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

    Cullen Running Trails Center

    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

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    Sunset is at 6pm-ish. Come enjoy some stress relieving time in the woods of Memorial Park and get to know some of your NEO brethren better. :-) Full moon for February is the "Snow" moon.

    If the trails are water logged we have other options like the arboretum next door, the lieberman loop, or the 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. Bring a snack and plenty of water for them. 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 could be multiple dogs, so be sure they are not dog aggressive.

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

    There is another event, "Fireside snack & chat" right after this event @ the Eastern Glades section of Memorial park, 5 min drive down Memorial dr. Bring something to eat and join us after the hike. I just have to set up. We'll celebrate February birthdays during the fireside/chat event.

    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!

    Supplies:
    flashlight or headlamp (approx 125 lumens),
    water,
    snack,
    shoes with good treads,
    BUG SPRAY

  • Full moon "Fireside snack and chat" Memorial park February birthdays 🎉

    Eastern Glades at Memorial Park

    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.

    Everyone is welcome to enjoy, it's family friendly. February is the "Snow" moon.

    We'll celebrate February birthdays. I'll bring a few candles and cupcakes. We'll do this for each month during the Fireside snack and chats

    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 some firewood (oak, hickory, ash, ect).

    Split firewood (store bought) donations appreciated.

    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) I'll bring some hot water and various tea bags, you bring a cup to fill with hot water
    -CAMP CHAIR, there are picnic tables with benches
    -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
    -Topic for discussion
    -campfire stories/games

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

    MKT Trail: White Oak Bayou

    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 12+ mile ride mostly along the paved trail of White Oak bayou. Near the midway point is Little Thicket park near Ella blvd and T. C. Jester dr. (We will take a break to snack) From that intersection, to the park, we will ride a very short while on sidewalk or bike path along Ella blvd.

    W 11th st. park is just a short ride through a neighborhood street.

    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

    The trail will take us under numerous roads so a bit of down and up elevations. Be familiar with changing gears to help with the elevation changes.

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

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  • Archery Certification for NEO Volunteers

    16700 Old Louetta Rd

    READ THIS ENTIRE POSTING. NEO will be hosting multiple archery events at schools in the upcoming months starting February 14th. We need a few more of our volunteers to get archery certified to help us out. We will be allowing some NEO members to register for a free NASP archery certification training through our partners at Texas Parks & Wildlife. Please RSVP here if you are interested in the first training on February 6th. If you rsvp, you are taking a space away from someone else who wants to get certified, so YOU MUST SHOW UP!

    While NEO hosts events all over the Houston area, we primarily serve Title 1 schools located in predominantly Latino and African-American communities. Our Healthy Outdoor Communities initiative focuses on serving the Acres Homes and Third Ward communities specifically.

    When you rsvp, please send me a message or make a comment stating what your general availability is to volunteer with NEO and why you are interested in teaching kids about archery. If you rsvp and are selected to participate, I will send you the actual registration link.

    You will be asked to pay $40 upfront. NEO will reimburse that fee when you attend your first archery volunteer event with us.

    We look forward to seeing you. Thank you!

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  • 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, covering a distance of about 4.5 miles in 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!

    No worries if you're running late. Just meet up with us along the route. https://www.relive.cc/view/vr63BrPA1dO

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

    WHAT TO BRING:
    Workout attire
    Running shoes
    WATER
    (winter optional) headlamp

    For some past episodes in this long running series.

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

  • Volunteers - Browning Elementary Camping on Campus Event

    Browning Elementary School

    Many of you may know that NEO works with a lot of local schools providing outdoor activities and environmental education to their students. We have hosted many outdoor activities and field trips with Browning Elementary, and they have asked us to host another Camping on Campus event for their students and families.

    During these events, NEO provides tents, campfires, and fun games to families while encouraging them to spend more healthy time outdoors and teaching them outdoor skills like how to pitch a tent and build and put out a campfire. This event allows families to try out a real overnight camping experience close to home among friends and neighbors.

    We are looking for some great volunteers to help out during this super fun event. I hope you can attend!

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  • Charleston urban garden

    3718 Charleston St

    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. You can come by @ any time between 8am-11am.

    POST IN THE COMMENT SECTION OF WHEN YOU WILL ARRIVE. THANKS

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

  • 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, covering a distance of about 4.5 miles in 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!

    No worries if you're running late. Just meet up with us along the route. https://www.relive.cc/view/vr63BrPA1dO

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

    WHAT TO BRING:
    Workout attire
    Running shoes
    WATER
    (winter optional) headlamp

    For some past episodes in this long running series.

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

  • 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, covering a distance of about 4.5 miles in 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!

    No worries if you're running late. Just meet up with us along the route. https://www.relive.cc/view/vr63BrPA1dO

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

    WHAT TO BRING:
    Workout attire
    Running shoes
    WATER
    (winter optional) headlamp

    For some past episodes in this long running series.

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

  • Charleston urban garden

    3718 Charleston St

    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. You can come by @ any time between 8am-11am.

    POST IN THE COMMENT SECTION OF WHEN YOU WILL ARRIVE. THANKS

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