BRAZOSMAPS
Brazosmaps is a compilation of links to maps of interest to members of the following organizations:
   •   Brazoria County Parks Department
   •   Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges
   •   Texas Master Naturalist Cradle of Texas Chapter
First-time users click here.
Report broken links; suggest a map.
Revised 2016-05-17


Abner Jackson Plantation
• See Lake Jackson Plantation

Adriance Library
• See Brazora County Historical Museum

Agrilife Extension
• See Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Albert Finkle Memorial County Park
• 281-756-1541 (Alvin number)
• 979-388-1541 (Brazosport number)
• 979-864-1541 (Angleton number)
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
Website  [BCPD]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.302359,-95.267486

Alden Dow Office Museum
• 101 S. Parking Place, Lake Jackson, TX 77566
• 979-297-1570 (Lake Jackson Historical Museum)
Website  [LJHM]
Website  [Wikipedia]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.302352, -95.26747

Alligator Marsh Waterfowl Hunt Area
• See Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge

Alvin Community College
• 3110 Mustang Road, Alvin Texas 77511
• 281-756-3500
History  [Handbook of Texas]
Website  [ACC]
Website  [Wikipedia]
Facebook  [ACC]
Campus Map  [ACC]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.3979919, -95.2434826

Alvin Library
• 105 South Gordon, Alvin, TX 77511
• 281-388-4300
Website  [BCLS]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.4235606, -95.2439627

Alvin Museum Society
Alvin Historical Museum
• 281-331-4469
• 300 West Sealy Street, Alvin, TX 77511
Website
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.423918, -95.2460146
Marguerite Rogers House Museum
• 281-585-2803
• 113 East Dumble Street, Alvin, TX 77511
Website
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.4169278, -95.2432036
     AMS operates two museums 
• 281-331-5955
Website

Alvin Senior Center
• 309 West Sealy, Alvin, Texas 77511
• 281-388-4298
Website  [City of Alvin]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.42374,-95.246427

Angleton Library
• 401 E. Cedar, Angleton, TX 77515
• 281-756-1519 (Alvin number)
• 979-388-1519 (Brazosport number)
• 979-864-1519 (Angleton number)
Website  [BCLS]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.1695314, -95.4316503

Angleton School History Center
• 1800 N. Downing Road, Angleton, TX 77515-3711
• 979-864-8015
Website
Facebook
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.177423, -95.419032

Archeology
• See Brazosport Archaeological Society

Armand Bayou Nature Center
• 8500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena, Texas 77507
• 281-474-2551
Website  [ABNC]
Trail map  [ABNC]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.5987412, -95.0748038

Astronomy
• Club - See Brazosport Astronomy Club
• Observatory - See George Observatory
• Planetarium - See BASF Brazosport Planetarium

Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge
• P.O. Box 519, Eagle Lake, TX 77434-0519
• 979-234-3021
Website  [USFWS]
CBC Bird Count  [TMN-COT)
Road Map [USFWS]
Road Map [Google]
• GPS: 29.647929,-96.256399

Austin
• County Park - See Steven F. Austin-Munson Historical County Park
• Statue - See Steven F. Austin-Munson Historical County Park
• Town - See Austin Town Site

Austin Town Site
• 281-756-1208 (Alvin number)
• 979-388-1208 (Brazosport number)
• 979-864-1208 (Angleton number)
Website  [BCHM]
Road map  [Google]
• See also Brazoria County Historical Museum
• GPS: 29.2598949, -95.4583812

Avian Conservation Science Center
• See Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

BASF Planetarium
       A member group of the Center for the Arts and Sciences
• 979-265-3376
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
Website  [BCFAS]
Facebook  [Facebook]
Astronomy Club  [BCFAS]
Description of Projector  [TMN-COT]
• Maps and GPS - see BCFAS

Baytown Nature Center
• 6213 Bayway Dr, Baytown, TX 77520
• 281-424-9198
Website  [Friends of BNC]
Website  [Wikipedia]
Facebook  [Friends of BNC]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.7549,-95.035516

BEES
• See Brazoria County Master Gardeners Association

Betty Brown Unit of SBNWR
• 979-964-4011 (Mid-coast NWR office)
• 979-964-3639 (SBNWR office)
Website  [FOBWR]
Species Survey  [Kneupper et al]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 28.9587287, -95.5556045

Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge
• 979-964-4011 (Mid-Coast NWR office)
• 979-964-3639 (SBNWR office)
History  [Handbook of Texas]
Website  [USFWS]
Refuge map  [USFWS]
Annotated road map   [FOBWR]
Road map  [Wikimapia]
• GPS: 28.7483186, -95.8119393

Big Slough Recreation Area
• See Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge

Big Tree
       The so-called "Big Tree" is correctly known as the "San Bernard Oak."   It is the largest Live
       Oak (Quercus virginiana) in Texas.   It is located at the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge.
• See San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

Bird, Birding
Brazosport Birders
Christmas Bird Counts
Dow Black Skimmer Colony
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Matagorda Birding & Nature Center
Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary
Smith Point Hawk Watch

Boat Ramps
Annotated Map [Brazoria County Parks Department]

Bobcat Woods Trail
• See San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

Brazoria Bird Count
Website [TMN-COT]
CBC Circle Map [PDF]

Brazoria Civic Center
      Brazoria Civic Center is the home of the Brazoria Heritage Foundation
       the Brazos Valley Railroad Museum and the Brazoria Chamber of Commerce
• 202-208 West Smith Street, Brazoria, TX 77422
• 979-798-6100 (Chamber of Commerce)
• 979-798-1414 (BHF Box office)
• 979-798-8114 (BHF Library and Railroad Museum)
Road map  [Google]
• See Brazoria Chamber of Commerce
• See Brazoria Heritage Foundation
• See Brazos Valley Railroad Society
• GPS: 29.0467157, -95.5710661

