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posted Jul 8, 2012, 1:00 PM by

Three field trips are scheduled for Fall 2012.  All three trips will be on Sundays and led by Dr. Larry Brown.  We will continue to meet in the parking lot east of the Memorial Park Arboretum.  Please wear appropriate footwear for walking through wet or dry fields, bring drinking water, bug spray, and a lunch if you like.  If the weather is drizzling rain, we proceed, but if it is a gully-washer, we still gather at the Arboretum and then cancel. We meet at the Arboretum between 8 and 8:30 AM, and depart promptly at 8:30 AM.  Please contact Paul Roling for any additional inquiries: or 281-353-7413.


Sunday, September 30:  Harris County Flood Control.   

At the intersection of Holister Street and West Little York Road (about 9 miles from the Houston Arboretum), the Harris County Flood Control has a 100-acre project on the northwest corner. The flora of the area consists of plants from wetlands, disturbed areas, and slight slopes on a poorly drained complex urban soil.  For those in the northwest part of town, we will meet at the James Coney Island in the shopping center in the northeast corner of the Holister and US-290 intersection at about 8:45 AM. 


Sunday, October 21:  Warren Ranch.   

Warren Ranch is part of the Katy Prairie Conservancy, which is located west of Houston and south of US-290, about 36 miles from the Houston Arboretum.  This 6500 acre working ranch has numerous rare prairie wildflowers on a fine sandy loam soil.  For those in the northwest part of town, we will meet at Zube Park on Roberts Road about a mile north of US-290 at about 9 AM and then proceed to Warren Ranch.


Sunday, November 4: Sandpiper Park.

On the Cypress Creek Greenway Project, a small but beautiful park is nestled along Cypress Creek not far from Mercer Arboretum at22891-23011 Whittaker Way, Spring Texas (28 miles northeast of the Houston Arboretum).  The park is a small part of the Cypress Creek Hike and Bike Trail.  The wooded park contains a small parking lot, restroom facilities, trails, and a 2-acre pond.  Many trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers fill the approximately 25 acres of a fine sandy loam soil.  For those in the north part of town we will meet in the Mercer Arboretum parking lot on the west side of Aldine-Westfield Road at about 9:15 AM and then proceed to Sandpiper Park.


If you want to be added to the NPSOT field trip e-mail list, send an e-mail to requesting to be added to the list.  E-mail reminders are sent out about a week before each trip.