Environmental Directory

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Houston Renewable Energy Group

Purpose: HREG is a local chapter of the Texas Solar Energy Society, with a mission to further the development of renewable energy and related arts, sciences, and technologies, with concern for the ecological, social, and economic fabric of our community and state. Members support local events, host the Houston Renewable Energy tour, and in general work to educate the community on the benefits of renewable energy.…More Details
Home 1303 Bridle Spur Lane Houston TX 77055 Work Phone: (832) 375-5929 Website: Houston Renewable Energy Group Website

Purpose: HREG is a local chapter of the Texas Solar Energy Society, with a mission to further the development of renewable energy and related arts, sciences, and technologies, with concern for the ecological, social, and economic fabric of our community and state. Members support local events, host the Houston Renewable Energy tour, and in general work to educate the community on the benefits of renewable energy. We were founded in 2000.

Meetings: Third Thursday of April, July, Oct. See website for details.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call or

e-mail [email protected].

Programs: Teacher workshops are available on issues regarding renewable energy. Speakers from the group are also available to give presentations to a school or student group.

HREG is the local chapter of the Texas Solar Energy Society.

Events: Solar Tour

Violeta Archer, President

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Blueprint Houston

Purpose: Blueprint Houston was founded in 2003 to build community support for a coordinated planning process to make improvements to Houston’s quality of life. Blueprint Houston seeks to initiate a coordinated planning process that leads to a general plan for the city’s future, based on citizens’ vision, values, and goals. Programs: Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Program; Municipal Management District Study; Urban Geography curriculum.…More Details
Home 3015 Richmond, Suite 201 Houston TX 77098 Home P.O. Box 8061 Houston TX 77288 Work Phone: (713) 522-0590 Work Fax: (713) 523-3057 Website: Blueprint Houston Website

Purpose: Blueprint Houston was founded in 2003 to build community support for a coordinated planning process to make improvements to Houston’s quality of life. Blueprint Houston seeks to initiate a coordinated planning process that leads to a general plan for the city’s future, based on citizens’ vision, values, and goals.

Programs: Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Program; Municipal Management District Study; Urban Geography curriculum.

Volunteer Opportunities: Civic Awareness Engagement Committee.

Martha Murphree, Hon. AIA, Executive Director
(713) 870-2881
[email protected]

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Texas Coastal Watershed Program

Purpose: To provide education and outreach to local governments and citizens on the impacts of land use on watershed health and water quality. Major Events: Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, Courses and Classes. Volunteer Opportunities: Restoration Projects, Conservation Projects, Landscape Installation Projects and Wetland Workdays. Publications: Can Houston Feed Itself?More Details
Home 1335 Regents Park Dr., Suite 260 Houston TX 77058 Work Phone: (281) 218-0570 Website: Texas Coastal Watershed Program Website

Purpose: To provide education and outreach to local governments and citizens on the impacts of land use on watershed health and water quality.

Major Events: Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, Courses and Classes.

Volunteer Opportunities: Restoration Projects, Conservation Projects, Landscape Installation Projects and Wetland Workdays.

Publications:

Can Houston Feed Itself?
Stormwater Wetlands
Is Denser Greener?
The Resilient Coast
Urban Parks
Choices for Growth
Texas Coastal Wetland Guidebook
5 Tips for Organic Lawn Care
WaterSmart Landscaping
Living Shorelines

Dr. John Jacob, Team Leader/Professor
[email protected]

Charriss York, Stormwater Projects Specialist
[email protected]

Steve Mikulencak, Planning Projects Leader
[email protected]

Mary Carol Edwards, Stormwater Wetland Program Coordinator                                  [email protected] 

 

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Houston History Archives (UH-HHA)

Purpose: Founded 2005 as part of the Houston History Project (now the Welcome Wilson Houston History Collaborative), UH Center for Public History, UH-HHA is a public repository for books, documents, oral histories, and images related to the Houston region’s growth and development from 19th century to present. Particular areas of collection interest include energy development, environmental history and activism, and documentation of Houston’s ethnic diversity and activism.…More Details
Home University of Houston 4333 University Drive Houston TX 77204-2000 Work Phone: (713) 743-1050 Website: Houston History Archives Website

