EEE Meetings

The Fall Environmental Educators' Exchange meeting takes place on:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
4:30 PM-6:30

Join us as we visit the urban farm Finca Tres Robles

Finca Tres Robles
257 N. Greenwood
77011 Houston

Where to Park and Meet:

The Fall Environmental Educatorís Exchange Meeting will be held at the urban farm FincaTres Robles with Farmer/Owner/Founder Tommy Garcia-Prats. It is located in Houston's East End off of Navigation Avenue. There is ample street parking and we will meet by the farm's entrance underneath the lovely oak trees.

Introductory Information:

Finca Tres Robles is Houstonís first private farm inside the 610 Loop, located in Houstonís East Side just 4 miles from Houstonís City Hall. Here we are growing organic herbs, fruits and vegetables to be sold to individuals and restaurants directly from our farm and at area farmers markets. While this produce will not only be healthy and accessible to individuals in the area, we are working to make it affordable to the immediate East End community as a way to begin to challenge the food system of the neighborhood, to build community, and to keep money here in our immediate, local economy. We are offering memberships to residents in the 77011 zip code to, in exchange for their involvement in the farm, can get significant discounts (50%+) on all produce and classes offered on the farm. By offering classes on the farm covering a wide variety of food and health related topics, we will diversify the business as well as create another way to get more people out to the farm to empower them with the skills necessary to take their health into their own hands.

For more information, please visit their website:

smallplaces.org

Also, Tommy hosts a Wednesday evening community farm stand so fresh produce will be available for purchase.

Refreshments:

The refreshments are pot-luck....bring something to share with one another. But, don't let the fact that it is pot-luck deter you from attending....even if you don't bring something to eat/drink, we want to see you there!

With our developing interests in sustainability, please consider bringing something that fits into one of more of the following categories:
-Fresh and/or Raw
-Home-made
-Locally-sourced
-Home-grown
-From Farmer's market or similar
-Tasty (just as important as sustainable)

Please bring your own reusable cups and/or water bottles.

Agenda:

4:15 PM Please arrive and park at this time
4:30-5:00 PM Networking and Refreshments
5:00-5:45 PM Guided tour of Finca Tres Robles
5:45-6:30 PM EEE Affairs and EEE Roundtable Forum, meeting ends

The last part of the meeting is our traditional EEE Round-table Forum where members and attendees introduce themselves, their programs, make announcements and discuss challenges and successes in environmental education.

Other things to consider bringing:
+ A Friend or Colleague
+ Resources to share with the group, i.e. pamphlets, calendars, spare funding to share

Future Meetings:
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
Wednesday, November 2nd , 2016

EEE meetings occur on the first Wednesday of February, May, August and November, usually from 4:30-6:30 PM, location varies.

Interested in hosting the next EEE meeting? Contact EEE Vice-President Justin Myers

RSVP: Contact EEE Vice-President Justin Myers

Membership:

Membership questions: Contact EEE President Lawrence Spence

EEE counts on your membership to support our organization. Your dues maintain our membership with the Citizensí Environmental Coalition, KPFT Community Radio Station and off-set the cost of refreshments at some of our events. This year we will also be offering a small grant to a member to apply in their school-yard habitat!

The membership form is on our website at HUNSTEM.uhd.edu/EEE. Bring it to the meeting or mail it to Lawrence Spence.

The cost of an entry-level membership is $20 and is good for 2 years.....the best deal in town!

EEE Minutes and Newsletter:
After the next EEE meeting, we will send-out the meeting minutes as well as a compilation of announcements you send us. This email will be sent within a week after the last meeting.

If you have an announcement about your program that you want us to forward to the rest of the EEE membership, send the language to Justin Myers at juemyers@yahoo.com between now and Friday, November 20th.

Original Classroom Series

This summer Environmental Educators Exchange and Get Outdoors Houston! are pleased to offer classes for educators (formal, informal, volunteers, homeschool, etc.) in the best classroom of all - the Great Outdoors!

Each of our field experiences are designed to help educators connect with local ecosystems and their cultural, economic, and agricultural stories - all within a context of an adventurous field trip.

The link to our event details and registration is here: greatoutdoorshouston.com/original-classroom

HEADWATER TO BAYWATERS - June 17, 19, and 21, 2013

The Houston-Galveston region is chock full of amazing stories and we want you to join us for a week of learning and adventure. Throughout the week we will uncover how three local gems are linked by culture, wildlife, food, and environmental issues. All educators {formal, informal, homeschool, etc.} are welcome. Continuing education credits available.

  • Katy Prairie Alive! | June 17, 2013 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm - The Katy Prairie is alive with wildlife, history, and culture. From working ranches to rice fields to rare prairie patches you are sure to discover a fascinating landscape full of surprising connections.

  • You and the Bayou | June 19, 2013 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm - You and the Bayou begins with a boat ride on the bayou that includes seining stops, water quality tests and other hands-on experiments. The day then moves to land exploration by examining the restoration of Japhet Creek and ends with a stop at the Last Organic Outpost - an urban agricultural delight.

  • Gateway to the Bay | June 21, 2013 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm - To finish our journey from headwaters to baywaters, we end our weeklong series in Galveston Bay. Our day starts on the water with a 2-hour kayak tour as we paddle through this historical and ecological jewel with our hosts from Artist Boat. Participants will be able to bring the bay to the classroom as they gain insight into this wetland habitat.


NIGHT FLIGHT - July 16, 18, and 20, 2013

Houston has really wild night life! From bobcats that prowl bayou edges to mighty owls that live side-by-side with us in our neighborhoods the darkness is buzzing with animals. Come learn about some of our nocturnal neighbors and how they survive in an urban environment. All educators {formal, informal, homeschool, etc.} are welcome. Continuing education credits available.

  • Owl Prowl | July 16, 2013 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm - Join bird expert Mary Anne Weber on an adventurous stroll through the Sims Bayou Urban Nature Sanctuary in search of elusive owls.

  • Bat City | July 18, 2013 from 7:45 pm to 9:00 pm - Join Urban Wildlife Biologist Diana Foss as she reveals the mystery and the marvel of the 300,000 strong Brazilian Free-tail bat colony near downtown Houston and its relationship to the Bayou City.

  • Sounds of Summer | July 20, 2013 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm - Join native animal expert Jaime GonzŠlez on an auditory adventure as you learn the night sounds of summer in the beautiful Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.


Houston Environmental Education Summit

The 5th Annual Houston Environmental Education Summit was held on January 28, 2012 at UH-Downtown and was a huge success. Over 160 educators, and 30 presenters participated in the largest Environmental Education Summit in Southeast Texas. We are grateful to our sponsors, National Wildlife Federation, Powell Foundation, and to our partners: Houston ISD, UH-Downtown, and the members of the Environmental Educatorsí Exchange. Lastly, thank you to our volunteers: UH-Downtown Environmental Club, UHD Scholars Academy, and Americorps.

Due to planning schedules and funding concerns, the National Wildlife Federation and our partners have decided to forego a big conference this winter. There will not be an Enviro Ed Summit held in 2013.

We send a special thank you to all those who have participated or helped throughout the years. Environmental Education not only prepares our children to be stewards of the environment but it also provides them with the skills necessary to innovate and lead in the 21st Century economy. We hope the Summit provided you with the right tools and knowledge in guiding students toward their future, and we plan to continue that energy through future webinars. Training opportunities, webinars, and other events will continue to be announced on the Summit website as the information becomes available. For questions or comments regarding the webinars or the future of the Summit, please contact Marya at fowler@nwf.org.

For more information, go to: houstonsummit.org.