TWRC Wildlife Center
Purpose: The TWRC Wildlife Center provides an emergency room for injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife, as well as a help-line; both the emergency room and the help-line operate 7 days a week. A veterinarian is on staff to assist with training and emergencies and experienced volunteers and staff facilitate initial triage, rehabilitation, release, and education.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers 15 or older are needed to assist with the daily operations of the Center. Duties include: answering the hotline, caring for the education animals, helping with admissions (for 18 and older), office chores, data entry, and general Center maintenance. Baby Bird Program operates from May through August. Squirrel Program operates February through April and August through October. See website for age requirements and details. The Opossum and Pals Program operates from March through October of every year. Animal Caregivers must be over 18 helpers must be at least 14 years of age.
Education Center: Our summer Wildlife Camps and Saturday Workshops for children (7-15 years) focus on wildlife through games, activities, service projects, interactive learning experiences, and hands-on with animals. Programs include Fur, Feathers & Scales, Team Green, The Babble on Birds, and The Rattle on Reptiles. A Day in Harmony with Wildlife, festivals, school visits, scout programs and other community outreach programs spread wildlife awareness.
Anja Machado, Director of Operations
Roslyn Even, Executive Director
Liz Compton, Rehab Coordinator
Paula Jones, Center/Volunteer Coordinator
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.
Tim Mock, Co-Chair
Dr. Louis C. Smith, Co-Chair
Nancy Edwards, Treasurer
Surfrider Foundation – Texas Chapter
Purpose: To preserve and protect the Texas coast and it’s recreational resources. To defend the Texas Open Beaches Act. Our issues are water quality, beach access, erosion, and coastal development. Our goal is to stand on the beach 30 years from now and be able to say, “We made the right decisions.” We were founded in 1999.
Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of the month in Houston.
Programs: Respect the Beach – education program for schools; Blue Water Task Force – beach water testing; Rise Above Plastics – reduce plastic pollution; Ocean Friendly Gardens – reduce urban runoff.
Children’s Activities: Science and education projects, beach activities, surf lessons.
Volunteer Opportunities: beach cleanups, public education programs, water testing, fundraising, government relations, public relations, and advertising.
Publications: “Making Waves” – national publication (monthly publication also available on the web) Beachapedia – internet resource beachapedia.org/Main_P
Ellis Pickett, Chairman
Pamela Walters, Volunteer Coordinator
Media/Press/Speakers Bureau: Ellis Pickett
Greens Bayou Coalition
Purpose: Founded in 2007 to address quality of life issues along the 45-mile watershed through flood mitigation, parks & trails development, preservation of green space, and economic development.
Major Events: Annual Meeting, Bayou Clean Up Days, Tree Plantings.
Volunteer Opportunities: Committee service, Clean-up days, tree plantings, site preparation on park development, Adopt-A-Site, Volunteer Water Quality Testers.
Speakers Bureau: Call Candice Pauley at (281) 874-2139.
Kelly Snook, Executive Director
Colleen Ulibarri, Program Manager
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].
Trees for Houston
Purpose: To plant, protect and promote trees in the greater Houston region.
Programs: Tree Planting; Trees for Schools; Urban Forest Tree Keeper classes in September (adult). Tribute Trees and Tree Giveaways.
Major Events: Arbor Day Awards, Jan.; Root Ball, April; Annual Meeting, May, Sporting Clays Tournament, October.
Children’s Activities: School presentations for all grade levels.
Volunteer Opportunities: Tree planting; taking educational programs into Houston schools; special projects.
