The Yaupon Holly trees are budding out along the trails!
The Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center is a place where learning is inspired by nature. The Nature Center is open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm.
The trails are open every day from dawn to dusk. We are an educational facility where learning is inspired by nature. We offer programs/projects for all ages that focus on the local plants and animals of the Spring Creek watershed. There are miles of trails for activities such as guided nature walks, birding walks, citizen science projects, and volunteer opportunities. We also offer ongoing natural history programs, including nature photography, writing, and art.
The Yaupon Holly trees are budding out along the trails!
Queen Cleopatra, the ball python, would like to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Join us today for a fun Photo Scavenger Hunt! There are new items on the checklist, and you get a sticker for finding every item.
Come by the Nature Center Lobby and pick up your checklist today!
Cedar Waxwings were spotted at Bluegill Pond today!
Fun Fact: These birds are one of only a few North American birds that specialize in eating fruit. They can easily survive off of fruit alone for several months. If you want to attract these birds to your yard, plant native trees and shrubs that produce small fruits.
Our education partner, Fishing's Future, is offering online fishing skill workshops for anyone interested in learning about fishing or looking to freshen up their knowledge!
Visit https://www.fishingsfuture.org/events for more information about this great program!
Fishing’s Future is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization that provides opportunities for families to reconnect in nature and learn about angling through family-oriented fishing activities designed to strengthen family bonds and teach responsible, ethical, environmentally conscious lessons.
From snow covered boardwalks to a trail that looked like a frozen river...
Comment below with your favorite outdoor picture from the winter storm!
The Nature Center will reopen today at 9am. We will primarily be focused on maintaining the trails and visitor safety. We have noticed a number of visitors to our trails during the inclement weather and we would ask that you only visit us if it is safe for you to do so.
Don't forget gloves and hats, especially for the little ones. Also, please keep in mind that dehydration is still possible in cold weather, so be sure to bring drinking water!
The Nature Center will be closed to the public until Wednesday, February 17th due to inclement weather.
Please stay safe and warm!
Happy New Years from Colonel Mustard and the Nature Center staff!
The Nature Center will be closed tomorrow, January 1st, for the New Years holiday! We will resume normal hours on Saturday, January 2nd.
The Nature Center will be closed this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for the Christmas holiday. Normal hours will resume Tuesday, December 29th. We hope you have a joyous and safe holiday!
Pictured: Peach, the Ring-necked Dove
Starting this week off right with a sunrise hike around Bluegill Pond!
Take-Home Christmas Craft kits are available at the nature center until supplies last!
We have two craft kits for you to choose from:
1. The Mouse in the Hammock ornament! You are welcome to read "The Mouse in the Hammock, A Christmas Story" while you are here and then make your very own mouse for your Christmas tree at home.
2. Pinecone Christmas tree ornament! The pinecones are painted green and we have included a few decorations in the bag. Feel free to add your own decorations as well.
Our Animal Coordinator was able to get a great picture yesterday of Sonora, our Black-tailed Rattlesnake!
Black-tailed Rattlesnakes are found in west and central Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico. They are important to their ecosystem because they help control pest populations (i.e., rats and mice).
Come by the Nature Center to learn more about Sonora and our other animal ambassadors!
New trailhead signs have been installed at every entry point of the Peckinpaugh and Spring Trails Preserves! Make sure to snap a picture of the trail map with your phone to help you navigate during your hike!
The Nature Center will be closed Thursday, November 26th through Saturday, November 28th for the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal hours will resume Tuesday, December 1st.
Our newest animal ambassador finally has a name!
Drop by the nature center and say hello to Gomez, the Texas Indigo snake!
He has already grown so much since his arrival at the nature center. His eyes appear bluish because the scale over his eye is loosening in preparation for his next skin shed; which in turn indicates another growth spurt.
Colonel Mustard wants to wish everyone a happy Halloween! Stay safe!
Thank you to everyone that visited the Nature Center and left a name suggestion for our newest animal ambassador!
The three name suggestions chosen by staff to be voted on are:
• Gomez- from the Addams Family
• Wrangler- ally to the Indigo snakes on cattle ranches
• Snickers- because he likes to eat, "You aren't you when you're
Cast your vote in person at the Nature Center until 4PM on Halloween!
Our newest animal ambassador is in need of a name!
Name suggestions will be taken in person at the Nature Center until Tuesday, Oct. 6th.
Texas Indigo snakes are threatened in Texas, meaning that this species is at risk of becoming endangered in the future primarily due to habitat loss. They are the longest native snake species in the United States reaching 8ft in length. These snakes are predators of other snakes in the wild, including rattlesnakes. Indigo snakes are important allies to cattle ranchers in South Texas, because they help reduce the conflict between rattlesnakes and cattle. Although our indigo snake is only a baby he is already showing a brave and adventurous personality.
