Houston Environmental News Update October 20, 2021

Environmental Justice, EPA Pollution Prevention Roundtable, Avian Affair, Drug Take Back Day, KBR Kids Day, Bike Around the Bay, Climathon, Green Jobs and more

EJSCREEN map of lead paint indicators in the Houston region

This week, you have two opportunities to hear from environmental justice champions discussing EJ from a Houston perspective.

On Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., the Coalition of Community Organizations is hosting, with the Environmental Protection Agency, an event to discuss the EPA’s Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool (“EJSCREEN”). Learn about environmental risks in the community that impact you and your family, the pollutants to which you are being exposed, health risks that are impacting you and your family in the short and long term, and how to get accurate information and to report problems. Get answers to your immediate questions concerning your family’s health, housing, and economic stability. Join virtually on Google Meet, by phone at (650) 597-0087 (PIN 645 870 704#), or in person at the Carl Walker Multipurpose Center at 4300 Noble St, Bldg. B, Houston 77020. Register on Eventbrite. The speaker panel includes the following luminaries:

Later in the week, on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at 12:30 p.m., join the Rice University Center for Environmental Studies for a Conversation with Matthew Tejada, Director of the Office of Environmental Justice at the EPA. Gisela Heffes, professor of Latin American Literature and Culture, Department of Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures, and a member of the Faculty Steering Committee in the Center for Environmental Studies, and Joseph Campana, the William Shakespeare Professor of English and director of the Center for Environmental Studies, will moderate. This Fall 2021 Walter Isle Lecture is part of the Planet Now! lecture series.

Also of EJ interest, on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 6:00 pm, residents of the Greater Fifth Ward are invited to join Lone Star Legal Aid for an Impact Community Meeting: Union Pacific & Environmental Sampling in Greater Fifth Ward.  Discussions will be presented by Rodrigo Cantú of Lone Star Legal Aid’s Equitable Development Initiative, Dr. Garett Sansom, MPH and Leanne Fawkes, MPH of Texas A&M University, Dr. Loren Hopkins with the Houston Health Department, and Dr. Grace Tee Lewis with Environmental Defense Fund. Learn more at lonestarlegal.org.


CEC NOTES

Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

Engage your students with lessons outdoors or virtually. Sign up today at hereinhouston.org.


Call for submissions: Wild About Houston Green Film Festival

The CEC is proud to host the fourth annual Wild About Houston Green Film Festival this fall. CEC hopes to use this festival to tell local environmental stories, highlight the work of CEC’s member organizations, and to inspire our residents and visitors to make a difference in the environment and our quality of life. The festival will be held virtually to protect the health and safety of our community in these times. We invite you to submit a film for consideration. Films should be specific to the environment in the Houston/Gulf Coast Region, should be no more than seven minutes long, and must be of suitable quality to be shown publicly. View the Submission Guidelines, and make submissions using this Google Form.


Air Champion Social Change Scientists Global Video Contest

McMac Cx Air Champions Social Change Scientists are passionate community influencers, teachers, parents, student innovators, and activists who believe that we have a right to live, learn, work and play in places where we are allowed to know the quality of the air we breathe. Make a 30-90 second video about healthy air, and enter the Air Champions Global Video Contest for a chance to win a state-of-the-art Flow Personal Air Monitor, the chance to have your film shown at the Wild About Houston Film Festival, AND the chance to receive a $1,000 cash prize. Learn more at McMacCx.com/globalvideocontest.


Deadline Extended: Imagine a Day Without Water Video Contest

The City of Houston Public Works department invites Houston residents to participate in Imagine a Day Without Water Video Contest! This contest is designed to engage all Houstonians in the nation-wide event “Imagine a Day Without Water,” hosted by the Value of Water Campaign. Entrants should create a video–not to exceed 1-minute–exploring or depicting various aspects of what daily life might look like/be affected by an entire day without any water. Enter for the chance to win cash prizes AND the opportunity to have your films shown about the 2021 Wild About Houston Green Film Festival! View the flyer and visit houstontx.gov for more information. Submit videos by Sunday, October 28, 2021, to waterconservation@houstontx.gov.


