Resources for Educators » Environmental Resource Guide

The Environmental Resource Guide is a searchable, web-based resource that includes information about all organizations in the Greater Houston Area conducting environmental work. This guide is a one-stop-shop for any resources or connections you may need, and is updated often to ensure you have access to the newest information.

Scroll through the guide, view a list of all organizations, or view all categories of organizations below. At the very bottom of the page is an archive containing older versions of the printed guide available for download.

If you have any questions, would like to make edits to a current listing, or would like to add or remove an organizations, please reach out to charlotte.cisneros@cechouston.org.

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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
Work 2700 Southwest Freeway, Suite A Houston TX 77098 Work Phone: (281) 371-6696 Work Phone: (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
natalie@thewoodsproject.org

Brittany Jerz, Assistant Director
Brittany@thewoodsproject.org

Jessi Manley, Development Director
Jessi@thewoodsproject.org

 

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EcoRise

Purpose: To inspire a new generation of leaders to design a sustainable future for all. EcoRise develops standards aligned, K–12 school-based curricula that focus on sustainability, environmental literacy, design innovation, and social entrepreneurship. The curriculum empowers youth to tackle real-world challenges in their schools and communities. EcoRise also provides extensive teacher training and support with the curriculum and offers a Student Innovation Fund for student-driven grant projects.…More Details
Work 1023 Springdale Road, Building 1, Suite J Austin Texas 78721 Work Phone: 512-651-3563 Website: https://www.ecorise.org/impact/

Purpose: To inspire a new generation of leaders to design a sustainable future for all. EcoRise develops standards aligned, K–12 school-based curricula that focus on sustainability, environmental literacy, design innovation, and social entrepreneurship. The curriculum empowers youth to tackle real-world challenges in their schools and communities. EcoRise also provides extensive teacher training and support with the curriculum and offers a Student Innovation Fund for student-driven grant projects.

Curricula & Programs: 

  • Learn about EcoRise’s growing collection of award-winning, standards-aligned sustainability, green building, and design innovation curricula here
  • Sustainable Intelligence Program: PreK–12 teachers receive access to multiple EcoRise curricula including our flagship Sustainable Intelligence, professional development, and student-driven classroom grants.
  • Green Building Academy: High school CTE teachers receive access to EcoRise’s Green Building Lessons for a Sustainable Future curriculum, educators workshops and mentorship, and opportunities for students to connect to green building and field experiences.
  • Project-Based Learning Academy: This district-wide program provides a suite of training and support programs that shift the traditional paradigms of academic instruction using the PBL pedagogy.
  • Teacher Ambassador Program: EcoRise teachers have the opportunity to join a network of sustainability education leaders as a Teacher Ambassador or Education Fellow and help support and further the green schools movement.

Major Events: Students who receive a grant award for an Eco-Audit project are typically invited to participate in a Regional Student Innovation Showcase which has been expanded to include virtual showcases in 2020. These showcases are hosted each spring across the country to celebrate the next generation of innovators giving them a platform to present their green campus innovations.

Publications: EcoRise Monthly Newsletter

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Hermann Park Conservancy

Purpose:Founded in 1992, Hermann Park Conservancy is a nonprofit citizens' organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park, one of Houston's largest and most loved urban parks, where more than six million visitors make memories each year. Beyond raising funds to improve and maintain the Park, the Conservancy oversees strategic planning for Hermann Park’s future as well as programs focused on visitor services, conservation and stewardship, tree care, and operations and maintenance of the McGovern Centennial Gardens.…More Details
Work 1700 Hermann Drive Houston TX 77004 Work Phone: (713) 524-5876 Website: Hermann Park Conservancy Website

Purpose:Founded in 1992, Hermann Park Conservancy is a nonprofit citizens’ organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park, one of Houston’s largest and most loved urban parks, where more than six million visitors make memories each year.

Beyond raising funds to improve and maintain the Park, the Conservancy oversees strategic planning for Hermann Park’s future as well as programs focused on visitor services, conservation and stewardship, tree care, and operations and maintenance of the McGovern Centennial Gardens. For more information on the Conservancy, visit hermannpark.org.

