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Nature Discovery Center

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Closed Now: 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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A beautifully wild green island in a sea of concrete and car traffic

A stunningly nice wildlife zone and a "Villa" with lots of free programs for children and also... read more

Reviewed September 13, 2018
Wander L
Houston, Texas
Always a Pleasure to Visit

My husband and I live within a mile of NDC and visit at least monthly. No matter the season, this... read more

Reviewed September 11, 2018
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The Nature Discovery Center is home to the Russ Pitman Park and the Henshaw House and located in Houston, TX. The Russ Pitman Park is a lush 4-acre oasis and animal habitat. Visitors can stroll, play, picnic, and explore nature. Other special places...more
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7112 Newcastle St, Bellaire, TX 77401-5225
+1 713-667-6550
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Reviewed September 13, 2018

A stunningly nice wildlife zone and a "Villa" with lots of free programs for children and also entertainment for walk-ins. And they upgrade continuousey: more live animals (snakes, turtles, tarantulas), more volunteers that allow you to pet the animals, soap-bubble days and fun demonstrations for...More

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Reviewed September 11, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I live within a mile of NDC and visit at least monthly. No matter the season, this is an oasis within our urban environment with beautiful paths, native plants, water features, birds, etc.

Thank designfan49
Reviewed April 8, 2017

I recently visited the Nature Discovery Center in Russ Pitman Park in Bellaire for a school field trip and what a wonderful surprise it was! The old restored home on the property has been transformed into a fun and educational house of learning. There are...More

Thank Barbara K
Reviewed November 20, 2016

Bellaire is so lucky to have this tucked-away haven. A great place to relax, enjoy nature, take the kids, etc.

Thank Catheyn123
Reviewed November 2, 2016

We are well-known and recognized specialists for professionally-organized and responsible Kilimanjaro climbs and photographic wildlife safaris. We can take the family!

Thank OhCilantro
Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

One of the best places to find migrating birds inside the 610 loop. A small park with a nice collection of native vegetation and a water features to attract birds. Birders post spotting on a white board. There is an excellent naturalist who conducts birding...More

Thank judi0wens
Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Took my 4year old for storytime back in July. He loved it as he got to pet the rabbit and the rooms upstairs was a great adventure as we got to see some turtle, snake, reptiles, etc and play some more. We didn't walk the...More

Thank Hannah J
Reviewed April 25, 2016

Great nature trails. Very educational, especially for smaller children with short attention spans. The live animal exhibits are a lot of fun, too.

Thank Houba1
Reviewed February 6, 2016

We went for the monthly birding walk and were not disappointed. Mary Ann is knowledgeable about not only the birds we were interested in, but their habitat and song and the trees and other wildlife on site. This was our third visit and we'll be...More

1  Thank KLsWanderlust
Reviewed February 2, 2016

Educational park for children... small.... but has classes for kids and events during the year. Easy parking

1  Thank Myra E
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Caddy W
March 28, 2016|
Response from Henry O | Property representative |
Sorry, we are a City of Bellaire Park and dogs are not allowed in any Bellaire parks. You are welcome to walk your dog along the Newcastle St Trail in front of our park but our park and nature center are dog free. thanks