Seabourne Creek Nature Park: Peaceful Haven in Rosenberg, TX

Updated on April 14, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Seabourne Creek Nature Park
Seabourne Creek Nature Park | Source

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.

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Seabourne Creek Nature Park SignR.W. Lindsey GazeboSeabourne Creek Nature Park MapSeabourne Creek Nature ParkSeveral covered picnic spotsHuisache trees in bloomMany birdhousesSeabourne Creek Nature ParkMany different birdhouses are in Seabourne Creek Nature Park. We had never seen one quite like this!Disc GolfDisc GolfOne of several covered picnic spots
Seabourne Creek Nature Park Sign
Seabourne Creek Nature Park Sign | Source
R.W. Lindsey Gazebo
R.W. Lindsey Gazebo | Source
Seabourne Creek Nature Park Map
Seabourne Creek Nature Park Map | Source
Seabourne Creek Nature Park
Seabourne Creek Nature Park | Source
Several covered picnic spots
Several covered picnic spots | Source
Huisache trees in bloom
Huisache trees in bloom | Source
Many birdhouses
Many birdhouses | Source
Seabourne Creek Nature Park
Seabourne Creek Nature Park | Source
Many different birdhouses are in Seabourne Creek Nature Park. We had never seen one quite like this!
Many different birdhouses are in Seabourne Creek Nature Park. We had never seen one quite like this! | Source
Disc Golf
Disc Golf | Source
Disc Golf
Disc Golf | Source
One of several covered picnic spots
One of several covered picnic spots | Source

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.

Seabourne Creek Nature Park
Seabourne Creek Nature Park | Source

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.

Prairie Restoration

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.

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Prairie Demo GardenPrairie Demo Garden SignOne of the many educational signs in the Prairie Demo GardenPrairie Demo Garden SignSeabourne Creek Nature Park nursery and greenhouse for growing native plants.
Prairie Demo Garden
Prairie Demo Garden | Source
Prairie Demo Garden Sign
Prairie Demo Garden Sign | Source
One of the many educational signs in the Prairie Demo Garden
One of the many educational signs in the Prairie Demo Garden | Source
Prairie Demo Garden Sign
Prairie Demo Garden Sign | Source
Seabourne Creek Nature Park nursery and greenhouse for growing native plants.
Seabourne Creek Nature Park nursery and greenhouse for growing native plants. | Source

Wetlands

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.

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Black-bellied Whistling DucksWetlands area of Seabourne Creek Nature ParkBlack-bellied Whistling DucksGreat EgretRoseate SpoonbillRoseate SpoonbillsRoseate Spoonbill with a fish in its mouthRaised wooden walkway in the wetlands areaRaised wooden walkway in the wetlands areaRoseate SpoonbillRoseate SpoonbillWetland area
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks | Source
Wetlands area of Seabourne Creek Nature Park
Wetlands area of Seabourne Creek Nature Park | Source
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks | Source
Great Egret
Great Egret | Source
Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill | Source
Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills | Source
Roseate Spoonbill with a fish in its mouth
Roseate Spoonbill with a fish in its mouth | Source
Raised wooden walkway in the wetlands area
Raised wooden walkway in the wetlands area | Source
Raised wooden walkway in the wetlands area
Raised wooden walkway in the wetlands area | Source
Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill | Source
Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill | Source
Wetland area
Wetland area | Source

Bird Sanctuary

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.

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Sign about the birds found hereBird sanctuary area of the parkBird sanctuary area of the parkBird sanctuary area of the park
Sign about the birds found here
Sign about the birds found here | Source
Bird sanctuary area of the park
Bird sanctuary area of the park | Source
Bird sanctuary area of the park
Bird sanctuary area of the park | Source
Bird sanctuary area of the park
Bird sanctuary area of the park | Source

Butterfly Garden

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.

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Butterfly gardenButterfly garden on the rightInformational sign in the butterfly garden area
Butterfly garden
Butterfly garden | Source
Butterfly garden on the right
Butterfly garden on the right | Source
Informational sign in the butterfly garden area
Informational sign in the butterfly garden area | Source

Seabourne Lake

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.

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White Ibis birds at Seabourne LakeSeabourne LakeSeabourne LakeLouisiana Iris in bloom Fishing pier at Seabourne LakeMallard & Peking DucksSeabourne LakeSeabourne Lake
White Ibis birds at Seabourne Lake
White Ibis birds at Seabourne Lake
Seabourne Lake
Seabourne Lake
Seabourne Lake
Seabourne Lake
Louisiana Iris in bloom
Louisiana Iris in bloom
Fishing pier at Seabourne Lake
Fishing pier at Seabourne Lake
Mallard & Peking Ducks
Mallard & Peking Ducks
Seabourne Lake
Seabourne Lake
Seabourne Lake
Seabourne Lake

Park Hours

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.

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Savannah sparrows were busy finding insects in Seabourne Creek Nature Park.Savannah sparrowSavannah sparrowWildflowersMany ducks in the lake area Friendly ducks
Savannah sparrows were busy finding insects in Seabourne Creek Nature Park.
Savannah sparrows were busy finding insects in Seabourne Creek Nature Park. | Source
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Savannah sparrow
Savannah sparrow | Source
Savannah sparrow
Savannah sparrow | Source
Wildflowers
Wildflowers | Source
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Many ducks in the lake area
Many ducks in the lake area | Source
Friendly ducks
Friendly ducks | Source

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.

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      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello Dilini,

        I am pleased that you found this article interesting. Thanks for your comment.

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        Dilini K Perera 

        7 weeks ago

        Interesting article

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Liz,

        I am a bit of a shutterbug as you can tell, but it is fun showing photos of places we have enjoyed and that others may wish to see someday. This is a beautiful nature park.

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        Liz Westwood 

        8 weeks ago from UK

        Your photos do indeed tell a story. What a great nature reserve and outdoor space for people to visit.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi FlourishAnyway,

        We are fortunate to have so many places like this within a half-hour drive or so from where we live.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        8 weeks ago from USA

        This is my kind of place! I wish we had beautiful sanctuaries like this near me. It’s educational, inspiring and beautiful. I love being close to nature in this type of environment.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Pamela,

        This park is not only pretty but very educational as well.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        8 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        This is such a beautiful park to enjoy nature. I like there signs about the birds and bees in the area, plus even pollination. A bird sanctuary is wonderful.

        Your pictures are beautiful as usual and truly give us a real feel for all this park has to offer.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Manatita,

        Anyone who enjoys nature would appreciate visiting this park. It has much to offer and is beautiful, as you mentioned in your comment.

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        Peggy Woods 

        8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Bill,

        We have a bit of everything in Texas from seacoast areas to forests, lakes, rolling hills in some parts, mountains, and vast areas in west Texas of sand and sagebrush. What do most people think of Texas? Before we moved here from Wisconsin, I thought of cowboy hats and horses. Yes, some people have those also. Ha!

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        manatita44 

        8 weeks ago from london

        Seabourne Creek is cute, charming and serene. The Ibis, as well as the Bird sanctuaries and Butterfly gardens, are indeed reverential.

        Nature's transformation, accompanied by man's good will, is such a beautiful thing to see.

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        Bill Holland 

        8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        Beautiful area for sure. I wonder what most people think of when they think of Texas? I doubt nature comes to mind for most, and yet you have showed us many beautiful natural spots.

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