Programs: Corporate sponsorship programs, volunteer programs and community events.

Major Events: Hermann Park Conservancy Kite Festival (held each March), Part to Port Bike Ride, Run in the Park, Evening in the Park Gala, Hats in the Park Luncheon, and Urban Green young professionals events.

Children’s Activities: Hermann Park Rail Road, Pedal boat rides, family volunteer opportunities, Hermann Park Conservancy Kite Festival (held each March), Children’s Story Hour (held every Friday in the McGovern Centennial Gardens’ Family Garden).

Volunteer Opportunities: Opportunities are available for individuals, corporations, civic associations, school groups, and families. They range from administrative duties and event preparation to weeding and tree planting. Contact Diane Kerr, for more information.

Speakers Bureau: Contact Doreen Stoller.

Publications: Parkside newsletter, Hermann Park Conservancy e-news.

Doreen Stoller, President
(713)-524-5876 ext. 331
Doreen@hermannpark.org

Diane Kerr, Director of Volunteer Programs
(713)-524-5876, ext. 332
dkerr@hermannpark.org
volunteer@hermannpark.org

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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: Houston Center for Creative Reuse

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
info@recycledarthouston.org

Cassie Manley
Secretary/Treasurer

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Friends of Don Greene

Purpose:  Engage. Educate. Empower. Providing opportunities for young people to learn about our environment and 21st Century Stewardship through engaging them, and providing knowledge and skills that empower them.   Programs: Conservation projects, scout merit badges, science teacher training, afternoon story time, hands-on student ecosystem lessons in the one-acre Don Greene Nature Park.…More Details
Mailing 9002 Chimney Rock Road, G234 Houston Texas 77096 Work Don Greene Nature Park 6009 Cypress Street Houston Texas 77074 Website: http://www.friendsofdongreene.org

Purpose:  Engage. Educate. Empower. Providing opportunities for young people to learn about our environment and 21st Century Stewardship through engaging them, and providing knowledge and skills that empower them.  

Programs: Conservation projects, scout merit badges, science teacher training, afternoon story time, hands-on student ecosystem lessons in the one-acre Don Greene Nature Park.

Major Events: Fall Fundraiser, monthly workdays.

Speaker’s Bureau: Contact Janice Walden about speaking engagements.

Volunteer Opportunities: Fall wildflower planting, Eagle Projects, monthly workdays at the park, website expertise, fundraising experts for board.

Contact:
Janice Walden, President
janice@friendsofdongreene.org
281-923-9600

Shawn McFarland, Secretary/Treasurer
shawn@friendsofdongreene.org

 

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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
aolson@buffalobayou.org

Trudi Smith, Director of Public Relations and Events
tsmith@buffalobayou.org

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Rice Environmental Analysis Program

Purpose: Rice Environmental Analysis is teaches students rigorous methods that are needed by industrial and governmental organizations to deal with environmental issues. Programs: The Environmental Analysis program includes track courses, a management course, a policy and ethics course, and a seminar with the students involved in the other Professional Master’s Program tracks.…More Details
Work Rice University 6100 Main St. Houston Texas 77005-1892 Work Phone: 713-348-0000 Website: Rice Environmental Analysis Program

Purpose: Rice Environmental Analysis is teaches students rigorous methods that are needed by industrial and governmental organizations to deal with environmental issues.

Programs: The Environmental Analysis program includes track courses, a management course, a policy and ethics course, and a seminar with the students involved in the other Professional Master’s Program tracks. It is a cross-disciplinary effort that incorporates courses from environmental science, earth science, statistics, chemistry, ecology and evolutionary biology, mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, chemical engineering, economics, computer science, and sociology.

Major Events: Rice Professional Science Master’s Corporate Reception, 1/30/19

Dagmar Beck, Director
dkbeck@rice.edu

Lindsey Hodge, PSM Program Administrator
lh29@rice.edu

 

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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
Work 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 14 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. Additionally, volunteers are needed to help in the Animal Care Program which runs every year from about March to October to help care for the thousands of baby animals admitted yearly. Please see the website for age requirements and additional details.

