Blackland Prairie Chapter
“Education, Restoration, Preservation”
The mission of the Texas Master Naturalist program is:
To develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas.
The Texas Master Naturalist program is a partnership between the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and other local partners.
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Heard Museum Science Center in McKinney
(Links to maps for the Heard Museum below)
2018 Monthly Meeting Topics
November 13: “Rainwater Harvesting” – Daniel Cunningham: Rainwater is the best water for your lawn, landscape or vegetable garden; Divert it, Save it, Use it! Learn the basics and benefits of rainwater harvesting and reduce the effect your storm water has on the environment.
Daniel Cunningham, Horticulturist of Texas A&M AgriLife’s Water University program, reaches professionals and the public with the most current sustainability information about landscape water use, including design, plant selection, and water-conserving landscape management practices. His primary focus is a holistic approach to landscaping and food production systems. Cunningham specializes in Texas native plants and trees, vegetable gardening, edible landscaping, and rainwater harvesting. He is also passionate about utilizing landscapes as habitat for beneficial wildlife. He focuses on the edible value of common landscape plants and is known in the public arena for leading courses on foraging and engaging in the practice as a source of his own food.
December 11: “Working with the Texas Park Rangers” – Roger Scott , plus end of year celebration with food and recognition.
2018 Past Speakers:
October 9: “Driving Sustainability Through Campus Transformation” – Thea Junt/Craig Lewis
September 11: “Personal Experience Raising Monarchs: 6 weeks of Learning, Defeat and Triumph” – Clyde Camp
August 14: “Dragonflies” – Omar Bocanegra
July 10: “Sex in the Garden” – Janet Smith
June 12: “From the First Quark to You – We are all in this together” – Ernie Stokley
May 8: “Fundamentals of Forest Ecology” – Chris Ebling
April 10: “Citizen Science” – Marsha May
March 13 : ”What’s New in the World of Monarch Butterflies?” – Carol Clark
February 13 : ”Light Pollution – More Than a Barrier to Sky Gazing” – Tom Fleming
January 9 : ”Open House. Welcome Back to Members, Come Join Us to Visitors” A Review of chapter and state, exciting and vital information about the Future and Recognitions. (no AT)
– Mike Roome, President
December 12: “This Badlands Tortoise is 34 Million Years Old and at The Heard” – Pat Kline, Lead Project Preparator
November 14: ”Prairies in Old Cemeteries” – Candace Fountoulakis, Master Gardener and member of the Plano Garden Club. A board member of The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc.
October 10: “The Urban Harvest: Foraging in the City” – Daniel Cunningham, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Extension
September 12: “Reptiles with a particulare emphasis on Texas ” – David Mead, Class of ’17
August 8: “Past Climates: Putting the Climate Puzzle Together with Models” – Dr. Angela Osen; University of Texas Arlington, Tarrant County College
July 11: “13 Things You Need to Know About the Poison Oak and Ivy Rash” – Amy Martin – Author of Itchy Business: How to Treat the Poison Ivy and Poison Oak Rash, Prevent Exposure and Eradicate the Plant (www.Itchy.biz).
June 13 : “Frogs! ” – Scott Kiester, Texas Master Naturalist, Elm Fork Chapter
May 9: “Dead Zones in Rivers and the Gulf of Mexico and Their Causes” – Donald Harper, Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M Galveston
April 11: “Zika and Other Issues” – Daphne Lynch, Epidemiologist for Collin County
March 14: “New Frisco Wetlands in the Hackberry Creek and Stewart Creek Drainages” – Corp of Engineers, Jon Loxley and Jim Frisinger; Jayce Proctor, UNT
February 14: “Texas Wild Cats” – Monica Morrison
January 10: 2016 Successes and 2017 Opportunities – Where our members volunteer and why.