The catfish are here!Join us at the Prairie Pond today, 9-11am, to catch up to 5 catfish per person to bring home with y...
06/05/2021

The catfish are here!

Join us at the Prairie Pond today, 9-11am, to catch up to 5 catfish per person to bring home with you during this special event. And don't forget on your way in to enter into our raffles! Names will be drawn at 10am, participants must be present to claim prize.

Please no minnow or live bait. We do not provide bait and tackle.

Event is weather permitting. Keep an eye on our Facebook for updates to time of event and/ or cancellation of event due to inclement weather.

06/04/2021

It’s time for Friday’s Featured Creature!

While hopping over the gravel grow out beds, the Gulf Coast Toad stops to rests its stubby, short legs and starts to rhythmically pump the floor of its mouth. As it draws in air through its nostrils, the pumping pushes air into its lungs to supplement the oxygen being absorbed through its skin. A nocturnal creature, the Gulf Coast Toad usually hides during the day, emerging at dusk to hunt for small invertebrates. It’s found in wetland habitats across coastal Texas and has adapted well to urban environments. It’s common to see them hanging around porch and streetlamps, preying on the insects attracted to the light.

Don't forget - This Saturday!Join us for family filled fun and try your hand at catfishing.Event is weather permitting. ...
06/01/2021

Don't forget - This Saturday!

Join us for family filled fun and try your hand at catfishing.

Event is weather permitting. Check our page for updates concerning inclement weather.

Please no minnow or live bait.

Don't forget - This Saturday!

Join us for family filled fun and try your hand at catfishing.

Event is weather permitting. Check our page for updates concerning inclement weather.

Please no minnow or live bait.

Sheldon, Park Investi-Gator, was weeding the park’s grow-out beds when he found some peculiar prints pressed into the mu...
05/30/2021

Sheldon, Park Investi-Gator, was weeding the park’s grow-out beds when he found some peculiar prints pressed into the mud. Does anyone have a clue to who was prowling near the prairie last night?

Sheldon, Park Investi-Gator, was weeding the park’s grow-out beds when he found some peculiar prints pressed into the mud. Does anyone have a clue to who was prowling near the prairie last night?

05/28/2021
Featured Creature: Pink Spotted Lady Beetle

It’s time for Friday’s Featured Creature!
Having made quick work of a freshly hatched caterpillar, the Pink Spotted Lady Beetle takes a moment to vigorously wash its forelegs and antennae. With its sensory organs now cleaned and scrubbed; it sets off in search of its next meal. This beetle’s penchant for eating aphids and other soft bodied insects makes them a welcome visitor to any garden. They’re more omnivorous than other ladybug species, with agricultural pests only making up about half their diet. They are also avid consumers of pollen, particularly that of dandelion, squash, and lily flowers. In fact, a good way to attract these beetles to your garden is to plant lots of early blooming flowers. Pink Spotted Lady beetles are more reliant on pollen in the early spring, when their supply of insect prey needs more time to replenish itself.

05/26/2021

Heads up! It’s time for Wild Word of the Week with Ranger Matt.

It’s great to see the sunshine this morning! However, we do still have water on sections of the park road. As the prairi...
05/25/2021

It’s great to see the sunshine this morning! However, we do still have water on sections of the park road. As the prairie continues to drain, please proceed with caution. We do have the areas marked with cones before you get to the water sections. Please drive slowly as they are deeper than they look.

It’s great to see the sunshine this morning! However, we do still have water on sections of the park road. As the prairie continues to drain, please proceed with caution. We do have the areas marked with cones before you get to the water sections. Please drive slowly as they are deeper than they look.

05/24/2021

Due to heavy rains in our area today, several areas of the park road are covered with water. We have closed early today to account for that and let the water continue to drain. At this time, we plan to open at normal operating hours tomorrow morning.

05/21/2021
Featured Creature

It’s time for Friday’s Featured Creature!
The Groundselbush Beetle moves its head up and down as its mandibles dig into leaf’s margin. Working along the edges and veins, it will continue to devour the leaf pulp until only a “skeleton” remains. Groundselbush Beetles feed exclusively on Baccharis shrubs. They’re one of the dominant herbivores of these shrubs, making them important partners in our park’s ongoing coastal prairie restoration efforts. Their voracious appetite for Baccharis helps to keep the aggressive shrubs in check which in turn opens up space for a wider variety of prairie species

Ask a park ranger about any of our wildlife scavenger hunts during your next visit! Look closely to discover all the dif...
05/18/2021

Ask a park ranger about any of our wildlife scavenger hunts during your next visit!
Look closely to discover all the different arthropods that call Sheldon Lake home.