• See Brazoria Heritage Foundation

Brazoria County Airport
• See Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport

Brazoria County Boat Ramps
Annotated Map [BCPD]

Brazoria County Courthouse
• 111 E. Locust St., Angleton, Texas 77515-4642
Website [Brazoria County]
Facebook  [Facebook]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS : 29.1679576, -95.432868

Brazoria County Courthouse East Annex
• 1524 E Mulberry, Angleton TX 77515.
Road map [Google]
• GPS : 29.175162,-95.414427

Brazoria County Courthouse West Annex
• 451 N. Velasco, Angleton, TX 77515
Road map [Google]
• GPS : 29.1679576, -95.432868

Brazoria County Fairgrounds
• 901 S Downing Rd, Angleton, TX 77515
• 979-849-6416
Website
Road map [Wikimapia]
• GPS : 29.1553815, -95.4184399

Brazoria County Historical Museum
• 100 East Cedar Street, Angleton, TX 77515
• 281-756-1208 (Alvin number)
• 979-388-1208 (Brazosport number)
• 979-864-1208 (Angleton number)
Website  [BCHM]
Adriance Library  [BCHM]
Facebook  [Facebook]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.1695127, -95.4316127

Brazoria County Library System
Branch Libraries
Angleton Library
Brazoria Library
Clute Library
Danbury Library
Freeport Library
Lake Jackson Library
Manvel Library
Pearland Library
Pearland Westside Library
Sweeny Library
West Columbia Library
     For branch libraries, see box  
VPAL
• Administrative office
        451 N Velasco Street, Suite 250 (West Annex)
        Angleton 77515-4442
        281-756-1505 (Alvin number)
        979-388-1505 (Brazosport number)
        979-864-1505 (Angleton number)
Website  [BCLS]
Environmental Education Program  [TMN-COT]
Facebook  [Facebook]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.167995,-95.432705

Brazoria County Master Gardeners Association
Garden Hotline
• Open 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM   Monday-Friday
• 21017 County Road 171, Angleton, TX 77515-8903
• 281-756-1208 Ext 119 (Alvin and north)
• 979-388-1208 Ext 119 (Brazosport and south)
• 979-864-1208 Ext 119 (Angleton and west)
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.174869,-95.405333
Brazoria Environmental Education Station (BEES)
• Open Tuesday and Friday mornings
Open other times as announced.   Call hotline for information or just show up ― if the gate is open, BEES is open.
• 585 CR443 (Hospital Drive) at CR 171, Angleton, Texas
• 979-549-9903
Road map  [Google]
Historic property map  [TAMU]
• GPS: 29.185559,-95.391203
     For operating hours, see box  
BCMGA Website  [BCMGA]
State Website  [TAXS]

Brazoria County Parks Department
County Parks
Albert Finkle Memorial County Park
Brazos River County Park
Buffalo Camp County Park
Camp Mohawk County Park
Hanson Riverside County Park
Quintana Beach County Park
Resoft County Park
San Luis Pass County Park
Steven F. Austin-Munson Historical County Park
Surfside Jetty County Park
     For individual parks, see box  
VPAL
• Administrative office
        313 West Mulberry Street Angleton, TX 77515-4341
        281-756-1541 (Alvin number)
        979-388-1541 (Brazosport number)
        979-864-1541 (Angleton number)
Website  [BCPD]
Facebook  [Facebook]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.1642101, -95.4353678

Brazoria Environmental Education Station (BEES)
• See Brazoria County Master Gardeners Association

Brazoria Heritage Foundation
• 202 West Smith Street, Brazoria, TX 77422
• 979-798-1414 (Box office)
• 979-798-8114 (Library)
Website  [BHF]
Facebook  [Facebook]
Road map  [Google]
• See also Brazos Valley Railroad Society
• GPS: 29.0467157, -95.5710661

Brazoria Library
• 620 South Brooks, Brazoria, TX 77422
• 979-798-2372
Website  [BCLS]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.0408722, -95.5695856

Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
Discovery Center
Open during DEEP classes and special events.
• 2022 County Road 227, Freeport, Texas, 77541
Website  [FOBWR]
DEEP Environmental Education  [TMN-COT]
Annotated Map  [FOBWR]
Road Map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.059963, -95.268216
Big Slough Recreation Area
Open sunrise to sunset every day.
• 2022 County Road 227, Freeport, Texas, 77541
Big Slough Auto Tour [USFWS]
Big Slough Hiking Trail [USFWS]
Cox Lake Hiking Trail [USFWS]
Maddox Cedars [FOBWR]
Road Map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.065248, -95.319300
Alligator Marsh Waterfowl Hunt Area
Open during specified hunt days only.
Road map  [USFWS]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.1268035, -95.24418
Refuge Field Office and Otto Slough Trail
Open 7:00AM - 5:30PM Monday-Friday
• 24907 FM, Angleton TX 77515-2157
• 979-922-1037
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.153754,-95.299126
     For operating hours, see box  
• 979-922-1037 (Refuge manager)
• 979-964-4011 (Mid-coast office)
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
History  [Handbook of Texas]
History  [Wikipedia]
Website  [USFWS]
Website  [FOBWR]
Refuge Map  [USFWS]
Road map  [Google]


Brazos Bend State Park
• 21901 FM 762 Needville, TX 77461
• 979-553-5102 (park office) or 512-389-8900 (reservations)
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
Website  [TPWD]
Website  [BBSP Volunteer Organization]
Facebook  [Facebook]
Video  [TPWD]
Facilities map  [TPWD]
Trail map  [TPWD]
Facilities map   [TPWD]
CBC Circle Map [JPG]  [Bill Godley]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.3714421, -95.6412435

