Native Prairie Walks Apr/May 2018
The North Texas Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists has organized a series of discovery walks in prairies and parks in Dallas County during April and May, 2018.
The walks will generally be one hour long, and will be lead by expert walk leaders with knowledge of plants, grasses, birds, insects, amphibians, and geology depending on the type of walk scheduled.
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Randy Johnson will speak on “Milkweeds and Monarchs”. Randy Johnson is President of Dallas chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT). He also has his own consulting business, Randy Johnson Organics, where he grows and sells native Texas plants. He consults on a variety of subjects including: organic horticulture/ecological restoration, composting and compost teas, soil biology, and native plants. Randy’s activities include ecosystem and permaculture design and installation and he engages in public outreach, public speaking and presentations. Randy has been the horticulture manager at the… Read More →
Discovering Texas Botanical Heritage The January chapter meeting will feature a presentation by Barney Lipscomb, Leonhardt Chair of Texas Botany at Botanical Research Institute of Texas and co-author of “Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas”. Botanical exploration of Texas essentially began in the early 1800s. Starting those early scientific pioneers, Mr. Lipscomb describes the men and women who were at the front of botanical discovery in Texas up through the 20th century. In the end, he will look to the 21st century and identify areas of Texas in… Read More →
Well, the State Conference is old hat for me since I have attended for 15 years (2000 through 2014). It is kind of nice to stand up with Barron Rector and Anton Hajek (from the Alamo Area Chapter) representing all those who have attended all the State Conferences. However, I am always thrilled to see everyone from around the state as well as meeting new instructors and seeing familiar ones again. The training is always wonderful and I take advantage of as many classes as I can. This… Read More →
My first year as a Master Naturalist and my first Texas Master Naturalist state conference. The conference was an exciting and altogether delightful experience. A gorgeous drive on Friday, October 24, 2014, through the Texas Hill Country, the last fifteen miles winding along the Guadalupe River, brought us to the site of the conference, Mo Ranch, tree-shaded acres sloping down to the river and dotted with hill country stone buildings. Check-in at the Main Building was quick and easy, a matter of picking up our name tags and… Read More →