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Moody Gardens Shining Star – Carlos Rios

Congratulations to chapter member Carlos Rios. Carlos was recognized for his volunteer service by Moody Gardens. He was named a “shining star” of service for his education and outreach efforts.

The Green Team at work

It is well known that our Chapter has several on-going opportunities where volunteers pick up plastic waste on land and in water.  The Green Team is a GBAC committee who wanted to take plastic elimination a step further by investigating how we can reduce and eliminate single use plastics at our meetings. In a short time this committee has implemented several ideas. Eliminate as much plastic as possible from the 2019 class items.  Melamine plates are being replaced with Corelle which was seen as the safest alternative with… Read More →

ABNC Volunteer of the year – Joe Bryan

Joe Bryan was recognized as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year at Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC). Joe started volunteering at the nature center in 1985.  In 2018, he had hours in every department. He has been on the Volunteer board since 2014.  Joe is one of the many unsung heroes of ABNC; he is always at the nature center working in the background, and always available to help with any project. Congratulations Joe! On a side note, Joe recently achieved the Texas Master Naturalist 4000 volunteer service… Read More →

Jim Duron reaches 20,000 volunteer service hours

Congratulations to our newest 20,000 volunteer service hour chapter member – Jim Duron. One of the greatest gifts we can give to our community and future stewards is sharing our passion and time. Jim’s love and dedication to the prairie and our VMS (Volunteer Management System) have made a difference.

December year-end celebration

The December year-end meeting on December 6th will be held at Walter Hall Park; social begins at 6:15 pm.  There will be fun, awards,  elections of next years officers, and of course food and fellowship! As a special treat, the entree (BBQ) will be provided, members are encouraged to bring their favorite side dish or dessert as well as their reusable plates, cups and utensils. Walter Hall park is located at 807 SH 3 N, League City, TX 77573  

2019 Training Class Information

The Galveston Bay Area Master Naturalist 2019 Training Class is scheduled to begin February 21, 2019 and end May 9, 2019. Classes are on Thursday from 9am-3pm.  If you are interested, contact Julie Massey at 281-309-5063 or email Julie.massey@ag.tamu.ed. Julie will add your name to the list to receive an application for the class. A meet & greet will be held at the AgriLife Extension Office (4102 B Main Street, FM 519) on November 15, 2018 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am.

Our Plastic Pollution Fight Continues – The Great Fishing Line Adventure

In August, our chapter launched a new project addressing plastic pollution.  The project is called The Great Fishing Line Adventures and has over 40 chapter members participating.  During the first 30 days, the team inventoried the Galveston area to locate any and all monofilament (used fishing line) tubes.  A current map of the known tubes only showed 14 in our area.  Our team’s investigation discovered over 94 tubes and has created a new map listing their locations. The team has divided into three groups focusing on: Assessment & Ownership… Read More →

Nesting Island by Kayak & So Much More Team (NICK) – 2018 Fall Launch & Texas A&M Recruits

The Nesting Island by Kayak (NICK) chapter team is gearing up for their fall season of transect work and clean-ups focusing on the Galveston area rookery islands.  This season we will have students from Dr. Steve Alexander’s class at Texas A&M Galveston join our efforts.   They are planning to join us on our expeditions to Mile Marker 52 and North Deer Island. Our partnership with Audubon TERN continues.  We kicked of the launch of the season with a training course with Audubon TERN to discuss our overall approach on gathering… Read More →

20,000+ Volunteer hours, really?

Yes, you read the title of the post correctly.  Our very own Tom Solomon reached and actually went over the 20,000 volunteer hour level on Sunday July 29, 2018.  This was a first for our Chapter and we are extremely proud of Tom.  He is only the second person in the state to achieve this level.  Tom was in the class of 2005.  Please congratulate Tom next time you see him! He will be receiving his award at the State conference.

2018 – Chapter Welcomes Our New Training Class

On Thursday, February 15th, our chapter welcomes its new training class members.  Our new class is made up of 22 community members from all points of Galveston and Harris counties.  During these eleven weeks of adventure, our new class will be treated to adventures and days of discovery learning more about prairies, sea turtles, watershed management and so much more.  They will be exploring by kayak and on foot the wonders of Galveston Island State Park as well as helping to restore prairies and trawling with Texas A&M… Read More →