Brazos River County Park
• 281-756-1541 (Alvin number)
• 979-388-1541 (Brazosport number)
• 979-864-1541 (Angleton number)
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
Website  [BCPD]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.1137379, -95.6758332

Brazos Valley Railroad Society Museum
• 208 West Smith Street, Brazoria TX 77422
• 979-798-8114 [Saturday only]
• 979-922-4556 [Jim Williams]
Website  [BVRS]
Facebook  [Facebook]
Road map  [Google]
• See also Brazoria Heritage Foundation
• GPS: 29.0466735, -95.5714685

Brazos Woods Preserve
• 1080 County Road 645, West Columbia, TX 77486
Map with directions (TNC)
Road map (Google)
Open Day
• GPS: 29.11251, -95.61815

Brazosport Archaeological Society
       An affiliate organization of the Brazosport Center for the Arts and Sciences
• 979-265-7831
Website  [BCFAS]
• Maps and GPS - see BCFAS

Brazosport Art League
       A member group of the Center for the Arts and Sciences
• 979-265-7661
Website  [BCFAS]
Facebook  [Facebook]
• Maps and GPS - see BCFAS

Brazosport Astronomy Club
       An affiliate organization of the Brazosport Center for the Arts and Sciences
• 979-265-7661
Website  [BCFAS]
Facebook  [Facebook]
• Maps and GPS - see BCFAS

Brazosport Birders
Facebook  [Facebook]
Brazosport Center for the Arts & Sciences
Member Groups
BASF Planetarium
Brazosport Art League
Brazosport Center Stages
Brazosport Symphony Orchestra
Brazosport Museum of Natural Science
Nature Trail
NCAP Nature Trail

Affiliate Organizations
Brazosport Astronomy Club
Brazosport Archaeological Society
Sea Shell Searchers of Brazoria County
     For constituent organizations, see box  
• 400 College Drive, Clute, TX 77531
• 979-265-7661 or 877-265-7661
Website  [BCFAS]
Road map  [TMN-COT]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.0455104, -95.4052466

Brazosport Center Stages
       A member group of the Brazosport Center for the Arts and Sciences
• 979-265-7661
Website  [BCFAS]
Facebook  [Facebook]
• Maps and GPS - see BCFAS

Brazosport College - Community Education Center - Freeport
• 211 East Park Avenue, Freeport, TX 77541
• 979-230-3600
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
Website  [BC]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 28.9499546, -95.3457874

Brazosport College - Main Campus
• 500 College Drive, Lake Jackson, TX 77566
• 979-230-3000
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
History  [Handbook of Texas]
Website  [BC]
Website  [Wikipedia]
Facebook  [Facebook]
Campus map  [BC]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.0449899, -95.4076231

Brazosport Museum of Natural Science
       A member group of the Center for the Arts and Sciences
• 979-265-7831
Website  [BCFAS]
Facebook  [Facebook]
• Maps and GPS - see BCFAS

Brazosport Planetarium
• See BASF Planetarium

Brazosport Symphony Orchestra
       A member group of the Center for the Arts and Sciences
• 979-265-7661
Website  [BCFAS]
Facebook  [Facebook]
• Maps and GPS - see BCFAS

Bryan Beach
Website [Texas Explorer]
Map  [Google]
• GPS: 28.9160342, -95.3377676

Buffalo Bayou Park
     Not to be confused with Sabine-to-Bagby Promenade
• Between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive, from Shepard Drive and Sabine Street, Houston, Texas
• 832-395-7000
Website  [Houston Parks and Recreation Department]
Website  [Buffalo Bayou Partnership]
Road Map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.761653,-95.393741

Buffalo Camp County Park
• 281-756-1541 (Alvin number)
• 979-388-1541 (Brazosport number)
• 979-864-1541 (Angleton number)
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
Website  [BCPD]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.0625891, -95.485509

Camp Mohawk County Park
• 110 County Road 193, Alvin, TX 77511
• 281-581-2319 or 877-226-7664
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
Website  [BCPD]
History  (1990)  [Brazoria County Old Timers Association]
Flora Census  (2008)  [TMN-COT]
Park map  [BCPD]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.3345531, -95.2854484

Candy Abshier Wildlife Management Area
• 10 Parks & Wildlife Drive, Port Arthur, TX 77640
• 409-736-2551
Website  [TPWD]
Hawk Watch  [GCBO]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.528415,-94.770344

Capitol of Texas Park
• 979-345-3123 (City of West Columbia)
Website  [City of West Columbia]
Road map  [Google]

Carbide Park
• 4102 FM 519, La Marque, Texas 77568
• 409-934-8100
Website  [Galveston County]
Annotated road map  [TMN-COT]
Annotated road map  [TMN Galveston Bay Chapter]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.3579028, -95.0022554

Carolyn Raizes Davis Sanctuary
• County Road 197 at Union Pacific track.
Website   [Houston Audubon]
Annotated road map  [Houston Audubon]
Road Map [Wikimapia]
• GPS: 29.3084499, -95.266744

Cedar Lake Creek Paddling Trail
• See San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

Centennial Park
• See Dow Centennial Bottomlands Park

Challenger Seven Memorial Park
• 2301 West Nasa Boulevard, Webster, TX 77598
• 713-440-1587
Website   [Harris County Precinct One]
Road Map [Google]
• GPS: 29.513916, -95.143065

