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 firstname.lastname@example.org
) 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 AUGUST GENERAL MEETING (AUGUST 20, 2014), 2014) 6:30 - 9:00 PM -
Topic: " Attorney Mary Carter of Blackburn & Carter will discuss Whooping Cranes and the effort to protect
freshwater inflows for wildlife in Texas bays.
Location: Clear Lake Park - 5002 NASA Parkway
Bay Area Community Center (Blue Roof).
Saturday, August 2, 2014
3:00 PM to 5:30 PM: Waste and Environmental Justice Summit -
Join us at a special free event sponsored by Zero Waste Houston, Houston Peace and Justice Center, Sierra Club Houston Regional
Group, NAACP Houston Branch and Texas Campaign for the Environment.
RSVP on Facebook:
LEADER TRAINING -
For leader training, contact Frank Blake at email@example.com 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,
firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-528-2896. Each
class is approximately 2 hours long, and dates are coordinated with participants.
For leader training, contact Frank Blake at email@example.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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Third Tuesdays - Conservation Committee - third Tuesday monthly, 7:00
PM. Call for new location. Contact Evelyn Merz, 713-644-8228, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-528-2896.
Saturday, August 2, 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 email@example.com.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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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 email@example.com and reserve a space (leave your name, phone number,
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 -
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 409-543-4616 cell,
or John Paul at email@example.com or 409-201-0005 cell.
Be sure to check the Houston Sierra Club MeetUp page here for updates!