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Hermann Park Conservancy

Purpose: A citizens’ organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park—today and for generations to come. Programs: Corporate sponsorship programs, volunteer programs. Major Events: Run in the Park, Evening in the Park Gala, Hats in the Park, and Urban Green young professionals events. Children’s Activities: Hermann Park train rides, pedal boat rides, family volunteer opportunities.…More Details
Work 1700 Hermann Drive Houston TX 77004 Work Phone: (713) 524-5876 Website: Hermann Park Conservancy Website

Purpose: A citizens’ organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park—today and for generations to come.

Programs: Corporate sponsorship programs, volunteer programs.

Major Events: Run in the Park, Evening in the Park Gala, Hats in the Park, and Urban Green young professionals events.

Children’s Activities: Hermann Park train rides, pedal boat rides, family volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities: Opportunities are available for individuals, corporations, civic associations, school groups, and families. They range from administrative duties and event preparation to weeding and tree planting. Contact Diane Kerr, for more information.

Speakers Bureau: Contact Doreen Stoller.

Publications: Parkside newsletter, Hermann Park Conservancy e-news, Bloom News (centennial gardens blog).

Doreen Stoller, President
(713)-524-5876 ext. 331
[email protected]

Diane Kerr, Director of Volunteer Programs
(713) 524-5876, ext. 332
[email protected]
[email protected]

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Houston Habitat for Humanity, ReStore

Purpose: Since 1987, Houston Habitat for Humanity has been the premier affordable local home builder in Houston. We build sustainable, energy-efficient homes that are financially accessible by hard-working, low-income families, winning the EPA Energy Star Award 3 years in a row. Thru home ownership, families gain a stake in the community, become tax-paying citizens, build equity, raise their net worth, and offer better educational opportunities to their children.…More Details
Work 3750 N. McCarty Houston TX 77029 Home 6161 South Loop East (ReStore) Houston TX 77087 Work Phone: (713) 671-9993 Work Phone: (713) 643-1100 ReStore Website: Houston Habitat for Humanity, ReStore Website

Purpose: Since 1987, Houston Habitat for Humanity has been the premier affordable local home builder in Houston. We build sustainable, energy-efficient homes that are financially accessible by hard-working, low-income families, winning the EPA Energy Star Award 3 years in a row. Thru home ownership, families gain a stake in the community, become tax-paying citizens, build equity, raise their net worth, and offer better educational opportunities to their children.

Programs: Volunteer opportunities, home building, community development, sweat-equity program, educational classes and other homeowner opportunities. Provides sustainable communities and housing, supports community organization of Home Owner Associations, works with corporate and community sponsors to fund home sponsorships and provides team-building opportunities thru Volunteer Days. Trained construction leaders oversee volunteers for six-day builds. Houston Habitat ReStore, a building supply outlet, offers new and recycled or deconstructed products for sale to the public at great prices for a great cause. All proceeds support the Houston Habitat building program.

Volunteer Opportunities: Contact Corry Bell, (713) 671-9993 x218, [email protected] or Laurie, [email protected]

Publication: Quarterly e-mail newsletter.

Houston Habitat for Humanity
Allison Hay, Executive Director
[email protected]

ReStore (a building supply outlet)
Matt Murphy, Store Manager
[email protected]

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Houston Urban Gardeners

Purpose: Houston Urban Gardeners’ mission is to create an informed active gardening community of people growing their own vegetables, fruits, and herbs year-round in Metro Houston. We do this through programs on all aspects of growing food. Come to our meetings to learn more. Programs: You’ll want to join HUG at our monthly meetings if you want to:
  • leave a legacy of better soil
  • eat organic wholesome food with a known history
  • get more production with less time and have more fun
  • get to know like-minded people and share what you know with others
  • restore respect for the earth and the environment
  • form a gardening support network/community
  • feel good because you can share food with hungry people
  • support our local economy by buying supplies from local vendors
Meetings: HUG meets on the second Monday of the month at 6:30pm at the West Gray Metropolitan Multi-Service Center (1475 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019) in the Montrose/River Oaks area near Waugh Drive. …More Details
Home 2339 South Blvd. Houston TX 77098 Work Phone: (832) 844-5064 Website: Houston Urban Gardeners Website

Purpose: Houston Urban Gardeners’ mission is to create an informed active gardening community of people growing their own vegetables, fruits, and herbs year-round in Metro Houston. We do this through programs on all aspects of growing food. Come to our meetings to learn more.

