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 (5)

Volunteers - Create a New Garden!

Blodgett Urban Gardens

Due to updated COVID health guidelines, NEO will not require volunteers to wear masks while outdoors. We still recommend unvaccinated people wear a mask and stay 6 feet from other participants. If it has been at least 2 weeks since your full vaccination date, you do not need to wear a mask, but you still want to stay 6 feet away from others as much as possible.

All participants will be respectful of others' comfort levels, so just let the people around you know what you are comfortable with, and everyone will try to be accommodating. Everyone should have a mask on hand just in case it is needed.

We really need as many volunteers as possible for this event. NEO is moving our learning garden to a new location in Third Ward. The new location will be an urban homestead educational center and community event location. We will be able to offer more types of NEO events at this new location including educational clinics, cultural cooking events, game nights, and much more!

During this event, we will move our raised garden bed boxes, trellises, and many of our established plants to the new location. Thank you!

We will meet at Blodgett Urban Gardens, load up what we need and follow each other to the new location.

Intermediate Bike Ride - Spring Creek Greenway Trail

Dennis Johnston Park

This is an intermediate level bike ride. Must be able to average 10-13 mph for at least an hour. If you can do a 1 hour spin class at medium level effort, you can do this ride. This is a paved out and back trail.

If you are unable to keep up with the group, you can easily turn around and cycle back to Dennis Johnston Park. Or, rejoin the group along the trail as the group is making their way back to the start.

Print and bring the trail map with you since cell phone reception is spotty.

Start: Dennis Johnston Park - Bathrooms
Stop 1: John Pundet Park - 5 minutes
Stop 2: Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center 15 minutes for drink and snacks under the covered sitting area. We will then head back to Dennis Johnston Park.
Finish: Dennis Johnston Park

Arrive 15-20 minutes early to give yourself time for parking and to use the bathroom prior to the start of the ride and start time. There are two parking lots available. After parking, cycle to the bathrooms which is where we will start.

WHAT TO BRING: Water to last you 3 hours and snacks. For myself I bring at least 3 to 4 liters of water in my camelbak. To prepare for a bike ride, I make sure I am well hydrated the day before and have a light snack or meal before I leave for the ride.

Disclaimer: The hosts and event organizers are volunteers. Participate at your own risk. We will follow COVID-related health guidelines including wearing masks over your nose and mouth at all times, except when to drink water. Please be respectful of each others' space and health. If you have a fever, do not feel well, or have any COVID symptoms, please sit this one out. For up-to-date COVID info, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Hike Spring creek greenway/Peckinpaugh Preserve 4 miles

1300 Riley Fuzzell Rd

By RSVPing you agree to follow COVID-related health guidelines including wearing masks over your nose and mouth at all times. If you have a fever, do not feel well, or have any COVID symptoms, please sit this one out.

This hike/walk is approximately 4 miles along dirt trails of Spring Creek Greenway preserve. Restrooms are next to the nature center.

What to bring: Water, walking shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, binoculars snack

Elevation - Hill and Stair Interval Training

The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park

Welcome to a unique workout in the flatlands of Houston – Elevation Training using one of the few topographic features in Houston, Buffalo Bayou!

We start with a couple stations along the Bayou itself then go on to downtown and utilize the structures and monuments there. You may choose to go up and down the stairs as slow or fast as you want. This hike is meant to help you push a little and see your strength improve over time. There are 6 stops total, lasting about 90 minutes and, if you’re ambitious, can get about 1,000 feet of elevation gain!

I want to stress, this is a workout. You will need to wear tennis shoes and proper workout attire. Headlamps are desired in the winter, and water is especially needed in the summer. Be sure to dress for the weather, regardless!

Sabine Street
Fonde Recreation Center
Lot H
(google pins for parking locations https://goo.gl/maps/6WmYvWR9S4rF3Epw7 )

Workout attire
Running shoes
(winter optional) headlamp

For some past episodes in this long running series.

September 17 (https://www.meetup.com/joinneo/events/220960312/), 2015
February 19, 2015 (https://www.meetup.com/joinneo/events/220436733/)
July 8, 2014 (https://www.meetup.com/joinneo/events/192875942/)

Past events (1,372)

Elevation - Hill and Stair Interval Training

The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park

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