Environmental Directory

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Sheldon State Park and Envir. Learning Center

Purpose: Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center is a 2,800-acre outdoor education and recreation facility located in northeast Harris County. It offers year round adult and family programs and activities as well as field trip opportunities for students of all ages. Beginning in 2003, the park is became an important restoration site for tall grass prairie.…More Details
Work 1410 Garrett Rd. Houston TX 77044 Work Phone: (281) 456-2800 Website: Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center

Purpose: Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center is a 2,800-acre outdoor education and recreation facility located in northeast Harris County. It offers year round adult and family programs and activities as well as field trip opportunities for students of all ages. Beginning in 2003, the park is became an important restoration site for tall grass prairie. The park is open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The lake, its banks, and levees are open from sunrise to sunset.

Programs: The park offers a variety of nature and ecology programs to organized groups on a reservation basis. Park staff and volunteers provide programs on nature/ecology, nature walks, catch-and-release fishing in two stocked ponds (fishing poles provided), pond ecology, native plant gardening, hunter education, composting and recycling. Programs range in time from one to two hours each.

Events: For a complete listing of the park’s daily events, please visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/sheldon-lake/park_events

Activities: Sheldon Lake is open every day to public fishing with appropriate licenses. Birding, wildlife/nature study, hiking, and fishing for children. The park includes a 0.5-mile self-guided nature trail that passes 28 naturalized ponds that contain alligators and other wildlife. (Binoculars are recommended for best viewing.) Free catch-and-release family fishing is permitted for children accompanied by adults, in the two fishing ponds. Alternative energy technologies and green building techniques (photovoltaic, solar hot water, wind turbine and ground coupled-geothermal) are demonstrated at the Pond Center. A wildscape demonstration garden shows techniques for using native plants and wildflowers to attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife to your backyard.

Volunteer Opportunities: For information on volunteer opportunities at Sheldon Lake, contact the park at (281) 456-2800

 

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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
Work 550 Westcott Street, Suite 305 Houston TX 77007 Work Phone: (713) 524-7330 Work 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

Sean Stone, Advancement Director
[email protected]

Jose Alducin, Environmental Programs Facilitator
[email protected]

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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.…More Details
Work 1100 Hercules suite #200 Webster Tx 77058 Work Phone: (281) 332-3381 Website: 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
[email protected]

Nicole Scanlin, Director of Development
(281) 332-3381 ex-213
[email protected]

Megan Imme, Education Coordinator
(281) 332-3381 ex-212
[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
Work 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]rk.org

Susan Allen-Bryan, Meredith Gardens Coordinator
[email protected]

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National Parks Conservation Association

Purpose: The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is an independent, nonpartisan voice working to address major threats facing the National Park System. NPCA was established in 1919, just three years after the National Park Service. Stephen Mather, the first director of the Park Service, was one of our founders. He felt very strongly that the national parks would need an independent voice—outside the political system—to ensure these places remained unimpaired for future generations.…More Details
Work 9654c Katy Freeway, #252 Houston TX 77055 Work Phone: (713) 702-0767 Website: National Parks Conservation Association Website

Purpose: The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is an independent, nonpartisan voice working to address major threats facing the National Park System. NPCA was established in 1919, just three years after the National Park Service. Stephen Mather, the first director of the Park Service, was one of our founders. He felt very strongly that the national parks would need an independent voice—outside the political system—to ensure these places remained unimpaired for future generations.

Programs: Locally, the NPCA is working to develop the proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area. The Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area would include sites spanning four coastal counties: Matagorda, Brazoria, Galveston, and Chambers. This region boasts natural areas, outdoor recreation opportunities, and historical sites. The proposed area would be built around a core of existing sites through coordinated management by public, private, and nonprofit landowners. A National Recreation Area for the Upper Texas Coast would include only those public and private land owners who voluntarily chose to participate.

