Photo 1: Jones Park volunteer Mary Jo Chapman answers questions about the park’s green ash tree, a species widely used to make baseball bats, furniture and woven baskets.

Photo 2: Varnett students learn about the bald cypress tree from Jones Park volunteer Mary Jo Chapman.

Photo 3: Students quietly observe a spider that made its home on a bald cypress tree at Jones Park.

Photo 4: Jacqueline Winzer and Ter’Ron Moye enjoy the scenery at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center in Precinct 4.

Varnett first graders recently took a field trip to learn more about their current topic, nature, and visited Precinct 4’s Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center to explore the park’s plentiful trees, plants and wildlife.

Jones Park volunteer Mary Jo Chapman led the tour and explained the different types of trees and leaves found at the park.

These tours highlight various features of the local environment, and groups of 10 or more are welcome at no cost Tuesdays and Thursdays with advance reservations by calling 281-446-8588.

Programs such as these are very important to students’ learning, according to Varnett first grade teacher Sherri Harris. It gives children the ability to gain hands-on experience from what they’ve learned in class.

With leadership from Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center is a Harris County Precinct 4 facility located at 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble. All programs are free of charge and open to the public. Harris County Precinct 4 programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, sex, religion, national origin, or physical ability. For more information about the park or any of the activities and programs offered, please call 281-446-8588 or visit the Jones Park website at



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