Take Care of Texas Video Contest Voting
Jan 11 – Jan 25 all-day

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The Take Care of Texas Video Contest is a fun way for young people to learn about protecting the environment and come up with creative ways to share this knowledge with others! Students film a 30-second video that shows positive ways to Take Care of Texas. The students that submit the best videos can win great prizes, awarded by the contest sponsor, Waste Management of Texas, Inc.

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The public has an opportunity to pick their favorite videos January 11 through 25, 2018. A panel of TCEQ staff and representatives from Waste Management Texas will choose the first, second, and third place winners from each of the grade groups. Winners will be announced February 20, 2018.

Click here to vote!

Galveston Bay Council’s Quarterly Meeting @ Harris-Galveston Subsidence District
Jan 17 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
McGovern Centennial Gardens Volunteer Orientation @ McGovern Centennial Gardens - Family Garden
Jan 17 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Interested in joining the McGovern Centennial Gardens volunteer team? Anyone who loves to be outdoors and is interested in becoming a regular volunteer in McGovern Centennial Gardens should attend an upcoming orientation. Come learn about volunteer opportunities and the history of Hermann Park Conservancy.

Following the orientation, there will be a short tour of the Gardens.

For more information and to sign up for orientation, click here.

For more information, you can also email [email protected].

Parking: Park in Lot C at the Crawford Street/Hermann Drive intersection. We will meet in the Family Garden in the McGovern Centennial Gardens. If you need help finding the garden that morning, call 832-470-9871.

Can’t make it on this date? Volunteer orientations occur monthly. Please check their website for the latest information on upcoming orientations.

Winter Gator Tales @ Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education Center
Jan 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Winter Gator Tales is a free pre-school program. Join WERC for a fun, educational hour geared for young children with an adult.


December 27, 2017 – “Ice Melts”

January 3, 2018 – “Fur and Hair”

January 10, 2018 – “Feathers, Beaks, and Eggs”

January 17, 2018 – “Scales and Shells”

January 24, 2018 – “Lizards”

January 31, 2018 – “Worms”

February 7, 2018 – “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”

February 14, 2018 – “Bee My Valentine”


Nature Discovery Center’s Nature Story Time @ Nature Discovery Center
Jan 17 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm


Nature Story Time is held every Wednesday at 4 PM.

Get absorbed in our stories, puppets, specimens, songs and more! Nature Story Time is primarily for preschoolers and their caregivers.

This is a FREE, drop-in program.

As a courtesy, please call the Center to let us know if you are coming with a group of 6 or more so that we can be sure to have enough materials on hand for everyone.

For more events by the Nature Discovery Center, visit their event Calendar!



AIA Houston’s Small Firm Roundtable @ M Architects LLC
Jan 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

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The Small Firm Roundtable meets monthly on the third Thursday of each month at 4:00 PM.  This group provides a closed forum for dialogue among peers and a venue to support architects who have recently branched out on their own, have a growing firm, or are considering starting their own businesses.  Meetings consist of focused conversation and invaluable insights on important issues and practices.

No reservation is necessary.

Topic: We will be sharing books that have influenced the ways we practice and the plan for the upcoming year. Everyone is asked to please bring a book (or several).


Homeschool Days @ Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Jan 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sheldon Lake State Park’s January 2018 Weekly Program

Homeschool Days

From fishing to ponding to technology, kids will learn something new each week! Great for all school-aged kids!

There is plenty of fun to be had and things to learn at Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center. So be sure to come on out and enjoy some outdoor education! Each week will be a new adventure that is suitable for all school-aged kids!

Be sure to bring water, bug spray, and closed-toe shoes. All programs are FREE and meet at the Pond Center.

AIA’s Houston Heights Bicycle Tour @ Heights Branch of the Houston Public Library
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am

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This tour explores the original footprint of the Heights, Texas’ and Houston’s first mixed-use community and home to 120 of the 215 National Register of Historic Places listed in Houston. We will look at a wide variety of building types that are historic and original to the area as well as more recent contemporary architecture and discuss how these fit into the context of the neighborhood.

Attendees need to bring their own bicycle. We encourage everyone to wear a helmet. If you do not have your own bicycle, you can rent a bike from Houston B-Cycle. The closest B-Cycle station is in Stude Park.

Reservations required.

January 2018 Reservations
March 2018 Reservations

Bicycles and helmets are not included with registration.


General Admission

AIA Houston Members
Architecture students with current ID

Tour will meet at the Heights Branch of the Houston Public Library, 1302 Heights Boulevard. If you drive, we ask that you park on the street and not the library parking lot, it is reserved for library patrons.


For more events by the American Institute of Architects, visit their Events Calendar!

Field Day! @ Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Jan 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sheldon Lake State Park’s January 2018 Weekly Program

Field Day!

Join a ranger for a hike, fishing, game, or another outdoor activity!

Come to Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center to join in our outdoor fun! Every week will be a different ranger-led activity. Great for all ages and abilities!

All programs are FREE and meet at the Pond Center.

Ask a Ranger @ Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm