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“Gulf Coast Prairie in the Wild Urban Plains: Experiences and Practices in Memorial Park”
September 27, 2023 @ 6:45 am – 8:00 pm
Memorial Park is a 1466 acre conservancy – in the heart of Houston. Opened
99 years ago in 1924, the park is one of the largest urban parks in the United
States. The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife that inhabit ecosystems
from woodlands to savannahs and prairies to wetlands. Join Courtney Hall,
Manager of Conservation Operations, Memorial Park Conservancy for the September
meeting as she shares about the prairie ecosystem in the park.
Courtney came to the Conservancy after serving four years as an ecologist at
the U.S. Geological Survey’s Wetland and Aquatic Research Center in Lafayette,
Louisiana. While there, she worked in coastal wetlands to understand how plant
diversity and biological, chemical, and physical processes contribute to the
overall ecological health and services of these unique and special habitats.
Her educational track took her to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and
TAMU at Galveston. Her passion is to get others, especially our future
generations, jazzed about science, conservation, and stewardship.