Blackwood Land Institute
Purpose: Blackwood Educational Land Institute is an ecosystem and living classroom that inspires and teaches students of all ages to explore the natural web of life and to develop a healthy, respectful relationship with nature.
Major Events: Counselor Training Week, Blackwood Nature Camp Weeks, Edible Garden Tour, Sustainability Bike Ride
Children’s Activities: Blackwood Educational Land Institute reconnects children to nature through hands-on experiences that teach them about food and where it comes from, the value of community and collaboration, and the pleasure of being outdoors. Call or contact through the website for camp location and for registration.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer your time at the Blackwood Land Institute by filling out an application on their website.
Cath Conlon, Founder and CEO
Gabi Graves, Program Coordinator & Nature Camp Director
27144 Rock Island Road Hempstead TX 77445
Greens Bayou Coalition
Purpose: Founded in 2007 to address quality of life issues along the 45-mile watershed through flood mitigation, parks & trails development, preservation of green space, and economic development.
Major Events: Annual Meeting, Bayou Clean Up Days, Tree Plantings.
Volunteer Opportunities: Committee service, Clean-up days, tree plantings, site preparation on park development, Adopt-A-Site, Volunteer Water Quality Testers.
Speakers Bureau: Call Candice Pauley at (281) 874-2139.
Kelly Snook, Executive Director
Colleen Ulibarri, Program Manager
16945 Northchase Drive, Suite 1900 Houston TX 77060
Brays Bayou Association
Purpose: To reduce the risk of flooding in the Brays Bayou watershed.
Meetings: Open meetings are held the third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room., The Gathering Place, 5410 South Willow Drive, 77035
Major Events: Annual meeting in March.
Volunteer Opportunities: Contact Bob Schwartz.
Speakers Bureau: Speakers available to give presentations in classrooms or to groups. Contact Bob Schwartz.
Publications: Articles in various media.
Bob Schwartz, President
Charles Goforth, Vice President
Bob Marshall, Vice President Emeritus
Don Hickle, Secretary
Charles Goforth, Acting Treasurer
4999 W. Bellfort Houston TX 77096
Houston Peace and Justice Center
Purpose: The Houston Peace and Justice Center provides networks and resources for organizations and individuals to advance peace and social justice.
Programs: Links and resources to various social justice movements happening in the area.
Volunteer Opportunities: Fill out an application online to become a volunteer.
Speakers Bureau: See website for events and speaker bookings.
Publications: Blog posts, e-mail newsletter.
HPJC Executive Committee:
Jeff Reese, President
Don Cook, Vice President
Brenda Padilla, Volunteer Coordinator
Danielle Niangar, Communication Secretaries
Cheryl Crosier, Treasurer
Dave Atwood, At-large
Jasmin Patel, At-large
Joe Marcincowski, At-large
Shawn McFarland, At-large
Evan Silverman, Development Director
P.O. Box 66234 Houston TX 77266-6234
Outdoor Nature Club
Purpose: To cooperate in the enjoyment and study of nature; to further conservation of natural resources and foster interest in them, and to work toward the establishment and maintenance of natural sanctuaries and preserves.
Meetings: Second Thursday, 7:30 p.m.,
Sept.- May at Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet.
Botany/Entomology has the materials and expertise to share the wonders of plants and insects. Group members study native plants and insects of east Texas and the upper Texas coast.
ONC/Ornithology Group members are interested in birds. Some members focus on bird identification and listing, some enjoy studying bird behavior and habitat, some just enjoy watching birds.
Major Events: Monthly field trip; monthly subgroup meetings and field trips. Monthly open house with camping at the 650-acre Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary near Evergreen, Texas.
Children’s Activities: Birding field trips.
Publications: Newsletter, Nature Notes; ornithology group newsletter, The Spoonbill; yearbook with activity calendar.
Nina Rach, President
Connie Blakely, Secretary-Treasurer
PO Box 1014 Bellaire TX 77402-1014
Environment Texas Research & Policy Center
Purpose: Protection of Texas’ air, water and open spaces. Improving the quality of our environment and our lives by using independent research and tough-minded advocacy to win concrete results for our environment.
Program Priorities: Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Open Space Preservation, Clean Air and Water, Global Warming. Environmental Policy Development, Legislative Advocacy, Public Education, Media Outreach, Grassroots Organizing, Clean Air Act Enforcement.
Publications: Newsletter, Annual Report, Weekly Email Updates, Bi-weekly audio Podcast on iTunes, Policy Reports:
http://www.environmenttexas.org/reports, Legislative Scorecard: http://www.environmenttexas.org/legislature/legislative-scorecard, Blog:
Houston Events: Environmental Leadership Conference and Activist Training, Student Internship Program.