Programs: You’ll want to join HUG at our monthly meetings if you want to:

  • leave a legacy of better soil
  • eat organic wholesome food with a known history
  • get more production with less time and have more fun
  • get to know like-minded people and share what you know with others
  • restore respect for the earth and the environment
  • form a gardening support network/community
  • feel good because you can share food with hungry people
  • support our local economy by buying supplies from local vendors

Meetings: HUG meets on the second Monday of the month at 6:30pm at the West Gray Metropolitan Multi-Service Center (1475 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019) in the Montrose/River Oaks area near Waugh Drive. Visit our website for more information.

Volunteer opportunities: Help with audio recording, program planning, project proposals, fundraising and PR.

Linda Foss
[email protected]

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Houston-Galveston Area Council

Purpose: The Houston-Galveston Area Council is a region-wide voluntary association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning region of Texas. H-GAC’s mission is to serve as the instrument of local government cooperation, promoting the region’s orderly development and the safety and welfare of its citizens. Key governmental services include transportation planning, disaster resiliency, cooperative purchasing, homeland security, workforce development, air and water quality planning, forecasting, and mapping.…More Details
Home 3555 Timmons Lane, Suite 120 Houston TX 77027 Home Mailing Address: P.O. Box 22777 Houston TX 77227-2777 Home Phone: (713) 627-3200 Website: Houston-Galveston Area Council Website

Purpose: The Houston-Galveston Area Council is a region-wide voluntary association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning region of Texas. H-GAC’s mission is to serve as the instrument of local government cooperation, promoting the region’s orderly development and the safety and welfare of its citizens. Key governmental services include transportation planning, disaster resiliency, cooperative purchasing, homeland security, workforce development, air and water quality planning, forecasting, and mapping.

Programs: H-GAC engages in a variety of collaborative environmental planning efforts including watershed protection, solid waste management and air quality for sustainable development. It is also actively involved in education and public awareness programs, including Commute Solutions and NuRide, the Clean Waters Initiative, Regional Recycling Roundtable.

Volunteer Opportunities: H-GAC offers year-round volunteer opportunities through our Texas Stream Team volunteer water monitoring program, as well as at a one-day Trash Bash waterway cleanup event. For more information on opportunities, visit http://www.h-gac.com/go/getinvolved.

Jeff Taebel, Director of Community and Environmental Planning
(713) 993-4560
[email protected]

Will Merrell, Environmental Planner and TST Regional Coordinator
[email protected]
(713) 993-4594

Kathy Janhsen, Public Outreach and Education Planner
Kathy.janhsen @h-gac.com
(713) 993-2423

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Houston Parks Board

Purpose: The Houston Parks Board creates, improves, protects and advocates for parks in the Greater Houston region. Programs: Parkland acquisition and park capital improvement projects; collaboration with other green groups; neighborhood partnership program; commemorative benches and reforestation fund for Houston-area parks. One of the most exciting initiatives to come along in recent years is the Bayou Greenways Initiative.…More Details
Home 300 North Post Oak Lane Houston TX 77024 Work Phone: (713) 942-8500 Work Fax: (713) 942-7664 Website: Houston Parks Board Website

Purpose: The Houston Parks Board creates, improves, protects and advocates for parks in the Greater Houston region.

Programs: Parkland acquisition and park capital improvement projects; collaboration with other green groups; neighborhood partnership program; commemorative benches and reforestation fund for Houston-area parks.