Christmas Bird Counts
Website [FOBWR]
Attwater NWR  [FOBWR]
Brazoria  [FOBWR]
Brazos Bend State Park  [FOBWR]
Freeport  [FOBWR]
Matagorda Co. - Mad Island Marsh  [FOBWR]
San Bernard NWR  [FOBWR]

Clear Lake Ecological Services Field Office
• 17629 El Camino Real #211, Houston TX 77058-3051
• 281-286-8282
Website  [USFWS]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.1750609, -95.4059869

Clute Library
• 215 North Shanks, Clute, TX 77531
• 979-265-4582
Website  [BCLS]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.0234428, -95.4030097

Coast Guard
• See US Coast Guard Station Freeport

Columbia Historical Museum
• 979-345-6125
Website  [City of West Columbia]
Facebook  [Facebook]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.1438968, -95.6457013

Columbia Rosenwald School
• 979-345-6125 (Columbia Historical Museum)
Website  [Columbia Historical Museum]
History  [TMN-COT]
Video  [National Trust for Historic Preservation]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.1431425, -95.6457657

ConocoPhillips
• See Phillips 66

Cooperative Extension Service
• See Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Cox Lake Hiking Trail
• See Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge

Danbury Library
• 1720 North Main, Danbury, TX 77534
• 979-922-1905
Website  [BCLS]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.2295735, -95.3471231

Davis Bird Sanctuary
• See Carolyn Raizes Davis Sanctuary

DEEP: Discovery Environmental Education Program
• See Discovery Environmental Education Program (DEEP)

Discovery Center
• See Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge

Discovery Environmental Education Program (DEEP)
       Most DEEP events take place at the Discovery Center
• 979-299-9213 (Bryan Adams, Education Specialist)
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
Website  [TMN-COT]
• Maps and GPS - see Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge

Dow, Alden
• See Alden Dow Office Museum

Dow Black Skimmer Colony
       Meet shuttle bus at Dow Chemical Company Gate 41-A
• 979-238-4159 [Dow Wildlife Support Team]
Road Map  [Google]
• GPS: [Gate 41-A] 28.9695476, -95.3484236

Dow Centennial Bottomlands Park
• 979-297-4533
Website  [City of Lake Jackson]
Trail Map  [City of Lake Jackson]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS West Trailhead : 29.027768,-95.476305
• GPS East Trailhead : 29.026107,-95.460293

Dow Woods Unit of San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
     Dow Woods is open for hiking and bicycling sunrise-to-sunset every day.
• 979-964-4011 (Mid-Coast NWR office)
• 979-964-3639 (SBNWR office)
VPAL [TMN-COT]
Website  [FOBWR]
Trail map  [FOBWR]
Road map  [Wikimapia]
Annotated road map  [FOBWR]
• GPS: 29.0762941, -95.427804

Drum Bay
Road map  [Google]
Annotated road map  [TMN-COT]
• GPS: 29.008891, -95.2146435

Environmental Education
• BCLS - see Brazoria County Library System Environmental Education Program
• BEES - see Brazoria Environmental Education Station
• DEEP - see Discovery Environmental Education Program
• HWEEP - see Hudson Woods Environmental Education Program
• LEEP - see Linnville Environmental Education Program

Extension Service
• See Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

First Capitol of the Republic of Texas
• North 14th Street at Hamilton Street, West Columbia, TX 77486
Website [City of West Columbia]
Website [TexasBobTravels]
Road map [Google]
• GPS: 29.1444291, -95.6425546

Freeport Bird Count
Website  [TMN-COT}
CBC Circle Map [PDF]

Freeport Community Education Center
• See Brazosport College Community Education Center - Freeport

Freeport Community House
• 1300 West Second St, Freeport, TX 77541
• 979-233-3306
Website  [City of Freeport]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 28.9550852, -95.3633988

Freeport Historical Museum
• 311 East Park Street, Freeport, TX 77541
• 979-233-0066
Website  [City of Freeport]
Facebook  [Facebook]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 28.9487975, -95.3461066

Freeport Library
• 410 Brazosport Blvd, Freeport, TX 77541
• 979-233-3622
Website  [BCLS]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 28.964369,-95.372584

Freeport Municipal Park
• 421 Brazosport Blvd, Freeport, TX 77541
• 979-233-4141
Facebook  [Facebook]
Road map  [Wikimapia]
• GPS: 28.9634868, -95.3706408

Freeport RiverPlace
• City Park Road at Old River Street
• 979-233-3306
Website  [City of Freeport]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS (Pedestrian entrance): 28.9629447, -95.3706649
• GPS (Service parking): 28.9625458, -95.3695732

Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges
     Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges has no physical address.
• P.O. Box 505, Lake Jackson, TX 77566-0505
• 844-84-BIRDS (844-842-4737)
Website
Facebook

Friends of River San Bernard Community Center
• 20450 County Road 510-B, Brazoria, TX 77422
Website  [FORSB]
Boat Parade  [FORSB]
Facebook  [Facebook]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 28.989444,-95.585481
Gerhart Prairie
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.40733, -095.42773
George Observatory
       The George Observatory is owned and operated by the Houston Museum of Natural Science and located inside Brazos Bend State Park.
• 281-242-3055
• 979-553-3400
Website  [HMNS]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS (Park entrance): 29.3714795, -95.6412649
• GPS (Observatory parking): 29.3754928, -95.5963352
• Also see Houston Museum of Natural Science

Goodrich Jones State Forest
• See W. Goodrich Jones State Forest

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
• 103 West Highway 332, Lake Jackson, TX 77566-4015
• 979-480-0999
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
Website  [GCBO]
Facebook  [Facebook]
Trail map  [GCBO]
Road map  [GCBO]
Annotated road map  [TMN-COT]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.0491731, -95.4761803

Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue
• 979-849-0184 (24-hour Rescue Hotline)
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
Website  [GCWR]
Facebook  [Facebook]
Photos  [Flickr]
• Maps and GPS are not available.  Call the hotline for directions.

