When most people think of giving their time to a charity or organization to volunteer you think of helping people or animals. Many are not aware there are organizations out there where you can give your time and money to help our environment. These experiences are a wonderful way to teach our children the importance of taking care of our planet. You will find opportunities for you and your family to help conserve and save our earth with your dedication. Below are some places in Houston, Texas to volunteer and help out the environment.
Hermann Park Conservancy
3201-A Hermann Park Drive
Houston, Texas 77030
This popular public park located near downtown Houston is located close to many activities including the Houston Zoo and Miller Outdoor Theatre. The park is open daily from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. The Japanese gardens are open 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. With so many people in Houston, Texas enjoying this wonderful park daily it is important to take care of the park and its resources. The Hermann Park Conservancy is an organization that works in conjunction with RSVP of the Texas Gulf Coast to take care of the park.
The Hermann Park Conservancy need volunteers year round to help with the upkeep and improvement of this green space that is vital to many. Volunteers are needed in many ways some include: teaching the public the importance of preserving the environment and green space, helping with accessibility and increasing the parks visibility. Volunteers who cannot work outdoors can still help in an administrative capacity. Some of the programs that are successful in large part due to volunteers are the Park to Park Run, the John P. McGovern Golf Tournament and the very popular Holiday Lights at Christmas. They have a wonderful two week program for teens called the Conservation Posse. This program helps teach them about environmental issues, conservation and is free. Here you can read more about all the wonderful programs for volunteers.
2311 Canal Street, Suite #200
Houston, Texas 77003
713-880-5540 Extension #17
This Houston, Texas non-profit organization is the best places to volunteer if you are interested in improving our way of life through optimizing the use of locally grown foods. Urban Harvest helps to start community and school gardens in the Houston area. They teach places of worship and neighborhood groups how to grow food to donate to the hungry. They also teach gardening classes and have a very successful farmers market weekly at two locations. They have the one farmers market on Richmond Avenue and one at Discovery Green downtown, here you can get more details. Their goal is to teach respect for the environment and the importance of sustainability with their community gardens and classes. Participating gives you the opportunity to helps others purchase food grown local and reduce our carbon footprint greatly.
Here you can find a complete list of their many opportunities for volunteers. You will find they are in need of after school garden assistants, a photographer, class assistants, community garden volunteers, a farmer’s market greeter and class assistants. You do not need experience, their have volunteer positions that are long term and short term for people with all levels of experience.
Memorial Park Conservancy
P.O. Box 131024
Houston, Texas 77219
Memorial Park is one of Houston’s most popular parks, about 4 million Houstonians use this beautiful park each year. It is over 1500 wooded acre that runs near Buffalo Bayou and IH-10 and IH-610. Many people do not know it is actually larger than New York city’s Central Park. Here you will find facilities for running, swimming, tennis, walking, cycling, fitness facilities and a perfect park for bird watching. With all this park offers Houston it is important to have volunteers to help keep beautiful, it is an important part of our city and has a large impact on our local environment and quality of life.
On Thursday, October the 14th at the Bayou Club the will be having A Green Gala to benefit The Memorial Park Conservancy organization.Here you can read all the details and see how you can attend and support them. There are many other ways you can volunteer to help keep the park green and thriving. The schedules are flexible you can volunteer for the morning or afternoon, and on a day of the week that is convenient for you. Their volunteers are of many different ages and experience levels they need help with areas like: word processing, gardening, photography, trail maintenance and with special events and projects.