Bayou Land Conservancy

Rating: 4.93 stars   55 reviews

Issues: Environment, Water

Location: 10330 Lake Rd. Bldg. J Houston TX 77070 USA

Mission:

Bayou Land Conservancy is a community-sponsored land preservation organization working with willing landowners to permanently protect land in the greater Houston region. We preserve river and bayou corridors, other properties with significant wildlife habitat value and places where family recreation can occur in harmony with nature. Our "No Child Left Inside" education program connects tomorrow's conservation leaders with nature today. Bayou Land Conservancy is proud to have conserved over 8,600 acres in the greater Houston region.


Results: This year over 2000 students and teachers have done hands-on, TEKS-aligned, science based activities at our Little Cypress Creek Preserve in northwest Houston. We permanently protect lands in and around Houston. To date, we preserve 39 properties with a total of 8,600 acres.
Target demographics: Children from diverse backgrounds from around Houston between the ages 10 and 18. Landowners who want to permanently protect their land for years to come.
Geographic areas served: Greater Houston area
Programs:

 Conservation Programs:

1. Protect ecologically important lands. These lands currently include:
a. The Spring Creek Greenway Corridor, the green liquid boundary that separates Harris and Montgomery counties. This critical open area is home to numerous mammals and supplies habitat for bird species which need the resting grounds on their migratory flights. Spring Creek is a "navigable" water body of at least 30 feet wide throughout most of its winding corridor all the way to the San Jacinto River - another focus area for LLT. This area is also important as it provides an opportunity for low-impact use in the form of canoeing, kayaking, and hiking trails - a nature area so close to downtown Houston but what feels like miles away.

b. Washington County. This county, despite its still mostly rural nature, is a highly fragmented county due to much of the land being previously subdivided for cotton and cattle uses. But the rolling hill beauty of this area is facing rapidly expanding "mini-ranchetting", even further subdividing the tracts.

c. Cypress Creek corridor in NW Harris County.

d. All large, contiguous tracts in the Houston region where we can work with adjacent landowners to provide true wildlife habitat and flood buffer corridors for downstream residents.

2. Raise money for operations, the purchase of development rights, and restoration and enhancement of our preserves.

3. Increase support by the local population with naturalist educational events including our “No Child Left Inside” educational program.

4. Continue to be recognized land conservation experts in the Houston area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

i took my media academy students to this place (BayouLand Conservancy) and they really enjoyed it. They allowed us to bring our equipment to produce a documentary as well as take photos. They divided us into two teams and students really got into walking into the lake bed taking samples, examining bones and trees. I think the best part was the hiking through the park and exploring the various areas. Great place. it needs more publicity.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

this was my first visit

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

seek funding for more exposure. Public Service announcements need to be produced and broadcasts online, radio and local television & cable. Because this organization has limited funding it should seek to partner with local high school broadcast & film programs.

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I took my students to Little Cypress Creek last November and I was greatly impressed and grateful that we were given opportunity to experience real science for my students.We did pond investigation, animal / plant identification and adaptation as we walked the trail. Each station, there was a volunteer who is like a teacher because of the ways the science lesson was presented. The volunteers engaged the students first by showing the actual specimen, then asking guided questions that made the students excited about learning more .Who would not be excited if you see the real water snake in the pond.I strongly commend Ms. Cynthia Salvaggio for her leadership and expertise to provide a TEKS aligned,high quality, real science life experience for students. Thank you so much and more power to Legacy Land Trust ( now Bayou Land Conservancy)and hope you continue to assist teachers like me provide the best kind of educational experience to our students.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Little Cypress Creek Preserve

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I would not change any because they are all doing a great, great jobs for students and teachers as well!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our environmental not-for-profit has worked with Bayou Land Conservancy in the past and have ad great experiences. We bring high school youth to their preserves/nature areas and they always set us up with great projects. They are always willing to help us set up a project and run some great environmental education as well.

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Our youth have had great experience working with the Bayou Land Conservancy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our experience here Bayou Land Conservancy was very rewarding. Our students were able to complete a lot of hands on activities. I was very express with the pre and post test. Each volunteer were well trained and informed with the knowledge to answer questions that were asked. I liked the idea of breakng into smaller groups. This allowed more one on one as well as peer tutoring. The staff reviewed vocabulary that was used with the unit as well as introduced new ones. I was very expressed how well the ELL students used the vocabulary. Thank you very much for allowing our students to experience this great opprunity.