Purpose: Founded 2005 as part of the Houston History Project (now the Welcome Wilson Houston History Collaborative), UH Center for Public History, UH-HHA is a public repository for books, documents, oral histories, and images related to the Houston region’s growth and development from 19th century to present. Particular areas of collection interest include energy development, environmental history and activism, and documentation of Houston’s ethnic diversity and activism. (see websites:
http://www.houstonhistoryarchives.org
http://www.info.lib.uh.edu/p/Houston-history-archives)

Environmental Collections Open to the Public: The Outdoor Nature Club, Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Bayou Preservation Association, Scenic Houston, The Park People, the papers of Sarah and Army Emmott, Terry Tarlton Hershey’s papers (a partial accession). Kay B. Crooker Papers, Hana Ginzbarg Papers, Collections still in processing include Terry Tarlton Hershey’s Papers, papers of Dr. David Marrack, Brandt Mannchen, and the Keep Houston Beautiful records.

Consider donating your collections of environmental, city planning, or development history to UH-HHA where records and papers will be preserved, studied, and available to the public. Let your organization’s accomplishments become part of Houston’ history!

Speakers: Presentations on Houston’s environmental past, contact Dr. Teresa Tomkins-Walsh.

Dr. Teresa (Terry) Tomkins-Walsh
[email protected]
(713) 743-9991

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Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church

Purpose: Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church was chartered in 1960 to serve the growing western suburbs of Houston. Proudly recognized as a Welcoming Congregation (LGBTQ friendly), Emerson Church invites people of all races, ethnicity, ages, gender identities, and sexual orientations to join us. The congregation has the diversity of spiritual beliefs, cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations that make Unitarian Universalism such a dynamic faith.…More Details
Home 1900 Bering Drive Houston TX 77057 Cell Phone: (713) 782-8250 Website: Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church Website

Purpose: Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church was chartered in 1960 to serve the growing western suburbs of Houston. Proudly recognized as a Welcoming Congregation (LGBTQ friendly), Emerson Church invites people of all races, ethnicity, ages, gender identities, and sexual orientations to join us. The congregation has the diversity of spiritual beliefs, cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations that make Unitarian Universalism such a dynamic faith.

Programs: The Ministry for Earth group is large and active. This group promotes the seventh principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association: “…to affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” They learn about environmental issues; advocate public policies to protect the global environment; act locally in our homes, church and city; and connect spiritually with the web-of-all-existence. Specific programs include the Renewable Congregations Campaign, the Ethical Eating and Environmental Justice series,  and Consumption and Sustainability Initiatives.

Learn more at http://www.emersonhouston.org/ministry-for-earth.html.

Volunteer Opportunities: Learn more at http://www.Emersonhouston.org/volunteer

Publications: Sign up for weekly email: http://www.emersonhouston.org/eblast-sign-up.html.

Becky Edmiston-Lange, Co-Pastor
(713) 782-8250 Ext. 125, [email protected]

Mark Edmiston-Lange, Co-Pastor
(713) 782-8250 Ext. 127, [email protected]

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Friends of Mandell Park

Purpose: The Friends of Mandell Park, a nonprofit Texas Corporation, was formed in August 2004 to improve, protect and assist in the maintenance of the City of Houston’s Mandell Park. Publications: Newsletter, Informational Brochure Programs: Organic Gardening in Meredith Gardens, Outdoor Movies, Exhibition Prairie. Speakers are also available. Field trips of the park for your school group.…More Details
Home P.O. Box 66551 Houton TX 77266-0551 Work Phone: (713) 524-4285 Website: Friends of Mandell Park Website

Purpose: The Friends of Mandell Park, a nonprofit Texas Corporation, was formed in August 2004 to improve, protect and assist in the maintenance of the City of Houston’s Mandell Park.

