VSP – Signature Projects

Signature Projects — VSP Info for Members

Seabourne Creek Nature Park

2018 Seabourne Nature Fest

Fort Bend County Fair “AgTivity Barn”

You will need to submit the following forms to participate in City of Rosenberg Activities  Consent to Conduct Criminal History Check and Volunteer Form for Single-Day Events  Events requiring these forms include Fishtastics and the 4th of the July Celebration.

When participating an outreach event as a Coastal Prairie Chapter naturalist, the organizer should fill out the public outreach form:

CPCTMN-Public-Outreach-Report-ver.2019


Seabourne Creek Nature Park – Rosenberg
Nature Park Development Project

Sponsor: City of Rosenberg Parks & Recreation Department
Sponsor Contact: Darren McCarthy, Parks & Recreation Director
CPC Contacts: Karl Baumgartner (park overall)
Jim Butcher (prairie restoration)
Other projects underway:

Prairie Demo Garden:  Team Leader: Lynn Trenta 832-646-4769
Butterfly Garden: Team Leader: Linda Rippert 281-818-0824
Prairie Restoration Project:  Team Leader:  Karl Baumgartner  713-528-4992

Status: Active, Ongoing
Location: Seabourne Creek Park, off Hwy. 36, south of Hwy 59, adjacent to Rosenberg Civic and Convention Center
Description: Rosenberg City Council approved a resolution on June 23, 2009 setting aside 20 acres in Seabourne Creek Park for native prairie restoration. The Chapter was selected to propose and help implement a long-range prairie restoration project that will enhance the nature park for wildlife and public education and enjoyment. The project plan includes site selection, objective-setting, budget and financing, prairie layout, soil analysis, existing plant inventory, site preparation, plant selection, seed and sourcing, planting, signage, and maintenance. Information about meetings and work days will be provided as they are scheduled.
In addition, the Chapter has been asked to provide a 20-year vision for the park; recommend native trees and other plants, including species and locations; create and implement a fish stocking plan; develop and deliver seminars and outreach programs at the Rosenberg Civic Center and the park; provide advice regarding irrigation needs; recommend walkways, in terms of locations and materials; create educational signage; and act as coordinator and liaison for other volunteer organizations’ contributions to the park (e.g. Eagle Scout projects, youth groups, master gardener projects).
# of Volunteers Needed: As many as want to participate. Let’s have the whole Chapter involved!
Supplies Needed: Will depend on the day’s activities. Details will be posted to the Calendar.
Difficulty Rating: 1, 2, or 3 – depending on the activity. Each day’s activity will be rated on the Calendar.
Maximum VSP hours: In accordance with schedule (See Calendar)


2019 Seabourne Nature Fest

November 2nd , 2019

Sponsor: City of Rosenberg, Coastal Prairie Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists
Contact CPCTMN leader: Bert Stipelcovich, CPCTMN
Status: Active, Ongoing
Location: Event held at Seabourne Creek Nature Park
Description: This public event features speakers, exhibitors, activities and guided hikes that educate people about the importance of the nature and protecting the environment.  This Chapter project needs members to help plan, organize and staff the event. Planning gets underway in earnest in early spring. Event day volunteer roles are confirmed around August, and include helping with set-up and take-down, staffing a booth, assisting with guided hikes, and introducing speakers. Through this event, we are contributing to valuable public education, improving the Chapter’s visibility in the community and strengthening our ties to our valued partner, The City of Rosenberg.
# of Volunteers Needed: As many as want to participate. Let’s have the whole Chapter involved!
Supplies Needed: Will depend on the day’s activities. Details will be posted to the Calendar.
Difficulty Rating: 1, 2, or 3 – depending on the activity.
Maximum VSP hours: Hours spent on planning committee, hours spent volunteering at set-up, event, and take-down.


AgTivity Barn at the Fair

Sponsor: Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service
Contact: Margo “Mac” McDowell
CPCTMN Contact: Terri Hurley, VSP Director or as indicated on the calendar
Status: Active, Annual
Location: Event held at Fort Bend County Fair Grounds during the Fort Bend County Fair
Description:   Each year the Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service’s AgTivity Barn is set-up at Fort Bend County’s Fair, which takes place in late September.    Hundreds of children take school fields trips to see the booths in the AgTivity Barn, and the general public wanders through during Fair hours.  As its name implies AgTivity Barn is about things agricultural…..But just because it’s agricultural doesn’t mean there’s no nature out on the farm.

Each year the Coastal Prairie Chapter puts together a booth for the AgTivity Barn based on a specific Texas nature topic.  In 2008 we featured animal pelts and alligators.  In 2009 we featured snakes.  In 2010 it was all about beneficial insects.   What will 2019 highlight?  — This Chapter project needs members to help plan, organize and staff the event.
Planning gets underway in earnest in early summer with the selection of a topic for the year.    Additionally volunteers are needed to help with set-up and take-down and staffing a booth for school tours and public hours.   Through this event, we are contributing to valuable public education and improving the Chapter’s visibility in the community.
# of Volunteers Needed: As many as want to participate. Let’s have the whole Chapter involved!
Supplies Needed: Will depend on the day’s activities.   Details will be posted to the Calendar and Signup Genius.
Difficulty Rating: 1  (set-up = 2)
Maximum VSP hours: Hours spent on planning committee, hours spent volunteering at set-up, event, and take-down.

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