Welcome – Indian Trail Master Naturalist – Ellis and Navarro Counties

Linda “Mox” Moxley Indian Trails Master Naturalist
Scholarship 2018 Information


This scholarship is to assist a graduate of any Ellis and Navarro County ISD High School with college expenses. The student must enroll in an accredited college/university and pursue studies in horticulture-related fields. To qualify, the applicant must be a graduating high school senior residing in Ellis or Navarro County from an Ellis or Navarro County high school, charter high school or home school program. The applicant must have an elected academic major in a horticulture-related field that includes, but is not limited to horticulture, agriculture, environmental science, animal science, forestry, botany, biology (e.g. plant genetics, plant physiology), landscape design or entomology. Majors in pre-med, pre-dental, or nursing will not be considered.

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News Briefs

The 2018 Master Naturalist training dates have been set for August 23 through November 15. The detailed schedule and application is not yet available.

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Monthly Meetings and Programs

Location: First United Methodist Church
505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie, TX
Family Life Center – Gathering Room

• 6:00 PM – Business Meeting
• 7:00 PM – Program

Monday – February 26, 2018


by Dr. Taylor Quedensley – Research Botanist at Botanical Research Institute of Texas

Dr. Taylor Quedensley, Research Botanist at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, will present a fascinating look at lichen-forming fungi (lichens), a diverse group of organisms that play a major role in the biodiversity of most terrestrial ecosystems on every continent, although most regions of Texas have little or no data for vouchered specimens. This talk will introduce biological and ecological concepts of these organisms and explore a research path towards gaining more knowledge of lichen flora as they can help us understand how pollution and other factors affect our environment.

Dr. Quedensley earned his Bachelor and Master of Science at University of Nebraska and his PhD in Plant Biology at University of Texas at Austin. Prior to BRIT, Dr. Quedensley was an Assistant Professor of Biology at Georgia College and State University as well as at Missouri Western State University.

Monday – March 26, 2018


by Walt Davis – Natural History Museum Director and Curator, retired

Walt Davis, a lifelong professional in the field of natural history and science, will speak on “Nature Journaling” and the way it sharpens our powers of observation of natural phenomena.

Walt Davis began his career as a summer intern at the Dallas Museum of Natural History in 1959.  After graduation from the University of Texas with a degree in zoology and a stint at DMNH as curator of vertebrate collections, Walt earned a master’s degree in wildlife science at Texas A&M University.  Following a brief time at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, he returned to the Dallas museum serving as exhibits curator and assistant director for long range planning for a total of twenty-five years including project director for the Ramses the Great exhibit in 1988-89, before becoming director of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas, retiring in 2004.

Walt has consulted with numerous Texas museums including the Bullock Texas History Museum, Old Jail Art Museum and Witte Museum as well as the Texas Historical Commission and the Center for the Advancement of Early Texas Art.  After retirement Walt and his wife – Isabel set out to circumnavigate the Lone Star State and wrote about that experience in the book Exploring the Edges of Texas published in 2010 by Texas A&M University Press.  In 2016 he published a history of the Dallas Museum of Natural History entitle An Ark for Texas: The Evolution of a Natural History Museum.                         

Upcoming Events

March 17th – Wildflower Walk – Mockingbird Nature Park

Enjoy a ½ mile trail identifying wildflowers

Walk begins at 9am (will last about 1 hour)

1361 Onward Road, Midlothian, TX

Be prepared to become a Nature Nerd

Come join your local Master Naturalists on a wild exploration. Everyone is invited to join our stroll. There is no charge. We do ask that you come prepared with water, closed-toes shoes, comfortable outdoor clothing, and insect repellent if needed.

Walk will be canceled in the event of rain.

Visit:  http://txmn.org/indiantrail/

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March 18th – Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk – Mockingbird Nature Park

1361 Onward Road, Midlothian, TX

Indian Trail Master Naturalists are pleased to announce Bob Richie will lead this free walk.

On this walk Bob will share his passion for urban foraging. We’ll start with a quick botany lesson on how to positively identify the plants we are looking for and then we will search out and try some of the fresh and tasty offerings that grow naturally in our area. We will discuss useful and medicinal plants that can be found in the area as well.

Bob Richie is a certified Texas Master Naturalist and the past president of The Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association, Dallas’s local honeybee club, as well as an avid bicycle rider and a registered yoga instructor. When he’s not spending time outdoors Bob works for an architectural firm in Deep Ellum. He is the owner of The Custom Coop Company which designs and builds custom chicken coops in the Dallas area.

Walk will be canceled in the event of rain.


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Email:  info@itmnc.com

Nature Treasures in Ellis County

Mockingbird Nature Park and Kachina Prairie