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Nature Fest has been a long-time favorite event for Cypress area residents. It returns – for the 13th year – to the award-winning master planned community of Bridgeland to captivate area nature enthusiasts and animal lovers of all ages. The family-friendly event takes place in Bridgeland’s Oak Meadow Park on Saturday, October 23 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. And with this year’s impressive line-up of stage shows and activities, Bridgeland’s Nature Fest gives you the opportunity to linger longer outside while encountering some of nature’s captivating creatures.

Headlining the event is Jack Randall. You may recognize his name from the Nat Geo WILD show he hosts, “Out there with Jack Randall.” The British zoologist previously worked with his mentor and famed exotic animal expert Steve Irwin. Keeping his promise to Steve to protect wildlife for the rest of his life, his adventures have taken him all around the globe. He comes to Bridgeland to share his enthusiasm for all creatures great and small, with the hopes of inspiring others to also preserve and protect our planet’s wild places and wild animals.

Another headlining performance you’ll surely want to see is Twiggy, the World-Famous Waterskiing Squirrel! Yes, you read that correctly! This squirrel starlet has performed across North America and Europe and appeared in a variety of print media. You may have even seen her on “Good Morning America” and “Late Night with David Letterman.”  Now run by second-generation handler Chuck Best, Jr., Twiggy’s fantastic show advocates for water safety and promises to be full of laughs and surprises.

Twiggy, the World-Famous Waterskiing Squirrel

The event schedule rotates, giving you multiple opportunities throughout the day to see it all. Attendees will be exposed to a variety of exotic wildlife, with some offering the opportunity to touch or hold these exotic animals. Additional stage performances include: Crocodile Encounter, which educates about some of nature’s most amazing and misunderstood animals; Wild Things Zoofari, raises awareness about conservation and animal behavior through education; and the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition, which provides care and rehabilitation to injured wildlife. In the Texas Snakes presentation you’ll learn the difference between venomous and non-venomous species in our area. Lastly, join us for Bridgeland Bill’s Birthday Celebration in honor of Bridgeland’s 15-year anniversary.

As you meander through our beautiful park space you’ll find lots more to do between stage shows. Look for arts and crafts stations, a petting zoo area, face painting, pony rides, and a kids’ zone with bounce houses, a rock wall and even outdoor laser tag. Be on the lookout for roaming performers and balloon artists who will engage with guests on a more intimate level. Be sure to stop by our Nature Vendor Area and bring home something to remember your day here. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, paddleboat rides, canoeing and kayaking will be available to take out on Cypress Lake. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Bridgeland event without food trucks; you’ll also find an assortment of yummy treats to sustain you while you visit.

Admission to Nature Fest, all stage performances and many of the activities are free of charge, but a few require tickets with all proceeds being donated to Cy-Hope, a local charity that brings needs and solutions together to make life better for all kids in Cy-Fair. Help us to make this year’s donation the largest yet.

Held annually since 2008, with the exception of 2020, Nature Fest in Bridgeland celebrates the great outdoors and the careful consideration Bridgeland gives to the environment and wildlife found in and around the 11,500-acre nature-based community. Join us for a day filled with entertainment and education featuring some of mother nature’s wondrous creatures. For more information and to view the stage schedule, visit bridgelandcom/naturefest.