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    The Hudson Woods Environmental Education Program is a new effort undertaken by the Cradle of Texas Chapter in January 2014.   It replaces the EE program previously hosted by INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA at its Chocolate Bayou Works. It serves approximately 600 third-grade students from Angleton Independent School District.

    By providing students with hands-on experience at the refuge, these field trips augment the schools' science curriculum in the area of natural ecological systems.   These investigations are led by Texas Master Naturalist volunteers.   The program is administered by Jen Brown, Environmental Education Coordinator.

    Upcoming HWEEP programs are posted on the FOBWR/TMN-COT Calendar.

    Volunteers are needed to assist with the administration and execution of the HWEEP program.   Volunteer duties include providing class instruction, acting as tour guides, or assisting with program administration.   To volunteer, please contact:
    ----------------Tom Schneider, DEEP and HWEEP Coordinator
    ----------------979-964-4401 x27 (o)
    ----------------979-285-8815 (c)

    Participation in the HWEEP program, as instructor, tour guide, or program administrator, is approved for Volunteer Time by the Cradle of Texas Chapter.   Volunteers may claim VT credit for all hours spent at the refuge, including lunch.   Volunteers may claim Travel Time, not to exceed (a) actual round-trip travel time, (b) the number of VT hours claimed, or (c) 4.00 hours.

    VMS Codes:
       Survey: [PO: Public Outreach (Service Project)]
       Description: [USFWS: HWEEP]

    Before you can participate in the HWEEP (or any other activity at any USFWS property), you must complete a "Volunteer Service Agreement."   Each agreement is valid for one year, and must be renewed annually.   To download a copy of the agreement, with instructions, click here.   You may email the completed form to Tom Schneider or take it with you when you volunteer.


    The HWEEP program is based at the Hudson Woods Education Center located at the Hudson Woods Unit of San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge.

    Education Center

    Tables near Education Center

    Third-grade students assembled at the tables

    Volunteer Marty Cornell leads a field trip

    Third-graders learning to use a handlens to study specimens

    Lunch time for the third-graders

    Lunch time for the volunteer instructors


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    The Texas Master Naturalist program is coordinated by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife. Texas Master Naturalist programs serve all people without regard to socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.