If we do not address your particular question in this list of commonly asked questions below, please call the Center at 713.667.6550 to speak with Center staff. We will be happy to help you.
What are your hours?
The park is a City of Bellaire Park and is open from 5:00 am to 9:30 pm. The Nature Discovery Center office is closed on Mondays, but is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Our Discovery Rooms are open to the public from 12 noon to 5:30 pm Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Where are you located?
The Nature Discovery Center is located in Russ Pitman Park at 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, TX 77401. Directions
Do we have to be members to come to the Discovery Rooms?
No. The Discovery Rooms are open to the public.
How much does it cost to visit?
Visiting our nature park and our Discovery Rooms is free, but donations are always welcome! Some programs require registration fees.
Where can we park?
The park has two small parking lots, one lot off Newcastle by the nature center, and the other off Evergreen Street to the south (near the playground). If both lots are full, there is additional parking available on side streets in the neighborhood.
Are dogs allowed in the park?
No, dogs are not allowed in the park per City of Bellaire ordinance.
Are bicycles and scooters allowed in the park?
Non motorized bicycles and scooters are allowed to be ridden in the park as well as on the path down Newcastle.
Are there public restrooms in the park?
Yes, there are two outdoor restrooms at the north end of the park behind the nature center by the pavilions.
How can I donate to the Center?
Please see our Donations Page.
Do you accept teenage or adult volunteers?
Yes, we accept volunteers ages 13 and up. Please see our Volunteer Page for additional information and for downloadable application forms.
Can we picnic in the park? And are BBQ grills allowed in the park?
Yes, you may picnic in the park. There are picnic tables available first come first serve, and there are picnic pavilions available if they are not in use for Center programs or reserved for scheduled Birthday Parties. BBQ grills are allowed in he park, but you must take all of your hot coals and debris with you when you leave the park.
How can I become a member?
Please see our Membership Page.
Can we have our child's birthday party at the Center?
Can our playgroup come for a visit?
Yes, but Playgroup Visits must be scheduled in advance so that we can have staff on hand to assist your group during your visit. Please see our Playgroup Page for more information about cost and scheduling.
Is smoking allowed in the park?
No. Smoking is prohibited in the park per City of Bellaire ordinance.
Is alcohol allowed in the park?
No. Alcohol is prohibited in the park per City of Bellaire ordinance.
Can we rent the facilities for a wedding, company retreat, etc.?
We do rent our facilities for some company retreats, weddings, and other events. Please review our Facility Rentals Page and call 713.667.6550 (ask to speak with Pam or Bethany) with the specifics of your inquiry to determine if we can meet your needs.
Can we arrange family photo shoots in the park?
Yes, family photo shoots are welcome in the park. No photographer fees are required. Donations by the photographer and/or the family are welcome. Please remain on trails or lawns and do not trample plants in flower beds.