Volunteer Opportunities & Speakers Bureau: Contact Victoria Herrin

Emily Jones, Campaign Director, Southeast Region
[email protected]

Cary Dupuy, Texas Regional Director
[email protected]

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The Nature Conservancy

Purpose: The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and water on which all life depends. With operations in all 50 states and 35 countries, and a staff of 3700 including 600 scientists, we are the world’s largest non-profit conservation organization. Since 1964, TNC in Texas has been protecting our state’s natural landscapes.…More Details
Work 1800 Augusta, Suite 240 Houston TX 77057=3278 Work Phone: (713) 524-6459 Work Phone: (888) 203-5400 Website: Nature Conservancy Website

Purpose: The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and water on which all life depends. With operations in all 50 states and 35 countries, and a staff of 3700 including 600 scientists, we are the world’s largest non-profit conservation organization. Since 1964, TNC in Texas has been protecting our state’s natural landscapes. In Texas, TNC owns 38 preserves and conservation properties and has protected almost 880,000 acres, including 250,000 acres of coastal land alone.

Publications: Electronic state newsletter, bimonthly national magazine.

Major Event: Annual gala.

Speakers Bureau & Children’s Activities: Call the Houston office.

Volunteer Opportunities: TNC has several preserves within an hour of Houston. These preserves have ongoing needs for habitat management, trail maintenance, light carpentry, cleanups, etc. Many activities are appropriate for families and groups. Indoor tasks might include organizing, painting, and clerical work. In the Houston office, volunteers help with special events, fundraising, outreach, marine science research, and clerical tasks.

Laura Huffman, State Director
(512) 623-7241
[email protected]

Houston office information:

Jaime González, Houston Urban Conservation Program Manager
jaime.gonzalez@tnc.org

Adriane Arnold, Volunteer Coordinator
(713) 829-7093 (Cell)
(713) 807-8052 (Office)
[email protected]

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U.S. Green Building Council – Texas Gulf Coast Region

Purpose: The chapter will accelerate the implementation of the best sustainable building practices for our region through collaboration, education and advocacy. Founded in 2003, the USGBC-Texas Gulf Coast Chapter is uniquely positioned to leverage green building industry knowledge with community needs related to the built environment. The chapter connects the built environment to community life indicators and offers the LEED Rating System as a measurement tool to vet whether or not a building is operating at high performance.…More Details
Work 10401 Westoffice Drive Houston TX 77042 Work Phone: (281) 506-3867 Website: U.S. Green Building Council – Texas Gulf Coast Region Website

Purpose: The chapter will accelerate the implementation of the best sustainable building practices for our region through collaboration, education and advocacy. Founded in 2003, the USGBC-Texas Gulf Coast Chapter is uniquely positioned to leverage green building industry knowledge with community needs related to the built environment. The chapter connects the built environment to community life indicators and offers the LEED Rating System as a measurement tool to vet whether or not a building is operating at high performance.

Programs: USGBC offers educational programs to the building industry and public at large, in order to grow both local expertise and the green building market. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

Major Events: Texas Energy Summit

Volunteer Opportunities: Representing almost 1000 individuals, more than 2000 LEED APs, and more than 200 companies, the Texas Gulf Coast Region is based in Houston with a branch in Montgomery County (Piney Woods). The region has many volunteer opportunities – visit the website for details.

David MacLean, Chair
[email protected]
(713) 857- 6499

Maria Perez, Vice President
[email protected]
(713) 356-1330

Caroline Kostak, Secretary
[email protected]
(832) 215-3885

 

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Artist Boat

Purpose: Non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and preservation of coastal margins and the marine environment through the disciplines of the sciences and the arts. Programs: Eco-Art Adventures via kayak, vessel, or walking, and summer camps Professional development & environmental stewardship programs, with special opportunities for oil and gas companies Eco-Art Residencies in Schools integrating the arts and sciences to create public sculptures and habitats on campuses Habitat Restoration Adventure Program, focused on stewardship-based learning through dune and coastal prairie preservation Boy and Girl Scout badge classes Classroom presentations and speakers that coincide with curriculum Gulf ‘Coast Education Center: K-Grey can learn about the ecological, social, and economic value of coastal ecosystems.…More Details
Work 2627 Avenue O Galveston TX 77550 Work Phone: (409) 770-0722 Website: Artist Boat Website

Purpose: Non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and preservation of coastal margins and the marine environment through the disciplines of the sciences and the arts.

