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Meadowlarks (Voices for the Prairie) Needed

posted Apr 17, 2014, 10:33 AM by Lan Shen   [ updated Apr 17, 2014, 10:48 AM ]
The Coastal Prairie Partnership and Houston Chapter of the Native Prairies Assoc. of TX are seeking volunteers willing to undergo training to become storytellers and ambassadors between a diverse, urban population and our misunderstood local prairies.  Any interested person is welcome, not just Texas Master Naturalists.  In essence we are offering training for people interested in becoming Meadowlarks (prairie guides or prairie docents). 

As Jaime once told me, most people coming to see a prairie does not want to know the name of every plant, every insect, every bird... It is better prepare a story about a few plants or a few butterflies... that the visitor can remember and emotionally connect with.

Training will involve a classroom session (evening) and in the field practice (Saturday or evening).  Trainees will be given background information and allow to follow (as many times as they wish) guides giving actual tours.  As different groups ask for tours, an email will be sent to the pool of Meadowlarks and trainees and whoever wants to give the tour can volunteer.

Meadowlarks (prairie docents) are needed for
  • Buffalo Bayou Park (near Sabine Bridge downtown)
  • MD Anderson Prairie (Fannin & Holcombe)
  • Hermann Park:  Whistlestop Prairie (next to entrance of Japanese Garden) and/or Bayou Savannah (next to 6520 Almeda)
  • Deer Park Prairie (Deer Park)
  • Willow Waterhole Compartment 3 (S. Post Oak & Gasmer)

Others could be added.

Participants sign up for a particular evening training may do the associated field training or a different field training.  For more information or to register .  Flyer attached.
Lan Shen,
Apr 17, 2014, 10:33 AM