Volunteer and Internship Opportunities: Contact (512) 610-0084.
Luke Metzger, Director
John Rumpler, Senior Environmental Attorney
200 East 30th St. Austin TX 78705
City of Houston Environmental Health Division
Purpose: HDHHS’ Environmental Health Services division provides a variety of programs and services relating to air and water pollution, occupational health and food establishments.
Programs: The Environmental Health Division provides three main programs, which provide support and education to the community, and responds to complaints:
Bureau of Community and Children’s Environmental Health-childhood lead poisoning, indoor air quality, occupational health, medical waste, radiation compliance and smoking.(832) 393-5141
Bureau of Pollution Control and Prevention-air and water quality, landfills, industrial and municipal wastewater treatment plants, illegal dumping, illicit discharges and storage of solid/hazardous waste.
Bureau of Consumer Health Services-food safety, swimming pool safety, charitable food services, and special waste and complaints.
Patrick Key, Assistant Director
Houston Health Department Director
Houston Health Department 8000 North Stadium Drive Houston TX 77054
Planned Parenthood of Houston & SE Texas
Purpose: To ensure the right and ability of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing health services, education, and advocacy. Founded in 1936.
Programs: Teen and Family/Community Education on sexuality and relationships. HIV education and medical services: affordable, preventive reproductive health services provided at 10 health centers in Houston and SE Texas; call (800) 230-PLAN or visit
Major Events: Luncheon to commemorate the Roe vs. Wade decision, January.
Volunteer Opportunities: Assistance is needed in health centers, administration, school programs, and public affairs. Contact Anitra Daniel, Director of Volunteers at (713) 831-6522 or [email protected].
Speakers Bureau: (713) 522-6240 or
Melaney Linton, President and CEO
Rochelle Tafolla, VP Communications and Marketing / Media/Press
Meryl Cohen, VP Education
4600 Gulf Freeway Houston TX 77023
Central City Co-Op
Purpose: Our mission is to support sustainable, chemical free farming practices through offering both 1) sustainably raised local and 2) certified USDA organic national produce and farm goods to our community at the fairest prices possible. We were founded in September 2001.
Publications: Weekly newsletter, sign-up through the website, http://www.centralcityco-op.org
Programs: Co-op markets held every Wednesday, occasional health and nutrition related seminars during Wednesday co-op.
Volunteer Opportunities: Plentiful! Mostly Wednesday & Saturday, some committee work and other hours available.
2515 Waugh Drive (inside Kindred Church) Houston TX 77006
Cypresswood Water Conservation Garden
Purpose: Harris County Water Conservation and Improvement District (WCID) 132’s Water Conservation and Demonstration Center showcases efficient, sustainable water techniques and practices, which are aimed at providing solutions applicable to suburban landscapes whose owners desire to conserve water while sustaining beautiful plant materials.
The Center’s focus – water conservation in the landscape – is shared through presentations, site features, and plants. Presentations on water saving and sustainable practices include watering established plants with captured rainwater and air conditioner condensate, mulching to conserve moisture, working with the soil’s capacity to hold water, eliminating invasive species, and composting. Site features and materials, approximately 20 found in each of the 16 demonstration areas, include rain barrels, rain gardens, rain chains, and reused and recycled materials.
William Papp, President
Jim Dow, Vice President
Cindy Lane, Secretary
Gary Toll, Asst. Secretary
Mary Bonetati, Asst. Secretary
4107 Evening Trail Drive Spring TX 77388
Help Endangered Animals – Ridley Turtles
Purpose: To work for the preservation of endangered turtles and to be involved in the international project to save Kemp’s Ridley Turtles HEART is an affiliate of the Turtle Island Restoration Network with an office in Galveston at 2228 Broadway.
Sea Turtle Hotline: (866) TURTLE-5 (866-887-8535). Please call if you see a sea turtle, eggs, or hatchlings on the beach. The caller will be given the telephone number of a sea turtle biologist or agency representative. This trained individual will go to the beach where the turtle was found as soon as possible.
Meetings: A HEART report is given during the Piney Woods Wildlife Society meetings. Meetings are held monthly on every third Wednesday (except June, July and August) at the Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston Park (http://www.hcp4.net/ccenters/info.htm) located at 709 Riley Fuzzel Road in Spring just 0.2 miles east of the Hardy Toll Road, before you get to the Spring Creek Bridge.
Educational programs: A DVD
entitled “The Heartbreak Turtle Today” is available upon request and a small donation to cover postage and handling.
