Kinder Foundation

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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We had to do a double take between this Great Blue Heron painting and the real thing! You can see for yourself - this wo...
09/13/2021

We had to do a double take between this Great Blue Heron painting and the real thing! You can see for yourself - this work of art calls White Oak Bayou home.

Work continues on bringing the Memorial Park Land Bridge and Prairie project to life. Unlike anything seen in Houston, t...
09/10/2021
Memorial Park land bridge takes big step forward with new tunnels

Work continues on bringing the Memorial Park Land Bridge and Prairie project to life. Unlike anything seen in Houston, this design is focused on fostering resiliency and reconnections and will ultimately create acres of new parkland, miles of new trails, and restore natural habitats. We encourage you to read this article from yesterday’s Houston Chronicle for more details and insights.

The creativity and color of art installations found in so many SPARK Parks make them all the more engaging and inviting....
09/09/2021

The creativity and color of art installations found in so many SPARK Parks make them all the more engaging and inviting. Students crafted the tiles decorating these concrete benches at Lockhart Elementary's SPARK park - awesome work!

Check out the tile details along the concrete benches at Lockhart Elementary SPARK Park.
Photo by Tom Callins
#spark #sparkpark #greenhouston #luvyagreen #yourspark

A friend of Kinder Foundation captured these photos of a few residents of Hines Lake while out last week. Tadpoles and f...
09/07/2021

A friend of Kinder Foundation captured these photos of a few residents of Hines Lake while out last week. Tadpoles and frogs are a sign of a healthy ecosystem, help keep mosquito populations in check, and provide fun wildlife sightings for @MemorialPark visitors.

This weekend will kick off the first of the Jazzy Sunday series - free concerts which will take place every Sunday this ...
09/03/2021

This weekend will kick off the first of the Jazzy Sunday series - free concerts which will take place every Sunday this fall. September's shows will be held at Emancipation Park Conservancy, Discovery Green will host for October and wrapping up in November with Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Check out this article to learn more and prepare for a fall full of music and fun!
https://preview.houstonchronicle.com/music/mavis-staples-to-headline-rescheduled-free-16401481

09/01/2021
Painted Bunting

We love Memorial Park Conservancy's #WildlifeWednsday posts, and this one was too pretty not to share. This video of a painted bunting also serves as a reminder to turn off all non-essential lights both outside and inside from 11:00 PM to 6:00 AM each night during the peak fall bird migration taking place August 15 – November 30.

Planning some time out on the trails? Memorial Park Conservancy shares some great tips and reminders for staying on the ...
08/27/2021

Planning some time out on the trails? Memorial Park Conservancy shares some great tips and reminders for staying on the path while exploring Houston's network of park and trail systems. Have fun out there!

Follow the path 💫 #TrailTipTuesday

When using the Park’s trail systems, it's important to always stay on the designated trail. Why? Well, we know there's always something interesting off in the distance, but staying on the trail is the best way to experience the Park while also keeping yourself, the landscape, and the wildlife safe and existing harmoniously.

🌀 Going off trail can negatively impact plant species, restoration efforts, and fragile ecosystems.
🌀 There may be wildlife burrows, nests, or hollows nestled off trail you may impact or disturb.
🌀 Forging your own path can lead to significant erosion issues or cause unsightly damage.
🌀 And it's safer! Scaring wildlife or walking into a patch of poison ivy isn't fun.

Safe trails and boardwalks allow wildlife and nature to peacefully coexist with Park users, and also allows the landscape and wildlife to flourish in safe spaces. We love our trails and how they help us preserve and enhance the Park!

The August Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award surprises continue! Last week, English teacher Dr. Steve Liparulo of Cris...
08/25/2021

The August Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award surprises continue! Last week, English teacher Dr. Steve Liparulo of Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston was presented with his award during a morning assembly. We join with his students in cheering him on!

Just taking the time to appreciate the beauty of nature found in our parks and green spaces. This lovely morning moment ...
08/23/2021

Just taking the time to appreciate the beauty of nature found in our parks and green spaces. This lovely morning moment was captured at Hermann Park Conservancy.

Gotta love those morning rays in #HermannPark. Happy Friday's eve eve eve (also known as Tuesday), #Houston.

