Nature and Outdoor Education
Student Conservation Association (SCA)
SCA aims to build the next generation of conservation leaders and environmental stewards by getting local Houston youth out into their community and the outdoors. SCA Houston offers volunteer and paid service opportunities to youth ages 16 to 24.
Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (CEC)
CEC offers a weekly newsletter featuring a comprehensive report of all nature events, jobs, trainings, and more in the Houston/Gulf Coast area.
HERE in Houston
This is a collection of resources for educators, including grants, curriculum, field trips, professional development and information about our region.
Galveston Bay Foundation
Galveston Bay Foundation's environmental education programs instill knowledge and appreciation of the Galveston Bay ecosystem; inspire participants to break down barriers and open themselves to new experiences; and empower students to become life-long advocates for a resilient Bay. Programs include classroom STEM workshops, school presentations, in-field programs, service-learning events, teacher workshops, speaking engagements, and family programming. We serve the entire Houston-Galveston region and provide need-based scholarships for all programs.
Houston Botanic Garden
Houston Botanic Garden presents programs and provides opportunities for audiences to gain a deeper appreciation of the wonder of plants and nature. Public programs include: School Field Trip Workshops (Wetland Observations, Ecosystem Adventures & Flower & Pollinator Lab), Adult Education (Botanical Arts, Gardening 101, Nature Walks & Yoga, etc) and additional family programs. Volunteers are also welcomed. From tree plantings to bayou watershed cleanup to cultivating our community garden, there's bound to be a hands-on activity that suits you.
Houston Wilderness offers a Wilderness Passport (available in both English and Spanish) to encourage people to visit natural spaces like state parks, wildlife refuges, museums, arboretums, and nature centers in each of Houston's 7 land-based and 3 water-based ecoregions. It highlights local areas that allow for Houstonians to feel a stronger connection with the nature we have access to.
Artist Boat provides inspiration and education through unique coastal experiences, including Eco-Art Workshops and Adventures (by kayak, walking or vessel), Habitat Restoration Adventures (dunes and prairies), Eco-Art Residencies (on campuses), and more.
EcoRise inspires a new generation of leaders to design a sustainable future for all. Our school-based program empowers youth to tackle real-world challenges in their schools and communities by teaching eco-literacy, design, and social innovation. We offer schools high-quality, STEM-based, standards-aligned curriculum, and training that introduce students and teachers to critical skills and knowledge needed to prepare them for the future.
Interpretive Insights specializes in planning and design of high-quality interpretive signage for a wide variety of clients such as schools, nature centers, parks, hotels, and nonprofits.
Equitable Development Initiative of Lone Star Legal Aid (Environmental Justice Team)
Lone Star Legal Aid is a nonprofit law firm that provides community education and direct legal representation to eligible individuals and community groups concerned about environmental injustices, air quality, and pollution in their neighborhoods. Services are free. Our Environmental Justice Team covers 72 counties in Eastern Texas and the East Gulf Coast, including Harris County, and is based in Houston.