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Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm San Antonio NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting“From Developer Dirt to Prairie” Come join other ‘prairie enthusiasts’ and meet our Presenter, Beth Clark. Beth…

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Tuesday at 6:30 pmCenTex NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting “9-Natives Landscape Plans”, Lan Shen Meet us at the Georgetown Library Classroom (2nd Fl) 402 W.…

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Greater Houston Environmental Summit and Environmental Education Expo Friday,  8:30 am - 3:00 pm, $50

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August 1, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm

San Antonio NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

“From Developer Dirt to Prairie”

Come join other ‘prairie enthusiasts’ and meet our Presenter, Beth Clark.

Beth Clark and Sheila Condon co-founded Clark Condon, a Houston-based Landscape Architecture firm, in 1985. Clark Condon is an award-winning design firm specializing in commercial, corporate and municipal architecture project design.  They focus on bringing clients creative and meaningful outdoor environments. 

Beth has an extensive knowledge of plant materials and a special interest in design with native and perennial plants.  She has worked with developers and corporations to include native plants and prairies as a part of the site development.  Local project include Tesoro Corporate Headquarters, La Cantera Resort & Spa, and San Antonio River Walk Museum Reach.  Beth will present the design and establishment of a prairie on the north side of Houston for the Springwoods Development that included over 20 acres of native and prairie planting.  The presentation will also cover plant selection, installation methods, and an analysis of maintenance costs and water usage. The Springwoods Development project received a state ASLA award.

Beth is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture.  She is a registered landscape architect, ASLA member, and LEED-AP certified.
Beth serves as vice-president of NPAT’s Houston Chapter.

NPAT’s San Antonio Chapter meets Downtown - in the Community Room of San Antonio’s Parks & Recreation, Lions Field Adult & Senior Center, (2809 Broadway Street, San Antonio, TX 78209). 
[DIRECTIONS to Center: ENTER parking lot near Broadway & Mulberry: drive is one-way; ample parking in front with additional parking lot to the south. The Lions Field Adult & Senior Center Building is mostly stone with green fencing around the front patio.] 

August 2, 2017 - Georgetown, TX

Tuesday at 6:30 pm

CenTex NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

“9-Natives Landscape Plans”, Lan Shen

Meet us at the Georgetown Library Classroom (2nd Fl) 402 W. 8th Street, Georgetown, TX 78626

Lan Shen will be presenting on the concept of “9 Natives” developed by Jaime Gonzales of the Katy Prairie Conservancy & Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP), to encourage the use of local native plants.  She will be talking about all phases of promoting the 9-Natives concept in the Greater Houston area:
from the initial 9-Natives design contest
to developing practical 9-Natives landscape plans by Clark Condon Associates, a Houston architecture firm. 

This project began as a contest, sponsored by CPP & Houston-NPAT, to design a garden landscape for homeowners using 9 native plants that (as either plants or seeds) could be purchased.
The hope was this project would also be a means to encourage local nurseries to carry these native plants for sale.
Lan was one of the two winners of the FIRST “9-Natives Contest” in Houston; she will discuss her award winning design and how this concept of using 9 natives can be applied to other cities to encourage the use of native plants in home and public gardens.
Lan will provide information on the 9 native plants proposed for the greater Houston area and talk about growth requirements for some Central Texas native species currently available at local nurseries.
It is hoped that this example of citizen participation in furthering the use of natives in urban gardens will inspire those in the Central Texas area to develop plans of their own design using the same guidelines developed in Houston and perhaps offer a similar contest to encourage native landscape designs for the Central Texas area.

Our Presenter, Lan Shen
is the past 3-year President of the Houston NPAT Chapter; 
the Activity Coordinator for Lawther-Deer Park Prairie, Deer Park, TX; and
a Master Naturalist in the Gulf Coast region of Texas.

August 4, 2017 - Houston, TX

Greater Houston Environmental Summit and Environmental Education Expo

Friday,  8:30 am - 3:00 pm, $50

Katy Prairie Conservancy is teaming up with co-hosts:
Citizens Environmental Coalition-Houston;
Bayou Preservation;
Texas Children in Nature - Houston;
Galveston Bay Estuary Program, and
Environmental Educators Exchange .

This will be a great chance for classroom teachers, volunteers, homeschoolers, Texas Master Naturalists, scout leaders, and others to get resources for teaching about local ecosystems, wildlife, gardening, environmental issues, air and water quality, climate, environmental justice, and more!

August 16 thru 18, Abilene, TX

Wednesday thru Friday

Early registration ends Mon., August 7!

Discounted rate of $50 (or $20 Student Rate)
Co-hosts are: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, & Texas Wildlife Association. See Full Agenda/Registration Info for this Statewide Quail Symposium!

PRE-SYMPOSIUM FIELD DAY,
Wednesday, August 16, Hailey Ranch, Abilene, TX

Subject: “Habitat Management and Monitoring Techniques for Quail”
Our graduating QuailMasters* class of 2017 will also be available to answer questions and assist with plant identification.

SYMPOSIUM,
Thursday & Friday, August 17 & 18, MCM Elegante Hotel

Featuring a variety of speakers:
From agency personnel to land managers and researchers, answering frequently asked questions regarding quail management in Texas!
From quail research organizations!
From experts, who will debate controversial topics, such as the “role of introduced plants in quail habitat” and “the viability of translocation for restoring wild populations”.

