Jaime González, M.Ed.
Community Conservation Director
Jaime González works to engage the Greater Houston community in the protection, restoration, and creation of coastal prairies through environmental education, ecological restoration, collaboration, and storytelling.
Jaime supports KPC's mission in five principal ways:
- Design and delivery of educational programs and volunteer experiences for a diverse audience, including families, landowners, corporate partners, school children, Texas Master Naturalists, KPC volunteers, retirees, pre-service and current teachers, and college students.
- Ecological restoration on the Katy Prairie Preserve and at over twenty Prairie Builder Schools + Parks affiliate sites throughout Greater Houston.
- Collaborative action and planning with the larger conservation movement of Greater Houston and Texas.
- Creative content delivery including graphic arts, presentations, exhibits, short films, photography, and social media content.
- Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction - Science Education (2007), University of Houston
- Bachelor of Science in Biology (1996), University of Houston
- Texas Teacher Certificate (4-8 Science), Texas Education Agency
- Certificate in Environmental Communication, Nicholas School for the Environment at Duke University
- Expert certificates in civic ecology, environmental education outcomes, and urban environmental education, Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell University
- Certified Interpretive Guide, National Association for Interpretation (NAI)
Committees & Collaborations
- North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE): board of directors, member
- Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP): board of directors, vice president and co-founder
- Texas Children in Nature: state steering committee member (2010-2017)
- Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee for Texas Parks & Wildlife: member
- Texas Alliance for America's Fish & Wildlife: steering committee member
- Gulf Houston Regional Conservation Plan: steering committee member
- Get Out Here Houston: steering committee member
- Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston (IENoH): organizing committee member
- North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
- Society of Ecological Restoration (SER)
- Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)
- Garden Club of Houston (GCH), honorary member
- Texas Association for Environmental Education (TAEE)
- Individual Awards
- 2015 - Catalyst Award in recognition and honor of those who actions and ideas improve the quality of Houstonians' lives. Presented by Houston Tomorrow.
- 2015 - Grassroots Leader Award in recognition for regional leadership (Greater Houston) in the Texas Children in Nature movement. Presented by Texas Children in Nature.
- 2014 - Prairie Preservationist Award in recognition of outstanding efforts to preserve Texas native prairies. Presented by Native Prairies Association of Texas.
- 2011 - Elizabeth Hull Abernathy Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to environmental education of youth. Presented by the Garden Club of America.
- 2011 - Alban-Heiser Award in recognition of contribution to the preservation of Texas's heritage of living creatures and their environment. Presented by the Houston Zoo.
- 2009 - Army and Sarah Emmott Environmental Conservation Award for work in furthering the preservation of the Texas Coastal Prairie. Presented by the Citizens Environmental Coalition Houston.
- Institutional Awards & Recognition
- 2017 - Texas Environmental Excellence Award Finalist for environmental education (Prairie Builders Schools + Parks Program). Recognized by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
- 2015 - Wild Partners Award in recognition of leadership on the Get Out Here Houston initiative. Presented by Houston Wilderness and accepted on behalf of the Coastal Prairie Partnership.
- 2011 - Ann Lyon Crammond Award for outstanding education exhibit which best demonstrates a particular aspect of horticulture, gardening, or landscape design. Presented by the Garden Club of America and accepted on behalf of the Katy Prairie Conservancy and Coastal Prairie Partnership.
Areas of Interest
- Globalism and local wildlife conservation, environmental education, sense of place, children in nature initiatives, prairie restoration, urban ecology, diversity in the environmental community, amphibian conservation, citizen science, social media/marketing for conservation.