Publications: Monthly TreE-mail (online newsletter); quarterly newsletter, Annual Report; Root Ball 2013: Club Coco – March 21, 2013, and the Website,
Barry Ward, Executive Director
Randi Koenig , Development Director
Katherine Bravo, Projects Manager
Purpose: A volunteer membership service organization dedicated to creating land trusts of scenic habitat conservation preserves currently at 6,000 acres. Includes permanent protection and restoration of the 1,058-acre John M. O’Quinn I-45 Scenic Estuarial Corridor, the natural marsh gateway to Galveston; the contiguous 1,840 acres of native coastal prairie and wetland habitat on the Virginia Point Peninsula Preserve, and 3,000+ acres as stewards of conservation easement prairies/wetlands on north West Galveston Bay. SG provides archeological protection of National Register Pending 1860 Fort Hebert, the naval origination of the “Battle of Galveston” and 6 other important historical sites on VPPP.
Major Events/Volunteer Opportunities: Partnership cleaning events, April and September, with GLO in Adopt-A-Beach/Estuary and Rivers, Bays N’ Bayous March Trash Bash, along with volunteer day maintenance, coastal erosion projects, prairie and Galveston Bay shoreline plantings, controlled burns, herbiciding, oyster work, participating in bird surveys, including Great Texas Bird Classic, Christmas Bird Count, with other outings and registration at Reitan Point in the preserve.
Birders, fishers, paddlers, kayakers, researchers, and other visitors are welcome every day for non-intrusive public uses. Vehicles, hunting, dumping and fireworks are not permitted.
Evangeline Loessin Whorton, Founder and Chairman
Networking Guild – “Friends of the Preserve” Site partner GCBO
American Lung Association of Texas
Purpose: To save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research.
Publications: State of the Air Report released each April (www.stateoftheair.org), State of Tobacco Report, health disparities reports, smoking cessation resources, monthly volunteer newsletters, and information about clean air and healthy lungs
Major Events: Fight For Air (Stair) Climb (vertical race up stairs); Lung Force Walk (late spring)
Meeting Times: Clean Air Network meetings 3rd Tuesday of every month, Leadership Council meetings last Thursday of every month, and the Health Disparities Committee meetings first Wednesday of every month.
Volunteer opportunities: Prospects abound to put your unique skills and experience to work helping us save lives! Join the Lung Action Network, our eAdvocacy network at http://www.lungusa.org/get-involved/advocate/lung-action-network/ and find us on Facebook and Twitter.
Katie Jones, Executive Director
Dr. Rubina Abrol, Program Manager
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. 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
Pat Marks, Associate Director
Christine Mansfield, Marketing and Development
Planned Parenthood of Houston & SE Texas
Purpose: To ensure the right and ability of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing health services, education, and advocacy. Founded in 1936.
Programs: Teen and Family/Community Education on sexuality and relationships. HIV education and medical services: affordable, preventive reproductive health services provided at 10 health centers in Houston and SE Texas; call (800) 230-PLAN or visit
Major Events: Luncheon to commemorate the Roe vs. Wade decision, January.
Volunteer Opportunities: Assistance is needed in health centers, administration, school programs, and public affairs. Contact Anitra Daniel, Director of Volunteers at (713) 831-6522 or [email protected].
Speakers Bureau: (713) 522-6240 or
Melaney Linton, President and CEO
Rochelle Tafolla, VP Communications and Marketing / Media/Press
Meryl Cohen, VP Education
Big Thicket Association
Purpose: The Big Thicket Association’s mission is to preserve, protect, and promote the Big Thicket region, its natural resources and cultural history, for enjoyment and well-being of present and future generations through advocacy, education, and research.
Meetings: 2nd Saturday in January, April, July, and October. Please check website or Facebook for locations.
Major Programs: Neches River Adventures – a three tiered program that conducts (Tier 1) outdoor classes, (Tier 2) public and (Tier 3) private eco-history tours aboard the Ivory Bill and on the Neches River. The project’s main focus is providing a free environmental education program to area schools. We give public tours every Saturday from March until November (fees apply). We are also available for Private Charters year around. All bookings are per registration by phone or online. Field Research Station – Available for groups, school, zoos, etc.…organizations that are interested outdoor activities or volunteering in the Big Thicket. Thicket of Diversity – Devoted to scientific research in the Big Thicket Region. Grants are available to researchers through the Thicket of Diversity.
