Fall 2018 | Volume 30, Issue 3
Director's Report

By Darlene Conley Hostetler,
Jones Park Director

Wow, summer flew by, and the kids are back in school already! Jones Park’s busy summer season included lots of kids, interns, fish, reptiles, replica volcanoes, hot temps, and even a reported cougar sighting. 

I hope everyone had a chance to take a break from the heat and enjoy a cold lemonade or icy Popsicle. I particularly enjoyed this summer because of the scores of children who attended Summer Nature Camp (SNC) and helped us celebrate our 30th year! Thank you to all of the counselors from the Jesse Jones Park Volunteers (JJPV), National Charity League, and local scout troops who volunteered to help make SNC a fun outdoor learning experience for all!

I’m also pleased to announce that we have a new JJPV Board in place. I want to express my gratitude to the outgoing JJPV Board of Directors for the extra commitment they’ve shown the park this year. It has been a pleasure working with each of you on the Board of Directors, and I can’t thank you enough. I’m looking forward to another year working with the best group of volunteers around!

We hope to see you out and about the park! 
Candy Donations Needed for Tricks & Treats Among the Trees 

Join us for trick-or-treating along the trails Saturday, Oct. 27 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Colorful leaves and themed nature trails make this a unique and safe trick-or-treating destination for families and children.

Visitors can also enjoy crafts, live creepy critters, games, hayrides, a critter storybook trail, and more. 

Want to help? The JJPV is seeking candy donations to help achieve a successful event. Candy donations are accepted seven days a week at the Nature Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Featured Story: The Modern Pioneer

By Katrina Yordy,
Jones Park Staff

As the seamstress for Jones Park’s Redbud Hill Homestead, I’m often asked by new homestead volunteers for advice on creating historically accurate clothing. For men, the task is simple. Their fashion has stayed the same for 200 years, with only slight variations in the cut of the coat and the shape of the hat. But for women, standards are stricter: skirts should not drag in the mud; aprons must be tied above the natural waist; sleeves should cover shifts (but may be rolled up for comfort); and necks and shoulders may be protected from harsh sunlight with a light shawl and wide brimmed straw hat.  

Staff Updates

Over the summer, we welcomed Anni Ranck as our new Outreach Coordinator and John Carey as the Education Programmer. We are excited to welcome each of them as they bring a wealth of experience to the Jones Park team!

I also want to thank our summer interns, Marylyn Alvarado, Enrique Castaneda, and Lexi Cook, for their hard work and assistance with Summer Nature Camp and other programs and projects this summer. We wish you the best of luck in the upcoming school year and studies.
Volunteers in Action
Amazing Grace

By Steve Hostetler,
JJPV President

Reflecting on all that I have seen in my 11 years of involvement with Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, I can honestly say that my appreciation for the park continues to grow. When I think of Jones Park, the song Amazing Grace comes to mind.

The park’s history of bouncing back after disaster is amazing. Think about the physical beating it has taken over many years from the many storms and periods of drought. Think about how life returns to the park every time, no matter the disaster, because God created this land and space in HIS time and with HIS mercy. Think about the days of hardship and sweat, love, and care the staff and volunteers have poured into this place so others may enjoy the park’s beauty.

Jesse H. Jones Park, how sweet you are
with no less days to sing God’s praise.
Yes, I was once lost, 
and then I was introduced to God’s creation, Jones Park. 
And yes, I now see.  
JJPV Board Updates

We’re proud to announce President Steve Hostetler, 1st Vice President Gary Chapman, 2nd Vice President Cory Noble, Treasurer Trudy LeDoux, and Secretary Mary Jo Chapman have been elected to the 2018-19 JJPV Board of Directors. Our new board members bring years of experience to the park, and we’re excited to have them join us for another great year.

Thank you to all the volunteers who stayed with us this past year contributing their time and talent, especially our 2017-18 JJPV Board members: President Steve Hostetler, 1st Vice President Gary Chapman, 2nd Vice President Sheena Abernathy, Treasurer Don Roe, and Secretary Mary Jo Chapman. Nominating Committee members Kaylen Fry, Nancy Ramirez, and Howard Rose also deserve thanks for assembling the 2018-19 slate for the JJPV Board of Directors election.
Volunteer Opportunities

Now is a great time to join in the fun of volunteering.

Have you thought of volunteering as a trail guide, but wonder if you have the knowledge or skill?

Do you enjoy gardening or want to learn the difference between privet and yaupon holly? Maybe you’re enthusiastic about Texas history and would like to learn a 19th century craft to demonstrate to younger generations.

No matter your interests or experience level, we have something for you. All you need is a little spare time and the eagerness to learn. 

To sign up or view upcoming volunteer opportunities, click here.
Volunteer Meet & Greet

Want to take a more active role at the park? 

Drop by the Nature Center for a casual get together Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteer Coordinator Kim Hammond and Jesse Jones Park 

Volunteers will be on hand to share some insights into these volunteer opportunities and more. Come out and bring a friend!
Meet the Interns at Jones Park

Love exploring our trails? Do you have a child who attended Summer Nature Camp?

Thank our interns! Every year, Jones Park welcomes new interns to help with Summer Nature Camp, trail projects, and other duties. We’re grateful for all the work our interns accomplish and the unique skills they bring to the park. Click here to read more about our interns are improving the park.
Save the Date

JJPV Meeting
Monday, September 24 at 7 p.m.

Tricks & Treats Among the Trees
Saturday, October 27 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tree Planting Party
Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to noon

Pioneer Day
Saturday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas
Saturday, December 1 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Plant Texas Natives
Saturday, December 15 at 9 a.m.

Message From Commissioner R. Jack Cagle

Thank you for reading this edition of Cypress Log. As a county commissioner, I work to provide you with outdoor recreational opportunities through our parks system and nature trails. When people work together to protect our parks, everyone benefits. By preserving wildlife habitats and protecting our native plant species, we improve our quality of life through cleaner air and a balanced ecosystem. I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy these beautiful and beneficial amenities!


Commissioner R. Jack Cagle
Harris County Precinct 4
Harris Co. Precinct 4 logo - R. Jack Cagle, Commissioner

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble
Phone: 281-446-8588