Please scroll down to read about public engagement opportunities and notes from our member organizations and the community.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Input Requested: San Jacinto Regional Flood Planning Group

The San Jacinto RFPG seeks input from the public regarding the development of a regional flood plan, part of a statewide flood plan. Learn more, submit input, and sign up for updates at sanjacintofloodplanning.org.


EPA Pollution Prevention Roundtable

On Oct. 21, 2021, beginning at 2 p.m., EPA Region 6 will host a virtual roundtable discussion (via Microsoft Teams) on pollution prevention featuring guest speaker Deanna Debose, SMM & America Recycles Week Coordinator. Join on your computer or mobile app at teams.microsoft.com. Alternatively, you can join by phone at +1 210-469-386..827703364# (conference I.D. 827 703 354#),


Early Voting for Joint General and Special Elections continues through Oct. 29, 2021

Visit votetexas.gov or your county’s election official for more information.


COALITION & COMMUNITY NOTES

We have endeavored to confirm the opportunities listed below. Please consider confirming directly with the hosts, particularly in light of concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Status of Coral Reefs Around the World Report

The Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) recently released the Status of Coral Reefs of the World Report, the first issued since 2008, and the first based on the quantitative analysis of a global dataset compiled from raw monitoring data contributed by more than 300 members of the network. The global dataset spans more than 40 years from 1978 to 2019, and consists of almost 2 million observations from more than 12,000 sites in 73 reef-bearing countries around the world. Find the full report and other information at gcrmn.net.


Human and Climate-Driven Water Quality Challenges Affecting the Texas Coast

On Oct. 21, 2021, from 11 a.m.-noon, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment – Texas State University and the Texas General Land Office will present a virtual Lunch and Learn presentation featuring Dr. Michael Wetz, chair for coastal ecosystem Processes, and Dr. Amie West, postdoctoral research associate at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, about how human-driven factors (like population growth and climate change) are affecting water quality on the Texas coast. For more information and to register, visit evetbrite.com.


Application of Artificial Intelligence to Environmental Issues

On Oct. 21, 2021, from noon-1 p.m., the Texas Association of Environmental Professionals will hold a virtual luncheon meeting featuring a presentation by Jed Anderson, CEO of EnviroAI, a search and environmental solution engine. For more information and to register, visit taep.memberclicks.net.


Houston Audubon’s 2021 Avian Affair

On Oct. 21, 2021, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., Houston Audubon will host its 2021 Avian Affair fundraiser at The Revaire, 7122 Old Kayt Road. The event will honoring Jim Winn with the Lifetime Service Award. The keynote speaker will be naturalist and children’s author Sneed B. Collard III For more information and to register, visit houstonaudubon.org.


What is a Species?

On Oct. 21, 2021, beginning at 7:15 p.m., the Houston chapter of the Naive Plant Society of Texas will hold a meeting at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. The featured speaker will be Cassidy Johnson, Ph.D., a biology professor at Houston Community College and a lecturer in the Biosciences Department at  Rice University.  She will discuss the most common methods that scientists use to describe species, how biological species are maintained in nature, and why being able to define a species is critical (but often confounds) conservation efforts. For more information, visit npsot.org.


Celebrate Houston Artists eARTh Day Murals at Discovery Green

On Oct. 21, 2021, from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., come to Discovery Green to celebrate the 13 incredible artists and take pictures of the murals before they leave! During Earth Day presented by Green Mountain Energy, 13 Houston artists completed murals celebrating the richness and diversity of our community, culture, and natural environment. Tens of thousands of Houstonians have loved and photographed these murals. As time draws near for the murals to leave the park, you are invited to celebrate with the artists. Live music by Demola. Drinks available for purchase.The Houston artists chosen for the project: Melissa Aytenfisu, Betirri, Hannah Bull, DUAL, Empire, Max Guarnaccia, Kill Joy, Gelson D. Lemus (w3r3on3), Chelsea Mariah, Renee Martinez, Meenr, Amol Saraf and Usagi Wasabi. Learn more on the Facebook event.


