Summer Program for HISD Students


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Each summer, Rice’s Center for Environmental Studies and the Houston Climate Justice Museum run a week-long program that teaches high school students about environmental storytelling, climate justice, and contemporary environmental challenges. This overnight summer program will be from June 17th, 2024, to June 21st, 2024 on Rice’s campus and is completely free to students.

This program will serve as an opportunity to introduce high school students to local and global environmental concerns while also giving them the tools to work toward a more environmentally just future with leading experts in the field.

Please note:

  • Applications are due April 8th, 2024.
  • The program will be an immersive experience on Rice University’s campus for 20 HISD students.
  • Students will stay on campus Monday through Friday (overnight with chaperones), with excursions planned more broadly around Rice University and Houston.
  • Students will learn about environmental justice and climate change from global experts through participatory experiences and arts-based practice.
  • Participation is free.



The Center for Environmental Studies, with support from Rice’s Building Research on Inequality and Diversity to Grow Equity (BRIDGE) Program, is proud to host an annual free summer program for Houston Independent School District high school students. This unique program focuses on environmental justice through storytelling via arts and media practices. The week-long experience takes place entirely on Rice’s campus. Participants stay in dorms, eat in the school serveries, and experience life as a college student while learning from Rice University faculty, graduate students, and community experts. Field trips are provided, and previous excursions include Galveston Island and a boat tour of Buffalo Bayou. This program is entirely free of cost to participants.

Houston Independent School District Summer Program