Calendar

Dec
16
Sat
2017
AIA’s 3rd Ward Bicycle Tour @ HCC "Central Campus" Sign
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am

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Houston Community College, Emancipation Park, Project Row Houses, Texas Southern University and more! This tour will look at the neighborhood’s character, history, and future in the center of Houston.


Reservations are required for this tour as attendance is limited.

December 2017 Reservations
February 2018 Reservations
April 2018 Reservations

 

$10
General Admission

$5
AIA Houston Members
Architecture students with current ID


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. Nearest stations are located at Holman & Main (HCC/Ensemble Metro Station) or Holman & Live Oak (Project Row Houses).

This tour will meet in front of the Houston Community College “Central Campus” sign at 1300 Holman Street.

 

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

Neches River Adventure @ Riverfront Park in Beaumont
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Neches River Adventure @ Riverfront Park in Beaumont

The Big Thicket Association operates The Ivory Bill, a covered excursion boat on the Neches River for school field trips, social events and Nature classes. The boat operates on the open river, and is capable of navigating the shallows of cypress-lined backwater channels.

Enjoy a leisurely trip onboard the Ivory Bill on the ecologically diverse Neches River and into the Big Thicket National Preserve. The public nature tours are scheduled for each Saturday morning, March through November, and disembarks at Riverfront Park in Beaumont.  The tours include a Coast Guard certified Captain, 1st Mate, and Guide.  The tour boat is a 45 foot Coast Guard approved pontoon boat.  The Ivory Bill’s amenities include a covered open air deck, comfortable perimeter seating for 30 people, on-board restroom, and public address system. Private Charters also available.

 

Reservations are required…Call 409-651-5326
www.nechesriveradventures.org

Dec
20
Wed
2017
AIA/IIDA Happy Hour @ Chapman and Kirby
Dec 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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RSVP Here

Let’s all get together and toast the New Year and celebrate the friendship of the IIDA Houston City Center and the AIA Houston Interior Architecture Committee! Please join us at Chapman and Kirby for some Holiday fun, light bites, and libations.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Fast TrackGeigerHarvey BuildersHerman MillerTandus/Centiva, and The KipCO/CS Gulf Coast for making this event possible!

 

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

Dec
22
Fri
2017
Nature Discovery Center’s Winter Break Camp @ Nature Discovery Center
Dec 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

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We are offering day-long camps on select days during the 2017-2018 Winter Break from school for kids ages 5 – 10. Day camps meet from 9 am – 3:30 pm each day. After Care is also available until 5:30 pm. Kids bring a lunch and we provide snacks and water.

 

Register online.

Cost/class:
  • Members – $49
  • Nonmembers – $59
After Care is an additional $15/day.

 

2017-2018 WINTER BREAK DAY CAMP CLASS SCHEDULE

Date Topic
 12/22  Science of Leaves
 12/27  Furry Friends
 12/28  Seasons & Weather
 12/29  Brilliant Biomes
 01/03  Scaly & Slimy
 01/04  Sticks & Stones
 01/05  Animal Adaptations
 01/15  Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle

 

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

Dec
23
Sat
2017
Deer Park Prairie: Bird Survey
Dec 23 @ 7:30 am
Deer Park Prairie: Bird Survey

Bird Survey, Saturday, February 27, 7:30 a.m. with Damien Carey

1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, TX 77536 See (MAP for more details)
Please bring a signed liability release: adult or  adult+children
Please do not park directly in front of our neighbors’ houses – park across the street. As always on the prairie, wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. For seed collecting, bring clippers  if you have them. Also recommended are long-sleeved shirt, hat, water, insect repellent, sunscreen. Email HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org to RSVP and for event day contact number. Last minute deciders are welcome, but will not be contacted in case of cancellation, etc.

 

Deer Park Prairie: Workday
Dec 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Workday: Saturday, February 27, 9:00 a.m. to noon or later

Visitation of Deer Park Prairie is by appointment only. Since the prairie will be attended on scheduled workdays, they will be ideal days to visit. Please email HNPAT@TexasPrairie for appointment on either workdays or any other days.

1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, TX 77536  (Check out the map for more direction details)
Please bring a signed liability release: adult or  adult+children

Please do not park directly in front of our neighbors’ houses – park across the street.

As always on the prairie, wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. For seed collecting, bring clippers  if you have them. Also recommended are long-sleeved shirt, hat, water, insect repellent, sunscreen.

Email HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org to RSVP and for event day contact number. Last minute deciders are welcome, but will not be contacted in case of cancellation, etc.

