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Kinder Foundation The mission of the Kinder Foundation is to support Greater Houston as a model city for economic opportunity and quality of life. A family foundation of Rich and Nancy Kinder.

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How fun is this? Mark those calendars now for @Hermann Park's kite festival, taking place Sunday, March 27. Free to atte...
03/18/2022

How fun is this? Mark those calendars now for @Hermann Park's kite festival, taking place Sunday, March 27. Free to attend and promises to be a sight to see!

If you haven't made plans to come out to #HermannPark Conservancy's Kite Festival on Sunday, 3/27 - what are you waiting for!? It's going to be a party three years in the making and you don't want to miss it!

Presented by Kirkland & Ellis, #KiteFestival is totally free to attend for everyone, thanks to them and our fantastic team of sponsors:
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Houston Dynamo FC
Drinkhowwater
H-E-B
Houston Public Media
Macy's

Click to see the full event details: http://ow.ly/Sbvz50IeuOb

📷 John Chandler

There is a new prairie and conservation site at Forest Hill Blvd along Brays Bayou Greenway. Through Houston Parks Board...
03/14/2022

There is a new prairie and conservation site at Forest Hill Blvd along Brays Bayou Greenway. Through Houston Parks Board's Agents of Discovery mission, visitors can learn why native plants are important and the function they play in an urban environment like this one. Plan your visit today!

Explore the new prairie and conservation site along Brays Bayou Greenway!

Download the FREE Agents of Discovery app and learn why native plants are important and the function they play in an urban environment like this one. Once you finish the 6 questions within the mission, you’ll unlock a special snapchat filter! To learn more, visit: https://bit.ly/3AYZgCd
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¡Explore la nueva pradera y el lugar de conservación de la vía verde de Brays Bayou!

Descargue la aplicación GRATUITA Agents of Discovery y aprenda por qué son importantes las plantas nativas y la función que desempeñan en un entorno urbano como éste. Una vez que termine las 6 preguntas de la misión, ¡desbloqueará un filtro especial de Snapchat! Para aprender más, visite: https://bit.ly/3AYZgCd

📸: Anthony Rathbun

#AgentsOfDiscovery #ParksByYou #BayouGreenways #HoustonParks #HoustonBayous #ExploreHouston #Houston #Bayous #Parks #HoustonTrails #ThingsToDoHouston #FamilyFun #ExploreHouston

Plenty to smile about on a Friday and with this happy artwork from Wharton K-8 Dual Language Academy - the March SPARK S...
03/11/2022
SPARK | School Park Program

Plenty to smile about on a Friday and with this happy artwork from Wharton K-8 Dual Language Academy - the March SPARK School Park Program of the month.

SPARK helps public schools develop their playgrounds into community parks. SPARK School Park Program The SPARK School Park Program works with schools and neighborhoods to develop community parks on public school grounds. Since 1983, SPARK has built over 200+ community parks throughout the Houston/Ha...

From trails and gardens to art and the Cistern - and of course the Waugh Drive bat colony, check out this article which ...
03/09/2022
Bike your way through an urban Texas adventure

From trails and gardens to art and the Cistern - and of course the Waugh Drive bat colony, check out this article which shines the spotlight on the many charms of Houston's distinct and dynamic Buffalo Bayou Park!

Buffalo Bayou Park is a 160-acre oasis in the heart of Houston where Texas culture, nature, and history meet.

Is there a cheerier springtime sight?  Be sure to stop by the Japanese Garden at Hermann Park Conservancy to see the sea...
03/07/2022

Is there a cheerier springtime sight? Be sure to stop by the Japanese Garden at Hermann Park Conservancy to see the season's early blossoms for yourself.

Alright, everyone. It's the moment you've all been waiting for. We are happy to announce that we officially have our first blossoms of the seasons now blooming in the Japanese Garden! 🌺

The Garden is open daily from 9 am to 5pm, so come catch these buds before they're gone!

