Plants, The Nature of Naming, Citizen Science

CCheryl Hamiltonheryl Hamilton

Citizen Scientist, San Antonio, TX

Cheryl has been an Alamo Area Master Naturalist since November 2007 and is also a member of the San Antonio chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.

Cheryl co-founded the Balcones Chapter of the Invaders of Texas Program in 2010 and passed on the leadership to George Ozuna and Olivia Tapia in 2016. The Balcones Chapter and Salsa Squad volunteers have contributed more than 10,000 volunteer hours to eradicate more than 100,000 invasive plants.

Cheryl has presented 70+ invasive/native plant workshops at the local, state and national level since 2009 and has trained more than 100 Citizen Scientists for the Invaders of Texas Program.

In 2011 Cheryl received the Outstanding Citizen Scientist Award from the Texas Invasive Plants and Pest Council (TIPPC) and the NPSOT President’s Award of Excellence. In 2015, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Obama for contributing more than 4,000 volunteer hours to the master naturalist program.

Cheryl’s motto: Stop the Spread, Spread the Word, Just Do It!

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