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Seabourne Creek Nature Park: A Peaceful Haven in Rosenberg, TX

Seabourne Creek Nature Park
Posted: April 4, 2019 at 5:56 pm   /   by   /   comments (8)

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Seabourne Creek Nature Park

This 164-acre park location is 3831 Highway 36 South, Rosenberg, Texas 77471. 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.

Seabourne Creek Nature Park

Seabourne Creek Nature Park

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 up on 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.

R.W. Lindsey Gazebo

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.

Park Map

Park Map

Seabourne Creek Nature Park

Seabourne Creek Nature Park

Several covered picnic spots

Several covered picnic spots

Huisache trees in bloom

Huisache trees in bloom

Many birdhouses

Many birdhouses

Seabourne Creek Nature Park

Seabourne Creek Nature Park

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!

Disc Golf

Disc Golf

Disc Golf

Disc Golf

Signage & 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.

Seabourne Creek Nature Park

Seabourne Creek Nature Park

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.

Prairie Demo Garden

Prairie Demo Garden

One of the many educational signs in the Prairie Demo Garden

One of the many educational signs in the Prairie Demo Garden

One of the many educational signs in the Prairie Demo Garden

One of the many educational signs in the Prairie Demo Garden

Prairie Demo Garden

The prairie demonstration garden is planted to show native Texas grasses and wildflowers that 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 which 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.

Seabourne Creek Nature Park nursery and greenhouse for growing native plants.

Seabourne Creek Nature Park nursery and greenhouse for growing native plants.

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.

Wetlands area of Seabourne Creek Nature Park

Wetlands area of Seabourne Creek Nature Park

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

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.”

Great Egret

Great Egret

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

There is a raised wooden walkway which goes over one portion of the wetland area. One family appeared busy catching some minnows.

Raised wooden walkway in the wetlands area

Raised wooden walkway in the wetlands area

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.

Sign about the birds found here

Sign about the birds found here

Bird sanctuary area of the park

Bird sanctuary area of the park

Bird sanctuary area of the park

Bird sanctuary area of the park

Bird sanctuary area of the park

Bird sanctuary area of the park

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.

Butterfly garden

Butterfly garden

Informational sign in the butterfly garden area

Informational sign in the butterfly garden area

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.

Seabourne Lake

Seabourne Lake

White Ibis birds

White Ibis birds

Seabourne Lake

Seabourne Lake

Louisiana Iris in bloom in Seabourne Creek Nature Park

Louisiana Iris in bloom in Seabourne Creek Nature Park

Fishing pier at Seabourne Lake

Fishing pier at Seabourne Lake

Mallard & Peking Ducks

Mallard & Peking Ducks

Seabourne Creek Nature Park hours are from 7 AM to 10 PM. Restrooms are on site. Check out this website to learn more about special events, bird watching tours and the like.

Savannah sparrows were busy finding insects in Seabourne Creek Nature Park.

Savannah sparrows were busy finding insects in Seabourne Creek Nature Park.

Seabourne Lake

Seabourne Lake

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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  • May 21, 2019 at 3:03 am Bruce

    Great information. Not familiar with some of the birds.

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    • May 21, 2019 at 3:12 am Peggy

      Hi Bruce,

      I had never seen a Roseate Spoonbill in person, so that was exciting to view. There are many birds of which I am unfamiliar, but it is fun discovering them and learning more about them.

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  • April 6, 2019 at 10:07 pm Christy B

    I would love to take my parents here to see the different birds! They get such joy out of the birds that come to their birdhouses and pond in their backyard. I know this Houston nature park would have them smiling 🙂 And me too!

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    • April 6, 2019 at 11:20 pm Peggy

      Hi Christy,

      Anyone who enjoys viewing birds would appreciate spending time in the Seabourne Creek Nature Park. We loved the time we spent there! Nice to know that your parents (and you) enjoy watching birds.

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      • April 13, 2019 at 6:46 pm Christy B

        Yes, we have a few places here to go to watch birds. I don’t know their sounds well enough to distinguish the different ones but my mom learned a lot from her dad. It’s nice to carry on his love of bird watching. I hope you’re having a nice weekend, Peggy 🙂

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        • April 14, 2019 at 11:38 pm Peggy

          Hi Christy,

          I know a few bird sounds but am far from an expert. It is fun spotting new (to me) ones and learning more about them. Yes, we had a nice weekend. Hope you had one as well. 🙂

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  • April 5, 2019 at 7:20 pm Vicki

    Hi Peggy,

    What wonderful photos you have here! I love your new website too. And I absolutely love that I can at last comment on your work.

    It must be so different to live in such a huge area, with so many amazing places to visit. That’s enough to inspire anyone to write about the sheer enjoyment of it all.

    Congratulations and as always, looking forward to seeing more from you.

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    • April 5, 2019 at 7:34 pm Peggy

      Hi Vicki,

      Thanks for your comment. My husband and I genuinely enjoy seeking out places that we have never previously visited, or going back to photograph favorite locations to be able to showcase them on my website. We will never run out of venues to explore. Being able to do this together is fun.

      This Seabourne Creek Nature Park is such a beauty!

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