Halls Bayou Unit of San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
     Halls Bayou Unit is closed to the public.
• 979-964-4011 (Mid-coast NWR office)
• 979-964-3639 (Refuge Manager)
VPAL [TMN-COT]
Project map  [USFWS]
Annotated road map (area)  [TMN-COT]
Annotated area map (detail)  [TMN-COT]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.3365055, -95.1468587

Hanson-Riverside County Park
• 281-756-1541 (Alvin number)
• 979-388-1541 (Brazosport number)
• 979-864-1541 (Angleton number)
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
Website  [BCPD]
Road map  [Google]
Intern Training Field Trip
• GPS: 29.1137566, -95.675801

Henry W. Munson Park
• See Stephen F. Austin-Munson Historical County Park

Houston Museum of Natural Science
• 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030
• 713-639-4629
Website  [HMNS]
Website  [Wikipedia]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.721815,-95.389709
• Also see George Observatory

Hudson Woods Unit of San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
     Hudson Woods is open for hiking sunrise-to-sunset every day.
• Sally Lake Road, Bailey's Prairie, TX 77515
• 979-964-4011 (Mid-coast NWR office)
• 979-964-3639 (Refuge Manager)
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
HWEEP: Hudson Woods Environmental Education  [TMN-COT]
Website  [FOBWR]
Road map  [Google]
Annotated road map  [FOBWR]
• GPS: 29.1631796, -95.5062747

HWEEP
• See Hudson Woods Unit

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
• 281-446-8588
Website [JHJPNC]
Road Map [Google]
Road Map [JHJPNC]
• GPS: 30.0236876, -95.2942483

Johnson Community Center
• See Carbide Park

Jones
Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
W. Goodrich Jones State Forest

Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area
• 979-233-8729 (David Butler)
Website  [TPWD]
Road map  [TPWD]
Annotated road map  [TMN-COT]
Road Map [Google]
• GPS: 29.932213,-95.92417

Katy Prairie Conservancy
• 936-931-5564
Website  [KPC]
Road Map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.9319158, -95.9245706

KBR Kids Day
• See Sabine-to-Bagby Promenade
Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
• 281-357-5324
• 20303 Draper Road, Tomball, TX 77377
Website  [KWNP]
Narrative [flipfloplibrarian]
Road Map  [Google]
Trail map [KWNP]
• GPS (Nature Center): 30.0724609, -95.7400024
• GPS (Scout Camp): 30.07943, -95.7436233

Lake Jackson Civic Center
• 333 Highway 332 East, Lake Jackson, TX 77566
• 979-415-2600
Website  [City of Lake Jackson]
Annotated map (PDF)  [TMM-COT]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.0378987, -95.4511821

Lake Jackson Historical Museum
• 249 Circle Way, Lake Jackson, TX 77566
• 979-297-1570
Website  [LJHM]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.0388508, -95.450592

Lake Jackson Library
• 250 Circle Way, Lake Jackson, TX 77566
• 979-415-2590
Website  [BCLS]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.038696, -95.4494923

Lake Jackson Plantation
• 979-297-1570
History  [Texas Beyond History]
Website  [LJHM]
Site map - modern  [Brazoria County Antebellum Plantation Survey]
Site map - historic  [TMN-COT]
Annotated Road Map  [TMN-COT]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.0507112, -95.4679084

LEEP
• See Linnville Environmental Education Program (LEEP)

Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site
• P.O. Box 940, Brazoria, TX 77422-0940
• 979-798-2202
History  [Handbook of Texas]
Website  [Texas Historical Commission]
Website  [Carol McDavid]
Annotated Road Map  [TMN-COT]
Site maps  [Carol McDavid]
Road map  [Google]
Species survey  [TMN-COT]
• GPS: 28.9983019, -95.6476808

Library
• Adriance - see Brazoria County Historical Museum
• County - see Brazoria County Library System

Linnville Environmental Education Program (LEEP)
       LEEP events take place at the Phillips 66 plant in Old Ocean and are presented by
        Phillips 66 staff.   TMN-COT members serve as advisers but do not teach classes.
• 979-345-5062 (Mary Holler, Program Coordinator)
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
• Maps and GPS - see Phillips 66

Little Slough Trail
• See San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

MacLean Park
• 93 Lake Road, Lake Jackson, TX 77566
• 979-297-4533
Website  [City of Lake Jackson]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.0308539, -95.4611492

Maddox Cedars
       Maddox Cedars Monument is located inside Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
History   [FOBWR]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.0672077, -95.2469695

Manvel Library
• 20514B Hwy 6, Manvel, TX 77578
• 281-489-7596
Website  [BCLS]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.465046,-95.350332

Marguerite Rogers House Museum
• See Alvin Museum Society

Master
• Gardeners - see Brazoria County Master Gardeners Association
• Naturalists - see Texas Master Naturalists - Cradle of Texas Chapter

Matagorda Bay Nature Park
• 6430 FM 2031, Matagorda, TX 77457
• 979-863-7120
Website  [LCRA]
Map  [Google]
• GPS: 28.6028159, -95.976541

Matagorda County Birding Nature Center
• 979-245-3336
Website  [MCBNC]
Park map [MCBNC]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 28.9842675, -96.0129547

