Upcoming Events

Bird Tours

Beginning-Intermediate Walk & Talk Bird Tour
- January 2, 2021 Bird Tour cancelled

Join us as we go on a walking bird tour and learn about the birds who live at the Wetland! Meet the tour leaders at the Wetland Center at 7:00a.m. With migration here, it is the perfect time to learn the basics of birding. In this beginner to immediate class, you will learn how to use binoculars, field guides, keep a life-list and what to look for when identifying birds. Enjoy a relaxing morning learning more about the fastest growing spectator sport in America. Free with $5 Admission; Members are Free. Binoculars and Field guides are available for use. For questions contact the Wetland Center.

  • Beginner-Intermediate: This program will be cancelled if it is raining on the day of the event.
  • Date: First Saturday of the month
  • Time: 7am-9am
  • Cost: Free with $5 admission, Members Free

Third Saturday of Every Month

Guided Boardwalk Tour

What better way to enjoy the wetland than by getting into the wetland via our boardwalk. Join a Wetland Staff member for a guided walk and learn about the many cool things happening in the wetland. Learn about the mammals, birds, amphibian ands plants that call the wetland their home. Wear a hat, bring some insect repellent and a water bottle, and you will be off for an adventure. No reservations required!

  • Date: Third Saturday of the Month
  • Time: 10am-11:30am
  • Cost: Free with $5 admission, Members Free

JBS Neighborhood Wildlife Adventures

The John Bunker Sands Wetland Center is on the move! We’re bringing the fun and excitement of nature learning to your community by launching our JBS Neighborhood Wildlife Adventure Series! These family-friendly interpretive talks are sure to educate and entertain adults and children alike in either an indoor or outdoor setting of your choice! Our one-hour programs are presented by our professional education team and include either taxidermied animals or live snakes. *Size of your groups may be limited as we follow CDC guidelines.

Choose from the following programs:
Coyotes and Bobcats: Misunderstood Members of our Community
Not sure if that feline in your backyard is a well-fed housecat or a bobcat? Have you wondered what to do if you meet a coyote during a neighborhood walk? Join our education team as we learn how to properly ID and understand the behavior of our two of our favorite urban Texas mammals. This program includes taxidermied animals so that participants can see up close the beauty of these beneficial members our urban community.
Snakes: Are They Really Slimy and Other Myths
Does a fear of snakes keep you from enjoying the outdoors? Did you grow up hearing the phrase “a dead snake is a good snake”? Join our education team for an engaging interpretive talk as we reveal the truths behind common myths about these amazing reptiles. This program utilizes live snakes as part of our education team, and participants will have the opportunity to touch one of our snakes at the end of the program.
Make your event more memorable by choosing to purchase a wildlife themed souvenir for participants.
Program Details
Programs are available Tuesday - Friday. Pricing for programs is dependent on location. We will be using Google Maps to determine distance from the Wetland Center to your location. 0 – 10 miles - $125.00 11 - 20 miles - $150.00 21 – 30 miles - $200.00 31 - 40 miles - $250.00 41 – 50 miles - $300.00
An additional program can be given for $40.00. Topic must be the same. Evening prices may differ. Please call the Center for evening prices.

Click here for JBS Neighborhood Wildlife Adventures flyer

Wetland Birthday Celebrations

Turn your child's birthday into a nature adventure at the Wetland Center! Choose from three birthday party themes - Snakes our Scaly Skinned Friends; Bobcats, Coyotes & River Otters, Oh My!; or Birds of a Feather Flock Together. Parties are designed for ages 4-11 years.

Snakes our Scaly Skinned Friends - Snakes are such cool animals! Party goers will learn about the unique characteristics of snakes and how they use these features to survive. Kids will have the opportunity to touch the snake at the end of the program.

Bobcats, Coyotes & River Otters, Oh My! - After learning about the native animals of the wetland through a presentation with skins and skulls, kids will take a walk on the board walk to explore and look for clues in nature that let us know these awesome creatures are all around us!

Birds of a Feather Flock Together - There are hundreds of bird species that migrate in and out of the wetland. Kids will learn why birds are important and how their unique sturcture allows them to survive. Kids will also take a walk on the boardwalk, learning how to use binoculars, and how to find birds on a bird walk.

Click here for details and how to turn your birthday into an adventure!
Click here for Registration for Wetland Birthday Celebrations

  • Wetland Birthday Celebrations
  • Date: Available on Saturdays
  • Time: 10am-12pm or 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • Cost: $225 for up to 25 attendees ages 1 and up

Before the S'mores Evening Series

Join us as we begin a fall series of monthly open-house style programming featuring variety of themes and activities for the entire family! Each event will include an engaging presentation, crafts for the kids, and guided/self-paced night walks on the boardwalk. We will end each evening with an old fashion campfire with songs and of course s’mores around the campfire! Bring your own seating to enjoy the fire! Space it limited as we follow CDC recommended guidelines.  

November 30th event has been POSTPONED until Spring 2021 Due to COVID Precautions
Native Furs & Feathers of Texas - November 20

Join us in November as we learn about our favorite Texas native feathered and fur bearing friends. We will have a live feathered friend here to visit with and a family craft for all to participate in. Enjoy a cool weather boardwalk, campfire songs, s’mores, and some Wild Turkey liquid refreshment for an additional fee.

December 18th event is still scheduled. Please check back for updates.
Holiday Art with Nature! - December 18
Celebrate the winter holidays with us at the Wetland! Join us for a down-to-earth celebration singing carols, drinking hot chocolate around the campfire, and enjoying a special visit by Father Christmas. Try your hand at some natural art for this gift giving season and learn how cart can be seen in nature. Dress warm for tonight's campfire and Christmas Carol sing-a-long! Hot toddies are available for those who wish to purchase them.

Before The S'mores Evening Series Flyer (pdf)

For questions about the programs, contact Linda Dunn ldunn@wetlandcenter.com

Click here for Before The S'mores Event Registration

  • Before the S'mores Evening Series
  • Date:  Dec.18
  • Time: 6:00-9:00pm
  • Cost: $15.00/person (4 years and up) - includes nighttime access to Center grounds, main presentation, kids craft/activity, campfire with songs and s'mores! Themed adult beverages and extra s'mores available for purchase.