Our chapter was established in 2004. This year we celebrate its 20th anniversary.
The Texas Master Naturalist™ Program’s mission 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. Coastal Prairie Chapter members volunteer mainly in Fort Bend, Waller and Wharton counties.
Most Master Naturalists probably know a lot about prairie plants and their associated insect life during the daytime. But how much do people know about insect nightlife? Master Naturalist, Mary Spolyar will introduce us to nocturnal insect species at three Houston-area prairies—Lawther-Deer Park, Nash Prairie Preserve and Texas City Prairie Preserve. She will show us who comes to the light when the sun goes down. From colorful microleafhoppers to mantidflies (which are not flies!) and very long-horned beetles to fabulous sphinx moths, it’s a kaleidoscope of life in the prairie night.
About our Presenter
Mary Spolyar is a Texas Master Naturalist in the Gulf Coast Chapter and a plant knowledge instructor for the Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP) classes offered by the Native Plant Society of Texas Houston Chapter. She enjoys volunteering for Houston Audubon’s Natives Nursery, for which she visits local prairie remnants to collect seeds and helps to grow out native plants. A native Houstonian, she loves being outdoors, observing life and stalking small creatures with her cell phone camera. You can find her on iNaturalist as “rednat”.
Coastal Prairie Chapter programs are free and open to the public. This program will be held in-person at the Rosenberg Civic Center, 3825 TX-36, Rosenberg, TX 77471. A virtual option is available (information below). Please plan to arrive at our new time of 6:00 pm for social time and refreshments. The program starts at 7 pm.
Chapter members and the public may also attend via Zoom. Advance registration is required for attendance by Zoom. Registration is open two days before the program. After registering below, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Spring 2024 class is full. For future classes, click here to add your contact information.
- Seabourne Creek Nature Park is our signature project. Come visit us!
- 3/6/24 9:00am Monthly Seabourne Bird Hike Hike
- 3/7/24 7:00pm Monthly Thursday Chapter Meeting Featuring “Secrets of the Night-Exploring the Lives of Nocturnal Insects” with Mary Spolyar
- 3/17/24 8:00am Monthly Nature Walk Seabourne Creek Nature Park
- 3/28/24 9:00am Monthly Insect Hike Seabourne Creek Nature Park
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Once per year, Texas Master Naturalists meet in the field to learn and play. This year, we did it in McAllen. (Photo credit: Terri Hurley)