The Culture and Enrichment Impact Committee provides volunteer opportunities that promote learning, awareness, exploration and discovery for adults, children and families.
Children’s Museum of Houston
While spending the night at the museum, Overnight Adventures volunteers act as role models for young girls by participating in craft projects, exploring museum exhibits, and cultivating an interest in nutrition and health. Family Learning Night volunteers help children ignite a lifelong passion for learning while participating in various activities during the museum’s free admission nights.
The Health Museum
Volunteers provide Brownies and Girl Scouts with a special visit to the Health Museum. Volunteers spend the night at the museum assisting museum staff in carrying out activities focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for the girls attending the overnights.
Holocaust Museum Houston
Volunteers provide educational two-hour tours to groups of middle and high school students. These tours engage students in critical thinking of fairness, justice, individual identity, peer pressure, conformity and self-reflection. Volunteers also greet museum guests while working the information desk on weekdays and weekends.
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
The Discovery Room, located within the Nature Center, serves to welcome the unfamiliar into the forest and wetlands of Houston by teaching visitors how to use their senses to observe and experience the Arboretum. The Discovery Room contains hands-on exhibits like the Learning Tree Challenge and the Tree Habitat Expert Board. Microscopes aid patrons in interpreting the habitats at the Arboretum. This opportunity allows volunteers to act as facilitators for visitors demonstrating tools such as the Discovery Boxes and Field Guides which help visitors find answers to their nature questions. Volunteers may also engage in conservation projects with the team that meets weekly throughout the year, weather permitting.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Volunteers introduce children to the wonders of science by conducting tours of the museum to fourth grade Houston Independent School District students, making classroom presentations to first and second grade students through the Outreach Box Docent program and participating in the Touchcart Docent project that introduces children, four to 10 years old, to the world of science.
Volunteers greet and guide children to different areas within the Zoo’s Naturally Wild Swap Shop, field basic questions from the children, and polish and prepare artifacts for use and trade in the shop.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Volunteers enjoy Fine Arts à la Carte, a flexible placement that introduces children, families and adult visitors to the world of art through interactive, hands-on activities and special events, such as Picture Books Summer Art Camp and Bayou Bend Family Days.