Publications: Newsletter, Informational Brochure

Programs: Organic Gardening in Meredith Gardens, Outdoor Movies, Exhibition Prairie. Speakers are also available. Field trips of the park for your school group.

Regular Meetings: Gardeners meet Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. Swap-A-Toy and stories for children on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.

Volunteer Opportunities: Regular opportunities for Gardening; Maintenance; Communications; Fund Raising. Contact [email protected] for details.

Major Events: Annual Spring Event

Children’s Activities: Visits to Meredith Gardens, Outdoor Play Area.

Skip Almoney, President
[email protected]

Skip Almoney, Treasurer
[email protected]

Holly Smith, Meredith Gardens Coordinator
[email protected]

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Cypresswood Water Conservation Garden

Purpose:  Harris County Water Conservation and Improvement District (WCID) 132's Water Conservation and Demonstration Center showcases efficient, sustainable water techniques and practices, which are aimed at providing solutions applicable to suburban landscapes whose owners desire to conserve water while sustaining beautiful plant materials. The Center’s focus - water conservation in the landscape - is shared through presentations, site features, and plants.…More Details
Home 4107 Evening Trail Drive Spring TX 77388 Work Phone: 800-795-1746 Website: Cypresswood Water Conservation Garden Website

Purpose:  Harris County Water Conservation and Improvement District (WCID) 132’s Water Conservation and Demonstration Center showcases efficient, sustainable water techniques and practices, which are aimed at providing solutions applicable to suburban landscapes whose owners desire to conserve water while sustaining beautiful plant materials.

The Center’s focus – water conservation in the landscape – is shared through presentations, site features, and plants. Presentations on water saving and sustainable practices include watering established plants with captured rainwater and air conditioner condensate, mulching to conserve moisture, working with the soil’s capacity to hold water, eliminating invasive species, and composting. Site features and materials, approximately 20 found in each of the 16 demonstration areas, include rain barrels, rain gardens, rain chains, and reused and recycled materials.

William Papp, President

Jim Dow, Vice President

Cindy Lane, Secretary

Gary Toll, Asst. Secretary

Mary Bonetati, Asst. Secretary

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Urban Harvest

Purpose: Urban Harvest encourages community, good nutrition and sustainability through the teaching and support of organic gardening. Programs: Every year, Urban Harvest conducts more than 100 classes on a variety of subjects ranging from canning vegetables to living sustainably through permaculture priniciples. We offer adviceeducation, and services to provide parents, teachers, and administrators with information to build and maintain a successful and sustainable school garden program. …More Details
Work 2311 Canal, Suite 200 Houston TX 77003 Work Phone: (713) 880-5540 Website: Urban Harvest Website

Purpose: Urban Harvest encourages community, good nutrition and sustainability through the teaching and support of organic gardening.

Programs: Every year, Urban Harvest conducts more than 100 classes on a variety of subjects ranging from canning vegetables to living sustainably through permaculture priniciples. We offer adviceeducation, and services to provide parents, teachers, and administrators with information to build and maintain a successful and sustainable school garden program. The Urban Harvest Farmers Markets bring the bounty of the garden to Houstonians several times a week year round, rain or shine. Urban Harvest supports more than 130 community gardens planted with a variety of goals. Urban Harvest provides gardening advice through classes, programs, books, and extensive resources online.

Major Events: Fruit Tree Sale.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are essential for Urban Harvest to fulfill its mission. Whether as a Farmers Market assistant or volunteering at a school garden build, we need your help!

Publications: Quarterly newsletter Growing Season; Book: Year Round Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers for Metro Houston by Bob Randall, Ph.D.

