Recurring volunteer opportunities

We have created the recurring Volunteer Service opportunities listed below in conjunction with some of our partners. Since the times and locations given may change, you should confirm the event time, date and location with the contact person before going to the site.

Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC)

  • Prairie Fridays (Fridays, 8:30 am – noon) – Potting, lateral transfers, weeding  – contact Jim Duron.  For potting activities contact Chatt Smith.
  • Stewardship Saturday (First and third Saturdays, 8:30 am – noon) – Habitat restoration, wildlife monitoring and trail maintenance. Contact Mark Kramer or call 281-474-2551.
  • Farmhouse demos, docent, site maintenance and other volunteer activities, contact Liz Van Ostrand.

Audubon TERN

  • Bird Survey – First Tuesday of the month at Galveston Bay Foundation Sweetwater property, 7am-10am.
  • Bird Survey – Second Tuesday of the month at Exploration Green, 6:30am-10am
  • Bird Survey – Third Tuesday of the month at UH-Clear Lake, 7am-10am

Contact Kari Howard by for more information/opportunities.

Galveston Island State Park (GISP)

Many opportunities are available, including educational and stewardship activities. Work-days are scheduled as required. Volunteers are always needed to staff the Nature Learning Center; lead beach or bay explorations and bird walks; and support school field trips. Special training is provided and you will work with an experienced partner.

Sheldon Lake (SLSP)

  • Tuesdays (8:30 am – 11:30 am) Hands on volunteer prairie restoration including seed collection, division and potting of rescued grasses and planting in the prairie.
    Contact Tom Solomon or call 281-705-8173.
  • Wednesdays (9am) – Volunteers sprig, plant and collect wetland plants for the project.  A vanpool is provided from 1335 Regent Park Drive, Houston, TX 77058 every Wednesday to our project site. Our normal meet time is 8:15am sharp. Please let us know if you are coming, as space can be limited. Contact Charriss York for more information.

Texas City Prairie Preserve (TCPP)  

  • Tuesdays (8:30 am – 11:30 am) Prairie Preserve Passionate People – Maintain and develop projects at the prairie.  Contact Jim Duron.
  • Wednesdays (9:00 am – 11:00 am)  Weekly raptor and bird monitoring.
    Contact Elsie Smith by or call 409-945-4731.

San Jacinto Battle Ground (SJBG)

Thursdays (8:30 am – 11:30am) Hands on volunteer prairie restoration that includes potting and planting grasses and forbs.

  • Volunteers meet by the park headquarters next to the stone columns at the entrance to the park.
  •  Contact Jim Duron (potting) or Chatt Smith (planting).

 Environmental Institute of Houston(EIH) at UHCL

Tuesdays (9:00 am – 11:00 am) Wetland garden maintenance.  Contact Wendy Reistle for more information.

Exploration Green

Thursdays (9:00 am – noon).  Wetland nursery opportunities.  Usually at Exploration Green Wetland Nursery, but could be at other nursery locations.  Contact  Jerry Hamby for more information.

Houston Zoo Attwater’s Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri) at the Johnson Space Center

Mondays (9:00 am to 11:00 am) during non-breeding and chick rearing season (approximately August to February).  Hands on restoration within the pens includes cutting and digging Deep-rooted Sedge (Cyperus entrerianus) and planting native plants.

Please note:  You must complete a background check in order to obtain a badge to enter JSC.  Please contact Sumera Ali or Sandy Parker .

Houston Zoo Pollinator Garden

Mondays (9:00 am to 11:00 am) on off season with Attwater’s Prairie Chicken Project.  Also, we have a weeding and watering schedule throughout the summer months.  Hands on pollinator garden at the Johnson Space Center to attract all types of pollinators.

Please note:  You must complete a background check in order to obtain a badge to enter JSC.  Please contact Sumera Ali or Sandy Parker .

Heritage Book Study Group

Meets the first Monday of every month at the AgriLife Extension Office from 10:00 am to noon.  Contact Elsie Smith at (409)392-7003 for more information.  The current book selection can be found in the Midden or here.   Volunteers can obtain 2 hours of AT for participating.


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