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Big Thicket Association

Purpose: To work for the preservation of the flora and fauna of the Big Thicket area; To promote the conservation of the natural resources and natural beauty of the Big Thicket; To promote and to fund research contributing to knowledge of the Big Thicket; To publish or support publication of cultural and scientific Big Thicket literature; To support the operation and expansion of the Big Thicket National Preserve; and To manage the Big Thicket National Preserve Field Research Station.…More Details
Home 700 North St., Ste 79 Beaumont TX 77701 Home Phone: (409) 790-5399 Website: Big Thicket Association Website

Purpose: To work for the preservation of the flora and fauna of the Big Thicket area; To promote the conservation of the natural resources and natural beauty of the Big Thicket; To promote and to fund research contributing to knowledge of the Big Thicket; To publish or support publication of cultural and scientific Big Thicket literature; To support the operation and expansion of the Big Thicket National Preserve; and To manage the Big Thicket National Preserve Field Research Station.

Meetings: 2nd Sat. in Jan., April, July, and Oct. at the Big Thicket National Preserve Field Research Station in Saratoga. Please check website for location changes.

Major Events: Neches River Rally (canoe & Kayak event 1st weekend after Labor Day), Big Thicket Day (2nd Sat. in Oct.),  Eco Tours on the Neches River (every Sat. from March through Nov. plus private Charters), All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory by Thicket of Diversity, Science cafes, Field Trips, Hikes and Seminars. Environmental classes for area schools

Volunteer Opportunities: Citizen/Scientist work with the Thicket of Diversity, assistance with BioBlitz and hikes.

Publications: Big Thicket Bulletin, quarterly. Available on website

 

Bruce Walker, Executive Director
[email protected]
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Mona Halvorsen, Director Thicket of Diversity
[email protected]

Kathy Smartt, BTA President
[email protected]

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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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Bayou Land Conservancy

Purpose: Bayou Land Conservancy is a community-sponsored land preservation organization to permanently protect land, with a focus on the 13 watersheds that feed Lake Houston. We preserve river and bayou corridors, other properties with significant wildlife habitat value, and places where family recreation can occur in harmony with nature. Our “No Child Left Inside” education program connects tomorrow’s conservation leaders with nature today.…More Details
Home 10330 Lake Road, Bldg. J Houston TX 77070 Work Phone: (281) 576-1634 Website: Bayou Land Conservancy Blog: Blog

Purpose: Bayou Land Conservancy is a community-sponsored land preservation organization to permanently protect land, with a focus on the 13 watersheds that feed Lake Houston. We preserve river and bayou corridors, other properties with significant wildlife habitat value, and places where family recreation can occur in harmony with nature. Our “No Child Left Inside” education program connects tomorrow’s conservation leaders with nature today.

Programs: “No Child Left Inside” Environmental Education Program – science-based program to get children outside to enjoy area wilderness– in kayaks! Students from 5th grade through high school do hands-on learning about our local ecosystems at our nature preserves.

Volunteer Opportunities: Spring Creek Greenway Ambassador: Training program on the longest, urban. forested, contiguous greenway in the country; taking out invasive plants on preserves, tree planting, trail maintenance.

 

Jill Boullion, Executive Director
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Becky Martinez, Conservation Director
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Cherie Wilson, Office Administrator
[email protected]

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Bayou City Waterkeeper

Purpose: Bayou City Waterkeeper (formerly Galveston Baykeeper) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to ensure that every waterway is swimmable, fishable, and drinkable from Lake Livingston through the Bayous of Houston down to Galveston Bay. Bayou City Waterkeeper's mission is to ensure the aquatic integrity of the Lower Galveston Bay watershed by focusing on the protection of wetlands and other critical habitats, advocating for adequate mitigation of lost wetland resources, and enforcing all aspects of compliance with the Clean Water Act.…More Details
Home 2010 N Loop West #275 Houston TX 77018 Work Phone: 2815018493 Website: Bayou City Waterkeeper

Purpose: Bayou City Waterkeeper (formerly Galveston Baykeeper) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to ensure that every waterway is swimmable, fishable, and drinkable from Lake Livingston through the Bayous of Houston down to Galveston Bay. Bayou City Waterkeeper’s mission is to ensure the aquatic integrity of the Lower Galveston Bay watershed by focusing on the protection of wetlands and other critical habitats, advocating for adequate mitigation of lost wetland resources, and enforcing all aspects of compliance with the Clean Water Act.

Bayou City Waterkeeper is a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a global environmental movement which began in 1966 with the Hudson River Fisherman’s Association and grew to encompass waterways around the world.

