Take Care of Texas Kids Art Contest Now Open
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and
Samsung Austin Semiconductor invite K-5th grade students in Texas to submit their
artwork showing how they help keep the air and water clean, conserve water and
energy, and reduce waste. Fifteen students will win a Samsung tablet, and one grand prize winner will receive a laptop! Plus, the
winning pieces will be showcased on the Take Care of Texas and TCEQ websites,
newsletters, and social media. One lucky teacher will win a Samsung tablet as well. Visit the Take Care of Texas website for more information
and to download an entry form. The contest closes March 6, 2015.
How long does it take for waste to decompose in the environment?
New Year's Resolution: Volunteer
e-mail us asking for ways to Take Care of Texas in their communities. The TCOT website has
a do your part
page with some suggestions, including participating in the Galveston Bay Estuary Program,
but here are some more ideas.
Beautiful has 370
affiliates throughout the state that organize local cleanup projects,
service days, tree plantings, and recycling events. They often need volunteers
for both one-time events and long-term programs. Some of their ongoing programs
are Adopt-a-Beach and Adopt-a-Highway, where a community group or business
commits to cleaning and maintaining a designated section. The TCEQ commissioners' offices adopted part of Walnut Creek near the TCEQ headquarters in Austin this past year. Staffers have already completed two clean-ups and will continue for two years. Keep Texas Beautiful
also has youth and educational programs listed on its website.
city’s website. Many cities offer volunteer opportunities with local parks or
community events. The City of Austin, for example, needs volunteers for tree
recycling events over the next two weeks and has a storm drain marking
program that is good for groups of volunteers. You
could also look for local community gardens, nature center, or conservancy
groups that use volunteers.
and Wildlife has a volunteer
database where you can search volunteer opportunities by region. Some
typical volunteer positions include trail maintenance, park host, tour guide,
and special event assistance.
Texas Master Naturalist, a TCEQ Environmental Excellence Award Winner last year, has a program that develops well-informed volunteers who provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources within their communities.
To become a certified Master Naturalist a trainee must complete 40 hours of classroom and field training in addition to volunteer hours. Visit their website for more information and to find your local chapter.
Win a $20 H-E-B gift card!
Go to the Take Care of Texas Facebook page and comment on the
contest photo. Two winners will be selected to win a $20 H-E-B gift card. Contest
starts NOW and ends this Friday, Jan. 9 @ 5:00 p.m.