Port Aransas Nature Preserve
Review our Visitation Guidelines and suggestions for enjoying the Nature Preserves of Port Aransas.

Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture Location



Nature Preserve at Hwy 361 Location


Click below for trail map showing Phase 1 (completed in June 2010) and Phase 2 (completed in December 2011):

Nature Preserve Trail Map (low resolution 3.5MB)
Nature Preserve Trail Map (higher resolution 21.5MB)


Nature Preserves of Port Aransas Activities

Qigong
- Saturdays in June & July at 9am. Meet at the Pavilion in Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture located at the end of Port Street. $5/person. Suzanne McCann will be leading a moving meditation.
Birding on the Boardwalk - Wednesdays at 9am in the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center at the end of Ross Avenue. FREE! Join Nan Dietert as she points out what flying, floating or fishing at the Birding Center. Birders of all levels are encouraged to attend.
Nature Walk - 1st & 3rd Fridays, June - August at 11am. Meet at the Pavilion in Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture located at the end of Port Street. FREE! Stroll along the trails with a guide to see what budding, blooming or bustling in the marshes, prairie and mottes of the Nature Preserve.
Birder's Paradise - June 21, July 19 & Aug. 16, at 9am at the Joan & Scott Holt Paradise Pond. FREE! Gather with other bird enthusiasts from the area to talk about the latest news and sightings in the birding world.
VOLUNTEER - The Nature Preserves of Port Aransas would like help from volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include: Docents, Field Technicians and Gardeners. Volunteers are needed to help with group field trips, lead nature programs and remove invasive species.
Nature Preserve Pavilion
The Pavilion at the Nature Preserve is not available for rent. We encourage our visitors to use it as a viewing site or a shade area.
Preserve History
In 2004, the City of Port Aransas allocated $2 million dollars in Certificates of Obligation to develop the Port Aransas Nature Preserve. In 2006, with the input from a consulting group and members of the Port Aransas community, the Port Aransas City Council adopted a preliminary set of design guidelines for the development of this major nature facility.
Nature Preserve Design Guidlines

On September 18, 2008, City Council approved the design/construction plans for Phase 1 of the Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture.
Overall View of Nature Preserve

Groundbreaking for Phase 1 the Port Aransas Nature Preserve was held on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 10:30 am near the proposed site for Node 8, the main access point into the Nature Preserve along the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.

Dedication of Phase 1 was held on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 2:30 pm at the Nature Preserve Pavilion.

Phase 1 provides over 2 miles of hike and bike trails within the park. Amenities include the Pavilion, boardwalks over algal flats, crushed granite trails on the uplands, covered seating sites and a tower overlooking wetland areas around Salt Island.

Groundbreaking for Phase 2 was held on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm at entry way in the 2600 block of Hwy 361 South.

Dedication of Phase 2 was held on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 10:30 am at the trailhead of the new hike/bike pathway.

Phase 2 of the Port Aransas Nature Preserve adds another 1.25 miles and a viewing tower to the existing trail system. The entry is located off Hwy 361 and will eventually provide a link to the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center.
Below are photos of Phase 1 construction in the Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture. Aerial views courtesy of Mark Young and Mark Creighton.

Boardwalk across flats

Salt Island Viewing Tower

Salt Island Overlook




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