Heather Houston, Interim Executive Director
Ext. 1013
[email protected]

Libby Kennedy, Director of Development
Ext. 1021
[email protected]

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Friends of Woodland Park

Purpose: The Friends of Woodland Park, Inc. (FWP) is dedicated to preserving the park’s natural habitat along with its unique historical significance to the City of Houston, and to providing for the enjoyment and education of all who visit. Publications: Subscribe to email newsletter. Programs: Trails at Twilight Gala, Bird watching monthly.…More Details
Work 212 Parkview Houston TX 77009 Home P.O. Box 71 Houston TX 77001 Work Phone: (713) 862-1520 Website: Friends of Woodland Park Website

Purpose: The Friends of Woodland Park, Inc. (FWP) is dedicated to preserving the park’s natural habitat along with its unique historical significance to the City of Houston, and to providing for the enjoyment and education of all who visit.

Publications: Subscribe to email newsletter.

Programs: Trails at Twilight Gala,

Bird watching monthly.

Volunteer and Donor Opportunities: The Friends of Woodland Park is made up of neighbors like you. Your valuable donation keeps trails clear and goes towards exciting capital improvements.

Becky Houston, Board Member
[email protected]

Beth Fischer, Board Member

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Houston Climate Protection Alliance

Purpose: Houston Climate Protection Alliance connects residents of the greater Houston-Galveston region concerned about global warming so we can learn and act together. Meetings: First Sundays of each month at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin at Southmore. Time is usually 1:15 p.m., but please call to confirm and for topic information. Programs: Speakers are available to give presentations to your class or school group.…More Details
Home 3211 Elmridge St Houston TX 77025-4311 Home Phone: (713) 662-2879 Website: Houston Climate Protection Alliance Website

Purpose: Houston Climate Protection Alliance connects residents of the greater Houston-Galveston region concerned about global warming so we can learn and act together.

Meetings: First Sundays of each month at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin at Southmore. Time is usually 1:15 p.m., but please call to confirm and for topic information.

Programs: Speakers are available to give presentations to your class or school group.

Tim Mock, Co-Chair
[email protected]
(713) 662-2879

Dr. Louis C. Smith, Co-Chair
[email protected]
(713) 528-1104

Nancy Edwards, Treasurer
[email protected]
(713) 661-9737

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Houston Botanic Garden

Purpose: To establish and sustain a premier botanic garden to promote public appreciation and understanding of plants, gardens, and conservation of the natural world through education and scientific enquiry. Through discovery, education and the conservation of plants and the natural environment, the HBG aims to enrich lives, serve as a model for sustainability, and inspire all who visit to become environmental stewards.…More Details
Home 3701 Kirby Drive Suite 992 Houston TX 77098 Work Phone: (713) 715-9675 Website: Houston Botanic Garden website

Purpose: To establish and sustain a premier botanic garden to promote public appreciation and understanding of plants, gardens, and conservation of the natural world through education and scientific enquiry. Through discovery, education and the conservation of plants and the natural environment, the HBG aims to enrich lives, serve as a model for sustainability, and inspire all who visit to become environmental stewards.

Programs: Current programs entail fundraising and implementation of Phase I of the Houston Botanic Garden master plan. Once open, partnerships with area schools and universities will make the garden an exceptional classroom, and HBG looks forward to partnering with garden clubs and many civic organizations across the City of Houston.

Volunteer Opportunities: Contact the general email for volunteer opportunities.

Claudia Gee Vassar, President and General Counsel

Jose L. Leal, Office Manager

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Environmental Institute of Hou – UHCL

Purpose:  EIH is the environmental education, outreach, and research component of the University of Houston system. It serves as a contact point for the community to access the expertise and resources of the university. Additionally, EIH partners with agencies, community and environmental groups, and businesses to conduct research and outreach projects in the Houston region.…More Details
Home 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 540 Houston TX 77058-1002 Work Phone: (281) 283-3950 Website: Environmental Institute of Hou – UHCL Website

Purpose:  EIH is the environmental education, outreach, and research component of the University of Houston system. It serves as a contact point for the community to access the expertise and resources of the university. Additionally, EIH partners with agencies, community and environmental groups, and businesses to conduct research and outreach projects in the Houston region. EIH focuses on four areas: pollution prevention, environmental policy, natural resource conservation, and environmental education.