It’s the first weekend of March and time to start looking forward to a new season of events and warm weather outdoor act...
03/04/2022

It’s the first weekend of March and time to start looking forward to a new season of events and warm weather outdoor activities. Stay on top of Discovery Green's busy event calendar by joining their newsletter distribution list. From yoga and fitness classes to concerts and art events – there is almost always something new to experience and a fun way to build out your weekend plans. Don’t miss out!

Our winter season is coming to an end but that means new events are coming! Sign up for our newsletter today and be the first to learn the exciting news! www.discoverygreen.com/newsletter

This segment from KHOU 11 News shares some of the rich history and iconic moments of Houston’s Eldorado Ballroom, as wel...
03/02/2022
Our Story, Our History: The El Dorado Ballroom

This segment from KHOU 11 News shares some of the rich history and iconic moments of Houston’s Eldorado Ballroom, as well as the efforts our partner organization, Project Row Houses, is undertaking to restore this landmark venue and once again make it a destination for live music and community gatherings.
https://bit.ly/36KUHjZ

The El Dorado is part of Houston's rich history. As part of Black History Month, we're looking back at this historic institution in Third Ward.

Our congratulations to Beth White, President and CEO of Houston Parks Board, on her recent recognition by Houston Women'...
02/28/2022

Our congratulations to Beth White, President and CEO of Houston Parks Board, on her recent recognition by Houston Women's Magazine as one of 'Houston's 50 Most Influential Women.' Her dedication to growing parks and greenspaces in Houston is worthy of plenty of celebration!

Congratulations to our very own CEO and President, Beth White, on being selected as one of ‘Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women 2020-2021’ by Houston Woman Magazine!

We are very thankful to have such an amazing woman leading our Houston Parks Board team.

Photo Credit: Deborah Wallace

#Houston #HoustonWomanMagazine #WomenCEO #HoustonCEO #BusinessLeader #Congratulations #HoustonParksBoard #MostInfluentialWomen #JuniorLeagueofHouston #JuniorLeague #ParksByYou #PresidentandCEO #Parks

Fridays are the perfect time for looking at cute dogs and thinking happy weekend thoughts!
02/25/2022

Fridays are the perfect time for looking at cute dogs and thinking happy weekend thoughts!

That look when you get told it's time to leave #HermannPark but you're not ready to go yet. 😨

We thought you could use some Monday morning cuteness before the impending rain, cold, and general unpleasantness this week.

📷 bamxsirena

Creative minds were hard at work with these student-painted tiles on display at the SPARK School Park Program of Alexand...
02/23/2022
SPARK | School Park Program

Creative minds were hard at work with these student-painted tiles on display at the SPARK School Park Program of Alexander Elementary in Alief. We are sure there is a fun story behind each one and it is so special to see them included in the park design!

SPARK helps public schools develop their playgrounds into community parks. SPARK School Park Program The SPARK School Park Program works with schools and neighborhoods to develop community parks on public school grounds. Since 1983, SPARK has built over 200+ community parks throughout the Houston/Ha...

It is wonderful to see local organizations working together in such exciting ways!  The impact from this one effort will...
02/21/2022

It is wonderful to see local organizations working together in such exciting ways! The impact from this one effort will last decades and can be counted as a win for both Trees For Houston and Willow Waterhole Greenway - good work everyone!

On February 5, an estimated 7,000 people turned out for the chance to tour the soon-to-be completed Memorial Park Conser...
02/18/2022

On February 5, an estimated 7,000 people turned out for the chance to tour the soon-to-be completed Memorial Park Conservancy land bridge tunnels. If you were there, we hope you had a wonderful time! And if you missed it, check out these photos of some of the fun.

Earlier this week, Kinder Foundation was excited to celebrate our 2021 class of Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award winn...
02/17/2022

Earlier this week, Kinder Foundation was excited to celebrate our 2021 class of Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award winners with the surprise delivery of a customized gift baskets and a “BTC” (Be The Change) tie or charm bracelet. We sincerely hope these 12 exceptional teachers are enjoying the treats! We are proud to welcome each of this year’s winners into our KETA hall of fame and ever grateful for the enthusiasm, creativity, and commitment they bring to our schools. Congratulations!

