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Bryan Adams Memorial Water Garden Dedication
March 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
BRYAN ADAMS MEMORIAL WATER GARDEN HONORS LOCAL EDUCATOR AND NATURALIST
Dedication Ceremony at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
LAKE JACKSON, TX—February 23, 2019. Representing funds raised by Bryan Adams’ family and with the support of Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges and the Texas Mid-coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, the Bryan Adams Memorial Water Garden will be officially dedicated at the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, 2072 CR 227 in Angleton, Texas, on Sunday, March 17, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The waterfall garden, the centerpiece of which is a bronze sculpture featuring several children frolicking in nature, reflects the infectious enthusiasm with which Bryan Adams taught others about the natural world. Over the course of his working life, Adams, who died on June 30, 2017, worked as a biology teacher at Brazoswood High School, the Director of The Brazosport Nature Center and Planetarium, the Environmental Education Specialist for The Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, and finally as a volunteer trainer and turtle patroller searching area beaches for nests of the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.
The March 17 ceremony honors Adams’ work and passions, and the water garden is dedicated to him and celebrates refuge volunteers and the spirit of volunteerism. The ceremony will be followed by a reception and light refreshments in the Discovery Center. Those who knew Adams or were impacted by him are invited to attend.
Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges (FOBWR) is a 501(c)(3) that supports the Texas Mid-coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex in its charge to manage the conservation and restoration of wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the Complex. Friends’ largest outreach projects include the annual Migration Celebration, now in its 25th year and held on April 27th and 28th at the San Bernard NWR; and the Discovery Environmental Education Program (DEEP) for area fourth and seventh graders and conducted in fall and winter at the Brazoria NWR. Friends also conducts the bi-annual “A Taste for Nature” fundraiser (occurring this October at the Dow Academic Center at Brazosport College) to support a special project on one of the refuges.
Additional Information About Bryan Adams (Excerpted from July 5, 2017, obituary in The Facts)
Bryan Adams died on June 30, 2017.
He was born in 1941 to a family of educators. He spent most of his childhood in South Texas, where he
would return as an adult. He married his first wife, Donna, in Wyoming and had 4 children: Bryan Mark,
Mickye, Cheri and Sasha. He married his second wife, Vicky, in Texas. He is also survived by six
grandchildren and generations of students.
Bryan lived a life of infectious curiosity. Once he got that look, from the time of his childhood to the last
days of his life, he was off into a vortex that lifted us from the cellular to the celestial.
He was the consummate Renaissance Man, able to take on any challenge with intelligence and insight. He
was a biology teacher for most of his life, mainly at PSJA High School in the Rio Grande Valley, then at
Brazoswood High School.
He evolved into the Director of The Brazosport Nature Center & Planetarium where he transformed adults
and small children as he had previously inspired high schoolers.
A few years later he was ready to retire. Within weeks he recreated himself as the Environmental Education
Specialist for The Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge. Once again, his passion for biology and natural
history met his world-class talents in teaching. He brought the world around us to life. In fact, the Fish and
Wildlife Service nominated him for the National Rachel Carson award for his contributions to science and
Following that, he embraced his next challenge: Working to save the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.
In the two seasons he devoted to this cause and with the work of the whole team, the number of nests
recovered increased from 209 to an all-time high of 350.
Bryan could transform the mundane into the marvelous. He could envelop any person he met into his
sparkling world. It was as if we walked around with our eyes and minds shrouded, and Bryan swept those
shrouds aside, revealing a natural world more alive and miraculous than we knew existed, right there in
front of us all along. He completed our world with the focus, color and perspective he taught and lived.
That would be enough for most people. Yet, there was another characteristic at his core. The man was
hilarious. His humor ranged from witty to raucous. His puns would make you groan. His practical jokes left
us aching with laughter. His smile warmed all those it graced.
Scientist, Teacher, Mentor, Hero, Friend, Father, Barnacle Man, Goofball, Husband.
The world is a shade paler without him.