Houston Environmental News Update February 8, 2018

Looking for Valentine’s Day ideas?

  • RedBuds Date Auction: The 9th Annual Date Auction, on Feb. 8, 2018, will benefit Trees For Houston. Join them at Irish Cowboy for a chance to win a date package filled with treats from Houston’s most trending local spots to share with one of Houston’s hottest Bachelors or Bachelorettes. Visit facebook for more info.
  • Tapas on the Trails: For two nights, Feb. 9 and 10, Houston Arboretum & Nature Center’s always popular Tapas on the Trails is back for Valentine’s Day 2018. Bring your special someone for a romantic evening getaway without leaving the city. Learn more at houstonarboretum.org.
  • Valentine’s Dinner benefiting Friends of Texas Wildlife. Celebrate this romantic holiday by helping Friends of Texas Wildlife prepare for the upcoming baby season. Friends of Texas Wildlife’s 3rd Annual Valentine Dinner will be on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at The Woodlands Resort. Learn more on the Friends of Texas Wildlife Facebook page.
  • Frisky Fauna–Romance & Mating in the Animal Kingdom: Are you looking for an unusual and interesting way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? On Feb. 10, 2018, join Nature Discovery Center for a fun and slightly off-color presentation about love and courtship in the animal kingdom. Adults only! Learn more and register at naturediscoverycenter.org.
  • Valentine’s Day Dinner at Hermann Park: Bring your sweetheart to Hermann
    Park this Valentine’s Day for a charming evening on Pinewood Cafe’s terrace. Continue the fun on a half-hour cruise for two in a pedal boat on the lake. Learn more at hermannpark.org.
  • Mercer Society’s Valentine’s Day Rose Sale: Get your Valentine a beautiful Rose bush to jump start their spring planting season and bloom with your love. Learn more and order at themercersociety.org.
  • Happy Hearts at the Houston Zoo: Get ready for this February’s sweetheart safari! On Feb. 22, 2018, kids can fall head over paws in love with clouded leopards, cougars, and jaguars, then create your very own Valentine for a Houston Zoo Animal. Register at houstonzoo.org.
  • Adopt a Bat: Bat Conservation International’s Adopt-a- bat program offers a fun
    way to introduce the young and the young-at- heart to the world of bats. (Bat
    adoption is symbolic. You will not receive a live bat.) Learn more at batcon.org.
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CEC welcomes Cedric Rucker as a Graphic Design & Digital Media Intern

Cedric Rucker is a first-year Graphic Design and Digital Media major at the University of Houston. Cedric’s long term ambitions are to either become a freelance graphic designer, or to work as a video game concept artist and character designer. He is an avid fan of video games, reading, drawing, all things steak related, and the Houston Rockets. He can typically be found engaging in at least one of the above, all of the above, or all of the above while also sleeping. Yeah, we have no idea how that works either. Despite his seemingly eternal state of sleepiness, Cedric is ready and willing to help assist the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition through his designs and artwork. He can be reached at [email protected]

Native Prairies Association of Texas seeks Environmental Education Coordinator

The Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) is a non-profit land trust that is seeking an experienced science or environmental educator to develop an educational program including activities and curriculum for Lawther Deer Park Prairie, a prairie nature preserve located in Deer Park, Texas. Development of student activities, a program to train teachers to teach the prairie and facilitation of a partnership with local school districts, businesses and other NGO’s including the greater Houston area will be required. The development of grassland biome curriculum to include demonstration trunks and activities to be taken to local schools for presentation to classes will be required. The ability to work with school district personnel in planning school presentation activities and logistics to facilitate use of the preserve is needed. The position may also require working with universities that are interested in planning programs and research projects at the prairie preserve. The educator would also develop and implement a plan to offer prairie education opportunities to non-public school groups like boy scouts, girl scouts and private schools. The position may also require interaction with city officials, chamber of commerce and local newspapers to promote the on-site education program. The educator will also need to coordinate with maintenance volunteers and managers of the prairie site to ensure appropriate and timely maintenance activities that do not interfere with each other.

To apply for this position, please send resumes via email to Pat Rinn, Office Administrator, at [email protected]

Job Requirements:

  • Experienced Teacher with Texas Certification in Science Education
  • Experience with Environmental Education for Development and Implementation of Education Program for a Nature Preserve
  • Must be flexible and have the ability to work in a variety of settings including outdoors
  • Must be able to work independently, be creative in problem solving and have the ability to work collaboratively to achieve goals
  • Must have highly developed communication skills