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Celebración of Native Plants

Nature Night Celebración de Plantas Nativas includes multi-media unveiling of Spanish material

On the heels of diez y seis celebrations across the nation, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will unveil its new gardening-related information in Spanish. At the first monthly Nature Night of the fall on Friday, September 19, visitors can learn in Spanish or English how people benefit from plants for everyday activities. They can participate in hands-on activities using plants for dyeing material, making twine and for other purposes, take guided tours of our gardens via cell phone in Spanish or English and pick up Spanish handouts about creating native plant gardens and other Earth-friendly activities.

The 100,000 people who annually visit the Wildflower Center come from all over the world. Because of that, and the high interest in our native plant activities from Spanish speaking visitors, our development staff obtained a $15,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation to develop Spanish material in audio and web format. The content includes a Spanish home page at http://www.wildflower.org/espanol with a link to bilingual details about the Nature Night Celebracion that night from 6 to 9 p.m. (http://www.wildflower.org/celebracion/).

The homepage also has a link at upper right titled “Hazlo tu mismo” to the five gardening handouts that will be provided during the celebration. Other links lead to a description of the Center, its mission and activities; information on the value native plants provide; Center hours and other visitors’ information; and a calendar of our major annual events.

At the Plants and People Nature Night, several volunteer Spanish interpreters will be available to help with hands-on activities such as learning how to extract fiber from yucca leaves to make twine. Visitors can also partake of the audio tours, which consist of 1- to 3-minute segments about each of the center’s 16 gardens now blooming with late summer/early fall wildflowers. Users can choose which cell phone tour to listen to as they go along. The tour also provides several introductory messages.

Admission to the Nature Night will be $1; or free to families who obtain a special admission coupon from the celebracion web link or through select local Hispanic publications and venues.

KVUE is co-sponsoring this Nature Night, and is sponsoring ones on Fridays in October and November. The next family friendly Nature Night will be on October 10 about spiders. And on November 7, families can learn about astronomy.

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