All Sierra Club events are open to
members and visitors alike. Please join us.
Outings note: The leaders of our trips are serving in a volunteer
capacity and assume no responsibility above that of trip organizer. Please respect the
wishes of your leader. If you have any medical requirements, it is your responsibility to
inform the leader before the trip. While our trip leaders are not paid professionals, they
are encouraged to participate in training to increase their skills. All outings officially
begin at the trailhead. Leaders cannot assign carpools but may help coordinate ride
sharing to conserve energy and to promote camaraderie. Some outings require advance
reservations at the destination site as well as from the participant. If you must cancel,
inform the leader promptly.
* The events marked with an asterisk are
not sponsored by the Sierra Club Houston Group, but are presented here as a courtesy to
our members and friends. The Sierra Club Houston Regional Group makes no
representations nor assumes any responsibility for these activities.
Galveston Bay Area Sierra Club Houston (acronym GBASCH) Monthly Meeting - 3rd Wednesdays -
6:30 - 9:00 PM. Please come and mingle with other Sierra Club members starting at 6:30 pm followed by presentations at 7:00 pm.
For more info, please contact Grace Martinez (281-732-1201 or email@example.com
) or Diane Neustadter ( DiNproducer@yahoo.com ). Meetings are held at The
Bay Area Community Center, located across from Clear Lake in Clear Lake Park: 5002 NASA Road 1; Seabrook 77586.
Galveston Bay Area Sierra Club Houston is part of the Houston Regional Group of the Sierra Club
(also called the Houston Sierra Club - acronym HSC). HSC is so large - over 100 miles in diameter - that lt is useful to provide
local organization of activities for members in outlying areas. GBASCH does that by planning activities and holding general meetings
in the Galveston Bay area. These are open to all HSC members.
GBASCH DECEMBER GENERAL MEETING (DECEMBER 18, 2013)-
Topic: "U. S. WATERWAYS"
Peg Hill with the League of Women Voters and husband sailed out Galveston Bay, turned left and went up the coast
all the way to the St.Lawrence waterway. Then, they came down the Mississippi River and back to the Gulf and into
Galveston Bay. She will show us her slides and discuss her experience and impressions from an environmentalist
standpoint. Peg has done environmental work on the Hill. By the way, this is also our Holiday Meeting. Everybody
Bring something to share.
GBASCH JANUARY GENERAL MEETING (JANUARY 15, 2014))-
Topic: "OYSTERS, RIGS, AND REEFS"
Speaker to be determined.
Sierra Kids - Saturday, October 19, 2013, 9:00-12:00 AM - CRITTERS IN ACTION AT JESSEJONES PARK-
We're headed north to Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature
Center. This park is about 30 miles from the center of Houston,
and near highway US 59. Join us to explore the nature trail,
check off critters on our "critters checklist," and explore a mid-
19th century pioneer cabin and indian village. The park, nestled
along Spring Creek, has over 300 acres of forested grounds,
making it a great place for kids to explore.
We'll start the kids off by touring the homestead and indian
village (park near the entrance and walk the quarter-mile trail),
then drive farther into the park to explore the nature center and
finish at the playground. The park web site (http://www.hcp4.
net/jones/) has a information about the homestead, indian
village, and kids programs; you can print a critter list and the
If you plan to attend, or have some ideas of what you'd
like to see from your club here in Houston, please email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. No transportation will be provided,
but parking and the event are free. Mosquito repellent is
Saturday, November 2, 9am-1pm
Loftin Park, 5100 Laurel, Bellaire, TX 77401 - BELLAIRE RECYCLES FEST -
The Bellaire Recycling Fest is being held in conjunction with America Recycles Day, an annual
campaign to raise awareness and educate citizens on the economic, social, and environmental benefits
of reducing, reusing and recycling. The Fest is a fun, outdoor fair-type event
featuring educational booths, vendors showcasing green goods and services, kids activities, and food
for all. Learn about local green businesses, alternatives to throwing things away, and opportunities to donate
gently used items to organizations in attendance. The Fest will provide opportunities to recycle
unwanted electronic items and scrap metal, and there will be a shred truck for recycling unwanted
sensitive documents. The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will also be on site conducting a blood drive.
For more info, visit the City of Bellaire website
at http://ci.bellaire.tx.us/ and look for the event
under the calendar listings.
Have questions? Contact Seth Miller at
LEADER TRAINING -
For leader training, contact Frank Blake at email@example.com or 713-528-2896
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Dates: TBD (2nd half of Oct - early Nov.) - BACKPACKING BASICS COURSE -
Have you ever wanted to really experience the less traveled sections of a national park or a wilderness area,
miles from civilization? Or have you ever been interested in backpacking, but didn't know where to start?
