Community Conservation Director
Jaime González works to engage the Greater Houston community in the protection of the Katy Prairie (and other local prairies) through educational initiatives and through collaborative conservation action and planning. He is also a point person for grassland restoration efforts both on the Katy Prairie Preserve and at over twenty Prairie Builder Schools and Parks locations throughout the Greater Houston area. 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.
Committees & Collaborations
- Vice President and Co-Founder of the Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP).
- Texas Children in Nature State Steering Committee.
- Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee (WDAC) for Texas Parks & Wildlife.
- Gulf Houston Regional Conservation Plan Steering Commitee.
- Get Out Here Houston Steering Committee.
- North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
- Society of Ecological Restoration (SER)
- Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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' heritage of living creatures and their environment.
- 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.
- 2009 - Army and Sarah Emmott Environmental Conservation Award for work in furthering the restoration of the Texas Coastal Prairie. Presented by the Citizens Environmental Coalition.
Areas of focus
- Globalism and local wildlife conservation, environmental education, children in nature initiatives, prairie restoration, urban ecology, amphibian biodiversity, soci media and its relationship to conservation.