Rio Brazos Master Naturalist 

Acton Nature Center

The Acton Nature Center of Hood County is open to anyone who enjoys the peace and quiet of nature at its finest. Trails will lead you around the center to view the natural pond filled with croaking toads. In a heavily shaded ravine you will find a large old Live Oak tree spreading its branches as if to welcome you in. The spring offers you a cascade of brightly colored wildflowers filling the property. In the center you will find the a fully functional windmill that is now the source of water for the remains of an abandoned water well that was used to water the livestock that roamed this center many years ago. Leading to the windmill is the Elizabeth Crockett Butterfly Trail that is handicap safe and directs you through the butterfly garden.

For more information on what to find in the park see our website.

The street address for the park is 6900 Smoky Hill Ct., Granbury, TX, 76049. Visit the Contact Us link for our mailing address.

Acton Nature Center - Virtual Trail
Acton Nature Center in Acton Texas was established in 2004 by a donation from the U.S. Department of Interior to Hood County through the Federal Lands to Parks Program. The responsibility for stewardship and development of the area was subsequently given to Hood County Development District #1, and with the help of organizations, including Rio Brazos Master Naturalists, the area is currently being developed and managed as a natural area. This Trail of Trees is a contribution of the Rio Brazos Master Naturalist Chapter and the knowledge of Dr. Billy Teels.

Acton Nature Center is open dawn to dusk and provides 5 miles of trail, a beautiful Monarch Way station butterfly garden and the opportunity for sightings of many of nature's creatures.

The Nature Center does have restrooms and a recently constructed pavillion. The upper trails are suitable for strollers and wheelchairs.

ANC is now an official Monarch Waystation -
Certificate number 5353
Monarch Waystations are places that provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. Without milkweeds throughout their spring and summer breeding areas in North America, monarchs would not be able to produce the successive generations that culminate in the migration each fall. Similarly, without nectar from flowers these fall migratory monarch butterflies would be unable to make their long journey to overwintering grounds in Mexico. The need for host plants for larvae and energy sources for adults applies to all monarch and butterfly populations around the world. 
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  Acton Nature Center - Plant Survey, Scientific/Common name Cumulative Species List with Images  
      Plant Survey, Scientific/Common name Cumulative Species - Excel format
      Plant Survey, Family/Scientific/Common name Cumulative Species - Excel format
This survey was begun by Rio Brazos Master Naturalists in 2008 as part of an on-going effort to develop a comprehensive list and photo record of all plant species that occur at the ANC.  The lists and images are intended for use by naturalists and the interested public to help identify area plants and assist them in conducting educational and outreach services (e.g., nature walks). The lists and images will be updated as corrections are made and new species are found

  ANC Background Information for nature hikes

  ANC Nature Walk - Harbingers of Spring

  ANC Bird Walks
ANC Nature Walks
  ANC History
ANC Aerial Photos by Dave and Wendy Moore

Star Party

The Texas Master Naturalist of Texas activities are coordinated by AgriLife Extension and Texas Parks and Wildlife. Texas Master Naturalist programs serve all people regardless of socioeconomic level, race,color,sex,religion,disability or national origin.