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Dec
17
Sun
2017
Spring Creek Paddle Trip
Dec 17 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Spring Creek Paddle Trip

T.O.W.N. – Texas Outdoors-Woman Network (Houston chapter)
Sunday, December 17 at 8:30 AM

Easy 2-3 hr. trip on Spring Creek Greenway. Put in and take out locations subject to water level so may vary. Bring water, snack, hat, sunglasses, sun…

Spring Creek Paddle Trip

Sunday, Dec 17, 2017, 8:30 AM

SouthWest PaddleSports
26322 Interstate 45 North Spring, TX

1 TOWNies Attending

Easy 2-3 hr. trip on Spring Creek Greenway. Put in and take out locations subject to water level so may vary. Bring water, snack, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. No cotton or flipflops. Text me at[masked] or call[masked] by Friday if you want to join the trip. No signups are taken through Meetup. Bring your own boat/board or rent one from us….

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Dec
18
Mon
2017
Tyke Hikes @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Dec 18 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Encourage your child’s curiosity about nature and spend time with them exploring outdoors!

Children 18 months to 3 years, with their adult companions, can join a naturalist for a story reading, a simple nature activity or craft, and a stroller-friendly hike on the beautiful Arboretum trails. Enjoy an interesting new nature experience each week with themes such as bats, raccoons, owls, and trees.

Cost per class: Free for Family Tree Members and above (please have member card on hand); $7 per child for nonmembers (younger siblings are welcome for free). Pay at the door, advanced registration not necessary.

Please note – as of January 2017, Tyke Hikes are $7 per child for nonmembers.

Note: Please dress for the weather. Tyke Hikes take place rain or shine! Closed-toe shoes are best for trail hikes. Older preschoolers are welcome but are the responsibility of the adult companion.

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

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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
21
Thu
2017
Small Firm Roundtable @ Wooster's Garden
Dec 21 @ 4:00 pm

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End of the year celebration!  Join us!

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.

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
River Kayak class
Dec 23 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
River Kayak class

T.O.W.N. – Texas Outdoors-Woman Network (Houston chapter)
Saturday, December 23 at 8:30 AM

If you’ve taken the basic class and want to advance your skills to kayak on creeks, streams and rivers this is for you. We use rec or whitewater boats…

River Kayak class

Saturday, Dec 23, 2017, 8:30 AM

Location details are available to members only.

1 TOWNies Attending

If you’ve taken the basic class and want to advance your skills to kayak on creeks, streams and rivers this is for you. We use rec or whitewater boats, decked or sit on top, helmets and spray skirts for decked kayaks. All equipment plus a book included for $125. This is also a great class if you’re thinking about becoming an instructor or trip lead…

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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
24
Sun
2017
River Rescue class
Dec 24 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
River Rescue class

T.O.W.N. – Texas Outdoors-Woman Network (Houston chapter)
Sunday, December 24 at 8:30 AM

Learn the basics of rescuing yourself or another boater on moving water. Throw rope practice, swimming through rapids, stuck on a rock and other rescu…

River Rescue class

Sunday, Dec 24, 2017, 8:30 AM

SouthWest PaddleSports Outpost at Hidalgo Falls on the Brazos River
5342 Camp Road Navasota, TX

1 TOWNies Attending

Learn the basics of rescuing yourself or another boater on moving water. Throw rope practice, swimming through rapids, stuck on a rock and other rescue situations are covered. This class is usually followed by a short 3 mile trip on the river. This is an essential class if you are leading trips on moving water! Only $50 if taken with River Kayak cl…

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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!

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.