Visitors will then be able to vote for their favorite name suggestion on their next visit to the Nature Center until the end of the day on Halloween! The Indigo snakes new name will be posted on Monday, Nov. 2nd!
Every 6 months the Nature Center staff deep cleans all of the animal enclosures. This is a very important part of our animal care program, because it ensures that the animals have a clean and healthy environment to live in.
Lilly, the Plain-bellied Water Snake and our Three-toed Box Turtles were out exploring their freshly cleaned enclosures this morning!
Visit the Nature Center to learn more about our animal ambassadors and their care program!
In order to prepare for potential impact from Hurricane Laura, the Nature Center will be closed to the public on Wednesday, August 26th, 2020. Staff will be on-site making storm preparations and performing essential maintenance. If you need assistance, please call 281-364-4225. If you need to report an emergency or a life-threatening situation, please call 911.
Update about Blue, the abandoned Racoon pup found at Bluegill pond on June 4th.
"Blue has a friend! Pinkie, the darker raccoon that is standing with her paw on Blue's back was with another rehabber waiting for a buddy. Introductions were done slowly so as not to stress either raccoon. They now sleep together and play together all day. They have started on their distemper vaccinations and will not go outside until they are completed. Pinkie loves to play with toys such as stuffed animals, dog chew toys, and balls. Blue still likes the occasional bottle of formula and they both share a bowl of chicken, scrambled eggs, fruit, veggies, and peanut butter crackers twice a day. Raccoons stay with their rehabber for 7-8 months."
Thank you Friends of Texas Wildlife for giving Blue such spectacular care!
Happy Independence Day from Buford our ambassador Box Turtle!
Update on our favorite little racoon pup from Friends of Texas Wildlife.
"Blue has moved to a larger cage in a room where he can be let out for playtime. He is also starting to eat solid foods such as yogurt, Cheerios, bananas, applesauce, and Goldfish crackers. He enjoys wrestling with his rehabber, something that he would do with his litter mates. Blue had his first introduction to his future litter mate, but he wasn't quite ready, so his rehabber will continue to work with him for a bit longer." -FTWL
During these difficult time it is great to see a success story like Blues. From a maggot covered pup found on June 4th, to the strong little guy we see today. We are very thankful for volunteer organizations like Friends of Texas Wildlife and the residents who donate to save animals such as Blue. We at the Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center can't wait for his release day!
We hope everyone has a wonderful Father's Day. Colonel celebrated by tossing some worms on the grill!!! Obviously we didn't have enough worms according Colonel Mustard.
Our ambassador Eastern Screech Owl, Pepper, likes to hide during the day, so we thought we would share some photos from this morning’s training session! Weighing birds regularly is one of the best ways to monitor their health, and we have worked hard to train her to voluntarily scale for treats. Pepper is being rewarded with beetle larvae, and in the wild invertebrates like cicadas and cockroaches can make up a large part of an Eastern Screech Owls diet. Pepper herself was once a wild bird but she was hit by a car causing permanent injury to her shoulder. Our partners at Friends of Texas Wildlife realized she would never fly again when they nursed her back to health, and decided to place her permanently here at the Nature Center. Pepper is still getting used to strangers and often hides when she hears guests, so stay quiet when you visit and you may just see her pop her head out for a look.
It was a close run, but we are happy to announce the little orphan raccoon found at the Bluegill Pond is now called Blue! Blue has been doing great at Friends of Texas Wildlife! He weighs a whopping 400 grams now, which is a little less than the average football! Blue's eyes are more open how, which puts him at 3 weeks. At 6 weeks he will be vaccinated against Distemper, helping to halt the spread of this disease in the wild. We look forward to sharing more as this little guy grows up and are really thankful for Friends of Texas Wildlife, a volunteer run organization, for giving him such wonderful care!
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Who wants to help name a raccoon? The little orphan found on June 4th at Bluegill pond has been thriving under the care of our partner Friends of Texas Wildlife. He gets fed every 4 hours with a special raccoon formula, and has already gained 50 grams! FTWL believes he is about 2.5 weeks old as he is just starting to open his eyes a little. He will be in quarantine for two weeks when he will then be introduced to another raccoon group of pups around his age. He has been doing so well that Friends of Texas Wildlife thinks he needs a name!
React to vote! Comments will not be counted. Your options are;
👍 (thumbs up) for Blue - after the Bluegill Pond
❤️ (heart) for Meeko – after the raccoon from Pocahontas
😆 (haha) for Rocky – after Rocky Balboa since he is a fighter
😮 (wow) for Rocket – after the Marvel character Rocket the Raccoon
Voting will end on Thursday, June 11th at 3pm and we will announce the winner at 3:30pm on Thursday. We are very thankful for Friends of Texas Wildlife, a group of volunteers permitted through Texas Parks and Wildlife, who have the skills to save injured and in need animals like this pup. We look forward to sharing more updates of this little guy!
