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Blackland Prairie Chapter

  “Education, Restoration, Preservation”


Check out our Winter Newsletter! 


KERA’s Miguel Perez report on the BPTMN class of 2019.
“North Texas Ecology Course Creates
A Team Of Master Naturalists”


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.


Chapter Meetings

2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
Heard Museum Science Center in McKinney
(Links to Directions & Map for the Heard Museum below)


The Heard Natural Science Museum
Science Resource Center Building (SRC)
1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX 75069
Directions to Museum

Directions from the Heard Entrance to the Science Resource Center (SRC):
Stay on the drive, go past the main parking area, the museum building and maintenance area, continue to follow the curve, once on top of the hill, there are multiple areas to park in the circle drive or to the right. The SRC Bldg is on the North Side of these parking areas.
Click to view the Heard Museum Guide Map to locate the  “SRC Bldg”
(The SRC Bldg is in the middle of pg 1 and top of pg 2 of the Heard Museum Guide)


2020 Monthly Meeting Topics

“April 14: “Texas Native Plants and Climate Change” – Dr. George Diggs

7:00 PM – Dr. Diggs will briefly summarize the most recent evidence for climate change and will discuss his personal observations from Antarctica to the Arctic.  It is now clear that climate change is having effects on plants and animals both around the globe and here in Texas.  Many species are now becoming mismatched to their rapidly changing environments.  A variety of specific examples will be discussed that demonstrate the impacts of climate change, both large and small, and from those that affect whole regions to our own backyards.  Examples in Texas span the state from the Gulf Coast and Pineywoods to central Texas and the Trans-Pecos. 


George Diggs is a botanist and evolutionary biologist who has taught for nearly 40 years at Austin College in Sherman, and a Research Associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.  His research interests include the plants of Texas, evolution as it relates to human health, climate change, and biogeography.  He has co-authored four books and more than 30 scientific articles.  In his research, he has traveled to all seven continents.  His latest books are The Hunter-Gatherer Within: Health and the Natural Human Diet, co-authored with Dr. Kerry Brock, and The Ferns & Lycophytes of Texas, co-authored with Barney Lipscomb.


Past Meeting Topics