Last week, my lovely friend introduced me to the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary (link: http://www.houstonaudubon.org). The sanctuary is part of Houston Audubon, and is located about 15 minutes from my house.
The sanctuary is beautiful. The photos I will post show a grey winter day (....that's what it was), but despite the colour of the sky and the scarce foliage there are plenty of spots of green. The air was fresh and cool (and humid!) and there were were only a few other visitors.
We entered the sanctuary through the church gates and immediately walked over to the log cabin (I needed to use the facilities). That short walk took us over a wooden bridge and through a forested area. Near the cabin, the trees are cleared and there are garden patches as well as some small ponds. We didn't see much wildlife beyond squirrels and an interesting looking bird.
We walked (and sometimes hiked) most of the trails in the sanctuary in about an hour. For the most part the trails are wide and gentle, but there are some steep and narrow bits that are full of roots - it might be tricky to maneuver a stroller in some places. I plan to take my kids there, they will enjoy the bridges and ponds. I think all of them will be able to walk the trails without my assistance.
Entry is free and there are multiple entry points with ample parking.