Welcome to the Yale Club of Houston - Yale Day of Service 2015 with Galveston Bay Foundation


Yale Day of Service 2015 with Galveston Bay Foundation

Join the Yale Club of Houston and Yale alumni around the world on May 9th in participating in the annual Yale Day of Service. The Day of Service is an annual event that brings Yale alumni from around the world together to give back to the communities in which they belong. In 2014, there were 251 service sites across 20 countries and 42 states and we hope that you will choose to be involved in the Day of Service this year. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor ’79 J.D. is serving as the Honorary Chair of this year’s event.

This year, the Yale Club of Houston has organized a volunteer opportunity with the Galveston Bay Foundation in Galveston (Yale alum Bob Stokes ’90 is the President of the Foundation). Volunteers will assist in the restoration of an oyster reef. This event will take outside and is open to families (with a minimum age of 7). Please be sure to RSVP for the event by Wednesday, May 6th so we can have an accurate headcount. Because of the volunteer location in Galveston, a carpool will be organized, meeting in Central Houston at 8:00 a.m. If interested in carpooling, please note that in the notes section of your RSVP and details will be sent. Also, please include your e-mail address so a liability waiver can be sent. Please contact Nisha Desai with any questions at nisha@nishadesai.com. Please sign up here as well: http://yaledayofservice.org/find-service-site/houston-oyster-reef-restoration-galveston-bay-foundation


Event Details:

Oyster reef restoration with the Galveston Bay Foundation

Saturday, May 9, 2015

9:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

Galveston Bay Foundation’s Sweetwater Preserve, Galveston Island


Project Summary:

The Sweetwater Lake oyster reef restoration project includes the construction of reef along 2,000 ft of shoreline. The reef will be composed of stacked mesh bags that are filled with recycled oyster shell. The shell being used housed native Galveston Bay oysters and was provided by local restaurants. The new reef will provide vital habitat for new oysters and other aquatic life, as well as increase shoreline protection with a future plan to plant additional marsh grass to restore lost marsh.


Volunteers will:

 (1) Prepare oyster bars (bags) by filling mesh bags with recycled oyster shell using shovels, buckets and PVC pipe.  


(2) Build the reef by stacking the oyster bars along the shoreline during low tide under the guidance of a GBF staff member.


Be prepared to get wet and muddy! Wear close-toed shoes that can get wet and that are secure on the feet (such as old lace-up tennis shoes, scuba booties, or other outdoor rugged footwear). Dress appropriately for the weather and the outdoors. Bring a towel, sunscreen, insect repellent, water, a hat and sunglasses. You might be required to walk approximately ½ mile to the site through water and mud. Waivers will be necessary (please e-mail Nisha Desai for a copy at nisha@nishadesai.com).


Meetup location: Sandhill Crane Soccer Complex

Directions to Sandhill Crane Soccer Complex/Park from Houston:

Take the 61st Street exit on the island, and turn right on 61st Street.

Once 61st St. dead ends at the Seawall, turn right on Seawall Blvd. You’ll be on Seawall Blvd/3005 for about 7.5 miles

Turn right onto 7-mile road. You’ll then see up ahead where the road curves at the 7-mile Rd and Stewart Road intersection, and you should be able to feed onto Stewart Rd. (go right on Stewart Rd.)

Stewart Road will then curve to the right, and the Sandhill Crane Soccer Complex/Park will be on your right (where the playground is). Turn into the park, and park in the available spaces. 



Sandhill Crane Sports Complex

3348 7 Mile Road

Galveston, TX 77554


Contact Information:

Emily Ford: (281) 740-0534 (cell)



9:30 am Group arrives at Sandhill Crane Soccer Complex/Park

                                Introductions, safety talk given, plan for day outlined, restroom break before starting

10:00 am              Begin walk to site (about a 0.5 mile walk, takes about 10 minutes)

10:15 am              Review of steps/procedures for shell bagging and reef construction, begin activity          

12:15 pm              Lunch and restroom break at Sandhill Crane Soccer Complex/Park

12:45 pm              Optional quick tour of living reef at the other end of our property, will require driving about 5 minutes from Sandhill Crane Soccer Complex

1:30 pm                Volunteers depart



Please bring your own lunches if possible. GBF can supplement as needed upon request, but we will also bring a cooler of bottled water



GBF will provide all supplies needed for the day’s activities.


Restroom Facilities :

Porta-Potties on site at Sandhill Crane Soccer Complex/Park

GBF will provide a location and supplies for restroom needs at the shell site (much like camping in the wilderness, restroom use at the shell site will be remote).



  • GBF will give a safety talk at the beginning of the event.
  • An oyster bag weighs 30-40 lbs. Two people can lift one together, if needed.
  • Tools used include a shovel, mesh bag, pvc pipe, and scissors for cutting mesh bags. Volunteers will wear canvas/rubber gloves provided by GBF
  • Personal protective equipment  -

GBF will provide thick canvas/rubber gloves for everyone.

Sunglasses are sufficient as safety glasses. Volunteers should bring their own.

A Dust mask is not necessary. Volunteers can bring their own if they would like.

Footwear - see below

  • GBF will provide first aid supplies for cuts and scrapes, insect bites/stings.
  • The most common injury(s) for this activity are scrapes, minor cuts from shell, tripping/falling in water, and fire ant bites.
  • There is little chance that volunteers will encounter poison ivy or poison sumac getting to and from the work area.
  • We will be working in or partially in the water/mud to place the bags we are filling.  We usually rotate out so that everyone gets to do every job. People who don’t want to get in the water don’t have to. We are flexible on this.
  • For comfort after the event, please bring a change of clothes and a towel
  • Recommended attire: Shorts are okay. Baseball cap, sunglasses, loose fitting light colored non-cotton (recommended as cotton doesn’t wick) shirt, rain gear, non-cotton pants or shorts, no jeans, close toed shoes, they can be outdoor shoes like old tennis shoes, neoprene booties, no flip flops, no water/swimming shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, 2-3 water bottles per person
  • The water will be between 1 foot and 4 feet deep. It will be calm.
  • Children ages 7 and up are welcome.

Click here to register!

© Copyright Yale Club of Houston, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Alumni Development Software