Learn lunar lore, build a bird house at Jesse Jones Park

Many families have trouble finding weekend activities that are fin for the entire family and don’t require spending a week’s worth of grocery money to enjoy. Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center can help with this dilemma, though, as the park features a free evening Pioneer Campfire program Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m., and an opportunity to Build a Birdhouse Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m.

The moon has been an object of fascination in the nighttime sky to every culture, both ancient and modern, for countless years. In fact, many lunar events were explained using earthly conceptions. What better way to learn about some of these myths and misconceptions than during an evening Pioneer Campfire program, featuring puppets, stories and songs at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center?

On Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m., experience the captivating talents of Edwin Negron as he uses his puppeteering, storytelling and musical abilities to educate visitors of all ages about the moon and its phases.

In this delightful family oriented program, Mr. Negron employs his multiple talents to explore how ancient cultures explained such phenomena as the moon’s phases and the passage of the sun and moon across the sky. Through stories from several Hispanic countries, including Brazil, Spain and his native Puerto Rico, Mr. Negron and his menagerie of fanciful puppet friends – dragons, lions, turtles and others – enchant and educate young and old alike. Reservations are required.

For those nature lovers who would like to attract more birds to their yards, Sunday’s Build a Birdhouse program at 2 p.m. is sure to help provide your feathery friends with some much-needed shelter. Join state naturalist Anita Howlett as she helps participants age 7 and above build a wooden nesting box to take home. Since all materials are provided for this program, there is a limit of one birdhouse per family. 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 1evel, race, color, sex, religion, national origin or disability. For more information on the park or any of its programs, call 281-446-8588.