*QuailMasters
is a series of intensive, hands-on training sessions about quail habitat and the science of quail management in Texas. Landowners, hunters, quail enthusiasts, wildlife biologists, and others are invited to participate. The program is provided by the Texas Wildlife Association and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

August 23, 2017 - Houston, TX

Wild About Houston Short Film Screening

Wednesday beginning at 6:30 pm - HNPAT Monthly Meeting

Co-presenting this event: Houston - NPAT, Katy Prairie Conservancy, and Coastal Prairie Partnership at the Cherie Flores Pavilion in Hermann Park.

The goal of this short film screening will be to “spotlight short (10 minutes or less) films” that focus on local conservation efforts or local wildlife/ecosystems.

We see this as a local complement to the Wild & Scenic Festivals that Citizens Environmental Coalition Houston and Bayou Land Conservancy are hosting.
We
​would​
love for
​you or ​
your group
to submit a film for consideration.
If you would like to submit an entry please click here and fill out a short form.
We hope you can submit a film and make the screening!

September 12, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Tuesday, September 12, 6:30 pm

NPAT’s Blackland Chapter will resume its monthly meetings

They will launch a blockbuster series of prairie talks and enjoy a prairie hike at Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve. 

September 18-21, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Monday thru Thursday

2017 Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist Class

Texas A&M AgriLife Center, Dallas

Do you have an enthusiasm for or curiosity about insects?

If so, we hope you will apply!

Applications are being accepted!  OPEN THIS LINK to apply the 2017 Class.

Dear Master Volunteers:
The purpose of the Entomology Specialist program is to provide advanced insect-related training
The goal of the Entomology Specialist program is not so much to produce entomology “experts”, but to identify Master Volunteers who have received special training and are willing to support specific entomology-related programs or projects of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. 
To learn more about the Insect Specialist program, check out our website and Flickr Photostream showing prior years’ training classes. All volunteers who complete the course and a minimum of 15 hours of volunteer time devoted to approved entomology projects will receive a pin (see above) and be designated as Entomology Specialists.

This year’s training is hosted by two specialists stationed at the Dallas A&M AgriLife Center: 
Dr. Mike Merchant, urban entomology specialist, and
Dr. Allen Knutson, agricultural entomology specialist.

This year’s program is a very packed three full days of training, from 1:00 pm Monday September 18, to noon on Thursday, September 21.
-Cost for the program is only $200 and will include some meals, snacks, and entomology supplies (Bugkit) for collecting and observing insects.
-Although we hope to accommodate everyone who applies, we want to keep the class size limited so everyone can get the most personal attention from our instructors. For this reason, there will be an application process this year.  (All applicants should know by mid-August whether you have been accepted for this year’s class.) 
-If you are interested in applying, please go to the MVES 2017 announcement for agenda and application form.
-Audit an individual class day? Any volunteer who has previously completed the MVES training and would like to audit an individual class day this year is welcome. You will be charged a $20 fee per day which only applies to Tuesday and Wednesday classes ($40 for two days) to cover costs of meals, snacks and drinks (no collecting supplies). There are only 5 auditor slots available and they will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.

Michael E. Merchant, PhD, BCE
Professor and Extension Urban Entomologist
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service  
972-952-9204 | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Follow me on Twitter: @mikemerchant

September 23 - October 8, 2017

Texas Pollinator Bioblitz 2017

Observe and identify pollinators.
Share observations by posting to Instagram or iNaturalist.
Participate in daily observation challenges.
Pollinators - butterflies, bees & moths, bats, hummingbirds, wasps, flies, & beetles sustain native plant species, human food crops, and even crops for livestock.

October 26-28, 2017, Denver, CO.

LTA’s Rally 2017

“National Land Conservation Conference”

Make plans to attend a gathering packed with diverse topics to explore and great colleagues and friends to learn and share with. Rally has all of the resources you want to take your conservation skills further.

November 3-4, 2017 - Huntsville, TX

NPSOT’s 2017 Fall Symposium

“Challenges to the Pineywood Forests: Fire, Fragmentation and Biodiversity”

NOTE:  The symposium was moved away from the traditional third weekend in October in order to avoid conflicts with other events. 
If you can help on some aspect of symposium planning please get in touch with either Ricky or Pam Middleton at the State Office (see Contact info below).
Help is needed on organizing a photo contest, recruiting vendors and exhibitors, making catering arrangements, planning workshops and activities, coordinating volunteers, logistics/signs, planning the Friday night off-site dinner, assisting with field trips and tech advice/equipment set-up, and many other details.

2017 Fall Symposium, November 3-4, 2017 in Huntsville, TX
Sam Houston Memorial Museum (across the street from the campus of Sam Houston State University.)
Hotel information will be available on our website soon; there are a number of suitable hotels within a short distance of the site.

CONTACT INFO:
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Office Location: Native Plant Society of Texas, 320 W. San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, TX
P.O. Box 3017, Fredericksburg, TX 78624-1929
Telephone number: 830.997.9272 [Fax (toll-free): 866.527.4918] 
Our office hours are:  Tuesday – Friday 10:00am – 3:00 pm, or by appointment.

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