📷 Neva Mikulicz

Houston's bayous are a familiar sight throughout the city, but have you witnessed the city from the perspective of the b...
08/20/2021

Houston's bayous are a familiar sight throughout the city, but have you witnessed the city from the perspective of the bayou? @buffalobayou offers scenic boat tours which share on the history and nature of this defining feature of our Bayou City. Lots to learn whether you are a first-time tourist or long-term resident! https://buffalobayou.org/boat-tours/

The Kinder Foundation is proud to help elevate the work of ProUnitas to ensure more students are connected to a village ...
08/18/2021

The Kinder Foundation is proud to help elevate the work of ProUnitas to ensure more students are connected to a village of support in this critical time of need. Read more about the non-profit’s expansion to mobile devices and partnership with ThoughtWorks at the link in below.

http://kinderfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/ProUnitas-Press-Release.pdf

The Kinder Foundation is proud to help elevate the work of ProUnitas to ensure more students are connected to a village of support in this critical time of need. Read more about the non-profit’s expansion to mobile devices and partnership with ThoughtWorks at the link in below.

http://kinderfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/ProUnitas-Press-Release.pdf

08/11/2021

Since 2001, the Kinder Excellence in Teaching Awards program has recognized innovative and results-oriented teachers making an impact on Houston. Surprises are underway for 2021 and we are proud to recognize Mr. Kellen Hayes and Coach Kyle Stallard from YES Prep Brays Oaks Secondary as two of the honorees for this year's award.

Congratulations and thank you for all that you do!

This month's SPARK Park of the Month can be found at Lockhart Elementary! In addition to playground equipment and a walk...
08/09/2021
SPARK | School Park Program

This month's SPARK Park of the Month can be found at Lockhart Elementary! In addition to playground equipment and a walking trail, this SPARK Park features colorful mosaics from students, a shaded outdoor classroom (pictured here), benches, and a soccer field.

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...

Save the date! On August 31, join Scenic Houston and Memorial Park Conservancy to learn more about Memorial Park's Maste...
08/06/2021

Save the date!

On August 31, join Scenic Houston and Memorial Park Conservancy to learn more about Memorial Park's Master Plan. The event will be moderated by Sarah Newbery, Director of Parks and Greenspace for the Kinder Foundation, and is free to all interested in attending!

Visit the link below for more information.

Join us on August 31st from 8-9:30 a.m. for an engaging conversation with Shellye Arnold, President & CEO of Memorial Park Conservancy, and Thomas Woltz, FASLA, CLARB, Principle at Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, as they walk participants through Memorial Park’s Master Plan. Moderated by Sarah Newbery, Director of Parks and Greenspace for the Kinder Foundation, panelists will discuss the Master Plan’s focus on connectivity and access, protecting and enhancing green infrastructure, preserving natural resources, revealing Houston’s history, and improving recreational assets and amenities for all park visitors.

Scenic Houston is thrilled to offer this education series at no cost to you! But we hope you will consider making a tax-deductible donation to help support future education initiatives like this one. Click here to register: https://bit.ly/3hUARWC

#scenichouston #memorialpark #memorialparkconservancy #houstonparks #houstontexas #houstonopenspaces #houstongreenspaces #parks #openspaces #greenspace

Jazzy Sundays in the Parks will be here soon! The free live music series begins at Emancipation Park this September befo...
08/02/2021
Jazzy new outdoor music series celebrates Houston stars and favorite parks

Jazzy Sundays in the Parks will be here soon! The free live music series begins at Emancipation Park this September before travelling to Discovery Green and Buffalo Bayou Park. Be sure to mark your calendars for the Mavis Staples Series Spectacular on Friday, October 15. More at the link below.

https://bit.ly/3C5RNl3

Emancipation Park Conservancy, Discovery Green, Buffalo Bayou Partnership

These toasty summer days — where minutes outside can feel like an eternity — may have some locals yearning for cooler temps in the great outdoors. With that in mind, ...

Beat the heat this weekend and visit The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston! The Museum’s summer series includes SunForceOcean...
07/30/2021

Beat the heat this weekend and visit The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston! The Museum’s summer series includes SunForceOceanLife, an immersive exhibit commissed by renowned Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto.

