First, if you are registered to vote in Harris County and haven’t done so already, VOTE on Saturday, August 5, 2018, in the Harris Count Flood Control District bond election. The proposition is whether HCFCD should issue “bonds in an amount not to exceed $2,500,000.00, for flood control purposes and the levying of the tax of the District in payment thereof.” At hcfcd.org, the Flood Control District has posted a great deal of information about potential projects, the results of public input, and an interactive map. More info about voting is at Harrisvotes.org.
Next, welcome back to school!
Students, teachers, and parents who are celebrating/bemoaning the start of school might appreciate this information about some local environmental resources that can make school more interesting, meaningful, and fun.
- Houston Environmental Resources for Educators (HERE in Houston): HERE in Houston is a one-stop shop for classroom and informal educators, Texas Master Naturalists, and Scout leaders, looking to teach about the environment of the Houston-Galveston Region. This resource is an initiative of Texas Children in Nature – Houston with special project support from the Katy Prairie Conservancy. CEC is proud to support this effort, which highlights educational resources relating to ecosystems, wildlife, sustainability, watersheds, gardening, field trips, service opportunities, and careers. We frequently add new resources, so check back often! We recently added High-School Level Prairie Lessons and Activities created by Westside High School Teacher Carolyn Klein. Please suggest additional resources by emailing [email protected]
- Every Kid in a Park Program – Houston: FREE transportation is once again available for field trips to our amazing local outdoor spaces for Title I fourth graders for the 2018-2019 school year! Houston EKIP collaborates with national, state, and local organizations who provide a variety of curriculum-based natural, cultural, and historical field trips correlated with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). These transportation funds are made available through a grant from the National Park Foundation for the 2018-2019 academic school year. Please share this information with fourth grade teachers! All fourth graders–and their families–get free access to most national parks and a plethora of other public lands the the national EKIP program. The banner photo above is leafprints made by fourth graders on a visit to Big Thicket National Preserve on an EKIP filed trip..
- Texas Children in Nature (TCiN) Summit and Champion Awards Luncheon: On December 6 & 7 in Corpus Christi, the Summit will bring together leaders from the health, education, conservation, built environment and faith communities for two days of learning, networking and turning inspiration into action. A full schedule of events, speaker profiles, and registration information is available at texaschildreninnature.org.
If you are heading back to college
, please know that CEC hires a variety of paid and unpaid interns
each semester to help with website content curation and the newsletter, communications and marketing, videography, event planning, bookkeeping, Salesforce, and more. We are often able to work with students seeking academic credit for an internship, and have worked with students studying public policy, professional writing, endangered species, environmental management, and other topics. Learn more at cechouston.org/volunteer/
, or email [email protected]
Houston Green Film Series
Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, Rice Media Center, and additional partners on September 19, 2018, for a screening of Dirt Rich, which explores the connection between regenerative agriculture and climate change (see the trailer). Dirt Rich shifts focus from greenhouse gas emissions to carbon draw-down, which many believe is the only viable solution for reversing the effects of runaway global warming in a timely manner. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for conversation, networking, and a light meal. We’ll begin the film promptly at 7 p.m. For more information, see the Facebook event.
In October, we’ll host “Wild About Houston, A Green Film Festival,” to showcase local short films telling environmental stories. Let us know if you have a film to submit!
Mark your calendar for January 30 & 31, 2019, when we’ll be hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour.
CEC Seeks Board & Committee Members
The CEC is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on our 2019 Board of Directors and on board committees (programs, publications, membership, governance, finance, and development). Our Governance Committee will be hosting informational open houses for potential board members September 24 and October 22, 2018. If you are interested, please send an email with your résumé to [email protected]
Scroll down to read notes from our member organizations and the community, or view the emailed version of the newsletter, which includes a green job listing.
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