I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
Seabourne Creek Nature Park
This 164-acre park is a wonderful place to spend a day. My husband and I recently spent some time there walking the trails and soaking up the natural beauty of the open prairie, lake, wetlands, and bird sanctuary. There is much to see, do, and learn while there. Some of my photos will tell a part of that story.
Upon entering the grounds, the first thing noticed is a large gazebo, which is upon a small rise of a hill. It is nicely positioned to catch any breezes that might be blowing. The 1,025 square foot gazebo has electricity and is available to rent. The Rosenberg Civic Center is within view of the R.W. Lindsey Gazebo.
Driving in a little further is a paved parking lot. From that vantage point, after looking at the map, we took the crushed granite path walking loop trail that is about a mile in length. Along the way are a few covered picnic areas, many different types of birdhouses, disc golf availability, and wide-open prairie spaces.
The park is located at 3831 Highway 36 South, Rosenberg, Texas 77471.
Signage and History
Numerous signs inform people about what they are viewing. On one of them, we learned that this area was once a cotton farm.
In 1993 the City of Rosenberg acquired this land. Funding assistance from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department aided the development. In the year 2009, the Coastal Prairie Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists joined in the effort to help create the Seabourne Creek Nature Park into what it is becoming. I use the word “becoming” because it is still a work in progress.
Prohibited in this park are the following: alcoholic beverages, glass containers, pets, firearms, smoking, tobacco products, and drones. Dedicated bird watchers would assuredly agree with these rules, particularly with the absence of noisy drones and barking dogs.
Prairie Demo Garden
The prairie demonstration garden is planted to show native Texas grasses and wildflowers. Those native plants help provide food, shelter, and water for birds, wildlife, and insects such as bees and butterflies, which help pollinate food crops.
There were many signs one could read as well as brochures that could be taken to learn more about hummingbirds, pollinators, prairie birds, native bees, and butterflies as an example. One can learn much in this area of the nature park, and it is educational for children as well as adults.
In designated Area 3 of this land, after removing existing plant life, 1,000 native grasses, and wildflowers from the plant nursery were due to be planted in the spring of 2019 as a Texas Master Naturalist Project from the Coastal Prairie Chapter.
The native plants include the following: Indian Blanket, Blue Mistflower, Partridge Pea, Silver Bluestem, Missouri Ironweed, American Basketflower, Gulf Muhly, and Texas Coneflower.
On one sign, a portion of the following was shown.
“This 4-acre wetland is one of Seabourne Creek’s most significant habitats and provides food for wildlife from all over the park. Tiny insects and small animals like beetles, dragonflies, snails, marine worms, and crawfish are food sources for birds and large animals. Frogs, turtles, water snakes, raccoons, deer, and other mammals also use these wetlands for food and shelter.
Aquatic plants growing in shallow water and moist soils provide hiding places and nesting sites for ducks and other water birds. Wetlands also provide important services to us, including flood protection, water purification, and recharge to aquifers that we depend on for our water supply.”
There is a raised wooden walkway that goes over one portion of the wetland area. One family appeared busy catching some minnows.
In the bird sanctuary part of Seabourne Creek Nature Park, there are different areas with seating where people can quietly sit and listen and watch for birds.
By visiting the butterfly garden, we can learn which types of plants attract these beautiful insects. In some cases, as with the Monarch butterflies, milkweed plants are critical to their survival as a species.
The 4-acre Seabourne lake consists of reclaimed water and has catfish, bass, and perch swimming in its waters. Two fishing piers and benches that line the perimeter of the lake provide seating for people wishing to take advantage of this pretty site.
As we walked around the rippling waters of this lake, we spotted many more birds as well as turtles. Trees are planted and labeled as to type.
Seabourne Creek Nature Park hours are from 7 AM to 10 PM. Restrooms are on site. Check out their website to learn more about special events, bird watching tours, and the like.
This nature park will continue to change over the years due to continuing efforts on the part of many people. It is already a fantastic place to visit. I look forward to visits at different times of the year and in the years ahead.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Peggy Woods