One of the most exciting initiatives to come along in recent years is the Bayou Greenways Initiative. As we continue to successfully serve our mission of adding equitably distributed parkland to the greater Houston area, we have joined several other public and private partners to embark upon this bold initiative focusing on Houston’s bayous, specifically the potential of connected greenways and park spaces along ten of our major bayous.

Speakers Bureau: Contact Executive Director.

Publications: Annual Report.

Beth White, President and CEO

 

Rachel Compton, Public Relations
[email protected]

Tina Clayton, Development Coordinator

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Houston Land/Water Sustainability Forum

Purpose: To enhance, enable, and integrate sustainable use of land and water for the Houston area’s continued growth and economic vitality. Maintaining the pace of growth and development in the greater Houston area requires that those with a vested interest adopt new ideas and employ new methods that will insure that growth can be sustained.…More Details
Work Phone: (832) 456-1000 Website: Houston Land/Water Sustainability Forum Website

Purpose: To enhance, enable, and integrate sustainable use of land and water for the Houston area’s continued growth and economic vitality.

Maintaining the pace of growth and development in the greater Houston area requires that those with a vested interest adopt new ideas and employ new methods that will insure that growth can be sustained. The forum seeks to engage the broadest possible range of constituent groups, in a collaborative effort that focuses on practical application rather than abstract theory in the exploration of incremental answers to some of the Houston area’s most significant land/water sustainability issues.

Major Projects: Host events such as the Low Impact Design Competition and facilitate events such as the International Low Impact Development Conference and the EPA Region 6 MS4 Stormwater Conference.

Meetings: Monthly meetings of the Forum are held at a rotating roster of conference facilities offered by supportive agencies and organizations located throughout the area. These educational sessions present speakers who have expertise or experience to share on land/water sustainability issues, and many of the speakers come from the constituencies that make up the Forum. In-depth multi-day events, with speakers and workshop leaders from across the country are also a part of the annual slate of programming.

Robert Adair, Steering Committee Chair
[email protected]

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Houston Archeological Society

Purpose: To foster enthusiastic interest and active participation in the discovery, documentation, and preservation of cultural resources (prehistoric and historic properties) of the city of Houston, the Houston metropolitan area, and the Upper Texas Gulf Coast Region. The Houston Archeological Society (HAS) is a non-profit organization that serves the professional, student and avocational archeological community of Houston.…More Details
Work PO Box 130631 Houston TX 77219-0631 Work Phone: 713-557-1496 Website: Houston Archeological Society Website

Purpose: To foster enthusiastic interest and active participation in the discovery, documentation, and preservation of cultural resources (prehistoric and historic properties) of the city of Houston, the Houston metropolitan area, and the Upper Texas Gulf Coast Region. The Houston Archeological Society (HAS) is a non-profit organization that serves the professional, student and avocational archeological community of Houston.

Programs: The HAS holds monthly membership meetings on the third Thursday of each month with invited lecturers who speak on various topics of archeology and history. All meetings are free and open to the public. HAS members engage in fieldwork throughout the year. Artifacts recovered from those sites are then analyzed in the laboratory and interpretive reports are written.

Volunteer Opportunities: Available in the field, the lab, and at training and other events. Field work consists primarily of excavations and screening, and occasionally surveying, testing and monitoring, and involves physical labor such as digging, chopping, carrying and lifting. Training provided.

Publications: In addition to a monthly newsletter The Profile, the annual Archeological Review, and various bulletins and reports, the HAS supports two reference libraries: at the Rice University Fondren Library and the Adriance Library and Research Center located at the Brazoria County Historical Museum.