Keep Pearland Beautiful’s Plant Thyme Fall Luncheon and Plant Sale

On Oct. 22, 2021, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Keep Pearland Beautiful will hold its annual Plant Thyme Fall Luncheon and native plant sale at the Pearland First United  Methodist Church Family Life Center, 2314 N. Grand Blvd. The guest speaker will be Tommy Garcia-Prats, co-founder and general manager of small places, an organization that starts and runs urban farms that serve their immediate communities. The first farm, Finca Tres Robles, founded in 2014, is still one of the only urban famrs inside Houston’s Lloop 610. For more information, visit mykpb.member365.org.


Halloween Night Cruises

On Oct. 22 and 23, 2021, beginning at 7 p.m., Armand Bayou Nature Center will offer night cruises where you’ll get a chance to experience the sights and sounds of the bayou at night and hear about some of the creepy critters that are important to the bayou ecosystem. Space is limited. The cruises will also be offered on Oct. 29 and 30. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit abnc.org.


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Oct. 23, 2021, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Find a drop-off location near you and other details at deadiversion.usdoj.gov.


Charlton Park Volunteer Tree Planting

On Oct. 23, 2021, from 9 a.m.-noon, the Houston Parks & Recreation Department’s Natural Resources Management Program will host a volunteer tree planting event at  a tree planting event at Charlton Park, 8200 Park Place Blvd. Volunteers will plant 250 trees at the park along Sims Bayou as part of our Riparian Restoration Initiative. Pre-registration is required. Register by emailing Naturalresources@houstontx.gov.


Lawther-Deer Park Prairie Workday

On Oct. 23, 2021, from 9 a.m.-noon, the Houston chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas will hold a volunteer work day at the Lawther-Deer Park Prairie. RSVP to HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org or call Glenn at 1-936-827-7978.  For more information, visit houstonprairie.org.


Fall B.O.P.A Collection Event

On Oct. 23, 2021, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Keep Kingwood Green, the City of Houston and Council Member Dave Martin will host a BOPA items (Batteries, Oils, Paints, Anti-freeze) collection event at the Kingwood METRO Park and Ride, 3210 W. Lake Houston Parkway. The event is free and open to all City of Houston residents. A valid Texas driver’s license or other proof of residency will be required. This is a rain or shine event, except in the case of severe weather. Business waste will not be accepted. For more information, including the full list of items that will be accepted (or not), visit keepkingwoodgreen.org.


Texas Conservation Association Annual Meeting and 50th Anniversary Celebration

On Oct. 23, 2021, from 10-11:30 a.m., the Texas Conservation Association will hold its Annual Meeting and 50th Anniversary Celebration virtually. Dr. Andy Sansom, director of environmental strategy at Texas State University,  former executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and former executive director of the Texas Nature Conservancy, will be the keynote speaker. For more information and to register, visit tcatexas.org.


ArBOOretum Fall Festival

On Oct. 23, 2021, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center will hold ArBOOretum, its biggest family event of the year. ArBOOretum features fun fall activities for all ages including live animals, pumpkin decorating, and Houston’s only Trick-or-Treat Nature Trail. Comfortable walking shoes and costumes are encouraged. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit houstonarboretum.org.


2021 KBR Kids Day

On Oct. 23, 2021, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Buffalo Bayou Partnership will host KBR Kids Day, a day of free family fun at Tony Marron Park, 808 N. York St. Activity stations will include numerous hands-on activities from over 20 Houston partners, local entertainment, and performances on the H-E-B stage, Dia de los Muertos face painters, balloon artists, a rock climbing wall, and more. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, visit buffalobayou.org.


Fall Farm-to-Table Dinner

On Oct. 23, 2021, from 4:30-9:30 p.m., the Blackwood Educational Land Institute in Hempstead will hold its Fall Farm-to-Table Dinner, a way of providing an evening of retreat in nature, a celebration of the season, and a nourishing, grounding experience to end what has been a tryingly uncertain year in enjoyment and gratitude. Chef Cade Conlon has conceived a menu around our late Fall harvest with accents foraged from our surrounding 33 acres. Masks will be required when interacting with anyone outside your own party, and separate seating can be accommodated for any party. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit blackwoodliving.com.