Programs: Pollution Hotline, Wetland Watch, Save Our Gulf.

Volunteer Opportunities: We need citizens to report pollution and possible Clean Water Act violations. We also need administrative, fundraising and community event volunteers.

Publications: The Bay Times, an electronic newsletter.

Speakers Bureau: Pesticides 101, Where Have All the Wetlands Gone? and wetland education to municipalities. Contact website for booking a speaker for your classroom or student group.

Jordan Macha is the Executive Director and Waterkeeper
jordan @bayoucitywaterkeeper.org

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Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Purpose: Buffalo Bayou Partnership is the Houston non-profit organization revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, our city's most significant natural resource. Coordinating the integration of major improvements into the Bayou greenway, the Partnership seeks increased community involvement through pedestrian, boating and biking amenities, art installations, and other natural and built attractions. Major events: Buffalo Bayou Regatta, kayak tours, history hikes, bat tours, Second Saturday Boat cruises, Nights on Blue Bayou events along the Sabine Promenade.…More Details
Home 1019 Commerce Street #200 Houston Texas 77002 Home Phone: 713-752-0314 Website: http://www.buffalobayou.org

Purpose: Buffalo Bayou Partnership is the Houston non-profit organization revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, our city’s most significant natural resource. Coordinating the integration of major improvements into the Bayou greenway, the Partnership seeks increased community involvement through pedestrian, boating and biking amenities, art installations, and other natural and built attractions.

Major events: Buffalo Bayou Regatta, kayak tours, history hikes, bat tours, Second Saturday Boat cruises, Nights on Blue Bayou events along the Sabine Promenade.

Children’s Activities: Kids’ Day on Buffalo Bayou, Second Saturday Boat Cruises, bat tours and kayak tours. Speakers are available to give presentations to your school classroom or group. Contact Trudi Smith for booking.

Volunteer Opportunities: Tree planting, cleanups, Adopt-A-Spot, help with events, office work.

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Blackwood Land Institute

Purpose: Blackwood Educational Land Institute is an ecosystem and living classroom that inspires and teaches students of all ages to explore the natural web of life and to develop a healthy, respectful relationship with nature. Major Events: Counselor Training Week, Blackwood Nature Camp Weeks, Edible Garden Tour, Sustainability Bike Ride Children’s Activities: Blackwood Educational Land Institute reconnects children to nature through hands-on experiences that teach them about food and where it comes from, the value of community and collaboration, and the pleasure of being outdoors.…More Details
Home 27144 Rock Island Road Hempstead TX 77445 Cell Phone: (888) 741-7199 Website: Blackwood Land Institute Website

Purpose: Blackwood Educational Land Institute is an ecosystem and living classroom that inspires and teaches students of all ages to explore the natural web of life and to develop a healthy, respectful relationship with nature.

Major Events: Counselor Training Week, Blackwood Nature Camp Weeks, Edible Garden Tour, Sustainability Bike Ride

Children’s Activities: Blackwood Educational Land Institute reconnects children to nature through hands-on experiences that teach them about food and where it comes from, the value of community and collaboration, and the pleasure of being outdoors. Call or contact through the website for camp location and for registration.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer your time at the Blackwood Land Institute by filling out an application on their website.

Cath Conlon, Founder and CEO
[email protected]
(832) 721-4711

Gabi Graves, Program Coordinator & Nature Camp Director
[email protected]

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Baytown Environmental Education

Purpose: Provide environmental education, quality recreational facilities, and a variety of nature-related activities. Programs: “Nurture Nature Series” a family program on the first Saturday at 10 a.m., each month is a different topic; Preschool thru high school education programs; Scout badge workshops; outreach; Spring Break, Winter Break and Summer camps; birthday parties; self-guided tours; teacher workshops; birding and wilderness trails.…More Details
Home Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education and Recreation Center 1724 Market Street Baytown TX 77520 Home Baytown Nature Center 6213 Bayway Drive Baytown TX 77520 Work Phone: (281) 420-7128 Home Phone: (281) 424-9198 Website: Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education and Recreation Center Website: Baytown Nature Center

Purpose: Provide environmental education, quality recreational facilities, and a variety of nature-related activities.

Programs: “Nurture Nature Series” a family program on the first Saturday at 10 a.m., each month is a different topic; Preschool thru high school education programs; Scout badge workshops; outreach; Spring Break, Winter Break and Summer camps; birthday parties; self-guided tours; teacher workshops; birding and wilderness trails. Speakers available.

Volunteer Opportunities: Environmental education; marsh restoration; outreach; manning events; facility maintenance.

