Jaime González, M.Ed.
Community Conservation Director
Jaime González works to engage the Greater Houston community in the protection of the Katy Prairie, other local prairies, and wildlife and through education, restoration, collaboration, and storytelling.
Jaime supports KPC's mission in four ways:
- Design and delivery of educational programs for a diverse audience, including families, landowners, school children, Texas Master Naturalists, 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 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.
Jaime earned a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction - Science Education (2007) and a B.S. in Biology (1996) both from the University of Houston. He has also earned a Texas Teacher Certificate (4-8 Science), expert certificates in civic ecology and urban environmental education from the Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell University, and the Certificate in Environmental Communications from the Nicholas School for the Environment at Duke University. Jaime is also a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation (NAI).
Committees & Collaborations
- Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP): vice president and co-founder
- Texas Children in Nature: steering committee member
- Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee (WDAC) for Texas Parks & Wildlife: member
- Gulf Houston Regional Conservation Plan: steering committee member
- Texas Alliance for America's Fish & Wildlife: 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
- 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.