Major Events: Eco Tours aboard our 45 ft. pontoon boat, the Ivory Bill. (Reservations required, fees apply) Neches River Rally (canoe & Kayak event 1st weekend after Labor Day). Big Thicket Day (2nd Sat. in Oct.) Science Cafes – Field Trips – Hikes and Seminars. Follow us on Facebook or sign-up for our e-mail notices.
Volunteer Opportunities: Deckhands or docents aboard the Ivory Bill – Education assistants during environmental education classes – During various events Neches River Rally, Big Thicket Day, etc. – In the office
Publications: Big Thicket Bulletin, quarterly. Available on website.
Bruce Walker, Executive Director
Kathy Smartt, BTA President
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. 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
Al Barr, Committee Member
Coastal Prairie Partnership
Purpose: The mission of the Coastal Prairie Partnership is to promote the conservation and restoration of Coastal Prairie ecosystems. Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP) is a private, nonprofit collaboration of governmental agencies, non-governmental institutions, private individuals, and landowners working to achieve common conservation and education goals. Our ultimate goal is to help foster a more connected and empowered prairie community in coastal Texas and southwest Louisiana.
Programs: Southern Plains and Prairies Conference, Attwater Prairie Chicken Week, PrairiePartner.org- a clearinghouse for prairie information, plant propagation workshops, teacher education, prairie restoration projects, and facilitation of prairie action meetings.
Major Event: Southern Plains and Prairies Conference
Volunteer Opportunities (ion website): Tabling events, electronic newsletter assistance, Facebook assistance, assistance with annual conference.
Speaker’s Bureau: Yes. Please contact Jaime Gonzalez at 281-660-6683.
Publications (on website): Coastal Prairie Plant Growers’ Handbook and others.
Video Content (on website): YouTube channel and prairiepartner.org/video.
Dr. Cassidy Johnson, President
Jaime González, Vice President
Scott Kiester, Secretary
Nature Discovery Center
Purpose: To ignite life-long curiosity, understanding, and respect for nature through education.
Programs: Year –round classes and camps for 3 – 10 year olds; on and off-site programs for schools: field trips, science exhibit loans, teacher professional development; in-class live animal presentations; in-class, hands-on Science on the Go! Lesson for 3rd-5th graders; scout advancement programs and birthday party live animal programs. For adults: migration season guided birding walks and spring coastal birding bus trip; monthly lecture series; first Wednesday of each month beginning at 7 p.m. Children’s Activities: Discovery Rooms, Nature Story Time, pre-school and elementary classes & camps, Scout programs, birthday party programs.
Major Events: Home Tour/Spring Fling (Spring), Earth Day (Apr), Pumpkin Patch (Oct); Twilight in the Park (Nov.); Holiday Market (Dec).
Volunteer Opportunities: Special events; field trip docents; animal care; gardening; help with art and craft projects, camp counselors, Discovery Room docents.
Speakers Bureau: Yes.
Henry Owen, Executive Director
Anne Eisner, Program Coordinator
Galveston Bay Foundation
Purpose: To preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Galveston Bay estuarine system and its tributaries for present users and for posterity. Galveston Bay Foundation’s balanced programs in advocacy, conservation, education, and research strive to ensure that Galveston Bay remains a beautiful and productive place for generations to come.
Programs: Educational presentations; community events; habitat restoration and conservation; trash cleanups; wetland permit review, responding to proposed actions in the bay area. Speakers are available for presentations to your classroom, contact for booking.
Major Events: Marsh Mania; Bay Day; Bike Around the Bay; GBF Luncheon; Trash Bash; Redfish Raft-Up, Rain Barrel Workshops.
Children’s Programs: Get Hip to Habitat; Bay Day; Bay Ambassadors; Children’s Art Calendar.
Volunteer Opportunities: The success of GBF can be directly attributed to the support we received from volunteers. Visit GBF’s website to find out more about our ongoing volunteer opportunities.
