UH Coastal Center Open for City Nature Challenge Participants: Gates open on Friday, April 30 Morning

The University of Houston Coastal Center, located in La Marque, is the home of the Texas Institute for Coastal Prairie Research and Education.  The 925-acre site is a mosaic of pristine coastal tallgrass prairie, wetlands, forest, and coastal prairie in the process of restoration.  The UHCC is a fenced and gated facility, but participants in the Houston City Nature Challenge will be welcome on Friday, April 30.  

The gates will be open from 8 am to 9 am and from 11 am to noon.  A UHCC representative will be at the gate to sign you in.  When you sign in, you will be given a number to call when you are ready to leave so that the gate can be opened.  We will sign people out as well (especially since we don’t want to leave anyone behind a locked gate!).  We ask that visitors finish their surveys by 2:30 PM.   

It would be a good idea to wear long pants and close-toed shoes, especially if you plan to walk out on the prairie.  A hat is a good idea.   

There are restrooms in the lab building, which will be open.  Park in the back of the building and enter through the double doors.   

I will be on site all day.   

DIRECTIONS: 

Here are directions and attached map for the UH Coastal Center in La Marque.  Google maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/RXaN3aHo9TQYqiBe8

The street address is:  5721 Highway 2004, La Marque, TX 77568…

The U of H Coastal Center is located south of Houston off of I-45 (Gulf Frwy.) next to the La Marque Dog Track.  Take the FM 1764-West exit from I-45 (Exit #15) and go WEST.  DON’T take the FM 1764-East exit!  After you exit onto the service road and reach the stoplight at the intersection with FM 1764, turn right (west) IF YOU ARE COMING FROM HOUSTON.  IF YOU ARE COMING FROM GALVESTON, turn left (west) underneath the freeway. Next, make a left at the stoplight intersection onto FM 2004 and follow the road for about 1/4 mile.  A Whataburger will be on one side of FM 2004 and the dog track will be on the other side of FM 2004.  The road will join another and turn to the right.  Go about 1/2 mile further on FM 2004 and the U of H Coastal Center will be on the right just beyond the dog track.  The UH Coastal Center/Texas Institute for Coastal Prairie Research and Education  is surrounded by a fence with a sign at the gate.    Evelyn Evelyn L. Merz, M.B.A.Program DirectorUH Coastal CenterThe Texas Institute for Coastal Prairie Research and Education5721 Highway 2004; La Marque, TX  77568

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