#betteroutside #txstateparks

Ask a park ranger about any of our wildlife scavenger hunts during your next visit!
Look closely to discover all the different arthropods that call Sheldon Lake home.

#betteroutside #txstateparks

Sheldon, Park Investi-Gator, was patrolling the Prairie Trail when he noticed a strange structure woven into this rush’s...
05/16/2021

Sheldon, Park Investi-Gator, was patrolling the Prairie Trail when he noticed a strange structure woven into this rush’s seed head. Can someone give him a clue to its purpose and origin?

Sheldon, Park Investi-Gator, was patrolling the Prairie Trail when he noticed a strange structure woven into this rush’s seed head. Can someone give him a clue to its purpose and origin?

It’s time for Friday’s Featured Creature!Walk down a park trail after a rainy night and you may stumble upon the grim ha...
05/14/2021

It’s time for Friday’s Featured Creature!
Walk down a park trail after a rainy night and you may stumble upon the grim handiwork of the Black-crowned Night Heron. These voracious hunters love to feast on the crawfish evacuating their flooding burrows. Grasping their catch with their beaks, they shake the crawfish until the claws fall off. They then gobble their prey whole, leaving the dismembered limbs littered across the trail as they move on to their next meal. And they’re not too picky about what that meal will be! Night Herons are opportunistic feeders whose diets can run the gamut from insects and other invertebrates to rodents, fish, snakes, frogs, other birds, carrion, and garbage. Really anything that fits in their mouth is going to go in there. When dawn breaks, they retreat into the tree canopy, resting and waiting for dusk to fall and the hunt to begin anew.
Thanks Stephanie Trice for the great photo!

It’s time for Friday’s Featured Creature!
Walk down a park trail after a rainy night and you may stumble upon the grim handiwork of the Black-crowned Night Heron. These voracious hunters love to feast on the crawfish evacuating their flooding burrows. Grasping their catch with their beaks, they shake the crawfish until the claws fall off. They then gobble their prey whole, leaving the dismembered limbs littered across the trail as they move on to their next meal. And they’re not too picky about what that meal will be! Night Herons are opportunistic feeders whose diets can run the gamut from insects and other invertebrates to rodents, fish, snakes, frogs, other birds, carrion, and garbage. Really anything that fits in their mouth is going to go in there. When dawn breaks, they retreat into the tree canopy, resting and waiting for dusk to fall and the hunt to begin anew.
Thanks Stephanie Trice for the great photo!

05/12/2021

It's time for the Wild Word of the Week!

It's back!Join us for the catfishing fun on Saturday, June 5th. Be sure to enter yourself at the registration table into...
05/11/2021

It's back!

Join us for the catfishing fun on Saturday, June 5th.

Be sure to enter yourself at the registration table into the raffle for door prizes that will be announced for 10am. One entry per participant and participants must be present to claim prize.

Anglers can take home up to 5 catfish, per person. You must provide your own bait and tackle.

Registration not required. Pre-determined, socially-distanced fishing spots are first come, first served.

Catfish Corral will take place in our Prairie Pond.

More details below.

#betteroutside #txstateparks

It's back!

Join us for the catfishing fun on Saturday, June 5th.

Be sure to enter yourself at the registration table into the raffle for door prizes that will be announced for 10am. One entry per participant and participants must be present to claim prize.

Anglers can take home up to 5 catfish, per person. You must provide your own bait and tackle.

Registration not required. Pre-determined, socially-distanced fishing spots are first come, first served.

Catfish Corral will take place in our Prairie Pond.

More details below.

#betteroutside #txstateparks

Address

14140 Garrett Rd
Houston, TX
77044

Opening Hours

Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Saturday 08:00 - 17:00
Sunday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(281) 456-2800

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My friend and I found this pitbull at the park! Very friendly, no name tag but was wearing a collar! We tried calling animal Control and other places but no one was picking up! I could not take him home… but If you would like this dog or know whose dog it is please go get him!
This is such a great place for families to go in order to stay active and learn about their environment! As I have been trying to share more about the environment since the pandemic, I came across the Kiss the Ground Educational Cut Documentary! This film covers topics such as erosion and photosynthesis, which is great for kids! The documentary is free on the Kiss the Ground movie website and it is a great way to start getting involved with sustaining the world! Let me know what you think!
We found all 10 monsters! But by the time we got back we had no one to tell😕. The kids had a lot of fun figuring out the clues and running around. Thank you!!
What is the name of these beautiful flowers? We saw them on our walk this morning.
When are the lotus blossoms in bloom in your park?
Didn't see any alligators this time but got some awesome pics of flowers and dragonflies! 😊
What a wonderful place to hike so close to the city!😊
Learning is FUNdamental
Fun at Sheldon Lake with Garden Villa
So much fun with my boys!