Programs:

Eco-Art Adventures via kayak, vessel, or walking, and summer camps

Professional development & environmental stewardship programs, with special opportunities for oil and gas companies

Eco-Art Residencies in Schools integrating the arts and sciences to create public sculptures and habitats on campuses

Habitat Restoration Adventure Program, focused on stewardship-based learning through dune and coastal prairie preservation

Boy and Girl Scout badge classes

Classroom presentations and speakers that coincide with curriculum

Gulf ‘Coast Education Center: K-Grey can learn about the ecological, social, and economic value of coastal ecosystems.

Coastal Heritage Preserve – acquiring and preserving 506 acres of barrier island habitat on Galveston Island’s West Bay

Volunteer Opportunities: Public relations, lawyers, accountants, and fundraising experts for board; volunteers needed for after school residency program, board members, publications and press, activities at festivals.

Publications: E-mail newsletter; Website; Quarterly calendar of eco-art and eco-tour kayak adventures.

Karla Klay, Executive Director
[email protected]

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Air Alliance Houston

Purpose: Houston’s leading health and clean air advocacy non-profit specializing in both the treetops and grass roots of environmental advocacy and organizing. Air Alliance Houston’s mission remains to reduce air pollution in the Houston region and to protect public health and environmental integrity through research, education and advocacy. Programs: Research, Education, and Advocacy, including Ozone Theater (air pollution education program with three curricula for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8).…More Details
Work 3914 Leeland Street Houston TX 77003 Work Phone: (713) 528-3779 Work Phone: (713) 526-0550 Website: Air Alliance Houston

Purpose: Houston’s leading health and clean air advocacy non-profit specializing in both the treetops and grass roots of environmental advocacy and organizing.

Air Alliance Houston’s mission remains to reduce air pollution in the Houston region and to protect public health and environmental integrity through research, education and advocacy.
Programs: Research, Education, and Advocacy, including Ozone Theater (air pollution education program with three curricula for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8). Annual Earth Day Art Contest for grades 3-12, earthdayartcontest.org.

Volunteer Opportunities: Various opportunities and internships available.

Speakers Bureau: Yes. We will visit classrooms for presentations. Call or visit website for booking.

Publications: Please visit our website,

http://www.airalliancehouston.org, for a complete list of our reports.

Air Alliance Houston is the result of the 2008 merger between Galveston-Houston Association for Smog Prevention and Mothers for Clean Air.

Dr. Bakeyah Nelson, Executive Director
[email protected]

Paige Powell, Director of Operations
[email protected]

Corey Williams
Research and Policy Director
[email protected]

Leticia Ablaza
Community Outreach Director
[email protected]

Juan Flores
Community Outreach Coordinator
[email protected]

Paula Torrado
Community Outreach Coordinator
[email protected]

For general inquiries, contact: [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
Work Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education and Recreation Center 1724 Market Street Baytown TX 77520 Work Baytown Nature Center 6213 Bayway Drive Baytown TX 77520 Work Phone: (281) 420-7128 Work 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
[email protected]

Jina Faith, Education Coordinator
[email protected]

Crissy Butcher, Nature Center Naturalist
[email protected]

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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
Work 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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Native Plant Society of TX – Hou Chapter

Purpose: The mission of The Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) is to promote research, conservation and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach and example. Meetings: 7:00 p.m., program at 7:30 p.m., the 3rd Thurs. of each month, Nov. Social & Seed & Plant Swap, Dec. holiday dinner, Jan.…More Details
Work P. O. Box 131254 Houston TX 77219-1254 Website: Native Plant Society of TX – Hou Chapter Website

Purpose: The mission of The Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) is to promote research, conservation and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach and example.

Meetings: 7:00 p.m., program at 7:30 p.m., the 3rd Thurs. of each month, Nov. Social & Seed & Plant Swap, Dec. holiday dinner, Jan. propagation workshop. Spring & Fall field trips.

