Get outdoors in our local natural world, support Houston Wilderness' efforts to protect, preserve, and promote our ten ecoregions, and help offer Houston area students the opportunity to learn about the outdoors. Houston Wilderness is excited to announce that this year's Quest will include two brand new features focused on helping to promote careers in conservation and environmental science:


Green Jobs Passport

Houston Wilderness has collaborated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Houston Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership to develop a new Green Jobs Passport. The passport, which provides information in both English and Spanish, includes not only information on getting outdoors in Houston's diverse ecoregions, but also about different careers related to environmental stewardship and the educational pathways needed to get there. In this way, we hope to establish a crucial link for youth in our local community between a passion for our local outdoors and the possibility of a career pursuing this passion.  

"Careers in Conservation" Scholarship

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Houston Wilderness is excited to announce a new "Careers in Conservation" graduate-level scholarship program that will be open to interns and staff of our Network Partners. Contributors to 2017's Quest will have the option to sponsor a $1,000 scholarship for promising interns interested in pursuing graduate-level work in an environmental field. Houston Wilderness is planning to offer five $1,000 scholarships in 2018.  Download the 2018 Great Green Quest Scholarship Application


Of course, we are continuing to grow the Great Green Quest in more area school districts, libraries, community centers and youth organizations throughout the region. The GGQ is a great opportunity to get yourself and deserving students outdoors. Although the Quest formally launches in May, you can be an early bird and sign up now and you will receive a Wilderness Packet with all of the information you need to get outdoors exploring Greater Houston's 10 diverse ecoregions. Your sponsorship will also give kids the opportunity to challenge themselves to become the Top "Questers" as they visit the ten ecoregions over the summer months. Please help us meet our 2017 goal to distribute 25,000 Wilderness Passports, and get kids excited about careers in conservation and environmental science!

Download the Great Green Quest Sponsorship Letter

2017 Sponsors

Glenn Buckley
Clark Condon
EOG Resources, Inc.

Annie and Bob Graham
David Hightower and Julie Peak
Houston Zoo
Silver Eagle Distributors
Strake Foundation
Merrie Talley, Talley Landscape Architects
Richard Torres
Bruce Wilcoxon and Elena Coates

Beth Robertson

The Howard Hughes Corporation
Ann Lents and J. David Heaney
Raba Kistner

Ramona Ridge
Schwartz, Page & Harding, L.L.P.
Roger Moore

Wilderness Passports

Sponsored Schools on the Quest

KIPP Middle and Elementary Schools

YES PREP Elementary Schools

Kinkaid Lower School

Elementary Schools with Spring Branch ISD in Houston

Middle Schools with Clear Creek ISD

Elementary Schools with Lamar Consolidated ISD in Richmond/Rosenberg

Elementary and Middle Schools with Houston ISD

Mosbacher Odyssey Academy in Galveston

More area schools will be joining this year's Quest! If you have schools you'd like to see participate, please email

Sponsored Areas

Houston Parks and Recreation Department Community Centers

YMCA of Greater Houston

Houston Public Libraries

Brazoria County Libraries

Harris County Libraries

Join the Quest and sponsor a school today!

Estuary Anglers - $5,000

This sponsorship will help 5 schools participate

Prairie Birdwatchers - $2,500

This sponsorship will help 4 schools participate

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Bayou Kayakers- $1,000

This sponsorship will help 3 schools participate

Piney Woods Cyclist- $500

This sponsorship will help 2 schools participate

Big Thicket Campers- $250

This sponsorship will help 1 school participate


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