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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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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.…More Details
10801 Hammerly Blvd, Suite 200 Houston TX 77043 Work Phone: (713) 468-TWRC (8972) Website: TWRC Wildlife Center Website

 

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
[email protected]

Liz Compton, Rehab Coordinator
[email protected] 

Paula Jones, Center/Volunteer Coordinator
[email protected]

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Transition Houston

Purpose: Transition Houston serves to build on the wisdom of the existing resources in Houston’s diverse community to inspire, network and train localized communities to consider and adapt Rob Hopkins’ transition model. Together we can unite pools of ingenuity and skills to unleash the collective genius of our own people in finding self-determined solutions.…More Details
Website: Transition Houston Website

Purpose: Transition Houston serves to build on the wisdom of the existing resources in Houston’s diverse community to inspire, network and train localized communities to consider and adapt Rob Hopkins’ transition model. Together we can unite pools of ingenuity and skills to unleash the collective genius of our own people in finding self-determined solutions.

About Us: Transition Houston is an official Transition Initiative of the burgeoning Transition movement, #40 of the 100+ official Transition Initiatives in the U.S. The movement has spread world-wide with hundreds of initiatives in the few short years since the first Transition Town began in 2005. Transition Houston is a hub for the Houston region, providing support the transition from oil dependency to local resilience by equipping communities with creative adaptations in areas such as food, energy, health, education, spirit and economy to generate a road map towards sustainable living.

Volunteer Opportunities: We frequently have hands-on projects to create practical manifestations of resiliency, such as Permablitzes, where a yard is transformed using Permaculture principles into a food garden with other elements of self-sufficiency.

Meetings: Transition Houston usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month. Please check our websites to confirm the meeting date, time and location.

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Texas Assoc. of Environmental Professionals

Purpose: The Texas Association of Environmental Professionals (TAEP), incorporated in 1988, is the premier organization for environmental professionals in the State of Texas. With 300+ local members and a subchapter in Austin, TAEP focuses on the advancement of the environmental profession and providing a forum to discuss environmental issues. Meetings: Monthly luncheons on the 3rd Thursday at Brady’s Landing.…More Details
Work 5090 Richmond Ave. #432 Suite 205 Houston TX 77056 Website: Texas Assoc. of Envir. Professionals Website

Purpose: The Texas Association of Environmental Professionals (TAEP), incorporated in 1988, is the premier organization for environmental professionals in the State of Texas. With 300+ local members and a subchapter in Austin, TAEP focuses on the advancement of the environmental profession and providing a forum to discuss environmental issues.

Meetings: Monthly luncheons on the 3rd Thursday at Brady’s Landing.

Programs: Chuck Glore Memorial Scholarship program. In 2011, TAEP awarded a total of $10,000 to students at 5 different schools. Annually support Texas Envirothon and the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston. Young Environmental Professionals (YEP) is a networking opportunity for young people new to the profession.

Major Events: Annual Environmental Challenges and Innovations Conference (ECIC): Gulf Coast (Oct); Winter Holiday Social; Annual Regulatory Update (Jul.).

Volunteer Opportunities: Conference and other event planning committees; TAEP Board of Directors.

Publications: ECIC conference proceedings with abstracts.

Jim Dobberstine, President
[email protected]

Kathleen Garland, Secretary
[email protected]

Mike McClellan, Programs Director
[email protected]

Pamela Embody, Membership Director
[email protected]

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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.…More Details
104 N. Greenwood St. Houston TX 77011 P. O. Box 270477 Houston TX 77277 Work Phone: (713) 840-8733 : (713) 840-8734 Website: Trees for Houston Website

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,

http://www.treesforhouston.org.

