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. In the early 1980’s the organization raised funds for the acquisition of a million dollar 3.75-acre Henshaw estate, now Russ Pitman Park.

Volunteer labor and over 400 in-kind donations made development of the park and renovation of the historic house possible. The Hana and Arthur Ginzbarg Nature Discovery Center evolved from nature walks and classes taught by volunteers in the park, even before the house renovation was complete.

In 1989, the first fulltime staff member was employed and the Center opened to the public. Today seven full-time and three part-time staff members offer exciting and engaging hands-on programs that stimulate interest in nature, science, and learning. Through classes, exhibits, and field investigations for children of all ages, families, teachers, and educators (at the Center, in schools, and in public libraries) we reach 40,000-60,000 people a year from the greater Houston area, about 80% of whom are children.

From its modest beginnings, with continuing support by individuals, foundations, corporations, and local businesses, the Nature Discovery Center has emerged as a premier informal science education facility.

The Historic Henshaw House

Our Founders:  Hana & Arthur Ginzbarg

Russ Pitman and the history of Russ Pitman Park



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