About Exploration Green
In Southeast Houston, dedicated groups of volunteers are transforming a defunct golf course into an innovative stormwater detention center and green space.
Exploration Green provides an integrated, natural solution for catastrophic seasonal flooding holding up to 500-million-gallons of stormwater while also serving as a nature preserve and recreation area. Located near NASA's Johnson Space Center, this 200-acre urban green space provides the community with countless opportunities to explore, offering 40 acres of both wetlands and permanent detention lakes, home to over 1,000 native species.
Questions about Exploration Green Construction?
The Clear Lake City Water Authority (CLCWA) manages the construction (excavation) phase of the Exploration Green stormwater detention lakes. Please visit the Clear Lake City Water Authority's Exploration Green Detention Facility web page for announcements and the the most current updates on construction activities and progress.
If you cannot find the information you need on the CLCWA's web page, please contact them at (281) 488-1164
Newly Renovated Exploration Green Parking Lot is OPEN!
(Above, left to right) Exploration Green Conservancy Chairman Frank Weary and and Clear Lake City Water Authority (CLCWA) Vice President Bob Savely cut the ribbon on the newly renovated parking lot, joined by CLCWA General Manager Jennifer Morrow and CLCWA Director Gordon Johnson.
(At right) Welcoming the first car into the newly renovated Exploration Green parking lot.
Photographs by Brian Schrock
Visitors to Exploration Green will no longer have to brave the potholes of the former Clear Lake Golf Course parking lot or park on the street.
On Saturday, July 3rd, the Clear Lake City Water Authority and Exploration Green Conservancy held a ribbon cutting, to open the newly renovated 100-space Exploration Green parking lot.
The parking lot is located at 16205 Diana Ln, Houston, TX 77062, or can be found by entering Exploration Green in Google Maps.
Exploration Green Remains Open, Please Exercise Caution due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
The Clear Lake City Water Authority will follow orders of Harris County and the City of Houston concerning the public access to county and city parks during the current coronavirus outbreak. Exploration Green will remain open to the public as long as county and city parks are open but will close on the same schedule as Harris County and Houston parks in the future.
Exploration Green Relaxes COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Restrictions for Tree Nursery Work Days
Exploration Green has relaxed COVID-19 limits on the number of tree nursery volunteers per event, and no long requires volunteers to wear masks. Volunteers are encouraged to wear masks and maintain social distancing while volunteering.
Volunteers should continue to bring their own water and snacks.
Tree nursery volunteer work days are resuming on the second and last Saturdays of the month. Work days may be cancelled on short notice due to weather (including extreme heat).
To RSVP with your interest or to confirm a work day and the planned activities, e-mail Exploration Green's Tree Nursery Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Parker.
Exploration Green in the News
Exploration Green development continues; traffic increases amid COVID-19
By Colleen Ferguson | 4:17 PM Feb 2, 2021 CST | Updated 4:17 PM Feb 2, 2021 CST
Leaders and volunteers at Exploration Green Conservancy—a former golf course turned stormwater detention pond between El Camino Real, Bay Area Boulevard and Space Center Boulevard—have continued construction, planting and maintenance on the conservancy’s five phases amid COVID-19.
Click photo at left to read the full article.
Exploration Green Featured as GBEP Success Stories on State of The Bay Interactive Website
Exploration Green was recently featured on the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) Galveston Bay Estuary Program (GBEP) State of the Bay: A Spotlight on GBEP Success website.
Once on the website, click the Exploration Green tab at the top for the full story. The web page features an interactive aerial photograph that allows the viewer to swipe across what the former Clear Lake Golf Course looked like before and the completed phases of Exploration Green look like now.
Exploration Green planting sessions promise to be fun and muddy
By John DeLapp, CORRESPONDENT Nov. 9, 2020
For those that think standing knee-deep in a pond is a good time, Exploration Green is the place to be.
Supporters of the golf-course-turned-detention-area near El Camino Real and El Dorado Boulevard are planning wetland planting events.
Click photo at left to read the full article.
Exploration Green Featured in Texas Coastal Watershed Program Green Infrastructure Video
One of the Exploration Green Conservancy’s partner organizations, the Texas Coastal Watershed Program (TCWP) shared this video on Green Infrastructure, featuring Sheldon Lake State Park, Exploration Green (starting approximately 2:55 minute in) and the Ghirardi Family WaterSmart Park in League City. Click image at left to view the video.
LAN Video a Finalist in Civil & Structural Engineering 2020 Drone Video of the Year Contest
Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) the Clear Lake City Water Authority’s engineering company, entered an Exploration Green drone video in Civil & Structural Engineering magazine’s “2020 Engineering Drone Video of the Year" contest. The Exploration Green and another video submitted by LAN received nearly half of the 7,951 votes from 60 countries around the world.