Carole Allen, Chair
Al Barr, Committee Member
P.O. Box 681231 Houston TX 77268-1231
Houston Climate Protection Alliance
Purpose: Houston Climate Protection Alliance connects residents of the greater Houston-Galveston region concerned about global warming so we can learn and act together.
Meetings: First Sundays of each month at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin at Southmore. Time is usually 1:15 p.m., but please call to confirm and for topic information.
Programs: Speakers are available to give presentations to your class or school group.
Tim Mock, Co-Chair
Dr. Louis C. Smith, Co-Chair
Nancy Edwards, Treasurer
3211 Elmridge St Houston TX 77025-4311
Save Buffalo Bayou
Purpose: To educate the public and public officials about proper land management on our many streams, drawing on the latest science, and to advocate for enlightened flood and erosion control and drainage policies and practices that respect the natural process of our local bayous and creeks, their floodplains and watersheds, the trees and vegetation growing on their banks, all of which are so vital for the health of our waters, our environment, and us.
Programs: Paddle with geologist Tom Helm on a two-hour floating class down a historic nature area on Buffalo Bayou. Learn about our 18,000 year old bayou, about the formation of the bluffs and sandstone rocks during the last ice age, and see how the sand moves downstream, why the way the river looks the way it does, and much more. Classes can be scheduled any day of the week for small groups; larger groups can schedule for weekends only.
Frank C. Smith, Jr., Board Founding President
Susan Chadwick, Executive Director
4121 Mandell #3 Houston Texas 77006
Keep Kingwood Green
Purpose: To educate and advocate for recycling in the Lake Houston area (and other issues as appropriate). Non-profit 501c3, all volunteer organization.
Major Projects: Participation in Kleenwood, Nature Fest, YMCA events, Kingwood Farmers Market, and other recycling events in the area. We work with the City of Houston, Humble ISD and other governmental units to facilitate and educate about recycling. We hold public meetings, publish Green Columns and recycling brochures, host a “Where Can I Recycle” website and “hotline” and help local businesses “go green.”
Speakers Bureau: Speakers available for community groups and schools, mostly on recycling topics. Contact: Katrin McManis.
Herlinda Gonzalez, President of the Board
Brigitte Collee, VP/Development Director
Susan Pollard, Secretery/Community Association Liaison
Uma Rajendran, Treasurer
Katrin McManis, Education Director
Hal Opperman, Board Member, Special Projects
Kevin McManis, Board Member, Special Projects
Mitzi Braathan, Board Member, Special Projects
P.O. Box 5125 Kingwood TX 77325
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.
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: [email protected]
Phone: 713 274 2667
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 713 274 2672
Email: [email protected]
8500 Bay Area Blvd Pasadena TX 77507
P.O. Box 58828 Houston TX 77258
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.
Can Houston Feed Itself?
Is Denser Greener?
The Resilient Coast
Choices for Growth
Texas Coastal Wetland Guidebook
5 Tips for Organic Lawn Care
Dr. John Jacob, Extension Specialist/Team Leader/Professor
Charriss York, Stormwater Program Specialist
Steve Mikulencak, Planning Programs Leader
Valeria Keese, Program Coordinator, Resilience and Sustainability Planner
1335 Regents Park Dr., Suite 260 Houston TX 77058
Gulf Restoration Network
Purpose: The Gulf Restoration Network (GRN) is a network of environmental, social justice, and citizens’ groups and individuals committed to restoring the Gulf of Mexico to an ecologically and biologically sustainable condition. Within this vision, we see the mission of GRN as one of uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the resources of the Gulf Region for future generations.
Programs: Resolve to Restore Louisiana Wetlands, the Gulf Coast is ground zero for the impacts of Global Warming, Save Our Cypress campaign, Save the Bait – Protect Menhaden in the Gulf of Mexico, Natural Defenses – protect our coastal wetlands and barrier islands, Defend our Nature Coast – Florida, Species at Risk, BP Drilling Disaster.
Major Events: Gulf Gathering annual retreat.
Volunteer Opportunities: Internships.
Publications: Gulf Currents – quarterly newsletter blog: http://www.healthygulf.org/blog/
Cyn Sarthou, Executive Director
(504) 525-1528 ext. 202
Ariadne Acevedo, Director of Membership and Community Fundraising
(504) 525-1528 ext. 210
Raleigh Hoke, Campaign Director
(504) 525-1528 ext. 204
Andrew Whitehurst, Water Program Director
504-525-1528 ext. 205
P. O. Box 2245 New Orleans LA 70176
1010 Common St. Suite 902 New Orleans LA 70112
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. 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
2990 Richmond Avenue, Suite 400 Houston TX 77098
SCA National Office 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 825 Arlington VA 22203