Volunteer

Houston’s most important natural resource: each other.

Lend a hand!

Volunteers are invited to care for Buffalo Bayou. Join together with others to help tend to native vegetation, pick up trash, and beautify the parks and trails along Houston’s most significant natural waterway.

Individual Workdays

Individuals ages 9 and up (and small groups of 5 or less) can join our Monthly Volunteer Day typically held on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 8:30 – 11:30am. View upcoming workdays here.

Individuals and small family/household groups are invited to volunteer Wednesday – Friday.  View open time slots here.

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Group Volunteering

Groups of 10 to 25 people are welcome to volunteer Wednesday – Friday and on select Saturdays from 8:30 – 11:30am. Contact BBP’s Volunteer Coordinator for scheduling and additional information at volunteer@buffalobayou.org or 713.752.0314 ext. 206.

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Special Events

Volunteer opportunities are also available at special events throughout the year such as the Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta, Kids Day, and Market Square Bingo Nights.

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Volunteer Spotlight:

LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce

 

In April, we had our highest monthly volunteer participation to date with over 630 volunteers. One of our larger events was the Greater Houston LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce’s – LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance Day of Service. Nearly 100 people from over 20 corporations and organizations worked on several conservation projects in Buffalo Bayou Park’s native grasses and wildflower areas.

This and other volunteer efforts helped us prepare for a vibrant wildflower season and for the site-specific art installation The Houston Monarch Story, part of BBP’s Summer Species program on view through November in the native prairie near the Jackson Hill Bridge.

Spring is our primary growing season and we’re grateful to have so many enthusiastic supporters. Buffalo Bayou is a dynamic landscape and each season has its own projects and focus areas. We encourage you to continue volunteering with us throughout the year!

Want to get involved?

Get in touch today!

 

To learn more about Buffalo Bayou Partnership volunteer opportunities, please contact us at volunteer@buffalobayou.org or 713.752.0314 ext. 206.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s 2024 Volunteer Program is generously supported by

Volunteer Waiver

To volunteer with BBP, please submit a waiver at least two business days before your volunteer date to ensure the requested day and time. Volunteers under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian provide consent. Children under the age of 9 are not eligible to volunteer.

Volunteer Waiver

 

Volunteer Policies
  • All volunteers must read and sign an online waiver no later than 48 hours before volunteering with Buffalo Bayou Partnership.
  • Unchaperoned volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Youth ages 9 – 17 years are welcome with a chaperone 21 years or older. There must be one adult per ten youth present.
  • Closed-toe shoes or boots are required.
  • Volunteers must supply their own water, snacks, insect repellant, sunscreen, or medicine.
  • Students, scouts, and others needing community service hours (non-court ordered) may be able to join scheduled groups. Email us for available dates.
  • Please review the Volunteer Information Packet before your arrive for your volunteer shift or event.
Safety Tips

We do everything we can to ensure the safety of park visitors, volunteers, and staff. Volunteers may use standard gardening and landscaping tools on which they will be trained. Tasks can be modified to accommodate all abilities. When working outdoors, there are always precautions to consider. Here are some helpful tips for a safe experience:

– Stay hydrated
– Take frequent breaks
– Wear proper clothing
– Prepare for the environment
– Monitor weather conditions

Detailed safety information can found here.

Court-Ordered Volunteers (COV)

For Court-Ordered Volunteering (COV) with BBP’s Clean & Green Program, please contact Robby Robinson or call 281.914.1088.