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+)

"Friendsgiving" Camp @ Brazos Bend State Park

Brazos Bend State Park

$20.00

Enjoy a weekend of hiking, camping, nature photography, outdoor art, and fishing! Oh, plus bring a Thanksgiving type potluck items to throw in a cooler or cook Saturday night for our Friendsgiving feast! We will provide large tents, cots, sleeping mats, cooking gear, fishing poles, art supplies. Your rsvp fee covers the use of all equipment, park entrance fees, and camping fees. If you have never been to Brazos Bend it is breathtaking, and my favorite Texas State Park. You'll feel like you're in another world when the owls echo through the woods in the evening. Please go to www.neoproject.org/tpwdcamping for some basic camping info. Be sure to fill out the medical info and waiver forms, and bring them with you to camp. Thanks! We are partnering with TPWD's "Texas Outdoor Family" division to host another great family-friendly camp. The purpose of this partnership is to give people the skills and knowledge that will allow them to start spending time in our state parks. Brazos Bend State Park offers great hiking, fishing, nature photography, and more. Remember, you are NOT required to have a fishing license when you fish in state parks. This cost for individuals is $20. If you are a family with children of up to 5 people, the cost is $35. You may RSVP on behalf of your family and change the amount you pay to $35 when it asks for payment. Then just post how many adults and children you will be bringing. Even though the payment option says Paypal, it will let you pay with a debit or credit card if you like. NEO is a nonprofit that does a ton of great work in our communities, so if you would like to donate an additional amount, just change your dollar amount accordingly. We have a variety of tent sizes that will be assigned based on the size if your group. If you sign up as an individual, you may be paired up to share a tent. You will have access to running water, bathrooms, and showers. You will need to check-in at the front office of the park. Let them know you are camping with NEO, and they will give you directions to our campsites near Hale Lake. During the course of this event, you will be taught how to pick a good campsite, how to pitch a tent, basics of angling, some wildlife identification, and various other outdoor skills. You will have the opportunity to hike, go fishing, go for a mountain bike ride, and even practice some outdoor art! This will be a fun and rewarding experience for everyone! We will be taking lots of photos, and all photos taken will be shared. By RSVP'ing to this event, you agree to have photos taken and to allow NEO to use those photos on our websites, marketing, etc. Thank you! After we pack up camp on Sunday morning and finish up our final activities, you will all be welcome to enjoy Brazos Bend for the rest of the day. Bring a packed lunch for Saturday afternoon. We will have stoves and a campfire available for cooking on Saturday night for our Friendsgiving feast. We will have boiled water for coffee and oatmeal on Sunday morning. Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks. Other items: toiletries, medications, camp chairs, clothing layers, sleeping bags or linens, flashlights or headlamps, comfy hiking shoes, earplugs in case of snorers, sunblock, and bug spray. NEO will provide supplies for s'mores and a group campfire. Brazos Bend State Park: http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/brazos-bend Refunds are not available for this event. If you need to cancel for any reason, you may sell your spot or consider it a much-appreciated donation to NEO. Thank you for understanding.

Night Hike at Memorial Park (4 miles)

Memorial Park - Trailhead / Baseball Fields Parking Lot

Like us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/NEOProjectTX/ Donate | neoproject https://www.neoproject.org/donate Come enjoy some stress relieving time in the woods of Memorial Park and get to know some of your NEO brethren better. :-) We'll keep an ear and eye open for the OWLS 🦉that live in the woods. Be sure to bring big spray, a headlamp and comfy tennis shoes or boots. Please check weather before attending. Supplies: water, snack, comfy tennis shoes, BUG SPRAY These night hikes are great for first time hikers. 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. The map is being strange, so here are the exact coordinates to meet at: 29° 45' 52.0" n 95° 26' 29.0" w Lat:[masked] / Long: [masked] 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 Picnic Loop. You will see some baseball fields on your right. Park in the lot that runs the length of the baseball fields and meet us near the last baseball field at the main trail-head. Supplies: flashlight or headlamp, water, snack, comfy tennis shoes, BUG SPRAY http://www.memorialparkconservancy.org/html/North_Memorial%20Map_23.pdf 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!

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/)

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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