Welcome – Indian Trail Master Naturalist – Ellis and Navarro Counties

Don’t miss the last Wildflower Walk!

September 17, 2016

Members of the Indian Trail Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Program will be leading our last Wildflower Walk of 2016 on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at Mockingbird Nature Park, 1361 Onward Road (off Mockingbird Lane), Midlothian TX.

  • Our walk starts at 9:00 am at the Butterfly Garden.
  • Please join us on this ½ mile stroll along the trails as we identify the wildflowers. Everyone is invited to attend, and there is no charge.
  • Bring drinking water and wear close-toed shoes. Insect repellent is a good idea, also.
  • Walk will be canceled in the event of rain.

Monthly Meetings and Programs

Watershed Resource Management Richland-Chambers Reservoir

Monday – September 26, 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 Tina Hendon – Watershed Program Manager,  Tarrant Regional Water District

Tina Hendon is the Watershed Program Manager for Tarrant Regional Water District.  She has over 25 years of experience in aquatic resources and watershed protection.  Previously, she worked in the Nonpoint Source and Water Quality Standards programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in environmental consulting, and applied research on the effects of land use practices on Texas waterbodies.

Tina will present a program on Water Resource Management in the Richland-Chambers Reservoir watershed, including a hands-on demonstration of “how streams work” using the Water District’s stream trailer.

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