The Baytown Nature Center is used for both educational and recreational purposes. The Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education and Recreation Center utilizes the nature center as an outdoor classroom for its “Wetlands Ecology” and “Liquid Science” programs for all 5th and 7th grade students in Goose Creek Consolidated School District. BNC is also the site of the award-winning program, “Back to the Bay,” for high school biology students.

On the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 – noon the Nurture Nature Series brings a different topic to the public for education and enjoyment. The programs are free with regular admission to the nature center. Each year the nature center hosts the Nurture Nature Festival on the first Saturday of November. This all-day event is also free to the public.

Full Moon Hikes are held on the Saturday closest to the full moon. These 90 minute hikes give visitors the opportunity to visit the nature center after dark to explore habitats home to many noctural animals. Starting times vary monthly.

During the spring and fall Tyke Hike is offered for pre-school children and an adult companion. The free one-hour program every Friday at 10 am gives kids the opportunity to learn about a natural history topic while exploring and enjoying the outdoors at the nature center.

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts regularly take advantage of all the nature center has to offer in order to fulfill requirements for badges, pins and advancements, including Boy Scout Eagle Awards and Girl Scout Gold Awards.