Barry Ward, Executive Director
[email protected]

Randi Koenig , Development Director
[email protected]

Katherine Bravo, Projects Manager
[email protected]

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Texans for Clean Water

Purpose: Texans for Clean Water is a coalition of business leaders and citizens who are committed to protecting the waterways. Through education, prevention and collaboration, we can eliminate floatable litter: including drink containers, polystyrene to-go containers and plastic bags, from Texas waterways. In doing so, we will generate economic prosperity and improve water quality for all Texans and Texas wildlife.…More Details
1901 Lexington St. Houston TX 77098 Work Phone: (281) 783-9015 Website: Texans for Clean Water Website

Purpose: Texans for Clean Water is a coalition of business leaders and citizens who are committed to protecting the waterways. Through education, prevention and collaboration, we can eliminate floatable litter: including drink containers, polystyrene to-go containers and plastic bags, from Texas waterways. In doing so, we will generate economic prosperity and improve water quality for all Texans and Texas wildlife.

Programs: Speakers are available to talk about strategies to improve water quality by reducing, discarding, and appropriate alternatives to: plastic bags, polystyrene to go containers, and other AWAY FROM HOME packaging. Texans for Clean water also works to support municipal and statewide legislation to prevent land based litter from becoming marine debris.

Speakers: Contact

Mary Wood
[email protected] 

Volunteers Opportunities: Help to spread the message that litter is a problem in Texas. What’s your favorite tool to get the word out? Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter?  Whatever it is, click here for our latest post on Facebook and relay it out to your audience.

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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
815 Brazos Street, Suite 710 Austin TX 78701 Work Phone: (512) 477-4424 : (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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Texas Southern University, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs

Purpose: The Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs has a reputation as a comprehensive center for sound academic research. Scholars focus on a broad range of topics, including voting behavior, American foreign policy and international relations, political communication, criminal justice attitudes and behavior, police violence, environmental justice, race and crime, race and governance, policy studies, leadership, E-government, homeland security, urban transportation, housing and community development, Diaspora studies, environmental planning, economic development and the fiscal responsibility of urban governments.…More Details
3100 Cleburne Street Houston TX 77004 Work Phone: (713) 313-6849 Website: Texas Southern University, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Website

Purpose: The Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs has a reputation as a comprehensive center for sound academic research. Scholars focus on a broad range of topics, including voting behavior, American foreign policy and international relations, political communication, criminal justice attitudes and behavior, police violence, environmental justice, race and crime, race and governance, policy studies, leadership, E-government, homeland security, urban transportation, housing and community development, Diaspora studies, environmental planning, economic development and the fiscal responsibility of urban governments.
Check online for information about degrees offered at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Programs: Research, Policy Advocacy, Campus Sustainability Initiatives, Educational Seminars, Lectures, and Workshops

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer and student internships; study abroad

Dr. Michael Adams, Interim Chair for Dept. of Political Science
(713) 313-7760
[email protected]

Dr. Gautam Nayer, Interim Chair for Admin. of Justice
(713) 313-4809
[email protected]

Dr. Sheri Smith, Interim Chair for Dept. of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy
(713) 313-4807
[email protected]

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The Woods Project, Inc.

Purpose: To develop leadership capacity and life skills in low income youth through a series of outdoor education/environmental awareness programs at wilderness sites in the United States. Goals: • To prepare students for college and beyond by fostering life skills and mindsets through outdoor education; • To provide hands-on science lessons in a natural environment; • To empower students to take advantage of leadership opportunities; • To teach students how to adapt to/accept and engage in foreign environments; and • To give students the opportunity to succeed in new endeavors.…More Details
2700 Southwest Freeway, Suite A Houston TX 77098 Work Phone: (281) 371-6696 : (281) 371-6696 Website: Woods Project, Inc. Website

Purpose: To develop leadership capacity and life skills in low income youth through a series of outdoor education/environmental awareness programs at wilderness sites in the United States. Goals: • To prepare students for college and beyond by fostering life skills and mindsets through outdoor education; • To provide hands-on science lessons in a natural environment; • To empower students to take advantage of leadership opportunities; • To teach students how to adapt to/accept and engage in foreign environments; and • To give students the opportunity to succeed in new endeavors. Our Mantra: Low Cost, High Impact, Volunteer Driven.

