You probably know that I live in a suburb of Houston. Houston is not exactly known for being a hot spot for nature enthusiasts. You picture a concrete jungle, not a wooded swamp full of wild animals. When my son was born, I figured he would get nature exposure in the summer at my parent's farm and that would be enough. Slowly I have uncovered gem after gem in my city, and I've realized that you just have to look for them.
Finding tax-funded parks is the easiest. National, state, county, and city run parks can easily be looked up. The National Park Service has a search-by-state database. Both Texas and South Carolina have searchable state park websites, so I'm guessing every other state does as well. City parks are a little tougher to locate for me. City of Houston's website has a list, but each of the precincts also has their own list and I only know that because I randomly linked up to one. Who would have thought to search by precinct? I think of police stations when I hear that, not greenspaces. You can also search by counties and cities. There are an unbelievable amount of tax-funded parks. (Not a nature experience, but searching city parks when Everett was an infant led me to TWO lovely neighborhood splash pads that are city-owned and open to the public.)
|Seabourne Creek Nature Park|