Matagorda Island
Wildlife Management Area
• 979-323-9553
Website  [TPWD]
Area Map  [Wikimapia]
Trail Map  [TPWD]
• GPS (WMA dock): 28.3327341, -96.4633727
TMN-COT Field Trip
Website [TMN-COT]
Route Map  [Google]
Video  [Steve Zilliox/YouTube]
• GPS (Fulton dock): 28.0245608, -97.0502401
• GPS (Island dock): 28.1277339, -96.8099678
Lighthouse
Website  [Lighthouse Restoration Project]
Detail Map [Wikimapia]
• GPS: 28.3378996, -96.4240408
     For further information see box 
Matagorda Island WMA is jointly managed by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.   It is formally named Matagorda Island National Wildlife Refuge and State Natural Area
History  [Handbook of Texas]
Website  [Wikipedia]
Website  [MatagordaIsland.com]
Area Map  [Google]

Matagorda/Mad Island Bird Count
Website  [TMN-COT]
CBC Circle Map(KMZ)  [Brent Ortego]
CBC Circle Map(JPG)  [Brent Ortego]

McCroskey Cabin
History  [Handbook of Texas]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 28.939752,-95.614253

Middle Bayou Public Waterfowl Hunt Area
         Middle Bayou Waterfowl Hunt Area has been moved and is now known as Alligator Marsh Waterfowl Hunt Area
• See Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge

Migration Celebration
• 844-84-BIRDS (844-842-4737)
Website  [FOBWR]
Facebook  [Facebook]
Map - Riverplace  [Google]
Map - San Bernard NWR  [Google]
SBNWR Venue Map [Google]
• GPS (RiverPlace) : 28.963055, -95.3704906
• GPS (SBNWR) : 28.91502, -95.5792093

Moccasin Pond Auto Tour
• See San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

Mo-Ranch Conference Center
• See Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly
Mowonoty Prairie
• South side of CR18 0.6 miles east of SH35
• 979-345-3456 [St. Mary's Episcopal Church office]
Road Map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.2772679, -95.7129014

Munson Park
• See Stephen F. Austin-Munson Historical County Park

Museum
Alden Dow Office Museum
Alvin Historical Museum
Brazoria County Historical Museum
Brazoria Heritage Foundation
Brazos Valley Railroad Museum
Brazosport Museum of Natural Science
Columbia Historical Museum
Dow, Alden Office Museum
Freeport Historical Museum
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Lake Jackson Historical Museum
Marguerite Rogers House Museum
Schuster Home Museum

Nannie M. Stringfellow Wildlife Management Area
• 979-798-8746 [Marc Ealy]
Website  [TPWD]
Annotated road map  [TMN-COT]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 28.9606707, -95.6228542

Nash Prairie Preserve
• Intersection of County Road 25 and County Road 225, Brazoria County
• 979-345-3456 [St. Mary's Episcopal Church office]
Website  [Nature Conservancy]
Website  [St. Mary's]
Annotated road map  [TMN-COT]
Road Map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.253418,-95.596554

NCAP Nature Trail
       NCAP Nature Trail is administered by the Brazosport Planetarium
Map [Google}
• GPS: 29.046326,-95.405516

Otter Slough Trail
• See Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge

Palm Unit of San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
     Palm Unit is closed to the public.
Website [The Rogue Botanist]
Chapter News article [McLain}
• Map and GPS are not available.   Call Mid-coast office for information.

Pearland Library
• 3522 Liberty Drive, Pearland, TX 77581
• 281-485-4876
Website  [BCLS]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.5514706, -95.2578592

Pearland Westside Library
• 2803 Business Center Dr, Ste 101 Pearland 77584
• 713-436-0995
Website  [BCLS]
Road map  [Google]
Birdseye View [Bing Maps]
• GPS: 29.559602,-95.391702

Phillips 66
VPAL [TMN-COT]
Website  [Phillips66]
Facebook  [Facebook]
Road map  [Google]
• See also LEEP
• GPS (Gate 105): 29.0763879, -95.7616425

Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly
Website  [PMRA]
Campus map  [PMRA]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 30.058276,-99.474186

Quintana Beach County Park
• 330 5th Street, Quintana, TX 77541
• 979-233-1461 or 800-872-7578
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
Website  [BCPD]
Park map  [BCPD]
Road map  [Google]
Annotated road map  [TMN-COT]
• GPS: 28.9342141, -95.3048623

Quintana City Hall
• 814 Lamar ST. Freeport TX 77541-9109
• 979-233-0848
Website
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 28.9340263, -95.3090358

Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary
• 979-480-0999 (Gulf Coast Bird Observatory)
Website  [BirdForum Ltd]
Annotated road map  [TMN-COT]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 28.9341672, -95.3087246

Quintana Xeriscape Nature Reserve
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 28.9383924, -95.3043902

Resoft County Park
• 281-756-1541 (Alvin number)
• 979-388-1541 (Brazosport number)
• 979-864-1541 (Angleton number)
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
Website  [BCPD]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.4802055, -95.2499628

RiverPlace
• See Freeport RiverPlace

Sabine-to-Bagby Promenade.
     Not to be confused with Buffalo Bayou Park
• 150 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77002
• 713-752-0314
Website  [Buffalo Bayou Partnership]
Road Map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.763496,-95.373833

