THE GREAT GREEN QUEST
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
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.
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!
EOG Resources, Inc.
Annie and Bob Graham
David Hightower and Julie Peak
Silver Eagle Distributors
Bruce Wilcoxon and Elena Coates
The Howard Hughes Corporation
Ann Lents and J. David Heaney
Schwartz, Page & Harding, L.L.P.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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