Anita and Urban District Forester, John Warner challenged and engaged students with hands-on lessons pertaining to endangered species, habitats, nature observations and sketching.
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In November John Warner, knowing of her interest in birding, asked member Susan Gardner if she would be willing to gather supplies for a project he had in mind. Warner is a Heartwood chapter advisor and a Urban District Forester for the Texas Forest Service.
John had solicited and received donations for 9 monocular scopes suitable for the use of young children in studying birds or plants and an additional 8 pairs of binoculars. John’s idea was to have these, along with pamphlets about the forest and birding supplied by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, paper, pencils, and miscellaneous supplies, placed into tote bags that could be checked out by beginning birders visiting Jones State Forest in groups or as individuals.
Susan Gardner recruited Sara Barra to assist in this project. Susan had enough donated upholstery fabric to produce the tote bags. Sara and she planned the production of the bags and worked together to make them. This turned out to be easy for the two to develop an “assembly line” or sorts. They enjoyed working together toward a goal that would benefit the forest and Heartwood members. Their combined hours for this project were over twenty not including additional time to stitch on the patches that John provided. The totes were presented at the Heartwood chapter meeting on February 3, 1009. The women were thrilled by the completion of the effort, each feeling that since they had been asked to do it, their product would be appreciated and used.