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Houston Regional Group - Day Outings, Meetings and Events Calendar
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General Meeting
Special Events:
 Annual Auction
 Tree ID
Committee Meetings
Social Gatherings
Service Projects:
 Trail Maintenance
 Beach Clean-up
 Pine Brook Wetlands
Day Trips:
 LSHT Hike
 Brazoria NWR
 LSHT North Hike
 Trinity River NWR
 LSHT South Hike

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OCTOBER GENERAL MEETING (OCTOBER 9, 2014) - "Katy Prairie Conservancy, Keeping it Real"

Less than 30 minutes away from Jersey Village (out highway 290) anyone with a love of wide open spaces can visit and enjoy the Katy Prairie. Visitors will find fabulous birding, leisurely biking and hiking, and sunrises that will blow your mind. A picnic on the Katy Prairie offers a relaxing get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Unfortunately, it's not easy keeping the Katy Prairie real in the face of ever encroaching development. Join us Thursday night, October 9, to hear from the Katy Prairie Conservancy's Executive Director, Mary Anne Piancentini, as she discusses their work to preserve the area for the enjoyment of all of us.

Location: Pecore Hall of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1805 West Alabama (at the corner of West Alabama and Woodhead).  Houston, TX. map

Ample parking is available behind the church.


As Houston finally starts to win some cooler temperatures, and gently begins a long drawn out path to the Texas winter, Sun worshipers might be wondering "how much longer will we see the Sun and her golden rays?" Long time Sierra Club member Bill Swann ask, "How much longer will Texans fight the Sun and her energizing rays?" Bill, and many other solar power enthusiasts, say it's well past time to the Sun in to honestly compete with the entrenched fossil fuels. Join us Thursday night, November 13, for an honest look at solar energy and the art of the possible. Attendees will not hear speculation, but reality - what is here TODAY in Texas - regarding solar energy options. We may be dipping towards winter, but the Sierra Club says "let the Sun in!"

Location: Pecore Hall of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1805 West Alabama (at the corner of West Alabama and Woodhead).  Houston, TX. map

Ample parking is available behind the church.

Dallas Sierra Club Sponsors Exciting Fall Energy Summit - October 4-5 - "The Dallas Sierra Club and other organizations are sponsoring an exciting, two-day energy conference the weekend of October 4-5 at the Addison Conference Center in North Dallas.

Space is limited-- so make your reservations now to attend this exciting event. Early Registration: $55. Late Registration: $75. Visit for more information and to register. For questions concerning this event, email

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.

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local meetings and special events:

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 ) or Diane Neustadter ( ).  Meetings are held at The Bay Area Community Center, located across from Clear Lake in Clear Lake Park: 5002 NASA Road 1; Seabrook 77586.   map

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 GENERAL MEETING (SEPTEMBER 17, 2014), 2014) 6:30 - 9:00 PM - Jerry Rowlands from NASA'S Johnson Space Center will talk to us about the Sustainability efforts already in place at the Center—wind power, energy conservation, water management, land management. Maybe we will even plan a tour to see these accomplishments at a future date. "
Location: Clear Lake Park - 5002 NASA Parkway Bay Area Community Center (Blue Roof).

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 Lone Star Chapter Special Event: Details TBA - Details will be posted in early August. Houston Arboretum & Nature Center 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX

LEADER TRAINING - For leader training, contact Frank Blake at or 713-528-2896

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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, or 713-528-2896. Each class is approximately 2 hours long, and dates are coordinated with participants.


For leader training, contact Frank Blake at or 713-528-2896.


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 reimbursement).

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committee meetings:

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 @ 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,

Third Tuesdays - Conservation Committee - third Tuesday monthly, 7:00 PM. Call for new location. Contact Evelyn Merz, 713-644-8228,

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 at

For more information on committee activities, click "get involved" on the nav bar.

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social gatherings:

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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Service Projects

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Ongoing - LEADER TRAINING - For leader training, contact Frank Blake at or 713-528-2896.

