Winter 2018 | Volume 30, Issue 4
Director's Report

By Darlene Conley Hostetler,
Jones Park Director

Jones Park’s 2018 festival season is one for the record books! Tricks & Treats Among the Trees kicked off with 3,142 attendees! Pioneer Day and Old-Fashioned Christmas followed suit with more than 1,000 guests each. The fun continues next year! Don’t miss Homestead Heritage Day Saturday, Feb. 10 and NatureFest Saturday, March 2.

With Christmas around the corner, I dug up a few photos from the 2001 Jesse Jones Park Volunteers (JJPV) Christmas Party. The photos brought back memories of past volunteers and all they have contributed to the park – some are still volunteering!

Thank you to all the volunteers and organizations who donated their free time to improving the park and helping us host such beneficial community events. We also appreciate all the new, local corporate sponsors who contributed to Jones Park’s fall programs this year: Chick-fil-A, Robbins Chevrolet and Robbins Nissan, Whataburger, Jewelers Bench, and Carter’s Country.

If you aren’t already a volunteer, please join us for a Volunteer Meet and Greet Saturday, Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. I invite everyone to visit this great group of folks who enjoy nature, Texas history, and sharing their expertise with others. Volunteer Coordinator Kim Hammond will be available to discuss volunteer opportunities and programs. JJPV members, this is a great time to bring a friend!

Wishing you a basket brimming with blessings this holiday season!

Staff Update
 
A new employee joined our staff this fall. In November, Brittney Cunningham filled the administrative assistant position. Welcome to the Jones Park team!
What's New: Spring Creek Greenway Expansion and Alternative Parking Lot

Jones Park visitors can now enjoy a new section of the Spring Creek Greenway Trail. With the opening of this new connecting trail, bicyclists and hikers can seamlessly travel between the Jones Bender Trail and the Judy Overby Bell Trail without entering the roadway.

Festival-goers also benefit from a new, mow-able parking lot featuring more than 100 new parking spaces. Located along the Spring Creek Greenway Trail, the parking lot includes milled asphalt for improved drainage along with native trees, bushes, and grasses.

Staff plan to continue adding vegetation this spring while also allowing grass to grow through the parking lot to create a natural surface. Click here to read more about how this alternative parking lot benefits Jones Park.
Celebrate Arbor Day at Jones Park

Cleaner air, shadier streets, and more attractive communities. What’s not to love about trees? For more than 150 years, Americans have demonstrated their appreciation of trees through annual Arbor Day celebrations. 

Kicking off April 10, 1872 with widespread public support, the first Arbor Day resulted in an estimated one million trees planted throughout the Nebraskan plains. When news of the event spread, schools and cities across America adopted the annual tree-planting holiday. 

Click here to learn more about the history behind Arbor Day and how to participate in Jones Park’s Arbor Day celebration Saturday, Jan. 19 and Sunday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Do You Have Wildlife in Your Walls?

By Anni Ranck
Outreach Coordinator

We’ve all heard it before: a scratching in the attic, thuds under the deck, and rooting around in the walls. These are the unmistakable sounds of a home invasion — by wildlife. But never fear! Learn why winter is the best time for preventative measures. 

You've Got a Friend in Me

By Anni Ranck
Outreach Coordinator

Opossums are arguably one of the most maligned and misunderstood creatures on our continent. They have a reputation of being dirty, diseased, ugly, mal-tempered, and unintelligent. However, the truth is the opossum is an ecological hero and one of our greatest allies in the fight against diseases.

Volunteers in Action
F.R.O.G.S. Are Leaping 

Faithful. Reliable. Opportunity. Giving. Sharing. (F.R.O.G.S.). These are the key characteristics that make Jesse Jones Park Volunteers stand out. Click here to read a special message from Steve Hostetler, JJPV president, about how JJPV volunteers make a difference at Jones Park.
Volunteer Feature: Don Roe

For more than 26 years, Don Roe has been essential to Jesse Jones Park Volunteers. Starting as a tour guide in 1992, Don’s passion and enthusiasm for the job quickly earned him a promotion as a tour guide coordinator.

A history lover with an affinity for nature, Don enjoyed introducing inner-city children to the sights and sounds of nature and demonstrating the lifestyles of early Texas settlers.

Volunteer Opportunities

Jones Park needs dozens of volunteers to deliver great events such as Second Saturday Settlers, Arbor Day Celebration, and Homestead Heritage Day to the community.

Whether you like nature, history, or children, we have a volunteer opportunity for you! No previous experience is necessary.

To sign up or view upcoming volunteer opportunities, click here .
Save the Date
Tadpoles Club
Wednesdays in January at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Winter Bird Count
Saturday, January 5 at 7:45 a.m.

Volunteer Meet & Greet
Saturday, January 12 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Second Saturday Settlers: Open Fire Cooking
Saturday, January 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Invasives Beware
Saturdays, January 19 and February 16
from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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

Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Family Fish Camp
Saturday, February 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

JJPV Meetings
Mondays, January 28 and February 25 at 7 p.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 throughout our parks system and along our nature trails. When people work together to protect our parks, everyone benefits through additional recreational opportunities, flood protection, and the preservation of wildlife and greenspace. I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy these beautiful and beneficial amenities!

Sincerely,

Commissioner R. Jack Cagle
Harris County Precinct 4

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