Jones Park is a featured stop in the Houston Wilderness Passport program. While hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Houston, Jones Park is still close enough to visit on the spur of the moment. With over 300 acres of forested grounds, Jones Park is a great place to explore with kids. Some of the Kids in Action programs include:

Fishing Programs

A variety of fishing programs are designed to teach kids fish identification, angler ethics, knot tying, fish habitats and other essential angling skills.

Fishing in Jones Park is permitted on the banks of Spring Creek only, and compliance with state fishing laws is enforced by game wardens. Late winter and early spring are successful times for catching white bass and crappie; catfish can be caught year-round.

The Recreational Boating and fishing foundation and fishing’s Future selected Jones Park as an ideal location to host First Catch Center events. Fishing’s Future has teamed up with Jones Park to facilitate Family Fish Camps throughout the year.

Periodically, Jones Park offers the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Junior Angler Workshops.

For more information on these fishing programs, please contact Jones Park.

Summer Nature Camp

Summer Nature Camp held each summer is a free four-day (Tuesday through Friday) nature program for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Featuring a variety of themed nature subjects and held mostly outdoors, camp sessions include ranger talks, guided nature walks through the forest, and visits to the ponds, swamps, and Spring Creek.

The games, activities, and crafts are suited for age brackets of 5 and 6, 7 through 9, and 10 through 12. Four-day sessions focus on each age bracket, and participants must be able to attend the full week of activities. The 10- through 12-year-old activities include Junior Canoe Training and a field trip.

Registration begins the first Saturday in May and requires proof of the child’s birth date, a valid parent’s identification, and Harris County residency. Space is limited in each age bracket. Registration for residents outside of Harris County begins the first Sunday in May and is based on space availability.

Tadpoles Club

Tadpoles Club is a program for children ages 3 and 4, offered Wednesdays in September, November, January, March, and May each year. The Tadpoles Club is designed to spur an interest and love for nature in preschoolers. A different nature topic is covered each Wednesday by a ranger or volunteer, and age-appropriate crafts and stories help make lessons fun. There are two one-hour time slots to choose from:  10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m., and sign-up is for the entire month.

Adults must accompany their 3- and 4-year-olds. To insure the highest quality program experience and prevent distractions, older or younger siblings are not allowed to attend. Call the park office at 281-446-8588 for reservations.

The playground was previously voted as one of the Houston area’s best, and children of all ages can explore the extensive trail system.

The printable Critter Checklist (PDF) can turn an ordinary hike into an exciting scavenger hunt. Many trails take you to the beaches of Spring Creek where white sand banks are an open invitation for fishing.

The turtles at the pond off the Canoe Launch Trail are eager to feed on floating turtle food, which is available at the nature center.

Bring a picnic since there are no concessions at Jones Park, and be sure to wear proper footwear (closed-toed shoes are recommended at all times).

Parents are responsible for supervising their children under the age of 12 at all times.

In addition to being a popular field trip destination for all types of groups, Jones Park offers a variety of weekend programs for all ages.
Most nature-related programs begin or take place at the nature center, while history-related programs are usually held in Redbud Hill Homestead.

Children between the ages of 10 and 15 can become a Jesse Jones Park Paddler by successfully completing the periodically held Junior Canoe Training workshop.

Earning a paddler card allows kids (accompanied by an adult) to participate in the park’s regularly scheduled canoe trips.