Linda Gorski, President
[email protected]

Louis Aulbach, Vice President
[email protected]

Bob Sewell, Treasurer
[email protected]

Beth Kennedy, Secretary
[email protected]

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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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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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Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Purpose: To enhance the quality of urban life by providing safe, well-maintained parks and offering affordable programs for the community. Member: Commission for Accreditation of Park & Recreation Agencies. Major Events: Jan - Arbor Day; Youth Tennis classes begin Feb - Salt Grass Trail Ride; Adult sports leagues begin Mar- Tour de Houston, Metal & Muscle Expo; Lake Houston Wilderness New Entry Apr- Houston Children’s Festival, Japan ­Festival, Houston International Festival May- Challenge Day, Summer Pool Opening June - Summer Food Program begins, Golf Tournament; Hershey Track & Field Meet Jul- Freedom Over Texas; Houston Pops July 4th Celebration Oct- Asian-American Festival; Wildflower seed planting Nov- Via Colori Dec- Heritage Society Candlelight Tour, Holiday Tree Lighting Year round - Lake Houston Park Nature Center events School year - After School Enrichment Program Volunteer Opportunities: Oneika McCarthy (832) 395-7030 [email protected] Publications: Activities Catalog - Winter/Spring Issue Dec 1, Summer Issue Apr 1,and Fall Issue Aug 1.…More Details
Home 2999 South Wayside Houston TX 77029 Work Phone: (832) 395-7000 Website: Houston Parks and Recreation Department Website

Purpose: To enhance the quality of urban life by providing safe, well-maintained parks and offering affordable programs for the community. Member: Commission for Accreditation of Park & Recreation Agencies.

Major Events:

Jan – Arbor Day; Youth Tennis classes begin
Feb – Salt Grass Trail Ride; Adult sports leagues begin
Mar- Tour de Houston, Metal & Muscle Expo; Lake Houston Wilderness New Entry
Apr- Houston Children’s Festival, Japan ­Festival, Houston International Festival
May- Challenge Day, Summer Pool Opening
June – Summer Food Program begins, Golf Tournament; Hershey Track & Field Meet
Jul- Freedom Over Texas; Houston Pops July 4th Celebration
Oct- Asian-American Festival; Wildflower seed planting
Nov- Via Colori
Dec- Heritage Society Candlelight Tour, Holiday Tree Lighting
Year round – Lake Houston Park Nature Center events
School year – After School Enrichment Program

Volunteer Opportunities: Oneika McCarthy (832) 395-7030
[email protected]

Publications: Activities Catalog – Winter/Spring Issue Dec 1, Summer Issue
Apr 1,and Fall Issue Aug 1.

Steve Wright, Director
[email protected]

Estella Espinosa, Division Manager, Communications
(832) 395-7022
[email protected]

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HARC

Purpose: HARC (the Houston Advanced Research Center) is an independent research hub helping people thrive and nature flourish. Programs: HARC’s research focuses on air, water, and energy. Current research programs include Air Quality Science, Clean Engines and Emissions, Hydrology and Watersheds, Energy Efficient Buildings, and the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) Program. Publications: HARC Blog (http://www.harcresearch.org/features) HARC Monthly e-Newsletter (http://www.harcresearch.org/news) Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program Monthly Newsletter (http://efdsystems.org/index.php/efd-montlly-newsletter/) Project related publications HARC is also active on social media, including Facebook and Twitter Speaker’s Bureau: Contact Lisa Gonzalez Lisa Gonzalez, President and Chief Executive Officer (281) 364-6044 [email protected] Mustapha Beydoun, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (281)364-6046 [email protected]More Details
Work 8801 Gosling Road The Woodlands TX 77381 Work Phone: (281) 364-6000 Website: HARC

Purpose: HARC (the Houston Advanced Research Center) is an independent research hub helping people thrive and nature flourish.

Programs: HARC’s research focuses on air, water, and energy. Current research programs include Air Quality Science, Clean Engines and Emissions, Hydrology and Watersheds, Energy Efficient Buildings, and the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) Program.

