On Saturday, March 9 the community showed up to the Grand Opening of the Delores Fenwick Nature Center. The Grand Opening featured booths by Keep Pearland Beautiful, Houston Zoo, and Galveston Bay Foundation. Wild Birds Unlimited- Pearland sponsored the Birds of Prey exhibition. The center is Pearland’s newest environmental education facility, which aims to provide hands-on educational opportunities to the community through programs, workshops, and field trips. Admission to the Nature Center and surrounding trails is free, with certain workshops and programs subject to additional fees. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Delores Fenwick is one of the founding members of Keep Pearland Beautiful, starting out as Clean Pearland in 1982. Over the past 37 years Delores has educated thousands of students, hosted hundreds of events, and helped coordinate dozens of community projects. She served as the Clean Pearland Board President before becoming a staff member from 1992-2007 and served one term as President after. Under her leadership, Keep Pearland Beautiful won the Governor’s Community Achievement Award twice, the Keep Texas Beautiful Sustained Excellence Award nine times, the Keep Texas Beautiful Governor’s Award (second place), Keep America Beautiful First Place Affiliate Award, the Keep America Beautiful Affiliate Award three times, the Keep America Beautiful Distinguished Service Award three times, the Recycling Alliance of Texas Award for Ongoing Education and the Texas Forest Service and Texas Urban Forestry Council Award of Merit for a civic organization.
Delores was instrumental in organizing the first four household hazardous waste collection days to Pearland, and now the recycling center processes over 120 tons each year. Her leadership led to things like green waste collection in Pearland, fundraising for hike and bike trails, and ordinances about trees, landscaping and facade requirements for businesses. After many years of operating a small drop off recycling center on the weekends, Delores led a charge to bring a full-service recycling center to Pearland. Her efforts paid off when the $1.2 million Stella Roberts Recycling Center opened in 2004. The Center, originally operated by the City of Pearland, is now under the control of Keep Pearland Beautiful.
The Delores Fenwick Nature Center is the final building to complete the John Hargrove Environmental Complex, which also includes the Southwest Environmental Wastewater Center and Stella Roberts Recycling Center. Amenities include a freshwater native fish aquarium, live animal exhibits, touch and craft tables, interactive exhibits, classroom complete with smart board, outdoor open air pavilion, almost two miles of walking trails, line & pole fishing and a bird sanctuary. There is also nearby access to an edible fruit trail and bat colony observation area. For more information contact the City of Pearland or visit pearlandtx.gov.