Calendar

Jan
17
Wed
2018
Climate Action Planning @ Green Building Resource Center
Jan 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the Houston Climate Movement! Come hear about what climate action planning can do for the City of Houston. After Harvey the need to act on climate has become crystal clear in Houston. We can both reduce emissions and prepare for extreme weather events, and ground this work in equity and economic justice. Experts will discuss past efforts and talk about what could be done moving forward to plan for and create a sustainable and resilient Houston.

When: January 17th, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Where: Green Building Resource Center, 1002 Washington Ave, Houston, Texas 77002. We’ll be on the 2nd Floor.
Who: You! Together we are working toward a better future for all in the Greater Houston area.

Jan
26
Fri
2018
HREG’s Solar Workshop @ TXRX
Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This free workshop addresses the basics on how to install and operate a solar system.  It covers topics such as solar array types, costs of equipment and labor, permitting, energy savings, and reliability.   The instructor Bill Swann is an expert in solar energy and has built many of his own solar systems.  This workshop is ideal for all people as Bill can answer the simplest and most technical of questions.  If you want to learn more about solar, this is the workshop for you.

Solar Workshop Handout  –> Houston Solar Resource   (Click on Houston Solar Resource twice to pull up pdf.)

The is a free, public workshop. Street parking available. To RSVP,  email Bill Swann.   [email protected]

 

For more information, visit houstonrenewableenergy.org.

Jan
31
Wed
2018
Nature Discovery Center’s Sparrow Identification Workshop – Lecture @ Nature Discovery Center
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm

Sparrow Identification Workshop

with Dr. Cin-Ty Lee

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Dr. Cin-Ty Lee has volunteered to teach a bird identification workshop as a fundraiser to help support birding programs at the Nature Discovery Center. All proceeds will go directly to NatureDiscovery Center programs. Dr. Lee’s workshop will feature a one evening sparrow identification lecture, followed by an all-day field trip to several places in the greater Houston area to look for some of our over-wintering sparrows.


Workshop Dates

Lecture: Wednesday, January 31 at 7 pm at the Nature Discovery Center, 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, TX 77401

Field Trip: Saturday, February 3 at 7 am and continue through lunchtime, with the possibility of going longer if people want to keep birding. Car-pooling is recommended. Specific birding locations will be selected by Dr. Lee closer to the date of the field trip.


Cost: $65 – NDC members; $90 – non-members

Advanced registration required. Register online at my-ndc.org/activities/sparrows/  Class size is limited to 15 participants.

Feb
3
Sat
2018
Nature Discovery Center’s Sparrow Identification Workshop – Field Trip @ several places in the greater Houston area
Feb 3 @ 7:00 am

Sparrow Identification Workshop

with Dr. Cin-Ty Lee

logo

Dr. Cin-Ty Lee has volunteered to teach a bird identification workshop as a fundraiser to help support birding programs at the Nature Discovery Center. All proceeds will go directly to NatureDiscovery Center programs. Dr. Lee’s workshop will feature a one evening sparrow identification lecture, followed by an all-day field trip to several places in the greater Houston area to look for some of our over-wintering sparrows.


Workshop Dates

Lecture: Wednesday, January 31 at 7 pm at the Nature Discovery Center, 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, TX 77401

Field Trip: Saturday, February 3 at 7 am and continue through lunchtime, with the possibility of going longer if people want to keep birding. Car-pooling is recommended. Specific birding locations will be selected by Dr. Lee closer to the date of the field trip.


Cost: $65 – NDC members; $90 – non-members

Advanced registration required. Register online at my-ndc.org/activities/sparrows/  Class size is limited to 15 participants.

What to Bring & Wear: Lots of water & drinks, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, binoculars and bird books. Layered clothing, hat, closed-toed shoes.

Feb
10
Sat
2018
Blackwood’s Mornings in the Country @ Blackwood Educational Land Institute
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Blackwood Land

Join us for a Morning in the Country!