Publications:

HARC Blog (http://www.harcresearch.org/features)

HARC Monthly e-Newsletter (http://www.harcresearch.org/news)

Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program Monthly Newsletter (http://efdsystems.org/index.php/efd-montlly-newsletter/)

Project related publications

HARC is also active on social media, including Facebook and Twitter

Speaker’s Bureau: Contact Lisa Gonzalez

Lisa Gonzalez, President and Chief Executive Officer
(281) 364-6044
[email protected]

Mustapha Beydoun, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
(281)364-6046
[email protected]

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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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Houston Audubon Society

Purpose: To advance the conservation of birds and positively impact their supporting environments. Founded in 1969. Meetings: with speakers are held the second Thursday of alternate school months: Sept, Nov, Jan, March, & May at United Way Center at 50 Waugh Drive. See website for details. Houston Audubon Photography Meetings: Third Wednesdays of each month, Sept-May, 7 p.m., HAS office.…More Details
Work Headquarters- Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary 440 Wilchester Blvd. Houston TX 77079 Home Education Headquarters- Sims Bayou Urban Nature Center 3997 River Drive Houston TX 77017 Work Phone: (713) 932-1639 Work Fax: (713) 461-2911 Website: Houston Audubon Society Website

Purpose: To advance the conservation of birds and positively impact their supporting environments. Founded in 1969.

Meetings: with speakers are held the second Thursday of alternate school months: Sept, Nov, Jan, March, & May at United Way Center at 50 Waugh Drive. See website for details. Houston Audubon Photography Meetings: Third Wednesdays of each month, Sept-May, 7 p.m., HAS office.

Programs: Live bird outreach programs for schools, civic groups, libraries; field trips; guided tours of the Edith L. Moore Bird Sanctuary; birding classes. Children’s Activities: Community Outreach Programs, Bayou Buddies, Titmouse Club, birthday parties, Summer Camp, Family Nature Explore Club. Boy and Girl Scout badge programs.

Major Events: Spring Migration at High Island Sanctuaries; Birdathon (Mar-Apr.); Annual Gala; Christmas Bird Counts; Holiday at the Cabin (1st Sat. of Dec.).

Volunteer Opportunities: Gardening, trail guides, field research, trail crew, clerical, advocacy, events, fundraising.

Speakers Bureau: Contact Mary Anne Weber.

Includes counties: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Waller, Washington and Wharton.

Helen E. Drummond, Executive Director
[email protected]
713-932-1639 ext. 107

Juanita Perkins, Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
[email protected]
713-932-1639 ext. 100

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Houston Canoe Club

Purpose: Established in 1964, the Houston Canoe Club’s members are interested in all types of paddlesport from canoeing to kayaking, quietwater, whitewater, touring and racing. We do it all and have fun doing it. Canoe safety presentations are available for school groups. Meeting Time: 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77074.…More Details
Work P.O. Box 925516 Houston TX 77292-5516 Work Phone: (832) 909-3843 Website: Houston Canoe Club

Purpose: Established in 1964, the Houston Canoe Club’s members are interested in all types of paddlesport from canoeing to kayaking, quietwater, whitewater, touring and racing. We do it all and have fun doing it. Canoe safety presentations are available for school groups.

Meeting Time: 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77074.

Major Events: The Houston Canoe Club coordinates about 50 floats for a total of over 7000 miles a year. See website for details.

Volunteer Opportunities: Waterway clean-ups, habitat restoration, boating race safety/judging, water quality issues.

Publications: Monthly newsletter, The Waterline.

Honey Leveen, Club President
[email protected]

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Houston Zoo Wildlife Conservation Program

Purpose: Our mission is to make the Houston Zoo a leader in conservation as it relates to the survival of threatened wildlife, wise use of natural resources, and the appreciation of our natural world by zoo visitors. Publications: Members quarterly Wildlife Magazine. Major Events: Conservation Gala, Call of the Wild Speakers Series, Earth Day, Feast with the Beasts, Zoobilee, Zoo Boo, Spotlight on Species Weekends.…More Details
Home 6200 Hermann Park Drive Houston TX 77030 Home Mailing Address: 1513 Cambridge Houston TX 77030 Work Phone: (713) 533-6500 Website: Houston Zoo Wildlife Conservation Program Website

Purpose: Our mission is to make the Houston Zoo a leader in conservation as it relates to the survival of threatened wildlife, wise use of natural resources, and the appreciation of our natural world by zoo visitors.