Halloween Family Night Hikes

On Oct. 23, 2021, beginning at 6 p.m., the Armand Bayou Nature Center is offering Family Halloween Night Hikes. Along the hike, there will be demonstrations where your family group can learn about some of the spooky night creatures that make the nature center their home and why these animals are vital to our ecosystems. Space is limited. The hikes will be offered again on Oct. 30. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit abnc.org.


Bike Around the Bay 2021

From Oct. 23-24, 2021, the Galveston Bay Foundation will hold the annual Bike Around the Bay,  a fully supported two-day, 175-mile bicycle ride around Galveston Bay that showcases its natural beauty. The ride provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see and experience Galveston Bay on a bike while supporting a great local cause: protecting Galveston Bay for years to come. All skill levels are welcome. Riders have the option to participate in the full two-day route from Baytown to Galveston and back or select to ride one day only. For more information and to register, visit galvbay.org.


2021 AIA Houston Home Tour

From Oct. 23-24, 2021, American Institute of Architects – Houston will hold its annual AIA Home Tour, a nonprofit fundraiser and supports various AIA Houston initiatives throughout the year. Open to the public, the AIA Houston Home Tour showcases the finest residential architecture in the Houston area, as designed by licensed architects. Houses are chosen to showcase a variety of design styles demonstrating that excellence in design is not limited by size or dollars. Masks will be required at all the homes, including the check-in tables just outside the doors. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit aiahouston.org.


Climathon Houston 2021 Kick-Off

On Oct. 25, 2021, from noon-1 p.m., Impact Houston will kick off Climathon Houston 2021, which envisions a more prosperous, inclusive, climate-resilient economy, where finance flows to green projects and activities, and where motivated people are empowered with the skills and capacity they need to take action. The event will include a challenge lightning round and a team-building exercise. Challenges include: urban transitions, sustainable land use, sustainable production systems, and decision metrics and finance. For more information and to register, visit eventbrite.com.


Bacteria Implementation Group (BIG) Fall Meeting

On Oct. 26. 2021, from noon-1 p.m., the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Bacteria Implementation Group will hold its Fall 2021 meeting virtually. Topics will include the 2021 annual report, BIG Implementation Plan revisions, and Total Maximum Daily Load updates. To register, visit zoom.us.


Forum: Forestation Style Tree Plantings Along Houston’s Major Freeways

On Oct. 26, 2021, from noon-1 p.m., the Tree Strategy Implementation Group, a coalition of area groups focused on sponsoring a number of large-scale tree planting projects in the region, will host a presentation a discussion with Texas Department of Transportation’s Ethan Beeson, He will discuss forestation style tree plantings, native soils prep and native tree selection along greater Houston’s major freeways. Register for the forum at zoom.us. More information about the TSIG, and links to prior video recordings are available at houstonwilderness.org.


San Jacinto River Coalition Meeting

On Oct. 26, 2021, beginning at 6 p.m., Texas Heath and Environmental Alliance will host a meeting of the San Jacinto Coalition to discuss progress and changes at the San Jacinto River Waste Pits. Topics will include an update on the Superfund site status and the recently issued Unilateral Administrative Order. Register at zoom.us.


Building a Community of Prairie Citizens

On Oct. 27, 2021, from 3-5 p.m., the Houston Botanic Garden will host an in-person panel discussion in which horticulture and conservation experts will explore the importance of drawing on the prairie legacy of America to inspire a “prairie citizenry” to use new native landscapes to connect with our tallgrass past while also building a better future for all. For more informationand and to register, visit hbg.org.


Why We Shouldn’t Treat Our Soils Like Dirt

On Oct. 27, 2021, from 5-7 p.m., the Organic Horticulture Benefits Alliance will host a talk by David Ramjohn, CEO of AlgEternal Technologies, on the connection between healthy soil and healthy people and secrets of growing healthy plants with the least amount of work. The event will be held at the United Way of Greater Houston. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ohba.app.neoncrm.com.


