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Discovery Green Conservancy

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Recreational Centers, Sports

Mission: Discovery green's mission is to operate an urban park that serves as a village green, a source of health and happiness for our citizens, and a window into the diverse talents and traditions that enrich life in houston.

Programs: Discovery green conservancy operates a public park, open year-round at no charge to residents and visitors of the greater houston area. The park includes open areas for events, picnics, and sports, a playground and an interactive water feature for children, a lake, a putting green, various gardens, a jogging path, dog runs, a branch of the houston public library, two restaurants, performance areas and both temporary and permanent installations of art. The park hosts a variety of activities such as yoga, dance and fitness classes and performing arts events, as well as special events such as an ice rink in winter.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I both feel that Discovery Green is a wonderful asset to Houston. We enjoy the old silent films, the farmer's market, and just people watching ....especially all the young families who bring their kids and dogs to relax and enjoy a bit of lovely open space. We have also brought many out-of-town guests to Discovery Green to universal applause and appreciation.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I took my son (in from college in Missouri), his girlfriend and my daughter to see the Red Bull Illume in December. What an awesome enlightening presentation for all ages and all backgrounds! Amazing photographs lit up at night time. I wish I could have brought everyone to see it! I must tell you we drove in from Sugar Land (30 miles) and it was freezing cold outside, but the Illumination warmed all of us , mind,body and soul! Great job and please keep bringing this type of art back to the Great City of Houston!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Discovery Green. My grand baby loves the fountains. We feel it is a little piece of heaven, well planned and well maintained. My husband and I love the restaurant too. We hope to enjoy more of the programming in the future even though we live in Clear Lake. Houston is a great place.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 3

My grandchildren and I love the park and facility. All activities are free. some are educational and some are just for fun. We get our exercise for the day and meet people from all cultures. I get e-mails through internet for upcoming events and forward the mail to my friends. There are always planned events for people of all ages.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's just so wonderful to have a green space in the middle of a big city that provides so many excellent activities. Blues and burgers, concerts, movies, ice skating, art bikes, and so many other activities that discovery green provides have really enriched Houston.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

Just what Houston needed! Discovery Green offers such a wide variety of programs and events that everyone benefits. Our family greatly enjoys the art displays and was very impressed with the Red Bull Illume Exhibit. I also take advantage of Recycle Saturdays.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Discovery Green is a wonderful, diverse park. It is hard to explain, but I got an amazing sense of community there, more than any park I have ever visited. I love the Sunday Farmer's Market and hope that it keeps expanding. I went for a free salsa lesson and stayed for the free movie afterwards. It was fun! The water park is great for the kids to get wet and for the adults to watch. I like watching the dogs in the dog park and the kids in the playground. I signed up for weekly notifications from Discovery Green and they e-mail me and tell me what's going on that week.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Discovery Green is a wonderful park offering a wide variety of free activities of interest both to families and children and to adults. The DIVERSITY of events taking place there is amazing. Many 'green' activities include a local fresh food market, recycling Saturdays, the annual "take me outdoors" activities with booths from Texas Parks & Wildlife, Sierra Club, Houston Arboretum, etc. Many artistic displays include the recent photo exhibits, a Dan Phillips gazebo, ice carving, etc. The health related activities include exercise classes, ice skating, and more. Then there are the free music and films. There are the spraying water in summer, ice skating in winter and other children's acivities. We recently found out that they have hoola hoops & frisbies just to lend to visitors on the honor system. Discovery Green seems to offer something for everyone regardless of his/her interests.

The Houston Park & Recreation Department does a wonderful job landscaping the park. Especially noteworthy are the large number of native plants used in the park.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization opened the park a few years ago, and they consistently have fun, family-friendly programming throughout the entire year. It has brought new life to the downtown Houston area, and provides community support to local organizations as well as entertainment to the general public. I love going to Discovery Green for the outdoor concerts, movies on the big screen and even the events surrounding the MLS all-star game last July. It's great to see so many people of all ages and walks of life re-discovering downtown Houston.

Review from Guidestar

Tabinda G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Discovery Green is a great park to go to. They have year round activities that aren't replicated elsewhere.

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Eric M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family loves Discovery Green. They have lots of free performances, music, theater, movies, and more. When it is warm the kids love to use the splash park, eat, and then watch a show.
Our oldest daughter has learned a lot at the free classes, martial arts and writer's workshop.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended numerous free events at the park. They are great for families and individuals alike. The park definitely helps bring people to a downtown area that needs it to continue its revitalization. They have a number of services that are good for the body and mind that are free and otherwise wouldn't be accessible to some lesser-privileged Houstonians. It is a lovely space and a great addition to our community.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to give my word of support to this great organization. I am a performing artist and composer. A few years back I participated in one of the big concert events at the Green. There were many interesting musicians and the event was really unique and fun. After this I decided to approach Discovery Green staff with the idea of doing an original children's show. I managed to get them to listen to my music and they responded right away. They offered to put my "Brother Tadpole"on saturday at noon, their children's program. I worked hard on this, and this event was great success. Children on stage and in the audience loved it, local personalities and artists participated on stage, the sound man was fantastic, it was unforgettable. Discovery Green even provided some funding from Wells Fargo Bank. This is a great organization because it was helpful and open minded to a new project. it is essential component of the Houston arts and education for children. This organization is one of the best ones I have ever worked with. Sincerely, Dr. Loreta Kovacic, alchemistpiano.com

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

At first, I thought the idea of Discovery Green was ludicrous. Who would want to come all the way downtown to go to a big park? Boy, was I wrong.

Not only have my family and I thoroughly enjoyed all kinds of different events and activities at Discovery Green including concerts, movie screenings, the playground and water sprays, and touring attractions, it has actually been the "go to" place we take out of town guests now to show off Houston. I also work for a company that runs conventions across the street at the George R. Brown, and visitors from all over the world have commented to me about how wonderful Discovery Green is.

And the fact that so many of the park's events are free has been greatly appreciated. Discovery Green is an incredible boon for our city, and I look forward to going there for many years to come.

Review from Guidestar