You can take the first step by enrolling in the Houston Sierra Club's backpacking
course. We plan to schedule a new class in late October or early November. The class will be posted to the
Houston Sierra Club Outings Meetup site when the date is confirmed. This class will focus on backpacking
equipment (with samples), clothing, water, and food preparation with handouts. The material covered
in the class is also useful for those primarily interested in car camping. The cost of the class is $30.
It is recommended that you do NOT purchase equipment before the class - you may find that you paid good money
for something that you don't need. For more information, or to sign up, contact Frank Blake,
firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-528-2896, or sign up at the
Houston Sierra Meetup website
OUTINGS LEADER TRAINING - DATES: ARRANGED WITH PARTICIPANTS;
We are always looking to maintain and expand our pool of outings leaders. We have two categories
of training: Outings Leader (for leading in the field) or Trip Coordinator. Our leader training
(OLT 101) provides participants with the background requirements for leading a Sierra Club outing in
the field. This class is a qualification to become an asst. leader or leader on our air/bus trips,
or to sponsor local day or weekend outings. The trip coordinator class covers all the steps involved
in planning one of our air/bus trips. The trip coordinators are the ones who decide on a destination
and are then responsible for the overall planning and organization. This includes making air/bus
arrangements, publicizing the trip, etc. (One can assist with trip coordinating without having to
lead a group in the field). Besides gaining rewarding personal experience, our group leaders and
trip coordinators make an invaluable contribution to the Sierra Club. Their efforts create unique
opportunities for others to experience and enjoy the natural world. And some trips serve as a source
of revenue for the Houston Group, helping to support local conservation activities. If you have an
interest in either of these classes, contact Frank Blake,
email@example.com or 713-528-2896. Each
class is approximately 2 hours long, and dates are coordinated with participants.
For leader training, contact Frank Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-528-2896.
LEADER REIMBURSEMENT FOR CLASSES
The Houston Group Executive Committee has approved the following policy:
Certified Houston Sierra outings leaders can receive a $25 reimbursement toward their First Aid Class
certification expenses for each class that they organize and conduct, provided that the class nets at
least $25 in income. Reimbursements can not exceed the amount paid out by the outings leader for the
First Aid Class. Nor can the amount of reimbursement exceed the income netted by the class. For a class
such as Backpacking Basics, which includes both a classroom session and a separate field session, each
session would qualify for a $25 reimbursement. There would also be a limit of 2 leaders for any particular
class (i.e., if more than 2 leaders assist with a class, only the 2 primary leaders would qualify for the
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New! - BIKE TRAILS COMMITTEE -
A bike trails committee was started to explore enhanced hike and bike trail connectivity
in the Bay Area. Initially three folks are working this: Debra Goode, Richard Lee,
and Doug Peterson. They are brainstorming and investigating breaks in existing trails
and systems where it is hazardous to travel by bike, and identifying some of the variables
for implementation, other interested parties, local government, sources of funding,etc).
Contact Debra Goode at 281-280-9944 if you are interested in participating.
Second Tuesdays - Inner City Outings (ICO) - Houston ICO normally meets on
the third Tuesday every month, 7:00 PM, at the Whole
Foods store at 701 Waugh Dr. Please contact Lorraine Gibson at
281-384-4104 or raineygib @ aol.com for more information.
for more information.
Third Mondays - Outings Committee - usually the third Monday of
each month, 7:00 p.m. at the Whole Foods store on Bellaire near Weslayan.
Help us plan regional day outings, weekend trips, and air/bus trips to exciting outdoor
destinations across the country. Please call to confirm meeting date.
Frank Blake, 713-528-2896, email@example.com
Third Tuesdays - Conservation Committee - third Tuesday monthly, 7:00
PM. Call for new location. Contact Evelyn Merz, 713-644-8228, firstname.lastname@example.org
Third Wednesdays - Air Quality - third Wednesday of each month, 7:30 p.m.,
at 5431 Carew.
Fourth Thursdays - Houston Group Executive Committee - fourth Thursday of
each month, 7:00 p.m., Houston Clayton Library, 5300 Caroline. Contact Frank Blake
For more information on committee activities, click "get
involved" on the nav bar.
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Ongoing: every Saturday - Sierra Walkers - Clear Lake Area - We
meet every Saturday at 7:30 a.m. across the street from the Nassau Bay Post Office on
Upper Bay Road, just south of NASA Rd. One. After a 3-mile walk, we have breakfast at a
nearby deli. Some just come for breakfast. Join us! For information, call Richard or Betty
Armstrong at 281-333-5693. Sierra Walkers have been active for 18 years!
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Ongoing - LEADER TRAINING -
For leader training, contact Frank Blake at email@example.com or 713-528-2896.