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This experience gave my students the opprunity to review as well as use the vocabulary that was taught in class. It was great for your hands on learners.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't make any changes.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great organization that is not only doing great things to protect our natural areas, but also to educate the public about these precious habitats.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping in the overall educational goals of my high school Environmental Science class.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with the Bayou Land Conservancy (formally known as the Legacy Land Trust) was fantastic. The knowledge staff and hands-on learning experiences helped my students connect science material that we were learning in the classroom, such as food webs and adaptations, to real things in nature. I work in school where 90% of our students are English as Second Language Learners, so this sort of visual and tactile experience was incredibly impactful for them.

The entire trip, from planning to execution, was incredibly well organized and thoughtful. Not only I was impressed, but so were my studetns! Theyreally enjoyed all of the hands on activities, in particular the pond sampling. On the bus ride back to school, students were trying to point out red maple trees that they had seen and learned about during their visit!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my classroom! My students are able to tie classroom material back to the experiments and investigations that they experienced at the Bayou Land Conservancy. This sort of hands-on, interactive learning is extremely powerful, especially for the population of students that I serve here in Houston who are predominately English as Second Language Learners.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to see a monthly newsletter of some sort sent out to all science educators in neighboring districts! This way, teachers and administrators will be more aware of the enriching and innovative learning experiences that occur at the Bayou Land Conservancy.

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5 people found this review helpful

I coordinate a service-learning program at a juvenile probation alternative school for at-risk students. When Teri MacArthur spoke to our kids about the work of Legacy Land Trust Houston, they were excited about the prospect of learning new skills and interacting with nature. Once they got out on the nature trails and realized the importance of the work they were doing, they felt connected and significant to the environment in ways they had never felt before. During their reflection discussions, students pointed out that they now think of the world in more eco friendly ways, that our

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the transformative power it has on inner city at-risk youth.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fact that it has a youth-friendly staff. Kids can tell when you're faking it. Our kids really appreciated the way they were treated, particularly since they come from a juvenile probation facility and are often viewed with disdain.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely knowledgeable. This was also noted by our kids, who indicated that they must have spent years learning what they shared with us.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do more outreach to surrounding communities, particularly young people who never leave the confines of their concrete jungles.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I joined Legacy Land Trust three years ago because I am committed to preserving Houston area wetlands so that all of the wildife and vegetation that depend upon them can continue to thrive. Everyone at Legacy Land Trust works diligently to maintain and grow our protected areas so that the we and future generations can enjoy the outdoors free from the blight of urban over-development. The

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The number of easements that I have signed since becoming chair has far exceeded our expectations, which means that more land is being preserved for area wildlife and vegetation than ever before.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The "No Child Left Inside" program because we are teaching children to respect the environment, learn from it and be excited about protecting it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff members of LLT give 110% + to the organization so that as much land as possible can be preserved and as many children as possible can be exposed to nature and conservation benefits.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Preserve more land and expand the "No Child Left Inside" program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I worked with other volunteers to provide hiking acess to a Nature Preseve managed by Legacy Land Trust. It was a dedicated group of people promoting the outdoors and a family oriented recreational experience. I also worked the Legacy Land Trust Earth Day education booth, speaking with individuals about conservation and water quality.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the great work they do, day in amd day out. The Consevation Easements for long term benefits, preservation and the recreational amenities; and the Outdoor Education -No child left behind- for getting our youth excited about nature

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I only joined the Legacy Land Trust board a year ago, and I am committed to the organization’s mission of land preservation within the Houston vicinity. Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the U.S.A, and this diversity is echoed in the landscape. Our region’s fauna and flora is influenced by the convergence of costal prairies, wetlands, and piney wood forests that share our space. Recognizing the influence of uncontrolled urban sprawl on our precious resources, LLT provides an opportunity for us to conserve some of these special places for future generations. The “No Child Left Inside” program demonstrates the commitment to environmental education, and provides the tools for future stewards to protect this limited resource. “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul” - John Muir.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Commitment to conservation activities and the incorporation of children's education in the LLT mission.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The desire to give back to the community despite limited resources - e.g. No Child Left Inside Program.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts,and students learning about nature and providing community services.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Purchase vital land along the Spring Creek Greenway Corridor and create a sanctuary for Houstonians to enjoy nature.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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