Welcome – Indian Trail Master Naturalist – Ellis and Navarro Counties

Monthly Meetings and Programs

The Origins of Modern Astronomy

Monday – October 24, 2016

Location: First United Methodist Church
505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie, TX
Family Life Center – Gathering Room

  • 6:00 PM – Business Meeting
  • 7:00 PM – Program by Don Hellstern – Master Naturalist, Professional Geologist and retired college Dean and Professor of Geosciences

Don Hellstern, a certified Master Naturalist in Texas and Alaska, is a professional geologist and retired college dean and professor of geosciences. He worked as an exploration geophysicist for British Petroleum and later entered academia. He has taught geology, earth science, environmental geology, meteorology, climate studies, and oceanography at the college level for over twenty years.

With an undergraduate geology degree from the University of Hawaii and a geophysics master’s degree from the University of Houston, Don’s span of studies ranges from volcanoes in Hawaii to researching submarine deposits in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the field of stable isotope geochemistry involving the hydrologic cycle. He has lectured on topics ranging from Astronomy to Zoology and has spent ten summer seasons guiding back-country adventures in Alaska and Canada.

Treasures in Ellis County

Mockingbird Nature Park and Kachina Prairie