Dates to be determined and posted To Houston Sierra Meetup website - DAVIS HILL STATE PARK
SERVICE OUTINGS -
This fall the Sierra Club may participate in some service outings at Davis Hill State Park, an undeveloped unit of the state park system located
approximately 20 miles east of Cleveland Texas, and near units of the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge. Due to limited state park
funding allocations over the years, Davis Hill SP has not been open to the public except for very infrequent special tours. Service
work at the park will likely involve controlling invasive plant species. When dates for service outings are known, we will post to the
Houston Sierra Club Outings Meetup website. Or you can contact Frank Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-528-2896.
First Saturday most months fall through spring,
MARYSEE PRAIRIE WORK DAYS - December 7, 2013, February 1, 2014
(No January work day.) -
The Marysee Prairie is one of the last remnants of tallgrass prairie in the Big Thicket region. Come assist the Texas Land
Conservancy in this ongoing effort to revive and maintain the native grasses and wildflowers on this site near Batson, Texas.
Work tasks vary by month, but usually involve controlling the regrowth of woody species and keeping the prairie clear for mowing.
Tools provided. For more info and to confirm work dates, contact Tom Maddux at 936-697-3425, or Frank Blake at email@example.com or 713-528-2896.
Saturday, January 11, 2014, - KATY PRAIRIE SERVICE OUTING -
Visit the beautiful Katy Prairie on a cool winter morning and plant native grasses and wild?owers at the Indian Grass
Preserve. The Sierra Club will help the Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) in its efforts to protect and restore this remnant coastal
prairie. After our project we will enjoy birding, strolling, and just relaxing on the Katy Prairie. Bring your daypack, water (at
least two quarts), lunch, hiking shoes, cameras, bug repellant, sunscreen, field guides, binoculars, and clothes to fit the
weather. We will meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot just west of Starbucks (look for Becks Prime) in Meyerland Plaza. Starbucks
fronts the 4700 block of Beechnut (south side of Beechnut, near the West Loop South). Look for a silver-gray Honda Civic with
lots of bumper-stickers on the back. Contact Brandt Mannchen at 713-664-5962 or firstname.lastname@example.org and leave your name, phone number,
and email. If plans change Brandt will contact you. For those who want to meet us at the KPC Indian Grass Preseve and Field
Office. DIRECTIONS: HOW TO GET TO THE KPC INDIAN GRASS PRESEVE
1. Go Interstate 10 West past Katy and exit and turn right
(north) onto Pederson Road and go about one-half mile to U.S.
2. Turn left (west) onto U.S. Highway 90 and go about
one-half mile and then turn right onto FM 2855 and go about
3. After 6 miles, stop at FM 529. After you cross FM 529,
FM 2855 is called Morrison Road. Go 1 mile and turn left. You
will still be on Morrison Road.
4. Go 1 mile and at the stop sign turn right (north) onto
Pattison Road. Go 3 miles and stop at Hebert Road. Turn left
(west), onto Hebert Road.
5. Go 1 mile to the KPC Field Of?ce entrance road and
Indian Grass Preserve. Turn left (south) onto the entrance road
and drive 0.3 miles and park in front of the Field Office.
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Bike Ride: Sunday, December 1, 2013 - URBAN BIKE TOUR -
The itinerary for this ride may be the Buffalo Bayou/downtown area, the Heights, or Hermann Park/Rice University area.
An updated itinerary and meeting point will be posted to the Houston Sierra Club Outings Meetup site. The tour will begin at
9:30am and last approximately 3 hours, taking a leisurely pace. Participants will need to bring a helmet. For meeting point
and other details, contact Frank Blake at email@example.com or 713-528-2896. Or sign up at the Houston Sierra Meetup site.
Saturday, December 7, 2013 - Cypress Wonderland Canoe/Kayak -
Experience the maze of lakes and shaded, winding bayous deep within the heart of the largest cypress forest
on the Texas coast. This is one of the most scenic paddling destinations in this part of our state, and it
is located only 30 miles east of Houston. Depending on the water and weather conditions, we will focus on
one or more of the area's many features: wildlife, river processes, Texas history, and the impact of human
interventions. Participants must provide their own canoe or kayak, life jackets (required to be worn), and
paddles. The trip leader can help you with advice regarding gear rentals from Houston area outfitters,
if needed. Paddling time: 4-5 hours, plus breaks for sightseeing and lunch. Difficulty: moderate to strenuous.
Recommended donation to the Houston Sierra Club: $10. Trip size is limited. To register, contact Tom Douglas
at firstname.lastname@example.org or (713) 869-6026. A detailed trip information sheet will be sent by email to
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - Forest Walk - COLUMBIA BOTTOMLANDS -
Join us as we visit the deep, dark, mysterious, and beautiful Columbia Bottomlands forest in Brazoria County. This
distinctive and unique coastal forest has majestic Live Oak, Pecan, Cedar Elm, Burr Oak, and many other trees, wildflowers,
vines, and grasses. This is the place where songbirds, waterfowl, and wading birds live and feed, and migrate through.