Publications: Members quarterly Wildlife Magazine.

Major Events: Conservation Gala, Call of the Wild Speakers Series, Earth Day, Feast with the Beasts, Zoobilee, Zoo Boo, Spotlight on Species Weekends.

Children’s Activities: Educational programming, Wild Winks, Summer and Winter Camps, Zoomobile Outreach Programs.

Volunteer Opportunities: Houston Zoo Volunteer Programs for individuals and corporations: [email protected] or (713) 533-6549.

Peter Riger,
Vice President of Conservation

Renee Bumpus,
Conservation Programs Manager

Jackie Wallace,
Director of Public Relations

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Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Purpose: To provide education about the natural environment to people of all ages and to protect and enhance the Arboretum as a haven and as a sanctuary for native plants and animals. Programs: Adult classes on nature and wildlife, art, photography, food and wine, and more. We also offer special events, membership drives, and educational encounters with live wild critters.…More Details
Work 4501 Woodway Drive` Houston TX 77024-7708 Work Phone: (713)-681-8433 Website: Houston Arboretum and Nature Center Website

Purpose: To provide education about the natural environment to people of all ages and to protect and enhance the Arboretum as a haven and as a sanctuary for native plants and animals.

Programs: Adult classes on nature and wildlife, art, photography, food and wine, and more. We also offer special events, membership drives, and educational encounters with live wild critters. See website for details

Major Events: Arbor Day in January, Tapas on Trails in February, Earth Day in April, Annual BBQ in June, ArBOOretum in October, Wicked Woods Party in October, Winter Solstice Party in December.

Children’s Activities: Tyke Hikes for 18 mo- 3 years, Tadpole Trooper classes for 3-5 years, Naturalist Explorers for 5-8 years, summer, winter and spring nature camps for 5-12 years, birthday parties, and home school. Guided Field Experience & Discovery Room for schools. Boy and Girl Scount badge programs.

Volunteer Opportunities: We use individual volunteers for conservation, gardening, Discovery Room, lobby/gift shop, epcial events, educational programs, outreach events and more. Group Opportunities available.

Publications: Website; quarterly Program Guide, e-newsletter: the Leaflet.

Debbie Markey, Executive Director
(713)-366-0371
[email protected]

Pat Marks, Associate Director
(713)-366-0373
[email protected]

Christine Mansfield, Marketing and Development
(713)-366-0373
[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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Help Endangered Animals – Ridley Turtles

Purpose: To work for the preservation of endangered turtles and to be involved in the international project to save Kemp’s Ridley Turtles HEART is an affiliate of the Turtle Island Restoration Network with an office in Galveston at 2228 Broadway. Sea Turtle Hotline: (866) TURTLE-5 (866-887-8535). Please call if you see a sea turtle, eggs, or hatchlings on the beach.…More Details
Home P.O. Box 681231 Houston TX 77268-1231 Work Phone: (281) 444-6204 Website: Help Endangered Animals – Ridley Turtles Website

Purpose: To work for the preservation of endangered turtles and to be involved in the international project to save Kemp’s Ridley Turtles HEART is an affiliate of the Turtle Island Restoration Network with an office in Galveston at 2228 Broadway.

Sea Turtle Hotline: (866) TURTLE-5 (866-887-8535). Please call if you see a sea turtle, eggs, or hatchlings on the beach. The caller will be given the telephone number of a sea turtle biologist or agency representative. This trained individual will go to the beach where the turtle was found as soon as possible.

