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Nature Discovery Center

We ignite lifelong curiosity, understanding, & respect for nature through education - science & nature based programs for children, adults, families, school & scout groups. We offer discovery rooms, classes, camps, birthday parties, & more!

About Us

This section contains helpful information to help you learn more about who we are, what our mission is and the programs we offer for children, schools, teachers, families, and adults. Click on the blue topics below to view detailed information.

Mission & Goals

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To ignite life-long curiosity, understanding, and respect for nature through education.

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Our History


The Nature Discovery Center owes its existence to a remarkable grass-roots effort, which began in 1979 with the formation of the Friends of Bellaire Parks, Inc., now Nature Discovery Center, Inc.

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Our People

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A diverse, experienced, and dedicated team of staff and volunteers, led by an active Board, work together to bring our visitors, our community, and area schools a wealth of opportunities for hands-on science learning and family fun.

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Directions & Hours

   Historic Henshaw House  

 The Nature Discovery Center is located in Russ Pitman Park at 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, Texas, just inside the West 610 Loop, between Bellaire Blvd and Evergreen.

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Discovery Rooms

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Everyone can share in the joy of discovery in our two Discovery Rooms! Hands-on, interactive exhibits, specimens, live animals to touch and observe, books to browse, and make-and-take crafts will provide you with many fun and memorable learning opportunities. 

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Russ Pitman Park

   Russ Pitman Park  

Russ Pitman Park is a lush 4-acre oasis in Bellaire, just inside the 610 Loop, offering individuals, families, and community groups a place to stroll, play, picnic, and explore nature. The Nature Discovery Center itself is housed in the historic Henshaw House at the north end of the Park.

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Facility Rentals

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From parties in one of our pavilions to board meetings in the historic Henshaw house, the Nature Discovery Center is a great place to hold your next event.

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NDC News


To learn more about what is happening at the Center, view our recent Newsletter, Fliers, and Press Releases, or read about us in a recent local news story.

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We encourage you to download our most recent annual report to learn more about the important work the Nature Discovery Center is doing in Bellaire and throughout the greater Houston area.

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Contact Us


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Science, Nature/Outdoors, Preschool, Reading / Story time, Hands-on, Home Schooling


7112 Newcastle
Bellaire, TX, 77401
United States



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