San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
Field Office Entrance
• Open 7:00AM - 5:30PM Monday-Friday
Annotated Map   [FOBWR]
• GPS : 28.9149448, -95.5789089
Cocklebur Slough Entrance
• Open sunrise to sunset every day
Bobcat Woods Trail   [USFWS]
Cedar Lake Creek Paddling Trail   [USFWS]
Moccasin Pond Auto Tour   [USFWS]
San Bernard Auto Tour   [USFWS]
• GPS : 28.9071309, -95.5908394
San Bernard Oak Entrance
• Open by appointment only
Trail Guild and map  [USFWS]
Annotated map  [FOBWR]
Trail Guide  [TMN-COT]
Photos  [FOBWR]
• GPS : 28.9072249, -95.5965257
Little Slough Trail
• Open sunrise to sunset every day
Road map  [Google]
• GPS : 28.936682,-95.610681
Sargent Permit Waterfowl Hunt Area
• Open during specified hunt days only
Detail map [USFWS}
Road map [Google]
Topo map [USGS/Libremap.org]
• GPS : 28.7894162, -95.6297122
     For operating hours, see box 
• 6801 County Road 306, Brazoria, TX 77422
• 979-964-3639 (SBNWR office)
• 979-964-4011 (Mid-coast NWR Complex)
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
History  [Handbook of Texas]
Website  [USFWS]
Website  [FOBWR]
Road Map [Google]
Annotated Map [FOBWR]
Refuge Map [USFWS]
CBC Circle Map  [KMZ]  [Google]

San Bernard River Boat Parade
       The semiannual San Bernard River Boat Parade is sponsored by Friends of the River San Bernard.
Map [Google]
• GPS (FM521): 29.0109757, -95.5881916
• GPS (FM2611): 28.9498812, -95.5553184

San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
• 3523 Independence Parkway South, LaPorte, TX 77571
Website [TPWD]
Website [San Jacinto Museum]
Website  [Wikipedia]
Road Map [Google]
• GPS 29.749866,-95.08076

San Luis Pass County Park
• 14001 CR 257 (Blue Water Highway) Freeport, TX 77541
• 979-233-6026 or 800-372-7578
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
Website  [BCPD]
Park map  [BCPD]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.077429,-95.127516

Sargent Permit Waterfowl Hunt Area
• See San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

Schuster Home Museum
• 1130 W 2nd St., Freeport, TX 77541
Road Map  [Google]
• GPS: 28.9544656, -95.3610465

Sea Center Texas
• 300 Medical Drive, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566
• 979-292-0100
VPAL
Website  [TPWD]
Website  [Texas Explorer]
Video  [TheFishinFanatic/YouTube]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.0178231, -95.4450828

Sea Shell Searchers of Brazoria County
       An affiliate organization of the Center for the Arts and Sciences
• 979-265-7831
Website  [SSSBC]
• Maps and GPS - see BCFAS

St. Mary's Episcopal Church, West Columbia
        St. Mary's is the local contact for Nash Prairie Preserve.
• 117 E. Clay Street, West Columbia, TX 77486
• 979-345-3456
Website  [St. Mary's]
Road map  [Google]
• See also Nash Prairie Preserve
• GPS: 29.1429984, -95.6467621

Sheldon Lake State Park
Website  [TPWD}
Road map  [Google]

Smith Point Hawk Watch
Website  [SPHW]
Website  [GCBO]
Road Map [Google}
• GPS: 29.528527,-94.770364

Stahlman Park Reception and Conference Center
• 2211 Bluewater Highway (CR257), Surfside Beach, Texas 77541
• 979-233-1531 x 100
Website  [Village of Surfside Beach]
Annotated Road map  [TMN-COT]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 28.972038, -95.2625048

Statue
• Austin, Stephen F. - see Stephen F. Austin-Munson Historical County Park
• Ryan, Nolan - see Alvin
• Smith, Henry - see Brazoria Heritage Foundation
Stephen F. Austin 500
• P.O. Box 703 Angleton, TX 77516
• 979-864-0005
• Maps and GPS: See Stephen F. Austin-Munson Historical County Park

Stephen F. Austin-Munson Historical County Park
• 25655 SH 288 Angleton, TX 77515
Website
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
Road Map
GPS: 29.1498375, -95.451214

Stringfellow
• See Nannie M. Stringfellow Wildlife Management Area

Surfside Jetty County Park
• 281-756-1541 (Alvin number)
• 979-864-1541 (Angleton number)
• 979-388-1541 (Brazosport number)
VPAL  [TMN-COT]
Website  [BCPD]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 28.939633, -95.2966976

Sweeny Library
• 205 W. Ashley Wilson, Sweeny, TX 77480
• 979-548-2567
Website  [BCLS]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.0438831, -95.7116675

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
• 21017 County Road 171, Angleton, TX 77515-8903
• 281-756-1558 Ext 110 (Alvin and north)
• 979-388-1558 Ext 110 (Brazosport and south)
• 979-864-1558 Ext 110 (Angleton and west)
Website  [Texas A&M Agrilife Extension]
History  [Handbook of Texas]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.175059, -95.405495

Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport
• 979-849-5755
• 8000 Airport Way, Angleton, TX 77515
Website  [TGCRA]
Website  [Wikipedia]
Road Map
• GPS: 29.112276,-95.459286

Texas Master Naturalists - Cradle of Texas Chapter
Website  [TMN-COT]
Facebook  [Facebook]
• For map and GPS see Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Texas Mid-coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Office
• 2547 County Road 316, Brazoria, TX 77422-7703
• 979-964-4011
• Fax 979-964-4021
Website  [USFWS]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 28.9367141, -95.6106502

Texas R.I.C.E.
      Texas Rice Industry Coalition for the Environment
      Texas R.I.C.E. is located at Karankawa Plains Co., El Campo, Texas
• 879 County Road 463, El Campo, TX 77437
• Mail: PO Box 644, Pierce, TX 77467-0644
Website
• GPS: 29.243448, -96.199754
University of Houston-Clear Lake Pearland Campus
• 1200 Pearland Parkway, Pearland, TX 77581
• 281-212-1700
Website
• GPS: 29.587921, -95.266540
US Coast Guard Station Freeport
• 823 Coast Guard Drive, Freeport, TX 77541
• 979-233-7551
Website   [USCG]
Road Map   [Google]
• GPS: 28.944946,-95.302235