Our former board member and dear friend Pat Oxford recently passed away. Pat was integral in the formation of the Kinder...
02/16/2022

Our former board member and dear friend Pat Oxford recently passed away. Pat was integral in the formation of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy as well as the Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research. We are deeply appreciative of all Pat did to advance the work of the Kinder Foundation and to improve our city. Pat, your intellect, commitment, and sense of humor will be greatly missed.
Pictured: Rich Kinder, Justin Dyer, Pat Oxford

We are delighted to see BIPOC Arts Network and Fund gaining momentum and eager to see the positive impacts on the horizo...
02/14/2022

We are delighted to see BIPOC Arts Network and Fund gaining momentum and eager to see the positive impacts on the horizon for the Houston art community. This is an exciting and important effort to be a part of.

If last week had you singing the winter blues, it looks like today's forecast is finally in our favor with some sunshine...
02/11/2022

If last week had you singing the winter blues, it looks like today's forecast is finally in our favor with some sunshine and kinder temperatures. And Hermann Park Conservancy might be just the place to get out and enjoy it - Happy Friday!

Weekend ✔️
Good weather ✔️
Beautiful park ✔️
You ❓

All systems are go and the only thing missing from #HermannPark this weekend is you!

📷 theexpatlife_htx

Kudos to the Houston Parks Board Conservation Team who recently created a new wetland habitat within Thomas Bell Foster ...
02/09/2022

Kudos to the Houston Parks Board Conservation Team who recently created a new wetland habitat within Thomas Bell Foster Park. It is inspiring to see what can happen when nature is given the space to grow!

Good news for Houston students is good news for Houston! We love hearing all the exciting happenings going on within YES...
02/07/2022

Good news for Houston students is good news for Houston! We love hearing all the exciting happenings going on within YES Prep Public Schools from their January newsletter and are proud to support YES Prep's elementary expansion

Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. one of the Memorial Park Conservancy land bridge tunnels will be open to the public for ...
02/04/2022
First look: Memorial Park will host a preview party for its new tunnels

Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. one of the Memorial Park Conservancy land bridge tunnels will be open to the public for a first look. Consider stopping by for a unique opportunity to experience the size and scope of this exciting project by foot before it opens to vehicular traffic later this spring. The article below has the full scoop.

One of the finished tunnels running through Memorial Park will open to the public...

"Kinder Foundation is proud to support BIPOC Arts Network and Fund as it addresses racial and socioeconomic inequities i...
01/31/2022
120 Arts Groups Serving Greater Houston's Communities of Color Awarded A Combined $2 Million in Grants from the BIPOC Arts Network and Fund

"Kinder Foundation is proud to support BIPOC Arts Network and Fund as it addresses racial and socioeconomic inequities in arts funding. There are so many arts and culture organizations serving Houston's diverse communities in unique and valuable ways. We hope this fund will be transformative for our region's BIPOC arts organizations, adding to the richness of our city and improving the quality of life for all Houstonians."

Read on at the link for details on last week's exciting news and update from BIPOC Arts Network and Fund and what it all means for 120 local arts organizations here in Houston.

/PRNewswire/ -- One hundred and twenty Greater Houston Area arts organizations and collectives serving Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific...

Tomorrow will wrap up the winter season's In-person Fitness Series Discovery Green.  Stay tuned for when classes resume ...
01/28/2022

Tomorrow will wrap up the winter season's In-person Fitness Series Discovery Green. Stay tuned for when classes resume later this spring for your next opportunity for a fun fitness fix. Visit https://www.discoverygreen.com/fitness for details and updates.

The In-person Fitness Series presented by @academy Sports + Outdoors is coming to an end! The last classes are Yoga and Tai Chi on Saturday, January 29. Stay tuned for the Spring season!