1st Saturday of every month - Marysee Prairie Work Days -   

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - Marysee Prairie 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 involve controlling the regrowth of woody species and keeping the prairie clear for mowing. Tools provided. Option to carpool from central Houston for those interested. The prairie is located at the end of County Road 2077, which is about 4 miles west of Batson on State Highway 105. This is approximately 65 miles northeast of central Houston. (Prairie is on the right at the end of County Road 2077; 220 County Road 2077, Hull, Texas)

Saturday, August 9, 2014 - Heron Park Work Day in August -    On Saturday, August 9, 2014, the Houston Sierra Club will visit Heron Park in Shoreacres, next to Taylor Bayou, and a few miles from West Galveston Bay. We will spend about 2-3 hours cutting vegetation which will allow prairie and wetland plants to compete better with woody and non-native plants. This is a great local trip to an area that many of Houstonians are not familiar with. The West Galveston Bay/Houston Ship Channel area is fascinating and there is a lot going on.
After we finish our service work we will visit a local restaurant to cool down and enjoy good food, good talk, and good companionship. Bring your daypack with plenty of water (three quarts), snacks, hat, field guides, binoculars, cameras, bug repellent, and comfortable hiking shoes and clothes. Long pants are recommended. It will be hot so plan accordingly. If you have a lopper or pruning shear bring it. If you do not, there will be several available for use.
We will meet to carpool/caravan 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 many bumper stickers. If you want to go on the trip contact Brandt Mannchen at 713-664-5962 or

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Day Trips

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Trail Maintenance Hike in the Sam Houston National Forest -    (Meet in parking lot behind International House of Pancakes (IHOP). Look for a maroon and silver F-150 truck. Detailed directions are in the outing description.) Enjoy a trail maintenance hike on the Lone Star Hiking Trail in Sam Houston National Forest. This Trail Maintenance will most likely be done in the Magnolia section, starting at a Trailhead on FM 945. Bring your daypack, three quarts of water, lunch, hiking shoes, hat, insect repellent, and clothes to fit the weather. And don’t forget to bring your sense of camaraderie, humor, and adventure! We will meet at 8:00 am in the parking lot behind the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) at I-45 North and Greens Road for possible carpooling (then we will drive to the National Forest). Look for a maroon and silver F-150 truck. To reach the parking lot, enter the feeder off I-45 North, via the Greens Road exit, and then pass through the traffic signal at Greens Rd. Turn right into the first strip center you come to (look for Brown Sugar’s Barbecue) and drive to the end of the strip center. The parking lot behind IHOP is on the right.

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Weekend Trips

Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6, 2014 - BIG THICKET WEEKEND -    Enjoy a spring weekend in the Big Thicket. On Saturday, we will visit and do service work on Marysee Prairie, the only tall-grass prairie in the Big Thicket that has been restored. We will probably cut woody vegetation and inventory blooming wildflowers and prairie grasses. This is a good way to learn some of the grasses and wildflowers that are naturally found in the Big Thicket. After lunch we will visit one of the units of Big Thicket National Preserve (BTNP). We will then spend the night at the home of Maxine Johnston, the "Godmother of the Big Thicket," in Batson, Texas. We will have a delicious meal, share stories about the Big Thicket and our other outdoor exploits, and engage in camaraderie with interesting folks. On Sunday we will pick a place in BTNP and enjoy a spring hike. Come for one day or spend the entire weekend. Bring a daypack, plenty of water, hat, field guides, binoculars, and comfortable hiking shoes and warm clothes. If you stay overnight bring what you need for the evening and a sleeping bag. We will meet to coordinate our carpool/caravan 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 a lot of bumper-stickers on the back. Call Brandt Mannchen at 713-664-5962 or email him at and reserve a space (leave your name, phone number, and email).

April 25-27 - Trail Between the Lakes, Sabine National Forest Backpacking and Day Hiking Options

Are you ready for some hiking? The Golden Triangle Group of the Sierra Club is celebrating Earth Week with an outing on the Trail Between the Lakes, a 28 mile hiking trail in the Sabine National Forest that extends from Lakeview Recreation Area on Toledo Bend Reservoir to US 96 within sight of the of Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The Trail was planned and constructed as a joint effort of the Golden Triangle Group of the Sierra Club (Beaumont area) and the US Forest Service. Participants can hike the entire trail on this outing, or choose from different options to hike portions of the trail each day. For general information on the trail visit: Where to Stay: For the serious hikers you can backpack, or hike to a predetermined campsite with a daypack and camp along the trail. For those who prefer RV camping, there is Mill Creek Park, or any number of other parks near the East Texas lakes. For those who prefer a motel, there are options - check . There are lots of hiking options over this three day outing. RSVP: It is very important to let us know if you are coming. We need to plan for the correct number of hikers and arrange the shuttle. Donations are appreciated to cover shuttles and other miscellaneous costs. For further details and to sign up, contact Phil Rogers at or 409-543-4616 cell, or John Paul at or 409-201-0005 cell.


Be sure to check the Houston Sierra Club MeetUp page here for updates!

Longer Trips and our Weekend Trips are also listed on our Multi-Day Outings page

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