Neches River Adventure @ Riverfront Park in Beaumont
Dec 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Neches River Adventure @ Riverfront Park in Beaumont

The Big Thicket Association operates The Ivory Bill, a covered excursion boat on the Neches River for school field trips, social events and Nature classes. The boat operates on the open river, and is capable of navigating the shallows of cypress-lined backwater channels.

Enjoy a leisurely trip onboard the Ivory Bill on the ecologically diverse Neches River and into the Big Thicket National Preserve. The public nature tours are scheduled for each Saturday morning, March through November, and disembarks at Riverfront Park in Beaumont.  The tours include a Coast Guard certified Captain, 1st Mate, and Guide.  The tour boat is a 45 foot Coast Guard approved pontoon boat.  The Ivory Bill’s amenities include a covered open air deck, comfortable perimeter seating for 30 people, on-board restroom, and public address system. Private Charters also available.

 

Reservations are required…Call 409-651-5326
www.nechesriveradventures.org

Dec
27
Wed
2017
Nature Discovery Center’s Winter Break Camp @ Nature Discovery Center
Dec 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

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We are offering day-long camps on select days during the 2017-2018 Winter Break from school for kids ages 5 – 10. Day camps meet from 9 am – 3:30 pm each day. After Care is also available until 5:30 pm. Kids bring a lunch and we provide snacks and water.

 

Register online.

Cost/class:
  • Members – $49
  • Nonmembers – $59
After Care is an additional $15/day.

 

2017-2018 WINTER BREAK DAY CAMP CLASS SCHEDULE

Date Topic
 12/22  Science of Leaves
 12/27  Furry Friends
 12/28  Seasons & Weather
 12/29  Brilliant Biomes
 01/03  Scaly & Slimy
 01/04  Sticks & Stones
 01/05  Animal Adaptations
 01/15  Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle

 

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

HNPAT Meeting @ McGovern Centennial Gardens @ Hermann Park
Dec 27 @ 6:30 pm
HNPAT Meeting @ McGovern Centennial Gardens @ Hermann Park | Houston | Texas | United States

MISSION OF THE COASTAL PRAIRIE PARTNERSHIP
The mission of the Coastal Prairie Partnership is to
promote the conservation and restoration of coastal prairie ecosystems.

HOW WE WORK AND WHAT WE DO

Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP) is a private, nonprofit collaboration of governmental agencies, non-governmental institutions, private individuals, and landowners working to achieve common conservation and education goals. Our ultimate goal is to help foster a more connected and empowered prairie community in coastal Texas and southwest Louisiana.

CPP plays five important collaborative roles in the prairie community.

  • Convener – CPP hosts meetings throughout the year to discuss pressing issues in prairie conservation and restoration and how the prairie community can be better served by collaborative action.
  • Adviser – Governmental entities, nonprofits, landscape architects, and private individuals routinely call upon CPP to advise on ongoing or new prairie conservation and restoration initiatives.
  • Teacher – CPP offers empowering classes, workshops, and field trips each year. We also help to interpret the prairie’s importance to the general public and teach others how to be effective prairie communicators.
  • Cheerleader – Saving and restoring prairies is difficult work. CPP is committed to honoring the efforts and dedication of our prairie colleagues by promoting their efforts and events and by recognizing their excellence through yearly awards.
  • Networker – CPP connects those in need of assistance with experts in the field. We also foster collaboration and networking among professionals events such as our annual Restoration Roundup and State of the Prairie Conference.

HNPAT meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Cherie Flores Pavilion in
McGovern Centennial Gardens @ Hermann Park. 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston 77004
(parking lot entrance is directly across the street from the Health Museum) Approximate GPS location: https://goo.gl/maps/j8msQPlease join HNPAT at 6:30 PM for refreshments & at 7:00 PM for the meeting

**UPDATE: The meeting on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, will have a different location. Please meet at the Old Golf Course Clubhouse on 6201 Hermann Park Drive.

Dec
28
Thu
2017
HPARD’s Native Plant Propagation Workdays @ HPARD Greenhouse
Dec 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Habitat Restoration

Our volunteer group meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon at the HPARD Greenhouse.

We propagate plants from locally collected native seed. A typical workday may include seeding pots, bumping up trays into 1-gallon containers, separating seedlings, and weeding pots. We will also have special seed collecting trips, invasive species removal workdays, and planting events in our restored prairies!

We are also beginning to conduct semi-annual vegetation transects and monthly bird surveys at our current and future restoration sites. If you’re good at identifying plants or birds or if you would like to learn more about them, come join us!

If you’re interested in volunteering for the NRMP, email kelli.ondracek@houstontx.gov.