A family of Whistling ducks for your Wednesday. Another beautiful example of the wildlife and waterfowl who frequent Mem...
01/26/2022

A family of Whistling ducks for your Wednesday. Another beautiful example of the wildlife and waterfowl who frequent Memorial Park Conservancy's Hines Lake.

Thank you to Tom Hopwood for the image.

Journalism is, at its core, a public service — and Houston could use more of it.Visit the link below for insight into wh...
01/21/2022
Houston deserves a news ecosystem as big and bold as it is - Kinder Foundation

Journalism is, at its core, a public service — and Houston could use more of it.

Visit the link below for insight into why we, alongside the Houston Endowment and Arnold Ventures, have invested in the establishment of a new, nonprofit news organization in Houston.

https://kinderfoundation.org/blog/houston-deserves-a-news-ecosystem-as-big-and-bold-as-it-is/

Journalism is, at its core, a public service — and Houston could use more of it.

Sure you have seen the bayous as you travel through Houston, but have you ever seen Houston while traveling the bayous? ...
01/21/2022

Sure you have seen the bayous as you travel through Houston, but have you ever seen Houston while traveling the bayous? Check out Buffalo Bayou Partnership schedule of pontoon boat tours and cruises for a fun new way to experience the city: https://buffalobayou.org/boat-tours/

Several different types of Buffalo Bayou Pontoon Boat Tours are now open for booking in 2022! From a Valentines-themed cruise to a look back on Houston's past with a local historian to 45-minute experiences, there's something for everyone on Houston's historic waterway. Make plans to see the Bayou City from a whole new perspective. https://buffalobayou.org/boat-tours/

Yesterday, along with Houston Endowment, Arnold Ventures, and the American Journalism Project we announced a $20 million...
01/20/2022

Yesterday, along with Houston Endowment, Arnold Ventures, and the American Journalism Project we announced a $20 million investment to develop the Houston Local News Initiative, a nonprofit, independent, community-centered news organization. The organization will launch later this year. Learn more about the project, how you can get involved, or share what you’d like to see from a newsroom serving Greater Houston by following the link here: localnewsforhouston.org

For even more, take a listen to yesterday’s broadcast of Houston Matters for an interview with project partners: https://bit.ly/3GZq2ws

Unlike much of the country, no snow-covered trees here in Houston and Hermann Park Conservancy. But we happen to think t...
01/19/2022

Unlike much of the country, no snow-covered trees here in Houston and Hermann Park Conservancy. But we happen to think the effect of our trees draped in billowing Spanish moss is no less magical.

Wait, do we actually need to wear a jacket today? What is this feeling of not being constantly hot? 🥶

So if you're coming to #HermannPark today, be sure to bundle up!

📷 hou.and.me

Hats off to all of yesterday's marathon runners! We hope today finds you relaxing and celebrating your accomplishment!  ...
01/17/2022

Hats off to all of yesterday's marathon runners! We hope today finds you relaxing and celebrating your accomplishment! It's exciting to see the Memorial Park Conservancy land bridge tunnels make their marathon debut this year as well!

Cue David Attenborough voice: "Here we see Houston runners in their natural habitat..." 🏃 🏃‍♀️

For this week's #wildlifewednesday, we're celebrating some of our most frequently spotted humans in the Park! Who's ready for the Chevron Houston Marathon? 🏅 👟

We'll be sharing our running community's photos all week! Join in by tagging us and #mpcrunner.

Who says new year's resolutions can't be fun? Houston Parks Board has the right idea with theirs to get out and explore ...
01/14/2022

Who says new year's resolutions can't be fun? Houston Parks Board has the right idea with theirs to get out and explore more of our city's incredible natural spaces! Who's in?

Still in need of a New Year's resolution? We challenge you to explore Houston's hidden gems this year.

Kick off the year right by visiting a new bayou and strolling down one of our trails.

