What Is It?
A non-profit organization that is revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, Houston’s most significant natural resource. Work includes addition of major destinations, landscaping, water features, and pedestrian bridges in Buffalo Bayou Park.
Groups or individuals can help with gardening, invasive species removal, trash pickup, trail work, special events such as KBR Kids Day, or administrative tasks. Please contact BBP for COVID-related updates.
Minimum Age to Volunteer
Volunteers ages 9-17 years are welcome with a chaperone 21 years of age or older. There must be one adult per ten youth present.
Varies, but most volunteer events take place from 9–11 AM.
Suitable for Groups of Volunteers?
BBP will provide instructions.
MONTHLY VOLUNTEER DAY
On the 3rd Saturday of each month, volunteers are invited to meet to complete a variety of tasks needed to maintain the park. Projects can include gardening, invasive species removal, trash pickup, and other work. Volunteers will be assigned to small groups and spread throughout the park.
Groups are welcome, and will be assigned to areas where their services are most needed at the time. Projects could include gardening, invasive species removal, trash pickup, trail cleanup, trail resurfacing, maintenance in the office, or natural surface trail repair.
SMALL HOUSEHOLD AND INDIVIDUALS WEEKDAY VOLUNTEERING
Individuals and small family/household groups are invited to help with tasks such as weeding or spreading mulch. Select weeks are available and time slots can be reserved Tuesday through Friday from 8 AM to Noon. BBP requests a minimum of two hours per day, but up to no more than four hours. Please fill out this form to request a Weekday Volunteer Day for yourself or family.
Simply collect trash and debris during your walk through the park. Stop by either the Lost Lake or the Wortham Insurance Visitor Centers to pick up a trash bag to get started.
KBR KIDS DAY (OCTOBER)
This annual event includes hands-on learning opportunities from non-profit partners, live music and entertainment, and refreshments. Help with check-in, set up and tear down, help direct families to event locations, distribute BBP materials, and lead children’s activities.
BUFFALO BAYOU PARTNERSHIP REGATTA (MARCH)
This is one of the largest canoe and kayak races in the U.S., and attracts many spectators. Help with registration and check-in, direct vehicular and boat traffic, and set up/tear down finish line festivities.
BBP occasionally needs help with large mailings, filing, and other administrative tasks at its office at 1019 Commerce Street.
Steve Parker, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (713) 752-0314 ext.206
Please visit the BBP volunteer page for more information.
BUFFALO BAYOU PARTNERSHIP
Houston, Texas 77007
Houston, Texas 77007
The Park is located from Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street, between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive. The Volunteer Supervisor will provide group volunteers with a specific meeting location a week before the event. Individual volunteers usually meet in front of The Water Works (105 Sabine Street), then walk to the various work sites.
Buffalo Bayou Partnership Overview (3 minutes) (2012):
Examples of past Scout projects
Eagle: Saswat P. (Troop 55) built and installed wooden boxes to distribute reusable mesh bags for collecting trash on Buffalo Bayou and Spring Creek. (2016)
Eagle: James H. (Troop 55) surveyed wildlife by documenting wildlife tracks along the banks of the bayou, with the information to be published in a pamphlet.
Eagle: Conducted a 7-mile, 900-hour clean-up of Terry Hershey Park along Buffalo Bayou.
Eagle: Clayton R. (Troop 125) taught volunteers about the environment of the Buffalo Bayou and led a project to clean up a 5-mile stretch of the Bayou, collecting than 300 lbs. of trash and recycling. (2017)
It was fun, interesting, and relaxing. I really enjoyed volunteering here.
Yolanda Evans says
I work as an activity leader for a 4-H club. I am interested in dates for upcoming volunteer opportunities for our youths. We have youths who are 13 and under in age.
Claire Furse says
Hi Ms. Evans,
Thank you for your comment. To view upcoming volunteer opportunities with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, please click here. Children ages 9 and up are welcome to volunteer with an adult chaperone (at least 1 chaperone per 10 children). If you would like more information, please contact Leticia Sierras, the volunteer coordinator, by emailing email@example.com or calling 713.752.0314 ext.206. I hope this is helpful!
Reegan Johnson says
I need to complete 32 hours of community service before June 3, 2019. Please tell me there’s good news for me.
You could get at least 10 hours at the Houston Food Bank. You can also deliver Animeals on Wheels pet food on weekends or after school; ask for routes that have not been delivered. This can take hours because you have to go get the food from Animeals and some of the routes are far away. You can also help at public libraries after school or on Saturdays. Or just look through other charities on the site. Maybe some of the parks would work. Good luck!