Calendar

Oct
16
Mon
2017
KBH: Recycle-Bowl
Oct 16 – Nov 15 all-day

Image result for recycle bowlRecycle-Bowl is a free competition and benchmarking tool for K-12 school recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities. On August 1, schools may start to register for the 2017 competition, which aims to invigorate student participation in recycling via an exciting and engaging national K-12 competition. Recycling is one of the easiest and most effective actions ANYONE can do to protect natural resources, conserve energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs. Recycling also provides materials that are made into new products. Want to ignite recycling in your school? Friendly competition is a proven way to motivate young people toward adopting sustainable behaviors.

Below you will find additional key dates for this year’s competition. If you have any questions, please contact Isaac Nicholson.

  • August 1 – Registration Opens
  • October 13 – Registration Deadline
  • October 16 – Competition Starts
  • November 15 – Competition Ends

Register your school here or learn more about Recycle-Bowl at www.kab.org/recycle-bowl/.

Oct
19
Thu
2017
Audubon Bird Survey at Baytown @ Baytown Nature Center
Oct 19 @ 3:00 am
Audubon Bird Survey at Baytown @ Baytown Nature Center | Baytown | Texas | United States

Houston Audubon in partnership with the Baytown Nature Center is leading a monthly count at the Baytown Nature Center. David Hanson is the leader. The survey is usually conducted on the third Thursday of each month, September through May, and results are posted on eBird. The survey normally begins at 8 AM. Fore more information, visit houstonaudubon.org.

Bayou Stewardship: From Awareness to Action Symposium @ United Way of Greater Houston
Oct 19 @ 7:30 am – 3:15 pm

The Bayou Preservation Association’s 14th Annual Symposium,  Bayou Stewardship: From Awareness to Actionwill take place on Thursday, October 19, 2017, and will feature timely presentations by Andrew Groocock and Anne Olson of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership; Beth White, Executive Director of the Houston Parks Board; Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle; Russ Poppe, P,E., the Executive Director of the Harris County Flood Control District; John Blount, P.E., Harris County Engineer; Dr. Kathlie Jeng-Bullock, P.E., from the Office of the City Engineer of the City of Houston; Jeff Taebel of the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Kyle Shelton of the Rice Kinder Institute, and representatives from the Galveston Bay Foundation and the Galveston Bay Estuary Program.

The event admission includes a coffee service during both a morning and afternoon break along with a catered lunch. Get your individual ticket or consider being a sponsor for the event by registering and ordering tickets online.

Oct
20
Fri
2017
Fall Planning Workshop for Local Governments @ Houston Galveston Area Council
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fall Planning Workshop for Local Governments @ Houston Galveston Area Council | Houston | Texas | United States

Please join the Community and Environmental Planning department from the Houston-Galveston Area Council on October 20, 2017, from 9:00 AM to noon at their annual Fall Planning Workshop for Local Governments as they discuss ideas as to how we can make implementation a reality in our communities. Be sure to register online.

Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Lane, Second Floor Conference Rooms
Houston, TX 77027

2018 Houston Solar Tour Volunteer Committee Meeting
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2018 Houston Solar Tour Volunteer Committee Meeting @ Houston | Texas | United States

If you’d like to volunteer and help organize the annual Houston Solar Tour, please plan to attend the first Solar Tour Committee Meeting on Friday October 20, 2017, for more information on how to get started. They are looking for 10 or more volunteers to help with different tasks leading up to the tour and will need folks stationed at each house during the tour. This is the biggest event of the year for the Houston Renewable Energy Group, so sign up to get involved.

 

Oct
21
Sat
2017
Bike Around the Bay 2017 @ Royal Purple Raceway
Oct 21 – Oct 22 all-day
Bike Around the Bay 2017 @ Royal Purple Raceway | Baytown | Texas | United States

Join the Galveston Bay Foundation for their 11th annual Bike Around the Bay, a two-day 170-mile fully supported ride around Galveston Bay. This unique cycling event takes riders in a complete loop around the largest estuary in Texas (and one of the biggest in North America)! All proceeds from this signature fundraising ride directly benefit GBF and its mission to preserve and protect the Bay.

All cyclists of all skill levels are welcome. Riders are given the option to complete the entire two-day route from Baytown to Galveston and back or one day only. Pick whichever option works for you. The route is fully supported with SAG wagons and frequent breakpoints along the route that provide drinks, snacks, bike mechanics and first aid.

New this year to Bike Around the Bay is the opportunity to participate in a 45-minute yoga and stretching session at the finish of day 1. Participants will focus on static yoga stretches to help open and increase flexibility. After riding 96.3 miles, this session will allow your body to recover and will help enhance performance for day 2 and prevent injuries. It’s free, so remember to RSVP at checkout.

Register today to ride in Bike Around the Bay 2017 on Saturday-Sunday, October 21-22, 2017. If you can’t come out and bike, please consider making a generous donation to help them reach their goal!

Bird Watching with the Houston Audubon @ Woodland Park
Oct 21 @ 7:00 am – 9:30 am

Friends of Woodland ParkJason Bonilla will conduct another bird watching adventure in Woodland Park. Meet Friends of Woodland Park in front of the community building, bring your binoculars (optional) and join in for some birding fun on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 7:30 to 9:00 AM.

Pro-tips: Wear long pants, boots if you have them, and apply mosquito spray.

Kids Grow @ Mandell Park
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am

Image result for mandell parkChildren from surrounding neighborhoods and beyond enjoy a wide variety of special events in the garden on Saturday mornings in the spring, early summer and   fall when Houston temperatures are ideal for outdoor activities. Enjoyable and entertaining, the programs are geared toward educating our young people about our natural habitat and the rewards of planting a garden and watching it thrive. Kids Grow events, where children are invited to plant vegetables, herbs, and sometimes flowers, are held quarterly. The young gardeners and their families are encouraged to come back and enjoy the results of their labor, picking fresh lettuce, cabbage, herbs, carrots and more to be enjoyed back at home.

Neches River Adventure @ Riverfront Park in Beaumont
Oct 21 @ 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

Oct
23
Mon
2017
H-GAC Parks and Natural Areas (PNA) Meeting @ H-GAC Conference Room A, Second Floor
Oct 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
H-GAC Parks and Natural Areas (PNA) Meeting @ H-GAC Conference Room A, Second Floor | Houston | Texas | United States

The PNA Subcommittee (of the Natural Resources Advisory Committee) serves as a forum for discussion of issues related to parks and natural areas, promotes the PNA Award Program, and maintains a regional inventory of parks. The PNA subcommittee facilitates information exchange and planning efforts between various stakeholders and collaborators to protect and preserve parks and natural areas across the region.

Come out for the next meeting of the Houston-Galveston Area Council Parks and Natural Areas Subcommittee from 1:30 to 3:30 PM on Monday, October 23, 2017, at H-GAC Conference Room A, Second Floor. During this meeting they will discuss judges’ scores for the 2017 PNA Awards. Register to attend or for more information please email andrea.tantillo@h-gac.com.