Programs: Activities include teacher workshops, facilitation and public outreach, conferences, and service learning. The Texas Envirothon program is an environmental education competition open to all students in grades 9-12. Students study forestry, wildlife, aquatics, soils, and a current issue that changes annually. The Envirothon program is administered by the Environmental Institute of Houston (EIH) at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL). The mission of the Texas Envirothon is to develop knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated citizens who are willing and prepared to work towards achieving a balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment. Please contact Wendy Reistle at [email protected] for questions about participation in the program.

Dr. George Guillen, Executive Director
(281) 283-3950; [email protected]

Wendy Reistle, Environmental Education Program Coordinator
(281) 283-3045; [email protected]

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Sierra Club – Hou. Regional Group

Purpose: To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives. Meetings: Second Thurs., 7:30 p.m., St.…More Details
Work P.O. Box 3021 Houston TX 77253-3021 Website: Sierra Club – Hou. Regional Group Website

Purpose: To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Meetings: Second Thurs., 7:30 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1805 West Alabama at Woodhead. OPEN TO PUBLIC.

Major Events: Trips, workshops, outings, and classes; Yard Sale, spring; Annual Auction, at December meeting.

Recreational Outings: Open to members and non-members. See listing on website.

Children’s Activities: Inner City Outings program. Contact Lorraine Gibson at [email protected].

Volunteer Opportunities: Issues include water & air quality, watershed, sustainability, energy, forestry, and parks & wildlife; Political Committee endorsements; legislative issues and letter writing; trail maintenance on Lone Star Hiking Trail; training for leading outings.

Publications: Bayou Banner, monthly (call for free copy or print PDF version from website).

Art Browning, Executive Committee Chair,
[email protected]

Evelyn L. Merz, Conservation Chair,
[email protected]

Carol Woronow, Bayou Banner and Newsletter Editor,
[email protected]

Melanie Oldham Air Quality
[email protected]

Brandt Mannchen, Forestry and Big Thicket
[email protected]

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Outdoor Nature Club

Purpose: To cooperate in the enjoyment and study of nature; to further conservation of natural resources and foster interest in them, and to work toward the establishment and maintenance of natural sanctuaries and preserves. Meetings: Second Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Sept.- May at Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet. Groups: Botany/Entomology has the materials and expertise to share the wonders of plants and insects.…More Details
Home PO Box 1014 Bellaire TX 77402-1014 Website: Outdoor Nature Club Website

Purpose: To cooperate in the enjoyment and study of nature; to further conservation of natural resources and foster interest in them, and to work toward the establishment and maintenance of natural sanctuaries and preserves.

Meetings: Second Thursday, 7:30 p.m.,

Sept.- May at Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet.

Groups:

Botany/Entomology has the materials and expertise to share the wonders of plants and insects. Group members study native plants and insects of east Texas and the upper Texas coast.

ONC/Ornithology Group members are interested in birds. Some members focus on bird identification and listing, some enjoy studying bird behavior and habitat, some just enjoy watching birds.

Major Events: Monthly field trip; monthly subgroup meetings and field trips. Monthly open house with camping at the 650-acre Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary near Evergreen, Texas.

Children’s Activities: Birding field trips.
Publications: Newsletter, Nature Notes; ornithology group newsletter, The Spoonbill; yearbook with activity calendar.

Nina Rach, President
[email protected]
(281) 358-5407

Connie Blakely, Secretary-Treasurer

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Houston Wilderness

Purpose: Houston Wilderness is a broad-based alliance of business, environmental and government interests that acts in concert to protect, preserve and promote the unique biodiversity of the region’s precious remaining ecological capital from bottomland hardwoods and prairie grasslands to pine forests and wetlands. Programs: Collaborative Access Program, Sam Houston Greenbelt Network, Collaborative Grant Organizing, Wilderness Passport, ecosystems services, and Get Out Here Houston.…More Details
Home 550 Westcott Street, Suite 305 Houston TX 77007 Work Phone: (713) 524-7330 Home Phone: (713) 524-7331 Website: Houston Wilderness Website

Purpose: Houston Wilderness is a broad-based alliance of business, environmental and government interests that acts in concert to protect, preserve and promote the unique biodiversity of the region’s precious remaining ecological capital from bottomland hardwoods and prairie grasslands to pine forests and wetlands.