Education Center: TWRC Wildlife Center offers exciting, educational presentations with introductions to our amazing Animal Ambassadors.  We can also “customize” our presentation to expand upon specific curriculum. We have given presentations at schools for children of all ages, libraries, garden clubs, senior living communities, women’s clubs, Homeschool groups, Boy Scout and Girl Scout meetings and camps, many types of spring and summer camp programs, veterinary schools and veterinary student group meetings.

Mary Warwick, Operations Director
operations@twrcwildlifecenter.org

Liz Compton, Rehab Coordinator
rehab@twrcwildlifecenter.org

Victoria Hepburn, Outreach Coordinator

education@twrcwildlifecenter.org

Berri Moffett, Volunteer Coordinator

berri.moffett@twrcwildlifecenter.org

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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. Jill Boullion, Executive Director jboullion@bayouland.org Becky Martinez, Conservation Director bmartinez@bayouland.org Cherie Wilson, Office Administrator cwilson@bayouland.orgMore 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.

Jill Boullion, Executive Director
jboullion@bayouland.org

Becky Martinez, Conservation Director
bmartinez@bayouland.org

Cherie Wilson, Office Administrator
cwilson@bayouland.org

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Keep Houston Beautiful

Purpose: To achieve sustainable community improvement by providing programs that educate the public, combat blight, prevent litter, minimize waste and beautify Houston’s public spaces. Programs: Adopt-A-Block and Adopt-A-Ditch Program; weekend cleanups and tool lending library; community beautification and edible community garden projects; civic leader and teacher training workshops. Teacher worksheets are available on the website for classroom use.…More Details
Work 104 N. Greenwood Houston TX 77011 Work Phone: (713) 839-8855 Work Phone: (713) 839-8880 Website: Keep Houston Beautiful Website

Purpose: To achieve sustainable community improvement by providing programs that educate the public, combat blight, prevent litter, minimize waste and beautify Houston’s public spaces.

Programs: Adopt-A-Block and Adopt-A-Ditch Program; weekend cleanups and tool lending library; community beautification and edible community garden projects; civic leader and teacher training workshops. Teacher worksheets are available on the website for classroom use. Speakers are available, contact Amy Reed.

Major Events: Mayor’s Proud Partners

Awards and Luncheon; Great American Cleanup; Keep Houston Beautiful Day; Annual Bar Association Cleanup; Texas Recycles Day; Home Run for Astros Tree Plantings; America Recycles Day.

Children’s Activities: Keep Schools Beautiful Day; Lucky the Ladybug; Storm water Curriculum; Keep America Beautiful’s Water in Place Curriculum.

Volunteer Opportunities: Clean up and beautification weekend workdays, clerical, artists, special event information booths.

Publications: Clean Neighborhoods Manual; Guide to Earth Quilt Gardens; Recycling Activity Book for Kids; A Guide to Creating Environmental Outdoor Learning Centers; Enewsletter; Adopt-an-Esplanade Guide.

Amy Reed, Executive Director
areed@houstonbeautiful.org

Mike Aden, Warehouse Technician
warehouse@houstonbeautiful.org

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Houston Audubon Society

Purpose: To advance the conservation of birds and positively impact their supporting environments. Founded in 1969. Meetings: with speakers are held the second Thursday of alternate school months: Sept, Nov, Jan, March, & May at United Way Center at 50 Waugh Drive. See website for details. Houston Audubon Nature Photography Association (HANPA) meetings: Third Wednesdays of each month, Sept-May, 7 p.m., HAS headquarters.…More Details
Work Headquarters – Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary 440 Wilchester Blvd. Houston TX 77079 Other Education Headquarters – Raptor and Education Center 3997 River Drive Houston TX 77017 Work Phone: (713) 932-1639 Headquarters/Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary Work Phone: (713) 640-2407 Raptor and Education Center Website: Houston Audubon Society Blog: Houston Audublog

Purpose: To advance the conservation of birds and positively impact their supporting environments. Founded in 1969.

Meetings: with speakers are held the second Thursday of alternate school months: Sept, Nov, Jan, March, & May at United Way Center at 50 Waugh Drive. See website for details. Houston Audubon Nature Photography Association (HANPA) meetings: Third Wednesdays of each month, Sept-May, 7 p.m., HAS headquarters.

