HOUSTON ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER
What Is It?: A 155-acre non-profit urban nature sanctuary that provides education about the natural environment to people of all ages, and plays a vital role in protecting native plants and animals in the heart of the city where development threatens their survival.
Help Needed: Help with conservation and maintenance of the trails and grounds, summer and school break camps for children, holiday parties and other special events, and/or administrative tasks.
Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16. Youth group volunteers must be at least 14.
NATURE DISCOVERY CAMP ASSISTANT
Help introduce children to environmental and natural history topics in a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere. Week long classes (full or half-day) explore a natural history topic using hands-on, engaging activities in the classroom and outside on our grounds.
Volunteers must be at least 16, have a strong interest in working with younger children, and be responsible and self-directed. Volunteers must commit to at least one week, with shifts on Monday-Friday from 8:30 – 3:30.
Example of a Themed Camp Week:
“Come explore the outdoors with campers while learning about forest and wildlife management, tree measurements, prescribed wildfire, and woodland insects! You will help our campers discover new ways to work with their hands through woodworking and a conservation project!”
Each year many volunteer groups of all types and sizes work to enhance the nature sanctuary trails and grounds. Conservation projects can include planting, clearing invasive plants, mulching, clearing trails, and similar tasks.
All groups must schedule in advance. The Arboretum hosts group volunteer projects on weekdays or Saturday mornings, for a half-day or full day, with mornings 9 AM – noon preferred. All equipment and tools are provided and each project is staff supervised with on-the-job training.
Youth must be at least 14. Groups must have 1 adult for every 10 youth; we limit youth groups to a maximum size of 15 youth per group with 2 adults that work with the youth. All youth groups must have Parent / Guardian consent.
Rovert Langdon Eagle project (clearing trails), 2013
Taking a break from R. Langdon Eagle project (clearing trails), 2013