San Jacinto Habitat Guide
The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site preserve the—site of the famous 1836
battle where Texas won her independence from Mexico—is the oldest and most visited
state park in Texas. Along with the battleground proper, the one thousand acre park
preserves the last significant natural tidal marsh in the lower San Jacinto River
drainage. In the last half century, subsidence and erosion almost destroyed the 200-acre
marsh, but thanks to an ambitious restoration plan and a partnership including federal
and state agencies, and the private sector, the marsh is being saved for future generations
of people and wildlife. The once drowned marsh has been rehabilitated with used dredge
sediment and revegetated. The areas of restored marsh are used intensively by wildlife,
including the river otter, roseate spoonbill, and wood stork.
The park is surrounded by petrochemical and related industries. The natural habitat
preserved at San Jacinto is both a haven and an island for resident and migratory
wildlife. The restored marsh presents a rare opportunity not only to expose visitors
to the values of wetlands, but also to demonstrate the potential for restoration of
degraded habitat—and the good that can come from cooperation between public and private
The marsh restoration complements a new park master plan that includes restoration
of prairie and bottomland hardwood forest and construction of a new visitor center
and museum where the significance of the natural setting at San Jacinto will be explored.
A fully accessible trail is 1500 feet long, including 900 feet of all-weather trail
through coastal tallgrass prairie, and 600 feet of boardwalk trail, which will take
visitors across the marsh to the bottomland forest on the far shore. Decks in the
marsh and forest provide vantage points for wildlife watching and group programs.
An Adventurous Educator's Guide to the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site's
Habitats and Interpretive Trail is designed to provide information, tools, and activities to educators who desire
to introduce their students to the wonders of locally, ecologically, and historically
important habitats. This guidebook uses the powerful method of environmental education
to introduce student to the fragile habitats of the coastal prairie, tidal wetlands,
and bottomland hardwood forests. This guidebook allows teachers to bring their students
to the site prepared to discover and learn and capable of making educated decisions
about their interactions and relationships with the local environment.
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