📸: the Kinder team

KPRC2 / Click2Houston has the inside look at Memorial Park Conservancy's Land Bridge & Prairie. When complete, this near...
07/29/2021
Memorial Park land bridge project to bring new views to Houston

KPRC2 / Click2Houston has the inside look at Memorial Park Conservancy's Land Bridge & Prairie. When complete, this nearly 100-acre project will reunite the north and south sides of the Park by creating a land bridge over Memorial Drive to establish a dynamic new community space and enhance recreation opportunities for Park users. Learn more at the link below!

https://bit.ly/3f6Scd3

Memorial Park land bridge project set to move traffic through tunnels this fall.

"What I perceive as a win is a simple reminder for everyone–every challenge can be overcome with an amazing team that is...
07/28/2021
Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award Alumni Spotlight: Johanna Sanchez - Kinder Foundation

"What I perceive as a win is a simple reminder for everyone–every challenge can be overcome with an amazing team that is not afraid to analyze the situation together, explore all options, push the envelope forward, stand as one voice, and celebrate the wins along the way."

We enjoyed catching up with 2010 Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award recipient Johanna Sanchez this summer. Read on at the link below for more as she reflects on the 2020-21 school year.

https://bit.ly/3l6bFyq

Since 2001, the Kinder Foundation has honored a handful of Houston’s most distinguished teachers with the Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of their commitment and innovation. The honors are given at an awards dinner each Fall, where current and past winners share their stories an...

Have you explored Halls Bayou Greenway? Flowing 17 miles, Halls Bayou is just one of Houston's bayous being connected as...
07/26/2021

Have you explored Halls Bayou Greenway? Flowing 17 miles, Halls Bayou is just one of Houston's bayous being connected as part of the Bayou Greenways initiative.

Halls Bayou begins in northwest Houston and flows 17 miles southeast before converging with Greens Bayou near Brock Park.

Various wildlife call Halls Bayou home from spot turtles, toads, Great Blue Herons, Channel Catfish, and even bats!

With five parks and plenty of hike-and-bike trails, there's a lot to see along Halls Bayou Greenway. Are you ready to start exploring? Visit Brock Park located off North Green Drive Road before you hit Ley Rad.

📸: Anthony Rathbun

#ParksByYou #BayouGreenways #HallsBayou #BrockPark #Trails #Houston #HoustonParks #HOU #HTX

Looking for weekend plans? Visit Discovery Green tomorrow from 6-10pm to support Houston's local vendors at Flea by Nigh...
07/23/2021

Looking for weekend plans? Visit Discovery Green tomorrow from 6-10pm to support Houston's local vendors at Flea by Night.

Flea by Night presented by Green Mountain Energy returns Saturday, July 24! Come out and support Houston’s local vendors from 6-10pm. Visit www.discoverygreen.com/flea for details!

With all the rain we have experienced this summer, we are reflecting on our visit to Buffalo Bayou Park last year to lea...
07/21/2021
Keeping Buffalo Bayou Clean & Green - Kinder Foundation

With all the rain we have experienced this summer, we are reflecting on our visit to Buffalo Bayou Park last year to learn more about Buffalo Bayou Partnership's innovative Clean & Green Program. Since 2002, dedicated crews have worked five days a week to capture floating debris from the water and sweep up trash which has found its way to the land.

Learn more at the link below!

Buffalo Bayou Partnership set into motion a series of initiatives to reclaim the bayou from trash with the establishment of its Clean & Green Program.

Congratulations are in order for TFA alumna Johanna Heegeman, one of this year's deserving recipients of the Kinder Exce...
07/19/2021

Congratulations are in order for TFA alumna Johanna Heegeman, one of this year's deserving recipients of the Kinder Excellence in Teaching award. We look forward to celebrating with all our honorees at the annual Be the Change dinner this September!

Nature is flourishing and fluttering across Memorial Park Conservancy's Eastern Glades!
07/16/2021

Nature is flourishing and fluttering across Memorial Park Conservancy's Eastern Glades!

Eastern Glades is alive with butterflies!

So many of you are sharing photos and videos of the butterflies around the Park, especially shots of the Gulf Fritillary seen in this amazing photo.