Photo Credit: Anthony Rathbun

#ParksByYou #BayouGreenways #Happy2022

It just takes a quick click!  Follow along with Emancipation Park Conservancy social media to stay in the know about spe...
01/12/2022

It just takes a quick click! Follow along with Emancipation Park Conservancy social media to stay in the know about special events and news from this historic and dynamic Houston organization.

Thank you for supporting Emancipation Park Conservancy! We really enjoy interacting with you on our social media platforms. Thank you for engaging with us by liking, sharing, commenting, watching and donating. We appreciate and do all of this for YOU!

Please continue to engage with us by inviting your friends and family to be our friends. Help us reach our goal of 10,000 Facebook likes and followers as we ring in 2022!

#WeLoveEmancipationPark #EPConservancy #EPCCommunity #EPCSupport

Did you know January is Mentoring Month?  Please join us in acknowledging and celebrating those who so generously give o...
01/10/2022

Did you know January is Mentoring Month? Please join us in acknowledging and celebrating those who so generously give of their time and talents as mentors - your impact is beyond measure.

January is Mentoring Month! Mentoring amplifies relationships, confidence, and potential. Throughout Houston, we recognize all of the teachers who are committed to shaping our future leaders, and who also go above and beyond to be a #mentor. #MentoringMonth

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From trails and gardens to art and the Cistern - and of course the Waugh Drive bat colony, check out this article which shines the spotlight on the many charms of Houston's distinct and dynamic Buffalo Bayou Park!
Is there a cheerier springtime sight? Be sure to stop by the Japanese Garden at Hermann Park Conservancy to see the season's early blossoms for yourself.
It’s the first weekend of March and time to start looking forward to a new season of events and warm weather outdoor activities. Stay on top of Discovery Green's busy event calendar by joining their newsletter distribution list. From yoga and fitness classes to concerts and art events – there is almost always something new to experience and a fun way to build out your weekend plans. Don’t miss out!
This segment from KHOU 11 News shares some of the rich history and iconic moments of Houston’s Eldorado Ballroom, as well as the efforts our partner organization, Project Row Houses, is undertaking to restore this landmark venue and once again make it a destination for live music and community gatherings. https://bit.ly/36KUHjZ
Our congratulations to Beth White, President and CEO of Houston Parks Board, on her recent recognition by Houston Women's Magazine as one of 'Houston's 50 Most Influential Women.' Her dedication to growing parks and greenspaces in Houston is worthy of plenty of celebration!
Fridays are the perfect time for looking at cute dogs and thinking happy weekend thoughts!
Creative minds were hard at work with these student-painted tiles on display at the SPARK School Park Program of Alexander Elementary in Alief. We are sure there is a fun story behind each one and it is so special to see them included in the park design!
On February 5, an estimated 7,000 people turned out for the chance to tour the soon-to-be completed Memorial Park Conservancy land bridge tunnels. If you were there, we hope you had a wonderful time! And if you missed it, check out these photos of some of the fun.
Earlier this week, Kinder Foundation was excited to celebrate our 2021 class of Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award winners with the surprise delivery of a customized gift baskets and a “BTC” (Be The Change) tie or charm bracelet. We sincerely hope these 12 exceptional teachers are enjoying the treats! We are proud to welcome each of this year’s winners into our KETA hall of fame and ever grateful for the enthusiasm, creativity, and commitment they bring to our schools. Congratulations!
Our former board member and dear friend Pat Oxford recently passed away. Pat was integral in the formation of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy as well as the Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research. We are deeply appreciative of all Pat did to advance the work of the Kinder Foundation and to improve our city. Pat, your intellect, commitment, and sense of humor will be greatly missed. Pictured: Rich Kinder, Justin Dyer, Pat Oxford
We are delighted to see BIPOC Arts Network and Fund gaining momentum and eager to see the positive impacts on the horizon for the Houston art community. This is an exciting and important effort to be a part of.
Tomorrow will wrap up the winter season's In-person Fitness Series Discovery Green. Stay tuned for when classes resume later this spring for your next opportunity for a fun fitness fix. Visit https://www.discoverygreen.com/fitness for details and updates.