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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 (4+)

Sunset/Full moon Night Hike at Memorial Park (4+ miles)

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Sunset is at 8:20-ish. Come enjoy some stress relieving time in the woods of Memorial Park and get to know some of your NEO brethren better. :-)

If the trails are muddy we have other options like the arboretum next door or the lieberman loop/picnic loop . We'll keep an ear and eye open for the OWLS 🦉that live in the woods.

Be sure to bring bug spray, a headlamp (approx 125 lumens) and comfy tennis shoes or boots. There were portable toilets at the running center last month. The running center restrooms close at 6pm.

We will head out onto the trail 5 minutes after event time. I'll chat abit about the trails and NEO during those 5 minutes. .

These night hikes are great for first time hikers because they are fewer miles and much cooler than some of our other hikes. They are a good way to introduce your kids to hiking and assess their fitness level and attention span before bringing them on one of the regular hikes. This hike is not stroller friendly...the trails are narrow and bumpy with many roots and elevation ups and downs.

Dogs are welcome but must be friendly, and they must stay on a leash at all times...no exceptions. There will be multiple dogs, so be sure they are not dog aggressive. Kids are welcome, but be sure you know your child's physical capabilities. Also, please bring a snack and plenty of water for them.

From 610, head east on Woodway Dr. You will pass the Arboretum/Nature Center. Stay to your right. Right after you go under the overpass/railroad tracks you will veer right onto N. Picnic Loop. Make a right handed u-turn into the running center parking lot.

Supplies:
flashlight or headlamp (approx 125 lumens),
water,
snack,
comfy tennis shoes, BUG SPRAY

There is another event, "Fireside snack and chat Memorial park" 10pm, after this event. Since we are already at Memorial park the event will start immediately after the night hike. I just have to set up.

If you love off of the sidewalk hiking areas like the Terry Hershey and Memorial Park dirt trails are great. If you have some suggestions for other places, please let me know. I look forward to seeing you all!

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"Fireside snack and chat" Full moon Memorial park

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NEO is dedicated to helping people of all ages and backgrounds lead more active outdoor-oriented lives for better health, happiness, and wellbeing. https://youtu.be/YLPJrHs5PCk?list=TLGGYXrB28dE2rIxNjAzMjAyMg

After a sunset/full moon night hike (separate from this event) through the dirt trails of Memorial Park we will snack and chat by a fire, listening to the nighttime sounds of Hines lake nearby. August is the "Sturgeon" moon. That could be the theme for whatever you want to bring.

The Eastern Glades area has 4 fire pits/pad sites and two Pavillions with fireplaces all lined up in a row next to each other. The North pavillion is next to the courtyard with strings of patio hanging lights. It is 1st come 1st serve for these spots so we will not know which one is available after the hike. Look for my bike with a basket on the back and a "NEO" sign attached. Pic posted[masked]

Parking is free after 9pm but only $1 before then.

There is a restroom next to the parking/picnic area.

I will bring the firewood (oak, hickory, ash, ect) and 2 gallons of water to extinguish the fire.

Before you leave the event set aside some time to take a short walk (15min) around Hines lake and a boardwalk into the woods. Picture posted of the route around the lake.

What to Bring: -Something to eat and/or drink (no glass)
-CAMP CHAIR
-Bug spray

  • I'll bring some individually packed Smores kit (skewers, chocolate striped cookie or Graham cracker, chocolate, marshmellow)
    -A love for the sounds of nature at night
    -Guitar
    -campfire stories/games

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Charelston urban garden

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You are invited to join us in a little. Dirt Therapy—Everyone can benefit from Gardening Now More Than Ever.

NEO is dedicated to helping people of all ages and backgrounds lead more active outdoor-oriented lives for better health, happiness, and wellbeing. https://youtu.be/YLPJrHs5PCk?list=TLGGYXrB28dE2rIxNjAzMjAyMg

Backyard urban community gardens are on the rise. They help to teach communities to become more sustainable, but the power of working the earth will also help soothe your soul.

All skill levels are welcomed. Free lunch provided. You can even learn new skills.

Bring water, a hat, some sunscreen, boots (open toe shoes not recommended) and bug spray.
Restroom is available onsite

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Bike ride, birds and a bit of nature: White Oak/Buffalo bayou approx +/-12 miles

NEO is dedicated to helping people of all ages and backgrounds lead more active outdoor-oriented lives for better health, happiness, and wellbeing. https://youtu.be/YLPJrHs5PCk?list=TLGGYXrB28dE2rIxNjAzMjAyMg

This will be approximately 10-13 mile ride along the paved trail of White Oak bayou and downtown Buffalo bayou. There are a few street crossings. We'll stop by a few nature spots along the way.

MKT trail was a railroad line (Missouri, Kansas, Texas) through the Heights and beyond https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missouri%E2%80%93Kansas%E2%80%93Texas_Railroad

Target opens at 8am and has restrooms. We will wait if anyone needs to use the restroom @ 8am.

The trail will take us under numerous roads so a bit of down and up elevations.

What to bring:
Bike
Helmet (highly recommended)
Water/hydration
Snacks
Love of nature

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