Meetings: A HEART report is given during the Piney Woods Wildlife Society meetings. Meetings are held monthly on every third Wednesday (except June, July and August) at the Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston Park (http://www.hcp4.net/ccenters/info.htm) located at 709 Riley Fuzzel Road in Spring just 0.2 miles east of the Hardy Toll Road, before you get to the Spring Creek Bridge.

Educational programs: A DVD

entitled “The Heartbreak Turtle Today” is available upon request and a small donation to cover postage and handling.

Carole Allen, Chair
(409)-795-8426
[email protected]

Al Barr, Committee Member
(281) 443-6629
[email protected]

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Houston Community ToolBank

Purpose: The Houston Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program that stewards an inventory of tools for lending to charitable organizations to increase the impact of their mission-related efforts in the community. With year-round access to an inventory of tools for use in volunteer projects and facility and grounds maintenance, the ToolBank provide resources to enhance the charitable sector’s capacity to serve, facilitating hands-on volunteerism in the greater Houston area.…More Details
Work 1215 Gazin Street Houston TX 77020 Work Phone: (713) 674-0262 Work Phone: (832) 981-TOOL (8665) Website: Houston Community ToolBank Website

Purpose: The Houston Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program that stewards an inventory of tools for lending to charitable organizations to increase the impact of their mission-related efforts in the community. With year-round access to an inventory of tools for use in volunteer projects and facility and grounds maintenance, the ToolBank provide resources to enhance the charitable sector’s capacity to serve, facilitating hands-on volunteerism in the greater Houston area. Access to ToolBank tools eliminates the need for agencies to incur the expense of purchasing, repairing, and storing tools, reducing the costs associated with service projects and allowing these agencies to focus more of their resources on their mission.

Programs: Tools are deployed in many different capacities to organizations with mission critical areas such as community and school gardens, home repair, green space clean-up, tree planting, playground builds, and much more. The ToolBank offers knowledgeable staff to help member organizations plan a productive and positive project experience.

Membership is free and open to all nonprofit/charitable/tax exempt organizations. Members pay a handling fee equal to 3% of the retail value of the tool per week for up to 8 weeks. To become a member, apply online at http://www.houstontoolbank.org/borrow-tools.

Visit http://www.houstontoolbank.org to learn more about the Houston Community ToolBank and its upcoming events.

Erika Hornsey, Executive Director
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Dee Wells, Facility & Program Manager
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Houston Access to Urban Sustainability

Purpose: The HAUS Project was formed in late 2010 to provide affordable, sustainable, cooperative housing in the accessible, urban core of the Houston region within close proximity of Houston’s growing light rail transit system. Our goal is to open 5 green coops in 5 years. The mission of HAUS Project is to Provide affordable housing operated cooperatively by residents.…More Details
Work 3015 Richmond Ave, Suite 201 Houston TX 77098 Website: Houston Access to Urban Sustainability Website

Purpose: The HAUS Project was formed in late 2010 to provide affordable, sustainable, cooperative housing in the accessible, urban core of the Houston region within close proximity of Houston’s growing light rail transit system. Our goal is to open 5 green coops in 5 years.

The mission of HAUS Project is to
Provide affordable housing operated cooperatively by residents.
Provide greener, more sustainable lifestyle options.
Educate the general public about cooperative organizational principles and greener, more sustainable lifestyle options.
Assist other cooperative and sustainability efforts in the Houston region and elsewhere.

Programs: The first house, Rosalie, opened on January 1, 2011 in Midtown and now houses ten people in its ten rooms. We’ve since expanded to include a second 15-bedroom house on Ruth St. We intend to develop houses of various sizes and appropriate for various lifestyle options, including at least one student focused house, and at least one house appropriate for children and families.

Volunteer Opportunities: We are always looking for future members and are especially looking for people who are excited about being on the front lines of developing our next house. Come over ANY Sunday – Wednesday at 7pm for dinner (bring $5 to cover your food costs) and we’d love to have you. E-mail [email protected] to let them know that you’re coming.

Marissa Ramos, Member Co-Coordinator and Board Representative

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