Nature study is a significant feature within the Sheldon Lake State Park and Wildlife Management Area.
Sheldon Lake Environmental Education Center (SLEEC) currently offers fishing clinics, nature walks, and wetland studies to organized groups on a prearranged basis. Urban biologists educate the public to various aspects of native plants, backyard habitats, and wildlife viewing. Fishing clinics are offered to small groups, ages six years and above. Texas Parks and Wildlife staff provide fishing instructions during an hour-long lecture, covering state fishing rules and regulations, conservation issues, and sportsmanship, prior to actual pond fishing. The park provides rods and reels with all tackle; groups must bring their own bait. All groups must provide participating supervisors in a 1:5 ratio for groups under 12 years and a 1:8 ratio for groups over 12 years. Clinics usually average from 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
Moreover, there are currently (although more are planned) 2 miles of nature/interpretive trails. The trails allow users to explore and gain and understand of the area's flora and fauna.
The vegetation consists of a variety of grasses, woody plants, and trees such as oaks, pines, cypress, sycamore, and others typical of the Houston area. Marshy areas contain aquatic plants. Typical animals include deer, raccoon, mink, opossum, rabbit, and alligator. Bald eagles, ducks, geese, and other waterfowl are present seasonally. Birdwatching opportunities are best during Spring and Fall migration periods. Waterfowl observations of 25 species of ducks and geese are best between November and early March. Several heron/egret rookeries exist on the barrier islands and are very active during March through June. The lake has been stocked with Florida bass, crappie, sunfish and catfish.
Directions: From Beltway 8, TX, Travel 2 miles East on Garrett Road
Elevation: 41 - 50 feet
Distance: 2 miles
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