Charlise Hill-Larson, 2019 & 2020-21 Vice President – Welcome and Congratulations to the Class of 2022 Blackland Prairie Master Naturalists.
Beverly Carpenter, 2013 –
The Blackland Prairie Master Naturalist program seemed the perfect place for me to pursue my personal interest in life-long learning after my career in education. BPTMN was an opportunity to learn more about the environment around me and contribute through volunteering.
Deborah Canterbury, 2014 and Past President – More than 10,00 plants unloaded, cataloged, labeled and placed according to scientific name in 4 days for this years’ 36th Heard Plant Sale. It is one of the longest-running, largest, and best native plant sales in the state. BPTMN members play a big role in the pre-sale preparation and in helping customers choose the proper native plants for their gardens.
Greg Tonian, 2017 –
The Trinity River Valley of North Texas drew us all here,
Though we did not realize it.
We may not know how or why,
Perhaps it was for a glimpse of a Buckeye?
John Neely Bryan built a cabin on a Trinity River bluff
He founded Dallas in the 1840’s.
Dreams were grand, but times were tough.
When I drove out in ‘85, I asked myself,
Where are all the trees?
By Leah Justice, 2021 – As a newer member of the chapter, I volunteered for many different activities throughout the past year in order to broaden my knowledge. I have worked in prairies at different times of the year, learned about tree surveying, and planted trees.
By Paulette Planko, 2021 – I’m a member of the 2021 class. I have been volunteering mostly at
Erwin Park in McKinney, at the Heard Nature Preserve, and at Clymer
Nature Preserve. I’ve enjoyed projects that include prairie
restoration, native garden maintenance, butterfly pinning, and working
with children at the Heard.