Connect with nature at one of Galveston’s hidden treasures, the East End Lagoon (EEL) Nature Trail. This short half-mile trail is a perfect family-friendly location where you will experience some of the natural beauty of Galveston Island.
To enhance your visit to the EEL Nature Trail, or to experience it virtually from afar, sample the videos of trail tours led by Matt Abernathy and the accompanying activity pages that are provided below.
Learn about the Plants and Pollinators of the EEL while taking a virtual walk with Matt as he introduces a sampling of the flowering plants and busy pollinators on the preserve trail. Three suggestions for related activities will add to your knowledge of local wildflowers and the industrious little creatures that pollinate them.
In the Birds video, Matt takes you down the trail to introduce native birds often spotted at the East End Lagoon and other island locations as well as migratory birds that visit the area in spring and fall. Three activity pages provide fun things that you can do at home or when you visit the trail.
If you would like to learn more about migratory birds and water birds, look for the Audubon Adventure pages, “Birds on the Move” and “The Watery World of Wading Birds” from the National Audubon Society.
Participating in any outdoor activity comes with the responsibility of caring for our environment. Before you venture out to any of Galveston’s natural areas take a look at Matt’s tips on trail etiquette here.