Publications: GBF Gazette, GBF E-News, Galveston Bay Drive & Discover Guide, Children’s Art Calendar.
Bob Stokes, President
(281) 332-3381 ex-211
Nicole Scanlin, Director of Development
(281) 332-3381 ex-213
Megan Imme, Education Coordinator
(281) 332-3381 ex-212
Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens
Purpose: To establish and maintain a versatile botanical facility for Houston and the greater Gulf Coast region, serving the general public, the horticulture industry, and the scientific community. These 325 acres of East Texas Piney Woods showcase the region’s largest collection of native and cultivated plants.
Programs: Offered throughout the year and focus on gardening and plant related topics Eagle Scout project site. Guided Scavenger Hunts for students.
Major Events: Lunch Bunch Wednesday Talks: Join fellow gardeners the 2nd Wednesday of each month to hear expert speakers give talks on a variety of topics. Lunch is provided for a fee; March Mart Plant Sale: 4th Friday and Saturday in March. Garden Party and Auction: 1st Saturday in May. Summer Symposium: Renowned speakers enlighten attendees on how to create their own backyard paradise. Register early!; Garden Faire: Two full days of fall festival events with vendors. Food vendors and ‘Kid’s Korner’ activities; Garden Tours: Check the web for info on Coach Tours to Gardens throughout Texas.
Volunteer Opportunities: Expand your horticulture knowledge and make new friends while volunteering in the Gardens and the greenhouse. Other volunteer opportunities include working with children and guiding tours.
Suzanne Chapman, Horticultural Manager
Living Paradigm Community Dev. Corp
Purpose: The mission of Living Paradigm is to empower people by creating home ownership of shelters erected from reclaimed materials. These dwellings will be environmentally responsible and healthy places for those that inhabit them and will contribute to the culture, vitality, and individuality of the community.
Living Paradigm addresses the social, economic and environmental basis of sustainable living by building low-cost homes (under $50k), with volunteer or apprenticeship labor, using materials that would otherwise go to the landfill.
Programs: Living Paradigm has begun a homesteading program for affordable, reclaimed materials housing. We also have a “Resource Rescue Co-op,” which is a team of volunteers that help obtain the materials needed to build the homes.
Major Events: Major events include tours of reclaimed materials homes, construction volunteer educational workshops, and deconstruction events.
Volunteer Opportunities: Construction, deconstruction, resource rescue co-op, grant writing, general administrative.
Speakers Bureau: Speakers available to discuss a variety of topics. Please call or visit our website for further details.
Publications: ReNews, a free e-mail newsletter service. To sign up to receive this newsletter, please go to http://www.livingparadigm.org.
April Ward, Executive Director
Katherine Sargent Cairoli, Director of Development and Community Partnerships
Precious Carr, Recovery Rebuild Case Manager and Community Liaison
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.
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
Publications: Activities Catalog – Winter/Spring Issue Dec 1, Summer Issue
Apr 1,and Fall Issue Aug 1.
Steve Wright, Director
Estella Espinosa, Division Manager, Communications
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.
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
713-932-1639 ext. 107
Juanita Perkins, Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
713-932-1639 ext. 100
Christmas Bay Foundation
Purpose: To promote increased understanding and appreciation of the Christmas Bay Estuarine System and the Texas Gulf Coast; to promote conservation of the natural resources of the Christmas Bay Estuarine System and the Texas Gulf Coast; to contribute to the usefulness of the Bay and its tributaries for recreational and commercial purposes; and to sponsor such activities and events as may contribute to the general welfare of the Christmas Bay Estuarine System and its tributaries.
Programs: Ecotours of Christmas Bay system; coordinate on bay projects with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Major Events: See website
Children’s Activities: Call for information or see website.
Volunteer Opportunities: Guides for ecotours, Red Cross-certified kayak instructors, wildlife biologists, and marine biologists.
Jim Olive, Executive Director/Founder