Take a self-guided tour of the farm, enjoy a delicious lunch with ingredients from our gardens, take a class with our Farm Director, and much more.

Register Today!

Cost (includes lunch)

  • FREE for ages 4 years and under
  • $25 for ages 5 – 13 years
  • $45 for ages 14+

February 10, 2018 – Seasonal Nutrition Garden Exploration with Rebecca Verm

Explore the importance of seasonal eating as it relates to health and nutrition. We will discuss what produce is currently available at local farms and farmers markets as well as how to prepare simple, delicious meals. The class will take a tasting tour of the Blackwood Kitchen Garden in order to better experience all the flavors the current season has to offer.

March 3, 2018 – Basics of Successful Vegetable Gardening with Rebecca Verm

Introduction to the basics of growing vegetables in the Gulf Coast region. Some of the topics covered include growing seasons,  climate, best growing methods & mediums, and specific crop recommendations. We will explore each of these principles, and how they are implemented, in Blackwood’s Kitchen Garden. Students will leave empowered to begin their own backyard garden successfully.

April 14, 2018 – Speaker coming soon!

May 5, 2018 – “Kernza: Loving Gluten” Presentation and Lunch by Karen Man

Feb
17
Sat
2018
Urban Harvest’s Starting a Community or School Garden Workshop @ University of St. Thomas, Room TBD
Feb 17 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

There are many reasons for starting a community garden: creating a strong sense of community and stewardship; developing a community’s identity and spirit; providing a space for communities to grow safe, nutritious food; empowering communities with the knowledge to grow their own food and offering education and support to manage the food they grow and their own health. In this 4-hour comprehensive workshop, the presenters will take you through the process of building community, setting goals and exploring funding options, to the nuts and bolts of creating the garden and helping to ensure its sustainability. Morning snacks and drinks will be provided – please bring your own sack lunch. The last portion of the class will include a tour of Plant It Forward Farm located near the campus. PLEASE NOTE: Registration is from 8:30 -8:45. Workshop to start at 8:45. There are no refunds on classes.

PARKING

Parking is available in Moran Garage (campus map: #26), corner of West Alabama and Graustark Street; there may be a $2 charge. There are parking lots at corner of West Alabama and Yoakum and Branard and Montrose.

 

 

For more classes by Urban Harvest, view their Upcoming Classes.

Mar
3
Sat
2018
Blackwood’s Mornings in the Country @ Blackwood Educational Land Institute
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Blackwood Land

Join us for a Morning in the Country!

Take a self-guided tour of the farm, enjoy a delicious lunch with ingredients from our gardens, take a class with our Farm Director, and much more.

Register Today!

Cost (includes lunch)

  • FREE for ages 4 years and under
  • $25 for ages 5 – 13 years
  • $45 for ages 14+

February 10, 2018 – Seasonal Nutrition Garden Exploration with Rebecca Verm

Explore the importance of seasonal eating as it relates to health and nutrition. We will discuss what produce is currently available at local farms and farmers markets as well as how to prepare simple, delicious meals. The class will take a tasting tour of the Blackwood Kitchen Garden in order to better experience all the flavors the current season has to offer.

March 3, 2018 – Basics of Successful Vegetable Gardening with Rebecca Verm

Introduction to the basics of growing vegetables in the Gulf Coast region. Some of the topics covered include growing seasons,  climate, best growing methods & mediums, and specific crop recommendations. We will explore each of these principles, and how they are implemented, in Blackwood’s Kitchen Garden. Students will leave empowered to begin their own backyard garden successfully.

April 14, 2018 – Speaker coming soon!

May 5, 2018 – “Kernza: Loving Gluten” Presentation and Lunch by Karen Man

Apr
6
Fri
2018
TWA’s QuailMasters 2018 – Registration Deadline @ Roby, TX
Apr 6 all-day

Texas Wildlife Association

QuailMasters 2018

Hosted By: TWA and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

 

What is QuailMasters?

