What we're about

If you love camping, backpacking, kayaking, paddleboarding, nature walks, hiking, biking, fishing, geocaching, photography, outdoor cooking, birding, wildlife viewing, travel, and anything else outdoors... Plus, if you enjoy throwing in some cultural activities, cooking, movie nights, and other one off events with fun people, NEO is for you!

If you like fun volunteer opportunities working with schools and the community to teach others how to enjoy nature and the great outdoors, we have that too! Welcome to NEO (Nature & Eclectic Outdoors)!

NEO is a Texas based 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping people of all ages and backgrounds lead more outdoor oriented lives for better health, happiness, and life balance. Check out our website at www.NEOproject.org! (http://www.neoproject.org/)

NEO events are open to everyone, and most activities are family, kid, and pet friendly! Events are free or low cost! We supplement our regular outdoor events with amazing cultural opportunities and affordable travel adventures. Our goal is to make outdoor activities and incredible travel events accessible to everyone.

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We love being outdoors! We want to make sure everyone has the chance to experience hiking, camping, backpacking, cycling, kayaking, geocaching, and anything else they would like to try out. We love to travel and get out of the hustle and bustle of the city, and we want others to have this opportunity to travel with us in a safe and relaxed environment.

NEO may host an all day hike at Brazos Bend State Park, a weekend camp at Pedernales Falls, or a cool mid-week night hike at Memorial Park. You could even find us introducing members to the Colorado Rockies on a long weekend! Whatever NEO does, we’re going to make some new friends, create amazing lifelong memories, and have a blast!

NEO has several special initiatives described on our website atwww.neoproject.org (http://www.neoproject.org/), but one initiative in particular has gained us incredible respect and notoriety. Through our “Wilderness Kids” initiative, NEO encourages kids and families to get off the couch, away from the video games and cell phones, and OUTSIDE. With the help of contributions and donations, NEO hosts events and clinics designed to teach kids necessary skills for enjoying outdoor activities and thriving in the natural world. Kids develop leadership and teamwork skills while learning about water safety, hiking, camping, nature and wildlife, and much more! They are also introduced to people from all walks of life and from all over the world, giving them a broader understanding of the world and cultures around them.

We partner with schools, businesses, and other organizations to facilitate field trips, on campus events, and team builders. We also host private events that help support our nonprofit mission. Get in touch with us today to discuss these special programs and events.

If you would like to learn more about becoming involved in our NEO Volunteer Corps helping out at fun community outreach events and in our school partnerships, email us at contact@neoproject.org! (http://www.neoproject.org/?page_id=891)

Upcoming events (2)

Volunteers needed for garden cooking demo

Sunshine Community Gardens

We will be following COVID health guidelines throughout this event. Masks must be worn when within 6 feet of each other. I need a volunteer (or a few) to help out while I give a 20 minute outdoor cooking demo for an live virtual interview to veterans organizations. It will be short and sweet. I need someone to hold the camera (phone) and possibly a few to help out with the cooking/eating. :-) Is anyone available? NEO is part of the Combined Arms Veterans Collaborative. This live demonstration/interview is to give other veterans organizations inspiration on activities they can do with the veterans they serve.

Volunteer Day in the Garden!

Sunshine Community Gardens

We will be following COVID health guidelines throughout this event. Masks must be worn when within 6 feet of each other. After we do our harvesting and some quick garden maintenance, we will dig into some projects. First on the list, we will install a simple irrigation system for the garden. Then, we will help out some of our fellow gardeners with some small projects they need help on. Most of our garden neighbors are more seasoned, and they need a little extra help during COVID. One of our neighbors has fallen ill and needs help separating his immense iris collection and prepping his garden beds for planting. I'm glad we are able to assist other gardeners so they don't have to give up their garden plots. I will bring the camp stove, so after our chores, we will cook a super easy Hawaiian Slider that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. It is always a camp favorite!

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Volunteer Day in the Garden!

Sunshine Community Gardens

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