A Public Laboratory group is just starting up in Texas, read below for more information and to get involved!
Current activities: Organizing SXSW panel Spectroscopic analysis on food products Outreach: Austin is rich with groups focused on environmental and sustainability issues (see The Unforeseen for the provenance of the Save Our Springs Alliance in the early 90's, focused on preserving the Barton Creek watershed and Barton Springs). Zilker Park surrounds the pool and would be perfect for kite and balloon flying amongst people enjoying and curious. Another group to reach out to is The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (for tracking the spread of native and invasive plant species, the effects of drought, etc.). In short, the combination of high tech + green in Austin is fertile soil for your work.