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

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JULY GENERAL MEETING (JULY 10, 2014) - ""Houston B-cycle""

Houston B-cycle is a "bike sharing" program that works as an additional transportation alternative for people living and visiting Houston. At its core, this PUBLIC bike sharing system is intended to be used for short trips in and around Houston. At our July meeting, Will Rub (Exec Dir Houston B-cycle) will provide a complete overview of this innovative program. Learn how YOU can pick up a bike to run an errand, or tour around town, and then drop it off when your done -- enjoying all the benefits of a bike ride, with none of the maintenance issues of bike ownership. Join us Thursday, July 10 to learn more about Houston's latest move to support this healthy and environmentally-friendly way to get around town!

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.

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 gracemartinez7@earthlink.net ) 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.   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 JUNE GENERAL MEETING (June 18, 2014)- 6:30 -9:00 PM Topic: Program to be determined.
Location: Clear Lake Park - 5002 NASA Parkway Bay Area Community Center (Blue Roof).

GBASCH JULY GENERAL MEETING (JULY 16, 2014), 2014) 6:30 - 9:00 PM - Topic: " Program to be determined. "
Location: Clear Lake Park - 5002 NASA Parkway Bay Area Community Center (Blue Roof).

LEADER TRAINING - For leader training, contact Frank Blake at frankblake@juno.com or 713-528-2896

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classes:

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

LEADER TRAINING

For leader training, contact Frank Blake at frankblake@juno.com 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 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 @ 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, frankblake@juno.com

Third Tuesdays - Conservation Committee - third Tuesday monthly, 7:00 PM. Call for new location. Contact Evelyn Merz, 713-644-8228, elmerz@hal-pc.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 at frankblake@juno.com

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 frankblake@juno.com or 713-528-2896.

Saturday, June 21 , 9:30am-1 2:30pm - NORTH JETTY BEACH CLEANUP -    The Houston Group has adopted this stretch of beach as part of the Texas 'Adopt-A- Beach Program'. The North Jetty is a popular fishing, crabbing, and birding spot on the Bolivar Peninsula just south of the Audubon Society’s Bolivar Flats Sanctuary. Because this site is heavily used, trash and litter have become a problem. Much of the trash, such as discarded fishing line and plastics, are hazards to area wildlife. The ferry crossing to Bolivar is usually a great opportunity to observe dolphins and brown pelicans. It is interesting to visit the jetty in different seasons. To sign up, contact Frank Blake, frankblake@juno.com or 713-528-2896 (e-mail preferred). Additional details will be emailed to participants.

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - TRAIL MAINTENANCE HIKE IN SHNF -    Enjoy a trail maintenance hike on the Lone Star Hiking Trail in the Sam Houston National Forest. The part of the trail to be maintained will be chosen based on current trail conditions. Bring your daypack, two 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. 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. Contact Darrell Matula at 281 -667-7024 or drmatula@verizon.net for additional details. Please supply your name and contact information in case we need to contact you. One can also check the Houston Sierra Club Meetup site on the web for possible updates and sign up there.

Saturday, June 21, 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 brandtshnfbt@juno.com.

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Day Trips

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - Cypress Creek Canoe/Kayak -    Along its path through the forested areas of northern Harris County, Cypress Creek passes by several parks and other points of interest. As a significant source of drinking water for the Houston region, it also illustrates some of the water quality issues posed by increasing urbanization. The creek responds rapidly to local rainfall, so it will be important to monitor conditions, and it may be necessary to move today's trip to an alternative location in the event of unusually high or low flows. Because this trip is farther inland than many of our other paddles, it begins to take on many more of the characteristics of a river trip. There is likely to be a noticeable current, so that good boat control and some experience with paddling in moving water will be very helpful. Being farther inland, the river banks are also steeper and higher than we usually encounter in coastal trips. Lowering boats down to river level may be a new experience for some. We highly recommend sturdy shoes that will provide good traction. 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 baymail@sbcglobal.net or (713) 869-6026. A detailed trip information sheet will be sent by email to registered participants.

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary -    Join us to hike in the beautiful Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary (LTNS). This private nature sanctuary is owned by the Outdoor Nature Club and has been protected from logging for over 60 years. Diverse American Beech forests, spring-fed creeks, and a wildflower hilltop are just some of the fascinating plant communities that we will see on our hike. Bring your daypack, hat, at least three quarts of water, lunch, binoculars, hiking shoes, camera, field guides, long pants, and short-sleeve shirt. It will be hot so dress cool. 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 Honda Civic with lots of bumper stickers. If you would like to come call Brandt Mannchen at 71 3-664-5962 or email him at brandtshnfbt@juno.com and leave your name, address, phone number, and email. In case of trip cancellation Brandt will either email or call you.

Saturday, July 12, 2014 - HIKE BLACKLAND PRAIRIES AND VIEW WILDFLOWERS -    Join our annual visit to see blackland prairies in Sam Houston National Forest (SHNF) and enjoy blooming wildflowers. These prairies are unique to SHNF and are indicative of prairies found farther west. Bring your daypack, hat, at least three quarts of water, lunch, binoculars, hiking shoes, camera, field guides, long pants, short-sleeve shirt. It will be hot so dress cool. 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 Honda Civic with lots of bumper stickers. Civic with lots of bumper stickers. If you would like to come call Brandt Mannchen at 71 3-664-5962 or email him at brandtshnfbt@juno.com and leave your name, address, phone number, and email. In case of trip cancellation Brandt will either email or call you.

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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 brandtshnbt@juno.com 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: http://www.toledo-bend.com/national-forest/index.asp?request=trail 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 www.lake-resort.com . 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 philarogers@gmail.com or 409-543-4616 cell, or John Paul at jp46832@gt.rr.com or 409-201-0005 cell.

OTHER OUTINGS AND EVENTS

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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