Programs: Live bird outreach programs for schools, civic groups, libraries; field trips; guided tours of the Edith L. Moore Bird Sanctuary; birding classes. Children’s Activities: Community Outreach Programs, Bayou Buddies, Titmouse Club, Summer Camp, Family Nature Explore Club. Girl Scout badge programs and Girl/Boy Scout service projects.

Major Events: Spring Migration at High Island sanctuaries; Birdathon (Mar-Apr.); Annual gala “Avian Affair”; Christmas Bird Counts; Bird Week (end of Sept.)

Volunteer Opportunities: Gardening, trail guides, field research, trail crew, clerical, advocacy, events, photography, video editing, education, data entry, event support, translating, Young Professionals Advisory Council.

Speakers Bureau: Contact Mary Anne Weber maweber@houstonaudubon.org

Houston Audubon Society includes Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Waller, Washington and Wharton counties.

Helen E. Drummond, Executive Director
hdrummond@houstonaudubon.org
713-932-1639 ext. 107

Rachel Schipul, Operations Manager
rschipul@houstonaudubon.org
713-932-1639 ext. 104

Lauren Miheli, Volunteer Coordinator
lmiheli@houstonaudubon.org
713-932-1639 ext. 102

 

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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. 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., suite 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.

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.

Wendy J. Ledbetter., Executive Director
director@bigthicket.org

Tera Adler
BTA@bigthicket.org

Dr. Terrie C. Looney, Director Thicket of Diversity & Environmental Education
director@thicketofdiversity.org
NribEdu@gmail.com

Kathy Smartt, Vice President
kabsgirl@hotmail.com

John Stafford, President

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Armand Bayou Nature Center

Purpose: To preserve 2,500 acres of vanishing coastal prairie, hardwood forest and bayou wilderness habitat and wildlife refuge; to give opportunities to experience and understand the remaining natural ecosystem; to reconnect people with nature. Programs: Year–round adult, child, and family programs including Third Sundays in Nature Series, FREE to the public; Eco-Exploration pontoon boat and canoe trips; guided day and night hikes; Eco-Camp summer and holiday camps; Great Texas Birding Trail Site 81; Teachers can receive SBEC credit for classes.…More Details
Work 8500 Bay Area Blvd Pasadena TX 77507 Other P.O. Box 58828 Houston TX 77258 Work Phone: (281) 474-2551 Work Phone: (281) 474-2552 Website: Armand Bayou Nature Center

Purpose: To preserve 2,500 acres of vanishing coastal prairie, hardwood forest and bayou wilderness habitat and wildlife refuge; to give opportunities to experience and understand the remaining natural ecosystem; to reconnect people with nature.

Programs: Year–round adult, child, and family programs including Third Sundays in Nature Series, FREE to the public; Eco-Exploration pontoon boat and canoe trips; guided day and night hikes; Eco-Camp summer and holiday camps; Great Texas Birding Trail Site 81; Teachers can receive SBEC credit for classes. Speakers are available to come speak to your classroom or group, contact website or call for booking.

Major Events: Apr. – World Migratory Bird Day; May – Fundraising Dinner and Auction; Oct. – Creepy Crawlers; Nov. – Martyn Farm Harvest Festival; Dec. – Christmas Bird Count

Children’s Activities: Critter Corner, Connections and Bayou Studies classes; naturalist lead and self-guided school field trips; scout programs;

Volunteer Opportunities: Prairie Friday Team, Stewardship Saturday Team, Trail Guides and History Interpreters, Environmental Education Docents, Nature Center Maintenance Crew, Teen Volunteer Corps, BSA Venturing Crew, seasonal prairie and bayou marsh restoration.

Publications: Along the Bayou, Bayou Foliage

Tim Pylate: Executive Director
Phone: (281) 474-2551
Email: tim@abnc.org

Heather Millar
Phone: 713 274 2667
Email: heather@abnc.org

Mark Kramer
Phone: 713 274 2672
Email: mark@abnc.org

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Urban Harvest

Purpose: Cultivating thriving communities through gardening and access to healthy, local food. Programs: Every year, Urban Harvest conducts more than 100 classes on a variety of subjects ranging from canning vegetables to living sustainably through permaculture principles. We offer adviceeducation, and services to provide parents, teachers, and administrators with information to build and maintain a successful and sustainable school garden program. …More Details
Work 3302 Canal, Suite 73 Houston TX 77003 Work Phone: (713) 880-5540 Website: Urban Harvest Website

Purpose: Cultivating thriving communities through gardening and access to healthy, local food.