Programs: The Woods Project hosts a two-week summer trip to a national park to learn about environmental issues and leadership. They also host smaller weekend trips. After-School programs are available as well. Contact organization for sign-ups. Speakers from the group can also be booked through the website.

Volunteer Opportunities: The Woods Project is a 100% volunteer run organization. Opportunities for leaders to spend two weeks in Yosemite, Donner Pass/Desolation Wilderness, Marin Headlands and Glacier National working with our kids and hiking or backpacking in out-standing country. Volunteer opportunities are also available for weekend outings in the Houston area in spring and fall.

Major Events: The Walk For The Woods held each spring, the Fall Luncheon held each fall.

Natalie Hausman-Weiss, Executive Director
[email protected]

Brittany White, Assistant Director
[email protected]

Kelsey Bechelli, Alumni and School Year Program Manager
[email protected]

 

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Texas Campaign for the Environment

Purpose: Empowering Texans to fight pollution through sustained grassroots organizing campaigns that shift corporate and governmental policy. The TEC envisions a Texas free from pollution. As the largest environmental group in Texas organizing support through door-to-door canvassing, grassroots is both who we are and what we do. Programs: Advocates for local, state and national policies that hold manufacturers responsible for recycling the toxic products they create (such as electronic waste or “e-waste”); works to strengthen environmental and health standards for Texas landfills; educates residents and builds grassroots support through a year-round neighborhood canvassing program; and works toward recycling for all Houstonians.…More Details
Work 3100 Richmond Avenue, Suite 290 Houston TX 77098 Work Phone: (713) 337-4192 Website: Texas Campaign for the Environment Website

Purpose: Empowering Texans to fight pollution through sustained grassroots organizing campaigns that shift corporate and governmental policy. The TEC envisions a Texas free from pollution. As the largest environmental group in Texas organizing support through door-to-door canvassing, grassroots is both who we are and what we do.

Programs: Advocates for local, state and national policies that hold manufacturers responsible for recycling the toxic products they create (such as electronic waste or “e-waste”); works to strengthen environmental and health standards for Texas landfills; educates residents and builds grassroots support through a year-round neighborhood canvassing program; and works toward recycling for all Houstonians.

Job Opportunities: Full and part-time paid Community Organizer positions available year round.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call Rosanne Barone.

Publications: Annual report and regular email action alerts to TCE members. Visit the website http://www.texasenvironment.org to view past reports and join as a member.

Robin Schneider, Executive Director
[email protected]

Rosanne Barone, Program Director
[email protected]

Nicholas Borjas, Staff 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
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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Texas Wildlife Association

Purpose: Serving Texas wildlife and its habitat, while protecting property rights, hunting heritage, and the conservation efforts of those who value and steward wildlife resources. History: The Texas Wildlife Association was formed in 1985 by a group of ranchers, wildlife managers and hunters dedicated to the conservation, management, and enhancement of wildlife and wildlife habitat on private lands.…More Details
3660 Thousand Oaks Drive, Suite 126 San Antonio TX 78247 Work Phone: (210) 826-2904 Work Phone: (800) 839-9453 Toll Free Website: Texas Wildlife Association Website

Purpose: Serving Texas wildlife and its habitat, while protecting property rights, hunting heritage, and the conservation efforts of those who value and steward wildlife resources.

History: The Texas Wildlife Association was formed in 1985 by a group of ranchers, wildlife managers and hunters dedicated to the conservation, management, and enhancement of wildlife and wildlife habitat on private lands. Texas is 95 percent private land, and over two-thirds of the United States is privately owned. Texas hunters, anglers, wildlife watchers and conservationists recognized the necessity of working cooperatively with private landowners on wildlife, habitat and conservation issues.

Programs: Conservation Legacy (Youth and Adult Education), Hunting Heritage (Texas Youth Hunting Program and Texas Big Game Awards), and Issues and Advocacy.

