A Haven for Lower and Middle School in Friendswood
"We broke ground in the fall of 1998 on the FISD Nature Center and had an official opening in the spring of 1999. We planted lots of native trees and shrubs, so the habitat was particularly attractive to birds. Next to the school was an herb garden that always had lots of caterpillars and insects. There was a small storage shed for tools, and right next to that shed were two large wooden tables that were on a concrete pad so microscopes could be set up and other activities that required tables. Next to the building were citrus and fig tree plantings that attracted butterflies and birds.
The nature center was used for about 15 years before the pond was filled in to create a picnic area. Maintenance became a problem after invasive plants were allowed to gain a foothold. School habitat gardens thrive when there is a committed team (administration, teachers, staff, parents, students) who volunteer to maintain the garden year-round. Try to include someone on the team who has knowledge and experience with native plants and habitat gardening.”--Doris Heard
If You Build It, Birds Will Come
Nature Center Bird List
(List begun May 1999)
Little Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Red Shouldered Hawk
White winged Dove
Red bellied Woodpecker
Orange Crowned Warbler
*Denotes the birds that have built nests in the center.