Sage Advice – Salvia in Texas

On Oct. 27, 2021, from 6-7 p.m., the Hermann Park Conservancy will host a Garden & Nature talk by Stephen Brueggerhoff, a horticulture xxtension agent for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, on  ornamental Salvia species in Texas. He will explore a few Texas native plants used in home landscaping, hybrids that have made the Texas Superstar list, and review a few interesting species from Mexico. The event will be held at the Family Garden in the McGovern Centennial Gardens. For more information and to register, visit hermannpark.org.


10th Annual Gulf Coast Water Conservation Symposium

On Oct. 28, 2021, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., the Houston Advanced Research Center will host the 10th Annual Gulf Coast Water Conservation Symposium, which provides water utilities and other organizations interested in water management and conservation with the information needed to implement successful water conservation programs, effectively engage customers, and plan for the future. This year’s symposium is focused on case studies and tools to help attendees identify challenges and solutions for successfully managing water in their regions as an integrated resource. For more information and to register, visit harcresearch.org.


Northeast Trails Exploration Study Community Meeting

On Oct. 28, 2021, beginning at 6 p.m., Harris County Precinct One and the Houston Parks Board will co-host a virtual community meeting on the Northeast Trails Exploration study. An update will be provided on input received thus far and we will ask key questions to further refine community input for the study. To register, visit zoom.us.


Geothermal: Emission-free Electricity in Texas

On Oct. 28, 2021, beginning at 7 p.m., The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N will host a Going GREEN lecture titled “Geothermal: Emission-free Electricity in Texas”. Attendees will learn what geothermal energy is, the many uses of this inexhaustible, renewable resource, and where it is successfully being harnessed today; and how geothermal can accelerate the energy transition. For more information and to register, visit thewoodlandsgreen.org.


The Path of Hope: A Study on Climate Action for Faith Communities

From Oct. 28 through Nov. 13, 2021, the Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston will host an online discussion series built around 15-minute videos featuring interviews with US faith leaders, representatives of climate-impacted communities from the global South, and presentations by UN officials and other experts. The series focuses on how climate change is impacting the core ministries of faith communities around the world, how those impacts will increase in the future, and why these impacts create an imperative for people of faith to advocate for strong US climate action. For more information and to register, visit eventbrite.com.


Scary Stories to Tell in the Park

On Oct. 29, 2021, from 7-9 p.m., the Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire will host a fun and fascinating night of creepy nature stories, games, and a night hike through a moonlit nature park hosted by Head Naturalist Eric Duran. Learn scary stories from the natural world and have animal encounters with some of the Center’s creepier creatures. Snacks and adult beverages will be served at this adults only event for ages 21 and up. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit naturediscoverycenter.org.


Backyard Wild

On Oct. 27, 2021, beginning at 7 p.m., the Houston chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas will hold a virtual meeting featuring a presentation by Cee Cee Parker, who will share personal stories and her photography of her own ‘wildlife oasis’ – 31 acres in Fort Bend County – complete with her deer herd, Henri the blue heron, Farley the Fortunate Turtle, coyotes, and even a bobcat. Parker is on the Cullinan Park Advisory Board and Fort Bend Green. To register, visit zoom.us.


Prairie Restoration at Sims Bayou

On Oct. 30, 2021, from 9 a.m.-noon, the Houston Parks Board will host a volunteer event during International Bat Week to restore prairie land at the corner of Simsbrook Drive and S. Post Oak Road. This family-friendly volunteer opportunity includes planting and seeding. Volunteers will be split up upon arrival into 3-4 groups of 10 or less due to COVID-19 safety precautions. For more information and to register, visit houstonparksboard.org.


Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Fall Plant Sale

On Oct. 30, 2021, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center will host its Fall Plant Sale. ! A variety of Texas natives will be featured, including perennial and annual wildflowers (including milkweed), grasses, shrubs, and trees. These plants are perfect for attracting butterflies, bees, and other pollinators to your yard or garden while helping to conserve water, reduce mowing, protect the soil, and save money on fertilizer and pesticides. For more information, visit houstonarboretum.org.