Publications: Texas Wildlife magazine, Critter Connections magazine, Critters of Texas Pocket Guides

Education Programs: Conservation Legacy Programs empower and educate Texans with knowledge of fundamental, science-based ecological principles, foster a connection to the land, and facilitate natural resources literacy by creating tangible relationships with the outdoors through our Learning Across New Dimensions in Science (L.A.N.D.S.) Youth

Stewardship Initiative. All programs are TEKS-aligned, inquiry-based, and interactive. The majority of programs are offered at no cost to educators across the state. Please visit

http://www.texas-wildlife.org/program-areas/category/conservation-legacy/ for more information about additional programs.

David Yeates, Chief Executive Officer
(210) 826-2904
[email protected]

Quita Hill, Director of Finance and Operations
[email protected]

Lisa Flowers, Director of Programs
[email protected]

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Texas Master Naturalists – Heartwood Chapter

Purpose: The Heartwood Chapter is here to create a proactive resource of diverse individuals promoting environmental stewardship through outreach, education and volunteer service benefiting the residents in and around Montgomery and Walker Counties. Founded December 2004. Meetings: First Wed. of month except Dec. in Classroom Building at WG Jones State Forest, 1328 FM 1488, Conroe, TX.…More Details
P.O. Box 9611 The Woodlands TX 77387-9611 Work Phone: (936) 273-2261 (Messages only) Website: Texas Master Naturalists – Heartwood Chap Website Blog: Heartwood Chapter Blog

Purpose: The Heartwood Chapter is here to create a proactive resource of diverse individuals promoting environmental stewardship through outreach, education and volunteer service benefiting the residents in and around Montgomery and Walker Counties. Founded December 2004.

Meetings: First Wed. of month except Dec. in Classroom Building at WG Jones State Forest, 1328 FM 1488, Conroe, TX.

Programs: Incorporate the theme of sustainable practices into the educational process, with emphasis on the beneficial management of resources and natural ecological processes.

Major Events: Annual Primary Training Classes for those who wish to become Master Naturalists.

Volunteer Opportunities: Waterway and nature trail cleanups, removing invasive species, variety of monitoring activities for waterways, plants, insects and invasive species, workshops and public speaking engagements. Continuous Educational Trainings for adults and youth, primarily forest-based.

Speaker’s Bureau: Yes, contact Teri MacArthur.

Krien VerBerkmoes III, President
(832) 563-7640
[email protected]

Teri MacArthur, Vice President
(281) 381-3281
[email protected]

Andre Houser, Treasurer
(972) 978-1769
[email protected]

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Texas Coastal Watershed Program

Purpose: To provide education and outreach to local governments and citizens on the impacts of land use on watershed health and water quality. Major Events: Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, Courses and Classes. Volunteer Opportunities: Restoration Projects, Conservation Projects, Landscape Installation Projects and Wetland Workdays. Publications: Can Houston Feed Itself?More Details
1335 Regents Park Dr., Suite 260 Houston TX 77058 Work Phone: (281) 218-0570 Website: Texas Coastal Watershed Program Website

Purpose: To provide education and outreach to local governments and citizens on the impacts of land use on watershed health and water quality.

Major Events: Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, Courses and Classes.

Volunteer Opportunities: Restoration Projects, Conservation Projects, Landscape Installation Projects and Wetland Workdays.

Publications:

Can Houston Feed Itself?
Stormwater Wetlands
Is Denser Greener?
The Resilient Coast
Urban Parks
Choices for Growth
Texas Coastal Wetland Guidebook
5 Tips for Organic Lawn Care
WaterSmart Landscaping
Living Shorelines

Dr. John Jacob, Team Leader/Professor
[email protected]

Charriss York, Stormwater Projects Specialist
[email protected]

Steve Mikulencak, Planning Projects Leader
[email protected]

Mary Carol Edwards, Stormwater Wetland Program Coordinator                                  [email protected]