Cattail Marsh Wetlands Education Center

Located inside Tyrrell Park overlooking the Cattail Marsh boardwalk, the Wetlands Education Center provides spectacular views of birds and wildlife from the elevated wrap-around porch and classroom. Since it's opening fall 2018, the Wetlands Education Center has quickly become a popular gathering place for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts of all levels. Visitors from all over the world enjoy taking in the scenic views. 

The Center's educational focus highlights the importance of the wetlands ecosystem; the most diverse ecosystem on the planet. Convention and Visitors Bureau Wetlands Workshops and classes are geared to spark an interest in birding, inspire an appreciation of nature and to encourage people to spend time outdoors.

An eBird Kiosk allows birders to submit the location’s bird sightings, increasing the hotspot’s activity and visibility to birdwatchers. eBird is the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project, with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year by hundreds of thousands of users. eBird is managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Birding and nature resources available include: 

  • Birding Checklist and Tips for Beginning Birders
  • Do-It-Yourself: Educational Worksheets
  • Why Wetlands are important and need to be restored.
  • Photography 101
  • Nature and the plants that attract Birds
  • Maps and visitor information

Improvements and additions to the Center are ongoing, the most recent developments include a new fence, landscaping and development of a Pollination Garden and picnic tables. Educational and directional signage will soon be installed.

The Cattail Marsh Wetlands Education Center's Facebook Page is the best resource for current hours of operation and upcoming events. 

"Fascinating and beautiful"

"Cattail is great both for an afternoon jog and a dawn commune with nature. It has miles of trails, so much wildlife, and perfect facilities. And I haven’t found a better place in east Texas for watching and photographing waterfowl. Highly recommended." -- Doug, Facebook Review

Growing nature tourism to increase visitors from bird watchers has been a priority of the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau for several years. 

The Beaumont CVB is thankful to The Magnolia Garden Club for the support and funding the construction of the Wetland Education Center. Special thanks to the Golden Triangle Audubon Society and the continued support from City of Beaumont.  The Beaumont CVB manages the Wetlands Education Center's operation in partnership with the Magnolia Garden Club. For rental information or group tour information, please call 409-880-3749.