San Leon Day By The Bay

On Oct. 30, 2021, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., the Houston Advanced Research Center and Galveston Bay Foundations will co-host a free, family-friendly event outside Topwater Grill, 815 Avenue O in San Leon. The event will feature will music, activities, raffles, and resources focused on water conservation, pollution reduction, septic system maintenance and more. Visitors can explore the recently-released 2021 Galveston Bay Report Card and the tools it provides for the community. For more information, visit Facebook.


Gulf of Mexico Conference abstracts due Nov. 12

The Gulf of Mexico Conference (GoMCon) is scheduled for April 25-28, 2022 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. GoMCon combines the annual Gulf of Mexico Alliance All Hands Meeting, the annual Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference, and the triannual State of the Gulf Summit. Emphasizing the intersection of science and management across the Gulf Coast region, GoMCon will include sessions on themes that are important to ecosystem and community resilience as well as restoration and natural resource management. The GoMCon Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for a presentation that promotes the integration of science and management into decision-making. The deadline for abstract submissions is Nov. 12, 2021. Learn More and submit and abstract at web.cvent.com.


Keep Texas Beautiful Fall Sweep continues through November 20

Keep Texas Beautiful’s annual Fall Sweep program is underway through Nov. 20, 2021. Volunteers interested in participating in the annual statewide cleanup event can visit KTB’s Events Calendar to find a location near them. The KTB Fall Sweep is a program to support the efforts of KTB Affiliates, nonprofits, volunteers, corporations, scout groups, and other community groups to organize fall cleanups and beautification projects. Registered participants will have access to an online event toolkit and receive trash bags and other cleanup supplies. Find full details at ktb.org.


Lights Out, Houston!

Through Nov. 30, 2021, Houston Audubon invites the public to participate in Lights Out, Houston for the fall migration season. Houston Audubon’s Lights Out for Birds Program, part of Lights Out Texas. Turn your non-essential, exterior lights off from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. throughout spring and fall migrations, especially during peak migration, which continues through October 29. Learn more at houstonaudublog.org.


Reminders About Ongoing Opportunities

  • People’s Eco-Challenge. Through Oct. 27, 2021, the Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites Houstonians of all faiths to participate in the People’s Eco-Challenge. Join the team at peoples.ecochallenge.org. For questions, contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.com.
  • Take Care of Texas Video Contest. Texas students in grades 6 – 12 are invited to create a 30-second video about how they take care of the environment, using data from its website. Participating students must upload their entry on or before 4 p.m. CST Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, with the required documents. Find the full contest rules and other important information at takecareoftexas.org.
  • Living the Change Discussion Group. Through Dec. 14, 2021, the Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston is hosting a weekly virtual discussion group in which participants can consider how they can reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to energy, transportation and food, based on the Walk on Earth Gently principles. For more information and to register, visit eventbrite.com.
  • Your Body Your Air. The Houston Public Library invites you to learn about types and sources of air pollution in Houston and the effect they have on our bodies in The Health Museum’s new exhibit Your Body Your Air. Created in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund, Your Body Your Air can be seen at various Houston Public Library locations through February 2022. Learn more at houstonlibrary.org.

TV: Texas Parks & Wildlife

Broadcast on KUHT Channel 8 at 3 p.m. each Saturday and on municipal access cable channels in Baytown, Deer Park, Houston, Texas City, Galveston, Nassau Bay, Pasadena, Seabrook, Sugar Land, and on HCC TV. More info on the TPWD website (* indicates a segment about the Houston area). For a preview, visit TPWD’s YouTube Page.

  • Known as a nature-lover’s paradise, the diverse ecosystems of Brazos Bend State Park attract equally diverse people from the nearby metropolis of Houston. Learn about some of the things visitors enjoy doing at this popular state park
  • Get an up-close look at a bat few folks ever get to see. Travel to east Texas and visit the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, to catch a glimpse of the rare Rafinesque’s big-eared bat
  • Bobwhite Quail cool off and chow-down in a Panhandle cotton field

Additional Upcoming Events


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