The Parks and Natural Areas (PNA) Roundtable's mission is to "assist in the development of public policy initiatives to expand parks and natural areas in the 13-county H-GAC region for the improved quality of life, habitat, and water quality".

This group meets in a roundtable format, does not consist of a formal board, and is open to anyone interested in participating.

Next Meeting - Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable Park Tour

Date and Time

July 9, 2024
2 - 4 p.m.

Ashley R. Morgan-Olivera, Director of Research and Education/Outreach for the Texas Invasive Species Institute at Sam Houston State University, will discuss invasive species in the Houston-Galveston region, their removal, and reporting them on Texasinvasives.org.

Attendees will also

  • Discuss the upcoming Parks and Natural Areas Awards program;
  • Learn about a new online, interactive trail mapping tool;
  • Hear from an award-winning park/natural area project; and
  • Engage in a roundtable discussion of events and activities in the region.

Registration will open soon.

Past Meetings

May 15, 2024
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Members of the Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable enjoyed a park tour of parks in Bridgeland on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Participants learned about parks and programs in the community, including award-winning projects, such as Chrysalis Lake Park.

Roundtable Park Tour

Members of the Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable visit Bridgeland in May 2024.

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February 9, 2024
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Attendees celebrated the winners in the 2023 H-GAC Parks and Natural Areas Awards program. We learned about the award-winning projects and heard about equity in parks and natural areas planning.

November 17, 2023
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Members of the Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable enjoyed a field trip to Galveston on Friday, November 17, 2023. Participants learned about parks and programs on the island, including award-winning projects such as the Women in Coastal Science Program. Participants visited East Beach, Sea Wolf Park and Dellanera RV Park, and learned more about East Lagoon, the Seawall, and Stewart Beach.

Roundtable Field Trip

Members of the Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable visit Galveston in November 2023.

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September 11, 2023 (6)
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May 18, 2023
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Members of the Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable enjoyed a field trip to Timber Lane Utility District Parks in Spring on Thursday, May 18, 2023. The parks have won more than a dozen H-GAC Parks and Natural Areas Awards since 2006.

Roundtable Field Trip

Members of the Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable visit Timber Lane Utility District in May 2023.

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February 10, 2023 (5)
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Attendees celebrated the winners in the 2022 H-GAC Parks and Natural Areas Awards program. We learned about the award-winning projects and heard about new trends in park development from industry experts.

November 17, 2022
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Members of the Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable enjoyed a field trip to Rick Rice Park on Thursday, November 17, 2022. The park is a 2015 winner in H-GAC's Parks and Natural Areas Awards and is owned and operated by Interstate Municipal Utility District.

Roundtable Field Trip

Members of the Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable visit Rick Rice Park in November 2022.

Rick Rice Park Sign

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May 13, 2022
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Members of the Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable enjoyed a field trip to Clear Creek Nature Center on Friday, May 13, 2022. The park is a 2021 winner in H-GAC's Parks and Natural Areas Awards and is owned and operated by the City of League City.

February 11, 2022 (1)
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