Chapter Meeting July 6

Exploration Green Development Update

Exploration Green, the former Clear Lake City Golf Course, is now a 200-acre conservancy site devoted to flood control, hydrology, stormwater wetland plant and native tree planting, and habitat restoration. Jerry Hamby, lead volunteer, will highlight the eight community planting events that occurred this spring, during which 230 trees and shrubs and 2,600 wetland plants were installed at the Phase 1 planting site. He will also talk about the park’s iNaturalist project and the updated timeline for implementation of the master plan.

        Jerry has taught English and humanities at Lee College in Baytown for twenty-eight years. His work with the Honors Program has allowed him to integrate field trips to                 Sheldon Lake State Park and the Baytown Nature Center with classroom instruction. Since 2014 he has been a co-leader at the Exploration Green tree nursery,                            where he coordinates weekly maintenance and twice-monthly workday events. Jerry completed training for the Texas Master Naturalist program in Fall 2014 and was                 awarded his 500-service-hour milestone this spring.  Jerry is a member of our very own Gulf Coast Chapter!

This is an Awards Meeting so be sure to enter your hours before the July 2nd deadline!
The meeting will be held at CHERIE FLORES GARDEN PAVILION

1500 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004


Social time will be from                 6:30 to 7:00 PM.  

Chapter business will be from     7:00 to 7:30 PM.

The presentation will begin at     7:30 PM.

The Public is Welcome

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  • Tree donated in name of TMN On May 23rd, Cub Scout Pack 705 from Parker Elementary planted a Shumard Oak tree donated by Texas Master Naturalists in the Willow Waterhole Greenway. The tree planting was assisted by and Bill Burhans, Conservation Director at Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy and Virginia Livingston, a Gulf Coast Master Naturalist and President of Westbury Community Garden. The site for the tree planting was near the Schwartz Gazebo at Westbury Lake and will provide shade for a park bench and be highly visible to all those entering the area.  Thanks to the scouts, their parents, Bill Burhans and Virginia Livingston for enhancing the green space with a native Texas tree.
    Posted May 29, 2017, 1:00 PM by Mary Waters
  • City Nature Challenge! Join Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, Houston Audubon Society, and many others in a fun challenge to see which city can document the most species from April 14 - 18. It is easy to participate by joining an event, or making observations on your own using the iNaturalist app. With the iNaturalist app, you just take a picture of a plant or animal, and the community will help identify which species it is. Any observation in the greater metropolitan area of each city will count during the five day challenge. You can participate by exploring the life in your backyard, in your local park, or on a field trip with your local naturalist group.  The challenge has been taken up ...
    Posted Mar 29, 2017, 11:19 AM by Mary Waters
  • Texas Waters Specialist Training Program Requirements •       Accumulate at least 8 hours of advanced training using the Texas Waters curriculum. These hours must be approved at your chapter level: •       Texas Waters Day (4 Hours) •       Upcoming Texas Waters Webinars (Up to 4 Hours) •       Small Group Interactive Study •       Texas Waters Field Trips •       Additional Renewal Requirements: •       Participate in at least one approved community service project. •       Contribute at least 10 hours of volunteer service in the area of water and watersheds. Those hours can also count toward the requirements for recertification in the Texas Master Naturalist program. Certification Timeline •       To complete certification for 2017, participants must complete advanced training by the October Texas Waters Day event and can include AT completed at the 2016 Texas Waters Day gathering. •       Volunteer ...
    Posted Feb 20, 2017, 8:53 AM by Mary Waters
  • Urban Gardening Course at Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies Co-Sponsors: The Garden Club of Houston; Texas Master Naturalist-Gulf Coast Chapter; Native Plant Society of Texas, Houston Chapter; Nature’s Way Resources Urban gardens have long played an important role in nourishing city dwellers and enhancing communities, from the victory gardens of World War II to the verdant plots springing up in yards, empty lots and on rooftops today. With the increasing popularity of fresh, local “farm to table” foods and a return to living in the core of many cities, there is a growing interest in urban gardening. Gardening offers flavorful, healthy and inexpensive food, fresh air and exercise, the pride and satisfaction of providing your own food, and a deep connection to the place we call ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2017, 11:39 AM by Mary Waters
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