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+)

High Island bird watching and nature walk

The Houston Audubon's High Island location is known around the world for its spring migration of birds (Smith Oaks Sanctuary[[masked], [masked] ] and Boy Scout Woods Sanctuary $8 day pass for both) April should be the peak of the spring season there (mid-March to mid-May). We can also visit Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Friends of Anahuac Refuge nature center ($FREE) The ANWR has a nice boardwalk with which to walk through the tall grasses. We might spot an alligator. Many of you may already know this, but for new birdwatchers, here are some birdwatching etiquette suggestions: Try not to point, wave your arms or get too close to birds Birdwatching is a social activity (at least for us!), but try to keep the talk a little quieter Especially during migration (March - April), be mindful that birdwatching is a serious activity for some people - they're either professional photographers or traveled a long way to get here including from other countries It could be busy in regards to parking and we might have to walk a bit after we park. I don't know of places to eat around there so bring a lunch and snacks. We can find a place to eat afterwards in Winnie Tx, about 20 miles north of High Island or closer to Houston on I-10 (There are many places along I-10 to choose from) We can discuss the options at High Island. Leave at 4:30 and eat at 5pm. 8am at Kroger. It could take approximately 1 hr 40 mins (91 miles) 10am If you want to meet at the sanctuary here is the address[masked]th St, High Island, TX 77623 The High Island sanctuaries are fee sites ($8 day pass). The fee helps defray the costs of maintenance, utilities and improvements for the entire Houston Audubon sanctuary system. http://www.houstonaudubon.org/ http://houstonaudubon.org/sanctuaries/high-island/ ***CELL PHONE SERVICE WILL BE SPOTTY[masked] Text messages might get through if calls do not*** A day pass costs $8 CASH What you will need: comfortable walking shoes water snacks lunch (if you arrive early to Kroger you can pick something up from the deli counter) Binoculars (there might be some that we can share but if you have any friends or family with some, ask to borrow and bring theirs. We can still enjoy the area without them) hat sunscreen mosquito spray camera

Volunteers Needed - Fishing & Birding Event Sheldon Lake

Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center

We will be showing a large group of people in a long-term substance abuse recovery program how to fish and do some birding during Texas Parks and Wildlife's Big Sit birding event at beautiful Sheldon Lake State Park. The purpose is to teach these participants some healthy outdoor-oriented hobbies to help them on their road to recovery. You do not need to have fishing or birding experience to volunteer for this event. We will teach you all you need to know and provide the proper tools you'll need. If you don't already have the new NEO volunteer corps t-shirt, we'll give you one at the event. You'll also be invited to a free volunteer appreciation event coming up at the beginning of May.

Night Hike - Terry Hershey Park (same trails but new meeting location) 5 miles

Leaving at 6:40PM Hiking Wilcrest to Dairy Ashford I've seen a particular owl near Wilcrest so this start will increase us seeing it. This is a great hike for beginners and intermediate hikers alike. The hike follows the "ant hills" which is a dirt hiking trail with various elevation changes following Buffalo Bayou between N. Dairy Ashford and N. Wilcrest Dr. Total distance will be 5 miles Supplies: • Water • Hiking shoes • Bug spray • Head light or flashlight

Elevation Training - Bring Water!

The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park

We're back! And a half our earlier! Let's get back in to shape with some heavy packs on our backs (if you want) ! We are gathering at the Hobby Plaza of the new Water Works Park on Sabine Street. Parking is available on Sabine Street or in the lot to the right of the plaza. If that is full go to the Fonde Rec Center or Parking Lot H. If you are late, join us across the bayou on the stairs. Please check weather before attending to ensure you are dressed for winter weather. Bring a flash light as the sun sets when we leave. Here is the new elevation route plus names! Current Bayou Water Levels (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/dv?referred_module=sw&site_no=08074500%2C08074598%2C08074000&format=gif_mult_sites&PARAmeter_cd=00065&begin_date=2017-08-01&end_date=2017-09-04) Google Map of the meeting place and our first stop at the Backward Hill (https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zRjqJj3SI8VI.kDLzuNKUu1xw&usp=sharing) We will be doing a training hike on the paved trails along Buffalo Bayou. Wear running shoes rather than hiking boots. The hike is appropriate for all members and fitness levels. This hike can be a challenging and exhilarating workout where you do what meets your fitness goals. Safety is always first but it is cooler at night so be prepared to suck it up a little bit. :-) This is a great exercise trail in the downtown area. There are several challenges along the trail, the Backward Hill, the Tower of Terror, The Fish Tank, Bubbles the Bayou Monster, the Theater of the Absurd, Ring the Bell, Waterfall Stairs, the Stairs of State, and finally the Tower of Power. We do brisk walking in between to keep our hearts pumping. You may choose to run stairs as slow or fast as you want, do other exercises or just stretch. This hike is meant to help you push a little and see your strength improve over time. The event will last about 1.5 hours. For some past episodes in this long running series. September 17 (http://www.meetup.com/joinneo/events/220960312/), 2015 February 19, 2015 (http://www.meetup.com/joinneo/events/220436733/) July 8, 2014 (http://www.meetup.com/joinneo/events/192875942/)

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Elevation Training - Bring Water!

The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park

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