The Bayou Appreciation program recognizes that the people who live in these watersheds are as dynamic and essential as their waterways. They represent many different communities – different cultures, races, religions, colors, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, and priorities. The purpose of the Bayou Appreciation program is to help introduce all Houstonians to nature in their backyards. Program activities include creating and supporting engaging outdoor educational activities for all populations.
Through Action and Education
Thanks to a generous grant from Port Houston, the Bayou Appreciation Program is embarking on a multifaceted project within Jim and Joann Fonteno Park.
This endeavor aims for collective and equitable impact - actively involving the community. We approach this work by;
Organizing volunteer litter cleanups to mitigate the influx of trash into our waterways,
Installing interpretive signage throughout the park that encapsulates the essence of the community while providing valuable environmental insights,
Conducting guided educational walks to inform park users about the local ecology.
Communities in Conservation
Bayou Preservation Association (BPA), through a collaborative partnership, is offering a volunteer opportunity for BIPOC community members in Houston who are passionate about conservation.
BPA, through a collaborative partnership, seeks to increase the number of diverse community members who are trained and certified through the National Association of Interpretation. Once trained, Certified Interpretive Guides will lead walks and tours of Houston's Bayous, providing valuable community insights. Selected Guides will receive a $1,000 stipend* upon completion of the training.
2023 applications are now closed. Return to learn about 2024 opportunities.
A Wayfinding Experience
Wayfinding signage is an initiative that falls under our Bayou Appreciation program. It brings people outdoors to discover our bayous and streams first-hand by providing interpretive language and artwork to connect visitors with their surroundings.