Exploration Green is designed to improve the local environment, return the area to a more natural state and help residents and visitors enjoy and appreciate the natural environment. As the Clear Lake area continues to grow, the need to create and conserve “green space” becomes more critical for humans residents but also for wildlife.
Wetland designs by wetland experts and engineers are currently being integrated into the Exploration Green design. As greater amounts of storm runoff water from numerous local neighborhoods run through the property, the wetlands will naturally filter the water as it flows in tributary streams to Horsepen Bayou, Armand Bayou, Clear Lake and on to Galveston Bay.
Trees are truly a special feature of the Exploration Green today and even more so in the future. The Clear Lake City Water Authority, Exploration Green Conservancy and partners are working hard to create a beautiful recreation area with hundreds, even thousands of native trees. Current trees, originally planted along golf course fairways, will be maintained in most cases, and thousands of donated trees from Trees for Houston will be nurtured and then planted throughout the area. more
Exploration Green is undertaking major activities to return the old golf course area to a more natural area with native trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers that will be more sustainable and draw many wildlife to the area. The expanded diversity of native flora will better accommodate flooding and droughts, while also providing food and nectar for birds, butterflies and wildlife.
Photograph by Roni Skirvin
Conservation of green space will enhance hike, bike, recreational & nature watching opportunities for Clear Lake area residents in an area with a substantial shortage of park space.
Wildlife habitat will be expanded by creating wetlands for wading birds, ducks, amphibians, turtles, fish, and dragonflies, and by planting native trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers which support a wide variety of wildlife.
Photograph by Greg Lavaty