Field Trips

 

We are pleased to offer three exciting and informative field trips this year.

Please RSVP for the field trip you would like to attend.

Sheldon State Park

 

This tour will take us through the initial phase of wetland restoration completed at Sheldon Lake State Park. Set within an urban park just 15 minutes east of downtown Houston, these restored marshes offer a glimpse of the historical coastal prairie wetland matrix, prior to any agricultural development.

 

Photo credit: Texas Parks & Wildlife

Stormwater Wetlands

 

This tour will visit two stormwater wetlands:

 

1) The MD Anderson stormwater treatment wetland, located in the Texas Medical Center, is a small flood control basin which receives stormwater from an adjacent parking lot has been designed to contain wetlands. As a demonstration site for natural water quality improvement, it also provides interesting landscape destination for MD Anderson's staff and patient population.

 

2) This Exploration Green Nature Park is a transformation of a 200 acre defunct golf course into a stormwater detention facility in order to create five finger lakes featuring miles of walking trails, native trees, and stormwater wetlands. The tour will visit the first completed section.

 

Photo credit: Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

Green Street Reconstruction

 

The Bagby Street Reconstruction Project is the first Greenroads project in Texas, redeveloping a deteriorating ten-block corridor in the dense, urban, and rapidly developing Midtown neighborhood of Houston. The existing asphalt surface was is in poor condition with severe cracking, potholes, and patching evident throughout. In addition to surface rehabilitation the Project provides an improvement to pedestrian and parking facilities with access to local businesses and the Midtown Park, as well as low-impact development technologies. Space for these upgrades was found by implementing a road-diet, as traffic studies determined that the four-lane one-way collector could comfortably be reduced to two lanes.

 

Photo credit: Design Workshop

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