Programs: Every year, Urban Harvest conducts more than 100 classes on a variety of subjects ranging from canning vegetables to living sustainably through permaculture principles. We offer adviceeducation, and services to provide parents, teachers, and administrators with information to build and maintain a successful and sustainable school garden program. The Urban Harvest Farmers Markets bring the bounty of the garden to Houstonians several times a week year round, rain or shine. Urban Harvest supports more than 130 community gardens planted with a variety of goals. Urban Harvest provides gardening advice through classes, programs, books, and extensive resources online.

Major Events: Fruit Tree Sale.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are essential for Urban Harvest to fulfill its mission. Whether as a Farmers Market assistant or volunteering at a school garden build, we need your help!

Publications: Quarterly Planting Guide; Monthly Newsletter; Book: Year Round Vegetables, Fruits, and Flowers for Metro Houston by Bob Randall, Ph. D.

Janna Roberson,  Executive Director
Ext. 1013
janna@urbanharvest.org

Libby Kennedy, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Ext. 1021
libby@urbanharvest.org

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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
kklay@artistboat.org

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Children’s Museum of Houston’s EcoStation

Purpose: Founded in 1981 to transform communities through innovative, and child-centered learning. The Houston region has one of the largest child populations in the United States and Children’s Museum Houston serves an audience of more than 1 million children and families each year. Children’s Museum Houston is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that relies on private and public contributions.…More Details
Work 1500 Binz Houston TX 77004 Work Phone: (713) 522-1138 Website: Children\’s Museum of Houston\’s EcoStation Website

Purpose: Founded in 1981 to transform communities through innovative, and child-centered learning.
The Houston region has one of the largest child populations in the United States and Children’s Museum Houston serves an audience of more than 1 million children and families each year. Children’s Museum Houston is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that relies on private and public contributions.

Henry Yau, Director of Public Relations and Promotions
hyau@cmhouston.org
(713) 535-7267

Tammie Kahn, Executive Director
tkahn@cmhouston.org
(713) 535-7215

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Student Conservation Association

Purpose: To build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire stewardship of our environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. Programs: A year-round volunteer program and a paid summer job opportunity for high school students, each featuring hands-on outdoor service learning, camping and outdoor recreation.…More Details
Work 2990 Richmond Avenue, Suite 400 Houston TX 77098 Work SCA National Office 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 825 Arlington VA 22203 Work Phone: (713) 520-1835 Work Phone: (713) 520-1562 Work Phone: (703) 524-244 SCA National Office Website: Student Conservation Association Website Website: Houston Program

Purpose: To build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire stewardship of our environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.

Programs: A year-round volunteer program and a paid summer job opportunity for high school students, each featuring hands-on outdoor service learning, camping and outdoor recreation. Additional paid and volunteer programs all over the country for students and adults.

Major Events: Martin Luther King Day and Earth Day.

Volunteer Opportunities: SCA offers local and national, paid and volunteer opportunities for ages 15 and up, in over 50 disciplines. These include paid Summer Community Crews, volunteer School Year Crews, Conservation and Education Corps and Internships all over the country. See our website for more details or contact Julie Mintzer.

Valeria De Casa, Houston Program Coordinator
(713) 520-1835
vcasas@thesca.org

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Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Purpose: To provide education about the natural environment to people of all ages and to protect and enhance the Arboretum as a haven and as a sanctuary for native plants and animals. Programs: Adult classes on nature, wildlife, art, photography, food and wine, and more. We also offer family programs, special events, Memberships, private group tours, guided nature hikes, citizen science opportunities, a Nature Shop, and rentals.…More Details
Work 4501 Woodway Drive` Houston TX 77024-7708 Work Phone: (713)-681-8433 Website: Houston Arboretum and Nature Center Website

Purpose: To provide education about the natural environment to people of all ages and to protect and enhance the Arboretum as a haven and as a sanctuary for native plants and animals.