Major Events: Nurture Nature Festival; Christmas Bird Counts

Publications: Marsh Matters quarterly newsletter

 

Tracey Prothro, Superintendent, Natural Resource Programs[email protected]

Mary Alice Trumble, Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator, Media/Press
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Jina Faith, Education Coordinator
[email protected]

Crissy Butcher, Nature Center Naturalist
[email protected]

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BikeHouston, Inc.

Purpose: The mission of BikeHouston is to promote safe bicycling and to improve the quality of life in the Houston area. Our goals are to: -secure equitable access to regional facilities, lands and roads -educate the public about rights and responsibilities of bicyclists -promote public awareness of the personal and community benefits of cycling We will do this by forming broad coalitions with individuals and groups wherever a common purpose can be found.…More Details
Home 616 Hawthorne Houston TX 77006 Website: BikeHouston, Inc. Website

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Purpose: The mission of BikeHouston is to promote safe bicycling and to improve the quality of life in the Houston area. Our goals are to:

-secure equitable access to regional facilities, lands and roads
-educate the public about rights and responsibilities of bicyclists
-promote public awareness of the personal and community benefits of cycling

We will do this by forming broad coalitions with individuals and groups wherever a common purpose can be found.

Meeting Time: Varies, see website.

Programs: Offer a free bike safety class to students from their website.

Major Events: Houston Moonlight Bicycle Ramble, Bike Month and Bike to Work Day in May; Effective Cycling (adult safety/skills) classes.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are welcome to join any aspect of the organization, especially the Moonlight Bicycle Ramble and other rides.

John Long, Executive Director
[email protected]
(832)930-6919

Bowen Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator
(832) 834-1960
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Ivan Fuentes, Communications Director
(832) 819-2453
[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
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Steve Hupp, M.S. Water Quality Director
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Eric Ruckstuhl, Habitat Restoration

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Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Purpose: Buffalo Bayou Partnership is the Houston non-profit organization revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, our city’s most significant natural resource. Coordinating the integration of major improvements into the Bayou greenway, the Partnership seeks increased community involvement through pedestrian, boating and biking amenities, art installations, and other natural and built attractions. Major Events: Buffalo Bayou Regatta, kayak tours, history hikes, walk tours, bat tours, Second Saturday Boat cruises, Twilight tours, Seasonal Cruises, Nights on Blue Bayou events along the Sabine Promenade.…More Details
Home 1019 Commerce Street Houston TX 77002 Work Phone: (713) 752-0314 Website: Buffalo Bayou Partnership Website

Purpose: Buffalo Bayou Partnership is the Houston non-profit organization revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, our city’s most significant natural resource. Coordinating the integration of major improvements into the Bayou greenway, the Partnership seeks increased community involvement through pedestrian, boating and biking amenities, art installations, and other natural and built attractions.

Major Events: Buffalo Bayou Regatta, kayak tours, history hikes, walk tours, bat tours, Second Saturday Boat cruises, Twilight tours, Seasonal Cruises, Nights on Blue Bayou events along the Sabine Promenade.

Children’s Activities: Kids’ Day on Buffalo Bayou, Second Saturday Boat Cruises, bat tours and kayak tours. Speakers are available to give presentations to your school classroom or group. Contact Trudi Smith for booking.

Volunteer Opportunities: Monthly Volunteer Day,Tree planting, cleanups, Adopt-A-Spot, help with events, office work.

Anne Olson, President
[email protected]

Trudi Smith, Director of Public Relations and Events
[email protected]

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Brays Bayou Association

Purpose: To reduce the risk of flooding in the Brays Bayou watershed. Meetings: Open meetings are held the third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room., The Gathering Place, 5410 South Willow Drive, 77035 Major Events: Annual meeting in March. Volunteer Opportunities: Contact Bob Schwartz. Speakers Bureau: Speakers available to give presentations in classrooms or to groups.…More Details
Home 4999 W. Bellfort Houston TX 77096 Work Phone: (713) 723-7230

Purpose: To reduce the risk of flooding in the Brays Bayou watershed.

Meetings: Open meetings are held the third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room., The Gathering Place, 5410 South Willow Drive, 77035

Major Events: Annual meeting in March.

Volunteer Opportunities: Contact Bob Schwartz.

Speakers Bureau: Speakers available to give presentations in classrooms or to groups. Contact Bob Schwartz.

Publications: Articles in various media.

Bob Schwartz, President
(713) 723-7230
[email protected]

Charles Goforth, Vice President
[email protected]
713-667-6234

Bob Marshall, Vice President Emeritus
[email protected]

Don Hickle, Secretary
[email protected]

Charles Goforth, Acting Treasurer