Programs: Collaborative Access Program, Sam Houston Greenbelt Network, Collaborative Grant Organizing, Wilderness Passport, ecosystems services, and Get Out Here Houston.

Volunteer Opportunities: Speaking engagements

Publications: Houston Atlas of Biodiversity; Family Passport; Ecotourism & Wellness Passport

Programs: Collaborative Access Program, Sam Houston Greenbelt Network, Collaborative Grant Organizing, Wilderness Passport, ecosystems services, and Get Out Here Houston.

Volunteer Opportunities: Speaking engagements

Publications: Houston Atlas of Biodiversity; Family Passport; Ecotourism & Wellness Passport

Deborah January-Bevers, President & CEO
[email protected]
713-524-7330 x 205

Rita Cash, Controller
[email protected]
713-524-7330 x204

Brittany Nicholson, Environmental Policy Specialist
[email protected]
713-524-7330 x206

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Environmental Educators’ Exchange

Purpose: To provide a network and forum for anyone interested or with expertise in the environment’s natural history, ecology, local environmental issues and especially environmental education in order to facilitate discussion, exchange of ideas, methods, information and events related to environmental education efforts in the Greater Houston Area. Meetings: First Wed. of Feb., May, Aug., and Nov.…More Details
Home 14201 Briar Forest Drive Houston TX 77077 Website: Environmental Educators\’ Exchange

Purpose: To provide a network and forum for anyone interested or with expertise in the environment’s natural history, ecology, local environmental issues and especially environmental education in order to facilitate discussion, exchange of ideas, methods, information and events related to environmental education efforts in the Greater Houston Area.

Meetings: First Wed. of Feb., May, Aug., and Nov. at 4:30 p.m. Locations vary. Call or check Website before attending.

Programs: Can help locate a speaker for your classroom or student group. Train teachers in curriculum planning for environmental issues, grades K-12.

Publications: Member e-mail network pertaining to environmental education in the Greater Houston Area. To join network, send an email to [email protected].

Lawrence Spence, President

[email protected]

(281) 684-0288

Justin Myers, Vice-President
[email protected]

Iliana Gutierrez, Treasurer
[email protected]

Edith Smith, Secretary
[email protected]

Jay Crossley, At-Large Position 1
[email protected]

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Student Conservation Association

Purpose: To build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire stewardship of our environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. Programs: A year-round volunteer program and a paid summer job opportunity for high school students, each featuring hands-on outdoor service learning, camping and outdoor recreation.…More Details
Home 2990 Richmond Avenue, Suite 400 Houston TX 77098 Home SCA National Office 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 825 Arlington VA 22203 Work Phone: (713) 520-1835 Work Fax: (713) 520-1562 Work Phone: (703) 524-244 SCA National Office Website: Student Conservation Association Website Website: Houston Program

Purpose: To build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire stewardship of our environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.

Programs: A year-round volunteer program and a paid summer job opportunity for high school students, each featuring hands-on outdoor service learning, camping and outdoor recreation. Additional paid and volunteer programs all over the country for students and adults.

Major Events: Martin Luther King Day and Earth Day.

Volunteer Opportunities: SCA offers local and national, paid and volunteer opportunities for ages 15 and up, in over 50 disciplines. These include paid Summer Community Crews, volunteer School Year Crews, Conservation and Education Corps and Internships all over the country. See our website for more details or contact Julie Mintzer.

Valeria De Casa, Houston Program Coordinator
(713) 520-1835
[email protected]

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Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Inc.