Programs: Speakers present topics such as landscaping with natives, trees, and butterfly & habitat gardening.

Major Events: The Wildscapes Workshop is our largest annual event, usually held in September, and is open to anyone interested in learning. The program includes lectures, workshops, field trips, a native plant sale, and vendor and educational exhibits. Check our website for more details.

Volunteer Opportunities: Native Plant rescues, invasive plant removal, Native Plant Demonstration Garden workdays (monthly), school wildlife habitat programs, cooperative efforts with other non-profits and government entities. Display Booth.

Speakers Bureau: Contact Cecil Carter.

Publications: Quarterly State newsletter; local quarterly newsletter.

Wally Ward, President
713-869-6856
[email protected]
[email protected]

Russ Kane, Publicity & Community Coordinator
[email protected]

Linda Knowles, Display Booth and Education Coordinator
[email protected]

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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
Work 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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Texas League of Conservation Voters Ed. Fund

Purpose: The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that educates Texans on and advocates for clean air, clean water, renewable energy and the protection of parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat. The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund also works to empower the citizens of Texas to become civically engaged and have a voice in how the decisions on environmental policy which affect their lives are made.…More Details
Work 815 Brazos Street, Suite 710 Austin TX 78701 Work Phone: (512) 477-4424 Work Phone: (512) 477-6555 Website: Texas League of Cons. Voters Ed. Fund Website

Purpose: The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that educates Texans on and advocates for clean air, clean water, renewable energy and the protection of parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat. The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund also works to empower the citizens of Texas to become civically engaged and have a voice in how the decisions on environmental policy which affect their lives are made.

Programs:

Non-Partisan Voter Participation: The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund works independently and in strategic partnership with civic organizations to register voters in Texas in areas with low voter registration numbers.

Hispanic Engagement: The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund is committed to engaging Hispanics in Texas on issues of conservation.

Conservation Ballot Measures: TLCV-EF supports citizen referendum involving public spaces, parks, and public transportation.

SOAH Sunset Review: The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund together with the Alliance for a Clean Texas (ACT) will be engaging in 2014 and 2015 in a statewide educational campaign around Sunset review of the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH).

Elizabeth Doyel, Executive Director
[email protected]

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Environmental Defense Fund

Purpose: To preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Environmental Defense Fund is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including the right to clean air, clean water, healthy food and flourishing ecosystems. Guided by science and economics, we find practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems.…More Details
Work 301 Congress Avenue, Suite 1300 Austin TX 78701 Work Phone: (512) 478-5161 Work Phone: (512) 478-8140 Website: Environmental Defense Fund Website

Purpose: To preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Environmental Defense Fund is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including the right to clean air, clean water, healthy food and flourishing ecosystems. Guided by science and economics, we find practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems.

We work to solve the most critical environmental problems facing the planet. This has drawn us to areas that span the biosphere: climate, oceans, ecosystems and health. Since these topics are intertwined, our solutions take a multidisciplinary approach. We work in concert with other organizations — as well as with business, government and communities — and avoid duplicating work already being done effectively by others.

Programs: Texas Regional Office

 Climate and Air

 Oceans

 Land, Water & Wildlife.

Volunteer Opportunities: Case by case basis.

Speaker’s Bureau: Contact Elena Craft.


Elena Craft, Senior Health Scientist
[email protected]

Stacy Brick, Media Contact
(512) 691-3454

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The Trust for Public Land

Purpose: The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Programs: Conservation Vision (“Greenprints”); Conservation Finance (public funding); Conservation Transactions (easement and fee acquisitions); Texas Water Protection and Parks Intiative; ParkScore; Parks for People. TPL is active in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston/Galveston and Austin/San Antonio regions.…More Details
Work Lake Jackson Office P.O. Box 4285 Lake Jackson TX 77566 Work Dallas Office 325 N. St. Paul Street Suite 2210 Dallas TX 75201 Work Austin Office 4524 Frontier Trail Austin TX 78745 Work Phone: Lake Jackson: (979) 299-8431 Work Phone: Dallas: (469) 615-5448 Work Phone: Austin: (415) 269-4231 Website: Trust for Public Land Website

Purpose: The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.