We will have as our guide U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Mike Lange, who will show us recent acquisitions
that have been made for the public to add to the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge.
Bring your daypack, water (at least two quarts), lunch, hiking shoes, cameras, bug repellant, sunscreen, field guides,
binoculars, and clothes to fit the weather. We will meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot just west of
Starbucks (look for Becks Prime) in Meyerland Plaza. Starbucks fronts the 4700 block of Beechnut (south side of Beechnut,
near the West Loop South). Look for a silver-gray Honda Civic with lots of bumper-stickers on the back. For those who want
to meet us at Hudson Woods, where we will start our trip, the directions are:
1. From Houston, go south on State Highway (SH) 288.
2. Exit SH 288 and turn right onto SH 35 and go west
about 5 miles.
3. At the intersection of SH 35 and FM 521 turn right onto
FM 521 and go about one mile.
4. From FM 521 turn right onto Sally Lake Road, veer left,
and drive about one-half mile to the entrance gate.
Contact Brandt Mannchen at 713-664-5962 or
email@example.com and leave your name, phone number,
and email. If plans change Brandt will contact you.
Sunday, December 29, 2013 - BAYTOWN NATURE CENTER -
On this 'a little after winter solstice' outing we will hike the Nature Center's extensive network of trails and observe the
wintering bird species. The Baytown Nature Center occupies approximately 450 acres on the west side of Baytown and directly across from
the San Jacinto Monument. The site comprises two connected peninsulas, surrounded by three bays. The larger peninsula is
being developed into fresh water and salt water wetlands, with mixed woodland habitat for animals, birds, and other wildlife.
The Nature Center charges a $3 admission fee. Maps, visitor information, and bird/wildlife lists are available at their
We'll meet at 9am and the outing will last until early afternoon. Those interested can include a visit to the San Jacinto
Monument and Battleground SHS in the afternoon. For meeting point and other details, contact Frank Blake, frankblake@juno.
com or 713-528-2896.
Sunday, January 5, 2014 - METRO: REDLINE EXTENSION TOUR Ride, Hike, Explore -
The new METRORAIL Redline extension is scheduled to begin service on December 21.
This line will extend rail service from UH Downtown to the old Northline Mall area just north of 610.
On this outing we will ride the new line and take a look at the new station art. We will also visit Moody Park, check out
some neighborhood murals, and explore this part of town. Each station has incorporated the work of a speci?c artist with designs
for wind screens, cut metal panels, and pavement. One can take a look at the station art at the
website: here - under the 'Stations' tab, click on "Arts in Transit".
The tour will begin at 9:30am and last approximately 3 hours. Participants should purchase a METRO day pass for the
outing. For meeting point and other details, contact Frank Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-528-2896.
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December 13-15, 2013 - Car Camping: BRAZOS BEND STATE PARK -
This will be a weekend car camping outing timed for the Geminid meteor shower.
The Geminid meteor shower is one of the finest, with plentiful meteors rivaling the August Perseids. And Geminid meteors
are often bright, so, if there's a bright moon, many meteors may be able to overcome the harsh moonlight. These meteors
are often as good in the evening as in the hours between midnight and dawn.
Brazos Bend State Park features an extensive hike/bike trail system, a variety of lakes and streams, and good wildlife
viewing opportunities. We plan guided hike options on Saturday, and weather permitting a night hike one evening.
The George Observatory is open to the public on Saturdays from 3-10pm for participants who would like to star gaze.
This outing is family friendly and well behaved dogs are ok with permission of the leader. For more details and to sign up,
contact Frank Blake at email@example.com or 713-528-2896 (e-mail preferred) or Lorraine Gibson at 281-384-4104
January 31-February 2, 2014 - Car Camping: ENCHANTED ROCK SPA -
Join us for our annual camping trip to Enchanted Rock in the Texas hill country. The Rock is a huge, pink granite exfoliation
dome that rises 425 feet above ground. It is one of the largest batholiths (underground rock formation uncovered by erosion) in
the United States. The park has a good network of hiking trails and one can hike off trail on the granite domes.
Leaders are Frank Blake and Lorraine Gibson. This outing is family friendly, and well behaved dogs are ok with
permission of the leaders. For further details and to sign up, contact Frank Blake a firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-528-2896
(e-mail preferred) or Lorraine Gibson at 281-384-4104 or email@example.com.
Be sure to check the Houston Sierra Club MeetUp page here for updates!