The Gulf Fritillary (Argaulis vanillae) is a regular visitor urban parks and disturbed sites across the south. It’s young host on the native Purple Passionflower vine (Passiflora incarnata), and which can be found on Living Bridge and throughout Bayou Wilds. They can have multiples generations per year and can be seen throughout the park enjoying our multitude of summer blooms!

📷 Gulf Fritillary feeding on a Hooker’s Eryngo bloom by Orlando Fonseca
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#memorialparkhouston #yourmemorialpark #gulffritillary #gulffritillarybutterfly #passifloraincarnata #nativepollinators #urbannaturepark #urbanwilderness #houstonpark #houstontx #butterflyconservation #nativeplants #wildlifewednesday

Murals, mosaics, and other art installations are often part of SPARK Parks. We love this creative and colorful, nature-i...
07/14/2021

Murals, mosaics, and other art installations are often part of SPARK Parks. We love this creative and colorful, nature-inspired piece at Travis Elementary's park!

Check out the painted mural adorned with tiles at Travis Elementary’s SPARK Park.

Photo by Tom Callins
#sparkpark #spark #yourspark #greenhouston #luvyagreen #parksandrecreationmonth

As we continue to recognize and celebrate our team at the Kinder Foundation, today we share a Q&A with Gary Dudley, our ...
07/12/2021
Get to Know the Kinder Foundation Team: Gary Dudley - Kinder Foundation

As we continue to recognize and celebrate our team at the Kinder Foundation, today we share a Q&A with Gary Dudley, our chief of staff. After more than three decades in public accounting, Gary was looking to give back when he made his move to the Kinder Foundation. Read on as he shares the unique and meaningful opportunities his work with the Foundation has provided and his outlook on the future of green spaces in Houston.

Get to Know the Kinder Foundation Team: Gary Dudley The Kinder Foundation is supported by an exceptional staff of smart and experienced professionals whose work helps carry out the mission of the Foundation. Over the past several months, we have introduced you to various staffers as part of our ongo...

Just a few more hours until the weekend begins! We hope yours includes a little fresh air and fun in one Houston's many ...
07/09/2021

Just a few more hours until the weekend begins! We hope yours includes a little fresh air and fun in one Houston's many parks.

Good morning, #Houston. What do y'all have planned this weekend?

07/07/2021
Making Modern | Deborah Nevins

The Cullen Garden at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is simply spectacular. If you have not had the opportunity to visit, this video with landscape designer Deborah Nevins expertly captures the essence of this beautiful open space.

While fireworks will soon be lighting up the skies for the 4th of July holiday, check out these unique blooms over in th...
07/02/2021

While fireworks will soon be lighting up the skies for the 4th of July holiday, check out these unique blooms over in the Memorial Park Conservancy Eastern Glades which seem to resemble fireworks themselves.

How about this bird's eye view of the stunning #ConfluenceHOU mural?
06/30/2021

How about this bird's eye view of the stunning #ConfluenceHOU mural?

We're still not over the spectacular #ConfluenceHOU mural at the confluence of White Oak and Buffalo Bayou across the bayou from Allen’s Landing. 😍

Created by Ink Dwell, this colorful mural showcases the migratory birds of Houston’s major waterways.

Haven't stopped by for a visit yet? There are two ways to get there: bike or walk along either bayou towards downtown, or park at UHD (1 Main Street) and walk to the water.

📷: Anthony Rathbun

#ParksByYou #ConfluenceHOU

Last week, we celebrated the official grand opening of the Montrose Center Law Harrington Senior Living Center and are h...
06/28/2021

Last week, we celebrated the official grand opening of the Montrose Center Law Harrington Senior Living Center and are happy to share some photos of the festivities!
Congratulations to all involved for their commitment to creating this important space.

The Kinder Foundation office is excited to have Doby onsite today for #NationalTakeYourDogtoWorkDay! (You can tell he is...
06/25/2021

The Kinder Foundation office is excited to have Doby onsite today for #NationalTakeYourDogtoWorkDay! (You can tell he is hard at work.)
Monday was Take Your Cat to Work Day – so while Butter is a little late, we are still happy that she decided to tag along today as well!

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