Purpose: To protect birds and their habitats around the Gulf of Mexico. Programs: Land protection, Site Partner Network, Research, Educational Outreach, Tropical Forest Forever Fund. Field Trips are available for your school group. Call office for booking information. Coastal Wildbird Trunk – educational resources for primary and secondary age students Major Events: Birdies for the Birds, Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza, Smith Point Hawk Watch, Monthly Bird Banding, Quintana Spring Fling.…More Details
Work 299 West Highway 332 Lake Jackson TX 77566 Work Phone: (979) 480-0999 Website: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Inc. Website

Purpose: To protect birds and their habitats around the Gulf of Mexico.

Programs: Land protection, Site Partner Network, Research, Educational Outreach, Tropical Forest Forever Fund. Field Trips are available for your school group. Call office for booking information. Coastal Wildbird Trunk – educational resources for primary and secondary age students

Major Events: Birdies for the Birds, Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza, Smith Point Hawk Watch, Monthly Bird Banding, Quintana Spring Fling.

Volunteer Opportunities: Field research, trail maintenance, invasive species eradication, gardening, general workdays, administrative, advocacy, events, fundraising.

Speaker’s Bureau: Yes, call office.

Publications: Gulf Coastal Prairie Bird Conservation Plan, Project Prairie Birds: A Citizen Science Project for Wintering Grassland Birds, bi-annual newsletter, monthly newsletter, monthly e-news, online blog.

Martin Hagne, Executive Director
[email protected]

Tricia Patton, Office Manager
[email protected]

Carol Jones, Director
[email protected]

Emma Shelly
[email protected]

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Bayou Preservation Association, Inc.

Purpose: Founded in 1966 to protect and restore the richness and diversity of our waterways through activism, advocacy, collaboration and education. BPA monitors water quality, plans clean-ups for bayous, restores habitat, reviews permit applications and sponsors seminars on flood reduction. Programs: Board Meetings have speakers. Committees include Project, Water Quality, Paddle Trails, and Development and Nominations.…More Details
Home 2990 Richmond Ave, Suite 500 Houston TX 77098 Work Phone: (713) 529-6443 Website: Bayou Preservation Association, Inc.

Purpose: Founded in 1966 to protect and restore the richness and diversity of our waterways through activism, advocacy, collaboration and education. BPA monitors water quality, plans clean-ups for bayous, restores habitat, reviews permit applications and sponsors seminars on flood reduction.

Programs: Board Meetings have speakers. Committees include Project, Water Quality, Paddle Trails, and Development and Nominations.

Major Events: BPA Gala, Fall; Water Symposium, Fall; Trash Bash, Spring; Project a Month (year round bayou and park clean up started in 2010).

Publications: Newsletter; Bayou Planting Guide; Quick Guide on Flood Management. Call BPA office

Robert L. Rayburn, Executive Director
[email protected]

Steve Hupp, M.S. Water Quality Director
[email protected]

Eric Ruckstuhl, Habitat Restoration

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Executive Service Corps of Houston

Purpose: The Executive Service Corps of Houston was created in 1984 to enable the local nonprofit community to tap into the abundant talent and experience of our area’s retired corporate executives. Programs: Consultants coach, help, and guide non-profits in fundraising, board governance, marketing, IT help, risk management, and executive coaching. Volunteer Opportunities: You may apply to be a volunteer-consultant through the website or make a donation to help the ESCH.…More Details
Work 7575 San Felipe St. #235 Houston TX 77063 Work Phone: (713) 780-2208 Website: Executive Service Corps of Houston Website

Purpose: The Executive Service Corps of Houston was created in 1984 to enable the local nonprofit community to tap into the abundant talent and experience of our area’s retired corporate executives.

Programs: Consultants coach, help, and guide non-profits in fundraising, board governance, marketing, IT help, risk management, and executive coaching.

Volunteer Opportunities: You may apply to be a volunteer-consultant through the website or make a donation to help the ESCH.

Publications: Multiple brochures regarding Financial Fitness, General Information, and Leadership Development.


Sally Tyler, Executive Director