Metal Magic, Creepy Critters Featured at Jones Park

From outdoor adventuring to old-fashioned blacksmithing demonstrations to natural decorations, Jesse H. Jones Park has a variety of programs for you.

Saturday, September 22, the park features a Brownie Outdoor Adventurer Try-It at 9 a.m., followed by a Pioneer Blacksmithing demonstration at 1 p.m. and Sunday’s Nature’s Art program is sure to intrigue you some unique uses of nature’s bounty.

Saturday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to noon, all Brownie scouts are invited for a fun filled morning of nature hikes; games and crafts to earn the Outdoor Adventurer Try-It. Reservations are required.

With the development of iron factories, hand fashioned metal goods has become a virtual lost art. Saturday at 1 p.m., witness this interesting trade first-hand as volunteer blacksmiths heat up the forge at Jones Park’s homestead blacksmith shop. Olden-day blacksmithing devices such as a hand-pumped bellows, stump-mounted anvil and leg vise, are used to demonstrate how metal can be hammered and shaped into a variety of useful and beautiful items.

Everything from acorns to yaupon holly berries can be transformed into creative creatures, tabletop art and interesting conversation pieces. Sunday, September 23 at 2 p.m., renowned naturalist Carmine Stahl leads a fun program demonstrating how natural material found in the forests and fields of our area can be made into Nature’s Art. Reservations are required.

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, a Harris County Precinct 4 facility, is located at 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble. All programs are free of charge and open to the public. Harris County Precinct 4 programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, national origin or disability. For more information on the park or any of its programs, call 281-446-8588.