Soldiers Invade Jesse Jones Park

Although not a regular occurrence at Jones Park, Federal and Rebel soldiers will be a part of the park’s annual Civil War Skirmish on Saturday, January 19, 2002 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors of all ages have the opportunity to interact with authentically outfitted Civil War re-enactors and to view soldiers practicing drill maneuvers.

Visitors may even find themselves “enlisted” with the 1st and 13th U.S. Infantry under the command of Captain Richard Beatty and participating in some of the practice drills under the barking orders of Sergeant Craig Borkmen.

The Civil War Skirmish draws up to 100 re-enactors from many groups including the 1st and 13th U.S Infantry, the 26th Illinois Infantry, the 1st, 9th and 12th Texas Infantry, the 7th Texas Artillery and the Texas Rifles.

Members travel throughout the country to participate in larger national reenactments such as the battles at Gettysburg, Shiloh, Vicksburg as well as local events throughout Texas and Louisiana.

Drills are conducted by Federal and Confederate units front 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. along with a recreated telegraph station headed by William Bennett, camp life demonstrations, and artillery pieces. At 2:30 p.m., the battle over Redbud Hill Homestead will be fought. The medical impression and treatments of the wounded will take place at 3 p.m., followed by a question and answer session with participants. The homestead area and related activities will close at 4 p.m.

Arbor Day

Free tree saplings and hardwoods! Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center is celebrating Arbor Day by giving away trees on Saturday, January 19th and Sunday January 20th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Make plans to stop by not only to take a tree home to plant but also to participate in various programs full of information on trees and how to care for them.

The Nebraska state government on April 10, 1872, due mainly to the efforts of J. Sterling Morton, introduced the first Arbor Day when it realized the importance of trees to the environment. Texas joined this fight in preserving its natural resources in 1890.

But why is this important to the normal citizen?
Since 1972 Houston has lost 16 percent of its tree canopy, which equals a 237 million dollar loss in storm water management value and a 38 million dollar loss in air pollution removal value. Trees in the Houston metropolitan area also provide savings of energy dollars at the rate of $72 annually per single-family dwelling. So join Jones Park by planting a tree and continuing the Arbor Day tradition.

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center is honored to present the following speakers providing a variety of information commemorating Arbor Day:

•10 a.m. Carla Wyatt from the Park People will be talking about the Treescape Program
•1 p.m. Tom Rudy from Tree Care will be giving tips on how to properly prune plants.
•2 p.m. Mickey Merritt from the Texas Forest Service will be on hand to answer questions and offer information on general tree care.
•11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Don Olhausen from Jones Park will be presenting Terrific Trees. Come learn about native trees and shrubs recommended for the Houston area.

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, a Harris County Precinct 4 facility, is located at 20634 Kcnswick Drive in Humble.