USDA Service Center
United States Department of Agriculture
USDA Service Center

Rural Development
Suite B
 • Phone: 979-549-0215 ext 4
 • Fax:   979-549-0031
 • Website  [USDA]
 • Website  [Wikipedia]
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Suite C
 • Phone: 979-549-0215 ext 3
 • Fax:   979-549-0031
 • Website  [USDA]
 • Website  [Wikipedia]
Farm Service Agency
Suite D
 • Phone: 979-549-0215 ext 2
 • Fax:   979-848-8336
 • Website  [USDA]
 • Website  [Wikipedia]
       For agencies located here, see box 
• 711 North Velasco St., Angleton, TX 77515
Website  [USDA]
Facebook  [Facebook]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.1707961, -95.4322404

Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site
• 979-345-4656
• P.O. Box 696, West Columbia, TX 77486-0696
History  [Handbook of Texas]
Website  [Texas Historical Commission]
Website  [Wikipedia]
Facebook
Road map  [Google]
Annotated road map  [TMN-COT]
• GPS: 28.96731, -95.37339

Velasco Community House
• 110 Skinner St., Freeport, TX 77541
• 979-233-3306
Website  [City of Freeport]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 28.96731, -95.37339

Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve
• 281-421-2469
Website [WRNPP]
Trail Map [WRNPP]
Road map [WRNPP]
Road Map [Google]
• GPS: 30.579118, -94.3781909

W. Goodrich Jones State Forest
• 936-273-2261
History  [Handbook of Texas]
Website  [Texas Forest Service]
Facility map  [Texas Forest Service]
Road map  [Wikimapia]
• GPS: 30.2346083, -95.4822528

Waugh Drive Bat Colony
Website  [Waugh Bat Monitor]
Website  [City of Houston]
Video  [kris rodriguez/YouTube]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.762207,-95.398623

Wayne Johnson Community Center
• See Carbide Park

West Columbia Library
• 518 East Brazos, West Columbia, TX 77486
• 979-345-3394
Website  [BCLS]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.1443794, -95.6413293

West Annex
• See Brazoria County Courthouse West Annex

Westside Library
• See Pearland Westside Library

Wildlife Center of Texas
• 7007 Katy Road, Houston, TX 77024
• 713-861-9453
Website  [WCT]
Road map  [Google]
• GPS: 29.782178, -95.442272

Wildlife
Center of Texas
Management Area, Candy Abshier
Management Area, Justin Hurst
Management Area, Matagorda Island
Management Area, Nannie M. Stringfellow
Rescue, Gulf Coast
Refuge, Attwater Prairie Chicken
Refuge, Betty Brown Unit
Refuge, Big Boggy National
Refuge, Brazoria National Refuge
Refuge, Dow Woods Unit
Refuge, Halls Bayou Unit
Refuge, Hudson Woods Unit
Refuge, San Bernard National

BRAZOSMAPS
Information for first-time users

For each venue, this page contains some or all of the following links:

  • Address.   The street address or post office box address, if available, at the destination venue.   Street addresses may not be valid mailing addresses.
  • Phone.   The phone number, if any, at the organization that administers the destination venue.   This number may not be at the actual destination venue.
  • VPAL (Volunteer Project and Activity List).   A description of activities that have been approved for volunteer time by the TMN-COT chapter.   VPALs apply only to TMN-COT members and interns.
  • History.   The history, if available, of the destination venue, provided by the Handbook of Texas Online or other reliable source.
  • Website.   The website, if any, of the destination venue.
  • Facebook.   The Facebook page, if any, of the destination venue.
  • Annotated road map.   An annotated map indicating the location of the destination venue with respect to easily-described landmarks.
  • Detail Map.   A map unique to specific destination venue, often provided by the management of the destination venue or other reliable source.
  • CBC Count Circle.   A map of the 15-mile diameter circle of a Christmas Bird Count.   Maps identified [KMZ] require Google Earth.
  • Road Map [Google].   A road map and satellite image provided by Google Maps, presented at an unpredictable scale.   You may have to zoom in or out.   To switch between map and satellite click the icon in the lower left corner.
  • Road Map [Bing].   A road map and satellite image provided by Bing Maps, presented at a scale that (usually) includes the relevant area of the destination venue.   To switch between map and satellite views click "Roads", "Aerial", or "Bird's eye" from the menu above the map.
  • Road Map [Wikimapia].   A road map and satellite image provided by Wikimapia.org, presented at a scale that includes the relevant portion of the destination venue.   The destination venue is marked by a yellow polygon; click inside the polygon for further information.   To switch between map and sat views click the link in the upper right corner (below the search box) and select from the dropdown menu.
  • GPS.   The geographic Coordinates, in decimal degrees, of the destination venue.   If the destination venue is not visible from a public road, GPS identifies the point of access from a public road.   If the destination venue is accessible only by air, by boat or on foot (e.g., on a barrier island), GPS identifies the venue itself.   GPS data were derived from Google or Wikimapia map data.

Neal McLain
Webmaster
nmclain@annsgarden.com
Revised 2015-08-12


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The Texas Master Naturalist Cradle of Texas Chapter is a chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program.   Texas Master Naturalist program is coordinated by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife.   Texas Master Naturalist programs serve all people without regard to socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.
Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting the Brazoria, San Bernard and Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuges.   FOBWR raises funding through donations, grants, and gifts to help fund wildlife refuge projects, educational programs, and other activities.   FOBWR has no paid staff; all officers, directors, and members are dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly at our area refuges and with our community.