A series of intensive, hands-on training sessions designed to expose participants to the best of the best quail habitat in the state of Texas and make them ‘masters’ of the art and science of quail management. Quail-Masters will enhance your decision-making skills relative to 3 phases of quail management.

  • Habitat Management
  • Population Management
  • People Management

 

Registration

  • Quail Masters Student (college) Registration $250
  • Quail Masters Full Registration $500

Registration Deadline: April 6, 2018

Register Now

 

QuailMasters Course Schedule

Session I: April 22-24, Roby
Session II: June 3-5, Breckenridge
Session III: August 5-7, TBD by Class
Session IV: Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, Hebbronville
Includes most meals and classroom materials.  Lodging, travel and some resource material are the student’s responsibility.

 

Requirements for Participation

QuailMasters is a prestigious, intensive program, and we expect 110% of our participants. As a ‘fledgling’ QuailMaster, you will be expected to attend all four sessions of the Quail-Masters program.

 

Who Could Benefit from Attending QuailMasters?

  • Landowners/Managers
  • Hunters
  • Quail Enthusiasts
  • Consultants
  • County Agents
  • Wildlife Biologists
  • College Students*

*3 hours of graduate college credit are available for participation. NOTE: Graduate tuition is separate from QuailMaster’s tuition.

 

For more events by the Texas Wildlife Association (TWA), visit their Events page!

Apr
14
Sat
2018
Blackwood’s Mornings in the Country @ Blackwood Educational Land Institute
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Blackwood Land

Join us for a Morning in the Country!

Take a self-guided tour of the farm, enjoy a delicious lunch with ingredients from our gardens, take a class with our Farm Director, and much more.

Register Today!

Cost (includes lunch)

  • FREE for ages 4 years and under
  • $25 for ages 5 – 13 years
  • $45 for ages 14+

February 10, 2018 – Seasonal Nutrition Garden Exploration with Rebecca Verm

Explore the importance of seasonal eating as it relates to health and nutrition. We will discuss what produce is currently available at local farms and farmers markets as well as how to prepare simple, delicious meals. The class will take a tasting tour of the Blackwood Kitchen Garden in order to better experience all the flavors the current season has to offer.

March 3, 2018 – Basics of Successful Vegetable Gardening with Rebecca Verm

Introduction to the basics of growing vegetables in the Gulf Coast region. Some of the topics covered include growing seasons,  climate, best growing methods & mediums, and specific crop recommendations. We will explore each of these principles, and how they are implemented, in Blackwood’s Kitchen Garden. Students will leave empowered to begin their own backyard garden successfully.

April 14, 2018 – Speaker coming soon!

May 5, 2018 – “Kernza: Loving Gluten” Presentation and Lunch by Karen Man

May
5
Sat
2018
Blackwood’s Mornings in the Country @ Blackwood Educational Land Institute
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Blackwood Land

Join us for a Morning in the Country!

Take a self-guided tour of the farm, enjoy a delicious lunch with ingredients from our gardens, take a class with our Farm Director, and much more.

Register Today!

Cost (includes lunch)

  • FREE for ages 4 years and under
  • $25 for ages 5 – 13 years
  • $45 for ages 14+

February 10, 2018 – Seasonal Nutrition Garden Exploration with Rebecca Verm

Explore the importance of seasonal eating as it relates to health and nutrition. We will discuss what produce is currently available at local farms and farmers markets as well as how to prepare simple, delicious meals. The class will take a tasting tour of the Blackwood Kitchen Garden in order to better experience all the flavors the current season has to offer.

March 3, 2018 – Basics of Successful Vegetable Gardening with Rebecca Verm

Introduction to the basics of growing vegetables in the Gulf Coast region. Some of the topics covered include growing seasons,  climate, best growing methods & mediums, and specific crop recommendations. We will explore each of these principles, and how they are implemented, in Blackwood’s Kitchen Garden. Students will leave empowered to begin their own backyard garden successfully.

April 14, 2018 – Speaker coming soon!

May 5, 2018 – “Kernza: Loving Gluten” Presentation and Lunch by Karen Man