WHY NATURE EDUCATION?
Research shows that children are spending hours on electronic devices and less and less time outdoors, with detrimental effects to their health. Getting kids outdoors and learning about the natural world has been shown to reduce health risks such as obesity, diabetes, asthma, and ADHD, while fostering the next generation of environmental stewards. So get outdoors as a family and explore the natural world!
- Nature Discovery Series
- Star Parties
- Birding Walks
- Guadalupe Co. Master Naturalists
- Guadalupe Co. Master Gardeners
- Friends of Crescent Bend Nature Park
Get your little ones outdoors to discover the exciting nature right in our own backyard. Kids are encouraged to explore, discover, and ask questions to help grow their knowledge of nature. This free program is designed for families with elementary-aged children, but older and younger siblings are also welcome. Texas Master Naturalist volunteers will lead the themed programs held on the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 AM at Crescent Bend Nature Park. Attendees will meet at the first parking lot near the restroom building and the trail head. June and July dates will meet at the Schertz Public Library to beat the heat!
2019 dates and topics are:
January 12: Discover the Forest - Explore how each living thing plays a role in a forest.
February 9: Discover What's Flying - Learn clues for looking at birds.
March 9: Discover Rocks, Senses and Sediments - Use 5 senses on earth's building blocks.
April 13: Discover What's Buzzing and Blooming - Have fun with flowers, bees and butterflies.
May 11: Discover What's Swimming - Capture tiny critters in Cibolo Creek with dip-nets.
June 8: Discover a Bug's World - See how we’d have a different world without bugs.
July 13: Discover Early Texans - Follow a day in the life of a Tonkawa child with food gathering and tool-making.
September 14: Discover Clues and Traces - See how animals use camouflage to hide.
October 12: Discover Rocks; Senses and Sediments - Use 5 senses on earth's building blocks.
November 9: Discover the Forest - Explore how each living thing plays a role in a forest.
Pre-registration is required. Contact the Schertz Parks & Recreation Office at (210) 619-1850 to secure your spot.
Explore the Texas night sky at Crescent Bend Nature Park! Come out for a chance to view Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus! Telescopes for viewing provided by the San Antonio Astronomical Association.
Dim your headlights when entering the park, bring a red infared flashlight or make your own, dress for the weather and bring a chair.
2019 Star Parties:
Saturday, January 26 - 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Saturday, June 22 - 8:00 - 11:00 PM
Event is FREE and preregistration is not required. Contact the Schertz Parks and Recreation Department at 210-619-1850.
Join us for a birding walk at Crescent Bend Nature Park. All levels of birders are welcome-from beginners to experts. Meet in the first parking lot with leader Sandi Wheeler for a walk through the park to learn about the bird life.
2019 Birding Walks:
Tuesday, March 26 - 8:00 AM
Sunday, April 14 - 8:00 AM
Tuesday, May 21 - 8:00 AM
Sunday, June 23 - 7:30 AM
The mission of the Texas Master Naturalist program is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. The Guadalupe chapter serves the Guadalupe County area, including numerous projects in Seguin as well as Schertz. The group sponsors the Nature Discovery Series held at Crescent Bend Nature Park and also has plans to help with invasive species removal and citizen science projects like bird counts and water quality monitoring of Cibolo Creek. If you’re interested in joining the Master Naturalists and their work at Crescent Bend Nature Park, see their website at www.txmn.org/guadalupe.
Guadalupe County Master Gardeners is a voluntary service organization which supports the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service by providing horticultural education to increase the public’s knowledge of gardening. A dedicated group of Master Gardener volunteers maintain the flower beds at Gutierrez Xeriscape Park including new bed design and seasonal color replacement. If you’re interested in joining the Master Gardeners and their work at Gutierrez Xeriscape Park, see their website at www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.
The Friends of Crescent Bend Nature Park is a group of volunteers who have a passion for the park and help the Parks & Recreation Department maintain the park through volunteer service hours. The group organizes volunteer clean up days, maintains the bird blinds, documents flora and fauna in the park, and volunteers at various park events throughout the year.
If you’re interested in joining the Friends of Crescent Bend Nature Park, see their website at www.friendscbnp.zenfolio.com.