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Causes: Environment, Forest Conservation, Land Resources Conservation, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management


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


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.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our school brought 5th graders to the conservancy and it was an awesome experience. Thank you so much for promoting science and the enviornment! The whole trip was also fun and engaging. Thanks:)

Client Served

Rating: 5

The concervancy was awesome! Many of our students had never been in on an outdoor adventure. They loved it! Our Group leaders were very knowledgeable and had un ending patience with the students. I grew up in the country, and still learned new things! Thank you for having us!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our students had such a wonderful experience on their field trip! The experiences they had were so enriching and will open them up to seeing nature in a whole new way. It's hard to pick the favorite, but the pond experience definitely stood out for all the kids. Thank you so much!

Stephanie G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I brought my environmental science class to explore watersheds with the Bayou Land Conservancy. The program called, "No Child Left Inside" was an absolute breath of fresh air quite literally! My students were apprehensive before we left but were ready to go back the very next day in class. They were wading through water and hurrying back to have specimens identified, had a friendly invasive species removal competition, and along the way learned the names of all the trees and shrubs we take for granted.

My class thoroughly enjoyed all activities. They got to actually take time examining what was in front of them without any pressure and thus, truly be able to appreciate it. They learned everything first hand taught in the book about watersheds and invasive species, and they had fun doing it. Even my students that I didn’t expect to respond came out of their shell and surprised me with what they were able to share and contribute, things that I taught them in class, but never heard them express.

I liked the program offered by Bayou Land Conservancy because there was an environmental educator who tailored the day after what we were learning in class and had everything I needed to show my administration this is an educational field trip. They had a pre-test, informative watershed booklet, and post test along with scavenger hunt to show off their knowledge.

The fieldtrip was absolutely wonderful for all involved, students, administration, myself, and the legacy gained some conservation supporters.

If you want to see your children or students shine, I highly recommend taking your students to explore watersheds with Bayou Land Conservancy!

Client Served

Rating: 4

Bayou Land Conservancy is an amazing and knowledgeable group of people that have a passion for educating young people about the natural resources of the outdoors, and how they can be a resource themselves. The Woods Project brings 30-40 kids on to their lands every fall and spring to do service projects - but these projects are more than service-oriented. BLC provides educational components to connecting the students with the work and activities they are partaking in. We have worked with BLC for many years, and look forward to continue a strong relationship with them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cynthia Salvaggio and her crew at Bayouland Conservancy helped fund my students to their only field trip this year. Bayouland Conservancy taught my students and myself about science topics that brought us into the outdoors. It was wonderful because my students got to experience many things at the conservancy such as view a decomposing deer, digging up nonnative plants, scavenger hunt, and learning about certain types of plants and trees. the experience was awesome and my kids really enjoyed being able to go outside the city limits to see what nature has to offer them!

Deborah L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Deaf Middle School Science classes had the opportunity to go to the Bayou Land Conservancy fora filed trip recently. We had just begun our unit on Biomes and local habitats. On their return students continued to talk, ask questions, look at their pictures and generally insist I stay on the unit. They were so excited. They felt a part of the environment by helping with the planting. here at school they are now much more engaged in our vegetable garden and ponds. The staff was extremely accomodating to the special needs students we have in our classes. We will be back! Thank you Bayou Land Conservancy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.


Client Served

Rating: 5

Recently I was with my 7th grade students to a field trip in Sheldon Lake, (Houston, TX) where we have a great learning hands on experience. I took 140 kids in two trips to the park, staff, volunteers and park personnel were absolutely fantastic. Initiatives like this definetly help in educating and growing young scientists. Juan-Carlos Correa