Programs: Adult classes on nature, wildlife, art, photography, food and wine, and more. We also offer family programs, special events, Memberships, private group tours, guided nature hikes, citizen science opportunities, a Nature Shop, and rentals. See website for details

Major Events: Arbor Day in January, Tapas on the Trails in February, Earth Day in April, Alfresco Gala in April, Native Plant Sale in spring and fall, Pup Crawl in spring, Bingo events in summer, ArBOOretum in October, Arbor Cup Golf Tournament in October.

Children’s Activities: Tyke Hikes for 18 months – 3 years, Home School for 5-12 years, Summer, Winter and Spring Break Camps for 4-12 years, Boy and Girl Scout programs, Guided Field Experience & Discovery Room programs for school groups, Birthday Parties.

Volunteer Opportunities: We use individual volunteers for conservation, gardening, Discovery Room, lobby/gift shop,special events, educational programs, outreach events and more. Group Opportunities available.

Publications: Website; quarterly Program Guide, e-newsletter: the Leaflet.

Debbie Markey, Executive Director
(713)-366-0371
dmarkey@houstonarboretum.org

Christine Mansfield, Marketing and Development
(713)-366-0426
cmansfield@houstonarboretum.org

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Houston Zoo Wildlife Conservation Program

Purpose: Our mission is to make the Houston Zoo a leader in conservation as it relates to the survival of threatened wildlife, wise use of natural resources, and the appreciation of our natural world by zoo visitors. Publications: Members quarterly Wildlife Magazine. Major Events: Conservation Gala, Call of the Wild Speakers Series, Earth Day, Feast with the Beasts, Zoobilee, Zoo Boo, Spotlight on Species Weekends.…More Details
Work 6200 Hermann Park Drive Houston TX 77030 Work Mailing Address: 1513 Cambridge Houston TX 77030 Work Phone: (713) 533-6500 Website: Houston Zoo Wildlife Conservation Program Website

Purpose: Our mission is to make the Houston Zoo a leader in conservation as it relates to the survival of threatened wildlife, wise use of natural resources, and the appreciation of our natural world by zoo visitors.

Publications: Members quarterly Wildlife Magazine.

Major Events: Conservation Gala, Call of the Wild Speakers Series, Earth Day, Feast with the Beasts, Zoobilee, Zoo Boo, Spotlight on Species Weekends.

Children’s Activities: Educational programming, Wild Winks, Summer and Winter Camps, Zoomobile Outreach Programs.

Volunteer Opportunities: Houston Zoo Volunteer Programs for individuals and corporations: education@houstonzoo.org or (713) 533-6549.

Peter Riger,
Vice President of Conservation and Education

Renee Bumpus,
Conservation Programs Manager

Jackie Wallace,
Director of Public Relations

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Houston Botanic Garden

Purpose: To establish and sustain a premier botanic garden to promote public appreciation and understanding of plants, gardens, and conservation of the natural world through education and scientific enquiry. Through discovery, education and the conservation of plants and the natural environment, the HBG aims to enrich lives, serve as a model for sustainability, and inspire all who visit to become environmental stewards.…More Details
Work 3701 Kirby Drive Suite 992 Houston TX 77098 Work Phone: (713) 715-9675 Website: Houston Botanic Garden website

Purpose: To establish and sustain a premier botanic garden to promote public appreciation and understanding of plants, gardens, and conservation of the natural world through education and scientific enquiry. Through discovery, education and the conservation of plants and the natural environment, the HBG aims to enrich lives, serve as a model for sustainability, and inspire all who visit to become environmental stewards.

Programs: Current programs entail fundraising and implementation of Phase I of the Houston Botanic Garden master plan. Once open, partnerships with area schools and universities will make the garden an exceptional classroom, and HBG looks forward to partnering with garden clubs and many civic organizations across the City of Houston.

Volunteer Opportunities: Contact the general email for volunteer opportunities.

Claudia Gee Vassar, President and General Counsel

Brent E. Moon, Horticulture Manager

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