5 Places to Volunteer in the Great Outdoors in Houston

5 Places to Volunteer in the Great Outdoors in Houston

Volunteering is always rewarding, but when the weather is great, giving back outdoors is even better. In Houston, there are dozens of parks and organizations who need your help to make our community a better place. These are only a few of the organizations that could use your help this summer:

McGovern Centennial Gardens
This is one of the most beautiful and unique gardens in Houston. Entry is free and it’s a wonderful place to learn more about native flowers and plants and spend a relaxing afternoon with family. When volunteering at the gardens, you can expect to help with weeding and mulching plant beds, planting and watering trees, removing invasive plants, and cleaning and repairing trails.

Nicole’s Garden
Nicole’s Garden is a non-profit whose mission is to educate communities in gardening, farming, and nutrition in urban spaces. The group is always looking for teachers and gardening experts to help teach neighborhoods about container gardening and more. By volunteering with Nicole’s Garden, you’re teaching others who might become volunteers as well! The group also has a program just for kids, where your little ones can help improve the gardens.

Hermann Park
Located near to the city’s best museums, Hermann Park is a great place for an afternoon picnic, an outdoor workout, or just to hang out with family. The Hermann Park Conservancy is looking for volunteers to help out in nearly every area of the large park. They offer opportunities for both individuals and families.

Buffalo Bayou
The Buffalo Bayou Partnership includes Buffalo Bayou Park, Sabine Promenade, the Cistern, and Buffalo Bend Nature Park. All of these parks require help from volunteers to be maintained, and Buffalo Bayou Park hosts a volunteer day on the third Saturday of each month, when groups or individuals help clean up the park, water trees, and more.

YMCA’s Let’s Move! Outside
The Let’s Move program encourages kids to get moving outside and give back at the same time. Children can participate at events at schools, parks, and nature centers and learn about the local ecosystem and wildlife.

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