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Come check out our new boardwalk and observation deck! 😀
Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center:
Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack is pleased to announce the addition of a new boardwalk at the Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center, located at 1300 Riley Fuzzel Road.
Work crews were able to complete the boardwalk project while the Nature Center remained closed to the public during the COVID-19 shutdown, ensuring visitors have something new to experience once the center reopened.
The Spring Trails Nature Preserve contains numerous pockets of wetland habitat, which can make it difficult to reach Bluegill Pond, a popular destination for visitors to the Nature Center. This new boardwalk is elevated above this wet, muddy terrain, making it easier for visitors to reach the pond. It begins at the trailhead located on the southeast end of the parking lot, winds its way through the forest, and ends at a 220-square-foot observation deck with picturesque views of Bluegill Pond and the surrounding areas.
Popular activities at Bluegill Pond include hiking, biking, picnicking, nature photography, catch-and-release fishing and kayaking. For more information, please contact the Nature Center team at 281-364-4225.
We are definitely in baby season! This morning staff responded to a concerned resident about a baby raccoon at the pond. Normally we encourage leaving baby animals alone as often the mother is watching from a distance, however, this infant was covered with fly eggs and maggots. Based on the level of fly activity he has been alone for at least 24 hours if not more, so human intervention was required in this situation. Our Animal Care Coordinator bathed a large part of the maggots off and contacted our partners Friends of Texas Wildlife who happily agreed to take over. He has a lot of energy and protested his baths and his medical treatment at FTWL which is a great sign that he was found in time. We know that FTWL will give him the best care possible, when our Coordinator left he was enjoying a nap in an incubator after being bottle-fed.
Please note: Raccoons can be carriers of Rabies. Our Animal Care Coordinator is vaccinated against rabies and all staff wore gloves.
If you find an animal like a raccoon please refer to FTWL’s page for flowcharts on what you should do, we have also included the Racoon one in this post. It is always best to reunite them with the mother when possible. Thank you again to Friends of Texas Wildlife and to the concerned resident who brought this little fighter to our attention.
It’s fledgling season! A fledgling is a young bird that is just starting to fly. Part of the process includes them jumping out of the nest- but don’t worry, as they work on developing those flight muscles the parents keep feeding them. Today we responded to a concerned resident about a baby bird on the road. Our staff recognized it was a fledgling Eastern Titmouse and moved it off of the road. They witnessed the parents coming down to feed the little guy just moments after he was in the brush. He will probably be on the ground for a few more days as his parents watch over him. We look forward to hearing his distinctive peter-peter-peter call in the future!
We have shared a resource from our partner Friends of Texas Wildlife on what you should do if you come across a young bird and are concerned for its safety.
The Nature Center is reopening this Monday, June 1st. Trevor, one of our Gulf Coast Toads (pictured above), is so excited to see visitors again that he is waiting at the front of his enclosure to greet you! In fact, our whole team is looking forward to seeing all of our friends from the community again. We will resume our normal operating hours: Monday through Saturday, 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Because we love our community, we will be taking a few precautions to make sure that our visitors minimize their risk of exposure to coronavirus while visiting the Nature Center. This will include sanitizing commonly touched surfaces and objects at regular intervals, designing our events and activities to allow for social distancing, and potentially limiting the number of people allowed in certain areas of the building at one time. These safeguards may be altered at any time to provide the best experience for our visitors while keeping them safe.
We can’t wait to see you all again!
The Nature Center Team
Cory, Hannah, Justin, Karie, Owen, & Ryan
Mazie our education Corn Snake demonstrated some of her crafting skills this Mother's Day. We hope everyone had a chance to spend time with their love ones and enjoy the nice weather.
Did you know that some snakes are good parents? Although it is a wide held belief that snakes do not care for their young, there are definitely some contradictions to that statement. In 2002 researchers used radio-telemetry and DNA to show evidence that some species of rattlesnakes stay with their young and provide them protection until their first shed. Baby Rattlesnakes don’t have a rattle until they shed, so the mother rattles for them to warn!
One of the species studied was the Mexican Black-Tailed Rattlesnake, a subspecies of the Black Tailed Rattlesnake, which like many Rattlesnakes gives birth to live young (so no eggs). Sonora, our resident Northern Black-Tailed Rattlesnake has never had young herself so her Mother’s Day is pretty quiet but one day a researcher may discover her subspecies also provides maternal care.
1300 Riley Fuzzel Rd
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The Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center is a place where learning is inspired by nature. We offer programs and events for all ages that focus on the local plants and animals of the Spring Creek watershed. With miles of trails available for both educational and recreational use, there is room for everyone to enjoy the beauty and wonder of the natural world.