HREG Monthly Meeting @ HREG 14th Floor -Conference Room
Jan 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

All are welcome to our HREG Monthly Meeting!  During this meeting Brian Chen, HREG President, will share his three-year plan and vision for HREG. This is your chance to hear about the future of HREG and share your thoughts on HREG’s mission.

Afterwards, we will review current HREG business and upcoming activities, where the officers look for your feedback. Our monthly meetings are the best place for our members to learn about HREG, ask questions, and provide suggestions.

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.

Houston GREEN Film Series @ Rice Media Center
Jan 17 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Olivewood Cemetery Clean-up @ Historic Olivewood Cemetery
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Olivewood is located next to White Oak Bayou, and is therefore surrounded by lush flora. It only takes about a week in the summer for the cemetery to be overrun with vegetation. Beyond routine mowing and weeding, the Descendants of Olivewood have begun projects to beautify individual plots, restoring the old landscaping that has changed with time. If you have a knack for clearing brush and landscaping areas that have been lost to time, you would certainly do well to join us on the first or third Saturday of the month. Check the events calendar to stay informed about upcoming events. We welcome individuals and groups for sponsored clean up days, or to join us for a general clean-up day.
Please visit their website for more information about the cemetery and cleanup effort.

What: Olivewood Cemetery Clean-up
When: First and Third Saturdays of each month, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Olivewood Cemetery, 1300 Court Street, Houston, TX 77007

Environmental Volunteer Coordinators Networking Meeting @ CEC Office
Jan 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation @ online
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm

Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to attend Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation, an environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2017 is Connections between People and Nature.

The Creation Care Team Mission Statement:  Being earth keepers is foundational to our Christian vocation. The Creation Care Team encourages members of Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church to incorporate care for creation into the congregation’s full life and ministry.


Naturalist Explorers @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am


Naturalist Explorers introduces children ages 5 to 8 to environmental and natural history topics in a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere. Classes include a short introduction inside followed by hands‐on, engaging activities outside. Parents are welcome to participate with their child or to drop them off.

Schedule: One Saturday a month, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Fees per student: $20 members* / $35 nonmembers per class

*Must be a Family Tree Member or above for member rate.


Spring 2018: Amazing Adaptations

Adaptation is a natural process in which a species becomes better suited to its habitat. Adaptations can be found throughout nature. Together we will learn how organisms survive, hunt, grow, and thrive because of their special and fascinating features.

January 6: Camouflage

Some predators and prey use camouflage to hide while other animals are brightly colored for all to see. Come explore the Arboretum and look at live animals to learn the pros and cons of camouflage and flashy coverings. Register Online

February 3: Locomotion

For some species, speed and stealth are necessary for survival. How an animal moves when catching food or escaping a predator is important! We will see if we can walk on silent tiptoes like a fox, climb like squirrels, hop like frogs, and run as fast as the cougar. Register Online

March 3: Armor

Many animals come with ready-made suits of armor: from mighty mollusks and turtles to well-protected porcupines and hedgehogs. Investigate these special adaptations for survival with some friendly snails, roly-polies, and turtles. Register Online

April 7: Migration

Birds and butterflies migrate, but so do many other animals. Learn about the astounding distances they travel, and the fascinating ways they know how, when, and where to go. Register Online

May 5: Metamorphosis

Many animals change their looks as they grow. Using microscopes and hand lenses, we’ll discover the extreme makeovers that some animals undergo, and how this helps them to survive. Register Online

BNC’s Nature Nurture Series @ Baytown Nature Center
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The popular program is from 10 am to 12 pm on the first Saturday of each month, except April, which is when BNC hosts their Nurture Nature Festival. This family-friendly series offers hands-on topics for free with regular admission to the nature center.

Adult admission (13+) is $4.

Children (5-12) and seniors (65+) is only $1.

Meet at the large picnic pavilion in the Children’s Discovery Area.

If in doubt about the weather, contact (281)424-9198 or check BNC’s Facebook page.

Participants may make a special shelter or treat for the nature center wildlife and one to take home. Enjoy a fun, educational morning; then stay to picnic, bird, hike, fish, or just relax. What a great way to spend a morning!


January 6, 2018 – “Winterizing for Wildlife”

Ever wonder how birds and other wildlife make it through winter? It is widely known that many bears hibernate during the winter, but most other wildlife must acclimatize to the season. Food sources for birds become scarce and protected shelter is harder to find among bare trees. Small mammals like opossums, raccoons, and skunks must also make adjustments. Anoles, snakes, toads, and frogs must also adapt to the changes.

Join BNC for ideas to make a winter-friendly habitat for wildlife that may visit this chilly season. Naturalist, Crissy Butcher, shares tips on easy projects to provide shelter, food, and water for feathers and furry friends as the temperatures drop.


February 3, 2018 – “Wilderness First Aid”

For questions, please contact Crissy Butcher at (281)420-7130.

Bolivar Flats Beach Rambles @ Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am


Walking on Bolivar Flats

Come explore Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary and see what the forces of nature have left for us on the beach and in the wrack lines with Sanctuaries Manager Pete Deichmann. You’ll walk along the beach and out onto the flats discovering the diversity of life along the gulf coast. It’s a perfect opportunity for a family day trip. Ride the Galveston ferry, see dolphins, birds, shellfish and learn about coastal ecosystems.

This program is FREE, suitable for all ages and runs on the first Saturday of each month. No preregistration required. We meet at 10:00 AM at the vehicular barrier. Take TX-87 to Rettilon Rd. Turn right at the beach and travel 3/4 mile. Hope to see you there!

Parking: Parking stickers are REQUIRED for all vehicles to park on Bolivar beaches. They can be purchased locally for $10. A list of vendors can be found here.

Feb 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join the Baytown Nature Center each month to explore a different section of the nature center in hopes of seeing nocturnal animals. All sorts of things have been spotted – no lions, tigers, or bears, but definitely raccoons, opossums, coyotes, owls, fireflies, and even flying squirrels!

This monthly 90-minute hike begins just after sunset. Hikers are asked to wear comfortable clothing. Small children should not attend since hikers have a better chance of viewing nocturnal animals in a relatively quiet atmosphere.

Routes and start times vary monthly. Meet at the Visitor’s Center unless otherwise stated. Hikes are weather permitting and free with general admission to the nature center.

If in doubt about the weather, contact (281)424-9198 or check BNC’s Facebook page.

For questions, please contact Crissy Butcher at (281)420-7130.