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Bayou Land Conservancy

Purpose: Bayou Land Conservancy is a community-sponsored land preservation organization to permanently protect land, with a focus on the 13 watersheds that feed Lake Houston. We preserve river and bayou corridors, other properties with significant wildlife habitat value, and places where family recreation can occur in harmony with nature. Programs: “No Child Left Inside” Environmental Education Program – science-based program to get children outside to enjoy area wilderness-- in kayaks!…More Details
Work 10330 Lake Road, Bldg. J Houston TX 77070 Work Phone: (281) 576-1634 Website: Bayou Land Conservancy Blog: Blog

Purpose: Bayou Land Conservancy is a community-sponsored land preservation organization to permanently protect land, with a focus on the 13 watersheds that feed Lake Houston. We preserve river and bayou corridors, other properties with significant wildlife habitat value, and places where family recreation can occur in harmony with nature.

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

Volunteer Opportunities: Spring Creek Greenway Ambassador: Training program on the longest, urban. forested, contiguous greenway in the country; taking out invasive plants on preserves, tree planting, trail maintenance. Ashton Gardens Restoration Days: First and third Friday of each month.

Jill Boullion, Executive Director
[email protected]

Becky Martinez, Conservation Director
[email protected]

Cherie Wilson, Office Administrator
[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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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.…More Details
Work 700 North St., Ste 79 Beaumont TX 77701 Work Phone: (409) 790-5399 Website: Big Thicket Association Website

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 EventsEco 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
[email protected]

Tera Adler
[email protected]

Dr. Terrie C. Looney, Director Thicket of Diversity & Environmental Education
[email protected]
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Kathy Smartt, BTA President
[email protected]

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BikeHouston, Inc.

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

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

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

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

Meeting Time: Varies, see website.

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

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

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

Clark Martinson, Executive Director
[email protected]
(713)824-6808

Bowen Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator
(832) 834-1960
[email protected]

Jessica Wiggins, Advocacy Director
[email protected]

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Buffalo Bayou Partnership

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

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

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

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

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

Anne Olson, President
[email protected]

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

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Bayou Preservation Association, Inc.

Purpose: To celebrate, protect and restore the natural richness of all our bayous and streams. Founded in 1966 to protect and restore the richness and diversity of our waterways through activism, advocacy, collaboration and education. BPA monitors water quality, plans clean-ups for bayous, restores habitat, reviews permit applications and sponsors seminars on flood reduction.…More Details
Work 7305 Navigation Blvd., Suite A Houston TX 77011 Work Phone: (713) 529-6443 Website: Bayou Preservation Association, Inc.

Purpose: To celebrate, protect and restore the natural richness of all our bayous and streams.

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

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

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

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

Sarah P. Bernhardt, President & CEO

Robert L. Rayburn, Board Chair
[email protected]

Linda R. Shead, Board Vice Chair

Eric Ruckstuhl, Stream Corridor Restoration Consultant

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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
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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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Blueprint Houston

Purpose: To promote the evolution and implementation of Plan Houston as the basis for planning the City's future. Blueprint Houston was founded in 2003 to build community support for a coordinated planning process to make improvements to Houston’s quality of life. Blueprint Houston seeks to initiate a coordinated planning process that leads to a general plan for the city’s future, based on citizens’ vision, values, and goals.…More Details
Work 3015 Richmond, Suite 201 Houston TX 77098 Work P.O. Box 8061 Houston TX 77288 Work Phone: (713) 522-0590 Work Phone: (713) 523-3057 Website: Blueprint Houston Website

Purpose: To promote the evolution and implementation of Plan Houston as the basis for planning the City’s future.

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

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

Volunteer Opportunities: Civic Awareness Engagement Committee.

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

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Bayou City Waterkeeper

Purpose: To protect and restore the integrity of our bayous, rivers, streams, and the bays through advocacy, education, and action. Bayou City Waterkeeper (formerly Galveston Baykeeper) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to ensure that every waterway is swimmable, fishable, and drinkable from Lake Livingston through the Bayous of Houston down to Galveston Bay.…More Details
Work 2010 N Loop West #275 Houston TX 77018 Work Phone: 2815018493 Website: Bayou City Waterkeeper

Purpose: To protect and restore the integrity of our bayous, rivers, streams, and the bays through advocacy, education, and action.

Bayou City Waterkeeper (formerly Galveston Baykeeper) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to ensure that every waterway is swimmable, fishable, and drinkable from Lake Livingston through the Bayous of Houston down to Galveston Bay. Bayou City Waterkeeper is a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a global environmental movement which began in 1966 with the Hudson River Fisherman’s Association and grew to encompass waterways around the world.

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

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

Publications: The Bay Times, an electronic newsletter.

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

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

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Brays Bayou Association

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

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

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

Major Events: Annual meeting in March.

Volunteer Opportunities: Contact Bob Schwartz.

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

Publications: Articles in various media.

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

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

Bob Marshall, Vice President Emeritus
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Don Hickle, Secretary
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Charles Goforth, Acting Treasurer