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What are your Pathways in Rockport, Fulton and Aransas County?
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Aransas County and the Cities of Rockport and Fulton are rich in natural resources.
Our wealth of historic sites, birding opportunities, water-based recreational opportunities and the dedication of the community to their preservation are self evident in the many organizations that have been established to preserve and enjoy them.
As the work progresses on the Aransas Pathways Project we are frequently in the news. Watch for highlights here. We are making an investment in the future of Aransas County, Rockport and Fulton.
August 19, 2014, the first of several Way Finding Signs was installed at the corner of Live Oak and E. Cedar in time for the Premiere Opening of the Connie Hagar “First Lady of Texas Birding” Exhibit. The Exhibit is presented by the Friends of the History Center for Aransas County made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The History Center will also be hosting some of our hummer guests.
The History Center located at 801 E. Cedar is a venue of Aransas Pathways. Pathways provided the funding for the Way Finding Signs.
FMI: www.aransashistorycenter.org 361.229.3607
"Connie Hagar - First Lady of Texas Birders" will be the featured exhibit at the History Center for Aransas County, 801 E. Cedar St., Rockport, in September and October, 2014. The opening will be August 28, members' preview 5:30; opening 6:30.
The display will showcase Connie's early life and adolescence in East Texas as well as her fascination with nature and then will relate the significance of her many years in Rockport. The Hagars’ move to Rockport was mutually beneficial to the community as well as Jack and Connie. The observations and records that Connie kept documenting the birds in the area drew ornithologists and avocational birders to this coastal fly-way. Her work, in the male dominated birding world, also paved the way for women to be taken seriously in science. The story will be related in interviews, posters, timelines and stand-ups of Connie and her associates as well as numerous artifacts. Hannah Hawes, intern at the History Center, curated the exhibit.
The items on display will include several field guide cards Connie used to record bird sightings, a star map that dates to her childhood, numerous poetry books with personalized inscriptions, and various awards Hagar collected throughout her lifetime. Through this exhibit we hope to highlight not only Connie’s contribution to Rockport birding, but also the extraordinary person she was – a tiny woman with a big heart.
This exhibit is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The History Center is a venue of Aransas Pathways. The History Center for Aransas County at 801 E. Cedar St. is open on Fridays and Saturdays 10AM - 2 PM. Extended hours 10 AM - 4 PM will be offered September 19 and 20 during the Hummer Bird Celebration. See www.aransashistorycenter.org for more information or call 361.229.3607 to arrange a special tour of 15 or more.
The first Pathway's Kayak Launch Site Opening was on Tuesday April 29, 2014.
End of Airport Rd-crossing over FM 1781 ending at Copano Bay.
The Airport Road Kayak Launch site was the first to be opened by Aransas Pathways. Other kayak sites are being developed with easy access to the water. The sites are spread across the county and each site has multi-purposes and levels of difficulty. Paddlers can enjoy the scenery of our gulf prairies and marshes or kayak the open bays. Birding and fishing are very popular kayak activities in our area.
Freshly painted and landscaped, the Grand Opening was May 17th.
|The History Center for Aransas County was getting ready for its Grand Opening and Ribbon cutting on May 17, 2014 from 10 AM to Noon. The painting inside and outside is ready for guests to enjoy the historical displays and entertainment. Docents will be on hand in period clothing to provide information about the house and provide refreshments.||The Education Committee is working to decide what items will be included in the “Now” and “Then” display in the Parlor. There will be matching children activities to be enjoyed by the younger guests. They will also share information about each of the men who owned the house.|
|Before the flowers can be planted, the group has to work the soil and remove the rocks. The work is following a design done by the Master Gardeners to use many native plants that will enhance the cottage feel of the house.||New pathways surround the house to view the outside displays when the History Center is not open. The History Center will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm. It will also be available for meetings and rent for special events.|
Pathways Center Groundbreaking was Tuesday April 1.
Located at 2491 Hwy 35 N (Walmart entrance next to Tule Creek). Pathways Center, upon completion, will be the "go-to" place for information for all of the Aransas Pathways projects. These projects consist of: Birding, History, Kayaking, and Hike and Bike Trails. Plans for Pathways Center include: pavilion with informational kiosks, an open center for meeting space, benches and a deck for relaxing and observation of Tule Creek and the adjoining nature site. The project also includes a bridge which will connect the North and South sides of Tule Creek and Shellcrete Birding and Nature site.
Kayak Launch site Opening was Tuesday April 29.
Located at the end of Airport Road - crossing over FM 1781 ending at Copano Bay. Airport Rd. Kayak Launch site was the first to be opened by Aransas Pathways. Five Kayak sites are being developed with easy access to the water. The sites are spread across the county and each site has multi-purposes and levels of difficulty. Paddlers can enjoy the scenery of our gulf prairies and marshes or Kayak the open Bays. Birding and Fishing are very popular Kayak activities in our area.
Linda S. Castro Birding and Nature Sanctuary Grand Opening was Saturday, May 3.
Located at 4041 Highway Business 35 North Fulton, Texas, this 4 ½ acre site is still under construction. Numerous bird drips are being installed. A new pavilion for viewing has been erected with a large slab for viewing. The viewing site drops off to a natural low spot that becomes a large pond during rainy times. Native plants have been placed around the slab and on each side of the site entrance. There is a good example of a remnant prairie that has a meandering path. Birds that can be seen: Yellow-bellied sapsuckers, sparrows, Pine Warblers and Eastern Phoebe.
The History Center had its Grand Opening on Saturday May, 17.
Located at 801 East Cedar Street the Bruhl-Paul-Johnson house was moved in August 2012. The center is a Queen Anne-Victorian cottage that will provide space for displays, workshops, meetings and gatherings. It houses the offices of Friends of the History Center and is the History Center for the County. FMI – on the History Center -361-790-7788.
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A printed, 'take it with you' map of the Aransas Pathways project sites is available for your use now. the Birding and Kayak sites are over-laid on a map of the full Live Oak and Blackjack peninsulas with a legend. The inside of this folded 8½" by 11" map are aerial shots of the area with the Bike trails marked with their Ease of Use level. Expanded views of Downtown Rockport and Downtown Fulton with a legend of Historical sites is also included. Plan your custom tours with this valuable map.
Available FREE at most lodging front desks, RV parks and at the Rockport-Fulton Visitor Center at 319 Broadway in Rockport.