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AT: Nash Prairie Through The Seasons-NPSoT

May 15 @ 7:15 pm


Explore the Nash Prairie Preserve in this photo presentation by Susan Conaty. She will take us on a journey through the seasons and different treatments.


“Hold the Phone!: Tips for Photographing Native Plants and Wildlife with Your Smartphone”
In the age of smartphones, our phones often double as our primary cameras. This is especially true of gardeners, who tend to have only their phones available while gardening. In this presentation, Lauren Simpson shares tips for taking clear, beautiful, and impactful photos of native plants—and the wildlife they feed—with a smartphone.

Susan Conaty has been a Cradle of Texas Master Naturalist since 2001. She became interested in prairie after a training class by Dr. Barron Rector and Dr. John Jacob where they talked about the prairies that were between the three rivers of the Columbia Bottomlands. In 2002, she attended an Advance Training class presented by Flo Hannah on grass identification were she learned that St Mary’s Episcopal Church in West Columbia, where her Husband, The Reverend Peter Conaty worked, owned a ranch with a native hay meadow. The hay meadow is owned by The Nature Conservancy and is part of the Nash Prairie Preserve. She learned about prairie plants from Dr. David Rosen while he was collecting specimens off of the Nash Prairie from 2003 to 2006. His collection is at The University of Texas Herbarium.

Since early 2015, Lauren Simpson has spent her spare time transforming her Houston home gardens into a pollinator-friendly habitat, currently a Certified Wildlife Habitat (National Wildlife Federation), a Monarch Waystation (Monarch Watch, Waystation No. 10925), and a Certified Butterfly Garden (North American Butterfly Association). She promotes pollinator conservation and wildscaping through state and local presentations, local events, and an educational Facebook community entitled “St. Julian’s Crossing-wildlife habitat” – the name adopted for her family’s Monarch Waystation. Ms. Simpson is a member of the Native Plant Society of Texas (Houston Chapter) and the North American Butterfly Association (Butterfly Enthusiasts of Southeast Texas Chapter), and she actively volunteers in her neighborhood gardening group, the Oak Forest Community of Gardeners. She has also received the Level 1 certification through the NPSOT Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP) and serves on the NPSOT subcommittee for NLCP Level 4.

Ms. Simpson is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, where she teaches Lawyering Skills and Strategies. She is a spring 2016 recipient of the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award (Instructor/Clinical category) and the spring 2017 and spring 2018 Professor of the Year for Law Center faculty teaching in the part-time program.

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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
4501 Woodway Drive
Houston, TX 77024
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