Creating Exploration Green’s 200-acre park and conservation area is a major undertaking. Unlike many city-owned parks, Exploration Green, as a conservation and recreation area, will raise philanthropic funds for everything from native trees and grasses to hike/bike trails and education programs to park benches.
3 NEW DONOR OPPORTUNITIES!
We are now offering memorial and/or tribute options at the following gift levels:
Commemorative Trees: $200, $500 or $1000
Trees are living, growing, renewing and majestic. At Exploration Green trees play an essential, even permanent role as homes for wildlife as well as our “back to nature” yearnings in our perpetually protected green space.
The Exploration Green Commemorative Tree Program encourages you to participate in the creation of Exploration Green in a very special way. For a reasonable donation, you may donate a tree planted and maintained by the Exploration Green Conservancy (EGC). Exploration Green has hundreds of trees already planted that may be selected as a commemoration.
You may donate a commemorative tree for a variety of reasons. A tree may be donated in memory of a loved one, as a gift for a graduating student, to celebrate a marriage or birth, or recognize environmental commitment, honor a retiree, for nearly any special occasion. The EG Conservancy reviews and approves all tree, bench and table donations.
Our commemorative trees are high quality Live Oak or other tree native or naturalized to Texas. Larger trees will be marked with an engraved plaque, while small trees are not be marked as part of donation. Donation amounts are related to the approximate size of the trees; small, medium and large.
Small trees have 15 gallon pots or are about 1-2 inches in diameter for a $200 donation. Medium are 30 gallon pots or about 2-3 inches in diameter for a $500 donation. Large trees are in 45 gallon or bigger pots or are about 4 inches or greater in diameter for donation of $1,000.
The special $200 donor opportunity for our smaller trees enable contributors to commemorate or memorialize someone with a young, small tree at an entry level donation. A marker with inscription for small trees can be added for a fee to be determined, either initially or at a later date.
Tree location will be determined by EGC in an Exploration Green section selected by the donor. Currently Phase 1/Section 1 is area available for donated trees. Planting will typically occur between October and February, and trees will be irrigated for a year or more to ensure survivability. Special opportunities to donate for specific trees to be planted may occur during planting season.
Plaques and Inscriptions
For the larger trees, an inscription plaque will be ordered along with the memorial tree. The plaque may contain the honoree’s name, important dates, or a short statement memorializing or commemorating an individual and their commitment, leadership or achievement. Many will be honored for their interest and support for Exploration Green, exploration or environmental action. Inscription is subject to approval by Exploration Green Conservancy. Additional inscriptions, symbols, or extraneous content are not permitted.
- Tree order form must be completed and submitted with payment when tree is ordered
- Donors are free to organize small, informal ceremonies at tree site when plaques are ready
- Exploration Green Conservancy will replace any tree that does not survive at least 12 months from the time of planting if planted between October and February.
- Should a tree not survive or a marker becomes degraded beyond one year, the donating party will be notified through U.S. mail or email, and given option to replace the tree or marker, at their expense, or to remove the marker. The donor is responsible for informing Exploration Green Conservancy of current mailing address.
- Trees may not be decorated, i.e. wind chimes, ornaments, signs, bird houses, ribbons, etc.Commemorative Trees: $200, $500 or $1000
Commemorative Park Benches: $1,500
Benches are made of high-quality aluminum or another long-lasting material for long term use and exposure to the elements. The sturdy, comfortable benches are six-feet long with back and armrests. Each bench can have a plaque with inscription on the back of the bench. Bench locations are generally close to the hike and bike trails or within walking distance of trails. Benches are secured to a concrete pad and will be low maintenance. Below is image of the current park benches in the donation program:
Upon payment receipt, the bench will be ordered, assembled, and installed with plaque attached. Donors will be notified once bench is installed. Lead time to acquire and install bench is about eight weeks. EGC cannot guarantee a specific installation date. Donors may not modify the bench or add additional plantings, flowers, or permanent decorations to the area. The bench and plaque inscription may be publicized in the Exploration Green newsletter and website along with a picture if available.
Location of benches will depend on EGC’s plans and sections with completed excavation. A donor may identify the EG section to locate the bench. Currently, bench locations are set for Phase/Section 1, and donors may choose from those locations. Donors may make donations now for benches in future sections, although locations in each section won’t be identified until that section’s excavation is complete. The $1,500 donation includes cost of bench, concrete slab, plaque with inscription, shipping, assembly, installation and incidentals.
Commemorative Park Tables: $3,000
Table locations are generally close to the hike and bike trails or within short walking distance. Upon payment receipt, the bench will be ordered, assembled, and installed with an inscribed plaque attached (see details in Trees section). Donors will be notified once a table is installed. Lead time to acquire and install table is about eight weeks. EGC cannot guarantee a specific installation date. Donors may not modify the table or add additional plantings, flowers, or permanent decorations to the area. The table inscription may be publicized in the Exploration Green newsletter and website along with a picture if available.
The $3,000 donation includes cost of table and seats, concrete slab, plaque with inscription, shipping, assembly, installation and incidentals. Below is a sample image of the table.
Currently, general table locations are set in Phase/Section 1, and donors may choose locations in Section 1 until each location is chosen by a donor. Donors may make donations now for tables in future sections, although locations in each section will not be identified until that section’s excavation is completed.
Money orders and checks shall be made payable to Exploration Green Conservancy. Credit card payments are also acceptable.
Mail a tax-deductible donation to:
Exploration Green Conservancy
2323 Clear Lake City Blvd,
Suite 180, Box 265,
Houston, TX 77062