Programs: Conservation Vision (“Greenprints”); Conservation Finance (public funding); Conservation Transactions (easement and fee acquisitions); Texas Water Protection and Parks Intiative; ParkScore; Parks for People. TPL is active in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston/Galveston and Austin/San Antonio regions.

Major Events: Earth Day Dallas.

Publications: Land & People, a semi-annual national magazine; The Trust for Public Land – Texas, a state newsletter; TPL Near You, an electronic newsletter.

 

Scott Parker, Texas State Director
[email protected]

Robert Kent, North Texas Area Director
[email protected]

Mike Lange, Senior Project Manager, Texas Coast
[email protected]

Marlon P. Connley, Houston Program Manager
Tel: (832) 627-7688

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Scenic Houston

Purpose: Scenic Houston works to eliminate visual blight because all Houstonians are entitled to a green, uncluttered, visually appealing city. Scenic Houston promotes sign control, billboard reduction, freeway landscaping, scenic byway development, and enhanced design standards for public projects. Our success improves the quality of life for all Houstonians. Major Events: Scenic Visionary Awards Dinner, October.…More Details
Work 5615 Kirby Dr., # 645 Houston TX 77005 Work Phone: (713) 629-0481 Work Phone: (713) 629-0485 Website: Scenic Houston Website

Purpose: Scenic Houston works to eliminate visual blight because all Houstonians are entitled to a green, uncluttered, visually appealing city. Scenic Houston promotes sign control, billboard reduction, freeway landscaping, scenic byway development, and enhanced design standards for public projects. Our success improves the quality of life for all Houstonians.

Major Events: Scenic Visionary Awards Dinner, October.

Volunteer Opportunities: Young Friends Initiatives, Scenic Action network, assisting with special events, outreach. Contact the office for more information.

Publications: Scenic Views e-newsletter, legislative alerts as needed, brochures, articles, blog.

Anne Culver, President
[email protected]

Annamarie Saavedra, Director of Development

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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
Work 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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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.…More Details
Work P.O. Box 563 Liberty TX 77575 Website: Surfrider Foundation – Texas Chapter Website

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
(713) 906-3940
[email protected]

Pamela Walters, Secretary

Media/Press/Speakers Bureau: Ellis Pickett

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Center for Recycled Art

Purpose: Founded in 2009, our mission is to reduce the amount of reusable material in Houston’s landfills, to promote environmental awareness, to stimulate creativity, and to provide opportunities to create recycled art. Programs: Divert reusable clean scrap from Houston’s solid waste stream and make it available at low cost to educators and non-profits in the Greater Houston area.…More Details
Work 1719 Live Oak, #250 Houston TX 77003 Work Phone: (832) 260-5853 Website: Center for Recycled Art Website

Purpose: Founded in 2009, our mission is to reduce the amount of reusable material in Houston’s landfills, to promote environmental awareness, to stimulate creativity, and to provide opportunities to create recycled art.

Programs: Divert reusable clean scrap from Houston’s solid waste stream and make it available at low cost to educators and non-profits in the Greater Houston area. Promote awareness and stimulate creativity through workshops, creative reuse demonstrations and speakers.

Major Events: Monthly Teacher Warehouse shopping event for educators and other non profits.

Children’s Activities: The Center for Recycled Art hosts structured activities for school groups and other nonprofit organizations. Programs are designed in conjunction
with your group’s leadership and may be easily tailored to ongoing classroom curriculum. Each class offers an age-appropriate opportunity to express creativity and complete the project in the allotted time. Programs may be held at your location or at the Texas Art Asylum, near downtown. Speakers available for all ages, Contact Ramona Brady for booking.

Volunteer Opportunities: Receiving and sorting Houston’s cast-offs, de-constructing mechanical and electrical items; creating inspiration projects from cast off materials, demonstrating/leading creative reuse projects.

Ramona Brady
Co-Founder
[email protected]

Cassie Manley
Secretary/Treasurer