Photo by Sharon Hanzik
Visit the nature center to view this skeleton.
Only a short drive, Brazos Bend State Park seems like a far away land. Early spring is a time of transition and one of the best times to visit the park. Migratory birds will need a rest stop. Reptiles will begin to relish the warmth of the sun. Wildflowers will blanket the meadows and trail sides. White-tail deer fawns are taking their very first steps. It all starts to happen at once!
The park normally offers at least 3 free programs every Saturday and Sunday but during this very busy spring break week staff and volunteers will offer at least 3 free programs or hikes every day. Visitors can take advantage of this “marsh madness” for nine straight days from March 12 – 20.
Park Naturalist Sharon Hanzik tells us that programs and hikes will cover various topics including snakes, owls, butterflies, story time, wetland birds and of course everyone’s favorite “marsh monster” the American alligator. “Alligators will be ready to fatten up after a long period of inactivity and loss of appetite during the winter months” says Hanzik. “Visitors are sure to see plenty of basking alligators around Elm and 40-Acre Lakes”.
The park’s Nature Center will be open to the public each day from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The center interprets the park’s varied ecosystems and includes live reptile displays that include six-month old baby alligators as well as both venomous and non-venomous snake species. Children and adults can also enjoy a touch table, plant identification catalog and push-button recordings.
For detailed information about Marsh Madness programs, entry fees, day-use facilities, camping and other park information, visit www.brazosbend.org or call 979-553-5101.
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